Category Archives: Programing

Resources mentioned during the April 10 “Tea with Nancy Silberkleit”

More to explore:

Items mentioned by participants on 4/10:

January 16, 2017: Youth Services Meeting

Escape Rooms

There was a flurry of interest in escape rooms.  Here’s a cut and paste of what was shared.

Brian Mayer is an expert on this, and based out of Genesee Valley School Library System.  He runs fantastic workshops on escape rooms, which involve participants taking part in an escape room while learning how to create them, connect them to educational standards, etc.

 And one run by teens at the Scarsdale Teen Center:

Common Core Specific Programming Example

Based on a January 2015 inquiry from a reporter regarding public library programming that supports the common core, the following libraries provided these examples:  (note resulting article will be linked when available):

White Plains Public Library: Bag-A-Tales we assembled through a Target Grant. We expanded our collection of 30 “storytime in a bag” bags to include more nonfiction informational titles, more math and science themes to support the new academic focus on common core and STEM.

Eastchester Public Library: I started a program called “Mad About Math” which is aligned with the CC curriculum in Math for K-1 level. I selected the topics to be explored such as Geometric Shapes, Counting Money, Fraction, etc., and we will read a book or tow then do a simple project on the same topic. So far we have a very steady attendance (average 10-15 kids).

Harrison Public Library: Archforkids programming is it for now here in HWE. We did a family workshop, “Playhouse of your Dreams”, a 90 minute STEM program that included concrete applications of math, science, art – all aligned with Common Core standards. Participants constructed model playhouses out of cardstock, cardboard and pipe cleaners and then decorate them with additional materials such as construction and tissue paper, “jewels”, markers, etc.

We will also do an “Adventures in Architecture” series from February 18 through 20, 2015, with a different building activity every day. These programs give the children essential skills in problem-solving, critical thinking, and collaboration. They apply their knowledge to real-world settings, become better aware of their communities, and deepen their capacity to act as engaged citizens. (

Larchmont Public Library: We offer a monthly story time centered around a science theme for 5-7 year olds called Mad Scientists Club where we read fiction and nonfiction books, talk about a science concept, and then make something to take home. We also offer a Library Lab for 8-11 year olds where we offer a fun exploration of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math). We choose monthly themes. We also focus on an early literacy skill each week in our toddler programs, and offer book marks with tips on how to engage children on working on these skills.

Mount Vernon Public Library: We are currently working with the Mayor’s Youth Bureau, hosting a program that works along STEM guidelines. It took place in the fall for 8 weeks and will continue now for another 8-10 weeks.

Every time we provide the sources of primary documents and multiple points of view, we have facilitated analysis. With multiple genres, we can mash up fact and literacy expression. Access for patrons without home computers and printers make it possible for students and their families to create polished presentations. Library System subscriptions include age-appropriate review of fundamentals with test question feedback. Online databases back up research. Specialized teachers, program presenters and performers provide positive experiences which encourage repeat visits to the library, stimulate curiosity, and motivate learning. Libraries embody freedom to read, access, and boundless information in all subjects including those not yet neither imagined nor taught formally, we are the free, unbiased portal to it all – every day, every hour we are open.

(Armonk) North Castle Public Library: We changed how we ordered materials and have put together focus on creating readers advisory tools to help children find materials, especially for children who prefer fiction to nonfiction.

Mamaroneck Public Library: We are doing a good amount of STEM programming and programs related to the maker movement, integrating some nonfiction books into our existing early literacy story time programs, and generally beefing up our nonfiction collection to support the common core.

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)

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

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!

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

Therapy Animal Programs

Have you thought about having a therapy animal program in your library?  Here is contact information for some of the organizations out there.

Note: My own dog Too Tall is registered through Therapy Dogs Inc. as well as R.E.A.D. so I have included information on these organizations in addition to contact info.  If others have info on the other groups please feel free to email me at and I will add the info.

Therapy Dogs Incorporated
Phone: 877-843-7364

This is an organization that certifies dog and handler teams from around the country.  Contacting the main office by phone or email, they will be able to give you a list of teams in the area.

R.E.A.D. (Reading Education Assistance Dogs) through Intermountain Therapy Animals
Phone: 801-272-3439

This is the official organization that registers animal handler teams as R.E.A.D. This is a therapy animal organization that registers teams in Utah, Montana, and Idaho, but they will register any team from around the United States as a R.E.A.D. team. To become registered as a R.E.A.D. team, one must be registered with a therapy organization, and contact Intermountain Therapy Animals. They then ask you to read a handbook, watch a DVD and there is a written test that the handler takes. Once one passes the test and sends in the application fee they are registered as a R.E.A.D. team.

Good Dog Foundation
Phone: (888) 859-9992

H.E.A.R.T. Pet Program

Jill Ferson at
home number: 914-271-0182
cell: 914-260-7251.

Pet Partners formerly Delta Society

Therapy Dogs International
Phone: (973) 252-9800
fax (973) 252-7171

Brazilian Drums

John Arrucci
John offers a variety of percussion workshops. He is an excellent programmer, very interesting and engaging. By the end of the workshop everyone will be playing. He is expensive, but worth it. He may come down on his price for libraries.
Erik – WH