Youth Services Resources

Materials such as book lists, resource lists, and handouts generated by the Children's Services Round Table and the Young Adult Round Table will be archived for one year. Please contact Danielle Margarida for materials older than one year.

Children's Services Roundtable Lists and Handouts

April 2017: School Readiness
Notes and Resource List compiled by CSRT

May 2017: Digital Storytimes
Notes and Resource List compiled by Danielle Margarida

Young Adult Roundtable Lists and Handouts

May 2017: New Fiction
Reading List compiled by YART

April 2017: Behavioral Issues presented by Ann Achille and Jillian Pastina, The Providence Center
Handout from the Providence Center

October 2017
Eighth Annual Teen Summit: Impact

September 2016: YA Programming
Meeting Notes from YART group discussion
Program Handouts compiled by YART

RI Organizations Serving Youth

Many local organizations have collaborated with OLIS to present workshops or training for youth services librarians. Below is a list of recent collaborators.

Afterschool Leadership Circle
Afterschool Leadership Circle (ALC) is a statewide network of Rhode Islanders who support quality afterschool and summer learning opportunities for young people. ALC is one of 50 Statewide Afterschool Networks, supported by the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation. ALC develops partnerships, informs policies, and shapes practices that sustain and increase the number of quality programs across Rhode Island.

The Autism Project
The Autism Project provides quality support, training, and programming that is accessible to all for children and adults with an Autism Spectrum Disorder, their families and those who work with them.

Foster Forward
Foster Forward empowers lives impacted by foster care by supporting children and youth, families,and the child welfare system as a whole, to grow, connect, improve, and move forward.

New Urban Arts
New Urban Arts is a nationally-recognized community arts studio for high school students and emerging artists in Providence, Rhode Island. Their free, year-round out-of-school programs promote sustained mentoring relationships between urban high school students and trained artist mentors—who, together, engage in youth leadership, risk taking, collaboration, and self-directed learning.

Reach Out and Read RI
Reach Out and Read Rhode Island prepares the state’s youngest children to succeed in school by partnering with doctors to prescribe books and encourage families to read together.

TGI Network of RI
TGI Network of Rhode Island is the only statewide organization providing support and advocacy for the the transgender, gender-variant, and intersex (TGI) communities in Rhode Island and surrounding areas through support, advocacy, and education.

Recommended Web Sites and Blogs

There are many web sites and blogs authored by librarians, educators, researchers, authors, illustrators, and editors that are immensely helpful in guiding collection development and services for children and teens. The web sites and blogs listed below are a starting point for investigating web resources and have been included for their comprehensive, current, and timely information.

App Reviews

App Reviews & Digital Storytimes

App Fairy is a podcast and recommended app list created by Carissa Christner, a children’s librarian at the Madison Public Library. It is funded by the Joan Ganz Cooney Center, a non-profit research and innovation lab dedicated to advancing children's learning in a digital age. The Joan Cooney Ganz Center has many resources for librarians, teachers, and families. Digital Storytime features app reviews that can be sorted by topic and links to app reviews from other sources. Little eLit was created in 2011 by librarian Cen Campbell and offers recommendations for using digital media in storytimes as well as recommended app lists. Little eLit is no longer updated but remains a valuable resource that lives on through the Little eLit Think Tank. Apps are reviewed in the same way as traditional print materials by School Library Journal, which offers a weekly app review on the magazine's web site.

Book Reviews

Book Reviews

It can often be difficult finding reviews of materials from certain genres. While comics and graphic novels have become more mainstream and widely reviewed, both Good Comics for Kids and No Flying No Tights remain reliable review sources. The beginning/early reader collection can also be a challenging collection to grow. Step Up Readers is a blog from the creator of the Storytime Katie blog and offers reviews of beginning readers, as well as lists of publishers and series.

Inclusive Services

Inclusive Collection Development and Services

Inclusive and diverse collections and services are at the core of every library's mission. We Need Diverse Books (WNDB) advocates for increased diversity in the publishing industry and offers resources such as booklists, recomended review sources, and articles for further reading. WNDB has also launched the bookfinder app OurStory for connecting kids, parents, librarians, and educators with diverse books. Review sources such as American Indians in Children's Literature, The Brown Bookshelf, and Latin@s in Kid Lit feature both children's and young adult literature starring or written by people of color and people from First Nations, while Diversity in YA and Rich in Color focus on YA literature. i'm your neighbor promotes children's literature featuring “new arrival” cultures and groups and Reading While White works to confront racism in children's and young adult literature. Disability in Kidlit discusses the portrayal of disability in middle grade and young adult literature. Libraries and Autism offers resources for library staff serving people of all ages who have Autsim Spectrum Disorder.



Pinterest is a great place to start looking for program and project ideas, but nothing beats tried and true programming ideas from children's and teen librarians.The Show Me Librarian by Amy Koester offers examples of everything from STEAM to civic engagement. Both Teen Services Underground and Zen and the Art of Teen Services provide programming ideas for tweens and teens that focus on books, making, gaming, fandoms, and more.


Storytime and Early Literacy

The Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC) and the Public Library Association's Every Child Ready to Read program offers research based curriculum and materials for engaging caregivers in fostering early literacy skills in young children. ALSC also has materials available for the Babies Need Words Everyday intitiative. Jbrary by Lindsey Krabbenhoft and Dana Horrocks, Mel's Desk by Melissa Depper, Storytime Katie, and Storytime Secrets by Katie Fitzgerald all offer books, rhymes, fingerplays, songs, and feltboards that promote early literacy skills in storytime, displays, and passive programming. Storytime Underground (SU) is a community for youth services librarians to discuss storytime, as well as library services for children. The SU Facebook page is especially active. The Eric Carle Museum's blog Making Art with Children gives a peek in to the museum's process art activities and offers a list of favorite materials for making art with children.