Youth Services Minutes
In attendance: Teresa Pavoldi (Guilderland Public Library), Cherry Neil (Guilderland Public Library), Barb Goetschius (RCS Community Library), Pat Sahr (Nassau Free Library) Julia Doellefeld (Bethlehem Public Library), Sharon Hodges (Petersburg Public Library), Carol Gaillard (Cheney Library), Dave Cole (William K. Sanford Town Library), Beth Nagel (Brunswick Community Library & Sand Lake Town Library), Ginny LaJuene (Altamont Free Library), Darlene Miller (Castleton Public Library), Lisa Neuman (Menands Public Library), Rebecca Lubin (Rensselaerville Library), Joyce Laiosa (Voorheesville Public Library), Diane Riganti (UHLS) Mary Fellows (UHLS)
Representatives of 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.
Volunteers reading to kids in library
A discussion was held of a recent query by a patron about opportunities to read aloud to children. Suggestions included a Reading Buddy program, scheduling guest readers during storytime breaks to keep the storytime habit for families and offer volunteers a chance to read, and taking the person’s name and address with the prospect of someday starting a program, then sending them a thank you note for offering their time.
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Cherry Neil brought in a craft—a Guatemalan Worry Doll made out of twist ties, nesting in its own handmade paper box.
Barbara Goetschius related success at kindergarten registration, where she handed out 90 packets consisting of a reading list, bookmark, Families Read brochure, library card application, and library magnet.
Julia Doellefeld related that Simmons College has online courses and continuing education workshops of interest. Find their offerings at http://www.simmons.edu/programs/gslis/ce/index.html.
David Cole related the success of their joke of the week idea, which they stole from Guilderland Public Library. Cherry Neil related their process for making this easy effort into a bulletin board as well. Mary suggested that the libraries have a joke telling program where young joke lovers tell the ones they submitted.
Ginny LaJuene told of the library sponsored-tree in the Altamont Festival of Trees. Community wide event in Altamont Free Library was very well attended. A brief discussion was held about the importance of libraries participating in community events.
Carol Gaillard noted that on Feb. 8th she would do a winter storytime for the Winter Festival in Hoosick Fall.
Lisa Neuman brought an idea from a recent journal to promote Summer Reading Program by having stickers made to put on report card envelopes. Stickers could say “Summer Reading Means Better Grades!” followed by information about the library.
Darlene Miller noted that Castleton is starting a Chess Club the last Monday of the month. Cherry Neil added suggestions from GUIL’s success with this low effort, high popularity program: paint old tables with boards for checkers and chess.
Barb-RCS Community Library
Julia- (Bethlehem Public Library)
To Fly: The Story of the Wright Brothers
Tanuja Desai Hidier
Cherry- (Guilderland Public Library)
Snowmen at Night
Best Books 2002 continued
Mary finished the survey of best books of 2002 with booktalks of fiction and nonfiction.
Performer showcase: Paul Rosenberg
Next meeting: February 15, COLN
9:00 – 10:00 a.m. Small library concerns discussion group
10:00 a.m. – 12:00 noon YSIG meeting
12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. Large library concerns discussion group
Mary Fellows, Manager, Youth Services