Youth Services Roundup

Happy sunny Monday, amazing North Country librarians! 

I’m Katie St. Laurent and I am your new Youth Services and Outreach Consultant. I’ve been working at NCLS for all of five days, and I’m already so impressed with the creativity, dedication and enthusiasm of the librarians in this region. I’m excited to support you all in any way I can!

Posing with Aggie, Willow, and last year’s Summer Reading shirt!

Some fun facts about me!

  • I have been a school librarian for the past 10 years, most recently at Solvay High School. I’ve also been a substitute librarian at Onondaga Free Library for the past three years!
  • I am an animal lover – my husband and I have a whole menagerie of mammals, reptiles, birds and fish.
  • I do triathlons in the summer, and even started a triathlon club for students at Solvay.
  • I shaved my head for St. Baldrick’s in 2017 and loved it so much that I kept a buzzcut – you never know what color my hair will be!


We had our first Summer Reading information session on Friday and shared tons of great ideas and information! If you missed it, not to worry – we will have a second session well in advance of summer, and I am always available to sit down with you individually to help brainstorm and problem-solve!

Visit the Collaborative Summer Reading Program website for information including graphics and promotional materials here:

The Summer Reading at New York State Libraries website provides a wealth of ideas, information, resources and links to get you started:


Kahoot is a web-based program that makes running a trivia competition super easy and fun! You create multiple choice questions, launch the game, and players respond using their phones to buzz in! Points are awarded based on the number of correct answers and on how fast players respond. More from the ALSC blog:


February’s Talking is Teaching theme is Love! Check out posters, parent tip sheets, social media content, and more in this shared folder.


Who doesn’t love a versatile, easy and practically free Valentine’s Day craft? Check out these adorable papercraft heart garlands!


How to Talk to Children and Teens about Race with Karissa Sullivan – Greenburgh Public Library

New and Upcoming Kids Books with Charlie Kelly – RRLC (choose NNYLN as your 3Rs Council)

YSS Spring Conference – Scholarship Deadline Extended to 2/15!

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