Category Archives: summer reading program

Busy Summer in Clifton

The Nellie Pederson Civic Library in Clifton is enjoying great turn out at their summer reading program events and are on pace for a record setting year for turnout! Just a couple of some of their successful programs have been Steve Alcorn who is a retired history teacher and Civil War reenactor and Kayler Campbell and her cow, Katie Bell.

Thanks for sharing with us and congrats on those numbers! Please share with us what your library is up to this summer!

 

Announcing the CTLS 2017 SRP & YouthShare Workshop Series

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Please join us at one of the following locations for a combination YouthShare and Summer Reading Program workshop!

January 27th in Austin at Laura’s Library

January 30th in Diboll at the T.L.L. Temple Memorial Library

February 6 in McAllen at the McAllen Public Library

9am to noon– Discussing the 2017 Collaborative Summer Library Program manuals and theme “Build A Better World”
Break for lunch
1pm to 3:30– YouthShare, where youth services staff come together to learn from and share with each other.

Some ideas on what to bring for the YouthShare:

  • A favorite storytime book
  • Your calendar! Tell us about past and future program plans
  • Songs and fingerplays
  • Craft ideas for preschool and elementary ages
  • A puppet or prop you don’t know how to use
  • A question or issue that you need help with
  • STEM programming ideas
  • Recommendations for your favorite library performers and speakers

Please send your ideas of what you would like to share in advance to Katelyn Patterson (katelyn.patterson@ctls.net).

Let us know if you have any questions. Hope to see you there!

Summer Learning Day is July 14th

Here is a wonderful video from First Lady Michelle Obama encouraging kids and parents to continue learning throughout the summer.

The National Summer Learning Association has declared that July 14th is Summer Learning Day to do just that. Use their resources, such as this video, to talk to your community about the importance of not falling behind and how your library resources and programs and keep kids on track.

We know everyone will have a fantastic summer! Thank you for all you do to #keepkidslearning !

TSLAC Survey for 2017 SRP Manual Format

In 2017, the Texas State Library and Archives Commission will again be providing the Collaborative Summer Library Program‘s Summer Reading manuals to Texas libraries. However, instead of providing it on a DVD, the manual will be available to your library on a flash drive OR online with a password. Please take a moment to take this survey to let TSLAC know which way you prefer to get your SRP materials.

Next year’s theme is Build a Better World and we have already started collecting ideas on Pinterest. Have a wonderful summer, everyone!

Summer Reading PSAs in English and Spanish Now Available from CSLP

The Collaborative Summer Library Program has created PSAs for your library to use to help promote your summer reading program! They are downloadable from their website, can be customized to include information about your library, are in English and Spanish, and there are a variety to pick from. You can embed them to your website or share them on social media to help spread the word! Go check them out!

 

Texas Commission on the Arts Performance Support Grant Applications due February 1

If you are interested in hiring performers for your Summer Reading Program, or any program happening between March 15-June 14, you may want to apply for a Texas Commission on the Arts Performance Support Grant! This quarter’s application deadline is February 1st. These grants provide professional artist fees to schools, libraries, and nonprofit organizations for hiring an artist from the TCA Touring Roster to do a performance. For more information, visit the Texas Commission on the Arts website or contact Anina Moore at the Texas Commission on the Arts office, (512) 463-5535.

Getting Excited and Inspired for Summer Reading at CTLS Workshops!

Last week I was in Mansfield and Cedar Park having our first Summer Reading Program workshops and we had a blast! Here are just a few highlights!

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Suzan Nyfeler is our fantastic tour guide through the 2016 manual! We talked books, songs, decor, and display ideas.

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2016-01-22 14.17.47The photo booth was a big hit!

2016-01-22 09.55.14The morning was spent brainstorming and sharing ideas…

but the afternoon was spent playing games, making crafts, and doing theme-related activities.

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We had such a wonderful time! A big thanks to the Mansfield Public Library and the Cedar Park Public Library for hosting us.

We have more workshops coming up and there is still time to register! On Wednesday, January 27th we will be in Jourdanton, Texas and on Monday, February 22nd in Edinburg, TX.

Can’t make it to a workshop? I am going to be highlighting some of the craft and activity ideas we had at the workshop on the website and in the newsletter leading up to the summer. And we are inviting people to contribute to our SRP2016 Pinterest Board. It will be a place for you to leave an idea, take an idea. If you are on Pinterest and would like to contribute, contact Katelyn and you will be sent an invitation.

 

 

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