Last week, I attended the 2017 Collaborative Summer Library Program (CSLP) Annual Meeting in Charleston, SC. CSLP is a consortium of states working together to provide a unified summer reading theme along with professional art and evidence-based materials so that member libraries can provide high-quality summer reading programs at the lowest possible cost and to play a significant role in literacy initiatives.
During the annual meeting, state representatives vote on upcoming themes and slogans. The following updates may be of interest as you plan ahead.
2017 Build a Better World
Kwame Alexander is the National Summer Reading Champion for CSLP https://www.cslpreads.org/nationalsummerreadingchampion/
Public Service Announcements https://www.cslpreads.org/2017-psas/
2018 Theme and Slogan
The theme for 2018 (next summer) is music, with the slogan of “Libraries Rock!” for all age groups.
2019 Theme and Slogan
State representatives and voting proxies selected A Universe of Stories as the slogan for all age groups for the 2019 “Space” theme. The “Space” theme was selected at the 2016 annual meeting to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the landing on the moon.
2020 General Theme
In addition to a 2019 slogan, state representatives and voting proxies also selected “Fairy Tales/Mythology/ Fantasy” as the general theme for 2020.
CSLP is happy to announce the artist for the 2020 Early Literacy and Children’s artwork is LeUyen Pham!
LeUyen Pham is the illustrator of over fifty children’s books. Her books include the best-selling Freckleface Strawberry series with Julianne Moore, the Princess in Black series by Shannon Hale, the Alvin Ho series by Lenore Look, Grace for President by Kelly S. DiPucchio, as well as her own self-authored There is No Such Thing as Little, The Bear Who Wasn’t There and Big Sister, Little Sister. She also designed artwork used on the bookmarks for the “We Need Diverse Books” campaign in 2014.
- Bookmark the DPI summer reading webpage to keep track of upcoming themes and slogans, as well as view thematic artwork as it becomes available: https://dpi.wi.gov/pld/yss/summer-program
- All Wisconsin public libraries are members of the Collaborative Summer Library Program through a statewide membership coordinated by the Division for Libraries & Technology using LSTA funds. As members, public library staff are encouraged to establish online accounts through the CSLP webpage. Online accounts are required to access the online manual as well as other proprietary downloads.
Tessa Michaelson Schmidt
Public Library Youth and Inclusive Services Consultant
State Library Agency