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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“Appy Hour”

For those of you that were unable to attend February’s Youth Services meeting: Appy Hour 2/14/17.

(Conducted by Stephanie Hartwell-Mandella – (KAT)

We talked about personal and professional favorite applications, websites, online games and FB pages. Some are free, some are not.


  • Face Tune (3.99); a fun and easy to use portrait and photo editor app. Nip here, tuck there, backgrounds and more.
  • Instasize (Free); Instagram photo editing. Frames, stickers and more…
  • Optimum Support App: From this app you can refresh your modem/router,control your thermostat and more.


  • (We talked about WLS purchasing this…or a few libraries going in on it together.) Breakout EDU is the immersive learning games platform. The Breakout EDU kit allows for the facilitation of games where players use teamwork and critical thinking to solve a series of challenging puzzles in order to open the locked box. Games are available for all ages and content areas.
  • Jeopardy Rocks We played this! So much fun! Very user friendly.Make engaging educational quiz game board templates for school or class projects. Choose from four vegetable themed characters and help your students learn.

 Web pages for Games and Apps;


 Facebook Pages;

  • ALA Think Tank (Not the real ALA. “Awesome Librarians Always”. I enjoy this page. For librarians, (prison, children’s, YA, Academic, entertainment industry…) people who work in libraries or people who like libraries. People share projects freely. Lots of good information on many topics. Sometimes people get snarky, but I enjoy it.
  • Storytime Underground: Story time ideas.
  • Both of these Facebook pages will lead you to others of interest, if you are so inclined.
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Animation Basics!

Here’s a list of helpful links shared at the Animation workshop led by Austin Olney on March 21, 2017!

2D Cartoon Animation Apps

CGI and Simulation Apps


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Looking for new STEM ideas?

In the STEM Activity Clearinghouse, librarians and library staff can find high quality, vetted STEM activities that are appropriate for library use. Click here to check it out!

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American Library Association announces 2017 Youth Media Award Winners!

Click here to see who won!

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The WLA/WLS Mock Awards Results Are In!

Click here to see to the results!

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Jan. 9 Webinar on Collaboration for Summer Reading

For those of you who were not able to attend the  (1/9/17) “Info to Go” webinar session from the Idaho Commission on Libraries – the topic was collaboration for summer reading so I know you will all be interested!

You can view the archive and slides here.

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Survey – Please complete by January 14, 2017

Programming for young children is a high impact (and high volume) activity for public libraries.  Over the next few years, WLS has funding from NYS to provide additional professional development opportunities for all library staff in support of service for children ages 0-60 months (and their parents).

Please help us fine-tune what is offered in support of the 145+ members of the WLS member library youth services community. Linked here  is a brief survey to benchmark current activities and awareness of early literacy practices.  We’d like this survey to be completed by all youth services staff that delivery programming to children and teens – full-time and part-time.

Responses are requested by January 14.  (Those who provide a completed survey by the deadline will be entered in a drawing for a $50 iTunes gift card.)

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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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