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2012-13 LSTA Grants Available for School, Public, Academic & Special Libraries

DUE: August 1, 2012

The Colorado State Library has announced competitive grants for fiscal year 2012-2013 through the Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) program, designed to distribute federal funds to eligible school, public, academic or special libraries. Total amount awarded during this funding period will be approximately $300,000.
For the purpose of this grant, project activities must focus on either community/outreach services or youth services in one or more of the following areas: Continue reading ‘2012-13 LSTA Grants Available for School, Public, Academic & Special Libraries’

First issue of “YS News” now available

Check out the first issue of the new monthly newsletter for youth services librarians! YS News will feature articles on learning development, summer reading updates, timely tidbits like grant opportunities and interesting resources, children’s and teen literature news, and an exchange of what’s going on in CO libraries.

See the first issue here (PDF)

Would you like to see a topic covered in the newsletter? Want to share info about your programs? Or perhaps contribute an article? Contact the State Library’s Youth & Family Services Consultant, Beth Crist, 303-866-6908.

Fall Youth Services Workshops a Success!

The State Library offered 6 interactive, informative youth services workshops in Rifle, Eagle, Pueblo, Englewood, Boulder, and Dolores in October and November. A total of 132 attendees (an unfortunately timed snowstorm near Pueblo lessened attendance) from 47 library jurisdictions came to learn about the 2012 summer reading program and early literacy, and to network with colleagues.

Kathy Barco, Children’s Librarian at the Albuquerque/Bernalillo County Library System in New Mexico, presented the lively morning session highlighting the 2012 summer reading program theme of night time at all 6 sessions. Colorado Libraries for Early Literacy (CLEL) members Jana Ackerman, Lisa Chipouras, Laura Baldassari-Hackstaff, Melissa Depper, and Becky Campbell offered informative, useful afternoon sessions on early literacy, including an overview of the newly revised Every Child Ready to Read program.

Handouts from the workshops are available, including Becky Campbell’s early literacy presentation. Continue reading ‘Fall Youth Services Workshops a Success!’

Youth Services Workshops – Register Now!

Registration for the 2011 Youth Services Workshops is now open. Public librarians, school librarians, and those interested in youth services programming are all welcome and encouraged to attend. Register now! (Please register at least 1 week in advance.)

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Youth Services Workshops – Register Now!

Registration for the 2010 Youth Services Workshops is now open. Public librarians, school librarians, and those interested in youth services programming are all welcome and encouraged to attend. Register now! (Please register at least 1 week in advance.)

Download flyer (PDF)


  • 2011 statewide summer reading programs, presented by Kathy Barco: “One World, Many Stories” (children) and “You Are Here” (teen) OneWorldManyStories
  • Lunch and  networking 
  • Table talks: issues and discussions
  • Update on State Library youth services initiatives
  • Summer Reading manuals and Highsmith catalogs Continue reading ‘Youth Services Workshops – Register Now!’

Youth Services Workshop – Westminster, 10.16.09

Last week, I was fortunate enough to attend the last of six Youth Services workshops being held around the state.  The College Hill Library in Westminster hosted (and couldn’t have been more gracious), and I do believe a great time was had by all.

In the morning, Kathy Barco from the Albuquerque Public Library presented ideas for 2010 summer reading, including decorations, crafts, celebrations, activities, refreshments, programs, and more. The themes are “Make a Splash @ Your Library” (children) and “Make Waves @ Your Library” (teens).

The afternoon included discussion of after-school programming, a report on the LSTA Early Literacy (CLEL) Storytime grants, an update on State Library youth services initiatives, and of course distribution of the 2010 statewide summer reading program manuals.

Here are some of the photos I took during the day. Enjoy!

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Kathy Barco presenting an activity (making fish headbands out of balloons), and some of the participants enjoying their new looks.

The fabulous staff at the College Hill Library in Westminster. Continue reading ‘Youth Services Workshop – Westminster, 10.16.09’

Getting Creative at the Youth Services Workshops

Thursday, October 16th found me at the Aurora Public Library for one of the Colorado State Library’s Youth Services workshops. I was lucky enough to be able to attend this year, and would like to share my experience (and photos!) with everyone.

The YS workshops this year were based not only on children’s programming for the 2009 statewide summer reading program (Be Creative @ Your Library), but also on teen programming (Express Yourself) and other teen issues, literacy-enhanced storytimes, and much more.

