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Letters About Literature 2017

Results from Utah’s 2017 Letters About Literature

498 students participated in the Letters About Literature contest in 2017.

Level 1 (Grades 4, 5, and 6)

First Place
Molly Friedman, Park City
Second Place
Addison de Boer, Salt Lake City and Mason Thompson, Layton (tie)
Third Place
Aidan Hollingworth, Holladay

Level 2 (Grades 7 and 8)

First Place
Kylee Vandecar, Draper
Second Place
Cambell Kieffer, Salt Lake City
Third Place
Christina Dong, Salt Lake City and David Burnett, Salt Lake City (tie)

Level 3 (Grades 9, 10, 11, and 12)

First Place
Elizabeth Love, Salt Lake City
Second Place
Joshua Colton Rowe, Pleasant Grove and Jaycee Webb, Beaver (tie)
Third Place
Ashley Nobrotsky, Provo

 

 

CSLP

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.

Utah State Library joined CSLP in 1997 and is the state representative. By way of the State Library’s membership, all Utah public libraries are members of CSLP.

The State Library provides CSLP summer reading manuals, promotional materials and training to certified public libraries throughout Utah. Funding for these materials and training is supported by grant funds under the provisions of the federal Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA).

Slogans/Themes

  • 2017: Build a Better World (all ages)

Upcoming:

  • 2018: Libraries Rock (all ages)
  • 2019: A Universe of Stories (all ages)
  • 2020: Fairy tales/Mythology/Fantasy theme

Past

PSAs

Visit the CSLP website and register to receive updates, additional clip art, and other great resources for your Summer Reading Program. School libraries and other organizations in Utah that wish to use the CSLP summer reading program theme, slogan, or resources must contact their local public library.

Copyright and Rules of Use All materials for the summer library program (including art, manuals, and DVD materials) are subject to copyright restrictions and certain rules of use. Please refer to the Rules of Use section on the CSLP website for current guidelines.

For more information or assistance contact:

Sharon Deeds
Youth Services Coordinator
Phone Number (801) 715-6742 or (800) 662-9150 (Utah toll-free)
Email address sdeeds@utah.gov
 

Utah Teen Video Challenge (TVC)

Closed for 2017. Check back in the Fall for the 2018 Teen Video Challenge.

The Challenge:

Create a video promoting summer reading at the public library and interpreting the Collaborative Summer Library Program (CSLP) teen summer reading slogan.

Who can enter:

  • Any Utah teen aged 13-18
  • It can be one person or a team effort

How to enter:

  • Download the 2017 Entry Form (PDF). Read all the instructions provided on the entry form.
  • Download the Model Release Form (PDF). Anyone may appear in the video and every person appearing in your video MUST complete a model release form.
  • Explore the resources.
  • Create a 30 – 90 second video that encourages teens to read and use the library. Include an interpretation of the 2017 teen slogan “Build a Better World”.
  • Title the video “2017 TVC-UT-unique name” (same as entry form).
  • Upload the video to YouTube or Vimeo.
  • Fill out and sign the entry form. Everyone must fill out and sign the model release forms completely.
  • Mail the forms by February 15, 2017 to the address on the entry form.

In 2017, one winning video created by a teen or group of teens will be selected as the state winner in the national CSLP “2017 Teen Video Challenge.” If you are chosen as the winner, you will be asked to mail a DVD of the video and a brief written summary for full accessibility. The DVD should have a minimum of a 640 x 480 aspect ratio. A DVD video or .vmv format is preferred. State winner’s videos will be shared with libraries across the country.

About the 2017 Teen Video Challenge – The Fine Print

Eligibility

The “2017 Teen Video Challenge” is open only to legal U.S. aged 13 -18. Participants are ineligible if directly related to the panel of judges for the contest. By participating, entrants agree to be bound by these Contest Rules.

Each participant or group may submit one video per entry.  Each entry must include signed model release form(s). A DVD of the video will be requested from the winner.

Terms and Conditions

All audio and artwork must be created by the entrant or be in the public domain and must be specified as such on the entry form. CSLP (and all CSLP member affiliates) have permission to use the “2017 Teen Video Challenge” submissions, including all work created and all intellectual property embodied therein, as per the Contest Release form. See 2017 Teen Video Challenge Resources  for more information on public domain.

