Youth Services Wiki

This is a reference site for children’s and teen public librarians in Westchester County, featuring upcoming events, notes from monthly youth services meetings and links to frequently used materials.

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Matchmaker Tales and Strategies: Notes from the Meeting

Hello All!

What a rousing and successful meeting we had on Tuesday February 16th at 9:30 am. Matchmaker Tales and Strategies: Ways to engage children, teens and families in reading


We had a small turn out due to the horrible weather, but boy did we have a great discussion! Sincere thanks to Allison Midgley for showing us the many ways to use an under utilized resource – Novelist.

Attached is her PowerPoint presentation (pdf). I know this is a resource I will be using more. Remember, if you have any questions please look at the

IT wiki or email Allison Midgley at

Some take-aways from the meeting:

  • Strong feelings that parent involvement is key to children being engaged in reading.
  • Allowing manipulatives, hands on activities and pre literacy engagement (Mother Goose, Toddler Time, Baby Lap Time) for young children in the  library helps to build budding readers and future library users.
  • Some people felt that genre labels were important, some did not.
  • Also it is important to know your collection.
  • Reference interview is key.
  • Programming is also important: Successes include: Maker Programs for YA and Children. Book Trivia Jeopardy has been very successful – buzzer system can be borrowed from WLS – contact Allison Pryor,
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Matchmaker Tales and Strategies: Ways to Engage Children

Many children are often introduced to books from a very early age. As children grow older, develop other interests and academic demands increase, their time or desire for reading diminishes. The links below are suggested resources for readers advisory.

Wandoo Reader 

​Wandoo Reader 2016 is more than just an easy-to-implement and use summer and year-round reading program management tool, it increases participation and engagement with a game-like experience.


Beanstack is a specialized service for libraries and their patrons that offers personalized book recommendations and specific tools for learning.


BiblioNasium is a free, protected social network for children ages 6-13 designed to engage, encourage and excite young people about reading.


These two articles we discussed at the meeting:

A Father-Daughter Bond, Page by Page

Great Read-Alouds From The New York Times


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January 7, 2016:  Youth Service’s Mock Awards 

5:30 pm to 8:00 pm at the WHI Auditorium/Gallery

This event will be open to those working in school, public, academic, & special libraries, the book publishing industry, library school students and adults interested in Children’s and Young Adult Literature.

This is not an event for Children or Teens.

MORE DETAILS TO FOLLOW SOON, check for updates, including reading lists for all three awards, event timings, networking & discussion information and the event food menu.

For more information you can contact either of the following librarians:

Sarah Rodriguez or
Elizabeth Coppola elizabethcoppola@wpcsd.k12.ny.usIndicate in the notes field whether you would like to attend the Caldecott, Newbery, or Printz discussion.

Register here.

Other Information:

When Registering: Indicate in the notes field whether you would like to attend the Caldecott, Newbery, or Printz discussion.

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September Youth Services Meeting

September Youth Services Meeting

Programming Idea Swap for Children & Teen Services
September 15, 2015 @ 10:00 AM @ WLS

Summer is coming to a close but we are always looking for that next big program idea… and who better to learn from then our experienced colleagues? Did you have an amazing event you think would be flexible for other libraries that you would like to share? Want to brag about your latest programming success? Are you looking for new ideas to spice up your programming calendar? What about a major event flop that you learned from? If so, this is the meeting for you!  Youth Services staff (children & teen) from across WLS will gather to swap ideas and share event-war stories. To get everyone talking and excited about sharing their brilliant ideas the meeting will begin with some quick presentations from YS Staff with topics including multimedia storytime, making s’mores with the sun, free video/computer game design software, and much more! Then we will go around the room where everyone can ask questions or reminisce about their own event fun!


SHARE YOUR SUCCESSES – To add your program to the list please email Liz Anastasi @ Handouts or sample flyers from sharers are recommened

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August 14, 2015

The Westchester Library Association’s Not Just for YA Book Club is thrilled to be reading a pairing of Lauren Myracle’s SHINE with Adam Silvera’s MORE HAPPY THAN NOT as our August 2015 Featured Reads.

The meeting begins at 6:30pm  Friday, August 14th at Panera Bread in White Plains, 1 North Broadway, White Plains, NY 10601 at 6:30pm on Friday, August 14, 2015.

See flyer below!


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July 10, 2015

Join us on Friday, July 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 Talk about our featured books, and also bring reading suggestions. Discuss pop culture, movies, music, video games, apps, teen reading/publishing trends and more!

Flyer is attached!

Not Just For YA Book Club 7-10-15


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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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