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How will you Imagine Your Story?

As summer rapidly approaches, what plans are you making? Do you have a new twist on a classic story to tell? Or maybe a craft activity worthy of song? If so, we would love to share it with librarians across the country! We will be sharing new ideas here in the newsletter, as well as making them available in our Online Manual throughout the summer. To share your idea, please send it to Luke Kralik at

Here is a quick idea to show how easy it can be!

Passive Program: How do you "Imagine Your Story"?
Materials needed:
Tables & Chairs
Easy to clean up Art Materials
Copies of "How do you imagine your story.docx" found here:

Simply print up enough copies of the handout and make them available for your patrons to "Imagine Their Story"!
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?
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.

Stuffing the Bus

by Whitney Harper, Library Associate, MidPointe Library System, OH

In 2019, MidPointe Library System had an idea to take collecting items for Toys for Tots to a bigger level. Toys for Tots began as a Los Angeles charitable effort in 1947 by Major Bill Hendricks, USMCR. This program was inspired by his wife, Diane, who was looking for an organization to donate a homemade Raggedy Ann doll to a needy child but found no such organization to do so. A group of Marines were organized and that first year roughly 5,000 toys were gathered for needy children.

This program continues to bring toys to children all over the United States. In the Butler and Warren County, Ohio areas alone over 13,000 children are supported with the Toys for Tots program. The goal of the program in our area is to make sure each family is able to choose one larger gift, two smaller gifts for each child, as well as making sure they have a book for each child and a game for the family so they can spend quality time together!

MidPointe Library System has been collecting toys at our branch locations for many years. A brilliant idea came from our Library on Wheels department (who houses the Bookmobile and during summer can be found at summer lunch stops with our school districts). The Bookmobile should also be involved in collecting toys; and our goal should be to stuff the bus! One of the amazing things about Toys for Tots is making sure these children have access to books and receive one as a gift. What an amazing opportunity for the Bookmobile to participate and promote this fantastic program!

We had the opportunity to go out into our community with Toys for Tots, talk about this program and collect books, toys, and games for Toys for Tots. We had stops at all 5 of our locations for community members to come out and support this cause. We collected over 75 toys in 2 days. The library was able to donate several hundred books for the cause as well! To know that these children will have the opportunity to enjoy a special Christmas and have a seed planted for a lifetime joy of reading is fantastic. Nothing compares to this; it’s a librarian thing!

We thought of the idea to incorporate the Bookmobile on very short notice and the community still came through and made this a success for Toys for Tots. We can’t wait until next year when we have more time to plan and promote our pickup stops and to make it a bigger and better opportunity to serve our community! We want the bus to bust! It’s never too early for all libraries to think of ways to help the communities we serve.

Full STEAM Ahead with STAR Net: Art and the Cosmic Connection

In this hands-on STEAM activity, patrons use NASA imagery as inspiration for artwork while learning about the geology of planetary bodies and moons. This activity is great for summer 2020 – it helps patrons understand the geologic stories of our solar system and explore space science through art. This activity also contains a robust how-to video that will walk you through its facilitation.

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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