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 and events, including membership in the Collaborative Summer Library Program, continuing education, statewide projects, and advocacy.
Current programs include:
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.
- Summer Reading with the Collaborative Summer Reading Program (CSLP)
- Mahoney Children's Workshops
- Michigan Reads! One-state, one-preschool book program.
- Letters about Literature
- River of Words
Contact Karren Reish at email@example.com or 517-241-0021 if you have any questions about CSLP, Summer Reading programs or other youth programs.
|See here for School Library Media Specialist information |
Summer Reading Program
School Librarians and SL21
|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.|
|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. SL 21 is a companion to the Michigan School Library Media Program Guidelines approved by the Library of Michigan Board of Trustees in January 2007. |
|Mahoney Children's Workshops The Mahoney Children's Workshops provide convenient, low-cost, high quality professional development experiences for youth librarians in regions of Michigan where these opportunities are not readily available. The workshops are made possible through the support of the Alice C. Mahoney Fund administered by the Library of Michigan Foundation.
Letters About Literature
|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.|
River of Words
|Letters about Literature |
READ. BE INSPIRED. WRITE BACK.
The 2013 results are in! Kathleen Carroll from Grosse Pointe Farms, Austin Langlinais from Mattawan, and Ana Mohr from Traverse City are the winners. To read their letters and learn more, including who our finalists are, 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.
Children and Young Adult Books and Authors
Office of Great Start Collaborations
|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 firstname.lastname@example.org or use the Entry Form below. The entry deadline is February 1, 2013.
|River of Words Entry Form |