Youth Services Roundup


Looking for an extra something to hand out to families with young children as we head into winter? I still have some Talking is Teaching Indoor Activities Kits from earlier this year to give away. Just email me with the subject line “Talk, Read, Sing!” and let me know how many you’d like. While supplies last!


From the ALSC blog: “On December 7, the United States Surgeon General Dr. Vivek Murthy issued a warning about youth mental health, stating that there has been an “alarming” rise in certain mental health challenges during the Covid-19 pandemic… Children and Teen librarians are among the front-line workers who have direct communication with this population. We can intentionally and consistently shape our programming, collections, outreach, collaborations and in fact every day to day interaction with the goal of promoting positive mental health…”


From Youth Services Shout-Out: “Feeling disheartened by program attendance? In a recent post on Programming Librarian, entitled Good Programs Start Small: Attendance Doesn’t Equal Success, Montour Falls Library, in rural Schuyler County, New York and Wright Memorial Public Library in Oakwood, Ohio share their experiences with programs that may not have seen a large number of attendees, but made a significant impact in their communities nonetheless…”


From Teen Librarian Toolbox: “Yes, this blog is called Teen Librarian Toolbox. Yes, we usually focus on middle grade and YA. BUT. Since I work in an elementary library, and since a lot of our readers serve patrons of all ages, I figured I’d include a list just for picture books this year…”