Video Criteria for Acceptance

All videos must:

  • Be 30 to 90 seconds.
  • Promote the idea of using public libraries and reading.
  • Include your interpretation of the 2017 CSLP teen slogan “Build a Better World”
  • Be designed for use at any library.
  • Be appropriate for viewing by audiences of all ages.

 Video will be judged on the following criteria

  • Creativity
  • Message clarity and relevance
  • Motivation and inspiration
  • Overall impact

About the Teen Video Challenge

The Collaborative Summer Library Program (CSLP) and the Utah State Library annually search for excellent videos created by teens to promote the Teen Summer Reading Programs. Any teen, aged 13 -18, can enter the Utah Teen Video Challenge. The challenge is to create a 30-90 second video that promotes Summer Reading to teens and uses the CSLP teen slogan for the current year.

For more information or assistance contact:

Sharon Deeds
Youth Services Coordinator
Phone Number (801) 715-6742 or (800) 662-9150 (Utah toll-free)
Email address sdeeds@utah.gov
 

Resources for School Librarians

Youth Services Advocacy | Book Awards | Booklists & Reviews | Books from ILL | Collection Development | Copyright | ESSA | Lesson Plans | MakerSpaces | Media Center/Library | National | State & National InitiativesUtah

Advocacy

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Book Awards

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Books, Booklists and Review Sources

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Books at the State Library available through Interlibrary Loan

  • Alessio, Amy J. Club Programs for Teens: 100 Activities for the Entire Year. ALA Editions, 2015.
  • Cano, Lesley M. 3D Printing: A Powerful New Curriculum Tool for Your School Library. Libraries Unlimited, 2015.
  • Fletcher-Spear, Kristin. Intellectual Freedom for Teens: A Practical Guide for Young Adult and School Librarians. ALA, 2014.
  • Isaacs, Kathleen T. Excellent Books for Early and Eager Readers. ALA Editions, 2016.
  • Kepple, Sarah. Library Robotics: Technology and English Language Arts Activities for Ages 8-24. Libraries Unlimited, 2015.
  • Morris, Betty J. Administering the School Library Media Center 4th Libraries Unlimited, 2004.
  • Pandora, Cherie. Better Serving Teens through School Library-Public Library Collaborations. Libraries Unlimited, 2013.
  • Scales, Pat. Books under Fire: A Hit List of Banned and Challenged Children’s Books. ALA Editions, 2015.
  • Schadlich, Megan Emery. Cooking Up Library Programs Teens and ‘Tweens Will Love: Recipes for Success. Libraries Unlimited, 2015.
  • Velásquez, Jennifer. Real-World Teen Services. ALA Editions, 2015.
  • Vnuk, Rebecca. The Weeding Handbook: A Shelf-By-Shelf Guide. ALA Editions, 2015
  • Willingham, Theresa. Makerspaces in Libraries. Rowman & Littlefield, 2015.
  • Zilonis, Mary Frances. Strategic Planning for School Library Media Centers. Scarecrow Press, 2002.

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Collection Development

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Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA)

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Lesson Plans

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MakerSpaces

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Media Center/Library

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National Associations/Organizations

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State and National Initiatives

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Utah Associations/Organizations

For more information or assistance contact:

Sharon Deeds
Youth Services Coordinator
Phone Number (801) 715-6742 or (800) 662-9150 (Utah toll-free)
Email address sdeeds@utah.gov
 

Letters About Literature 2016

Results from Utah’s 2016 Letters About Literature

Level 1 (Grades 4, 5, and 6)

First Place
Matthew Ludlow
Matthew wrote a letter to John Flanagan about his series The Rangers Apprentice.
Read Matthew’s Letter (pdf)
Second Place
Khai Lockwood
Khai wrote a letter to Rick Riordan about his series Percy Jackson & the Olympians.
Read Khai’s Letter (pdf)
Third Place
McKaylee Smith
McKaylee wrote a letter to Lynda Mullaly Hunt about her book Fish in a Tree.
Read McKaylee’s Letter (pdf)

Level 2 (Grades 7 and 8)

First Place
Savannah McDaniel
Savannah wrote a letter to Wendelin Van Draanen about her book The Running Dream.
Read Savannah’s Letter (pdf)
Second Place
Sam Nelson
Sam wrote a letter to Jean Craighead George about her book My Side of the Mountain.
Read Sam’s Letter (pdf)
Third Place
Jack Israelsen
Jack wrote a letter to Don Wulffson about his book Soldier X.
Read Jack’s Letter (pdf)

