Youth Services Update: December 2021

Upcoming Opportunities



Letters About Literature is a reading and writing contest for 4th-12th graders under the direction of the Texas Center for the Book at the Texas State Library and Archives Commission.

Participants select a book, book series, essay, play, poem, short story, or speech that has made a lasting impact on their on their lives. They, then, write a personal letter to the author that reflects how they have been changed, inspired, or motivated by the work State winners receive $100 and will be honored at the 2022 Texas Library Association Conference. All submissions must be submitted using the new online submission platform, and a permission form is required for all students who are younger than 13 as of Nov. 4, 2021. For more information visit :

Ongoing Tools


Logo for the Erikson Institute

Erikson Institute’s TEC Center is now offering a new IMLS-funded professional development program, Media Literacy in Early Childhood for Youth Library Staff. Recruitment is open for this four-month professional development series, in which participants will spend approximately 10 to 12 hours total in entirely online synchronous and asynchronous learning. Cohorts will be made up of 20-25 youth library staff from across the U.S. All participants will receive a certificate and a $400 honorarium for their library once they complete the program to compensate for their time. For more information, visit .


Logo for the National Museum of the American Indian

The National Museum of the American Indian offers live and interactive programs led by a museum educator focusing on specific topics in Indigenous histories, cultures, and contemporary lives. A variety of programs are available for Pre-K–12 students. For more information, visit


IMPACT Libraries Logo

The University of Maryland iSchool’s IMProving Assessment of Computational Thinking in Libraries (IMPACT Libraries) research team is looking for public library staff to help evaluate a series of assessment tools developed to measure the success of Computational Thinking (CT) programs for youth ages 11-18.  Each participating library will be provided $1000 to cover costs associated with using the assessment tools and meeting with the research team. For more information, visit



In celebration and recognition of the movement toward social equity, The Ezra Jack Keats Foundation (EJK Foundation), in collaboration with The Office Performing Arts + Film, has produced a new 30-minute documentary with free streaming access for all audiences. Directed by Damani Baker (The House on Coco Road), edited by Jon Henry Fine, and with original music by Meshell Ndegeocello, the film is an enlightening and informative portrait of the ways in which multiculturalism is critical to the health of our society. Tell Me Another Story describes the dedication of intellectual and artistic giants, who have, for over one hundred years, attempted to bring authentic imagery into the books all children read. The film highlights the creators, past and present, whose focus has uplifted children’s literature from W.E.B. Du Bois, Augusta Baker, Pura Belpré and Ezra Jack Keats, to Pat Cummings, Marley Dias, Grace Lin, Christopher Myers, and Andrea Davis Pinkney. Also identified are the contributions made by the many children’s book awards that make multiculturalism central to their mission, including the Coretta Scott King, Pura Belpré and Ezra Jack Keats Awards. For more information, visit


Storytime is a magical event, and each program is a big deal in the life of a young child. During this tutorial, you will learn how to make your storytimes meaningful and impactful for your audience. This tutorial is meant to support those who are new to storytime. It covers basic skills, like preparing for storytime, reading books out loud, using props and music, and engaging adults and children. Each section has an interactive module filled with useful information, examples, and videos. There are also links to documents and online resources that will support your storytime practice. For more information, visit t.


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

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Free CE and Training This Week – Jan. 6-10

Weekly listing sourced primarily from Wyoming State Library Training Calendar with free training online, and free Texas workshops, updated as new events are added. See what’s happening on the CE calendar. Confirm the date and time when you register, or follow links for archive information. Events listed in Central Time.

Tuesday, Jan. 7 (11 a.m. – 12 p.m.)
First Tuesdays: Introduction to the 2020 Census (Washington State Library)

The 2020 Census is fast approaching. An accurate count will ensure the fair distribution of political representation and of federal and state resources. These resources enable Washington to deliver services to children, veterans, senior citizens and families. Learn how you can help ensure that Everyone Counts in 2020. Presented by Licett Figueroa Garbe, U.S. Census Bureau.

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Tuesday, Jan. 7 (1-2 p.m.)
Inclusive Internship Initiative (III) Office Hours (Public Library Association)

The Inclusive Internship Initiative (III) offers paid, summer-long internships to high school students at their local public library. Through III, students from diverse backgrounds are introduced to careers in librarianship, library mentors practice leadership skills, and host libraries grow new audiences through outreach and programming. Any public library in the U.S. is welcome to apply. Applications for the Summer 2020 cohort will be accepted from January 6–February 3, 2020. Is your library interested in applying to be a part of the 2020 cohort? During the webinar, you’ll hear from past III mentors who will share their insights and experiences from participating in this program. PLA staff will go over the application process, deadlines, and program requirements. PLA staff and past mentors will be available to answer any questions your library has about applying to or participating in the program.

