YOUTH SERVICES ROUND UP

Happy Monday! I got to visit several new-to-me libraries last week! It’s always such fun to see how every library is different and to explore the amazing ideas they’re implementing. If you don’t often get out to other libraries, I highly recommend it – I’ve never been to a North Country Library where I didn’t get inspired! I’m hoping to make it to every one of the Jefferson County libraries by the end of August! #roadtrip

Did you know that Tuesday is National Book Lovers Day? It’s a great opportunity to get patrons talking about their favorite books, sharing on social media, and being loud and proud about their love for books! https://nationaltoday.com/national-book-lovers-day/

In more serious news, censorship campaigns continue around the country. This library in Michigan has lost a portion of its funding after sticking to its collection development policy and refusing to remove challenged books. If it is unable to replace that funding, it will be forced to close. This is a worst case scenario, but there are some key takeaways: 

  • Review your collection development policy and ensure that it is airtight. PULISDO and ESLN worked with Stephanie Adams to provide a template that libraries can use to develop their local policy, available on our website and linked here: https://ncls.libguides.com/ld.php?content_id=67588324
  • This is a cautionary tale about the vulnerability of certain funding streams. If you do not go on your school or municipal ballot, consider doing so. A ballot initiative allows voters to directly approve funding for the library rather than relying on government officials to allocate it as they see fit. Once school and municipal ballot funding is approved, it is stable; you will receive the same amount each year unless you specifically request a decrease or go on the ballot for additional funding. Having at least a portion of your library’s budget funded by school or municipal ballot insulates the library from the politics and personalities that can threaten to cut the library’s budget.

If you’re a bargain hunter and need gear for your library, here’s a unique opportunity: Benchmark Family Services is having a massive sale today and tomorrow! They’re selling off furniture, games, books, toys and a lot of miscellaneous equipment. See their Facebook post for all the details: https://www.facebook.com/BenchmarkNY/posts/pfbid036JxuABUVWh254XQoxye3bQZx3pvG7PFSSsZ4x7rx248vZExkPTT7fBPCUuFHxvhYl

Shout out to Cape Vincent Library for this idea! Demco publishes a monthly Kids Activity Calendar and Early Literacy Calendar on their website. They are great resources to link on your website, print for parents or use as inspiration for library activities! https://ideas.demco.com/tag/activity-calendar/

Talking is Teaching has a new content pack available, this time on the theme of Laundry Time! Download resources here: https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1Kimjcy2nqI7PZXAagg-vh3Su8KWsDjPq?usp=sharing

Kids and YA RA Hooray!

Graphic novels and comics are a great way to bring history to life for your readers. Here’s a roundup of some of the best historical comics to consider for your collection: https://bookriot.com/ya-historical-comics/

Here’s a resource to help you pair families with books that can help them through tough times. This list focuses on issues of identity and displacement; what are your favorite books to help families cope with grief, fear, new situations and loss? Parents often turn to picture books when they don’t know what to say to their small children – handing them a beautiful, empathetic book that helps them through that moment is one of the greatest services we can provide. https://bookriot.com/picture-books-about-tough-topics/

School Library Journal has rundowns of recent and upcoming picture books and YA books to have on your radar for the second half of 2022:

https://drive.google.com/file/d/1QPBrFiMtN5NXdyB6UlK28FpI0yMCWh1-/view?usp=sharing

https://drive.google.com/file/d/1ZQQ7FYkG2hG849jAWv9jm4JHjd0tM5p5/view?usp=sharing

PD Corner

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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