Level 3 (Grades 9, 10, 11, and 12)

First Place
Jamie Christensen
Jamie wrote a letter to Edwin Arlington Robinson about his poem Richard Cory.
Read Jamie’s Letter (pdf)
Second Place
Maya Johnson
Maya wrote a letter to Neal Shusterman about his book Challenger Deep.
Read Maya’s Letter (pdf)
Third Place
Parker Pingel
Parker wrote a letter to Khaled Hosseini about his book A Thousand Splendid Suns.
Read Parker’s Letter (pdf)

Summer Reading Program

About Summer Reading Programs

Summer reading programs in libraries began in the 1890s. Through summer reading programs and other library activities for children and teens, public librarians support literacy by encouraging lifelong reading. Public libraries provide access to not only to books, but also to eBooks, audiobooks, internet, computers and literacy based programming during summer and all year long.

Importance of summer reading programs in public libraries

  • Helps children and teens retain and enhance their reading skills over the summer
    • Studies show that reading over the summer prevents “summer reading loss.”
    • Summer reading loss is cumulative. Non-readers don’t “catch up” in fall because readers are moving ahead with their skills.
  • Fosters a love of reading through public library programs and services
  • Increases successful reading experiences by encouraging reading for pleasure
    • Reading for pleasure, whether it be books, graphic novels or magazines and/or audiobooks, builds children’s confidence as learners and enhances their formal education.

Summer Reading Program Resources

Best Practices/Planning

Books available through Interlibrary Loan from the State Library

  • Children’s Services Today: A Practical Guide for Librarians by Jeanette Larson. Rowman & Littlefield, 2015.
  • Complete Summer Reading Program Manual: From Planning to Evaluation. Young Adult Library Association, 2012.
  • Running Summer Library Reading Programs: A How To Do It Manual by Carole D. Fiore. Neal-Schuman, 1998.
  • Sizzling Summer Reading Programs for Young Adults by Katharine Kan. American Library Association, 1998.

Other Resources

  • Collaborative Summer Library Program (CSLP) Utah State Library is a member of the Collaborative Summer Library Program (CSLP).
  • Early Literacy and Summer Reading Ideas from Oregon Libraries (PDF)  is a compilation of good ideas proposed by Oregon public librarians.
  • ¡Colorín Colorado! serves educators and families of English language learners (ELLs) in Grades PreK-12 and provides free research-based information, activities, and advice to parents, schools, and communities around the country.
  • National Summer Learning Association’s vision is for every child to be safe, healthy, and engaged in learning during the summer. The NSLA connects summer learning program providers and stakeholders with tools, resources, and expertise to improve program quality, generate support, and increase youth access and participation.
  • Reading Rockets provides information about summer reading and summer learning loss, including tips for parents as well as resources for teachers and librarians.

Research

Summer Food Service Program

The Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) is designed to offer nutritionally balanced, high quality meals to children during summer vacations, interim, and off-track periods. The program is particularly targeted to low-income children who may not have adequate nutrition when schools are not in session. Public libraries can partner with other local organizations and be sites for the program.

BookYourSummer

In partnership with the Utah Educational Savings Plan, BookYourSummer is a sweepstakes that encourages children to participate in the summer reading program and parents to save for their children’s college education.

 

For more information or assistance contact:

Sharon Deeds
Youth Services Coordinator
Phone Number (801) 715-6742 or (800) 662-9150 (Utah toll-free)
Email address sdeeds@utah.gov
 

Letters About Literature: Annual Writing Contest for Young Readers

25th Annual Writing Contest 2017-2018

Theme:  How did an author’s work change your view of the world or yourself?

2017-2018 Guidelines & Application (pdf)

Deadlines & Length of Letters:

Level 3: Grades 9-12
Postmarked by: January 12, 2018
Level 2: Grades 7-8
Postmarked by: January 12, 2018
Level 1: Grades 4-6
Postmarked by: January 12, 2018

About Letters About Literature

Letters About Literature is an annual national reading-writing contest for students in grades 4-12. To enter, readers write a personal letter to an author (living or dead), stating how reading his or her work changed the reader or the reader’s view of the world. Letters About Literature is a program of the Center for the Book in the Library of Congress.

