Youth Services Update: February 2022

Upcoming Opportunities

Descriptions below are provided by host organizations.


Thursday, February 24, 2022

Join the Texas Library Association on Thursday, February 24th at 5:00 p.m. ET / 4:00 p.m. CT for a crucial roundtable discussion of censorship and tangible steps to protect the freedom to read. Voices from every aspect of this ongoing and constantly evolving issue will weigh in, including a teacher, librarian, parent, legislator, author, and student, using the recent book bannings in Texas and the response from teachers, librarians, and the community at large as an example of a way forward in protecting the first amendment nationwide. The ALA Office of Intellectual Freedom will close out the program and all attendees will receive resources following the event. This 75-minute event is sponsored by Booklist and Macmillan Children’s Publishing Group and is free to attend and open to all. For more information, visit the event page.


March 2022

Will Eisner Week is a worldwide series of events held in libraries, schools, museums, comic book shops, bookstores, and other venues celebrating comics and sequential art, graphic novel literacy, free speech, and Will Eisner’s legacy. Will Eisner (1917 – 2005) was a highly innovative and creative artist and writer who pioneered in the field of comics and graphic novels. He strongly advocated for the inclusion of graphic novels on library shelves and sequential art on museum walls. Because of his unparalleled contributions, we now celebrate Will Eisner Week every March with worldwide celebrations plus podcasts and virtual events. For more information visit the event website.


The Center for Children’s Books (CCB) at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign’s School of Information Sciences (“iSchool”) isbuilding an archive of readers’ responses to the Newbery on the occasion of its 100th anniversary. This work is designed as part of a larger effort to diversify and democratize the archived papers connected with the Newbery Medal by bringing in a broader range of voices, especially those of youth readers. The digital archive assembled will be housed in the ALA archives at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. For more information, please visit the submission website or contact the Center for Children’s Books at


Attention Public Library Workers, CSLP needs your help! Committee members are needed for the 2022 Theme and Slogans Committee. They especially need volunteers with strong Spanish language Skills. For more information, consult the January 2022 newsletter.  If interested, please email Luke Kralik at

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Holocaust Museum Houston is building a team of teens in the Houston/Harris County area who will plan and shape teen services at the the library. This group of teens will select the summer activities for themselves and their peers. For more information about this opportunity to develop leadership skills and make a difference in the community, peruse the museum’s volunteer page on its website

Ongoing Tools

Descriptions below are provided by host organizations.

ALA’s Graphic Novels & Comics Round Table (GNCRT) is thrilled to introduce the 2021 Best Graphic Novels for Children (BGNC) Reading List. This reading list highlights the best graphic novels for children aged 5 – 12 years old, published in late 2020 and through 2021, and it aims to increase awareness of the graphic novel medium, raise voices of diverse comics creators, and aid library staff in the development of graphic novel collections. The 2021 BGNC Top Ten list features such titles as: “Pawcasso” by Remy Lai, “The Magic Fish” by Trung Le Nguyen, and “Just Roll with It” by Lee Durfey-Lavoie and Veronica Agarwal.

The Idaho Commission for LibrariesRead to Me program offers a suite of services and tools for supporting early literacy. Read to Me’s public awareness efforts encompass a wide variety of materials and dissemination methods to reach families with information about early literacy and library resources. For more information, visit the program website.

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For more information, visit our youth services page, contact Christina Taylor at, or call 512-463-5465.

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