Youth Services Update: August 2023

Upcoming Opportunities

These opportunities are available for free unless otherwise noted. Descriptions are provided by host organizations.

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TBP Youth Book Club Meeting

August 8, 2023, 6:00 PM Central  |  Online

The Texas Talking Book Program’s (TBP) Youth Services Book Club will meet via Zoom on Tuesday, August 8, 2023, at 6:00 PM Central to discuss New York Times Bestseller Turtles All The Way Down by John Green. For more information, visit the TBP Youth Services webpage.

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School Library Journal Teen Live! | School Libraries

August 17, 2023  |  Online

The 12th annual SLJTeen Live! is a free virtual event where you can learn about the latest and most exciting forthcoming titles for teens and tweens. From rom-coms and mysteries to graphic novels and classic coming-of-age stories, this daylong program of author panels, in-depth conversations, and keynote talks will keep you inspired and entertained. For more information, visit the event website.

Solar Eclipse Programming Workshops

August 2023 

A free in-person workshops on providing solar and space science programs. Attention will be given to the annular solar eclipse on 10/14/2023 that will pass over Midland across to Corpus Christi, and the total solar eclipse on 4/8/2024 that will pass over Eagle Pass across to Sulfur Springs. Attendees receive 5 CE hours.

For more information, visit the Workshops page of the PLAN website.

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Summer Library Program Themes & Slogans

Deadline: August 31, 2023

Collaborative Summer Library Program State Representatives will attend the Annual Meeting in September and cast their votes for the proposed 2026 slogans and 2027 themes. Ensure that your favorites are known by providing feedback directly to your representative! Furthermore, your representative will be sending small tokens of appreciation for this gift of time, while supplies last. Thank you for making your voice heard.

To access the voting form, consult the latest Summer Library Program newsletter. Didn’t receive your copy? Then, contact Christina Taylor at to get connected.

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CSLP Annual Survey

Deadline: September 8, 2023

CSLP has created a survey so they can better assess the usefulness of the materials offered by the program on a national level. The audience for the survey is public library staff who played an active role in administering or running their library’s 2023 summer library programming. Even if your library did not use “ALL TOGETHER NOW” as its theme, it is invited to complete the survey.  Full information is available via the July 2023 edition of the Summer Library Program newsletter

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Thinking Money for Kids Program Kit

Deadline: September 8, 2023

ALA and the FINRA Investor Education Foundation invite public libraries to apply for a Thinking Money for Kids Program Kit, a collection of expertly vetted programming resources to help libraries offer financial education for children ages 3 to 12, both in the library and in children’s homes. All public libraries, including tribal and state libraries, in the U.S. and U.S. territories are encouraged to apply. The brief application can be completed in less than 30 minutes. For more information, visit the program website.

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National Voter Registration Day

September 19, 2023

Whether you’re new to the world of registering voters or you’re a National Voter Registration Day veteran, everyone can use a little help getting their friends, family, and broader community registered to vote. Check out our library of Resources and Materials for tips on everything from talking face-to-face with potential voters to knowing the laws about voter registration in your state. For more information, visit the National Voter Registration Day website.

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Library Card Sign-up Month

September 2023

Since 1987, Library Card Sign-up Month has been held each September to mark the beginning of the school year. During the month, the American Library Association and libraries unite in a national effort to ensure every child signs-up for their own library card.
Throughout the school year, public librarians and library staff will assist parents and caregivers with saving hundreds of dollars on educational resources and services for students. From free access to STEAM programs/activities, educational apps, in-person and virtual homework help, technology workshops to the expertise of librarians, a library card is one of the most cost-effective back-to-school supplies available.  For more information, visit the Library Card Sign-up Month Press Kit.

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80th Anniversary of the Danish Rescue

Fall 2023

This fall marks the 80th Anniversary of the  Danish Rescue of Jews from the Holocaust. To memorialize this moment in history, the Boniuk Library at the Holocaust Museum Houston invites you and your youth readers to join in reading Number the Stars by Lois Lowry. Courtesy of a generous donor, readers can borrow ebooks from the Boniuk Library collection for free on Libby by simply adding the library to their app and registering a phone number as a library card. The campaign code is “boniuksummer23.”

