Children and YA Newsletter

September 2023

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School daze... I mean, days.

While the weather can't really make up its mind, the September (or August...) start to those school days is well underway. Naturally, we have things to support you: Transforming Teen Services (now on Niche!), the new DLD Youth Services Handbook, New England Teen Summit, Civics Kits, CT Storywalk® (perfect for fall!), and more. Read on to learn all about it.

Kymberlee Powe | Children and YA Consultant

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Logo: Transforming Teen Services: Train the Trainer

Transforming Teen Services | New Niche Academy Course

The CT State Library was a part of the third year of the Transforming Teen Services, a series developed as part of an IMLS grant partnership between Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) and Chief Officers of State Library Agencies (COSLA). Just like it sounds, Transforming Teen Services is a series of trainings designed to help improve library services for teens.

The updated Transforming Teen Services trainings have been turned into a Niche Academy self-paced training module for anyone to access any time and is available on the Connecticut State Library Niche Academy. After completing the entire tutorial, you will have the knowledge and skills (and maybe even a plan!) to provide high quality programs and services for and with teens.

You can work through it at your own pace. Fair warning: it’s long. But, it’s worth it. 

New DLD Youth Services Handbook

A new DLD Youth Services Handbook has been compiled à la the Handbook for

Connecticut Public Library Directors, and this one is all about sharing DLD resources with youth services library workers. The handbook contains information about professional development, grants, summer reading, and more. Read it online, or download and save it to your computer.

New England Teen Summit

With Tiffany D. Jackson

Save the Date!

Friday, November 17, 2023

The New England Teen Summit is a day-long, virtual, free professional development conference for library staff who work with teens.

All sessions will be recorded and shared after the event via state listserv. Interested in what we’ve offered for Teen Summit in the past? Take a look at past years' recordings.


More information coming soon!

Graphic promoting the 2023 Teen Summit on November 10 featuring a photo of YA author, Tiffany D. Jackson.

Brought to you by the Connecticut State Library, the Massachusetts Library System, the Maine State Library, the New Hampshire State Library, the Rhode Island Office of Library and Information Services, and the Vermont Department of Libraries.

New Civics Kits in Partnership with the CT Democracy Center's Kid Governor® Program

Hosted through the Middletown Library Service Center, the CT State Library and the CT Democracy Center have collaborated to build Civics Kits containing books from the Kid Governor® Library and discussion questions around leadership, government, and civic engagement that can be requested by public libraries and schools.

Logo: Connecticut's Governor Program featuring a graphic of two children at podiums.

All three Civics Kits can be requested up to a year in advance to allow for proper program and curriculum planning.

Borrow a Kid Governor® Civics Kit!

The Kid Governor® program provides an opportunity for 5th graders to experience civic engagement firsthand by building campaigns for the state’s Kid Governorship. Nominated students identify real community issues such as pet safety, anxiety, and friendship, and share their campaigns with voters across the state. Through the Kid Governor® program, participating classroom learn about government, voting, elections, and civic participation.  

Kid Governor® is a national award-winning civics program created by The Connecticut Democracy Center at Connecticut’s Old State House with major partnership and funding support from CT Humanities. 

This project is made possible in part by the Institute of Museum and Library Services under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act, administered by Connecticut State Library.

CT Storywalk® Program

A StoryWalk® is a fun activity that engages families in literacy while being physically active through walking or hiking. Pages from a children’s book are printed and placed in wood frames along a walkable path.

Families have fun reading aloud together and building children’s interest in reading while enjoying the physical and mental health benefits of the outdoors.

Image of Storywalk offering outside under a beautiful, leafy tree.

In partnership with the CT Department of Energy and Environmental State Park & Public Outreach Division, the CT State Library has created the CT Storywalk® Program. It encourages children and families to visit multiple permanent Storywalk® setups at various CT State Parks and State Forests. Stories at the four Storywalk® locations will be changed quarterly for fun all year round. 

CT Storywalk® Locations:

  • Dinosaur State Park & Visitor Center, Rocky Hill, CT - NOW OPEN!!
  • Goodwin Conservation Education Center, Hampton, CT - OPENING SOON!!
  • Kellogg Environmental Center, Derby, CT - NOW OPEN!! 
  • Meigs Point Nature Center/ Hammonasset Beach State Park, Madison, CT - OPENING SOON!!

This project is supported by a generous grant from EBSCO Information Services to the Connecticut Heritage Foundation.

The StoryWalk® project was created by Anne Ferguson of Montpelier, Vermont and developed in collaboration with the Vermont Bicycle & Pedestrian Coalition and the Kellogg Hubbard Library.

Logo: All books. All people. All CT Reads. A program of the CT State Library.

All CT Reads 2023 Virtual Author Launch

with Rosena Fung, Samira Ahmed, and Dawnie Walton

Watch the recording!

Pick an All CT Reads book for a summer program!

The CT State Library Division of Library Development held an extra-special virtual launch with the authors of the 2023 All CT Reads primary selections – Rosena Fung, author of Living with Viola, our kids pick; Samira Ahmed, author of Hollow Fires, our teen pick; and Dawnie Walton, author of The Final Revival of Opal & Nev, our adult pick. Each author discussed their work and answered questions from our community.

Books for Borrowing

Book discussion sets of all twelve titles are available for reservations and borrowing by public, school, and academic libraries from the Middletown Library Service Center.

Reserve All CT Reads Discussion Sets.

Explore the All CT Reads Website!

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About All CT Reads

All CT Reads is a year-long initiative to promote lifelong reading, learning, and connection that uses a rotating community committee structure to select one main book title and three shortlist book titles, each calendar year 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.

Our Partners and Sponsors

All CT Reads is an initiative of the Connecticut State Library Division of Library Development and partners with the Connecticut Library Consortium (CLC) and the Connecticut Association for School Librarians (CASL).

All CT Reads is supported by a generous grant from EBSCO Information Services to the Connecticut Heritage Foundation.

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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

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