Teen Services

To suggest additions, please email Kris Adams Wendt at kawendt@wvls.org.

Teen Services Resources

Find resources below vetted by Kris Adams Wendt, the WVLS Children’s Services and Advocacy Consultant. Programming, storytime, 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten App, best apps, best websites, book and media awards, summer reading, home school resources, community relationship building, professional guidelines, local and state advocacy and more!

Teen Advocacy
Book & Media Awards and Lists
Community Relationship Building

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

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

  • Communicate regularly with your K-12 librarians.
  • Support K-12 librarians and teachers during the school year.
  • Make a list of K-12 Teacher emails that you can use for announcements and feedback.
  • Send Summer Reading Program information to K-12 librarians well in advance (February).
  • Set up a library booth at parent teacher conferences or open houses.
Data on Children & Families
  • Kids Count Data Center
    • Create your own reports by choosing your topic and characteristics. KIDS COUNT is a project of the Annie E. Casey Foundation and a premier source of data on children and families. The KIDS COUNT Data Center draws from more than 50 KIDS COUNT state organizations that provide state and local data, as well publications providing insights into trends affecting child and family well-being.  Each year, the Foundation produces a comprehensive report — the KIDS COUNT Data Book — that assesses child well-being in the United States. The indicators featured in the Data Book are also available in the Data Center.
    • Topics: Demographics, Economic Well-Being, Education, Family & Community, Health, Safety & Risky Behavior
    • Characteristics: Age, Family Nativity, Race and Ethnicity
  • Wisconsin Council on Children and Families, Inc. (WCCF)
    • The Council is a multi-issue child and family advocacy organization, providing research, policy analysis, public education and advocacy that lead to improved outcomes for children in the areas of health, economic security, safety and education.
K-12 School Library Resources
Professional Associations & Blogs
Professional Guidelines
Teen Programming Ideas
WVLS List Servs for Librarians Serving Youth

WVLS maintains a Public Library Youth Services list serv and a WVLS K-12 Library and Media Specialist list serv.

  • Both WVLS lists are two-way, meaning that subscribers can both reply to messages and initiate messages to colleagues.
  • Send an email to help@librarieswin.org  and request addition to either the Public Library Youth Services Email list or WVLS K-12 Library and Media Specialist list serv.

Statewide Youth Services Email Listserv

  • The Statewide Youth Services (YS) Email Listserv is run by the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction and coordinated by the State Youth Services Consultant.
  • The list is updated annually based on youth services staff listed on public library annual reports.
  • The YS list is one-way, meaning that you will receive occasional messages of statewide interest, but cannot reply or initiate statewide messages.
  • Send an email to tessa.schmidt@dpi.wi.gov to request addition to the list. The list is updated annual based on youth services staff listed on public library annual reports.


The Inclusive Library:

Resources for Outreach to Under Served Populations

Please see WI Department of Instruction resources on Youth and Inclusive Services where you can also find contact information for Tessa Michaelson Schmidt, the WI Public Library Youth and Inclusive Services Consultant.

What Does It Mean to Be Inclusive?: A Statement From the Division of Libraries and Technology,May 25, 2017

Teen Programming in WVLS Libraries

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