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 amidgley@wlsmail.org

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, apryor@wlsmail.org.
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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: Beanstack is a specialized service for libraries and their patrons that offers personalized book recommendations and specific tools for learning.

BiblionasiumBiblioNasium 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:


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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 www.westchesterlibraryassociation.org 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 srodriguez@wlsmail.org or
Elizabeth Coppola elizabethcoppola@wpcsd.k12.ny.us

Indicate 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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September Youth Services Meeting

September Youth Services Meeting

Programming Idea Swap for Children & Teen Services
September 15, 2015 @ 10:00 AM @ WLS

Summer is coming to a close but we are always looking for that next big program idea… and who better to learn from then our experienced colleagues? Did you have an amazing event you think would be flexible for other libraries that you would like to share? Want to brag about your latest programming success? Are you looking for new ideas to spice up your programming calendar? What about a major event flop that you learned from? If so, this is the meeting for you!  Youth Services staff (children & teen) from across WLS will gather to swap ideas and share event-war stories. To get everyone talking and excited about sharing their brilliant ideas the meeting will begin with some quick presentations from YS Staff with topics including multimedia storytime, making s’mores with the sun, free video/computer game design software, and much more! Then we will go around the room where everyone can ask questions or reminisce about their own event fun!


SHARE YOUR SUCCESSES – To add your program to the list please email Liz Anastasi @ eanastasi@wlsmail.org. Handouts or sample flyers from sharers are recommened

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August 14, 2015

The Westchester Library Association’s Not Just for YA Book Club is thrilled to be reading a pairing of Lauren Myracle’s SHINE with Adam Silvera’s MORE HAPPY THAN NOT as our August 2015 Featured Reads.

The meeting begins at 6:30pm  Friday, August 14th at Panera Bread in White Plains, 1 North Broadway, White Plains, NY 10601 at 6:30pm on Friday, August 14, 2015.

See flyer below!


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