Monthly Archives: March 2013

Collaborative Summer Library Program PSA

The Collaborative Summer Library Program (CSLP) is a consortium of states working together to provide high-quality summer reading program materials for children at the lowest cost possible for their public libraries.

Find Wyoming summer reading resources on our LibGuide.

By combining resources and working with a exclusive contracted vendor to produce materials designed for CSLP members, public libraries in participating states or systems can purchase posters, reading logs, bookmarks, certificates and a variety of reading incentives at significant savings.

The participating systems and states develop a unified and high-quality promotional and programming product. Participants have access to the same artwork, incentives and publicity, in addition to an extensive manual of programming and promotional ideas.

CSLP began in 1987 when ten Minnesota regional library systems developed a summer library program for children, choosing a theme, creating artwork and selecting incentives that public libraries in the regions could purchase and use. State libraries and systems continue to join and CSLP continues to evolve, but its guiding principle remains the same, librarians sharing ideas, expertise and costs to produce a high-quality summer reading program for children.

For information about this program in Wyoming please contact Chris Van Burgh at the Wyoming State Library;

PLA Accepting Applications for Innovations in Literacy Scholarships

2012 web head designsFrom now until March 29, the Public Library Association (PLA) is accepting applications for eight Innovations in Literacy Scholarships to recognize original literacy programs of all types in public libraries. Grants in the amount of $1,000 will be awarded to eight winning applicants for registration and travel to the PLA 2014 Conference in Indianapolis, March 11-15. The Innovations in Literacy Scholarships are funded by a generous donation from the Cambria Estate Winery, which has a strong tradition of supporting literacy initiatives.

Candidates must submit an online application describing the public library’s achievement in creative literacy programming for the community, how the program increased the use of or improved awareness of the public library and the candidate’s role in developing or implementing the program. Programs in early literacy, adult literacy, digital literacy, transliteracy, information literacy, financial literacy, etc., will all be considered. Applicants may preview the application online.

The deadline to submit an application is 11:59 p.m. CST, March 29. Applications will be reviewed by the PLA 2014 Conference Committee and will be judged on the following: innovation and creativity; collaborative efforts of the staff and community in the planning and implementation process; measurements of success in the community based on usage, program attendance or greater community awareness; sustainability of the program; ease of replication; and quality and appropriateness of submitted materials (supporting documents may be included).

First Lady Reads to Children Across Wyoming

Carol Mead Raising Readers

First Lady Carol Mead is continuing to travel Wyoming promoting literacy. Her next events are Friday, March 15th in Gillette and Saratoga and Monday, March 18th in Casper.

“I have had such fun reading to children in Dubois, Cheyenne, Laramie, Riverton, Cokeville, and Rock Springs in the last several months, and I am looking forward to being in Campbell, Carbon, and Natrona counties this week and next,” said Mrs. Mead. “It’s always a delight to meet children and share a few good books, and I welcome the opportunity to further a love of reading in Wyoming’s young people.” Since becoming First Lady, Mrs. Mead has enjoyed reading to children throughout the state at schools and local libraries. She also encourages parents and children to spend at least 20 minutes a day reading together at home and is working with the University of Wyoming to establish a statewide literacy research center and clinic. These activities are part of her children’s issues initiative, which includes promoting literacy, the arts, and healthy lifestyles among Wyoming’s youth.

All children are welcome to join the First Lady during these special story times.  On Friday, March 15th, she will be at the Gillette Library from 11:15 to 11:45 and the Saratoga Library from 2:45 to 3:30.  She will be at the Natrona County Library on Monday, March 18th at 11:30.