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Welcome to your 2021 Program;

Tails and Tales!

A Spellbinding Response!

When COVID forced the Elizabeth Harris Library; Unadilla, GA, to close their doors this summer, they took a magical approach to reach patrons. Library manager Rhonda Bartlett, and daughter Julianne Bartlett, decided that they would do a daily Facebook live storytime featuring the new illustrated Harry Potter Books. Not only was this an opportunity to connect with patrons, but also offered them the chance to share the library's collection of Potter memorabilia!

On Saturday We Craft!

The Kamiah and Kooskia branches of Prairie River Library District in rural Idaho are located within 7 miles of each other and often share patrons. Staff from the two branches meet on Saturday to film craft and story time videos. Contents of their take-home craft bags for all ages are demonstrated in the videos and posted once a week. They call it #OnSaturdayWeCraft. The Kooskia library is at the Kooskia Farmers Market each week and gives out 35-50 craft bags to all ages. Kamiah hands them out at the door during curbside.

Here’s the link to their IGTV where the videos for Summer Reading are posted:
Kamiah Community Library
Kooskia Community Library
And here is a link to PDF versions of the slides used in the videos:
Bear Crafts
Paper Characters
Rain Stick
Tissue Paper Silhouette
How did your library "reimagine" 2020? 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 2021 to use or share?
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.

Library Pantries Feed Communities!

By the CSLP Child & Community Well-Being Committee and participating libraries
Last month’s CSLP newsletter featured the story of the Public Pantry at the Woodstock Public Library in Illinois. We asked readers to submit a photo if they host a Little Free Pantry or have a pantry shelf in the library. Check out the gallery of library pantries. You will visit libraries in Delaware, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Maine, Maryland, North Carolina, Ohio, and Wisconsin that are feeding their communities in creative and caring ways.
Many libraries participate in the Summer Food Service Program or provide afterschool snacks. Hosting a Little Free Pantry or pantry shelf is another way that libraries can increase their capacity to meet community needs. Food distribution is certainly a non-traditional library service, yet libraries and food are a great fit. Everyone is welcome at the library, and no one pays admission or is expected to buy anything. The library has always given stuff out for free. There is no stigma to the library. Think about these attributes in terms of providing food to people in need. And think of what libraries gain by participating in food distribution:  we directly address hunger and support vulnerable populations, attract new user groups, increase our visibility as a community asset, and position ourselves as an important stakeholder in community well-being.
Interested in hosting a Little Free Pantry or pantry shelf at your library? Check out the full version of this story on the CSLP website to visit the gallery of library pantries and to access a checklist of to-dos before setting up a library pantry.
Please let us know if you establish a Little Free Pantry or pantry shelf at your library. You may contact the CSLP Child & Community Well-Being Committee via Thank you for all the many ways you support your community!

What Just Happened? A Postgame Pep Talk

By Janet Ingraham Dwyer, Library Consultant, State Library of Ohio and member of the CSLP Statistics Committee

So. Summer 2020. Where to even begin?
With gratitude and proper respect. Thank you for your adaptability, creativity, and persistence in providing enriching library services to your community this summer.
It was likely difficult. If you coordinated a reading challenge, your registration, completion, and event attendance numbers may be way down from usual. But – you did this amid a PANDEMIC. How amazing is that?
I’m a state youth services consultant and CSLP state rep. My peers at other state libraries and I are finding that, nationwide, participation in the summer library program is significantly down.
If you’re looking at your 2020 numbers and then glance back at your 2019 numbers, you may feel dread and dismay. Please stop!
First, we’re all in this together. What you’re seeing is true from coast to coast.
Second, we can’t compare 2019 to 2020 as apples to apples when it’s more like apples to apocalypse. This year is just different. It will always have an asterisk. Instead of being disappointed (and fearful that funders and decision makers will look at the numbers and think the library was ineffective), tell your story about how, even in the pandemic, your library reliably provided engaging experiences that positively impacted youth, families, adults, and communities. How you developed creative ways, from grab-and-go activities to online storytimes, to provide service under unprecedented constraints.
If your state library conducts an end-of-summer survey, please complete it so we can all document, share, and discuss this one-of-a-kind summer. These surveys allow your state library to show stakeholders and decision-makers how summer library programs benefit communities. This year, the end-of-summer surveys will also let us learn from the unique experience of summer 2020.
Share your stories! Tell your community, your administration and Board, your state library, and yourself about the ways you helped specific people learn, explore, and feel safer, happier, and less isolated during this challenging summer. Know that you have a tremendous impact – beyond what the statistics can show.

What is on the horizon for CSLP?

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

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

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

2024: Theme/TBD; Slogan/TBD; Artist/Juana Martinez-Neal
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