Youth Services Roundup


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.


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!”


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…”


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…”

Youth Services Roundup


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.


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.


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.”


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…”

Youth Services Roundup


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!


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…”


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.


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…”

Youth Services Roundup


From Teen Services Underground: “At my rural library, teens come to events looking for fun and socialization. There’s not much else to do in town (when I was in high school, I’d hear about people going to hang out at Walmart for “fun”), so I try to provide as much entertainment as possible at my events. This past year has been hard on my teens–many of them hang out digitally already; they weren’t really looking for more virtual options. And I missed being with my teens in person too. So finally being able to provide events in-person again, albeit outside, was exciting… So, of course, it started raining right as the program was to start…”


From Youth Services Shout-Out: “There are some mighty big planning and conversation going on around how fall youth programming might look in 2021. Given the fact that kids under 12 aren’t vaccinated yet, it suggests careful consideration on whether programs will be virtual or in-person. While we are hotted up right now, we know that cooler weather will present important challenges once again…”


From Brightly: “Mad Libs provide an entertaining and engaging way to teach kids about nouns, verbs, adjectives, and adverbs, and they can be used to reinforce essential grammar, reading comprehension, and vocabulary skills. Just fill in the blank for some wordy fun!”


Teen Librarian Toolbox shares their favorite MG and YA nonfiction series. Check it out!

RA for your Friday

First things first – the NPR Summer Reader Poll is out! This year, they’re putting out a call for favorite sci-fi and fantasy books, with a twist:

“We’re doing things a little bit differently this year since we already know you guys love The Lord of the Rings. Instead of a grand survey of all of time and space, we’re zeroing in on titles from the past 10 years — that is, anything that has come out since the 2011 poll…”

I don’t read a ton of SFF, but what I have read in the last ten years I’ve LOVED, so I’m really looking forward to the results of this one.

My own personal summer may begin Memorial Day weekend, but this holiday weekend is where the rubber meets the road, summer reading-wise. To quote Becky Spratford from the RA for All blog:

“People are beginning their vacations in earnest starting this week. We need to be ready with suggestions.”

Here’s the latest batch of best of summer lists you can throw into your RA bag of tricks, or better yet, use to build your display – Elle, USA Today, Lit Hub, the Chicago Tribune, the New York Public Library, and GQ.

We’ve got July picks from Amazon, Bustle, Barnes & Noble, Oprah, Entertainment Weekly, and Time. For all you genre fans, we’ve got romance (and more) from SBTB, horror from Den of Geek, mysteries and thrillers from PopSugar, sci fi and fantasy from Gizmodo, and of course, crime reads from CrimeReads.

OverDrive’s latest Big Library Read kicked off on Monday, which means patrons have simultaneous use access to SF Kosa’s The Quiet Girl through July 12. You can find social media graphics and posts here – promote away!

Finally, #FridayReads: I’m on vacation all next week, so I’m ready to make a dent in my TBR. I’ve just started The Arctic Fury, and have Luck of the Titanic and I Was Told it Would Get Easier on my proverbial (and literal) nightstand. Happy reading!

Youth Services Roundup


NCLS has added six big books to the Warehouse! These oversized picture books are engaging and perfect for an outdoor storytime. We’ve also got flannel boards (and sets) and puppets. Check it out!


Just a reminder that if you have virtual programs, storywalk locations, or video booktalks to share you can send them to me, and I’ll add them to our collaborative summer page. Programs can be submitted here; storywalks and videos can be emailed.


From the Youth Services Shout-Out blog: “Have you ever looked through your biography section and said, “Man some of these are ancient!” Some people have a tough time getting rid of biographies because they want to make sure their patrons have access to information on anyone they think might be important. If you always think like that, your shelves will be overflowing! You have to throw some of them into the discard pile! Here are a few ideas to help you on your weeding way…”


Teen Librarian Toolbox takes a look at upcoming middle grade titles – enjoy!

Lewis County Libraries Linking up for a Summer Library Safari!

Running for the months of July and August, visitors are being invited to visit all Lewis County Libraries to complete a Summer Library Safari! Kicking off the week of July 5th, visit libraries in Lewis County to learn more about our county, its libraries, and all of the villages and hamlets where the libraries are located.

Visitors can pick up a map at their local library, complete with locations and library information, and then check off each library as they visit. People can collect prizes and tokens from each library along the way, as well as taking photos, learning local history, or attending an event. Library cards can be used at all Lewis County Libraries, so choose a few books to take home (and return easily at your home library).

Join us this summer for a Summer Library Safari for a fun summer at home in Lewis County!