February 14, 2017: Youth Services Meeting

“Appy Hour”

(Conducted by Stephanie Hartwell-Mandella – (KAT)

We talked about personal and professional favorite applications, websites, online games and FB pages. Some are free, some are not.


  • Face Tune (3.99); a fun and easy to use portrait and photo editor app. Nip here, tuck there, backgrounds and more.
  • Instasize (Free); Instagram photo editing. Frames, stickers and more…
  • Optimum Support App: From this app you can refresh your modem/router,control your thermostat and more.


  • http://www.breakoutedu.com/(We talked about WLS purchasing this…or a few libraries going in on it together.) Breakout EDU is the immersive learning games platform. The Breakout EDU kit allows for the facilitation of games where players use teamwork and critical thinking to solve a series of challenging puzzles in order to open the locked box. Games are available for all ages and content areas.
  • http://www.teenlibrariantoolbox.com/  A great resource for all things TEEN. Through SLJ
  • Jeopardy RocksWe played this! So much fun! Very user friendly.Make engaging educational quiz game board templates for school or class projects. Choose from four vegetable themed characters and help your students learn.

Web pages for Games and Apps:

Facebook Pages:

  • ALA Think Tank: (Not the real ALA. “Awesome Librarians Always”. I enjoy this page. For librarians, (prison, children’s, YA, Academic, entertainment industry…) people who work in libraries or people who like libraries. People share projects freely. Lots of good information on many topics. Sometimes people get snarky, but I enjoy it.
  • Storytime Underground: Story time ideas.
  • Both of these Facebook pages will lead you to others of interest, if you are so inclined.


March 21, 2017: Youth Services Meeting

 Animation Basics!

(Conducted by Austin Olney)

2D Cartoon Animation Apps:

CGI and Simulation Apps:




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.)

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.

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: