Before the meeting started we shared information about upcoming events of interest to Teen Librarians and people who work in Youth Services:
While this was supposed to be the annual books to share meeting, where we discussed what we felt were the best books of 2012, it turned into much more. We discussed how to go forward with the Tween/Teen Books to Share document, shared some of our favorite books, as well as discussed the future of Teen services and the Youth Services support from Westchester Library System.
Elena Falcone, Director Office of Community Connections at WLS spoke about wanting to create a Youth Advisory Group consisting of 6 individuals to help with the task of being a go-to group for thought-leadership regarding grants and programming opportunities. A core group with whom Michelle Halpern could work to coordinate resources and disseminate information.
Teen Share (By the way I would love to have a different name for this)
Prior to the meeting, I asked my colleagues to send me titles of books, DVDs, CDs, and anything else that they felt was worthy of sharing. From these submissions I put together a preliminary document that included Fiction, Nonfiction, Graphic Novels, Video Games, and DVDs. Each item includes basic info including genre, as well as, a synopsis/review. I need to have people send me content for this, especially non-fiction, video games, dvds and graphic novels. Please email me at email@example.com by January 15th with this information. We hope to have this project finished by the end of January.
We then discussed how to go forward with this document-and finally decided to make an inclusive resource (in some form online) for 2011/2012 items. This means books, DVDs, CDs, Video Games, Websites, Apps, and so on. Although, we also decided to have the majority be books, and that the non-book items would be “of special note” in order to keep the scope somewhat manageable.
This resource will also be available to librarians for printing as a pamphlet organized by genre, with one sentence blurbs. The document will also be able to be edited in order to be customized by a library.
Best of the Rest
In addition to the 2011/2012 list we also voted to design a list of our favorite items regardless of publication year. Inclusion on this list will be voted on by librarians. This is an ongoing project, which we will put up on the wiki similar to the graded booklists.
We then quickly discussed some of our favorite items from the last year with a few from 2011. Preliminary list: Teen Mtg Dec 2012 Title List
Thanks to everyone who came, I really appreciate the lively discussion we had.