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Youth Services Community of Interest

The Youth Services Community of Interest consists of members of the Missouri Library Association who have an interest in developing and promoting library service to children and teens. It was formed in a merger of the former Children's Services Roundtable and the former Youth Services Division of the MLA. We invite you to join MLA and mark your interest in YSCI on the membership form.

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New From YSCI:

Dianne BlackLibraries are where children play, learn and read!

Missouri Library Association is offering members the opportunity to learn easy and affordable ways to add value to their libraries by incorporating early literacy in the children’s spaces at one of these free workshops.   This workshop will help attendees gain a better understanding of the role of play in young children’s learning and provide strategies for incorporating early literacy in library children’s spaces.

MLA members who serve young children, birth through age 6, and their families will learn:

  • Why early learning spaces add value to their libraries
  • How parent-child play can increase early literacy skills and children’s readiness for kindergarten
  • What developmentally appropriate play looks like
  • Inexpensive ways to create early learning activities that support playful learning

Workshop presenter Dianne Black, who is a certified parent educator and a librarian, brings her own unique experience and expertise to offer strategies that are not mainstream in the library culture.  Her own library, Carroll County (Maryland) Public, was awarded a grant to develop and implement early literacy spaces at all of its branches.  Dianne’s signature style is fun and playful, making the workshop enjoyable and  information-packed.

The workshop will be presented from 9 am to 4 pm at the following libraries on these dates:

  • St. Charles City-County Library District, Spencer Road Branch
  • Tuesday, March 19: The Library Center, Springfield-Greene County Library District
  • Thursday, March 21: Livingston County Library
  • Friday, March 22: Kansas City Public Library, Bluford Branch
  • Lunch and refreshments will be provided.  Please visit to register.  You must be an individual MLA member in good standing. Additional information regarding the workshop will be included in the confirmation letter emailed to each registrant. (Please do not attempt to contact staff at the workshop locations, as they have limited information regarding workshop logistics.)

    MLA’s Early Literacy Spaces in Missouri Public Libraries workshops are made possible by a generous grant from the Verizon Foundation for the Missouri Library Association.


    Michael Levine, the music producer for the Pete the Cat books, gave an excellent presentation at the MLA conference in October 2012.  He presented some very practical and entertaining ways to use music in storytime.  If you missed the presentation or just want to see it again, here are some video snippets.

    Michael Levine's instructions for opening the video links below:

    Here are links to snippets of video from the keynote.  They are each 200-300MB - large files.  I recommend right-clicking the links & save to disk.  If it tries to play the video in the browser, quit that, and try opening your email in some other program or browser so you can right-click & save it.  Hope it helps!

    Four Groovy Buttons
    Down By The Bay
    Inch Worm

    2014 Steering Committee

    Melissa Horak-Hern, Chair
    Kansas City Public Library

    Sarah Bean Thompson, 1st Vice-Chair
    Springfield-Greene County Library District 417-616-0555

    Johnathan Shoff, 2nd Vice-Chair
    Daniel Boone Regional Library

    Maryann Brickey, Recorder
    Saint Louis Public Library

    Kristan Whipple, Past Chair
    Kansas City Public Library



    2012-2013 Building Block Award Committee

    Julie M. Schwartz
    Deer Run Branch
    St. Charles City-County Library District
    O'Fallon, MO

    Amy Held
    Awards Chair
    Arnold Branch
    Jefferson County Library
    Arnold, MO

    Jerilyn Hahn
    Selection Chair
    Callaway County Public Library
    Fulton, MO


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    February 18, 2014

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