Youth Library Services:

Every Child Ready to Read

  • Every Child Ready to Read in Michigan

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    The Library of Michigan just completed 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 included a free copy of the Every Child Ready to Read training materials for Michigan public libraries and two-years of training and continuing education program. Contact Cathy Lancaster at for further details.  

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.



Youth Services Workshops

  • Upcoming Webinars & Workshops (Click Here for Youth)

    Please follow the link above for information on upcoming youth workshops, webinars and events.

    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 August 2019:

                 Anne Clark, Bay County Library System

                 Liz Clauder, Bloomfield Township Public Library

    Lindsay Fricke, Novi Public Library

    Beth Lowe, Fowlerville District Library

    Dena Moscheck, Lapeer District Library

    Monica Porter, University of Michigan Library

    Gillian Streeter, Muskegon Area District Library 

    Eva Weihl, East Lansing Public Library

    Stephanie Wambaugh, Braille and Talking Book Library

    Cathy Lancaster, 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.
    • Selection of title for the Ready to Read Michigan book program
    • Other tasks specific to promoting & serving youth services throughout the state 

    Cathy Lancaster at or 517-335-8129 if you have any questions about youth or teen programs.

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