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Holston River Regional Library: Children & Youth Services

Libguide for the Libraries in the Holston River Region.

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Strengthening Communities Through Libraries minigrant

ALSC will award twelve $5,000 Strengthening Communities Through Libraries minigrants to ALSC personal members in public libraries whose libraries are within 20 miles of a Dollar General corporate or retail location. In addition to minigrants, ALSC will also develop supplemental resources that will be made widely available to support the out-of-school time programming of libraries and their community partners.


Applications are due by November 30, 2016, at 5 pm. You can find application requirements and submit your proposal here:

Webinar Recommendations

There are so many webinars out there to choose from on a variety of topics finding the ones pertaining to youth and children services can seem like a daunting task.  This section of the libguide is proved you with webinars that may be of particular interest to your area of the library.  If you have a recommendation for your fellow colleagues, email the webinar link to

National Braille Press

Great Expectations brings popular picture books to life using a multi-sensory approach — songs, tactile play, picture descriptions, body movement, engaged listening — all designed to promote active reading experiences for children with visual impairments.

Parents will learn how to describe a picture in a book, how to explore a book’s visual concepts, how to play and have fun telling “the whole story.” Children will learn to listen carefully to words, feelings (voice), actions, scene, plots, and character development—elements that they would otherwise miss by not seeing the pictures.

And did we mention it will be fun for everyone?
It’s time to expect more.

Autism Welcome Here: Library Programs, Services and More

The "Autism Welcome Here: Library Programs, Services and More" grant is sponsored by Libraries and Autism: We're Connected.

This grant honors the groundbreaking work of Libraries and Autism co-founder Meg Kolaya for her contributions in promoting inclusion, connecting libraries and the autism community, and bringing awareness of the needs of individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and their families to the library community.

Grant Description
Each year, a total of $5,000.00 will be awarded. Depending on the applications received, one grant for the full amount or multiple grants for smaller amounts totaling $5,000.00 may be awarded.

Any type of library can apply and the proposal can fund projects and services for any age group. Applicants may propose to initiate a new, creative program or service, bring an already-existing, successful program or service to their library for the first time, or enhance a program or service they already offer. All programs or services proposed must benefit people with autism or their families, directly or indirectly. Funds may be used to hire a trainer to present a workshop, to buy program materials, to pay for staff, etc.

Applications for the 2019 grant(s) will be accepted starting in September 1 2018. 


Summer Reading Links

Teen Read Week October 9th - 15 2016

About Teen Read Week

Teen Read Week™ is a national adolescent literacy initiative created by the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA). It began in 1998 and is held annually in October the same week as Columbus Day. Its purpose is to encourage teens to be regular readers and library users. 

The 2016 event will be held Oct. 9 - 15th, featuring a multi-lingual "Read for the fun of it!" theme. Library staff and educators are encouraged to leverage this theme to highlight all of the resources and services available to the 22% of the nation's youth who speak a language other than English at home.  Join the conversation on Twitter with #TRW16.

Let us know in the comments below what you are planning for your library!

Children and Youth Roundtables 2019-2020

Money As You Grow Book Club Program

About the book club

The Money as You Grow book club is a family financial education program that uses children’s books to help families learn key money concepts through reading, play, and quiet one-on-one talks.

Many parents and caregivers are eager to build a good financial literacy foundation for their kids, but might not feel they have enough time, tools, and confidence. Fortunately, many of the building blocks for financial well-being – like patience, planning, and problem-solving – don't require a lot of financial know-how.

Bring the book club to your library

With our implementation guide, you can set up a book club in your library, school, or other organization. The facilitator can be anyone who wants to help parents and young children build positive money attitudes and habits. The step-by-step implementation guide shows you how.


Community Partnerships

Working with community partners can strengthen the library's relationship with the community,
and enable the library to present programs or services that it might not be able to do on its own.

Future Ready With The Library

YALSA, in partnership with the Association for Rural and Small Libraries (ARSL), has put together an innovative project to support small, rural and tribal libraries as they provide college and career readiness (CCR) services for and with the middle schoolers in their communities. Library staff from small, rural and tribal libraries may apply to be a part of a cohort of learners who will be supported by coaches and mentors, and work together to develop CCR services and resources that meet the particular needs of the middle schoolers in their communities.   Cohort members will meet and work both in-person and online.

Family Events

5Rs: Ways Libraries Encourage Family Engagement

Reach Out: Libraries reach out to families to promote the programs, collections, and services that are vital in a knowledge economy.

Raise Up: Libraries elevate family views and voices in how library programs and services are developed and carried out.

Reinforce: Libraries provide guidance on and modeling of the specific actions that family members can take to support learning, reaffirming families’ important roles and strengthening feelings of efficacy.

Relate: Libraries offer opportunities for families to build peer-to-peer relationships, social networks, and parent-child relationships.

Reimagine: Libraries are expanding their community partnerships; combining resources and extending their range; improving children and families’ well-being; and linking new learning opportunities.

Lopez, M. Elena, Margaret Caspe, and Lorette McWilliams. "August 9, 2016 Public Libraries: A Vital Space for Family Engagement." FINE Newsletter VIII (9 Aug. 2016): n. pag. Harvard Family Research Project. Harvard Family Research Project, 9 Aug. 2016. Web. 19 Aug. 2016.

Libraries for the 21st Century: It’s A Family Thing

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 below summarize some of the initiative’s findings.

Public Libraries: A Vital Space for Family Engagement

M. Elena Lopez, Margaret Caspe, Lorette McWilliams

This report calls for libraries to join together with schools and community organizations to establish a system of family engagement that extends throughout a child’s life, supports children and families, and prepares children for success.

Ideabook: Libraries for Families

Heather B. Weiss, M. Elena Lopez, Margaret Caspe, Lorette McWilliams

The Ideabook picks up where the call to action leaves off. It offers a research-based framework to guide libraries’ work in family engagement and shares 54 profiles of the innovative ways that libraries – big and small – support families in promoting children’s learning and development. The book also includes recommendations from library leaders on how to adapt and transform practices in local settings.

Literacy Resurces

Story Time Ideas

Check back soon for story time ideas.

Teen Programing

Check back soon for teen ideas.

SRP 2016

SRP 2016 Tryouts