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Youth Services

At the moment that we persuade a child, any child, to cross that threshold, that magic threshold into a library, we change their lives forever, for the better. It’s an enormous force for good.”  – Barack Obama

Youth Services Notes –  2017 ℘ 2016 ℘ 2015  ℘ 2014

A newsletter of information of interest to library staff who work with children and youth. Youth Services Notes are sent out through the VALIB list. If you would like to sign up to receive them as well as other library notices contact Enid Costley (

STEM and Libraries Conference

Coaching Workshop

Libraries store the energy that fuels the imagination. They open up windows to the world and inspire us to explore and achieve, and contribute to improving our quality of life. –Sidney Sheldon

Early Literacy
Family Literacy Calendar  English ℘ Spanish I Early Literacy Poster I School Readiness I Ready4K Text Service

I feel that with the early literacy elements and story times and crafts, we are building a foundation for our young children to become lifelong learners. Story time not only provides a educational component, it also provides socialization for the children and the parents, building a close knit community.”  – PEW report

Early Literacy Activity Center
Overview I Themes I Report missing items I Cleaning

Play is often talked about as if it were a relief from serious learning. But for children play is serious learning. Play is really the work of childhood. – Fred Rogers

Reading Programs

Winter Reading Program I Summer Reading Program I Summer Food Program

Libraries allow children to ask questions about the world and find the answers. And the wonderful thing is that once a child learns to use a library, the doors to learning are always open. –Laura Bush

Science Resource HubsWebsites I Afterschool Programs I Nature Backpacks

Librarian is a service occupation. Gas station attendant of the mind. –Richard Powers

Tip Sheets

“Libraries — especially public libraries — should be the great connector. Connecting people with information and the resources they need to make informed decisions about their lives. Connecting people with the resources they need for entertainment. Connecting children to books and the love of reading. Connecting people to their roots and their past.” – Pew Report

Reference and Reading Advisory  I Collection Development I Weeding

Reorganizing Your Picture Book Collection
Project of the Tazewell County Public Library


Grant Writing I Volunteers

Programs for Infants I Programs for Toddlers I Program for Preschool Children  I  After School Programs I Booktalking I Storytelling

Program Resources

HistoryConnects – online program offered by the Virginia Historical Society

Free Items – please complete this form to request items.


Apps and Book Lists 

The Library of Virginia has place iPads in over 200 public libraries.  We are now only accepting request for a waiting list.


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