Youth Services Minutes

October 18, 2002 – Bethlehem Public Library
10:00 a.m. – 12:00 noon

In attendance: Beverly Provost (BETH), Julia Doellefeld (BETH), Linda Massen (BETH), Polly Hartman (BETH), Jen Ward (APLM), Kathy Stempel (BERN), Lee Ricci (EGRN), Lisa Neuman (MEND), Pat Sahr (NASS), Anne-Marie Cicchinelli (COLN), Carol Gaillard (HOOF), Darlene Miller (SNLK& CAST), Cherry Neil (GUIL), Dorothy Holt (GUIL), Suzanne Winkler (GUIL), Joyce Laiosa (VOOR), Diane Riganti (UHLS), Mary Fellows (UHLS).

Pre- and post-meeting
Four folks from small libraries met before the meeting for the small library concerns discussion, which centered on using volunteers effectively in a small library. After the meeting, nine representatives of larger libraries discussed effectively managing summer reading program success and its impact on other departments.

UHLS Updates
September 25 Home School Workshop - Twenty-six librarians, home school parents, and school librarians participated in the September 25 youth services workshop “Jigsaw Jockey: How Schools and Home Schools Fit into the Public Library Puzzle.” Presenter Dr. Rebecca Rupp shared statistics and motivations of the home school movement, New York guidelines, and ideas for supporting home school parents. Mary expressed thanks to Sharon Hodges for recommending Dr. Rupp. Wrapping up the day, a panel discussion of school and public librarians described common goals, best approaches for collaborative projects with school librarians, and successful strategies.

Arts grant –The Albany/Schenectady arts grant for Das Puppenspiel, a puppetry group from Westfield, NY, is written and submitted. Mary reminded the group that today is the deadline for Rensselaer County libraries to indicate their interest in participating in the Arts Center of the Capital Region grant, also for Das Puppenspiel.

Storytelling camp – The LSTA grant Imagination River Storytelling Camp grant is underway. Participating libraries are Altamont, Albany Public Main, Castleton, and Troy Lansingburg. First meetings are being held.

Riverway Storytelling Festival – Mary reported progress on the festival including contracting with Laura Simms, a world-renowned storyteller from NYC, as the headline storyteller. Laura will be doing the main performance on Saturday night, and will also offer a master class on Saturday afternoon, something in which she has particular expertise. The dates for the festival are April 3-5, 2003.

NYLA – Mary reminded the group that the New York Library Association conference is this coming week and offered a car pool opportunity for Wednesday morning.

Horizon migration – The decision about when to go live will be made next Monday.

Idea for craft table – Mary proposed that at each meeting we have a craft table where participants can bring a sample of a craft that was particularly successful copies of the directions for it. No one will be assigned or asked to do this. Rather, anyone can bring his or her sample and directions anytime.

Next meeting – best books of 2002 will be the topic, presented by Mary as a result of her work on the Notable Books for Children committee. Vendors and working with vendors will also be covered in the December meeting.

Summer Reading Program Statistics
Mary discussed briefly the increase in stats this summer. She will send out details in a memo.

Storytime Sharing
Polly Hartman, Julia Doellefeld, Beverly Provost, Lee Ricci, and Ann-Marie Cicchinelli shared easy-to-make props and clever techniques for making stories come alive to young listeners.

News From You/ You Name It
ulia Doellefeld invited participants to the Fall Book Harvest from 2-4 at the Pruyn House on Sunday, sponsored by the Children’s Literature Connection. Joyce Laisoa told about her participation in the National Book Festival in Washington DC.

Mary announced a new agenda item for YSAC meetings: Great Reads, a 15 minute opportunity for anyone to share particularly great children’s or YA books recently read. Sharing these will improve our reader’s advisory ability, give us ideas for purchases and programs, and reconnect us with one of the things we love about our work.

Performer mini-showcase
Barbara Bennett, local paper artist, presented her programs, available for libraries. Mary has copies of her flyer. A sampling of possibilities easily paired with books includes 1000 paper cranes, origami flower gardens, star books and fish kites. Barbara is available at 355-5960, and has performed at Guilderland Public Library as well as other UHLS libraries.

Next Meeting
November 15, UHLS
9:00 – 10:00 a.m. Book review
10:00 a.m. – 12:00 noon YSAC meeting
12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. Book review

Respectfully submitted,

Mary Fellows, Manager, Youth Services