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The latest from the children’s and teen public librarians in Westchester County is posted below.  For more on this blog, check the ABOUT page in the banner below the top graphic.

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Practice Buzzers for B.O.B. Competition

Reserving Practice Buzzers:

Are you participating in the 2015 Battle of the Books Competition? Do you want to get a head start on using the practice buzzer systems? Click (here) to find out how to reserve a set!

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Programs for Families (YS Meeting 5/12/15)

A listing of different family programs discussed (and recommended) during the 5/12/2015 YS meeting.

Programs for Families Summary

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2015 WLA/WLS Printz Pizza Party!

Thursday, June 18, 2015.

6-8:45pm at the White Plains Public Library.

(100 Martine Avenue, White Plains, NY 10601)

This event is open to those working in school, public, academic, & special libraries, the book publishing industry, library school students, teachers and adults who are interested in Childrens and Young Adult Literature. (Not an event for Children or Teens).

Metered parking is available under the library in the parking garage.

For information, see attached flyer below.

2015 WLA/WLS Printz Pizza Party Flyer

*Read as many books a possible to ensure a rich and rewarding discussion

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Betsy Bishop’s Notes from the 4/21 Meeting on Accessible Programming with BPL’s John Huth

Betsy Bishop’s notes from the 4//21 meeting on Accessible Programming with BPL’s John Huth

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YS Meeting on March 17, 2015

If you missed this Tuesday’s Tech-tacular (or if you misplaced the handouts), here’s a review of what we covered.

Google Drive (GDrive)
GIMP (for graphics)
New products from Findaway-
    CLSP title references in their library: 
    Cool info-graphic about the value of audio books to language learning:
(all titles can be found on )
The intent of the meeting was to offer a brief review of some tech tools and how we’re using them to collaborate and get our work done.  To hone your skills on all of the tools we covered, you’ll find helpful self-study videos on  All you need to access these is your library card!
Also, based on the discussion at the meeting, WLS may push GIMP to the public computers.  I’ll keep you posted on that development.
Want to share what you know?  Have a tech topic you’d like to explore?  Let us know!  …. Youth Services Advisory Group: Liz Anastasi, Betsy Bishop, Tee Cotter, Andrew Farber, Cathleen Sulli, Anne Quick
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April 10, 2015

Join us on Friday, April 10, 2015 at 6:30pm
at PANERA BREAD 1 North Broadway, White Plains, NY 10601
for an open discussion group for adults who read (YA) Young Adult Literature. Come join us to talk about our featured book, Diamond Boy by Michael Williams, and also bring reading suggestions for possible featured books for future meetings.

Flyer is attached!


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March 13, 2015

Join us on Friday, March 13, 2015 at 6:30pm
at PANERA BREAD 1 North Broadway, White Plains, NY 10601
for an open discussion group for adults who read (YA) Young Adult Literature. Come join us to talk about our featured book, Laughing at My Nightmare by Shane Burcaw, and also bring reading suggestions for possible featured books for future meetings.

Flyer is attached!


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Common Core Specific Programming Example

Based on a January 2015 inquiry from a reporter regarding public library programming that supports the common core, the following libraries provided these examples:  (note resulting article will be linked when available):

White Plains Public Library: Bag-A-Tales we assembled through a Target Grant. We expanded our collection of 30 “storytime in a bag” bags to include more nonfiction informational titles, more math and science themes to support the new academic focus on common core and STEM.

Eastchester Public Library: I started a program called “Mad About Math” which is aligned with the CC curriculum in Math for K-1 level. I selected the topics to be explored such as Geometric Shapes, Counting Money, Fraction, etc., and we will read a book or tow then do a simple project on the same topic. So far we have a very steady attendance (average 10-15 kids).

Harrison Public Library: Archforkids programming is it for now here in HWE. We did a family workshop, “Playhouse of your Dreams”, a 90 minute STEM program that included concrete applications of math, science, art – all aligned with Common Core standards. Participants constructed model playhouses out of cardstock, cardboard and pipe cleaners and then decorate them with additional materials such as construction and tissue paper, “jewels”, markers, etc.

We will also do an “Adventures in Architecture” series from February 18 through 20, 2015, with a different building activity every day. These programs give the children essential skills in problem-solving, critical thinking, and collaboration. They apply their knowledge to real-world settings, become better aware of their communities, and deepen their capacity to act as engaged citizens. (

Larchmont Public Library: We offer a monthly story time centered around a science theme for 5-7 year olds called Mad Scientists Club where we read fiction and nonfiction books, talk about a science concept, and then make something to take home. We also offer a Library Lab for 8-11 year olds where we offer a fun exploration of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math). We choose monthly themes. We also focus on an early literacy skill each week in our toddler programs, and offer book marks with tips on how to engage children on working on these skills.

Mount Vernon Public Library: We are currently working with the Mayor’s Youth Bureau, hosting a program that works along STEM guidelines. It took place in the fall for 8 weeks and will continue now for another 8-10 weeks.

Every time we provide the sources of primary documents and multiple points of view, we have facilitated analysis. With multiple genres, we can mash up fact and literacy expression. Access for patrons without home computers and printers make it possible for students and their families to create polished presentations. Library System subscriptions include age-appropriate review of fundamentals with test question feedback. Online databases back up research. Specialized teachers, program presenters and performers provide positive experiences which encourage repeat visits to the library, stimulate curiosity, and motivate learning. Libraries embody freedom to read, access, and boundless information in all subjects including those not yet neither imagined nor taught formally, we are the free, unbiased portal to it all – every day, every hour we are open.

(Armonk) North Castle Public Library: We changed how we ordered materials and have put together focus on creating readers advisory tools to help children find materials, especially for children who prefer fiction to nonfiction.

Mamaroneck Public Library: We are doing a good amount of STEM programming and programs related to the maker movement, integrating some nonfiction books into our existing early literacy story time programs, and generally beefing up our nonfiction collection to support the common core.

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2014 Performers Showcase Contact Info

Thank you to all of the performers who so generously donated a free or discounted show for our raffle! 

Click here for a complete list of Performers.



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Ready to Read at New York Libraries

The New York State Library is proud to announce the finalization of the logo for Ready to Read at New York Libraries. You are encouraged to use this on any materials or hand-outs relating to this initiative and/or to early literacy.

Ready to Read

Here is a color version of the logo. Other versions can be found on the Ready to Read at New York Libraries’ website, which you can access here

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