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Letter to libraries with orders that have not yet shipped

Due to the unprecedented number of library closures as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, CSLP will be placing all orders on temporary hold until further notice.
To receive your order before the hold is lifted, you will need to send one of the following to:
  • Confirmation that your library is able to receive packages at the address provided in the original order
  • Provide an alternate address (such as a residential address) where your order can be shipped
  • Indicate that you would like to have your order held at a local UPS depot for pick up
Libraries who do not respond will not receive their orders until routine shipping resumes; to be determined.Thank you.

2020 Summer Reading Champion: Carmen Agra Deedy!

CSLP is super happy to announce that our 2020 "Imagine Your Story" Summer Reading Champion is author and storyteller Carmen Agra Deedy.

Beginning in June, Carmen will be reading and sharing stories every Friday at 12pm EDT. She will be sharing from her facebook page at:
Carmen's special message to children.
Carmen also graciously recorded the audio for this year's PSA. The PSA can be viewed on youtube, and broadcast quality files can be found on the CSLP website from the "Additional Program Tools" page found under the "Manual Downloads" tab.
2020 CSLP PSA. Additional file formats can be found on the "Additional Program Tools" page under the "Manual Downloads" tab.
Carmen has spent the past twenty years writing and telling stories. Born in Havana, Cuba, she came to the U.S. as a refugee in 1964. She grew up in Decatur, Georgia, where she lives today.She has been an invited speaker at venues as varied as The American Library Association, Refugees International, The International Reading Association, Columbia University, The Smithsonian Institute, TED, The National Book Festival, and the Kennedy Center. She is the author of several award winning children's books including; The Library Dragon, The Yellow Star, and Martina the Beautiful Cockroach.

Digital Escape Rooms

by April Mazza, Massachusetts State Rep. with the help of Lucia Dolan and Ann Carpenter

Virtual programming, especially for the summer, is on the minds of many Massachusetts public libraries. We like being creative and we also like free – enter digital escape rooms made with google forms. Just add the enchanting slogan of “Imagine Your Story” and the results are some fabulous and fun breakout rooms such as Can You Make it through the Enchanted Forest? and through the Enchanted Forest #2  from the Needham Public Library.

Digital breakout rooms can be tailored for a variety of ages and skill levels so they are a great way to engage your whole community. Check out these other examples like Escape Like an Egyptian from Dover Public Library, Escape the Titanic from Rowley Public Library, and a Greek Mythology Escape Room from Brooks Free Library. The Brooks library has even created a template form you can use to make your own escape room and get your own submissions. To use it just make a copy by clicking on file and then “make a copy”. If you have trouble with the form or notice anything broken, you may contact Ann Carpenter.
Lucia Dolan, from the Needham Public Library has created this How-To-Guide especially for CSLP members.
More How-Tos:
How to Build a Digital Escape Room Using Google Forms
30+ digital escape rooms (plus a step by step guide for creating your own)
Youtube tutorial – Peters Township Public Library
A great video with ideas on how to run your program in this very unusual summer.
Did you have a program that was out of this world? Do you have an innovative idea to help patrons "Imagine Their Story"? Please send your photos, ideas, and any informative details to Luke Kralik at: I would love to share them in our newsletter.

Looking for some ideas to use or share?

Imagine your Podcast?

School Library Journal has a wonderful article this month titled:
Podcasts To Pair with CSLP’s Summer Reading Theme
by Anne Bensfield and Pamela Rogers. In the article they share some outstanding podcasts, perfect for young patrons this summer!
Increasingly, public libraries are feeding hungry bodies as well as hungry minds during the summer – and throughout the year. The CSLP’s Child and Community Well-Being committee is developing resources to support and encourage library participation in the USDA’s Summer Food Service Program and other initiatives to help kids and teens stay nourished, active, and healthy when school is out. These resources include the Libraries and Summer Food page on the CSLP website; a Facebook group for news, support, and resource-sharing; and an ongoing series of stories showcasing the experiences of libraries around the country.

Feeding children in the time of COVID-19

By Adria Ricke, Director, Globe Public Library, AZ

At the 2016 Arizona State Library Annual Conference, the Globe Public Library found out about the USDA Summer Lunch Buddies Program.  We learned that the program exists to provide free and healthy meals to any child 18 and younger in the summer, when many children face food insecurity.  By summer 2017, the Globe Public Library reached out to the local representative, Cindy Cothrun of Destiny School, and we became a serving site every summer from then on.

We did not expect to serve food again until summer 2020 but then, COVID-19 struck.  Our library doors were closed to the public in early March but our desire to serve the community remained.  We were contacted on March 15th and asked if we would be willing to act as a food serving site as a result of COVID-19 school closures.  We jumped at the opportunity and began serving food by March 17th
It is incredibly rewarding to help the community in this way, but it has not come without some challenges.  Our first challenge came early on with the way the children picked up the food.  In the first week, children were lining up one behind the other to receive their food.  Our Deputy Librarian, Mary Helen Avalos had a great idea to turn our parking lot area into a drive-thru, so children could stay safe in their own vehicles. 

Another challenge came in the packing up of the food.  While all the food is prepared off-site (at our city’s local Dairy Queen), the food consists of separate components to make a sack to-go lunch meal and to make a sack to-go breakfast meal for the next day, for every child.  Our solution was to make an assembly line with 2 staff members packing lunches and 2 packing breakfasts, while maintaining physical distance and wearing PPE (gloves and masks) ahead of the families arriving.

The children are served the to-go lunches/breakfasts daily for 1 hour, 11:30AM-12:30PM Monday through Friday.  It is based on a first come, first serve basis.  We use the serving time to not only feed the children, but we also use it to connect with the families.  For example, our lunches will often include materials such as Census 2020 bookmarks and even coloring books to help explain COVID-19 to children.  When we started on March 17th, we were giving food to 50 children, and now we are up to serving 160 children to meet the demand. 

There are other sites that give out food to children in our area as well, but the library is a central part of our community.  People feel comfortable coming to our location because they recognize the library as a place to get help.  All of us at the Globe Public Library are grateful for this chance to make a difference because we are all in this together.
Breakfast/lunch distribution is handled by Globe Public Library staff Mary Helen Avalos, Effie Dillon, Rayel Starling, Melissa Williams and library director Adrea Ricke. The photos show Melissa Williams and Rayel Starling putting handouts in the breakfast bags, and Melissa Williams passing a box of meals to Mary Helen Avalos. 

What is on the horizon for CSLP?

2020: Theme/Fairytales, Mythology, Fantasy; Slogan/”Imagine Your Story” Artist/LeUyen Pham

2021: Theme/Animals; Slogan/”Tails and Tales” Artist/Salina Yoon

2022: Theme/Oceanography; Slogan/TBD Artist/Sophie Blackall

2023: Theme/TBD; Slogan/"All Together Now"; Artist/Frank Morrison
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