Collaborative Summer Library Program (CSLP) Poster beneath the surface

Two large stacks of boxes appeared on the front stoop today. They contained the print samples of the illustrations (posters, bookmarks, notepads, t-shirts, etc.) for this year’s Collaborative Summer Library Program (CSLP).

Yes, it was sort of like Christmas.

The prints turned out well and it’s going to be pretty exciting to see my artwork appearing in libraries all across the US.

It’s a dream come true. When I was a kid, I practically lived in the library or was reading books checked out from the library all through the summer. Edgar Rice Burroughs, the Hardy Boys, and Robert Heinlein among others proved to be great company. Often part of the experience were the neat displays and posters hung around the kid’s area. So it’s a real thrill to think I’ll be playing a tiny part in helping kids across the nation have the same great reading experiences during their summer — a chance to “pay it forward” as it were.

You can read more about the process of creating the artwork for my part of the CSLP project here:

Creating Artwork for the US CSLP (2013): Part I

Creating Artwork for the US CSLP (2013): Part II