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Youth and Family Services


  • The theme for the 2018 summer learning program is music, with the same slogan for all ages: Libraries Rock!
  • Join us for one of the 4 Fall Youth Services Workshops around the state! Learn more and register at They're free!
  • Removing Barriers to Access: Eliminating Fines and Fees on Library Materials
    This white paper, from the Colorado State Library, details research on why eliminating fines and fees, especially on children's materials, provides greater access to library materials for all residents--and how this results in little to no negative financial effect.
  • SPELL --Supporting Parents in Early Literacy through Libraries--was a project funded by a National Leadership Grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services. Learn about the project at its website, including the blueprint of recommendations, and find the project's research tools here.
  • Baby and Toddler Storytime Kits Available for Check Out!
    Check out (literally!) our new Baby and Toddler Storytime Kits for your library! Discover all the details at the link above.
  • Reading Tips for Parents Brochure (ages 0-6)
    This brochure provides tips and activity ideas to help parents and caregivers prepare young children to be ready to read in kindergarten, and how to set a positive atmosphere for reading activities.
    Order online in bulk, or print English (PDF) & Spanish (PDF)


Youth Services Campaigns/Events



  • Continuing Education from the Colorado State Library 
    The Colorado State Library offers professional development opportunities and promotes other offerings.
  • One Book 4 Colorado Toolkit
    Resources for library staff for use in promoting OB4CO
  • StoryBlocks
    A collection of 30 to 60-second videos modeling to parents, caregivers & library staff songs, rhymes & fingerplays for early childhood.
  • STEAM in Libraries
    Ideas for & examples of STEAM (Science, Tech, Engineering, Arts, Math) in public libraries
  • Early Childhood Colorado
    Your gateway to services for young children and their families, and the professionals who serve them.
  • Every Child Ready to Read (ECRR) Toolkit
    A parent education initiative stressing that early literacy begins with the primary adults in a child's life. The ECRR toolkit empowers public libraries to assume an essential role in supporting early literacy.

Youth Services Groups

In Colorado


  • Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC) 
    Dedicated to the support and enhancement of library service to children.
  • Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) 
    A division of the American Library Association offering online courses on a wealth of subjects for librarians including a number of tech-specific courses.
  • Collaborative Summer Library Program (CSLP)
    The Colorado State Library is a member of this grassroots consortium of states working to provide high-quality summer reading program materials for children at a low cost to public libraries.
  • National Email Lists

    • ALSC
      ALSC hosts numerous national discussion forums; click on the link to see the complete list.
    • PUBYAC
      PUBYAC (PUBlic libraries, Young Adults, and Children) is an Internet discussion list concerned with the practical aspects of Children and Young Adult Services in Public Libraries, focusing on programming ideas, outreach and literacy programs, censorship and policy issues, collection development, job openings, professional development and other pertinent services and issues.
    • YALSA Listservs
      YALSA sponsors a large array of useful email lists focusing on library service to young adults.
    • GNLIB-L
      Discussion of graphic novels and comic literature, primarily of interest to public and school librarians.
    • booktalking
      Discussion group on sharing booktalks and improving booktalking skills.
    • Adbooks
      Adbooks’s purpose is to discuss books written for adolescents and young adults (YA). In addition to informally swapping recommendations and discussing topics related to books, reading, and teaching, subscribers read and discuss selected books together, and sponsor an annual book award, the JHunt.
    • Storytell
      STORYTELL, sponsored by the National Storytelling Network, is a forum for discussion about storytelling


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Beth Crist

Colorado State Library
201 East Colfax Ave, Room 309
Denver, CO 80203-1799
Phone: 303-866-6908
FAX: 303-866-6940

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What does Beth do?

As the Youth & Family Services Consultant, Beth provides consulting and training on child development, library programming and activities, outreach services, and community collaborations. She supports children, teens and families by coordinating statewide initiatives for early literacy, summer learning, outdoor experiences, and other campaigns.

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