Youth Services Update: March 2022

Upcoming Opportunities

Descriptions below are provided by host organizations.

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March 10 – April 11, 2022

The 2022 North Texas Teen Book Festival (NTTBF22) School Day OnDemand is an opportunity to earn 6 hours of PD credit by viewing your choice of selected recorded programming and reflecting/recording your take-aways from the sessions you choose. Links to the videos and the reflection form will be provided in your registration confirmation email. NTTBF22 School Day OnDemand viewing will be available from March 10, 2022, to April 11, 2022. For more information, visit the festival’s virtual school day page.


March 15 – 17, 2022

LoruThe 2022 Southeast Collaborative Online Conference is a collective effort by the Georgia Public Library Service, State Library of North Carolina, South Carolina State Library, Tennessee State Library & Archives, and the Library of Virginia to offer innovative and useful online learning experiences for library staff at all levels through a convenient online conference. This event is provided at no cost to attendees. For more information, visit the conference website.

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March 15, 2022 (EXTENDED)

The Siddie Joe Johnson Award is presented to a public or school librarian to recognize outstanding achievement in children’s library service. Nominees are evaluated based on outstanding or innovative programs, sustained high performance, leadership ability, involvement in professional organizations, community involvement, and cooperation with parents and other libraries, especially outside their own system. Applications are due by Tuesday March 15, 2022. The recipient will be honored at the Texas Bluebonnet Award Celebration during TLA’s Annual Conference. Submit nominations via the Siddie Joe Johnson Award Application 2022.

Summer Planning Bootcamp

March 30 -31, 2022

Join The National Summer Learning Association’s free and virtual Summer Planning Bootcamp to gain tools and best practices to meet this moment head on. Led by dynamic out-of-school time leaders, sessions will delve into strategies to accelerate learning, build critical partnerships, and plan successful strategies to scale impact in a sustainable and measurable way. For more information, visit the event website.

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Ocean Awareness Contest

Deadline June 13, 2022

The 11th annual Ocean Awareness Contest is a platform for young people to learn about environmental issues through art-making and creative communication, explore their relationship to a changing world, and become advocates for positive change. Students ages 11-18 from around the world are invited to participate. The 2022 Ocean Awareness Contest—THE FUNNY THING ABOUT CLIMATE CHANGE—challenges students to learn about climate change and its impact on the ocean and to explore new ways to communicate the urgency of the climate crisis. For more information, visit the contest webpage.

Ongoing Tools

Descriptions below are provided by host organizations.

Decorative logo for Growing Equitable Library Services (GELS)

Growing Equitable Library Services (GELS) is a workshop series that strives to build all of our understandings as library staff, that much of our library work has a strong common thread; we all need to consider how to create more accessible, DEI-conscious libraries with services rooted in social justice. Recordings are viewable on the CT State Library Division of Library Development’s YouTube channel.

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Need more resources?

Check out our webinars that focus on Youth Services. Click here for information.


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

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