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Handouts from 9/17 YS Meeting

Magic the Gathering Basic Info Handout Presented by Jamie Reilly from Somers

Stay tuned for rest of the handouts

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Sept. 17th YS Meeting Minutes

Youth Services Meeting 9/17/13

(Below are the notes from the Youth Services Meeting. Please feel free to make corrections if needed.)

Anne Quick hosted the Youth Services meeting on Tuesday, September 17th at WLS to discuss summer programs and to highlight 4 specific programs done at libraries this summer

Summer Highlights from various libraries:

1. Zahra from the Yonkers library explained her intergenerational program called Word Wednesdays. The idea was to get seniors/adults to play word games with kids. It was funded by a rotary grant. Board games and games with apps for the ipad, kindle, nook etc were used. Different stations were placed all over the room with the idea that everyone would rotate from station to station. To look at photos from this program, go to, click on the flickr button, and click on Word Wednesdays

2. Carolyn from Irvington shared her Wacky Wednesday programs where ages 5 to 10 played bingo, painted a painter’s hat and other fun and wacky ideas.

3. Tricia from Ossining used the outside area at their parking lot and read stories, sang songs and had the children color/free play on the sidewalk with sidewalk chalk.

4. Rebecca from Larchmont discussed her successful CSI program which she did in collaboration with the Larchmont police. Children ages 8 and up tried to solve the crime of the theft of a rubber duck. It was an inside job. Children got to dust for fingerprints. Next time they do it, they want to take mug shots for the children. In the fall, they will be doing STEM programs (science, technology, engineering and mathematics)

5. Cathleen from North Salem had a sleepover at her library despite the fact there was no water in the building. They used their creativity and had on hand Purell, buckets of water and pitchers of water for children to brush their teeth. They have an inventor’s club and will continue with their STEAM programs (science, technology, engineering, art and mathematics)

6. The Will Library had 78 programs with 3,300 children. They had pirate/princess, cowboys/cowgirls, decoupage, and Diary of a Worm/sweet treat programs. They also held a luau with a limbo and hula hoop contest. They used Jim McClanahan the magician and Frannie the clown.

7. Amy from Briarcliff had a Halloween in July program where she read stories and did a Halloween craft. Children wore their Halloween costumes and trick or treated at the circ desk, reference desk and at the Director’s office. She also spoke of the Family Nights that she has held for the past 3 years. This years paralleled the theme of Dig Into Reading. There was cave paintings, wooly mammoth tusk game, Natives American games, chocolate chip cookie excavation and the children made hieroglyphics. 25 families attended. The program is done when the library is closed as to utilize difference spaces/sections in the library. In previous years, each room was a different country and last year was constellations. When children sign in they get some sort of passport or holder and receive stickers or stamps for each section they visit.

8. Elise from Montrose spoke about an inflatable screen that was blown up at the library and where they showed the movie and had watermelon. They also did crafts with Joan Lloyd who makes beads, earrings for a woman’s shelter. They also did bottlecap jewelry (necklaces, keychains, bookmarks) with Sharon Kohlberg. Anne Beir did decoupage. Lavinna Wiggins from Peekskill made mobiles of jewelry and paper.

9. Andrew from Greenberg had a Brazilian martial arts group called CBO Capuate (is this name correct) Yow from Yonkers (did I spell that right) recommended Josie’s School of Dance. Irvingtonn also had them. They are reasonable and nice.

10. Shodie from Bedford had families make Terrariums. They purchased large jars and had a nature person come. They provided supplies and invited families to bring items for their terrariums. Each family did 1 (although a few were able to do 2) They also had a field trip to a neighboring farm. They had signups and everyone met there.

Featured Librarians (All of their handouts will be going on the Wiki)

1. Jamie from Somers—Magic the Gathering
· An easy club to do, on Thursdays from 3 to 5. To get started she bought 2 decks of Magic cards from Barnes and Noble. 14 kids signed up and she would recommend that they be middle/high school students. Jamie highly suggests watching the video links to learn how to play. This fall she is hoping to do a tournament.

2. Andrew from Greenburgh—Teen Auto Repair
· A 1 hour program that easily went into 2 hours. The mechanic (please get his information from Andrew)was great and he didn’t try to sell anything. He took his time and explained belts, hoses etc. 15 teens were signed up. They are going to try and do this program for adults and perhaps for girls only. He is also capable of doing a presentation in a room. Andrew is going to email everyone the information.

