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Youth Services Roundup – All Summer Edition!

SUMMER READING WORKSHOP

Just a reminder, the first part of our summer reading workshop will be held on Friday, February 4 from 11am-noon. During this virtual workshop, participants will get a chance to meet our new Youth Services Consultant and review the basics of what goes into a summer reading program. All attendees will receive promotional gear from CSLP, so sign up today!

CSLP MANUALS

If your library reported that they used the Collaborative Summer Library Program manual in 2021, you’ll be getting the flash drive and online code automatically in your delivery very soon. If you did not use the manual last summer but would like one this year, please let me know, and I’ll send one your way.

New for 2022: Schools and school libraries working with local public libraries to collaborate on Summer Reading can get the code to access the materials in the 2022 online manual, so please feel free to share with your school library partners.

READSQUARED 101

The NYS Library is hosting a webinar about how to get started with READsquared, the online reading program solution provided at no cost to public libraries statewide. This introductory webinar will be offered by the state library on February 22 and March 3 and is open to any library getting started with READsquared or needing a refresher on navigating the control room before summer reading. No registration required – find more information about READsquared here.

LAST CALL FOR STORYWALKS

Just a reminder, the deadline for NCLS’s StoryWalk mini-grant is next Friday, January 28. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to ask!

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LITERARY CELEBRATIONS

Programming is an increasingly important part of library service, and literacy-themed programs and events are a great place to make an impact. Join NCLS on December 21 from 2-3pm for an overview of these celebrations and programming ideas to promote them at your library. Sign up today!

LET’S TALK ABOUT…CARING FOR THE EARTH

The latest bundle from Talking is Teaching is all about caring for the earth! Check out posters, parent tip sheets, social media content, and more in this shared folder.

NOT A BOX

From No Time for Flash Cards: “Not A Box by Antoinette Portis is a wonderful book for children, and it celebrates imagination and absolutely encourages drawing… Earlier in the day, I had prepped paper with rectangles glued onto them. Each student chose the color they wanted. These were waiting for my students in our art area, along with markers…”

PERFORMERS DATABASE

From DLD: The recent webinar on the Performers and Programs database has now been posted. You can find the video and the slides here.

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NEXT YS MEETUP

Just a reminder, the next YS meetup(s) will take place on Wednesday, November 10. Sign up for the morning or afternoon session today!

SUMMER READING SYMPOSIUM

Registration is now open for the first ever CSLP Summer Programming Symposium on December 2! All library staff that are interested in summer programming should consider attending this free, online event that will cover programming ideas, outreach/partnerships, and promotion/marketing. You can find more information, including the day’s schedule, on the CSLP website.

EXTREME WEEDING TIPS

From Teen Services Underground: “I don’t have a huge YA section, but I have kept books that haven’t gone out because I loved them 20 years ago, or maybe because they fit a themed display (that obviously wasn’t very popular.) But by not weeding our collections, even if we technically have room for everything, we are doing the collection a disservice. Here are a few tips I have learned over the years that have helped me…”

SNAKES STORYTIME

From Adventures in Storytime: “The whole snake thing has been a running joke for a couple of months now, and it was a theme I had not done before, so I figured why not, plus I found a couple of cute songs/rhymes to go with it…”

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NEXT YS MEETUP

There’s still time to vote for the date of the next YS meetup – pick your best November dates here before tomorrow (10/8) at 3pm!

PERFORMERS WEBINAR

Did you know there is a statewide resource provided by the New York State Library that lists over 400 different performers and presenters who offer over 1,700 in-person and virtual programs for library and school settings? Join the NYS Library for a free webinar on Friday, October 22 at 11am to learn all about the Performers and Programs database and how it can assist you in planning your Summer Reading and other activities for the coming year!

CRAFTY TIME

From Red Tricycle: “Celebrate the season of pumpkin spice, snuggly sweaters and golden leaves by making a cornucopia of fun fall crafts with your kids. We’ve rounded up a huge list of autumn-appropriate arts and crafts that’ll keep you going all season long…”

100 DISPLAY IDEAS

From Teen Services Underground: “Coming up with new ideas or remembering hits from the past can be challenging. Instead of doing a deep-dive into one display idea with this post, I thought I’d share my personal list with you instead. Some of these ideas are basic concepts you’ve probably done, but I hope there are also displays on this list that are new to you.”

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CSLP SYMPOSIUM

Registration is now open for the first ever CSLP Summer Programming Symposium on December 2! All library staff that are interested in summer programming should consider attending this free, online event that will cover programming ideas, outreach/partnerships, and promotion/marketing. You can find more information, including the day’s schedule, on the CSLP website.

DECLUTTERING PROGRAMS

From the ALSC blog: “We are still in a strange “not quite where we used to be, but not mid-pandemic either” place, so I thought it would be a good time to reflect on activities that we embraced during the pandemic to see whether they are worth keeping. What changes did we make that the public really embraced? What did we love as a staff? What is everyone just OVER?”

PRE-K HALLOWEEN CRAFTS

From No Time for Flash Cards: “Are you as excited about Halloween as I am? My daughter has been decorating our house slowly since the first day of school in August! I am thrilled to be back in the PreK classroom to see my 4 and 5-year-olds get excited, which lets me use their excitement for motivation to learn. Here are a bunch of PreK Halloween crafts and activities I will be trying to fit into my October lesson plans this year!”

FOR YOUR RADAR

Teen Librarian Toolbox has 39 upcoming books for all ages. Check it out!

