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Youth and Family Services


  • 2014 Summer Reading Mini-Grant Report Form also available! For those libraries and branches that received a 2014 Mini-Grant, please complete the report by September 18.
  • SPELL --Supporting Parents in Early Literacy through Libraries--is a project funded by a National Leadership Grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services. Check out the project's progress at its website, including archived materials from the project's two webinars and the blueprint of recommendations.

Summer Reading Program

Professional Development

Support for K-12 Students

  • AskColorado 
    Colorado's virtual librarian service, available 24/7 in English and Spanish. Chat online in real time with an information expert.
  • K-12 Student Achievement Resources 
    Prepared by the Colorado State Publications Library.

National Youth Services Groups

Programming Ideas, Resources, & Funding

Email Lists for Youth Services

Early Literacy


Reading and Literacy

"YS News" Newsletter

Features articles on learning development, summer reading updates, timely tidbits like grant opportunities & interesting resources, children's & teen literature news & info on what's going on in CO libraries.

For older issues of the YS Newsletter, please go to the Newsletter Archive.

If you have topic suggestions or want to write an article or share info about your programs, email Beth Crist.


Beth Crist

Colorado State Library
201 East Colfax Ave, Room 309
Denver, CO 80203-1799
Phone: 303-866-6908
FAX: 303-866-6940

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What does Beth do?

As the Youth & Family Services Consultant, Beth provides consulting and training on child development, library programming and activities as well as public/school library collaboration.

She supports children, teens and families by coordinating statewide initiatives for early literacy, summer reading and other campaigns.

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