The State Library supports youth services in public and tribal libraries across New Mexico by providing professional development, educational resources, and interaction between youth services librarians. The New Mexico State Library helps to facilitate the statewide Summer Reading Program, following the yearly CSLP theme.
For more detailed information on the Summer Reading Program, visit the Summer Reading Program page.
RESOURCES FOR YOUTH SERVICES LIBRARIANS:
Youth Services Newsletter
- Published monthly for youth services staff in public libraries. [Subscribe]
- Current Newsletter: September 2023
- Past Newsletters:
Youth Services Listserv
- Focused discussion list for New Mexico public library staff interested in youth services [Subscribe]
Youth Services Niche Academy Courses
- free, online learning platform for New Mexico library staff – Start here.
Reading and Reading Celebration Programs:
The Land of Enchantment Book Award, New Mexico’s annual state book award, is an exciting program designed to encourage the youth of New Mexico to read outstanding books of literary quality. A committee selects four lists (3 lists prior to the 2016-2017 awards): Roadrunner for grades K-3, Coyote for grades 3-5, Lizard for grades 6-8, Black Bear for grades 9-12.
Letters About Literature encourages young readers in grades 4 -12 to read a book and write a personal letter to the author explaining how the book changed or shaped their perspective on themselves or the world. Letter writers compete at three levels: Level I is grades 4-6; Level II is grades 7-8; and Level III is grades 9-12. The writers compete in this annual state contest to win prizes in each competition level.
Stay up to date on what your patrons are reading with Booklist.
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