Out of this World Youth Programming

Youth Service Librarians want to provide programs that fit all age levels but often don’t know where to start, what types of crafts to do with each age level or how to determine what is age-appropriate. Some children’s librarians feel burned out and want to make a change to their current programs. Outreach librarians want to work with the schools and preschools but are not sure who to contact, what will work, and how to begin. As children’s librarians in public libraries we are responsible for providing programs that are not only fun and appealing but educational in nature. Starting at birth we are here to assist parents in their quests to raise readers. This class will provide ideas and suggestions on how to plan, promote, execute and evaluate your programs to work for you and your patrons. This class will also cover how to network and establish partnerships within the community to assist with making programming exceptional. Each student will walk away with an overflowing binder of ideas and directions on how to make programming exciting each and every year.

This course is certified to provide 1.8 Continuing Education Units (CEUs) to students who pass.

Learning Outcomes

Participants will be able to:

  • Create storytime program planning sheets for children ages 0 – 23 months and 2 – 5 taking into account program objectives, promotion, implementation and evaluation
  • Conduct a storytime incorporating early literacy tools such as movement, props, music and play
  • Produce a program for school-age children (third – fifth grade) centered around book talks, gaming, volunteerism or computers
  • Develop a family program for your library incorporating a theme, activity and storytime or storytelling
  • Identify four organizations for potential library partnerships and provide rationale as to why these organizations would make good partners

Who Should Attend

Children’s librarians in public libraries and schools; library paraprofessional and support staff who are working with students and parents.


Angela Young, M.S.L.S., Youth Services Librarian, Lorain Public Library System.


How to Register

Registration is now open!  Visit the ALA Registration page to register online, or fill out the registration form and mail it in.  You can also register by calling ALA Member and Customer Service at 800-545-2433 ext. 5.  Course space is limited.

Tech Requirements

Computer, internet connection, web browser.

Credits &/or CEUs

This course is certified to provide 1.8 Continuing Education Units (CEUs) to students who pass the course.  A certificate of completion will be sent to each participant upon successful completion for each course taken.

The American Library Association (ALA) has been certified to provide CEUs by the International Association of Continuing Education and Training (IACET).  Individual courses must pass a rigorous certification process by ALA's office of Human Resources Development and Recruitment to be able to provide students with CEUs.  If you have questions about CEUs or course certification, please contact Dan Rude in the ALSC office by email or by phone 800-545-2433 ext. 2164.


If you have questions about the course material, please contact the course instructor Angela Young.

If you have questions about registration, please contact ALA's Member and Customer Service Department by email or by calling 800-545-2433 ext. 5.

All other inquiries, including sponsorship questions, can be directed to Dan Rude, ALSC Marketing Specialist, via email or by calling (312) 280-2164.

Cancellation Policy

Cancellations must be made in writing and postmarked or faxed to the ALA/MACS department by no later than seven days before the class starts.  Cancellations will result in a full refund less a $35 processing fee.  NO phone cancellations will be accepted.  Refunds will be processed two weeks after the start of the course.  ALSC reserves the right to cancel a course for reasons including insufficient numbers of students. Cancellations after the course has begun will not be accepted.