In addition, Holocaust Museum Houston also retains one of the fishing boats used in the resistance fleets. If you are in the Houston area, you’re invited to visit the museum and the library upstairs. To use this visit as a professional training opportunity for learning more about special libraries and Holocaust literature, contact Joel Bangilan at and make an appointment.

Ongoing Tools

These tools are available for free unless otherwise noted. Descriptions are provided by host organizations.

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2023 Texas Great Read Selections

The Texas Center for the Book at the Texas State Library and Archives Commission has announced its Texas Great Read titles for 2023. The Center has chosen Nell Plants a Tree by Anne Wynter, illustrated by Daniel Miyares, as the 2023 Texas Great Read Youth Selection and West with Giraffes by Lynda Rutledge as the 2023 Texas Great Read Adult Selection!

Every year, the Library of Congress asks each state Center for the Book to select titles that represent the state’s literary landscape to highlight at the National Book Festival, an event showcasing the importance of books and reading. This year’s festival will be held August 12 in Washington, DC, and online. Check out the Library of Congress website for details.

The Texas Center for the Book invites Texans to read Nell Plants a Tree and West with Giraffes and to take part in a statewide book club by using the hashtag #TXGreatRead on social media. For more information on the 2023 Texas Great Read Program, visit

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Promoting Voter and Civic Engagement at Your Library

National Voter Registration Day (NVRD) is a nonpartisan civic holiday aimed at creating awareness of voter registration opportunities for those who may not otherwise register. Libraries can play a crucial role in promoting voter engagement and education by providing registration forms, hosting candidate events, and offering resources such as voter guides and sample ballots. Libraries can also serve as community hubs for voter engagement activities, bringing together local organizations and elected officials to promote voter participation. Peruse this webinar to learn about the types of resources and services your library can provide to support voter registration and civic engagement. By participating in NVRD, libraries of all sizes and types can help ensure that all citizens have the opportunity to exercise their right to vote and participate fully in our democracy. For more information, visit the webinar’s WebJunction event page.

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Mystery Science

The Mystery Science YouTube channel is packed with mini-lessons designed to make kids in kindergarten through 5th grade want to get up and explore the world around them. Their mission is to inspire children to love science and become lifelong learners. From the depths of the ocean to the vastness of space, they cover it all and more! So join them on this amazing journey of discovery, stay curious, and let’s explore the world together! To begin viewing, visit the Mystery Science YouTube channel.

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Scientific American’s Education Webpage

Scientific American covers the most important and exciting research, ideas and knowledge in science, health, technology, the environment and society. It is committed to sharing trustworthy knowledge, enhancing your understanding of the world, and advancing social justice. Scientific American publishes in-depth feature articles, timely news stories, expert opinion and commentary, podcasts, videos, multimedia, photo features and other forms of storytelling. In addition to their monthly flagship magazine and pieces published daily on their website, they also host educational content for K-12th grade, higher education, lifelong learning, citizen science, and careers.To access the online suite of offerings, visit Education page on the Scientific American website.

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Storyline Online

The SAG-AFTRA Foundation’s Daytime Emmy®-nominated and award-winning children’s literacy website, Storyline Online®, streams videos featuring celebrated actors reading children’s books alongside creatively produced illustrations. Readers include Oprah Winfrey, Chris Pine, Rosario Dawson, Viola Davis, Terry Crews, Connie Britton, John Lithgow, Jennifer Garner, Betty White and dozens more. To access the online suite of offerings, visit program website.

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Wish you had access to a repository of all the tools that have been featured in the monthly Youth Services Updates? Check out our Resource Archive for more information.

Training Catalog

In addition, be sure to peruse our Training Catalog for webinars that focus on Youth Services. Our holdings are constantly updated, so check back often.


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

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