Youth Services Resources


Young Adult Library Services Association — YALSA a division of American Library Association offering useful information for anyone interested in library services for teens.

The Association for Library Services to Children — a division of the American Library Association offering a wide variety of resources for anyone interested in library services for children.


Cooperative Childrens Book Center — offers assistance with reference, book challenges, and book recommendations related to literature for youth.

Kid’s Time Kits

See the list of Kid’s Time Kits available from SWLS — sets of themed items that you can incorporate into your own programs.

AccuCut Die Cut-Outs

A set of Accu-Cut dies owned by SWLS are housed at the Brewer Public Library in Richland Center. These can be used to make paper cut-outs of a selection of shapes and images.

Available shapes can be seen along with their die numbers on the following PDFs:

Contact Brewer Public Library to arrange use of the die-cut machine.

Programming — BuildLiteracy is an online resource from American Library Association for libraries offering adult literacy services.

Children’s Programs — the Youth Services for Libraries section of the Division for Libraries, Technology and Community Learning includes:

Family and Child Education — The FACE program serves American Indian families with children from birth to grade three and is supported by the Bureau of Indian Education.

Performers — Click to download a list (Excel file) of past performers at SWLS libraries.

ProLiteracy Worldwide — The new organization representing the merger of Laubach Literacy Action and Literacy Volunteers of America.

Reading Is Fun — This nonprofit literacy organization prepares and motivate children to read by delivering free books and literacy resources to those children and families who need them most.

Talk Story — The Talk Story program is a tool kit for librarians to share the richness and diversity of American culture with new readers, in books and library programs. A database of family literacy storytime ideas includes book suggestions and ideas for songs, crafts or other activities.


Wisconsin Agencies

Wisconsin Literacy, Inc. — Foster partnerships between healthcare professionals and residents of Wisconsin to increase access and enhance understanding of health information and services literacy leaders. is a list of Wisconsin Literacy member agencies providing adult, family and workplace literacy programs statewide.

The Wisconsin Child Care Information Center (CCIC) is a mail-order lending library and information clearinghouse serving anyone in Wisconsin working in the field of child care and early childhood education. Our goal is to help Wisconsin child care professionals give the best possible start to Wisconsin’s children.

Literature Reviews, Awards, Book Discussions

Authors and Illustrators on the Web — a Canadian site providing links to personal and fan websites of dozens of popular authors of childrens’ and young adult books.

Children’s Book Council — the national nonprofit trade association for children’s trade book publishers. The CBC website provides resources such as reading lists, links to websites of authors and illustrators, articles on children’s literature, information about getting a children’s book published and more.

Cooperative Children’s Book Center — Wisconsin’s leading source of information about children’s literature. Includes reading lists, articles and a discussion list. A primary source of assistance when dealing with book challenges.

Juvenile Series and Sequels — lists for dozens of children’s book series compiled by the Mid-Continent Public Library in Independence, Missouri.

American Indians in Children’s Literature — Critical perspectives of indigenous peoples in children’s and young adult books, the school curriculum, popular culture, and society.

Native American Authors — The Internet Public Library provides information on Native North American authors with bibliographies of their published works, biographical information, and links to online resources including interviews, online texts and tribal websites.

Oyate: Review of Native American books for children — A Native organization dedicated to the honest portrayal of lives and histories of Native People offering books and curricula with Indian themes and conducting workshops and institutes on “Teaching Respect for Native Peoples.”

Teen Reads — commentary, news, interviews and reviews from leading authors for teen readers

Caldecott Medal — awarded annually by the Association for Library Service to Children, a division of the American Library Association, to the artist of the most distinguished American picture book for children.

Golden Archer Awards — award-winning children’s literature sponsored by the Wisconsin Educational Media Association.

Newbery Medal — awarded annually by the Association for Library Service to Children, a division of the American Library Association, to the author of the most distinguished contribution to American literature for children.

CCBC Book Discussion Guidelines — offers nine general rules for leading a book discussion.

Guys Read — author Jon Scieszka, dedicated to promoting literacy in boys, offers suggestions for promoting book discussions for boys.