From Tee Cotter re the 1st ever YS Regional Gathering

Today we had a great youth services regional meeting at the Port Chester-Rye Brook Public Library.

 Here are some of the issues we discussed
·        School Summer Reading Lists—It is a nightmare for most of us.   Yonkers has worked with their board of education to try and eliminate some of the school  summer reading list headaches—out of print books and 150 children trying to read Frindle at the same time
·        Some libraries are getting rid of their reference collection because it is outdated or no longer used/needed (For example:  Something About the Author has so many volumes—do you keep them or get rid of them)
·        Digital Media Programming
·        Ipads and libraries
·        Using “Scratch” www.scratch.mit.edu for a teen program.  Bonnie from White Plains has a co-worker who has been using this for a technology based teen program.
·        Mary Johnson from Armonk has been running a film club successfully for a number of years.
·        The teen librarian at Larchmont has been running Gaming Tournaments.
·        Teens want more downloadable books.  Are there circ stats out there that show what type of demand there is for Teen downloadable books?
·        Are audio books circulating at your library?  Did you know that some new cars are not installing cd players?
·        Follow up emails and reminders to attend meetings are a plus!
·        Mark your calendars–October 15th Youth Services meeting on the Common Core
A special thanks to those who attended:  Ken (New Rochelle), Bettyjane (Rye), Ellen (Mamaroneck), Rebecca (Larchmont), Mary (Armonk), Betsy (Somers), Bonnie (White Plains), Tata (White Plains), Susi (Field/Scardsdale), Yaw (Will)
Reminder—You can still signup for the other Youth Service gatherings. 
Rivertowns (Mid Westchester) Meeting (Run by YSAG Member Anne Quick)
Thursday, August 15th, at Irvington Public Library, 6:00pm-7:30pm
Come chat and get to know your colleagues.  Drinks and desserts will be provided, possibly with attendees bringing a potluck dish.  I will email those who sign up closer to the date with more details.
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Northern Westchester Meeting
 (Run by YSAG Members Betsy Bishop, Liz Anastasi, and Cathleen Sulli)
Thursday, August 22nd at Somers Public Library, 9:30am-11:00am
You are invited to join with other librarians in Northern Westchester to get to know each other and take home a few activities you can use with any group in your library.  From ice breakers to ice cream,  Ice in August will be an opportunity to chill out and make friends with a fellow librarian.
I hope everyone has a great summer!
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