Youth Services Training Opportunities and Resources


Live Webinars, Trainings, and Roundtables
Reimagining School Readiness workshops

The Reimagining School Readiness Toolkit is a suite of research-backed resources created for library staff to help families prepare children ages 0 to 8 for success in school and in life. Through an interactive presentation with hands-on activities, this training will introduce library staff to the research, practical implications, and resources offered in the toolkit, which is available in its entirety for free online. Participants will understand key findings from current cognitive and developmental psychology research, reflect on the implications of those findings for their daily work, and gain practical ready-to-implement ideas for activities, as well as resources for staff training and for parents/caregivers. You will benefit from this workshop if you work with children ages 0 to 8 and their families and would like to learn more about how to offer research-backed programming in your library!

This workshop will be presented by Beth Yates and Suzanne Walker of the Indiana State Library.  The workshop will be offered both virtually and in-person.  Select the below hyperlinked dates/times to register for the option/s that work best for you.



Saturday, August 20 ~ 12:30-4:30pm Eastern

Plainfield-Guilford Public Library

(Scheduled to coincide with the ILF Youth Service Conference, which will take place Aug. 21-22 at Embassy Suites by Hilton – Plainfield.  Come a day early and join us at this unofficial, FREE pre-conference!)



The virtual workshops are split into two parts.  Taking both parts of the training (Part 1 on 8/16 and Part 2 on 8/17) are strongly recommended.  We do not recommend taking Part 2 without taking Part 1.  The entire four hour training will be recorded; if you can’t attend the live trainings, you can request the recording here.

Tuesday, August 16Part 1AM Session 10am-12pm  OR   Part 1PM Session 1:30-3:30pm

Content same both sessions – pick the time that works best for you! –  2 hrs / 2 LEUs

Wednesday, August 17 – Part 2AM Session 10am-12pm  OR   Part 2PM Session 1:30-3:30pm

Content same both sessions – pick the time that works best for you! –  2 hrs / 2 LEUs

What’s Up Wednesday-Get INSPIRED: Enriching School Wide Collaboration around Books and Authors webinar

School library staff!  Spread the word and lead the way with resources that directly enrich the literacy work in your school in all content areas.  Perpetuate leadership and support school-wide collaboration with colleagues, students, families, and administrators through engaging materials with easy to use share options and promotional tools to excite your community. Book Connections/TeachingBooks is one of many databases provided free to all Indiana residents via  1 hr / 1 TLEU

This webinar is geared towards school library staff.
Presenters:  TeachingBooks/Book Connections staff
What’s Up Wednesday-Get INSPIRED: Using Book Connections at the Public Library webinar

Book Connections has all the TeachingBooks features and resources, organized with public library staff and patrons in mind. In this webinar, TeachingBooks/Book Connections staff will highlight ways to enrich your youth services library programming as well as new tools to complement your work to enhance diversity in your library collections. Learn about the Collection Analysis and Diverse Books Toolkits, ready-to-use resources for your book clubs and story times, homework help features, and more.  Book Connections/TeachingBooks is one of many databases provided free to all Indiana residents via  1 hr / 1 TLEU

Presenters:  TeachingBooks/Book Connections staff
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.


Summer Reading Roundtables and Resources

Find all recordings, slides, and other supplemental materials on  the CSLP Summer Symposium website.

Watch recorded sessions on the importance of summer reading, publicity, community assets, and programming.


CSLP 2022: Oceans of Possibilities – WEBINAR

Recording now available – click here!CSLP Children's poster

Get started planning your 2022 Summer Library Program by this VIRTUAL Collaborative Summer Library Program training!  Join Beth Yates of the Indiana State Library for this training where you will be introduced to and receive updates about the 2022 CSLP Summer Reading Program “Oceans of Possibilities.”   1 hr / 1 LEU


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

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

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.