Free Government e-Resources for Youth

free-government-e-resources-for-youthWe have a new book in our collection here at the Nebraska Library Commission:  Free Government e-Resources for Youth, by Dorothy Ormes.  146 p. Z688.G6 O76 2016 Specifically focusing on federal government resources available online, this book supports the education of young citizens and points to ideas for conducting programs for youth about the government.

Government documents offer a wealth of useful information that is often ignored or misinterpreted—even by librarians. And while improved search engines have improved access to online documents in recent years, patrons—especially young people—typically need help navigating and understanding the sites. Free Government e-Resources for Youth helps librarians promote online government information to youth and to assist youth in using it to become informed and educated about our federal government and how it works.

Author Dorothy Ormes—a Federal Depository Library Program librarian at Southern Oregon University—has created a guide to government resources that public and school librarians can use to support the education of young citizens. The book covers various areas of K–12 curriculum, highlighting activities and lesson plans based on national and state standards, and gives helpful directions for creating displays and conducting programs for youth on the government. The book also provides a brief explanation of the Federal Depository Library Program (FDLP) and describes how a public library can work with FDLP librarians or take advantage of an unprecedented opportunity to join the FDLP as active participants and benefit the community.


  • Introduces librarians to a vast range of no-cost resources that can be added to their list of youth services, including reference, programming, and displays
  • Helps librarians educate young people about their government and how it works
  • Supports teachers and homeschoolers in K–12 education with a breadth of government resources available on a variety of subjects that are linked to national standards
If you would like to check out  or reserve this book from our collection, please send us an email!
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