Children’s Services

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Storytime & Early Literacy
    • New York Public Library: Storytime Strategies for Children’s Specialists in Public Library Settings: self-paced module.


    • Storytime Katie: Blog
      • This blog created by Katie, an Early Literacy Librarian, includes storytime plans with books, props, songs, and reviews on topics. Stumped on a good book or song for a topic? This blog’s for you!
    • Jbrary: Blog
      • Lindsey and Dana, two children’s librarians created Jbrary as a class project for one of our MLIS courses, and has since grown into a blog and YouTube channel we use to participate in the virtual youth services world.
    • Sowing Seeds Librarian: Blog
      • Storytime Lesson Plans! Because, why should we all have to write our own week after week when we can share good ideas!
    • Storyline Online: Website
      • Famous people narrating animated read alouds. Beloved actors who know how to bring stories to life.
    • Storytime Underground: Blog
      • This blog is committed to providing free, comprehensive early childhood education activities for all families. the blog includes tips and recommendations for storytimes, training on pertinent topics (rowdy storytime attendees, parent expectations, and more), advocacy, and more!
    • ALSC Association for Library Service to Children (ALA): Blog
      • The ALSC is a section from ALA dedicated you children’s services. Their blog is amazing and provides resources and tips to be used right away and also discussions of larger youth services topics.
    • Youth Services Information Exchange: WVLS Facebook Page
      • A place to share programming ideas and support for WVLS member libraries. Open to all staff within the Wisconsin Valley Library System and the Northern Waters Library System involved in serving our youth. Feel free to share resources, photos, files, etc. If adding multiple photos please create an “album” by clicking on the above photo tab. Thank you and WELCOME!
    • YSS Youth Services Section, WLA: Resources and YSS BLOG
      • The Wisconsin Library Association’s Youth Services Section provides a forum and resource for people in Wisconsin’s libraries who share a commitment to serving children and young adults, their parents, caregivers, and teachers.
    • Cooperative Children’s Book Center: Resources
      • A unique and vital gathering place for books, ideas, and expertise in the field of children’s and young adult literature.
    • Growing Wisconsin Readers: Blog
      • Aims to support Wisconsin caregivers of young children with information about early literacy so they can prepare children for learning at school and beyond.
    • Pinterest: Blog/Social Media
      • Find songs, activities, crafts and more!
    • Read Aloud 15 Minutes: National Campaign
    • Read On Wisconsin: Blog
      • Read On Wisconsin (ROW) is a state-wide literacy program, that promotes high-quality books for children and teens. Each month features one or more Read On Wisconsin titles for children and teens in five different age-level groups.
    • Saroj Ghoting: Early Childhood Literacy Consultant
      • Saroj Ghoting is an Early Childhood Literacy Consultant and national trainer on early literacy. She presents early literacy training and information sessions at national, regional, and state conferences, and training for library staff and their partners. Her website features resources for early literacy research, storytime, handouts and activities, summer reading, videos, and hosts a storytime brainstorming page.
    • SurLaLune: Blog
      • With a focus on Fairy Tales, this blog includes posts about current events (Banned Books Week), book reviews, and books gathered by topics.
    • Tiny Tips for Library Fun: Blog
      • Marge Loch-Wouters is a retired Children’s Librarian and Youth Services Consultant who loves working with youth librarians and strategizing on creating great sustainable service.
    • Every Child Ready to Read – Toolkit for Serving Early Childhood Educators
      • This toolkit aims to offer a better understanding of what is means to pattern, train, and facilitate learning with early childhood educators whose students are growing in independence and ability as they approach school entry.
    1,000 Books Before Kindergarten App
    • Download the free app.
    • Create a profile for your kiddo.
    • Track books! Type or scan in titles!
    • Read 3 books per night you’ll be done in 3 years!

    1000 Books Before Kindergarten App

    Paper Tracking

    Many libraries use paper record books for their participants such modeled after the national 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten template.

    App Tracking & App Toolbox for Librarians

    1,000 Books B4K App is here for Android and Apple products! WVLS partnered with Bridges Library System to create a FREE app for all library users. Please visit the 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten Toolbox or the Bridges Library System webpage for free promotional samples, graphics, reading logs, completion certificates, AND the 1,000 Books App Overview for Library Staff! The overview includes direction on how to transfer paper records into the app with a simple trick for librarians.

    Libraries Transform Taglines

    • “Because 5 out of 5 doctors agree reading aloud to children supports brain development.”
    • “Because learning to read comes before reading to learn.”
    • “Because learning starts before kindergarten.”
    • “Because a library card is the most important school supply of all.”

