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  • The theme for the 2018 summer learning program is music, with the same slogan for all ages: Libraries Rock!
  • The 2018 Teen Video Challenge is on! Check out all the info at the CO TVC web page.
  • Removing Barriers to Access: Eliminating Fines and Fees on Library Materials
    This white paper, from the Colorado State Library, details research on why eliminating fines and fees, especially on children's materials, provides greater access to library materials for all residents--and how this results in little to no negative financial effect.
  • SPELL --Supporting Parents in Early Literacy through Libraries--was a project funded by a National Leadership Grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services. Learn about the project at its website, including the blueprint of recommendations, and find the project's research tools here.
  • Baby and Toddler Storytime Kits Available for Check Out!
    Check out (literally!) our new Baby and Toddler Storytime Kits for your library! Discover all the details at the link above.
  • Reading Tips for Parents Brochure (ages 0-6)
    This brochure provides tips and activity ideas to help parents and caregivers prepare young children to be ready to read in kindergarten, and how to set a positive atmosphere for reading activities.
    Order online in bulk, or print English (PDF) & Spanish (PDF)

Youth Services Campaigns/Events/Resources


Literacy Promotion Resources


Youth Services Groups

In Colorado


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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, outreach services, and community collaborations. She supports children, teens and families by coordinating statewide initiatives for early literacy, summer learning, outdoor experiences, and other campaigns.

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Colorado Dept. of Education
201 East Colfax Ave.
Denver, CO 80203
Phone: 303-866-6600
Fax: 303-830-0793
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