3. Shodie from Bedford –Dog Show
· Had a dog show on their village green. Had signups, limited to 12 dogs, dogs needed a license, had to be on leashes, children had to have a parent with the. Carpet squares were setup in a circle for the dogs and children. A local trainer came and went around to each dog and observed them to determine who would get what prize (for example, fluffiest, best dressed etc) Awards/certificates were given out to each dog. You definitely need a trainer or someone with good dog experience-perhaps someone from your local dog park to serve as your host. They gave out doggy bags at the end to the dogs. The program took about 1 hour. Staff went around and took a photo of each dog with their family.

4. Carolyn from Irvington—Stuffed Animal Sleepover
· Signed up 17-19 kids and had 5 volunteers. Carolyn had her own stuffed animal to show the children. Her stuffed animal slept over with the others. They made a craft—a foam photo frame that the kids took home. She emphasized that you need to make sure you take enough pictures of all the stuffed animals and to keep track of who you are taking pictures of. Her handout was great and had lots of specific details.

· A survey on the mock awards was emailed to everyone, please fill it out
· Legoland—They came to Yonkers and had a master builder make a creation near the circ desk. 350 people came. However the children were disappointed that they had no type of lego kit to take home. Montrose is having a 75th anniversary celebration and they are using Legoland to make a creation and will use this as a fundraiser. Also on October 27th Montrose they will be having a wine pairing fundraiser.
· Some librarians read stories in the park or even at town pools

Next Children’s Meeting will be on Tuesday, October 15th. Please use this link to signup

Minutes taken by Tee Cotter (Port Chester-Rye Brook Public Library)

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From Tee Cotter re the 1st ever YS Regional Gathering

Today we had a great youth services regional meeting at the Port Chester-Rye Brook Public Library.

 Here are some of the issues we discussed
·        School Summer Reading Lists—It is a nightmare for most of us.   Yonkers has worked with their board of education to try and eliminate some of the school  summer reading list headaches—out of print books and 150 children trying to read Frindle at the same time
·        Some libraries are getting rid of their reference collection because it is outdated or no longer used/needed (For example:  Something About the Author has so many volumes—do you keep them or get rid of them)
·        Digital Media Programming
·        Ipads and libraries
·        Using “Scratch” for a teen program.  Bonnie from White Plains has a co-worker who has been using this for a technology based teen program.
·        Mary Johnson from Armonk has been running a film club successfully for a number of years.
·        The teen librarian at Larchmont has been running Gaming Tournaments.
·        Teens want more downloadable books.  Are there circ stats out there that show what type of demand there is for Teen downloadable books?
·        Are audio books circulating at your library?  Did you know that some new cars are not installing cd players?
·        Follow up emails and reminders to attend meetings are a plus!
·        Mark your calendars–October 15th Youth Services meeting on the Common Core
A special thanks to those who attended:  Ken (New Rochelle), Bettyjane (Rye), Ellen (Mamaroneck), Rebecca (Larchmont), Mary (Armonk), Betsy (Somers), Bonnie (White Plains), Tata (White Plains), Susi (Field/Scardsdale), Yaw (Will)
Reminder—You can still signup for the other Youth Service gatherings. 
Rivertowns (Mid Westchester) Meeting (Run by YSAG Member Anne Quick)
Thursday, August 15th, at Irvington Public Library, 6:00pm-7:30pm
Come chat and get to know your colleagues.  Drinks and desserts will be provided, possibly with attendees bringing a potluck dish.  I will email those who sign up closer to the date with more details.

Northern Westchester Meeting
 (Run by YSAG Members Betsy Bishop, Liz Anastasi, and Cathleen Sulli)
Thursday, August 22nd at Somers Public Library, 9:30am-11:00am
You are invited to join with other librarians in Northern Westchester to get to know each other and take home a few activities you can use with any group in your library.  From ice breakers to ice cream,  Ice in August will be an opportunity to chill out and make friends with a fellow librarian.
I hope everyone has a great summer!
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Books to Share!

Now Available Books to Share 2013!

Feel free to reprint, add to your web pages, newsletters, and email blasts. Also, look for a few copies coming in the mail to all libraries.

Books to Share 2013

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NY State test

In case you need this info….New York State test review sources

The Office of State Assessment (OSA) is responsible for the coordination, development, and implementation of the New York State Testing Program (NYSTP). You can go here to find resources for state tests given from Kindergarten through 12th grade, including ELA, Mathematics, and Regents exams.

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Making Books Sing’s touring programs

We are excited to tell you about Making Books Sing’s touring programs that are available to present right in your library this Spring or Summer! Each of our programs use theatre and original music to inspire learning, creativity and fun. We are happy to offer discounted packages for those who book two or more programs. Please see the information below and let me know if you have any questions!
My City Park
Touring Show

When Milo finds out that his favorite city park is going to be torn down and replaced with a shopping mall, he seeks out the help of his two best friends, Odessa the Owl and Bucky the Squirrel. This fun-filled 45-minute educational performance features puppetry, original songs and audience participation. Children will learn about the importance of shared community spaces as they sing along to original songs that celebrate New York City!

