Announcing the NC Kids Digital Library 1

Announcing the NC Kids Digital Library
RALEIGH — February 1, 2017 — A first of its kind statewide eBook consortium specifically for children has launched in the Tar Heel State. The North Carolina Public Library Directors Association (NCPLDA) together with OverDrive and the state of North Carolina has created a new digital resource sharing service for kids’ pre-K through 4th grade, NC Kids ...

2018 North Carolina Children’s Book Award is accepting nominations!

2018 North Carolina Children's Book Award is accepting nominations!
Do your kids have a favorite book published since 2014?  Help them nominate their favorite picture book, juvenile fiction book or juvenile nonfiction book for the 2018 North Carolina Children’s Book Award!  The nomination form is open and available at NCCBA’s new website.  Go to the “Nominate” page or click on “Nominate a Book” to ...

Texts to PreK Parents Build Reading Skills in Children 1

Texts to PreK Parents Build Reading Skills in Children
Parents of 3, 4 and 5-year-old children are invited to sign up for free text messages from “Ready4K,” provided by ParentPowered Public Benefit Corporation in partnership with the State Library of North Carolina. It’s part of a program developed by Stanford University which shows that fun facts received by texts can greatly increase children’s learning. ...

Win a scholarship to the YSS Biennial Retreat!

The NCLA Youth Services Section has two scholarships to award for the YSS Biennial Retreat October 20-21, 2016. The scholarship will cover room and board. The application is available here. Completed applications should be emailed to Julianne Dunn at  by September 15, 2016. To learn more about the retreat visit the NCLA website.

Registration Open for NCLA Youth Services Section Biennial Retreat

The NCLA Youth Services Section Board is pleased to announce that registration is now open for its Biennial Retreat held October 20-21, 2016 at the YMCA Blue Ridge Assembly in Black Mountain, NC. Please join us for fresh air, fellowship, and food for the brain!  You must have an NCLA account to register online (preferred).  ...

2016 Roadmap of Need

2016 Roadmap of Need
The Public School Forum and the North Carolina Center for Afterschool Programs have released their 2016 Roadmap of Need, an in-depth assessment of youth throughout the state.  The report details county-by-county statistics in the areas of health, behavior and safety, education, and economics. County level data is presented in each of the categories as well ...

Save the Date: NCLA Youth Services Retreat 2016

Save the Date: NCLA Youth Services Retreat 2016
The NCLA Youth Services Section Executive Board is excited to announce its call for facilitators (3), note-takers(3),  and program proposals (1), for its 2016 Youth Services Retreat scheduled for October 20-21, 2016. The theme of the retreat is, “Connecting the Dots:  Identifying, Defining and Refining Your Professional Development Growth Strategy.” We are seeking breakout session ...

Every Student Succeeds Act in North Carolina

Every Student Succeeds Act in North Carolina
Currently, North Carolina has not completed its Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) plan which will replace the No Child Left Behind Act and is scheduled for implementation in the 2017-2018 school year. There will be another stakeholder meeting this fall to review the draft plan.  The important indicators in ESSA are: Academic achievement as measured ...

Funding opportunity for rural, small, and tribal libraries to provide college and career readiness services

Young Adult Library Services Association and the Association for Rural and Small Libraries have teamed up to offer the Future Ready with the Library grant opportunity for rural, small and tribal libraries to provide college and career readiness services to middle schoolers in their communities. Those selected will become part of a national cohort of ...

Supercharged Storytime Resource Library

Supercharged Storytime Resource Library
In 2015, North Carolina was one of five states selected to participate in the Supercharged Storytime project aimed at introducing library staff to research-based methods to engage children in storytime.  Over 100 NC youth services staff participated! Now the resources developed and used for this project are available to everyone through the Supercharged Storytime Library. ...