Youth Services

Book Awards and Lists Listserv and LibGuide

Listserv and LibGuide

  • NCKids Listserv - NC public library youth services staff can collaborate and receive real-time communication from the State Library via NCKids listserv. Also, view previous posts via the list's archive.
  • Youth Services LibGuide - Find current Youth Services information like bibliographies, Summer Reading Program information, and to find out about the latest State Library Statewide Youth Services initiatives.


Performers Directory

Web sites and e-mail addresses for individuals or groups who do children's programming

Statewide Summer Reading Program (SRP)

North Carolina is a member of the Collaborative Summer Library Program. The State Library of North Carolina sponsors four regional Summer Reading Program workshops to help prepare youth services professionals across the state for an action-filled summer.

Related Links Recorded Webinars

Recorded Webinars

Every year you get a summer reading manual from the Collaborative Summer Library Program (CSLP), but that's not all they have to offer! Take a deeper dive into a wealth of resources to make your "Libraries Rock!" program more robust and successful. You will also learn about how you - yes, YOU! - can make CSLP even better. Information presented by Jasmine Rockwell, Youth Services Consultant for the State Library of North Carolina, and Chrissie McGovern, Manager of the Dallas Branch of the Gaston County Public Library & Vice President of CSLP. Link

Have you been thinking about using online summer reading software at your library, but you aren’t sure how you would use it? Have you used one particular product but you would like to know how it stacks up to others? Are you just not sure what all the hype is about with online summer reading software? North Carolina librarians Lesley Mason (Director, Caldwell County Public Library) and Kelly Cehelnik (Community Engagement Librarian, Union County Public Library) discuss their own professional experiences with three of the current market products - Evanced, Beanstack, and ReadSquared. Lesley and Kelly discuss their experiential pros and cons, what they will be using this summer and why, and answer participant questions. Link Presentation Slides

Amanda Darchiville (aka Nicki Minaj) and Debra Livingston (aka Taylor Swift) from Gaston County Public Libraries have a hilarious and informative chat about passive and active teen and adult programming ideas. Follow along with their outline and take some notes about what you want to do at your own library. Get ready for some awesomeness coming your way! Link Presentation slides

“Jazzing Up Children’s Programs” with Emily Winfrey and Rene Crump from Gaston County Public Libraries demonstrate and talk through all kinds of fun music-related programs, crafts, and activities for babies through elementary age kids. View the video here and get the accompanying PowerPoint slides here Link

Strike the Right Note with Large Groups Inside and Outside the Library!
What do you do with a group during summer reading? They are too large to come to the regularly scheduled programs, or they have no bus to get the whole group to the library. You get creative! Learn ways to combine unique programming ideas with the practicality of your library's space and staffing to reach groups in your area.

Libraries Rock @ STEM Programming
Kendall Ramsey and Sandra Corum from Gaston County Libraries take you through an excellent array of STEM ideas for “Libraries Rock” this summer!
Presentation slides