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New Hampshire State Library

For Librarians - Library Management - Youth Services - Internet Resources
This page is designed to be a resource for those who provide library services to children and young adults in public and school libraries in New Hampshire. For more information, please contact Ann Hoey, Youth Services Coordinator, at the New Hampshire State Library, 603-271-2865 or New Hampshire State Library, 20 Park Street, Concord, NH 03301.

Collection Development

Collection Development Training
Developed by the Arizona State Library, an excellent site offering practical training in how to perform collection development in public libraries.


Crew Manual
A comprehensive manual from the Texas State Library offering weeding guidelines for public libraries.
From the Arizona State Library, a step-by-step guideline.

Children's and YA Literature Sites and Booklists

ALA Children's Notable Lists
Links to notable children's books, recordings and videos.
Many booklists and reviews of new titles from the Public Library of Charlotte & Mecklenburg County.
Books for Boys
Michael Sullivan's list of picture books and chapter books that will appeal to boys.
Capitol Choices: Noteworthy Books for Children
Annotated lists of contemporary books organized by year for different ages of children.
Children's and YA Books in Series
From the Mid-Continent, MO Public Library, a database containing over 23.000 series titles.
Children's Book Council
Author and Publishing links as well as links to booklists. See especially lists for notable social studies and outstanding science booklists.
Cooperative Children's Book Center
Links to many bibliographies such as annual best of the year lists and booklists created with Common Core standards in mind.
Guys Read
Jon Scieszka's Favorite Books for Guys.
Geared to kids, a site with lots of reviews and spotlights on new books.
No Flying No Tights
Developed by librarian Robin Brenner, a site with reviews of graphic novels for children, teens, and adults.
Plymouth District Library Teen Booklists
Extensive annotated booklists in categories such as Audio Books for Great Listening and Gentle Reads, compiled by the Plymouth (MI) District Library.
Reading Rants
Reviews of current titles as well as various booklists for teens.
Staff Picks for Kids
Many lists from Monroe Country Public Library (IN) on topics ranging from adoption and end of life to sports, fantasy, and graphic novels.

Online Review Sources

Includes selected reviews of this ALA publication.
Children's Bookwatch
Reviews of current titles from Midwest Book Review.
Commonsense Media
Geared toward helping families choose books, music and movies.
Horn Book
Sample reviews from the current print issue as well as other features.
Kirkus Reviews
Reviews from current issue as well as back issues..
School Library Journal
Most of the content requires a subscription to access.
Video Librarian
Geared to librarians, an online journal providing some reviews of newly-released videos.
Limited access to articles and features of this young adult review journal .



Nancy Keane’s Booktalks—Quick and Simple
Many booktalks for books with interest levels ranging from kindergarten to adult. Lots of ideas and suggestions for successful booktalking.


A searchable database of almost 2,000 song lyrics.
Mama Lisa's World
Children's songs and rhymes from countries around the world.
Sing Along Midis and Lyrics
From the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences, song lyrics, which can be played online.


Abby the Librarian
Storytime tips from a practicing librarian.
Activity Idea Place
Over 3400 activity ideas for young children, thematically organized.
Alphabet Soup
Contains thematic units, holiday units, games and activities for kids; teacher and parent resources; and crafts
BayNews--Storytime Ideas
Developed by a California librarian, a site offering dozens of storytime themes, which are continually updated.
The Mother Goose Pages: Nursery Rhymes
Rhymes grouped by theme along with links to other resources.
The Perpetual Preschool
Craft and activity ideas for holidays and seasonal themes.
Perry Public Library
Many storytime themes.
Perry Public Library Babytime Booklet
A booklet on games, rhymes, songs, and lullabies for babies 0-24 months old.
Picture Books Listed By Theme
Part of Gayle's Preschool Rainbow, a page listing themes with links to recommended books with advice about choosing a good picture book.
Tell Me a Story: Bilingual Programs for Children and Families
Programs for toddlers, preschoolers, and families in Spanish and English.

Teen Programming

Maker and DYI Programs
YALSA's resources for makerspace programming and a link to STEM programming.
Teen Program Guide
Teen Program Guide with ideas for each month from the YA Services Division of Ohio Library Council.
Teen Programming Ideas and Resources
A list of ideas and links to programs compiled by the Idaho State Library.
Teen Programs that Work
Programming ideas from NH teen librarians.
Youth Programs
Some ideas from the Mid Hudson Library System.

