The Colorado State Library is a division of the Colorado Department of Education with the primary goal to improve the ability of libraries to provide quality services to all Coloradoans.

The Colorado State Library’s Department of Literacy and Youth Services includes an important focus on children from birth to age 8 and is guided by goals outlined by stakeholders and the recently developed Colorado Public Libraries Early Literacy Framework 2020-2025.

What We Do

We support public library services in the area of early literacy and learning by providing:

  • Connecting families and caregivers with library services
  • On-site and virtual professional development ​for library staff
  • Free reusable resources for public ​library staff and caregivers
  • Network ​facilitation and resource sharing
  • State level partnerships and initiatives
  • Leadership and state level goals and priorities

Our Services

Colorado State Library’s Department of Literacy and Youth Services and its Growing Readers Together initiative support Colorado libraries at no cost. We are deeply committed to providing fun and useful resources to support each Colorado’s library to stretch its capacity in serving children, parents, caregivers, and even peer organizations.

Our Staff


Beth Crist, literacy and family services coordinator


kate brunner, early literacy librarian


melody garcia, early literacy librarian


joyce johnson, growing readers together coordinator

Beth Crist, Youth and Family Services Consultant​, is joined by Kate Brunner, Melody Garcia, Joyce Johnson, and Gail Yerbic (members of the grant-funded Growing Readers Together initiative) to support a current, nationwide emphasis on early learning window of development that occurs during the first 8 years.