Youth Library Services

Summer Reading Program

  • Summer Reading Program

    The Summer Reading program at public libraries encourages children, youth and families to read and helps children maintain reading skills. To support Summer Reading, the Library of Michigan is a member of the Collaborative Summer Library Program (CSLP), a multi-state collaborative. The CSLP membership develops a unified and high-quality promotional and programming product. Membership allows the Library of Michigan to provide CSLP programming manuals, artwork, incentives and publicity to Michigan public libraries.

Michigan Reads

  • Michigan Reads logo Michigan Reads What would happen if every parent, grandparent or caregiver read the same book to Michigan preschoolers at the same time? We're on a mission to find out! Michigan Reads! was launched in 2004 by the Library of Michigan in partnership with the Michigan Center for the Book to promote the value and benefits of reading early and often to preschoolers; to encourage family bonding through reading; and to increase awareness and usage of Michigan's libraries. Michigan Reads! is a program of the Library of Michigan and the Library of Michigan Foundation, sponsored by Target. The Michigan Reads site has program materials from each year and many, many early literacy resources for parents, caregivers, librarians and teachers.

Letters About Literature

  • Letters about literature logo Letters about Literature


    The Letters about Literature 2015-2016 materials and entry coupons are here! The Michigan Center for the Book participates in the annual Letters about Literature program from the Library of Congress. This national reading-writing contest invites readers in grades 4 through 12 to write letters to authors of books that have changed their lives.

River of Words

  • River of Words Art & Poetry Contest

    River of Words is an international nonprofit program supported by the Library of Congress. River of Words provides tools for teaching environmental literacy - the understanding of the natural world around us - to children, teens, and teachers through art and poetry. It includes an annual poetry and art contest for students (ages 5-19) and curriculum for teachers. The program and contest promote literacy, creative expression, and community awareness of critical environmental concerns, especially water. ROW provides a unique watershed education model integrating art and poetry in a place-based curriculum. Teachers interested in implementing ROW and submitting their students' materials to the national contest can contact Evelyn Johnson, the Michigan coordinator, at Michigan Tech University at or use the Entry Forms at the link below. Entries are due December 1st.

  • River of Words Site

Children and Young Adult Books and Authors

Mahoney Workshop

  • Mahoney Children's Workshops

    The Mahoney Children's Workshops provide high quality professional development experiences for youth librarians in regions of Michigan where these opportunities are not readily available. The Library of Michigan is currently using Mahoney funds to support significant youth and children's programming at Rural Libraries Conference. Previous workshop materials are posted here.

Office of Great Start Collaborations