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Youth Services

Literacy Champions PSA

Get Georgia Reading

The Georgia Public Library Service coordinates the annual statewide Summer Reading Program that encourages children and families to read for fun during school vacations. Family literacy activities are highlighted and parents are encouraged to participate in the program with their children. Reading logs, game boards, bookmarks, posters and stickers are designed to help promote the program in each of the 372 library facilities in Georgia.

Youth Services provides assistance in all areas of library service, with particular expertise in children's and teen services, planning, training and family literacy. Four Quadrant meetings are held each spring for the purpose of sharing ideas for the Summer Reading Program with another four held during the fall for elections to the Quadrant Council and training on a wide range of topics. Other areas of focus are funding opportunities and help with grants, the national Prime Time Family Reading Time Program, maintaining a performers’ directory, and a professional collection.

Summer Learning Loss Research Brief
"One Step Forward, Three Steps Back: How Summer Learning Loss Is Widening the Achievement Gap" explores the impact of summer learning loss on children & offers recommendations for combating it.
B4 - Georgia's Early Literacy Initiative

Keeping Georgia's public library shelves stocked with books and other resources is crucial in getting young children ready to read! To this end, Georgia Public Library Service and the B4 Committee will focus on developing statewide early literacy projects, beginning this year with "1,000 Books 'B4' Kindergarten."


SUMMER Reading Program

Prime Time Final Report | 2017

PRIME TIME Family Reading Time - a family literacy program

PRIME TIME, a unique six-week humanities-based program of reading, discussion, and storytelling at public libraries and other venues, emphasizes the importance of families reading together to discuss significant cultural and ethical themes.

Created in 1991 by the Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities, this statewide family literacy program with national affiliates creates a precondition for all future learning by empowering parents/guardians to help their children enjoy reading and improve their reading abilities. Since the early days of the PRIME TIME National Expansion, Georgia has held 52 PRIME TIME programs in over two dozen communities across the state.

PRIME TIME Georgia supported in part by funds from the Institute of Museum and Library Services under provision of the Library Services and Technology Act as administered by Georgia Public Library Services, a unit of the University System of Georgia, and through a grant from the Georgia Humanities Council.

To become a PRIME TIME site, please contact the Director of Youth Services at for more information.


  1. The online reports can be accessed by clicking on the appropriate button below and accessing the online download page.
  2. Final reports must be completed in a single sitting. You cannot start, save an incomplete report, and return to the report at a later date.
  3. We recommend using the provided Word documents (available below) as a guide in completing the final report while your program is ongoing. Copy and paste your final report responses from the Word file into the online final report when your program ends and submit for stipend issuance. Survey Monkey does not allow respondents to view or print copies of their responses. Please keep a record of your final report responses as a Word document. Click the “PDF” button to view a printed sample of the online form.

Final Report Links Spring 2018--GEORGIA

Georgia Program Coordinator Final Report:

GA Program Coordinator Final Report.doc 89K
Program_Coordinator_Final_Report1.pdf 193K


Teen Services

Teen services are gaining in popularity across the nation. There is a recognized need for providing services for teens after school and during the off school months. Georgia Public Library Service supports services for teens through the provision of a separate teen reading program held during the off school months, an annual teen conference covering an array of topics of interest to people serving teens, and a teen website during the annual Summer Reading Program (see above).

YA Across the USA

Looking for a great teen read?  Check out Henry County Library System's "YA Across the USA" teen book discussion guides.  This project was modeled on HarperCollins Publishers Epic Reads.  For more information and resources visit:

Youth Services Listservs

The Georgia Public Library Service Children's Services Listserv (CHLIB-l) is open to people working in Georgia's public libraries. If you are working with children, this is the best method to keep current, learn about meetings and grants, and receive help with issues concerning children's services.

The Georgia Public Library Service Young Adult Services Listserv (YASVS-l) is open to people working in Georgia's public libraries. If you are working with tweens and teens, this is the best method to keep current, learn about meetings and grants, and receive help with issues concerning young adult services.

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Questions or comments about Youth Services should be directed to:
Elaine Black
Director of Youth Services
1800 Century Place, Suite 150
Atlanta, GA 30345
Ph: 404.235.7127

Clifford Tour de Georgia 2014

The Clifford the Big Red Dog  tour covered 1,209 miles and saw 1,245 parents, children, teachers, and librarians in Georgia's public libraries.  Here's a highlight reel of his 8th Tour.