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Youth Library Services
  • Youth Services at the Library of Michigan

    The Library of Michigan actively supports children's and youth library services through a variety of statewide programs, resources and events, including membership in the Collaborative Summer Library Program, continuing education, statewide projects, and MeL databases and resources.

    Current programs include:

    NEW! Library of Michigan Early Literacy webinar: Join Anjie Gleisner, Youth Librarian and co-leader of the early literacy workgroup from Kent District Library, for the Early Literacy and Public Libraries - Supporting Reading Proficiency webinar on April 29th at 1 pm. This webinar is free.

    The webinar will focus on early literacy support in public libraries. Everyone is talking about early literacy and 3rd grade reading proficiency these days and public libraries are a hot spot for significant early literacy services. From national programs like Every Child Ready to Read to local programs like Kent District Library’s Play Grow Read, public libraries are an important part of early and family literacy. Come join us to learn about programs, developmentally appropriate activities and putting it all into practice in your library. We’ll also talk about how to message to parents, educators and officials in your community about the important role you play in community literacy efforts.

    More information on these programs is provided below along with occasional materials on other events or programs. You can also look to the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) site for curriculum kits, handouts, webinars, etc. Much of the material is available to non-members.

    Contact Karren Reish at or 517-241-0021 if you have any questions about CSLP, Summer Reading programs or other youth programs.


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.>   More

Michigan Reads

  • Michigan Reads logoMichigan 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.>   More

Letters About Literature

  • Letters about literature logoLetters about Literature
    The Letters about Literature 2014 results are here! Congratulations to our winners, Sylvia Fisher from St. Johns, Nureen Zahoor from West Bloomfield, and Nancy Huang from Bloomfield Hills. To read their letters and learn more about the program, click More below.

    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.
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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.

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  • River of Words Site See the 2014 Winners and find entry forms for individuals, facilitators and groups in English and Spanish.>   More

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. >   More

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