Youth Services Round Up

Wow, we are racing toward the end of July already! I hope that in the flurry of summer programming you’ve found some time to enjoy the sunshine and some simple warm weather pleasures (for me it’s working my way through the Stewart’s ice cream menu – Mint Cookie Crumble is my current favorite).

More and More Manga!

If you have a manga collection, you’ve likely seen the volumes fly off your shelves. If you’re not a manga reader, these books can be intimidating! (You read them backwards? Such strange storylines! There’s 116 volumes?!) Love them or hate them, graphic novels and manga are key to connecting with young readers today. School Library Journal has a primer to help you get up to speed.

https://drive.google.com/file/d/17jEOjxcD3I8poYY2bR7ax2xxuR2CgUQ6/view?usp=sharing

Alma Fullerton on Sharing Stories with Kids Who Hate Reading

Kids who have learning differences can come to associate reading books with struggle and shame. However, humans crave stories. Providing alternative formats like audiobooks, and using dyslexic fonts when possible can help these kids develop their love of reading, even when picking up a book isn’t easy for them. (Tip: the Libby app includes a dyslexic font option!)

“I Never Enjoyed Reading Until I Picked Up This Book”

We all treasure the moment a kid connects with the book that sparks their love of reading. Here’s a long list of readers describing the books that created that moment for them. Is your first book love on this list? 

https://www.buzzfeed.com/hannahloewentheil/best-books-from-childhood-young-adulthood

Kids and YA RA – HOORAY!

This delightful piece on Dolly Parton runs through a list of books by, about and adjacent to The Smoky Mountain Songbird, and talks about the inspiration for her commitment to literacy. Couldn’t we all use a little more Dolly in our lives?

If (like me) you need a little help selecting sci-fi and fantasy, here’s a list of feel-good recommendations for tweens and teens!

A little showcase of what’s new from Penguin Random House – I’m psyched to see that it includes a young readers edition of Professional Troublemaker, a book that I loved so much that I had to buy it so I could write in it!

https://drive.google.com/file/d/1hUAzrE4ZGFsBo1HLoDVS6l_xPk0skjRV/view?usp=sharing

Best new board books – enough said!

PD Corner

P-3 Virtual Summer Institute 2022 

Date: Thursday, July 28, 2022

Time: All Day 

The NYS Council on Children and Families (CCF) is partnering with the NYS Education Department’s Office of Early Learning to convene the annual P-3 Summer Institute. Presentations will be published on this page in July 2022. 

More Information: http://www.nysed.gov/early-learning/p-3-virtual-summer-institute-2022

SLJ Teen LIVE 2022 

Date: Thursday, August 4, 2022 

Time: All Day 

Come hear about the latest and most exciting forthcoming titles for teens and tweens. From rom-coms and mysteries to graphic novels and classic coming-of-age stories, our daylong program of author panels, in-depth conversations, and keynote talks will keep you inspired and entertained.  You’ll also have the opportunity to visit the virtual exhibit hall to meet with leading publishers, enjoy additional chats, and download digital galleys and other free resources. 

More Information: https://www.slj.com/event/slj-teen-live-2022

CLSP 2026 Theme and 2025 Slogan Listening Session 1 

Date: Monday, August 15, 2022

Time: 3:00pm 

The voting lists have been finalized and we want to hear from you! 

All CSLP Members – Talk up your favorite 2026 Themes and 2025 Slogans from the vetted and translated voting slate. These sessions are YOUR opportunity to build support for your favorites.   

State Reps will be casting their vote at the CSLP Annual Meeting so make sure to reach out to your state rep by August 30 and let them know your favorites too! 

The CSLP 2026 Theme and 2025 Slogan Listening Session provides all CSLP member libraries a chance to voice and listen to various perspectives. 

Zoom Link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82366477698?pwd=S2lnRkdqemxncjc3bkg4K0FFOWpuQT09

Hint: See something that has a Zoom link in it but no registration? Copy/paste it into your Outlook Calendar description field so you get a reminder. 

CLSP 2026 Theme and 2025 Slogan Listening Session 2 

Date: Wednesday, August 17, 2022 

Time: 11:00am 

The voting lists have been finalized and we want to hear from you! 

All CSLP Members – Talk up your favorite 2026 Themes and 2025 Slogans from the vetted and translated voting slate. These sessions are YOUR opportunity to build support for your favorites.   

State Reps will be casting their vote at the CSLP Annual Meeting so make sure to reach out to your state rep by August 30 and let them know your favorites too! 

The CSLP 2026 Theme and 2025 Slogan Listening Session provides all CSLP member libraries a chance to voice and listen to various perspectives. 

Zoom Link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/88255083482?pwd=UFBOR3NiVHpUTndFQWhVKzVXend3QT09

Hint: See something that has a Zoom link in it but no registration? Copy/paste it into your Outlook Calendar description field so you get a reminder. 

From Diversity to Inclusion: How to Audit Your Collection and Why 

Date: Wednesday, August 24, 2022 

Time: 2:00pm 

Kym will share what a diversity audit is, why we should audit our collections, why the structure of the publishing industry may make it difficult to cultivate inclusivity, and most importantly, why it’s important to build collections that are diverse AND inclusive. 

Register: https://www.nicheacademy.com/from-diversity-to-inclusion-how-to-audit-your-collection-and-why

Getting Started with Libby 

Date: Thursday, August 25, 2022 

Time: 11:00am 

Join OverDrive’s training team for this live session to learn how easy it is to get your patrons started with Libby, the library reading app.  

Register: https://overdrive.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_0PzdTAHvQSqXtFIICwkWag

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