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Summer Reading Program: 2020 Imagine Your Story

Contains information and links for the current Collborative Summer Library theme, new and ideas.

Imagine Your Story


For 2020, Summer Reading will be all about fairy tales, fantasy, and mythology.


IMPORTANT information regarding the 2020 artwork

November 19,2020
Dear CSLP Member Libraries,
We are writing to address the serious concerns raised over the use of Native American imagery in the 2020 poster art.
CSLP recently became aware that there were serious concerns over the use of Native American imagery being paired with fairytale and fantastic images in the 2020 poster art. These concerns apply to all four posters.
On November 6th the CSLP Board of Directors held their monthly Board meeting and a discussion of the artwork was added to the agenda. Library representatives from twenty-five different states participated in the conversation. It was decided that input from subject experts from the Native American community, as well as others, would be sought and a plan would be developed.

The following changes will be enacted for the 2020’s “Imagine Your Story” Program:

●    Remove and/or replace (if possible) all artwork with Coyote, Raven, and/or a Totem pole image on the online manual
●    Remove all posters from the online store.
●    Remove product containing Coyote, Raven, and/or a Totem pole image from the online store.
●    Update the PDF product catalog.
●    Make building and codifying internal processes and procedures the “Strategic focus” for the next two years.
●    Commission one poster design, and one "timed reading" record design for the 2020 program.



Links to the activities from the in-person training session.


3D Construction Paper Unicorn Craft Printable Template

Easy, Peasy, and Fun has a great activity of 3-D Unicorns. Get the pattern and instructions at the link below. Make a herd of unicorns this summer!






Storytelling Dice Activity for Kids

Alexandria Library Software has a fun and educational activity to teach storytelling. Download the pdfs of the 4 dice used in the game and instructions for the activity below.

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Lisa Hechesky, Youth Services Consultant

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1900 Kanawha Blvd, East
Building 9, Culture Center
Charleston, WV 25303

CSLP Collaborative Summer Library Program

The Collaborative Summer Library Program (CSLP) is a grassroots consortium of states working together to provide high-quality summer reading program materials for children at the lowest cost possible for their public libraries. By combining resources and working with a exclusive contracted vendor to produce materials designed for CSLP members, public libraries in participating states or systems can purchase posters, reading logs, bookmarks, certificates and a variety of reading incentives at significant savings.

The participating systems and states develop a unified and high-quality promotional and programming product. Participants have access to the same artwork, incentives and publicity, in addition to an extensive manual of programming and promotional ideas. CSLP began in 1987 when ten Minnesota regional library systems developed a summer library program for children, choosing a theme, creating artwork and selecting incentives that public libraries in the regions could purchase and use.

State libraries and systems continue to join and CSLP continues to evolve, but its guiding principle remains the same, librarians sharing ideas, expertise and costs to produce a high-quality summer reading program for children

Upcoming Themes

2021: Tails and Tales. Theme: Animals. Artist: Salina Yoon

2022: All Together Now. Theme: Making a Difference. Artist: Sophie Blackall

2023: Slogan TBA. Theme: Oceanography. Artist: Frank Morrison

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