Read Winning Letters from Past Competitions

For more information or assistance contact:

Sharon Deeds
Youth Services Coordinator
Phone Number   (801) 715-6742 or (800) 662-9150 (Utah toll-free)
Email address  sdeeds@utah.gov
 

Resources for Youth Librarians

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Local & State Associations/Organizations

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National Associations/Organizations/Initiatives

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Book Awards

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Books, Booklists and Review Sources

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Grants/Funding Sources

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LISTSERVS

  • ALA (Including ALSC and YALSA discussion lists) You don’t have to be a member to subscribe to the ALSC or YALSA listservs. Go to http://lists.ala.org/sympa to see all of ALA’s electronic discussion lists.
  • Child_Lit This discussion forum covers all aspects of children’s literature, with contributions from authors, teachers, librarians, students, and people who just love children’s literature. To subscribe, send an email to child_lit@mailman.rutgers.edu, with ‘Subscribe Child_lit’ in the subject line.
  • KIDLIT-L KIDLIT-L is designed for librarians, educators, and others interested in children’s and young adult literature. To subscribe, send an email to listserv@bingvmb.cc.binghamton.edu, with ‘Subscribe KIDLIT-L’ in the subject line.
  • PUBYAC PUBYAC (PUBlic libraries, Young Adults, and Children) is an Internet discussion list concerned with the practical aspects of Children and Young Adult Services in Public Libraries. To subscribe, go to http://www.pubyac.org/subscribe.html
  • UYAC Utah Young Adult and Children’s Services (UYAC) creates a stronger, collaborative network among those who regularly interact with youth in libraries.

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Programming

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Research

For more information or assistance contact:

Sharon Deeds
Youth Services Coordinator
Phone Number (801) 715-6742 or (800) 662-9150 (Utah toll-free)
Email address sdeeds@utah.gov
 

Utah Teen Video Challenge Winners

2015: Unmask your creativity!

Congratulations to TJ Ryan, winner of the 2015 Utah Teen Video Challenge! Check out his video promoting reading and the 2015 CSLP Teen Summer Reading slogan, “UNMASK.” TJ’s local library is the Millcreek Community Library, Salt Lake County Library Services .

About the Teen Video Challenge

The Collaborative Summer Library Program (CSLP) and the Utah State Library annually search for excellent videos created by teens to promote the Teen Summer Reading Programs. Any teen, aged 13 -18, can enter the Utah Teen Video Challenge. The challenge is to create a 30-90 second video that promotes Summer Reading to teens and uses the CSLP teen slogan for the current year.

For more information or assistance contact:

Sharon Deeds
Youth Services Coordinator
Phone Number (801) 715-6742 or (800) 662-9150 (Utah toll-free)
Email address sdeeds@utah.gov
 

Letters About Literature 2015

Results from Utah’s 2015 Letters About Literature

Level 1 (Grades 4, 5, and 6)

First Place
Mary Bocock
Mary wrote a letter to R.J. Palacio about his book Wonder.
Read Mary’s Letter (pdf)
Second Place
April Bennett
April wrote a letter to Margaret Peterson Haddix about her series The Missing.
Read April’s Letter (pdf)
Third Place
Jenna Villar
Jenna wrote a letter to R.J. Palacio about his book Wonder.
Read Jenna’s Letter (pdf)

Level 2 (Grades 7 and 8)

First Place
Julane Machado
Julane wrote a letter to Lewis Carroll about his book Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland.
Read Julane’s Letter (pdf)
Second Place
Maya Johnson
Maya wrote a letter to Tom Stoppard about his play Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead.
Read Maya’s Letter (pdf)
Third Place
Caitlin Bilanzich
Caitlin wrote a letter to Stephen Chbosky about his book The Perks of Being a Wallflower.
Read Caitlin’s Letter (pdf)

Level 3 (Grades 9, 10, 11, and 12)

First Place
Madeleine Andersen
Madeleine wrote a letter to David Foster Wallace about his commencement speech “This is Water.”
Read Madeleine’s Letter (pdf)
Second Place
Name withheld upon request
Third Place
Emma Benson
Emma wrote a letter to Rick Riordan about his series Percy Jackson and The Heroes of Olympus.
Read Emma’s Letter (pdf)