Youth Library Services

Every Child Ready to Read

  • Every Child Ready to Read in Michigan

    The Library of Michigan is pleased to announce the launch of a two-year Every Child Ready to Read (ECRR) program for 2016 and 2017. This program is based on the American Library Association Every Child Ready to Read materials. Teaching parents and other caregivers how to support the early literacy development of their children is the basis of the program. The public library is central in providing information and materials to parents and caregivers on early literacy. Talking, Singing, Reading, Writing and Playing are the elements of ECRR activities. You can find more information about the program at

    The program includes a free copy of the Every Child Ready to Read training materials for Michigan public libraries and a two-year training and continuing education program. Contact Cathy Lancaster at to request materials.


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. 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 2016-2017 materials and entry coupons are here! The Michigan Center for the Book and the Library of Michigan participate in the national Letters about Literature, an annual 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.

Youth Services Workshops

  • Persons with Disabilities:

    Persons with disabilities needing accommodations for effective participation in the meeting should contact Mary Anne Smith, at 517-373-1580 (voice) or 517-373-1592 (TDD) no less than 10 days in advance to request mobility, visual, hearing, or other assistance.

Youth Services Advisory Council (YSAC)

  • YSAC Committee members through June of 2018:

                Hillary Berry, Paw Paw District Library

    Rachel Birgy, Kalkaska County Library

    Lindsay Fricke, Novi Public Library

    Beth Lowe, Fowlerville District Library

    Dena Moscheck, Lapeer District Library

    Amy Nolan, St. Joseph/Maud Preston Palenske Memorial Library

    Eva Weihl, East Lansing Public Library

    Seated on the council will also be:

    Kristy Doak of the Michigan Library Association,

    Stephanie Wambaugh of the Braille and Talking Book Library,

    and Cathy Lancaster, on behalf of the Library of Michigan.

    YSAC Volunteers will be responsible for:

    • Review & feedback on MeL Databases for Youth & Teens 
    • Assess ongoing needs in the areas of youth services (providing ideas such as webinar topics, workshops, etc.)
    • Promote Library of Michigan initiatives, including social media campaigns, to their home libraries.
    • Suggest Michigan Reads! titles
    • Other tasks specific to promoting & serving youth services throughout the state 

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