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Youth Services/Summer Reading Program

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.

Library of Michigan Summer Reading Webinar Series: We will be providing a series of four one hour webinars in November, January, February and March 2015. All sessions are free. You can view the recordings of the 2014 webinar series on the Summer Reading page.

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.

School Librarians and SL21
SL 21 - School Libraries for the 21st Century SL 21 is a tool to help measure the quality of School Library programs within individual school buildings in Michigan. To achieve Qualified and Exemplary Status for a School Library program, submit completed criteria measurement evaluations to the Library of Michigan, an Office of the Michigan Department of Education. School administrators are to evaluate their building's School Library program in conjunction with their School Librarian and submissions require the signature of their District Superintendent. Status earned are valid for three years. In addition, to the SL 21 materials, we also have a wealth of information on the value and role of school libraries.

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.

Michigan Reads
Michigan Reads Michigan Reads! logoWhat 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 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.

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 For entry forms for individuals, facilitators and groups in English and Spanish.

Children and Young Adult Books and Authors
Take a Reading Road Trip to Michigan! Michigan Children's Books PDF icon
Michigan Teen Adventures! PDF icon
Michigan Authors & Illustrators database
Michigan Children and Young Adult Books and Authors

Office of Great Start Collaborations
Office of Great Start Programs:The Michigan Department of Education's Office of Great Start is responsible for a variety of high quality early learning programs and services designed to ensure that children are:
  • Born healthy
  • Developmentally on track from birth to third grade
  • Ready to succeed in school at the time of entry
  • Reading proficiently by the end of the third grade
  • .
As such, the programs may be a good fit for partnerships and collaborations with local public libraries and their children and family programs.
Head Start State Collaboration Office
Michigan Office of Great Start
Michigan Head Start Association
Head Start Locator
Head Start Early Childhood Learning & Knowledge Center
Public Library Program Collaborations for Great Start Programs PDF icon
Great Start Program Collaborations for Public Libraries PDF icon

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