$400 per assembly performance; Best for grades PreK-3rd

Literature at Play


Children will work with professional teaching artists as they adapt a class-chosen book into an original musical! These fun-filled workshops inspire creative play, imagination and learning.

$200 per class, 90-minute per workshop; Best for grades 1st-5th

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Do you need a Wii or Playstation for a program?

Do you need a Wii or Playstation for a program?

WLS has a Wii (Guitar Hero with Rockband, guitars and drum set) and a Playstation (Guitar Hero and a handful of games).

If you’d like to borrow these for your library, email with the dates that you want them AND the day you can come to pick them up.  That’ll reserve the items.  Look for a confirmation by email.

When you arrive for pickup, please see Anne Marie Perdichizzi in ILL Services. She will check out the items to your library card.

When your program is completed, please return the items to WLS promptly so they can be made available for the next library!

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2013 Book Expo America info

The following information was sent to the Director’s List listserv.

WLS has received the following information about discounts to Book Expo America (BEA), which is scheduled for May 29-June 1, 2013, at the Javits Center in New York City.

Reed Exhibitions is once again offering discounts to WLS Librarians, when registering 3 or more librarians at the same time, for the All Access Pass [$20 off: $84 instead of $104] and for the 1-Day Pass [$10 off: $60 instead of $70].

You can register directly with Diana Press of Reed Exhibitions. Mail and/or fax this registration form (that indicates you are part of WLS) along with payment by the early bird deadline of Wednesday, May 15th, to:

Diana Press
Reed Exhibitions
383 Main Avenue
Norwalk, CT 06851
FAX #: 203-840-5519

You may include registration to the BEA Special Events Tickets or the Concurrent Events Passes on your registration; however, discounts only apply to the All Access Pass and 1-Day Pass.

If your library does not have 3 or more registering, contact Elise Burke for inclusion with the WLS registration.

All forms faxed and/or mailed to Diana will be confirmed. If you have any questions, you may contact Diana directly at 800-363-3631 or 203-840-5533.

You can visit their website for further information:

Please note, WLS will not be arranging any transportation from Westchester.

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2013 WLA/WLS Performer’s Showcase – performers

Complete information on the performers in attendance can be found here: Performers Showcase Contact Sheet (please note that if printing, you have to use LEGAL sized paper)

Performers Listed on the Showcase Contact Sheet

  • Jim Ryan Talks
  • H.E.A.R.T. Pet Programs
  • Najuma the Storyteller (Toni Brown)
  • Crochet and Knit with Miriam (Miriam Norman)
  • Strawtown Studio
  • Girl Scouts Heart of the Hudson
  • Boy Scouts of America, Westchester-Putnam Council
  • Belle’s Dance Networks (Belle Ritter)
  • Quincy Design (Quincy Egginton Ed. D.)
  • Adventures with Cosmic Carol (Lawrence Pitonza)
  • Origami and Action Models (Larry Davis)
  • Up in Arms (David Manley)
  • Barbara Dee, Author and Chappaqua Children’s Book Festival Board of Directors member
  • Laura Doherty
  • Sciencetellers (Andrew Piccirillo)
  • Uncle Eye and Julia (Ira Levin and Julia Bordenaro Levin)
  • Steffi Nossen School of Dance
  • Franee the Clown (Theresa Francois)
  • Josie’s International School of Dance

Pricing notes for some of those who performed

  • Laura Doherty: $350, 45-60 minute program. Block booking, it’s about $250-$275 per program
  • Sciencetellers: $350-$400. Block booking – $325 each for 2 shows in a day, $300 each for 3 shows in a day. Can do teen programs too.
  • Uncle Eye and Julia: $350, 45-50 minute program. Block booking - $300 each for 2 shows in a day, $250 each for 3 shows in a day.
  • Steffi Nossen School of Dance: $100/hr teaching. $150 for a 45-60 minute performance.
  • Franee the Clown: Average program is 45-60 minutes, $250. Special Ed teacher before becoming a clown so she is great with special needs kids.

I have flyers for the following performers who were not in attendance. I am hoping to be able to scan them, and flyers from performers who did come, so I can add all of the flyers to this post.

  • Traveling Lantern Theatre Company
  • James Durst
  • Animal Embassy
  • Tom Sieling
  • ArtsWestchester

For more information on these and other performers, check out the Statewide New York State Performers and Programs Database at

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