[kids-lib] CSLP Newsletter: October 2019
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From: Statereps [mailto:statereps-bounces at cslpreads.org] On Behalf Of Luke Kralik
Sent: Friday, October 4, 2019
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Subject: [Statereps] CSLP Newsletter: October 2019
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ATTENTION: Important CSLP website information!
We are doing some fall cleaning on our website and removing inactive users. If you have or have had a login to the CSLP website, and are interested in keeping your account active, please log in by December 31, 2019. If you have not logged in by that date, your account will be deleted. You will be able to re-sign up in the future if you would like to.
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The 2020 Incentive Catalog is live! Click here to view! https://www.cslpreads.org/cslp-store/<https://www.cslpreads.org/cslp-store/>
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Winners of the 2019 Teen Video Challenge!
[https://gallery.mailchimp.com/043a7515ceb3ad45bdd2dd405/images/93e3d3ea-3e60-48e5-b12d-18db827a1e2f.jpg]With so many wonderful entries from teens across the United States and beyond, our panel of volunteer judges certainly had their work cut out for them. Choosing winners in never easy. However, it is with great pride that we present to you the winning videos from our 2019 CSLP Teen Video Challenge!
Cape May County Library
Universe Of Stories Team Alien
Eva Noelle Weekley-Hatley
Blount County Public Library
A Universe Inside My Head
Hannah and Rachel Dozier
Georgetown Public Library
Avon Public Library, Eagle Valley Library District
The Reading Rocket
Each team will receive a $200 cash prize, and their supporting library will receive a $50 gift certificate to the CSLP store.
Congratulations, and a huge thank you to all who participated!
The Beauty of Space Displays!
Barb Klimkowski of the Southfield Public Library<https://southfieldlibrary.org/>, Southfield, MI, sent in these amazing space themed displays. Many hands went into the creation of these displays including library staff members; Eugenia Wiginton, Ashley Finkbeiner, Heather Rochon, and Jeff Sines. Truly Amazing!
Partnering with Schools to Create a Space Themed Masterpiece!
Denyse Marsh, Toledo Public Library<https://www.cityoftoledo.org/library>, Toledo, OR, worked with her local elementary school librarian, Brenda Edmunds, on a project engaging elementary school students. Students were asked to draw a picture of what a Universe of Stories meant to them.
One winning picture per grade level was selected, and winning students were recognized at a City Council meeting. The artwork was then blown up and turned into a 3-D foam core object, painted, and used to make this wonderful bulletin board.
Did you have a program that was out of this world? Please send your photos and any informative details to Luke Kralik at: luke.kralik at cslpreads.org<mailto:luke.kralik at cslpreads.org> I would love to share them in our newsletter.
Looking for some ideas to use or share? https://www.pinterest.com/cslpreads/
Increasingly, public libraries are feeding hungry bodies as well as hungry minds during the summer - and throughout the year. The CSLP's ad hoc 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<https://www.cslpreads.org/libraries-and-summer-food/> page on the CSLP website; a new Facebook group<https://www.facebook.com/groups/2383790818612681/> for news, support, and resource-sharing; and a series of stories showcasing the experiences of libraries around the country.
Summer Meals at Charleston County Public Library
by Devon Andrews, Manager of Programming and Outreach, Charleston County Public Library, Charleston, SC
Like most public libraries, Charleston County Public Library branches see an influx of kids and teens during the summer months. While many of them are there to check out books and movies and attend the fun and engaging programs that branches offer, library staff notice more immediate needs as well. With schools closed, families that rely on their school cafeteria for nourishment may find themselves struggling to locate other dependable sources of food in the community. Because families already count on public libraries as a welcoming and free resource year-round, they are a natural place in the community to offer free meals to families. This is where summer feeding programs can help.
Our library branches have participated in a summer feeding program for the past several years, offering free meals from June to August to anyone under 18, but we knew that there was room to improve the program and make it more streamlined. For families trying to figure out where they can find food over the summer, we wanted to make our operations easy and consistent.
