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CLSP Online Store

The new CSLP online store is up and running! Shop for all kinds of products based on the 2020 Summer Reading Theme: “Imagine Your Story.” There are T-shirts, stickers, posters, puppets, toys, and more – even gnome rubber duckies! These products are ideal for supplementing your 2020 Summer Reading Program, from using them to publicize events or giving out as prizes. You can download a PDF copy of the product catalogue in the sidebar of the display page. Find the store below:

Library Card Sign-Up Month

Summer Reading may be drawing to a close, but it’s time to look forward to a new school year and Library Card Sign-up Month in September! Celebrate the library with all your favorite characters from Disney-Pixar’s Toy Story 4. Woody, Buzz, and old and new friends believe that “your library card is your ticket to adventure!” The American Library Association/ALA offers FREE tools, including digital graphics, PSA scripts, and more to all libraries. Register your library here to access these free tools and help promote library card sign up in your community.

Summer Reading at Central Library of Rochester & Monroe County

Read about how some public broadcasting stations are connecting to their local libraries and communities, and collaborating on A Universe of Stories and the Summer of Space to get more kids involved in Summer Reading and Summer Learning!

The Central Library of Rochester & Monroe County had an exciting time getting kids involved with their WXXI Exploration Station activities this past July 18th for their Summer Reading program event this year! The program was centered around “A Mooncake for Little Star” by Grace Lin, an appropriate children’s book to choose from for CSLP’s 2019 summer reading theme, “A Universe of Stories.” In collaboration with Children’s Learning & Discovery of Rochester (ChildROC), WXXI and the Rochester Central Library created unique activities that supported the main subject of Lin’s story, such as playing with moon sand sensory bins, and making and tasting mooncakes. The program also included a viewing of PBS KIDS’ Ready Jet Go and a take-home moon activity book connected to the same show, searching for and discovering story words throughout their Children’s section, reading Lin’s story in both English and Mandarin, as well as retelling the story through pictures on a storyboard.

Get more information on 2019 Summer Exploration Stations at

New York State Summer Food Service Program Status Report

“Statewide efforts have identified under-tapped potential site locations where children gather over the summer. Libraries are one such location. A statewide effort has been connecting libraries with sponsors. This has allowed libraries to expand their service, raising the number of sites from 36 in 2014 to 127 in 2018. Libraries have been excellent partners in feeding children, often seamlessly wrapping meals around their summer reading programming. Doing so can help minimize the stigma associated with summer meals served in isolation and increase participation in both summer meals and library programs.”

Learn more in the New York State Summer Food Service Report!

With summer underway, book some library time

In early June, Commissioner MaryEllen Elia visited Utica and the Utica Public Library to officially launch the statewide 2019 Summer Reading program and talk about the important benefits of utilizing the summer reading program at public libraries. The Utica-based newspaper, “Observer-Dispatch,” recently wrote about this visit and agreed with Commissioner Elia’s statement on the vital importance of students keeping up their literacy and academic skills over the summer so they don’t fall behind their peers when they return to school. The article also emphasizes that public libraries have the necessary resources and services to help keep students from succumbing to the ‘summer slide’ so they stay engaged in reading and learning all summer long. With over 1,100 public libraries across New York State participating in the Summer Reading program initiative supported by the New York State Library and New York State Education Department, children and teens have amazing opportunities to achieve their summer reading goals and enhance their summer experience. Read the full article at

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