Youth Services


The best resources, curated by Leah

Summer library program: links and resources

1000 Books Before Kindergarten

Storytime resources

Preschool storytime template

Storytime resources

Storytime how-to

Lapsit storytime templates

Performers: tips, buttons for IFLS collaboration spreadsheet and IFLS library staff crowd-sources reviews

Kits: lend items, AccuCut die-cut service

Teen advisory groups: tips, guidelines, suggestions and resources

Readers advisory: education, tools, forms

Program tracking: what you need to know about tracking for the annual report

Inclusion and accessibility

Can’t find what you’re looking for here? Try searching the IFLS Article Index.

Additional support from IFLS

Leah Langby is your IFLS staff expert in:

  • Youth services staffing (advertising, recruiting, hiring, onboarding and more)
  • Developing your services (programs, collections, partnerships and outreach)
  • Continuing education and professional development resources
  • General support (child/teen development, intellectual freedom, inclusive services)
Leah Langby

Leah Langby

Library Development and Youth Services Coordinator

715-839-5082 x114|
Youth Services, Continuing Education, Director Certification, Inclusive Services

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Starred Reviews

This monthly publication includes a brief excerpt from all the starred reviews for kids and teens from Booklist, Horn Book, Kirkus, Publishers Weekly and School Library Journal. To subscribe submit a HelpDesk ticket or contact Leah.

Virtual Check-ins

Watch the IFLS calendar for regular check-ins. (Search “check-in” on the calendar’s search box.)

Keeping Up With Kids blog

by Leah Langby

Great Lakes, Great Read

In case you missed earlier notices about it, please take a look at the resources created for the Great Lakes, Great Read project, led by the Wisconsin Water Library at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.  Many of you have interacted with the wonderful librarian...

Looking for Inspiration? Check Out Programming Kits!

Whether you are already planning fall programs and events or you are looking for a few additional activities to make your summer programs pop, don't forget about the programming kits available to libraries through Lend Items.  I'll be featuring a few of the kits...

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