The Oregon State Library identified three public library youth services best practices based on findings from the 2006 Statewide Early Literacy Initiative.

This website provides information, resources, and research-based guidance for libraries striving to provide these best practices; including examples from Oregon libraries.

The three best practices are to provide:

  • Summer reading programs to prevent learning loss children experience while schools are not in session.
  • Outreach to at-risk children and teens, their parents, their teachers, and other professionals who provide services for them to reduce barriers to accessing library resources.
  • Early literacy education sessions to parents and childcare providers to support their efforts to get children 0-5 years old ready to learn to read when they start kindergarten.

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Contact Information

This blog is managed by the Youth Services Consultant at the Oregon State Library. If you have questions, comments, or suggestions please contact Katie Anderson.