Youth Services News

July 24, 2017

Newsletters are now archived on the OLIS website and can also be accessed from the
Children's Services and Young Adult Services webpages.

Future Ready with the Library


"Now through Sept. 1st, small rural and tribal library staff can apply to be a part of a cohort of learners and do-ers who will create college and career readiness (CCR) services for the middle schoolers in their community. Successful applicants will receive a wide variety of support, including access to mentors, a stipend to purchase CCR materials, and funds to travel to Denver, CO, Feb. 8 - 9, 2018 for orientation, as well as to another conference of their choice. Cohort members will work online throughout 2018 to develop, implement and evaluate a CCR service with a partner in their community. Learn more and apply at"

Libraries Ready to Code

From ALA:

"Libraries Ready to Code is an initiative of the American Library Association, sponsored by Google, which aims to ensure libraries have the resources, capacity, and inspiration to embrace activities that promote computational thinking (CT) and computer science (CS) among our nation’s youth.

ALA is accepting grant proposals of up to $25,000 to join a cohort of libraries that will 1) implement CT or CS programming for and with youth via their library; and 2) collaboratively develop a Ready to Code toolkit with the goal of enabling any library, regardless of geography, expertise, or affluence to deliver programming that promotes computer science and computational thinking among youth.

More information."

Bill Morris Seminar: Book Evaluation Training Application Available

From ALSC:

"ALSC is now seeking applications for the 2018 ALSC Bill Morris Seminar: Book Evaluation to be held on Friday, February 9, 2018, prior to the ALA Midwinter Meeting in Denver, Co. The seminar will be facilitated by ALSC member leaders including past committee members and chairs of evaluation committees, and will focus on children’s book and media evaluation.

For more information and a link to the online application please visit"

A Million Ways to Get Through Summer Reading

Summer Reading Program Statistics

As previously noted, there will be a single form for collecting children's and teen SRP stats (there will be a separate form for collecting adult SRP stats). This form will be open for statistic collection from August 4 through September 11. Please designate ONE person from your library to complete this form. If you are reporting for a library with multiple branches, please submit ONE form for your library system and include the total participation numbers for all branches.

Beginning August 4, the link to the form will be emailed through the listservs and will be posted on the OLIS web site. You may preview a draft the form online now. The statewide statistics will be shared at the YART meeting on September 14, the Children's Services Fall Meeting on September 18, and on the OLIS web site.
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