Youth Services

ODL Children and Youth

The Youth Services Consultant coordinates a variety of professional development and support for Oklahoma librarians who provide services to youth. Information about children and young adult (CYA) opportunities can be found below.


Every summer, students across Oklahoma are out of school and looking for adventure.Β Public libraries throughout Oklahoma are the place to go for a reading adventure during June and July. Local librarians have used materials and program ideas developed by theΒ Collaborative Summer Library ProgramΒ to keep thousands of Oklahoma children reading during their summer vacation months.


The Collaborative Summer Library Program (CSLP) is a consortium of states working together to provide high-quality summer reading program materials for children, teens, and adults at the lowest cost possible for their public libraries. The Oklahoma Department of Libraries joined the Collaborative in 2005.


Over two decadesΒ librarians across the state have enlisted performers for the entertainment of thousands of children, young adults and adults. Oklahoma librarians can find a performer on the CYA Wiki database and at the annual Oklahoma Performers Showcase. The intention isΒ for Oklahoma librarians and teachers to find a variety of performers for children and teens.


The showcase is a venue for librarians and educators to preview quality programming appropriate for children, teens and/or families. Through annual showcases, the talents of a well-balanced variety of performers can be viewed. The goal is to foster and promote resource sharing of performers and programming information throughout Oklahoma.


Summer Reading Workshops
Each spring the Youth Services Consultant provides up to six workshops for Oklahoma librarians around the state introducing the upcoming Summer Reading Program theme. The workshops are designed to provide programming and activity ideas, decorating and promotion ideas, working with teen volunteers, steps to plan for the Summer Reading Program and much more. These workshops are free and continuing education units are provided.


An author and book-signing tour travels to several towns in Oklahoma promoting reading and discussion of books. During the tour, students and library patrons are able to meet the authors, hear about writing techniques, learn the stories behind the books, get recommendations on other books in the genre, ask questions, and get their books signed by the authors.


A weekly podcast reviewing new and popular books for children and young adults. Β The CYA Podcast Blog is a review site for librarians by librarians. Books are chosen by the reviewers and discussed on the podcast.


News about children and young adult programs and activities. Check out what other Oklahoma libraries are doing for their young patrons.


Keep the conversation going and let us know what you think of the books we’ve reviewed. We also include news about all media related to children and young adult literature.


The Youth Services Consultant highlights Oklahoma libraries children and young adult programs and provides resource information for professional development.


Tweeting and retweeting all those crazy children and young adult authors as they write the books we want to read.


Questions? Contact Adrienne Butler on the Staff Contact Form or Youth Services on the Division Contact Form.

ODL Youth Services

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Wiggle Out Loud 2017

September 17, 2017, 11:00am - September 17, 2017, 5:00pm

It’s nearly time to wop, bop, boom and boogie again at the fifth annual Wiggle Out Loud – Oklahoma City’s FREE, active-family outdoor music festival presented by The Children’s Hospital at OU Medical Center and benefiting The Children’s Hospital Volunteers. The festival returns this year from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sept. 17 at The Myriad Botanical Gardens Great Lawn, 301 W Reno Ave. Featured bands this year include folk songstress Sarah Lee Guthrie and EMMY and Latin Grammy nominee Lucky Diaz. Festival favorites back again this year include β€œkindie” superstars, Sugar Free Allstars, as well as Lucas Ross, ALEGRIA REAL and Adam & Kizzie. 2017 Wiggle Out Loud artist performance schedule 11:00-11:40a Lucas Ross 12:00-12:40p Alegria Real 1:00-1:40p Adam & Kizzie 2:00-2:40p Sarah Lee Guthrie 3:00-3:40p Lucky Diaz and the Family Jam Band 4:00-4:45p Sugar Free Allstars 4:50-5:00p Group Sing Along of This Land is Your Land

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