Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Updates from the Collaborative Summer Library Program

Last week I had the pleasure of attending my 10th CSLP Annual Meeting which was held in Charleston, SC, this year. As the State Representative for South Dakota, I attend the annual meeting to vote on behalf of our state’s public libraries on upcoming summer reading slogans & themes; give feedback to the Collaborative on what I hear from all of you who are in the trenches; and brainstorm about future programs and projects for the Collaborative.

As a result of that meeting there are several big announcements about future summer reading programs.

2019 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.

2020 Artist

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.

For more information about CSLP and all it has to offer for your public library’s summer reading program, please visit their website at

If you have any questions about CSLP or how you can be involved in shaping the future of summer reading, please contact me, Jasmine Rockwell at or (605) 773-5066.