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Tuesday, Jan. 7 (1-2 p.m.)
The Positions Model for Improving Personal Influence and Workplace Interactions (Pattern Research)

The concept of positions in communication is embedded in the grammar of most languages. First position, second position, and third position translate into first person (I, me, mine, we, ours), second person (you and yours), and third person (he, she, it, they, theirs). These three positions represent how we see the world and our relationships with other people. And, as with most models of human behavior, there is an upside and a down side. Ideally, we can move among the three positions, which translate into personal responsibility and initiative, empathy and compassion, and objectivity and rationality. However, sometimes we get stuck in one position, which keeps us from being as productive and influential as we want to be. Learn what each position stands for and how to incorporate them in how you think and act in your workplace.

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Tuesday, Jan. 7 (1-1:30 p.m.)
See the new Credo Reference!  (Public library focused)

Take a tour of the new Credo Reference platform.  The trainer will focus on the content and tools most useful for public libraries, including the juvenile reference collection.

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Tuesday, January 7 (2:30 – 3 p.m.)
Gale Resources and ELL and Accessibility Support

Discover all  features available in your TexShare resources from Gale (Gale In Context: Opposing Viewpoints, Gale In Context: Science, Gale OneFile: Health and Medicine) that support the needs of your English Language Learners and reach more users with our accessibility support tools!  In this session, you’ll learn how our various tools support all your learners: Text-to-Speech, Translate, Topic Finder and so many more features can be utilized to find content for every learner!  We’ll also explore how Gale’s rich multimedia content can meet the needs of all your users as well. This session will be recorded for those who can’t attend.

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Tuesday, Jan. 7 (3-4:15 p.m.)
Major Gift Fundraising on a Shoestring Budget (Bloomerang)

This webinar will review where to begin (even if your budget isn’t huge), which prospects to prioritize, how to develop and manage a major donor pipeline and cultivation plan, and how to get and stay organized so you reach your goals. There will also be time for Q & A.

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Wednesday, Jan. 8 (1-2 p.m.)
Introduction to Fundraising Planning (Grantspace)

Does your organization need help directing its fundraising efforts? Planning focuses your organization by setting fundraising priorities and helps give staff and board members a roadmap to success. This introductory class will provide you the basic steps for developing a fundraising plan.

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Wednesday, Jan. 8 (1-2:30 p.m.)
Children’s Lively Minds: Deb Curtis & Nadia Jaboneta Share Insights About Schema Theory (Early Childhood Investigations)

In this interview-style session, Master early childhood professionals, authors and play experts, Deb Curtis and Nadia Jaboneta will share stories of children’s play and identify the repeated actions and patterns (schemas), and think together about how this play is a reflection of children’s learning and development. Join us to enhance your own joy and appreciation of children’s lively minds.

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Wednesday, Jan. 8 (3-4 p.m.)
The Community Centered Library (Colorado State Library)

One of the key changes in 21st Century public librarianship has been a shift in focus from library-centric to community-centric. This is sometimes called “turning out.” But pragmatically, what does this shift mean to library operations? Join Jamie LaRue, former public library director, author, and consultant, to explore the Community Centered Library as it applies to human resources decisions, building projects, strategic planning, and the larger issue of advocacy. No registration needed!

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Thursday, Jan. 9 (11 a.m. – 12 p.m.)
Context Matters—Quit Writing Questions and Design eLearning Experiences Instead (Training Magazine Network)

This webinar presents a model for building meaningful experiences to engage the learner in place of the standard “tell than test” approach to storyboarding and scripting of eLearning. Among the important factors that establish purpose in an eLearning interaction, CONTEXT is the most fundamental and yet is often the most overlooked. We will explore several strategies to structure contextual learning and illustrate the power of these techniques with real-life examples that rely on strong context to enable richly-rewarding interactive experiences.

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Thursday, Jan. 9 (1:30-2:30 p.m.)
How to Thank Donors So They Keep On Giving (Firespring)

What is the secret to raising more money? If you want proven tactics that keep donors coming back again and again, this webinar is for you.

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Friday, Jan. 10 (1-2 p.m.)
Three Steps to Thriving in Chaos (Effectiveness Institute)

The turbulence of current events increases stress, drains energy and reduces productivity. In this webinar you’ll learn three essential steps for not only surviving but thriving in the chaos.

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