Youth Services Minutes

Minutes of the November 15, 2002 meeting

In attendance: Pat Sahr (Nassau Free Library) David Cole (William K. Sanford Town Library) Julia Doellefeld (Bethlehem Public Library) Joyce Laiosa (Voorheesville Public Library) Barbara Goetschius (RCS Community Library) Cherry Neil (Guilderland Public Library) Darlene Miller (Castleton Public Library and Sand Lake Town Library) Lisa Neuman (Menands Public Library) Lee Ricci (East Greenbush Community Library) Ginny LaJuene (Altamont Free Library) Ann-Marie Cicchinelli (William K. Sanford Town Library) Sharon Hodges (Petersburg Public Library) Carol Gaillard (Cheney Library) Bobbi Crowther (Valley Falls Free Library) Mary Fellows (UHLS)
Diane Riganti (UHLS)

Pre- and post-meeting
Representatives of fifteen libraries reviewed children’s and YA books from publishers, discussed the books with one another, and had the opportunity to choose among them for their own collections.

UHLS updates
SRC 2003 - Preview is here—Artwork, samples etc. were available at the meeting.

School/Public Library cooperation – Mary co-presented with Ann Sayers at school librarians conference last week on this topic. She will send in delivery an evaluation checklist already given to the school folks allowing librarians to assess and work on their preparedness for cooperation.

New idea - a new offering of a book matched with a website that displays clues to solve the book’s mystery was around for viewing.

Training for Horizon—Mary asked for feedback on training. Concern about book cover inclusion and link to Barnes and Noble or Amazon were discussed. Joyce mentioned her plan to cancel storytimes for the week we go live in order to take some of the pressure off circ staff. Mary encouraged other librarians to do the same.

News from You
Mary shared handouts from NYLA with a list for people to initial if they wanted copies of any of the handouts. Joyce went to the Poster Session, where she learned of a program in which teens took pictures of themselves reading books in front of businesses, and created bookmarks a la ALA’s “READ” posters. Business sponsored the project.

Kim attended the “Fall Into Books” conference on Friday, November 8 in Esopus, NY. It was a reasonable, wonderful conference. Next year’s date is November 14, 2003.

Mary asked if there was interest in getting a group together to see the new Harry Potter, as happened with the first HP movie. Kim also mentioned that the soon-to-be-released movie Emperors Club was filmed at Emma Willard in Troy.

Great Reads
Julia discussed:
Minuk: Ashes in the Pathway (Girls of Many Lands)
Hill, Kirkpatrick
1584855207 (pbk)

Joyce discussed:
Surviving the Applewhites
Tolan, Stephanie
0066236037 (lib. Bdg)

Meltdown: a Race Against Nuclear Disaster at Three Mile Island : A Reporter’s Story
Hampton, Wilborn

Hanging On To Max
Bechard, Margaret
0761325743 (lib. Bdg.)

Lee discussed:
The 13 clocks
Thurber, James
0440405823 (1992, 1950)

Panel Discussion
Darlene Miller, Barbara Goetschius, and Cherry Neil presented on selecting and purchasing children’s books. Discussed were vendors, sales people, previews, publishers catalogs, review journals, other review sources, discounts, and online sources such as and

Best Books 2002
Mary presented a personal selection of best picture books of 2002 from her work on the Notable Books for Children Committee. Next month she will cover nonfiction and juvenile fiction.

Performer Showcase
Peggy Steinbach, presenter of art & literature programs for libraries, shared information on her presentations.