We were brainstorming ways that we could improve the program, including offering summer feeding five days a week at all of our participating branches, when we were approached by the Charleston County School District's Office of Nutrition Services who oversees summer feeding efforts at meal sites throughout the county.
They had the wonderful idea to deliver hot lunch five days a week at seven of our nine summer feeding branches. The meals would be prepared in their cafeterias, then loaded onto vans and delivered to the branches. The school district's staff served the meals and kept count of how many meals where served at each location each day. Because the serving times needed to fit within the timeframe of lunchtime hours, and to allow for the vans to have time to travel from one location to the next, the vans could only stay at each location for increments of 15 minutes, so CCPL's Communications Team and the individual branches worked to heavily advertise those serving times via flyers, the web/email, and social media. To make it a welcoming environment for families, library staff set up tables outside by the van where they could distribute information about CCPL's Summer Reading program and give away free promotional items such as pencils and stickers.
Because Charleston County has such a large geographic footprint, two of our more rural branches at either end of the county did not fit in with this lunch delivery plan, but we knew that there was still a need to be addressed. We approached the Lowcountry Food Bank about offering snacks on all of the weekdays that the branches were open and thankfully, they were able to help! Both locations are small branches that operate on part-time hours and are not consistently open each weekday morning or during lunchtime hours, so snacks seemed like the best option to allow for food to be served at the same time each day of the week. Library staff picked up the snacks from the food bank each week, and our library couriers delivered them along with the branches' regular shipment of books and other library materials.
Thanks to Charleston County School District and the Lowcountry Food Bank, we were able to serve over 8,000 meals over the summer! We had a wonderful experience building these partnerships and are excited to see things grow and improve so that we can feed even more families in Charleston County in the years to come.
Afternoon at Atria: Reader's Theater for Seniors
by Kat Baumgartner
Oftentimes when my library system does outreach, it is aimed at school-aged children. Myself and my colleagues host class visits and we perform skits at the schools to promote our Summer Reading Club. However, we were recently presented with the opportunity to reach a new audience: Senior citizens.
The Senior Engage Life Coordinator at Atria Park, our local assisted living facility, contacted me to ask if it would be possible to hold an intergenerational reading circle with kids and the residents at Atria. I recruited my colleague, Lisa Wu Stowe, to participate as well. Neither of us had experience with a program of this nature, but we bounced ideas off of each other until we formed an outline for the hour-long session.
Our original plan was to have children and their parents meet us outside the facility, which is located across the street from one of our branches. Lisa and I would break the ice by performing a story, then the children would select books to read aloud to the seniors. We also planned to use storytime bells so everyone could make music together, and we brought supplies for a craft that involved coloring, an activity that appeals to all ages.
Given that it was the end of August and many families were taking advantage of the last travel days before school was back in session, we did not have any children show up for the program. Lisa and I amended our plan when we realized our audience would be slightly different than we had anticipated. We took turns sharing stories, and while one person was reading the other would perform the actions being described.
The first book, which was a big hit, was Crunch the Shy Dinosaur by Cirocco Dunlap. This gave residents the opportunity to sing the Happy Birthday song, share their names with everyone, and watch Lisa hide behind objects and eventually dance while wearing a makeshift hat. Lisa also shared a felt story, we acted as the mother and son in The Best Pet of All by David LaRochelle, and I acted out the upward motions of the bubble and the desperate attempts of the boy in Pop! by Jason Carter Eaton.
Lisa and I hope to be able to continue this partnership in the future, and to garner more interest in our younger patrons since the residents expressed some sadness at the lack of children. Overall, however, they were pleased with having the stories shared with them and being able to participate in some of the action.
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/World-Social Justice-Unity-Kindness-Inclusion-Change-Diversity-Equity-Make a difference-Embrace different cultures; Slogan/"All Together Now" Artist/Sophie Blackall
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