Youth Services News

July 7, 2017

Newsletters are now archived on the OLIS website and can also be accessed from the
Children's Services and Young Adult Services webpages.

Summer Reading Program Statistics

As previously noted, there will be a single form for collecting children's and teen SRP stats (there will be a separate form for collecting adult SRP stats). This form will be open for statistic collection from August 4 through September 11. Please designate ONE person from your library to complete this form. If you are reporting for a library with multiple branches, please submit ONE form for your library system and include the total participation numbers for all branches.

Beginning August 4, the link to the form will be emailed through the listservs and will be posted on the OLIS web site. You may preview a draft the form online now. The statewide statistics will be shared at the YART meeting on September 14, the Children's Services Fall Meeting on September 18, and on the OLIS web site.

Call for Titles for First Mock Newbery Reading List

I'll be taking suggestions for our first reading list until Thursday, August 10 and will send out the list on Friday, August 11. The first Mock Newbery meeting will be at St. Andrew's on Wednesday, September 27, 7pm-9pm. The second meeting will be at Hampden Meadows on Wednesday, November 1, 7pm-9pm.
I've started working on a preliminary list and have 10 titles so far:
1. Beyond the Bright Sea by Lauren Wolk
2. Blooming at the Texas Sunrise Motel by Kimberly Willis Holt
3. Clayton Bird Goes Underground by Rita Garcia Williams.
4. The End of Wild by Nicole Heglet
5. Family Game Night and Other Catastrophes by Mary E. Lambert
6. Me and Marvin Gardens by Ami Sarig King
7. Midnight without a Moon by Linda Williams Jackson
8. Real Friends by Shannon Hale
9. Scar Island by Dan Gemeinhart
10. The Warden’s Daughter by Jerry Spinelli

Are there any missing titles that are absolute must reads? There are a few September/October releases that will be on Reading List #2 for our November 1 discussion (Wishtree, All's Faire in Middle School, The War I Finally Won). Send suggestions to or post them on our Mock Newbery Goodreads group.

Eclipse Cultural Connections

Celebrating next month's solar eclipse? Check out this webinar on Eclipse Cultural Connections on July 12. For more info on cultural connections with the upcoming eclipse please take a look at A Native Perspective on the Upcoming Total Solar Eclipse.

Free Digital Media Webinar

From ALSC:

"If you went to our Charlemae Rollins President’s Program during #alaac17, you learned a ton on digital media and it’s relationship to child development. If you couldn’t make it, check out this great post by Mary Voors!

Following up with this, we are partnering with The Erikson Institute to have a two-part webinar series on digital media.

Part 1

Tuesday, September 19, 2017 | Topics for discussion:

New Media, Media Literacy, and Media Mentorship in the Library
The Right Media for the Job: Considering the How, When, Where and Why
Inclusion & Diversity in New Media: KIDMAP Toolkit and Evaluation Checklist

Part 2

Tuesday, September 26, 2017 | Topics for discussion:

What does high quality look like? Tips for Evaluating Story and Game Apps

The Art of the Selection: Choosing Great Tech Tools for Making and Creating

We are offering this webinar series for free! Both webinars take place in September and registration is now open for Part 1 and Part 2!"

Grant Funding for Computer Science & Computational Thinking Programs

"ALA has announced a competitive grant program, sponsored by Google, that will fund a cohort of 25-50 school and public libraries to design computational thinking and computer science programs for and with youth, including underrepresented youth. The grant application will open in late July. If you’d like to get notification when the application is open, sign up via this online form. The $500,000 program is part of Phase III of Libraries Ready to Code, an ongoing collaboration between ALA and Google to ensure library staff are prepared to develop and deliver programming that promotes computer science (CS) and computational thinking (CT) among youth, two skills that will be required for challenges and jobs of the future. YALSA is partnering with ALA’s Office for Information Technology Policy, AASL, and ALSC to implement this program. Learn more."

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