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Oceans of TRPG Possibilities

By Christine Martin-Resotko, Capital Area District Libraries – Mason, MI

Last year, I talked about how Tabletop Role Playing Game (TRPG) events can be great for summer reading.  For most themes, the ideas are easy to come by.  This year, the question is how do you tie in the concepts of oceans and underwater.  I have a couple ideas for you.

Tails of Equestria – This is what you are thinking: a TRPG based on My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic.  This system is SUPER easy to learn and is a great game for kids through adults.  Here is how you make it work for our 2022 theme.  First, watch the My Little Pony Movie.  Really, go borrow it from your library and watch it.  See those?  The Sea Ponies and Seaquestria.  That is what you use!  Time for a Sea Pony adventure!  Using the Tails of Equestria Official Movie Source book, you can find information on Seaquestria and Sea Ponies.  The adventure can just be regular Sea Ponies, or you could let your players make their own characters and have them be transformed by the Pearl of Transformation.  What underwater beasts can be threatening Seaquestria now?  Find out this summer at your local library!

Blue Rose – Welcome to the realm of Aldis, where you can be the hero in a romantic fantasy world.  The is “romantic” like Mercedes Lackey or Diane Duane fantasy novels, not like the romance section of the library.  It is an egalitarian society working toward justice for all and for those you care for.  This game is great for older teens and adults.  There is also some flexibility because you can either use the Blue Rose 2nd edition rules with the AGE system by Green Ronin, or you can get the new Blue Rose Adventures for 5th edition Dungeons & Dragons.  How does this work for our theme?  Easy.  First, there are the Sea Folk, a humanoid ancestry which gives many benefits to living and adventuring in the ocean.  Second, there are the Rhy-fen, an awakened form of dolphin who live and work as equals with the Sea Folk and islanders.  They communicate psychically with others and can have amazing sets of skills.  Combine these two peoples and a boat and some unusual islands or submerged cities, and you have an adventure that really leans into that summer atmosphere.

There are lots of other ideas out there.  Wizards of the Coast has the Ghosts of Saltmarsh adventure for Dungeons & Dragons 5th edition.  If you have horror fans, you can’t go wrong with some Call of Cthulhu and head to Innsmouth, Massachusetts for some creatures of the deep.  Let your imagination run wild.  Plumb the depths of the ocean for mysteries, creatures, horrors, and wonders.  Who knows, you and your players may even discover a new Atlantis!
What "Tales" did your library have to tell for 2021? What "Possibilities" do you see for your library in 2022? 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 for 2022 to use or share?
Public libraries feed hungry bodies as well as hungry minds during the summer – and throughout the year. The CSLP’s Child and Community Well-Being committee encourages library involvement in activities that support wellness, from summer and afterschool meals, to well-being programming, to support for basic needs, all to help children, teens, and communities stay nourished, active, and healthy when school is out. 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.

Kid’s Gardening at the Library

The Lake Andes Public Library has planted a Kid’s Garden for the past 7 years.  As part of our Summer programming each year we dedicated one day a week to the garden. Lessons provide information on nutrition from the vegetables and fruits we grow, ways to cook/eat those items and of course eating the vegetables and fruit we grow in the garden.  Lessons also are hands on in the garden with preparing the soil, planting the seeds or garden plants, weeding, watering, harvesting and protecting the pollinators that visit our garden.  This year we are hoping to add preservation of our garden surplus.

I am happy to announce that the Lake Andes Public Library received a Kids Gardening grant for the 2022 season. This grant provides funding for items we may need for the garden, and also tools, seeds, fertilizer, curriculum package, a mushroom growing kit, watering hoses, and various other items. This grant will be the kick start we needed to improve upon our garden, as we will be moving to a different library site in the near future. We plan to use the funding provided to purchase grow lights for the library so children can start seedlings indoors before transplanting outdoors when weather allows.
If your Library would be interested in pursuing a Gardening grant the website for grant info is:

Announcing our 2025 Artist: Brian Floca!

Brian Floca is the author and illustrator of Locomotive, winner of the 2014 Caldecott Medal, Moonshot: The Flight of Apollo 11 (recently revised and expanded), Lightship, and The Racecar Alphabet, among other titles. His latest book, Keeping the City Going, a tribute to healthcare and other essential workers who stayed on the streets and on the job during the Covid-19 pandemic, was published in the spring of 2021. He is currently at work on drawings of campers and dinosaurs. (Not together, though. Two different books.)

Brian has illustrated Avi's Poppy Stories series, including the recently published volume Ragweed & Poppy; Jan Greenberg and Sandra Jordan's Ballet for Martha: Making Appalachian Spring; Laura Amy Schlitz's Princess Cora and the Crocodile; and Hawk Rising, by Maria Gianferrari.

In addition to the Caldecott Medal, Brian's books have received four Robert F. Sibert Honor awards for distinguished informational books, an Orbis Pictus Award and Orbis Pictus Honor, a silver medal from the Society of Illustrators, and have three times been selected for the annual New York Times Best Illustrated Books list.

Brian was born and raised in Temple, Texas, and now lives and works in Brooklyn, New York.

What is on the horizon for CSLP?

2022: Theme/Oceanography; Slogan/"Oceans of Possibilities" Artist/Sophie Blackall

2023: Theme/Kindness and Friendship; Slogan/"All Together Now"; Artist/Frank Morrison

2024: Theme/Adventure; Slogan/"Adventure Begins at Your Library"; Artist/Juana Martinez-Neal

2025: Theme/Art; Slogan/TBD; Artist/Brian Floca
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