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Youth Collection

The Youth Collection, designed for the adult study of children's and young adult literature, contains more than 20,000 trade books, related reference sources, and a growing number of materials in electronic formats. Although a small historical collection is maintained, the focus of the Youth Collection is on recently published materials representing many genres, curriculum areas, and grades PK-12.

Staff are responsible for development of children’s/young adult materials, providing reference service for patrons using those materials, providing bibliographic instruction for patrons using those materials, maintaining and evaluating the collection, and serving as a professional resource for Iowa educators. 

Youth Notes from the RodCast Blog

Youth Collection Move Complete

03/30/2012 -  The Youth Collection move is complete!  Please visit our newly remodeled location on the 3rd floor for all your Youth material needs.  If you need assistance locating materials, just stop in to the offices of our friendly Youth staff. ...Read more

The Circle

12/08/2009 - Harry Potter, Twilight, The Hunger Games, Where the Wild Things Are….are adults reverting back to their childhoods? Although crossover literature is not a new phenomenon, the proliferation of youth books that are on the bestseller lists and that are nominated for major adult literary ...Read more

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