Youth Services Program
Welcome to the New York State Library's Youth Services Web Resources. Our goal is to assist librarians in providing services to the youth of their community. We hope to offer resources that support the goals and objectives of youth services librarians throughout New York State. We welcome your comments and suggestions; please contact Karen Balsen.
For more information on long-range planning and policies for youth services at your library, see:
- Kids Welcome Here! Writing Public Library Policies That Promote Use by Young People. Anne E. Simon, Ed. Albany, NY: New York Library Association, 1990. (; opens in a new window)
- Many Moons: A Year of Planning for Youth Services Librarians in Public Libraries in New York State (in .PDF format)
A new booklet recently released by the Federal Trade Commission and other government agencies helps parents and teachers steer kids safely through the online and mobile phone worlds. Net Cetera: Chatting with Kids About Being Online was unveiled at Jefferson Middle School in Washington, D.C. by FTC Chairman Jon Leibowitz, U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan, and Federal Communications Commission Chairman Julius Genachowski. At the middle school, which is known for its emphasis on science and technology, the officials met with students and teachers to discuss online safety. Net Cetera tells parents and teachers what they need to know to talk to kids about issues like cyberbullying, sexting, mobile phone safety, and protecting the family computer. Talking to kids about these topics can help them avoid behaving rudely online; steer clear of inappropriate content like pornography, violence, or hate speech; and protect themselves from contact with bullies, predators, hackers, and scammers. At bulkorder.ftc.gov, parents can order the printed version of the booklet in bulk.
Internet Safety, from the New York State Education Department's Office of Educational Design and Technology