In the morning, we split into groups and got creative, making our own posters with markers, crayons, stickers, foam cutouts, and any other crafty items you can think of. Some posters were especially nice, and everyone received this year’s READ lapel pin as a prize.

Getting creative with posters.

Displaying the finished product.

Patricia Froehlich (Colorado State Library) then gave us some history on CSLP (the Collaborative Summer Library Program), which now boasts 47 member states.

Patricia Froehlich's presentation on CSLP.

Next up was teen services and a presentation by Mary McCarthy (Colorado State Library, Boulder Public Library). Of course she had to loosen up the group with an icebreaker, and so we all went around and told what was the oddest thing in our cars. (My answer: a toaster oven.) Mary spoke about C’YAAL, using your community and staff for programming, and of course, “begging, borrowing, and stealing ideas” from others. She also presented us with some wonderful web resources, including the following:

When we broke for lunch (pizza and salad…mmm!), we played Human Bingo, and those who were able to complete their bingo card were given prizes of t-shirts and books.
 There was time for networking during lunch.

We played Human Bingo, and gave out books as prizes.

We also used lunch time to share creative ideas for the 2009 program. Projects such as “Paint like Picasso”, using recycled materials to make kaleidoscopes, podcasts on the Twilight series (with kids reading aloud their favorite parts of the books), bringing in local art teachers from the schools to display student art, “musical petting zoos”, and many others were suggested.

After lunch, we moved on to a presentation on CLEL and literacy-enhanced storytime by Melissa Depper (Arapahoe Library District). Melissa talked about the 6 skills your child needs to learn in order to read, starting from birth. She defined early literacy as “what kids know about reading and writing before they can read or write”. We were able to view PET scans of a brain, and to practice the 6 skills with actual storytime books. She recommended zerotothree.org for information on cognitive development, as well as the CLEL website.

Finally, we ended the day with a brief presentation on the LRS Fast Facts and “the Robbie report” by Patricia Froehlich. She also discussed a site called readingrecord.org, which can track summer reading participants online, and patrons can even register themselves for the program.

At the end of the day, Patricia handed out program manuals and order forms, and the workshop was adjourned. What a day! I learned so much about teen services and early literacy, children’s programming and storytimes.

I want to say thanks to the Aurora Public Library (and Jan Zinkl in particular) for hosting.

Here’s what I learned:

  • CSLP has nearly all 50 states on board, which means a child living in Colorado could visit a grandparent in almost any state and find the same summer program in the library there as they do here.
  • You should use your community and staff for programming. If a staff member speaks Korean, ask him or her to come in a couple of times a week and teach. There are many untapped resources working in your library right now.
  • Kids that learn just 8 nursery rhymes before Kindergarten have an easier time learning to read than those who don’t.
  • Don’t skip over unfamiliar words when reading to a child. They should never be dumbed down.
  • And, of course, always have chocolate on hand for the afternoon.

Colorado scores again!

Some exciting news for Colorado this month! Robbie Marks and Keith Lance have an article in the September issue of School Library Journal, pp 44 – 47, on the positive correlation between public library services and early reading success.  In the sidebar are quotes by Carol Wagstaff (Douglas County Libraries) and Maxine Curley (Mesa County Public Library District). There is also a mention of Colorado Libraries for Early Literacy (CLEL), an early literacy group formed in January 2008.

For more information:

Note: CLEL members will be presenting a session on early literacy at the Youth Services workshops in October.  Register now for one of the 5 statewide workshops.

Youth Services Workshops

October is just around the corner, and with that comes crisp Fall air, crunchy leaves beneath your feet, and the State Library’s annual Youth Services workshops. This year, the workshops follow a new 4-part format:

Morning Session:

  1. Summer Reading 2009: “Be Creative @ Your Library”
  2. Teen Services:  NEW!  (not just summer programs!)

Afternoon Session:

  1. Colorado Libraries for Early Literacy: CLEL resources and advocacy
  2. Youth Services:  Advocacy and evaluation

Workshops are available in 5 locations around the state:

Front Range Area:

  • Wednesday, October 15:  PUEBLO
  • Thursday, October 16:  AURORA
  • Friday, October 17:  FIRESTONE

Western Slope Area:

  • Thursday, October 23:  DELTA
  • Friday, October 24:  VAIL

Registration is open NOW! Be sure to sign up at least one week in advance. We hope to see you all there!