Supporting Libraries Serving Youth

Dedicated State Library Services staff--who recognize the importance of library services to children and teens--plan, develop and implement statewide programs. Staff also offer professional development opportunities for librarians working with youth.

Learn How to Supercharge Your Storytimes – At Your Own Pace
The updated, self-paced Supercharged Storytimes course from OCLC (Online Computer Library Center) has launched. If you're not already taking part in the Supercharged Storytimes for All course being taught by our fantastic Minnesota trainers, please consider taking this version, instead. Participants will learn how to intentionally apply research-based practices to boost early literacy skills in young children attending library storytime. This companion course consists of six modules, which include videos, readings, activities and reflection questions—adding up to about 10 hours of content. Contact Jen Verbrugge (651-582-8356) if you have questions or need more information.

Join Girls Who Code Partnership and Launch a Free Club

State Library Services is partnering with Girls Who Code to bring free computer science opportunities to elementary, middle and high school children across Minnesota. We would love for your school or library to host a club!

Girls Who Code Clubs are no-cost afterschool programs for children in grades 3-5 or 6-12 to join a fellowship of supportive peers and use computer science to change the world. Clubs are led by facilitators who can be teachers, librarians, parents or volunteers from any background or field. No prior knowledge is required; many facilitators have no technical experience and learn to code alongside their club members. Read through an overview of the curriculum for both age groups, then attend a Girls Who Code webinar to help you learn more. You can also contact Leah Larson (651-582-8604) with questions about how to get started.

Important: To receive partnership benefits when you register your club, you must indicate “Minnesota State Library Services” as your partner affiliation on the application’s “About Your Club” page for the following question: Is your Club affiliated with a Girls Who Code Community Partner (school districts, library systems, nonprofit organization, afterschool networks etc.)?

Learn How Your Library Can Fill Hungry Bellies
Begin planning now for your library’s participation as a summer food site. Jenny Butcher, U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Summer Food Service Program Coordinator at the Minnesota Department of Education (MDE), presented a webinar on Wednesday, March 14, sharing how your library can get involved. Please contact Leah Larson (651-582-8604) for the webinar slides and/or more information. Learn more about how your library can support kids' access to summer meals.

Lexile Framework® for Reading Webinar
The Lexile Framework® for Reading is an innovative way of connecting children with books and other reading materials that meet and challenge their unique abilities. Matt Copeland of MetaMetrics recorded a webinar for librarians to help you learn how the Framework and Lexile measures can be used, discover free tools and research-based resources for utilizing Lexile measures, and get up to date on new and noteworthy research about Lexiles. The webinar runs about 50 minutes, and can be viewed on demand.

Early Childhood Screening Informational Video and Webinar
Early Childhood Screening, offered by all school districts, is a way to determine if young children are on track for meeting developmental milestones. Some families do not take advantage of screening because they have concerns about it or don’t know about it. If parents knew more about what screening is and is not, they may be more likely to have their children screened and identify areas for additional focus before kindergarten.

Public librarians can help increase participation in screening by encouraging families to get their children screened between the ages of 3 and the start of kindergarten. MDE and community partners teamed up to create a five-minute informational video with basic information about screening for parents and caregivers, thanks to funding from The McKnight Foundation.

MDE's Early Childhood Screening Coordinator, Margo Chresand, recorded a webinar to share information and ideas about how your library can help increase families’ awareness of screening and comfort with the process. Please contact Jen Verbrugge at 651-582-8356 with questions.

Order Literacy Bookmarks and Posters
MDE, through a partnership between State Library Services and the Office of Early Learning, has created bookmarks and posters you can use to help promote family engagement practices that support early literacy and reading well by third grade. The bookmarks and posters are available in six languages: English, Hmong, Karen, Ojibwe, Somali, and Spanish.

Minnesota public libraries, school libraries and early learning organizations may request bookmarks and posters online. Allow 2-3 weeks for processing. Email Jen Nelson to request bookmark quantities greater than 1,000 and/or poster quantities greater than 200. Quantities may be limited.

  • To Be Well-Read, You Must Be Well-Fed - 1/7/20
    Public libraries can help make sure hungry kids have access to nutritious food when school is not in session. Begin planning your summer 2017 participation by viewing this informational webinar. Jenny Butcher, USDA Summer Food Service Program Coordinator at MDE, shares how your library can get involved.
  • An Introduction to the Lexile Framework for Reading  - 1/6/20
    The Lexile Framework® for Reading is an innovative way of connecting children with books and other reading materials that meet and challenge their unique abilities. Learn how the Framework and Lexile measures can be used, discover free tools and research-based resources for utilizing Lexile measures, and get up to date on new and noteworthy research about Lexiles.
  • 90-Second Newbery Film Festival and Minnesota ELA Standards - 12/7/17
    This guide translates the work done toward a completed 90-Second Newbery film into the language of Minnesota’s English Language Arts standards.
  • Using OER Commons: Creating Storytime Lesson Plans - 11/29/17
    For Minnesota Storytime Hub Contributors
  • Using OER Commons: User Guide - 11/29/17
    For Minnesota Storytime Hub Contributors
  • 2017 Summer Learning Program Survey Results - 10/24/17
    Results of fall 2017 voluntary survey of public libraries survey to discern the current environment surrounding summer youth programs in Minnesota.
  • Early STEM Learning in Libraries workshop flier - 8/29/17
    Registration information for three no-cost early STEM workshops in September 2017.
  • Early Childhood Screening: A Webinar for Minnesota Librarians - 1/10/17
    PowerPoint slides from December 8, 2016 webinar
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