Youth Services

Youth Services Resources 

1,000 Books Before Kindegarten App

1,000 Books Before Kindergarten Logo

Wisconsin Valley Library Service is pleased to offer use of the 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten application developed by the Bridges Library System (BLS) to our patrons.

The app, available for both iOS and Android, allows caregivers to scan or manually enter books, keeping track of the amount of reading done with a child. If you read a book more than once, you can record it each time. Afterall, what child does not have a favorite book? The app also offers helpful advice, a literacy tip, each time you sing into the app to encourage learning and love for reading. 

  • Please read through the Frequently Asked Questions guide provided by Bridges Library System.
  • Librarians, please dig into the toolkit developed by BLS for free images, sample press releases, marketing templates, and and Overview for Library Staff with app tricks and tips.
  • The app can be used with established written records or all by itself depending on the wishes of your library.


Kris Adams Wendt, WVLS Public Library Consultant, will retain administrator rights for WVLS and will be able to run reports:

  • number of users
  • number of books recorded
  • number of users at halfway point
  • number of finishers
  • top books recorded
  • and more!

2016 Youth Services Workshop

Agenda and description for the day.

American Indian Collection Development for Children and Young Adults

  • Robin Amado (Library Media Technology Specialist, James Madison Memorial High School, Madison)
  • Samantha Smith (Librarian Archivist, Forest Co. Potawatomi Library and Cultural Center)

How can your library promote culturally relevant and accurate information about these native communities? Join us to see how public and school librarians can confidently and capably support learning about Native Communities with a tiered purchasing plan and interactive activity on evaluating books.


  • Julie Kinney (Marathon County Public Library, Young Adult Librarian)
  • Taylor Weinfurter (Marathon County Public Library, Library Specialist)

Wondering how to embrace Science, Technology, Research, Engineerign, Arts and Math in your library? Julie and Taylor from Marathon County Public Library have collaborated to produce creative programming around STEM, STEAM, and STREAM themes for children through age 12, both in the library and as an outreach program to after school groups.

School/Library Partnerships for Summer Learning & Reading Programs

  • Sue Abrahamson (Waupaca Area Public Library Children's Librarian)
  • Sonja Ackerman (Retired Library Media Specialist, WVLS Trustee)

Transform and enhance your library's approach to Summer Reading Programs by learning new ways to create more effective engagement with children and families through school and public library collaboration. Sonja and Sue explroe going beyond reading record keeping to engage your community in library activities that create a literacy rich experience for all.

2016 Cyber Sneakers Workshop Highlights

Cyber-Sneakers Managing Your Digital Footprint without Falling Prey to Cyber-Sneakers Agenda.

Part 1 Discussion: Digital Citizenship, Privacy and Ethics Are Complicated; Libraries can help!

What are the stakes and who are the stakeholders in the digital citizenship discussion? One in three of internet users worldwide is under the age of 18.

Part 2  The San Jose Public Library Virtual Privacy Lab RECORDING

Speaker Erin Berman on the SJPL Virtual Privacy Lab 

Erin Berman is the Innovations Manager for the San Jose Public Library. Erin presented the the origins of the SJPL Virtual Privacy lab from the early stages all the way through the finished product. Erin was an American Library Association's Emerging Leader in the class of 2014, was named one of Library Journal's Movers and Shakers in 2016 and is currently the Chair of the Fundraising Committee on the American Library Association's Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender Round Table.

Her work in the library field has mainly focused on STEAM education and bridging the technology divide. Projects include Pop-Up Mobile Makerspace, which invited new ways of thinking about public urban space design, the Virtual Privacy Lab empowering people to take control of their online identities, and the soon to launch Maker[Space]Ship, a state-of-the-art mobile lab.

Part 3 Designing Library Sponsored "Cyber Sneakers" Programs RECORDING

Speaker Rhinelander Chief of Police Michael Steffes

Chief Steffes demonstrated successful community presentations on cyber security, as well as provided advice on identifying appropriate audiences and community partners.

Chief Steffes has served as Rhinelander Police Chief since 2007. Chief Steffes is also a Nicolet College Adjunct Faculty Instructor and national instructor for Leadership in Police Organizations for the International Association of Chiefs of Police. His dedication to community  involvement as a powerful, efficient and practical tool for creating better understanding of what he and his officers do on a daily basis is an exemplary model for any public service agency. He has reached out to potential community partners with innovative programming while demonstrating that he is an excellent teacher as well as a law enforcement leader.


2015 WVLS Youth Services Workshop Highlights

“Unwrap the Fun of Library Learning!” was the theme of the day when 30 youth librarians met at the Marathon Co. Public Library for the 2015 WVLS Youth Services Workshop.  Here is the report with valuable links to additional information.

Collaborative Summer Library Program

  • Collaborative Summer Library Program (CSLP) - A consortium of states working together to provide high-quality summer reading program materials for children at the lowest cost possible for their public libraries.
  • Wisconsin Children's Performer Directory - A directory created by the Wisconsin Division for Libraries and Technology to help public libraries and other organizations identify and contact quality performers for their children's programs. [Note: After nearly 15 years, the Wisconsin Children's Performer Directory is closing. This page will be kept online through the 2015 Wisconsin Summer Library Program, but no updates will be made.]

Professional Organizations

  • Youth Services Section (YSS) - A part of the Wisconsin Library Association, YSS is a vital, dynamic group comprised of public and school librarians, library trustees and supporters who work together to benefit youth in Wisconsin.
  • Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC) - A part of the American Library Association, ALSC is the world's largest organization dedicated to the support and enhancement of library service to children.
  • Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) - A part of the American Library Association, YALSA is a national association of librarians, library workers and advocates whose mission is to expand and strengthen library services for teens aged 12-18.