Youth Services Minutes

Meeting Notes
May 16, 2003—UHLS
10:00 a.m. – 12:00 noon

In attendance: Jennifer McIntosh (East Greenbush Community Library) Suzanne Winkler (Guilderland Public Library), Trevor Oakley (Guilderland Public Library), Pat Sahr (Nassau Free Library) Julia Doellefeld (Bethlehem Public Library), Sharon Hodges (Petersburg Public Library), Carol Gaillard (Cheney Library), Beth Bomba (William K. Sanford Town Library), Kathy Stempel (Berne Public 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), Christina Stenson-Carey (Albany Public Library--Pine Hills Branch) Diane Riganti (UHLS) Mary Fellows (UHLS)

Pre- and post-meeting
Representatives of thirteen 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
Mary noted that legislators restored the budget for libraries and schools, and thanked youth services staff for everything they did to help lobby.

Storytelling Camp Grant is winding down. At least two libraries are continuing the momentum through a curriculum writing project funded by the Teachers Center, a student put on the program at Grafton Lakes State Park to regularly tell stories this summer, and the campers continuing workshops through the summer.

The Sky Camp grant writing is underway.

Das Puppenspiel, our summer arts grants project, has been scheduled. Publicity will be out in early June.

Summer Reading Program
Mary explained the “One In A Million” statewide initiative to enroll a million kids in SRP. Discussion ensued about the home and library prize book collections given by Scholastic to each county (one 50-6 book collection for kids, and one for libraries). It was decided to split both the home and library collections into 5 collections of ten+ books. Mary will call for your slips in mid-August. Then she will draw from the slips to get one child from each of five libraries in Albany County, and one child from each of five libraries in Rensselaer County. The child will get the ten+ book home collection, and their library will get the ten+ book library collection.

Each system has also received an extra $2500 for SRP, to use as desired. Mary has allocated $650 for “I’m One in a Million” buttons to be used an incentive. As per the group’s decision, leftover money from the buttons will be allocated to each library.

Kids Pac
After a few minutes of discussion and attempt to look at Kids Pacs, it was decided that a few people would work on the customizing of the UHLS Kids Pac and report back to the YSAC. Jen McIntosh and Beth Bomba volunteered. Mary will solicit other volunteers from those not present for a group of four or five. There is no further update on when Dynix will release Kids Pac, nor do we know when ASC and UHLS will be ready to work on it, but we will do our work so that when they’re ready, we’re ready.

News From You
Everyone gave a run down of what they were doing for Summer Reading Club this year.

Great Reads
Stravaganza: City of Masks--Mary Hoffman
It Happened At a Hanging--Hattie Mae Clark

Out of Bounds--Beverly Naidoo
Stones in Mourning Creek--Diane LesBecquets
Read anything good lately?—Jane Lindaman

(Most everything from Front Street Press)
Soul Moon Soup-- Lindsay Lee Johnson
Stray Voltage-- Eugenie Doyle
Marika--Andrea Cheng

You Name It
Rensselaerville Library’s Garage sale day and book sale is May 17, 2003

Jen McIntosh showed her Teen Advisory Group t-shirt, which is very popular with her kids.
On the front       On the back
TAG                  You’re it.

Performer Showcase
Beth Bidwell, The Wildlife Institute of Eastern New York

Next Meetings

Meeting, September 19, 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. Potluck and more book review

Respectfully submitted,

Mary Fellows, Youth Services Consultant