    Libraries Transform, An initiative of the American Library Association.

    Summer Reading!



    • WI DPI Youth Services Email List
      • Send an email to to add your email to our list!
      • For all staff serving youth. Tessa Michaelson Schmidt, the Public Library Youth and Inclusive Services Consultant from WI DPI, frequently shares top resources.
    • Youth Services Information Exchange: Facebook Page
      • A place to share programming ideas and support for WVLS member libraries. Open to all library staff serving youth. 
    • WLA Youth Services Section: AND YSS Blog
      • The Wisconsin Library Association’s Youth Services Section provides a forum and resource for people in Wisconsin’s libraries who share a commitment to serving children and young adults, their parents, caregivers, and teachers.
    • Association for Library Service to Children ALSC Blog
      • The Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC) is a network of more than 4,000 children’s and youth librarians, children’s literature experts, publishers, education and library school faculty members, and other adults committed to improving and ensuring the future of the nation through exemplary library service to children, their families, and others who work with children.
    • The Programming Librarian
      • is a place for library professionals to share, learn and be inspired to present excellent programming for their communities.
    Graphic Novels & Manga
    K-12 Resources
    Relationship Building

    Building a relationship with K-12 librarians and teachers is essential. Sonja Ackerman (K-12) and Sue Abrahamson (Public) team up to show us how school and public librarians can work together for great results!

    School and Library Partnerships for Summer Learning and Reading Programs– WVLS Youth Services Workshop Dec 2016

    • Do you communicate regularly with your K-12 librarians? Do you support K-12 librarians and teachers during the school year?
    • Do you have a list of K-12 Teacher emails that you could use for announcements and feedback?
    • Do you send Summer Reading Program information to K-12 librarians well in advance (February)?
    • Do you set up a library booth at parent teacher conferences or open houses?

    ALSC Blog Post: “Gimme a C (for Collaboration!): Starting Small and Building” January 25, 2017

    2018 STEAM in Youth Services Workshop

    Attendees learned how to create high-interest STEAM programs on a low-to-no budget, tackle local STEAM grant writing, test out virtual/augmented reality, the 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten App, passive coding activities, AND tried an Hour of Code!

    Emily Zorea, Youth Services Librarian of the Brewer Public Library in Richland Center, kick-offed the day with “Engaging Families, Youth, and Teens around STEAM and Thematic Programming.” Julie Kinney, Teen Librarian for Marathon County Public Library, and Tammie Blomberg, Director of the Rib Lake Public Library, led the group through the Hour of Code and talked about bringing coding concepts to teen and adult library users.

    Find more from Emily at her Sowing Seeds Librarian blog.

    Attendees participated in passive coding activities and left with inspiration and coding lesson plans in hand! Activities and lesson plans courtesy of Linda Liukas, author of the Hello Ruby book series. The Hello Ruby series written for children is a “whimsical way to learn about technology, computing and coding.”

    Super Storytimes Workshop: Dec. 4

    9-3pm, December 4th
    Marathon County Public Library-Wausau
    Agenda coming soon!
    Morning Speakers:

    Supercharged Storytimes for All!

    Julia Carlis and Mollie Stanford were participants in the Supercharged Storytimes for All Train-the-Trainer program in 2018 and were selected instructors for Minnesota’s Supercharged Storytimes for All statewide online program.

    Children’s storytimes are a hallmark of library programming, and thanks to the VIEWS2 research, we know that library storytimes do matter. Intentionally including early literacy strategies with an interactive approach in storytime leads to corresponding early literacy behaviors in children. Furthermore, libraries are in a unique position to reach children very early in their lives and to connect with parents and caregivers at the same time. The Supercharged Storytimes for All course turns the findings from the VIEWS2 research into practical strategies for library storytime practitioners. This curriculum was developed for WebJunction and OCLC by Saroj Ghoting, early literacy expert, and CiKeithia Pugh, Early Learning Program Manager at Seattle Public Library.

    Participants will also receive an introductory homework assignment the week of Nov. 11 to prepare for the session.

    Inclusive Services Resources

     If you are looking for information on Inclusive Services, check out the page dedicated to it on our website. 

    What does it mean to be inclusive?  Wisconsin public libraries are places where everyone should be safe, welcomed, and respected in experiences such as arrivals in our buildings, getting library cards, using a computer and paying fines. 

    Wisconsin Valley Library Service
    300 N 1st Street
    Wausau, WI 54403