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POSTER VOTE

DLD will be providing one free CSLP summer reading poster to each NYS library next year, but we’ll all be getting the same design. Youth Services consultants have been asked to cast a vote representing what their their systems would prefer, so please let me know by next Wednesday (9/29) what you guys would like to see as The One Poster. Vote here!

JASON REYNOLDS ON TOUR!

Every Child a Reader is currently accepting proposal submissions from schools interested in hosting an event with Jason Reynolds, the 7th National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature! Get more details here, and then call your favorite school librarian to plan a truly awesome potential joint program. Deadline for submissions is December 1.

MINDFULNESS IN STORYTIME

From the ALSC blog: “Whether outdoor or virtual, any songs or rhymes that involve breathing or stretching encourage kids to slow down and be present. A new one I started using at my outdoor storytime is “A Big Sea Star.” I found this on Jbrary (credits listed in the YouTube notes). The movements have kids stretching out their arms and legs to make the sea star, soothing themselves by rubbing their arms as a little cuddle clam, and taking a deep breath in and blowing it out to make the puffer fish…”

FOR YOUR RADAR

Booklist has some good webinars coming up that focus on children’s literature, including middle grade trends and a winter book preview. Check it out!

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LET’S TALK ABOUT…FALL

The latest bundle from Talking is Teaching is all about fall! Check out posters, parent tip sheets, social media content, and more in this shared folder.

RESEARCHING YOUR COMMUNITY

From the ALSC blog: “Reaching traditionally marginalized or underserved communities is overwhelming. We don’t want to make this work look easy; it truly isn’t. However, we believe library staff at all levels can do this work with the right tools and support. This year, we’re bridging the gap between tangible resources and getting started. Today, we’ll focus on researching your community…”

SUMMER READING

Just a quick reminder that you can still sign up for a summer reading debrief – they’ll be held on Friday, September 10 and Thursday, September 16. We’ll talk about what worked, what didn’t, and what will help for next year. (And if you haven’t yet filled out your summer reading report, please take a minute to do so now.)

FOR YOUR RADAR

Barnes & Noble takes a look at the most anticipated children’s and YA book releases of September. Check it out!

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SUMMER READING WRAP-UP

Just a reminder that we’re having two sessions for a summer reading debrief this year, Friday, September 10 and Thursday September 16. Also, the final evaluation for summer reading is due this Friday, September 3. Please don’t hesitate to reach out if you have any questions.

SELF-DIRECTED PROGRAMS

From Jbrary: “In this updated post I’m sharing self-directed activities for kids and families at the library. To narrow the scope I’ve chosen activities that feature a literacy element. A huge shout-out to all the library staff who allowed me to highlight their amazing ideas!”

COMMUNITY ART PROJECT

From the ALSC blog: “Our community was eager to return to in-person browsing, programs and volunteer opportunities and it was clear they were looking for opportunities to connect with others. From this theme grew the idea for a community art project and passive program that would foster community engagement and visually represent the types of connections that are made at the library…”

CREEPY CRAFTING

From Teen Services Underground: “Spooky season is one of my favorite times to make things, and the teens in my area adore all things disturbing and creepy. My library system is still making 150 Take and Make kits every month for teens, and finding something that was both cost effective and creepy was challenging. My solution? Creepy Eyeball Bouquets…”

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SUMMER READING EVALUATION

Thanks to everyone who’s filled out their final evaluation for summer reading. If you haven’t, no worries, you’ve still got two weeks until the September 3 deadline. Just a reminder, please use your NCLS delivery codes when identifying your library – sometimes one library’s internal abbreviations are the same as another’s. (PPL, DFL, and OPL are just a few.) If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to ask.

READSQUARED WRAP-UP

Did you use READsquared for your summer reading program this year? Learn how to close out the summer programs and load new themes for fall and winter. (Did you know you can use READsquared all year long? You can!) This session is being offered by the NYS Library, with no registration required. Visit NCLS Events for dates and times.

DOG DAYS OF SUMMER

From Teen Librarian Toolbox: “We are so excited to be back at this year after having to cancel due to the pandemic in 2020… This year, we’ll have an expanded and fun agility course, customizable bandanas you can decorate for your dog, and a yogurt bar with dog-safe toppings. Additionally, there are a series of contests for dogs and their humans, like peanut butter licking competitions, costume contests, and trick contests.”

FOR YOUR RADAR

From Jbrary: “Podcasts have exploded in popularity and despite my listening challenges I have found them to be a great source of education and inspiration. This post features my top picks for anyone serving children in public libraries. Because there are a gazillion book and library themed podcasts I kept a pretty strict focus for this list…”

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COLLECTION AND RA

Doing summer reading during a pandemic and a renovation helped one librarian learn more about the collection, re-evaluate shelving and displays, and highlight books that fly under the radar. Check it out!

THE STATE OF STORYTIME

From Storytime Katie: “Because we’re outside, I am only using books, songs, and rhymes this summer. No flannelboards, puppets, or props since a) they aren’t big enough to see with the distance; b) they’re easily blown away (no, seriously, I had a whole flannelboard on an easel that fell at an outreach storytime years ago); and c) it’s a lot to manage…”

COPYRIGHT UPDATE

Penguin Random House has extended their Open License to December 30. (Hat tip to Youth Services Shout-Out for the heads up!) You can keep tabs on all the publishers guidelines at the Children’s Book Council.

STORYTIME THEMES

From Jbrary: “We’ve all been there. You’re doing a storytime based on a theme and you’re drawing a blank on books. Depending on how long you’ve been in your role as a storytime presenter this problem can cause all levels of anxiety. Today I’m sharing my top five strategies for finding a storytime book based on a theme in hopes of empowering others in their search skills…”