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 recording: Anjie Gleisner, Youth Librarian and co-leader of the early literacy workgroup from Kent District Library, presented on Early Literacy and Public Libraries - Supporting Reading Proficiency webinar on April 29th. The webinar focused on early literacy support in public libraries, including programs, developmentally appropriate activities and putting it all into practice in your library. You can watch the webinar recording and she has also provided the KDL Baby Bingo Summer Reading handout.

    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.

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 READ. BE INSPIRED. WRITE BACK.

    The Letters about Literature 2015 results are here! Congratulations to our winners, Soja Kureekkattil of Rochester Hills, Ellie Martin
    of Alma, and Rashna Soonavala of Rochester Hills. To read their letters and learn more about the program, click the Letters about Literature link above. We also have the dates for the 2016 program too!

    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.

  • 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.

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