Youth Services: About Us

Youth Services: (614) 486-9621
Manager: Dena Little


The Youth Services Department is committed to educating children, teachers and parents in our community.  We offer a wide range of services from storytime classes to teen book discussion groups. Our staff is eager to help children, teens, and adults find the right information for their homework and to help you find the perfect book.

Serving Preschoolers

We support parents’ role as their child’s first teachers and encourage a rich literary life right from the start!

  • Regular Storytime Classes: We teach early literacy skills through our regular storytime classes for babies, toddlers and preschoolers. Caregivers learn how to build their child's vocabulary guide letter recognition, teach their children the sounds of letters, and explain how books work!
  • Special programs: Special events support social development and family time. We host sock hops, craft programs, costumed character visits, holiday celebrations and other events throughout the year.
  • Developmental toys/activities: Toys for use in our department help to foster early literacy skills by encouraging children to create their own stories through play, to develop tracking skills with beads and puzzles, to fine-tune motor skills through writing and coloring, and to foster social skills through sharing and interacting.
  • Books and Technology: Book-Bundles make check-out a breeze for busy parents.  We have a great selection of board books and pop-up books and provide an opportunity to use technology with our educational game computers and through access to Tumblebooks and Bookflix at home.
  • Summer Reading Club: Read together and earn prizes for completing early literacy activities.

Serving Students

We help students grow as learners by supporting their interests and their educational needs.

  • Reading Recommendations: Booklists, personal consultations, goodreads.com
  • Classes and events: Literature-rich experiences including LegoLit, Book Buddies, Reading with Rover, Author visits/skype, and book clubs.
  • Research assistance: Our staff helps locate materials for both formal and informal information needs.
  • Books: Explore fiction, information books, foreign language materials, audio books, reading recovery, and electronic books for Kindle, Nook and other ereaders.
  • Technology: Internet access, iPad projects and Nintendo DS for in-house use.
  • Summer Reading Club: Celebrate summer by reading what you want to read (and getting prizes!)

Serving Teens

We guide teens to information and materials that support their interests and needs.

  • Best-sellers: Multiple copies of best-sellers and required reading for school.
  • Reading Recommendations: Booklists and personal consultations
  • Blog: Local teens review books, movies, television, music and events.
  • Online materials: Test prep with LearningExpress Library, Opposing Viewpoints, and access to magazines, newspapers and other primary sources.
  • Volunteer Opportunities: Many middle school and high school students volunteer with us, serve as interns or complete their High School Capstone projects at UAPL.
  • Programming: Special events and self-directed activities for grades 6-12.
  • Summer Reading Club: Celebrate summer by reading what you want (and get a chance to win some great gift cards!)

Serving Parents

Families will find a welcoming place to explore their interests and find a wealth of materials and opportunities for learning.

  • BookBundles — We make selection a breeze with thematic bundles of books for quick check-out.
  • Parent-child book discussions — Spend special time together by reading the same book and attending one of our monthly discussions.
  • Parenting resources/bibliotherapy — Special collections to read together with children on topics like bullying, death, divorce, health, or toilet training.
  • Spectrum Storytime — A class for children under the age of 10 (with a developmental age of 3-5) that are on the autism spectrum or have other sensory integration needs.

Serving Teachers

We enjoy helping teachers locate materials to support their work in the classroom!

  • Teacher collections — Call ahead for a collection of up to 30 books on your topic(s) of choice.
  • Discovery Kits and Curriculum unit in a box — filled with books, music, and extension activities.
  • Discussion Bags/guides — 10 copies of a book and a discussion guide for classroom or small group use.
  • Teacher cards — Check out materials for six weeks and pay no fines for overdue materials.
  • Educational Resources section — Books to help with lesson planning and extensions.
  • Classroom visits — Enhance your lessons with booktalks, storytelling, and/or technology instruction.