Youth Services Training Opportunities and Resources


Live Webinars, Trainings, and Roundtables
Raising Ready Readers webinar
Have you ever heard a child say, “I don’t like reading! Reading is so boring!” How many times have you seen a child put their head down, complain, or shut down when presented with a book? To these children, reading is often seen as a chore or punishment rather than as a source of joy. What can we do when these children who dislike or struggle with reading need help? Make it FUN!
In this webinar, Katie Lehman of the Muncie Public Library’s Ready Readers program will explore a variety of methods used by the program to engage children in reading in creative and fun ways. Participants will learn different ways that these approaches can be incorporated into their own library’s programming. 1 hr / 1 LEU

Register here and the link to join the training will be emailed to you.

Can’t attend the live webinar?  Request the recording here.

Presenter: Katie Lehman is the founding leader of the Muncie Public Library’s Ready Readers program, a free one-on-one literacy training and reading tutoring service for children ages 1-12. She has spent the last 10 years working with children in various settings including preschools, after school programs, and libraries.

Teen Services Best Practices: Connected Learning self-paced course

This uniquely formatted training consists of a Welcome/Orientation virtual meeting (10/18 @ 1:30pm ET), four weeks to complete the self-paced coursework in Canvas, and a Wrap-Up virtual discussion (11/15 @ 1:30pm ET).

Library staff are uniquely positioned to positively impact teens as they grow into adults. By offering connected learning opportunities to our teens, we can help them build skills that will prepare them for their futures. While many libraries successfully support teens, intentionality is key for maximum effect, and reflecting on our services is crucial.

This training WILL introduce you to a way of thinking about youth programming that prioritizes relationships, values youth interests and expertise, and can help you connect youth to opportunities and support networks in your community and beyond.  This training WON’T provide you with out-of-the-box programs you can use in your library.

If all coursework is completed (approximately 2hrs/week) and both meetings are attended, this training is worth 11 LEUs.

Please carefully read the detailed description and register for the course here.

Philosophy and Children’s Literature webinar
Children’s literature is full of philosophical questions and ideas, reflecting an awareness of children’s propensities to think about life’s big questions. This webinar will explore ways to inspire exploration with children about their big questions through children’s books. We will examine several examples of philosophically-suggestive works, and will engage as a group in a philosophical inquiry based on a picture book. You will come away with ideas and resources for involving children in philosophical questioning and discovery through literature. 1hr/1LEU
Register here and a Zoom link will be sent to you.
Presenter:  Jana Mohr Lone, Executive Director of Philosophy Learning and Teaching Organization (PLATO) and Affiliate Associate Professor of Philosophy at the University of Washington.  Jana is the author of the books Seen and Not Heard (2021) and The Philosophical Child (2012); co-author of the textbook Philosophy in Education: Questioning and Dialogue in Schools (2016); co-editor of Philosophy and Education: Introducing Philosophy to Young People (2012); and author of many articles about young people’s philosophical thinking.

If you cannot attend the live webinar, request to have the recording sent to you when it is ready (usually within 30 days of the live session) via this form.  The webinar will also be posted on the Indiana State Library’s Archived Training page.

Media Mentorship for Youth Services – virtual workshop

This virtual, one-day training will bring together Indiana and Maryland youth services staff to learn about the use of digital media in libraries and the role library staff can play as media mentors to youth and caregivers.

The training consists of morning (10am-12pm) and afternoon (1:30pm-3:30pm) sections with a 90 minute break for lunch. Registrants are expected to attend the entire workshop (both AM and PM) so that the morning foundational work can inform the practical application discussions in the afternoon.

The entire workshop is worth 4 LEUs.

The morning will explore technology/media trends and basic concepts surrounding media mentorship.

The afternoon will focus on practical applications and peer learning, helping library staff to incorporate media mentorship principles into their library programs, collections, and services.

REGISTER HERE, via the Events Calendar, and Zoom links for both AM and PM sessions will be sent to you the week of October 24. Registration will CLOSE at NOON on Tuesday, October 25.
Attending the live workshop is recommended, but we understand that scheduling conflicts occur. We aim to record this training and post it to ISL’s Archived Trainings page. You can request that the recording be sent to you via this form.
This training will be facilitated by a team of library and media professionals, including Lisa Guernsey of New America; Dorothy Stoltz, consultant/retired librarian from Carroll County Public Library (MD); Conni Strittmatter, Youth & Family Engagement Manager, Baltimore County Public Library; and Amy Koester from Skokie Public Library (IL), in addition to facilitation by Beth Yates, Children’s Consultant, Indiana State Library, and Carrie Sanders, Youth Services Coordinator, Maryland State Library Agency.  Additionally, several library professionals from around the country will be special guests, sharing their particular expertise and knowledge in the application of media mentorship work in libraries and youth services.

