[Or-srp] CSLP Newsletter: March 2020

Greta Bergquist greta.bergquist at state.or.us
Tue Mar 31 11:30:35 PDT 2020

See CSLP newsletter below.



Greta Bergquist
Youth Services Consultant
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Letter to libraries with orders that have not yet shipped
Due to the unprecedented number of library closures as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, CSLP will be placing all orders on temporary hold until further notice.
To receive your order before the hold is lifted, you will need to send one of the following to: update at cslpreads.org<mailto:update at cslpreads.org>

  *   Confirmation that your library is able to receive packages at the address provided in the original order
  *   Provide an alternate address (such as a residential address) where your order can be shipped
  *   Indicate that you would like to have your order held at a local UPS depot for pick up
Libraries who do not respond will not receive their orders until routine shipping resumes; to be determined.Thank you.

Brand new books, free resources, and program supplies items for the kids you serve!
The Collaborative Summer Library program recently talked with First Book and wanted to share more information with you right away. First Book is a nonprofit social enterprise working exclusively with programs and schools/libraries serving kids in need to ensure they have access to top quality books and educational resources for children from birth to 18 years of age. We would like to encourage you all to sign up with First Book<https://www.fbmarketplace.org/register/> for immediate access to deeply discounted materials that you need to help children succeed in school and life.

Signing up with First Book is free for every educator and staff person in your Title I or Title I eligible school or program - including out of school time, early learning, healthcare, library, social services, or any other program serving kids in need. Books can be used to build program libraries, for treatment and programming use, or sent home for families to enjoy together. Once you sign up, you will have ongoing access to free and low-cost resources as well as funded opportunities, sponsored by First Book's philanthropic partners, to help you provide top quality materials for your programs and families. In addition to books and educational resources, First Book also offers an array of school supplies and basic needs items, like winter coats, extra clothing items, and hygiene products, to help support the students you serve.

To learn more, download the full CSLP and First Book informational flyer<https://www.cslpreads.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/cslp-information-message.docx>

How to Make a Fairy Tale Diorama
by Anne Lemay
Materials Needed:

  *   White cardstock - one per person
  *   Green cardstock - one or two per person
  *   Birch tree stencil, colored ink pads, and cosmetic sponge
  *   Paper trimmer (optional)
  *   Ruler
  *   Scissors
  *   Imagine Your Story spot art downloaded from the online manual and printed on cardstock
  *   Glue stick

Cut the white cardstock to make a 6-inch square.

Cut the green cardstock to make a 6-inch square.

Cut a window out of the green cardstock to make a frame approx. ½ to 1-inch wide
Use the birch tree stencil (available from several manufacturers) and the colored inks on the white cardstock square to make a background of trees OR provide colored pencils or markers and have the children draw a woodland background.

Cut two 1-inch strips from the leftover cardstock (any color) and cut each strip in half.

Accordion fold one strip by folding in half and then make two more folds on each side of the center fold. The result will look like a W with wings coming down from each side.

Apply glue to the inside surface of the last flap (the wing on the right side of the W) and adhere to the back on the bottom left side of the white cardstock square.

Apply glue to the outside surface of the first flap (the wing on the left side of the W) and adhere to the back on the bottom left side of the green frame. The two squares are now attached by an accordion fold. Repeat for the right side and on each side at the top.

Cut two strips of green cardstock approx. ½ to 1-inch wide and glue each to one of the accordion folds at both left and right so that they stretch across from left to right.

Use a photo or word processor to resize the spot art to be approx. 3 to 5 inches high, cut out, and adhere with glue to the cardstock strips that run from left to right so that they stand in front of the backdrop at different levels.

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: 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 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 support health, wellness, and community well-being. These resources include the Libraries and Summer Food<https://www.cslpreads.org/libraries-and-summer-food/> page on the CSLP website; a Facebook group<https://www.facebook.com/groups/2383790818612681/> for news, support, and resource-sharing; and an ongoing series of stories showcasing the experiences of libraries around the country.

Feeding the Whole Child... and the rest of the community.
Shane Hoffman, Plain City Public Library, OH & Team Vittles

We'll cut straight to the chase today.  The Coronavirus is creating a massive strain on our nation's ability to feed itself.  It has made the poor poorer, it has created massive unemployment, and more.  Our Feeding America Food Banks and countless other organizations are doing their best, but let's talk about ways libraries can get involved.

Right now, some schools may need your help.  The schools in my state have been closed for weeks, but yours may just now be closing.  Contact your schools and see if the library can be of any assistance with meal delivery or pick up.  It's possible that library van or bookmobile can help get lunches to rural kids who cannot make it to a pick-up site.  Maybe your library is positioned well to be a pickup point for the "Grab and Go" lunches many school districts are providing.  If your school is just getting to its official spring break week, the school may not be able to provide meals to kids during that time.  As a well-connected community partner, the library may be able to assist in coordinating a response during that time if no other group in the community has already taken charge.

Most of us know about the Summer Food Service Program (SFSP), which allows libraries and non-profits to serve meals to those under age 18 during the summer when they may not have access to free or reduced-price lunches at school.  These meals can be the only food access some kids have.  Did you know that there is a similar program called the Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP)?

CACFP gives us access, with roughly the same eligibility and guidelines as SFSP, to after school snacks and after school meals during the school year.  The response to the current epidemic has ramped up the ability, in many areas, to provide shelf-stable meals in bulk.  This has the benefit of making it easier for many libraries to serve meals, as temperature control for hot and cold meals can be a significant obstacle.  It also has the benefit of making meals more portable to reach remote sites that may not have access to local vendors.

The statistics used to determine eligibility for SFSP and CACFP were determined late last year.  The current situation has certainly altered the picture and created much more need.  We may need to be proactive in contacting our congressional representatives about recalculating eligibility for this year.

Does your library do outreach services?  Many food banks have a "Senior Box Program" that provides a week or month worth of food to eligible seniors.  Your outreach service could provide a lifeline to shut-in seniors.

Most of us have heard of the "Little Free Library".  Did you know that there is also a "Little Free Pantry" movement out there?  It works the same way as the library version, but with shelf stable food and supplies.  Check out http://www.littlefreepantry.org/ for more information.

Lastly, a big step for many libraries could be to open a food pantry in the library.  Operate a drive-through pantry.  Host a mobile food pantry.  Libraries are indeed eligible to serve as food pantries.  Most food pantries are volunteer-run and have very limited hours.  Libraries can help with that problem as well as help avoid the stigma of walking into a food pantry.  That stigma prevents many people from getting the help they so desperately need.  For more information on these opportunities, check with your Feeding America Regional Food Bank.  You can discover yours at https://www.feedingamerica.org/find-your-local-foodbank.

Hungry kids can't learn. We can play roles in alleviating hunger as big or as small as our situations allow.  I urge you to consider what you can do as we plan for a summer and school year that may find many doing without.  If you are already active, I urge you to think if there is more you can do.  If you are just getting into the game, start that conversation now.

To join in the discussion about how libraries are working with food insecurity, join the CSLP - Feeding the Whole Child: Libraries and Food group on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/groups/cslpfeeds/

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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