Youth Services

Youth Services aims to enhance and facilitate services in public and school libraries across the state in order to promote literacy and a lifelong love of reading in Arkansans from birth.

The Coordinator of Youth Services provides consulting, training and other professional development opportunities covering all facets of developing and delivering library services for youth ages birth through eighteen.

Contact Coordinator of Youth Services, Ruth Hyatt, for assistance with:

  • Summer Reading Programs
  • Library programming of all types for infants through high school age
  • Professional development opportunities
  • Arkansas Choice Book Awards: Arkansas Diamond Primary Award, Arkansas Teen Book Award, and the Charlie May Simon Award

Virtual Sessions for Youth Programmers

The Youth Services unit hosts weekly virtual sessions for library staff. The sessions often focus on providing library services during the pandemic, but are open for general discussions concerning all aspects of youth programming.


These sessions are limited to library staff at Arkansas public libraries. The content is suitable for library staff responsible for youth programming, and those working with audiences ranging from pre-school through teens.

Session Times

Sessions are held on Thursdays beginning at 3:30 p.m. CST, and lasts as long as discussion is lively.

For more information or an invitation to the sessions, please contact Ruth Hyatt.