Children, Teens & Families

General Guides

Professional Tools for Librarians Serving Youth
Website: Association for Library Service to Children
The ALSC online tools has links to a wide variety of topics, including but not limited to to the following: access, advocacy, book lists, common core, copyright, digital media, diversity, early literacy, intellectual freedoms, programing, research, services, summer reading, technology, and many others.

YALSA Professional Tools
Website: Young Adult Library Services Association
The YALSA online tools has links to a wide variety of topics, including but not limited to  the following: leadership, knowledge of client group, marketing, administration, materials, services and many others.

Family Engagement

Libraries for the 21st Century: It’s A Family Thing, 2017
Report: Global Family Research Project
Libraries provide families a welcoming environment in which to learn, to connect with other parents, and to find other community resources that can help them thrive. From birth through young adulthood, family engagement is necessary for children’s literacy, math, and social-emotional development, and libraries are evolving to create more opportunities in which students can develop these skills with the support and encouragement of their families. With generous funding from the David and Lucile Packard Foundation, the Global Family Research Project team partnered with the Public Library Association (PLA) to explore family engagement in children’s learning through libraries. The reports summarize some of the initiative’s findings.

Family Engagement
Website: Public Library Association
This Task Force is charged with helping public libraries learn about and implement successful family engagement practices.