All Together Now – Summer Reading 2023

In-Person Training/Roundtables
Get started planning your 2023 Summer Library Program by attending one of our Collaborative Summer Library Program Trainings/Roundtables across the state!

Join the Indiana State Library for this training where you will be introduced to and receive updates about the 2023 CSLP Summer Reading Program “All Together Now,” followed by a round table discussion of programming ideas.

What does this mean?  Bring your program ideas!  Each participant should bring at least one program idea to share with the group.  Program ideas may or may not be related to the CSLP theme “All Together Now,” and can be geared for any age.  We want to hear what your library is up to and what you’re excited about!

ALL trainings will be 10am-12pm Eastern UNLESS OTHERWISE NOTED.
Register for the below locations via ISL’s Events Calendar:
Tue 11/29 – Logansport
Tue 12/6 – Lafayette
Fri 12/9 – Bremen
Mon 12/12 – Connersville
Wed 12/14 – Corydon
Mon 12/19 – Crown Point (Note: 10am-12pm CENTRAL / 11am-1pm Eastern)
Tue 12/20 – Petersburg
Thur 1/5 – Huntington
Wed 1/11 – Kendallville
Fri 1/13 – Seymour
Tue 1/17 – Plainfield
Thur 1/19 – Versailles
Tue 1/24 – Terre Haute
Wed 1/25 – Muncie
Thur 2/2 – Greenfield
VIRTUAL options
  • CSLP 2023: All Together Now webinar – Wed, 1/4 @ 11am ET – registration not yet open
  • January Summer Reading VIRTUAL Roundtable – Tue, 1/10 @ 1pm ET – registration not yet open
  • February Summer Reading VIRTUAL Roundtable – Thur, 2/16 @ 11am ET – registration not yet open
  • March Summer Reading VIRTUAL Roundtable – Wed, 3/15 @ 1pm ET – registration not yet open


2022 CSLP Summer Symposium

SAVE the DATE!  The CSLP Summer Symposium will be back on Thursday, December 8!

This year, we have an improved webinar system that should not block anyone from entering the room, so if you had issues last year–please try again this year!

Sessions and exact times will be announced soon.  Registration will open in October.


Recorded & Self-Paced Opportunities

Note:  For all recorded webinars, you will need to have someone at your library in HR or administration create a certificate for you since they can verify you attended. Find the policy here.  Exception—Intro to Every Child Ready to Read and Readers’ Advisory 101 for All Ages should generate certificates automatically upon completion of the course.


Get INSPIRED: Top INSPIRE Databases for Assisting Students – recorded webinar – access via link – 1 hr – 1 TLEU


Youth Programming

Storytime Basicsrecorded webinar – access via link – 1.25 hr – 1 LEU

Reimagining School Readiness 2-part recorded webinar – access via link – Pt 1: 2hr/2LEU & Part 2: 1.25hr/1LEU

Material and Program Challenges in the Public Libraryrecorded webinar – access via link – 1.25 hr – 1 LEU

Implementing the Indiana Early Literacy Firefly Awardrecorded webinar – access via link – 1 hr – 1 LEU

Where Do We Go From Here? Reaching Young Patrons Post-Pandemicrecorded webinar – access via link – 1 hr – 1 LEU

How Do I Count This? Updated Guidelines for Programming Statsrecorded webinar – access via link – 1 hr – 1 LEU

Dungeons & Dragons & Beyond: How to Run a Library RPG Programrecorded webinar – access via link – 1 hr – 1 TLEU

Be the Hero! Tween and Teen Live Action Roleplaying (LARPing) Games – recorded webinar – access via link – 1 hr – 1 LEU


 TeachingBooks webinars

TeachingBooks/Book Connections is one of many databases provided free to all Indiana residents via

Enriching School Wide Collaboration around Books & Authors recorded webinar – access via link – 1 hr – 1 TLEU

Integrate Book Connections Resources to Inspire Summer Readingrecorded webinar – access via link – 1 hr – 1 TLEU

Booklists and Collection Analysis Toolsrecorded webinar – access via link – 1 hr – 1 TLEU

TeachingBooks for Public Library Staff Serving Youthrecorded webinar – access via link – 1 hr – 1 TLEU

TeachingBooks for Teachers webinarrecorded webinar – access via link – 1 hr – 1 TLEU


Teen Services

Teen Tips (DIY 2021 session)recorded webinar – access via link – 1 hr – 1 LEU

Impacting Lives One Teen at a Time: What Directors Should Knowrecorded webinar – access via link – 40 min – 1 LEU


Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion focused webinars

Come As You Are: Getting Started with EDI Committees in Your Libraryrecorded webinar – access via link – 1 hr – 1 LEU

From Diversity to Inclusion: How to Audit Your Collection and Whyrecorded webinar – access via link – 1 hr – 1 LEU

Developing Welcoming Spaces for LGBTQ+recorded webinar – access via link – 1 hr – 1 LEU

Rainbow Reads: LGBTQIA+ Readers’ Advisory for Preschool & Youthrecorded webinar – access via link – 1 hr – 1 LEU

Rainbow Reads: LGBTQIA+ Readers’ Advisory for Teensrecorded webinar – access via link – 1 hr – 1 LEU


Self-Paced Courses

Intro to Every Child Ready to Readself-paced course – create free account/login to access

This course serves as an introduction to the six skills and five practices of Every Child Ready to Read, and offers some suggestions on using them in storytime.  It discusses reaching parents with this information and gives participants a chance to plan their “messaging” to parents. 2 hr – 2 LEUs

Readers’ Advisory 101 for All Agesself-paced course – create free account/login to access

This course introduces the best practices for readers’ advisory for any age, with tips for adapting readers’ advisory for youth.  Great for new-to-libraries staff or those who would like a refresher.  2 hr – 2 LEUs


Non-ISL Training Opportunities

These trainings have been approved for LEUs.


ALA/Public Library Association’s On-Demand Webinars website – This website contains webinars on a variety of youth services topics.  While some require a fee, many are free.


Webjunction’s Supercharged Storytimes course – This self-paced course provides training in how to intentionally apply research-based practices to boost early literacy in young children attending library storytime.


“A Teen Walks into the Library” course from the Colorado State Library, in conjunction with Arapahoe Libraries (CO).  This is a great entry-level self-paced training about working with teens in the library setting.  This course utilizes videos that provide real-world examples of situations you may encounter, and how to handle them.  It’s great for those new to working with teens—and all library staff who may encounter them.


The Safe Zone Project – From the website:  “The Safe Zone Project (SZP) is a free online resource providing curricula, activities, and other resources for educators facilitating Safe Zone trainings (sexuality, gender, and LGBTQ+ education sessions), and learners who are hoping to explore these concepts on their own. Co-created by Meg Bolger and Sam Killermann in 2013, the SZP has become the go-to resource for anyone looking to add some Safe Zone to their life.” You can take a training yourself or organize a group at your library.  It is recommended that someone in or otherwise familiar with the LGBTQ+ community take part in leading any in-person group trainings.


CSLP’s Inclusion Committee webinar series

Library Services for Customers With Accessibility Adaptations
Online Training Session recorded on December 10, 2020 10am Central

Play, Diversity and Inclusion
Online Training Session recorded on November 10, 2021 2pm Central


2021 Southeast Collaborative Conference – view the YouTube channel with all of the conference webinar recordings here.


Interactive Movie webinar & List of Interactive Movie Experience Scripts curated by Sarah Pearson, Minerva PL, OH – 1 hr / 1 LEU

Presented by: Sarah Pearson-Minerva PL, OH / Caitlyn Clark – Oak Bluffs PL, MA / Patricia VanArsdale – Hussey-Mayfield Memorial PL, IN / Mary Harrington and Deborah Dwyer – Phoenix PL, AZ


Professional Tools

ALSC: Professional Tools for Librarians Serving Youth – A collection of resources organized by topic, from access and advocacy to summer reading and technology.

YALSA:  Professional Tools for Librarians Serving Teens – A collection of resources organized by topic, from teen development to engagement and beyond.

Children in Trauma Bibliography – The bibliography was created by Dr. Megan McCaffrey, assistant professor in the Division of Education at Governors State University. Categorized by theme, the bibliography includes books that address traumas such as domestic abuse and bullying; general grief and loss; illness, anxiety, and depression; pandemics; poverty; and more.

CDC’s Developmental Milestones website

1000 Books Before Kindergarten –  1000 Books Before Kindergarten is a national program.  This link takes you to some helpful resources provided by the program if you’re interested in starting a program at your library!

StoryWalk– StoryWalk was started by the Kellogg-Hubbard Library in Vermont and the name is a registered service mark—you can use it but should give the creator credit.  Read more about it, along with other helpful info on starting your own walk, on this FAQ sheet created by the original library.  Additional resources can be found on the Let’s Move in Libraries website.

Summer Food

Summer Food Service Program – Indiana summer food program information portal.

Feeding Your Community: Summer Meals at Libraries – Webinar from CSLP and USDA. Public librarians share how they built partnerships and creatively implemented the Summer Food Service Program (SFSP), with a panel of librarians from across the country. Learn the basics of SFSP and ideas for how to participate.