Children and YA Newsletter
July 2021
Summer Delights!

In addition to the heat (and the rain), we've got some goodies for you. There's ever-growing online resources, new book discussion sets, fresh summer reading updates, some valuable fall save-the-dates and more. Read on, friends. And be sure to make time for some summer ice cream!
Kymberlee Powe | Children and YA Consultant
Updates on the Website

As we are all migrating out of COVID and learning to readapt, DLD has continued to cultivate, locate, and create information helpful to the continuing education of librarianship.

  • New resources have been added to our Diversity and Inclusive Collection pages over the last few months.
  • The Children/ YA page has linked to DLD’s page on Flyers and Resources for Advocacy because the flyers and resources can be used to tell the story of children and teen departments the same way they can be used to the tell the story of the library as a whole. (A fact flyer will also be created for collected Summer Reading data!)
  • We have also been mapping our data! Explore the CT map (see below) which tracks all the physical items checked out to libraries since 2017!
  • Fostering Readers helps you plan fun research-based literacy activities for children from Kindergarten through the 3rd grade. Fostering Readers is supported by the Institute of Museum and Library Services through the Library Service and Technology Act administered by the State Library or Oregon.
  • DLD has also linked to Reimagining Youth Services during a Crisis which houses a Field Guide to help libraries support communities including steps, tools, examples, and ways to “do it with others”.
  • Readers will also find learning modules from the Washington’s Institute for Leaning & Brain Science. The free modules take a look at the science of early childhood.

These are just a few of the latest additions to DLD website! We encourage you to check them routinely for new helpful resources and information. 
New Book Discussion Sets

We've got new book discussion sets for browsing and borrowing:

And don’t forget you can also check out our Middle Grade or YA Book Bundles, a surprise assortment of middle grade or YA titles to supplement any school or public library collection.

Remember, you can reserve book discussion sets up to a year in advance. If you anticipate wanting to use one of these titles anytime within the next 365 days, feel free to book those titles today!

View all book discussion sets available for request.
Summer Reading Report Updates

In case you missed it yesterday, watch the recording of Children/ YA Consultant Kymberlee Powe along with Data Coordinator Maria Bernier, and Adult Services/ Community Engagement Consultant Ashley Sklar to go over the new Summer Reading Report, and all of its support material. Changes and clarifications have been made since our last webinar in March.

Also, you can always visit Summer Reading for all the useful things - helpful videos, templates, FAQ, and more.

Now available: Version 3 of the program and activity counting spreadsheet

If you’re part of your library’s effort to keep track of programs, activities, attendance and participation for summer reading (or beyond!), then this Excel spreadsheet tool provided by the DLD will make your work easier. The new version is updated with a new page of monthly totals, accurate totals for inclusion in your library’s state Annual Report and Summer Reading report, and a new pivot table for customizable numbers. Find the new spreadsheet, plus videos about how to use it, on the Programs tab of the Annual Report page.
Building CT Pages

Do you have something to share with your library neighbors?
Or perhaps you are looking for inspiration for your next endeavor?

We are excited to be building CT Pages, a channel for sharing community engagement success stories by libraries, for communities. Beginning this fall, DLD will partner with CT libraries to create and release monthly short (15-20 minute) video interviews with the library staff who make things happen.

Currently, we are seeking submissions for consideration! Do you have a creative, program, service, activity, partnership or project that you want to share?

Save the date!
Library of Congress 2021 National Book Festival
September 17-26 | Virtual
The National Book Festival experience with the Library of Congress in 2021 offers an opportunity for online engagement with an expanded festival, a 10-day event with the theme, “Open a Book, Open the World.”

The CT Center for the Book at CT Humanities recently announced their selection for the Great Reads program - the 2020 Connecticut Book Awards winner in the picture book category, The Night Is Yours by Abdul-Razak Zachariah.

As you may recall, Abdul-Razak Zachariah was the keynote speaker for the 2021 Tri-State Summer Summit in February - watch the recording! - a free, virtual event hosted by the Connecticut State Library, the Massachusetts Library System, and the Rhode Island Office of Library and Information Services. 

Save the date!
Teen Summit
Friday, October 8, 2021
All day, all virtual, all free!

The CT State Library is pleased to partner with the Massachusetts Library System (MLS) and the Rhode Island Office of Library and Information Services (RIOLIS) for Teen Summit 2021. Kymberlee Powe is thrilled to join April Mazza (MLS), Christi Farrar (MLS), and Danielle Margarida (RIOLIS) as the Teen Summit team!

Coming in 2022!
All CT Reads

Launching in 2022, All CT Reads is a year-long initiative to promote lifelong reading, learning, and connection. Each calendar year, All CT Reads uses a rotating community committee structure to select 4 book titles – one main and three shortlist – for three age groups: children (ages 8-12), teens (ages 13-18), and adults. In addition to the books, All CT Reads provides a supported programmatic structure built around the titles with room for individuality and creativity. There will be book discussion sets, discussion guides for book groups, and program ideas for libraries to consider - or create your own!

Stay tuned for more details this fall!

All CT Reads is modeled on All Iowa Reads by the Iowa Center for the Book and the State Library of Iowa.

All CT Reads is supported by a generous grant from EBSCO Information Services to the Connecticut Heritage Foundation. EBSCO Information Services (EBSCO) is the preeminent provider of online research content and search technologies serving academic, school and public libraries; healthcare and medical institutions; corporations; and government agencies around the world. For more information, visit The mission of the Connecticut Heritage Foundation is to support the programs and purposes of the Connecticut State Library and Museum of Connecticut History.
Kymberlee Powe
Children and YA Consultant
[email protected] | (860) 704-2207

Connecticut State Library | Division of Library Development
Middletown Library Service Center
786 South Main Street | Middletown, CT 06457