Category Archives: YS Meetings

What’s your question for the 2/19 YS Meeting?

What do you most want to “Ask Dr. Rob”?

The focus of the February 19 Youth Services meeting is a review of e-content available system-wide, how to find it and how to move it across devices. But Rob Caluori is also game to answer any other tech question you may have related to our network, catalog, databases, and other resources.

To manage the time, we just need to ask for your questions in advance. As possible, he’ll provide an answer in the session and provide hand-outs and follow-up for what we can’t get to.

Send your question to me at by Wednesday, 2/13. Be as specific as you can. Use the header ASK DR ROB (so I won’t miss them in gmail).

(If you signed up for the session on 2/26 – send your questions in now as well!)

Dec. 18 Teen Books to Share Meeting

Before the meeting started we shared information about upcoming events of interest to Teen Librarians and people who work in Youth Services:

  1. Mock WLA/WLS Awards on January 16, 2013 visit for more information
  2. Not Just For YA Book Club on Friday January 11, 2013 visit and click onto the link under the Calendar Upcoming Events
  3. Joining WLA – the membership year runs from January 1, 2013- December 31, 2013. Visit and click onto the Welcome Tab for a pull-down menu.  Click onto MEMBERSHIP for more information.

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 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.

Items Shared

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.

Anne Quick
Dobbs Ferry

Online Arts and Crafts for Youth Librarians Workshop

Back in October, we youth librarians received an invitation to an online workshop: Art and Crafts for Youth Librarians Workshop.  It was promoted as follows:

Are you the one responsible for creating arts and crafts programs? Do you need new creative art project ideas for your Summer Reading Program or other events?  Tired of the same ole, same ole.  This is your opportunity to develop a portfolio of ideas that you can use with your Preschool through Teen visitors.  This 4 week online workshop is taught by an art instructor who has first hand experience developing library art programs.  Interact with other Youth Librarians and a University art instructor and author. The online class is open 24/7.  Access the online workshop at your convenience.

I was looking for projects to do with our preschool storytime (ages 4 and 5) and our Intermediate School Book Clubs (grades 3-5)  I was looking for projects that had actually been tried with children and in the best case scenario had a book paired with them. (And when I saw the gorgeous lifesize cat made out of paper that was with the invitation I wanted in!)

This class was a disappointment to me.  I found the site hard to navigate because the terminology was unfamiliar and inconsistent . The classes had clearly been originally designed for art teachers and then without much thought, altered to attract librarians. I mean what library has a kiln?

Most of the class assignments were to explore lists of recommended websites.  I was introduced to some sites that I think will be very useful: a website for teachers that includes lots of picture books (and up with grade level indicators) with related activities and ideas See his Drawing activities tab for lots of ideas that I especially think boys would like. has a felt pillow idea and looked like lots of other good ideas

The class didn’t include my favorite, Kathy Barbro’s site www.artprojectsforkids.  She’s actually done these projects with kids and they are sorted by grade level.

The class was a good exercise in making me think and plan projects and it convinced me that one aspect of visual literacy is talking about and writing about works of art.  Also, the instructor was very responsive.  But if you’re looking for a quick successful project for your next storytime or bookclub this class is not it.

Oh, the lifesize cat is at  Canon Creative Park along with a wealth of materials for things to do with paper – but this project isn’t one for kids.

Submitted by Betsy Bishop, Somers Library

Contact information from today’s session on library services for special needs youth

Isabel and Jill have already agreed to come back this spring to do a professionals training on understanding and identifying learning disabilities.

Isabel Hershkowitz
Parent Training Coordinator
Westchester / Putnam Independent Living Centers
White Plains / Carmel, NY
1-888-788-6268 x 1116

(Contact Isabel to get hold of Jill.)


Contact info for Cindy Alterson of the Devereux School:

Craft Idea Swap from 11/20 YS meeting

Thanks to those who contributed to the Craft Ideas swap for today’s meeting. Click on the photo you like to see it enlarged.

  • Tee Cotter
  • Terry Rabineau
  • Kay Scanlon
  • Trish Sabini
  • Betsy Bishop
  • Maryann Minozzi
  • Aili Whelan
  • Anne Quick

Two folks sent me their project sheets electronically.  Post yours when you see this message!

How To Make Marble Magnets

Marble Magnets from Anne Quick DOB

Styrofoam Penguin Craft

Penguin from Kathleen Scanlon from SHR

Rudolph Popsicle Stick Craft

Reindeer from MaryAnn Minozzi YWI


"Night Tree" & "Owl Moon" crafts from Betsy Bishop SOM

Gingerbread from Trish Sabini OSS

Holiday Picture Books with Crafts from Terry Rabideau WPPL

Hearts from Aili Whelan YWI

Penguin from Tee Cotter POR

Working with Youth as Volunteers (from the 10/16 YS meeting)

Attached are notes from program moderate Kate Colquitt; she’s provided a synthesis of the discussion as well as examples from the VolunTeen Program at Greenburgh.  Take a look at the notes .  Comments/questions welcome – just post!

Contact info for the panelists is posted below.

Panel Discussion to probe:

  1. Example of teen / youth volunteer program(s) at its best and the value of volunteering for youth today
  2. Challenges and obstacles to effective engagement of youth or other barriers hindering volunteer program opportunities
  3. Programs that work best
  4. Best Work Practices which engage and encourage youth volunteers
  5. Take Away – summation standards for the coming years ahead

Family Services of Westchester – Westchester County Youth Council

Alma Reyes Evans, MSW , Program Coordinator, Family Services – Youth Council : High School Students  /  One Summit Avenue White Plains, NY 10606   872-5224  / Sancious Moore, Program Specialist, Family Services – Youth Council: Middle School  872-5225

Youth Council Brochure
WCYC Application-English
WCYC Application-Spanish
Youth Councils Flyer

Volunteer Center – of the United Way

Brenda Wilson, Community Outreach Coordinator, Volunteer Center.
Brenda is currently offering Be the Change workshops , 220 White Plains Road Tarrytown, NY 10591   227-9315  /

Zachary Swierat, Coordinator of Volunteer Referral, Volunteer Center – Zachary manages the Center’s volunteer database; shared perspectives from the Generation On <>  227-9301


Francine Vernon – Francine is WLS’ own youth volunteer powerhouse responsible for several youth programs around the county, most recently the Learning Ambassador Program   Westchester Library System    231-3242

Volunteer – WLS Panel Discussion

Teen Volunteer Guidelines and Activities 2012 (Kate also provided a template for tracking hours that was too large a file to post.  Ask her for a copy.)