Resources for Librarians Serving Youth

The Professional Development Office wants to make your job as a Youth Librarian easier.  Consider using some of these free resources available to all librarians serving youth in Indiana.  We are committed to serving public librarians, school librarians, and other library staff who serve youth.  Many of these programs are made possible by a grant from the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services, administered by the Indiana State Library.

Book Club Kits
Indiana State Library Book Club Kits contain 15 copies of each children’s or YA title and a discussion guide. The kits circulate for up to 3 months. Click here for a complete listing of available titles. To reserve a kit, contact the Professional Development Office at the Indiana State Library, via email at For information about adult titles, please check Novel Conversations or email Nancy Conner from Indiana Humanities at

Storytime Kits
The State Library has a series of thematic storytime kits available for use by Indiana libraries.  Each kit contains books, manipulatives, music CDs and an activity guide.  Activity guides suggest how to use kit materials – songs, fingerplays, felt board sets, puppets, craft ideas, and more – to incorporate into your storytime each of the five early literacy practices from the Every Child Ready to Read @ Your Library program.  Click here, for a complete listing of kit contents.  Kits can be checked out for 1 month and will be sent via INfoExpress at no cost to your library. For more information about the kits or to reserve one, please contact the Professional Development office via email at

Big Idea Storytime Kits (Math and Science)
 If you are looking to add math and science elements to your storytimes, these are the kits for you! The BIG Idea kits feature hands-on activities created by the Vermont Center for the Book’s Mother Goose Programs as well as books and a guide to help plan your storytime. The kits are available to any library using INfoExpress and be checked out for 1 month. To request a kit, contact the Children Services Consultant at  Click here for a complete listing of kit contents.

Collaborative Summer Library Program
The Collaborative Summer Library Program (CSLP) is a consortium of states working together to provide high-quality summer reading program materials for children at the lowest cost possible for their public libraries.  The Indiana State Library disseminates information regarding this program to all public libraries in Indiana.  Public libraries also receive CSLP manuals, catalogues, and access to the CSLP website.

CSLP Website
2017 Summer Reading Ideas from Iowa
2017 Teen Video Contest
2017 Teen Video Contest Model Release Form
CSLP 2017: Program Ideas for All Ages

Indiana Children's Authors & Illustrators
The Indiana Children's Authors & Illustrators website is maintained by the Indiana State Library to provide teachers, librarians, and the general public with lists of Indiana authors and illustrators with published works for children and young adults

One of the most powerful tools available from the State Library, the INSPIRE databases give the user instant access to a variety of databases, including special portals specifically for youth.  TeachingBooks gives access to supplementary resources for books your youth are already reading.  The Testing and Education Reference Center is where to go for a variety of practice tests.  Try the Hobbies and Crafts database for resources for your next crafting program.  There’s that and so much more!

Talking Books
Do you have young patrons who are blind or low vision?  Take advantage of the services of Talking Books to access free resources.

Special Opportunities
Please check back for announcements on special programs or mini-grants that may be available to librarians through the Indiana State Library.  Special opportunities we have coordinated in the past include AWE Early Literacy Computers, Mother Goose on the Loose trainings, Project WET trainings, and Every Child Ready to Read kits and manuals.

Listservs for Youth Librarians
The Indiana State Library moderates two listservs specifically for youth librarians.  Try InChildProg if you are interested in programming for children or Yappers if you are interested in programming for teens/YA.  This is an easy way to instantly get connected with librarians across the state.

Professional Development and Consulting
Youth Librarians need their LEUs too.  Visit Lyrasis for schedules of trainings or for online trainings you can access from any internet connected computer.  The Professional Development Office at the State Library also has a Children’s Services Consultant available to come to your next Staff Meeting or Round Table to do trainings with you, your staff, or any group of librarians on a variety of youth specific topics.  Email to schedule a training session or to get help on youth related library issues:  You can also call the Professional Development Office at (317) 234-5649 to reach the Children’s Services Consultant.

Indiana Center for the Book
Visit the Indiana Center for the Book for state and national initiatives connecting you and your students to books and the written word.  Check here for the What Indiana Means to Me essay contest, Letters About Literature, and River of Words among other opportunities for youth.

There are a variety of grants that youth librarians can apply for to gain funding for special programming or innovative ideas.  The LSTA grant is administered by the Indiana State Library and is for innovative library technology projects with the potential for state-wide impact.  Here are other grant resources for Youth Librarians. 
 State Library Grants Portal
 Indiana Youth Institute
Field Trips
Are you interested in coordinating a tour, a field trip, or a research block here at the Indiana State Library?  Contact the Professional Development Office at or 234-5649 for tours or field trips for children in grades 2-12.

PDO BY 3-7-2017