Category Archives: Youth Services

Riverton Library Launches Online Storytime

Does the little one have the sniffles and can’t go to the library? The Riverton Branch Library has you covered. Their children’s department has taken storytime online on their YouTube channel. They’ll post once a month a Toddler Move and Groove, and a Preschool Tales and Tunes. Enjoy their first two offerings below, and subscribe to their channel for future installments.

Supercharged Storytimes Facilitator Training

From WebJunction

In November 2018, WebJunction will host a four-week online training program preparing up to 100 library staff to be facilitators who will guide their peers through the Supercharged Storytimes self-paced course, coming in October. This training program is a part of WebJunction’s updated Supercharged Storytimes for All project.

Learn how to lead a group of your staff, peers, or volunteers through the newly updated and expanded Supercharged Storytimes self-paced course (available in October). Supercharged Storytimes is a research-based program that helps storytime providers enhance children’s early literacy development through intentional emphasis on key early literacy concepts that promote learning.

Learn more about this opportunity, and apply by October 19, 2018.


Don’t-Miss Blog Posts from ALSC

Via August 2018’s The Scoop newsletter from the Idaho Commission for Libraries. The Scoop is a monthly e-mail newsletter containing fun, inspiring, and innovative ideas for library youth services. Subscribe to The Scoop to get it sent to your email inbox each month or via RSS.

Check out these great tips about serving diverse patrons in the library, written by librarians in the field for the Association for Library Services for Children (ALSC) Blog:

Supporting Youth Services in Libraries

Teen program at Sublette County Library

Did you miss Paige Bredenkamp’s Wyoming Library Association conference session on “Supporting Youth Services in Libraries?” Or were you there and just want another look at the information? Paige has her presentation online for you.

See the slides.

Why focus on teens in your library?

  • Teens are a big chunk of the U.S. population, with over 40 million 12-17 year olds.
  • Library services and resources for teens are regularly in jeopardy
  • The demographic of teens has changed dramatically and include more teens of color, more teens from immigrant families, as well as more LGBTQ.
  • Technology continues to change the way we communicate, teach, and learn.
  • Teens are entering the workforce without critical skills.

See the entire slide show for ideas on how to improve teen services in your library.

Paige is the Wyoming State Library’s School Library Consultant. If you have questions for her, contact her at or (307) 777-6331.

The Incredibles to use Superpowers for Library Card Sign-up Month

The Incredibles are joining the American Library Association (ALA) and libraries nationwide to encourage the public to obtain a free library card as Honorary Chairs of Library Card Sign-up Month this September. The Incredibles will use their superpowers to remind families, students and people of all ages that signing up for a library card is a great step toward a truly super lifestyle.

Providing free access to books, e-books, databases, homework help, study spaces, STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts and math) programs, and more, a Wyoming public library card is one of the most cost-effective back-to-school supplies available. Library Card Sign-up Month is a time to highlight the supportive role libraries and librarians play in transforming lives and communities through education. Studies show that children who are read to in the home and who use the library perform better in school and are more likely to continue to utilize libraries as a source of lifelong learning.

Since 1987, Library Card Sign-up Month has been held each September to mark the beginning of the school year. During the month, the ALA and libraries unite together in a national effort to ensure every child signs up for their own library card. For more information visit

Libraries Rock! The Importance of Music in Early Child Development

By Pamela Mejia de Rodriguez
Reposted with permission from Colorado Virtual Library

The 2018 Summer Reading theme is “Libraries Rock!” This theme gives us plenty opportunities to create full brain activities through teachable moments.

Music is considered a means of both expression and learning for children. As caregivers, parents, librarians, and teachers, we encounter young children that struggle with expressing their emotions and feelings through words. Luckily, children express themselves naturally using movement and art. As caregivers, we can help them with self-expression by creating activities that will engage the use of art, like painting, drawing, dancing, and singing.

They have everything they need!

A child’s first musical instrument is their body. Their voice, hands, feet, arms, legs, belly or other body parts can become an instrument. So even if you don’t have any instruments lying around, a child can create sound and rhythm with their body. It’s a fun and explorative way of learning about sounds, beats, and patterns.

Benefits of using music for learning:

  • Music creates and reinforces a personal bond between caregiver and child
  • Introduce the idea of rhythm and phrasing
  • Understand and enhance vocabulary
  • Increase memory skills
  • Increase listening skills
  • Improve rhythm and coordination
  • Increase fine and gross motor skills
  • Enhances and promotes creativeness and self-expression

Outside-the-library tips:

  • (Pay attention to the rhyme, pattern and time in everyday activities. The caregiver models the behavior first and the child will follow the action, using their memory skills)
  • Brushing their teeth (up and down, up and down)
  • Bouncing a ball
  • Eating food from a bowl
  • Wash dishes or clothes (You can read Mrs. Wishy-Washy!)
  • Sing a lullaby or follow simple partners with instruments
  • Bounce: Children will feel the beat in and through their body
  • Wiggle fingers or toes: Support fine motor skills and gross motor skills, connect sensation (touch) with music and a fun experience
  • Tickling of body parts like the tummy, face, and cheeks, will create sensory stimulations as well as laughter and fun
  • Fingerplay will enhance fine motor skills and create the opportunity to follow a rhythm
  • Tapping, clapping, stomping will create the opportunity to follow rhythm, beats, and patterns

To learn more about music in early childhood development, visit the following link:

Free Online Teen Services Class from Colorado State Library

The Colorado State Library has unveiled a free, self-directed online course for working with teens in your library: A Teen Walks into the Library.

In the module, learners will gain a beginning-level understanding of working with teens in the library setting, so it’s great for any staff members that work with teens.

This course of part of the Library Learning and Creation Center. If you like this self-paced tutorial, you may also want to check out these other self-paced courses:

Christine Kreger, Professional Development Consultant at the State Library, partnered with Catherine Boddie, Bridget Kiely, and Kelsey McLane, Young Adult Service Librarians from the Arapahoe Library District, to develop the teen services course.

Teen Tech Week Kicks Off Sunday

Teen Tech Week 2016 at Fremont County Library – Lander

Teen Tech Week starts March 4 and runs through March 10 with the theme, “Libraries Are For Creating.” Many Wyoming libraries offer maker programs — is your library doing anything special to celebrate TTW?

Teen Tech Week is a national initiative sponsored by YALSA and is aimed at teens, their parents, educators and other concerned adults. The purpose of Teen Tech Week is to ensure that teens are competent and ethical users of digital media, especially the nonprint resources offered through libraries, such as e-books, e-readers, databases, audiobooks, and social media.

Teen Tech Week encourages teens to use libraries’ nonprint resources for education and recreation, and to recognize that librarians are qualified, trusted professionals in the field of information technology.

Millions of teens do not have access to a home computer and, were it not for libraries, would miss opportunities to gain important digital literacy skills.  Libraries offer a bridge across the digital divide.Libraries also recognize that digital media plays an important part in a teens’ life.  That is why more libraries than ever are helping teens build critical digital literacy skills, which they will use to obtain scholarships, secure jobs, effectively manage their online identity and more.