Hello World–This Week In Youth Services

Hello World


A database resource of entertaining & educational programs created through a collaboration of Public Library Systems in New York.

YALSA programs
Use this web site to find and share library programs for and with teens as well as to connect with others who plan, implement and evaluate teen programs. Programs featured on this site are those that align with the standards in YALSA’s Teen Programming Guidelines. This site is funded through a sponsorship from Best Buy and a grant from the Dollar General Literacy Foundation. This site is moderated by an appointed group of YALSA member volunteers. For information about how to participate in the group, or for other questions, please contact YALSA at yalsa@ala.org

Ready To Read at NY Libraries



The Ready to Read at New York Libraries website provides a vast amount of resources for sharing information about this important early literacy initiative with libraries, library directors, trustees, community groups, and library partners. Some helpful tools that can be downloaded for distribution to these groups are the fact sheet, goals, and overview.




The State Library gave two presentations about the initiative at the NYLA Conference in November 2014. Why Ready to Read at New York Libraries is a brief presentation (7 minutes) that can be linked to as part of a larger presentation about the initiative. Ready to Read at New York Libraries: Phase 2 could be used as a presentation tool to describe the program. You can download the PowerPoint for this presentation on the website (.pps version)

Engage NY
Common core toolkit for parents

Common Core webinar presented by Paige Jaeger on March 22, 2013 at SALS.

Common Core and New York Libraries

Cyber Safety Resources
A list of videos and websites to visit.  Please send recommended links to Jennifer for inclusion.

CPSIA Fact Sheet

While libraries have no independent obligation to test library books for lead under law, some libraries may have older books in their circulating children’s collections that cause public concern.

Public and association libraries in New York State have the option to remove older books from children’s collections in accordance with board-approved collection development policies.

However, the State Library recommends that older children’s books of possible historical significance or research value be either moved to a non-circulating collection in the library or donated to a historic children’s book repository.

Every Child Ready to Read @ Your Library
The Public Library Association and the Association for Library Service to Children, have incorporated the latest research into a series of parent and caregiver workshops to provide public libraries with vital tools to help prepare parents for their critical role as their child’s first teacher. These tools were developed by Dr. Grover C. Whitehurst and Dr. Christopher Lonigan, well-known researchers in emergent literacy, and have been tested and refined by library demonstrations sites around the country.

NYS Authors and Illustrators for Young People
A collaboration of the School Library Media Section (SLMS) and the Youth Services Section (YSS) of the New York Library Association.

This directory is a compilation of authors and illustrators who currently reside in New York State. This is only as good or as current as you make it. Please make it useful by adding, subtracting, and changing information as necessary.