New Hampshire Programs

The Flume: NH Teen Readers' Choice
Everything you need to know about the Flume Award, geared to New Hampshire students in grades 9-12.
Great Stone Face Book Award
Information about the award, order forms for rubber stamps, and bookmark templates.
Isinglass Award
Booklist selected by New Hampshire students in grades 7 & 8.
Ladybug Picture Book Award
Sponsored by the Center for the Book at the New Hampshire State Library, an award for a picture book chosen by NH children in preschool through grade 3.

Continuing Education

Idaho Commission of Libraries--Continuing Education
Check out the basic library courses in the ABLE and SABLE programs.
WebJunction Events Calendar
Calendar listing free library webinars.
Wyoming State Library Calendar
Free continuing education webinars on a variety of library topics. Be sure to note the time zone information.

Internet Issues

Great Websites for Kids
The American Library Services for Children's recommendations of good websites for kids, parents, teachers and caregivers.
Internet issues related to teens including safety, blogging tips, and acronyms parents should know.


Specific Grants

Children's Literacy Foundation
This organization provides a variety of literacy programs to communities in NH and VT.
Dollar General Literacy Grants
Literacy grants for libraries and schools within 20 miles of a Dollar General Store.
The Ezra Jack Keats Minigrants
Public Schools and public libraries can apply for $500 grants for projects that foster creativity in diverse communities
Lois Lenski Covey Foundation
This foundation awards grants for the purchase of children's books to public libraries, school libraries, and non-profit agencies serving disadvantaged populations.

General Sources for Grants

New Hampshire Charitable Foundation
A collection of over 1,200 funds created by donors for individualized charitable purposes.
Foundation Center
A general resource for learning about grant opportunities and grant-writing.
Grants for Nonprofits--Libraries
From Michigan State Libraries,a compilation of web pages and books of potential interest to nonprofit organizations seeking funding opportunities related to libraries.

Professional Organizations

Professional Organizations for Youth Librarians - Many organizations offer librarians the opportunity to keep in touch with others in the profession. Check the web sites of the following organizations to find out about important events and get information about many library-related topics.

The American Library Association
American Association of School Librarians (AASL)
Association of Library Service to Children (ALSC)
Young Adult Library Services to Associations (YALSA)
New England Library Association (NELA)
New Hampshire Library Association
Children's Librarians of New Hampshire (CHILIS)
Young Adult Librarians (YALS)
New Hampshire School Library Media Association(NHSLMA)

Electronic Discussion Lists

Listserv for children's librarians in New Hampshire
A general list for New Hampshire librarians
A great source for program ideas, reference stumpers, and solutions to library problems

A list for New Hampshire librarians serving teens


Family Reading Partnership
Resources for adults to help children to connect with books.
Grow up Reading
West Bloomfield (MI) Township Public Library’s site with information on brain development, emergent literacy, activities, and books to read for different age groups.
NH 1000 Books Before Kindergarten
An early literacy initiative that encourages families to read to their young children and to use the resources of their public libraries.
Kent District Library’s resource page for parents with many early literacy tips and handouts.
PLA & ALSC’s Every Child Ready to Read @ Your Library
A research-based early literacy project targeting parents of young children.
Reading Rockets
Information about reading issues with a link to a calendar of literacy events nationwide.
Saraj Ghoting--Early Childhood Literacy Consultant
Ways for librarians to incorporate the Every Child Ready to Read project into their storytimes, including scripts in a variety of languages.

Child Development

Zero to Three
Links to information on a variety of early childhood issues from adoption to brain development to television.

Home Schooling

Homework Spot Homeschooling
Links to national homeschooling organizations, online classes, homework help and more.
New Hampshire Homeschooling Resources
Links to resources such as field trips, meetings, magazines and other online sources for NH homeschoolers.

NH School Media

Media Specialist Certification Courses
Courses offered by Plymouth State University toward library media certification.
NH School Library Media Association
Website geared to NH school librarians and paraprofessionals with link to listserv.
NH Library Media Certification
Relevant information from the NH Department of Education on the alternative methods of certification as well as the specific competencies required of media specialists.
www.gencourt.state.nh.us/rules/state_agencies/ed500.html Look for 507.21 Library Media Specialist
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