Youth Services

The State Library supports youth services in public and tribal libraries across New Mexico by providing continuing education, resources, and interaction between youth services librarians.

Some resources for NM's youth services librarians:

  • Youth Services Listserv
    To sign up, contact Deanne Dekle at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 505-476-9705.
  • Land of Enchantment Award
    The Land of Enchantment Book Award, New Mexico's annual state book award, is an exciting program designed to encourage the youth of New Mexico to read outstanding books of literary quality. A committee selects four lists (3 lists prior to the 2016-2017 awards): Roadrunner for grades K-3, Coyote for grades 3-5, Lizard for grades 6-8, Black Bear for grades 9-12.

  • New Mexico Battle of the Books
    The New Mexico Battle of the Books encourages the youth of New Mexico to read books, have fun, and compete by demonstrating their knowledge of books.  Students in grades 4-8 compete  in a book-related competition in elementary and middle school divisions. Teams are sponsored by schools or public libraries.

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