This Week in SALS Youth Services

September 16, 2016

Short and sweet

Please take the time to say hello and welcome:

New directors:
Hannah Stahl - Argyle Free Library
Christina Becker - Cambridge Public Library
Kwana Smith - Horicon Public Library

Interim director:
Susan Getty - Bancroft Public Library

On the move:
Sarah Cordts - Hudson Falls Free Library --> Greater Johnstown School District

Fort Edward Free Library - Summer Reading and Learning in Pictures

Upcoming Events

Third Annual Library Program/Symposium

Friday, Sep. 30th, 12:30-2:30pm

1400 Washington Avenue

Albany, NY

We are bringing new and innovative types of programming information to libraries, schools and other institutions across the Capital District region and beyond. This event features exhibits of programs from educational, entertainment, social, and cultural programming specialists. These informative displays will highlight presentations and demonstrations that will focus on education, entertainment, and cultural awareness, creating new programming opportunities to bring back to your institution. And it’s FREE.

This year's Programs2 Symposium includes over 40 presenters who offer a variety of programs, workshops, classes and demonstrations. We will also have fabulous door prizes and light refreshments.

Please go to our website for additional information:

Who is this “We”, anyway?

We are the University at Albany IST666 class for summer 2016. We are all graduate students in the Information Science program at the University at Albany and will one day be planning our own educational programming at institutions similar to yours.

An RSVP would be nice (not necessary) either to (our instructor) or via the RSVP link at

See you on September 30th!

Generous Sponsorship from: University Auxiliary Services, UA Graduate Student Association, and the CEAS Department of Information Studies

September Webjunction Webinars


· Sep. 20: Teen Programming: A Mover & Shaker's Recipe for Impact and Success (WebJunction)

· Sep. 21: Family Place Libraries™ Parent/Child Workshops (Texas State Library and Archives Commission)

· Sep. 21: One Book For Nebraska Kids & One Book For Nebraska Teens (Nebraska Library Commission)

· Sep. 21: Toddlers Empowered by the 5 R’s: A New Research-Based Framework for Building Language (Early Childhood Investigations)

Save the Date: Community Mapping workshop for Early Literacy

Wednesday, Dec. 7th, 10am

22 Whitney Place

Saratoga Springs, NY

This workshop will provide ample time to "map" out the organizations that serve families and caregivers with children ages 0-5. We will discuss data that you may need and how to find it, and you should leave with a list of state, regional and local organizations.

I plan to offer workshop around the region so that libraries that share similar community organizations can brainstorm together. If you want to be a host site, please let me know.

This program is part of the 2016-19 New York State Library’s Family Literacy Library Services Program.


Personalized Recommendations for Teens and Adults:

· We have completed the initial version of the personalized recommendation service for teens and adults using Nancy Pearl's "Four Doorways" and designed in partnership with Calgary Public Library. Over the next week, the new Client Advisory Group will test and comment on the service before it goes live. Webinar training dates soon to be announced. This service is included at no additional charge for all clients.

· The personalized recommendation email to teens and adults is currently set to contain 6 titles each month along with an indication of each book's "emotional mood." See attached sample image (it's long and skinny to capture the whole email in one image so you'll have to zoom in an bit).

Also seen:

· Mesa County Libraries Junior Science Academy on The Local News (Go Gail!)

· Keene Memorial Library: The Fremont Tribune: "Positive reading results"

· Paul Sawyier Public Library "Around the Table" program

News from LibraryLand

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The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards is a nationwide program that honors young people in grades five to 12 who are volunteering in their communities.

The program’s goals are to applaud young people who already are making a positive difference in their towns and neighborhoods, and to inspire others to think about how they might contribute to their communities. Youth who have engaged in a volunteer activity that occurred during the 12 months prior to the date of application are eligible to apply.

Local Honorees are selected in November and from those winners two State Honorees (one middle level school student and one high school student) are chosen in each state and the District of Columbia. State Honorees receive an award of $1,000 and an all-expenses-paid trip to Washington, DC, for national recognition events. Out of the State Honorees, ten National Honorees are selected to receive an additional award of $5,000 as well as a $5,000 grant for a nonprofit organization of their choice.

The application deadline is November 8, 2016.


The Office for Intellectual Freedom eagerly reveals the talented authors who will be contributing their thoughts and perspectives for Banned Books Week on ALA's Intellectual Freedom Blog.
Their pieces will be posted Sept. 25 through Oct. 1.

Contribute to the Banned Books Week conversation on twitter with the hashtag #BannedBooksWeek.

Chris Crutcher

Chris Crutcher’s years as teacher, then director, of a K-12 alternative school in Oakland, California through the 1970s, and his subsequent 20-odd years as a therapist specializing in child abuse and neglect, inform his 13 novels and 2 collections of short stories.

Alex Gino

Alex Gino loves glitter, ice cream, gardening, awe-ful puns, and stories that reflect the diversity and complexity of being alive. They would take a quiet coffee date with a friend over a loud and crowded party any day. They are currently driving around the country in a small RV while writing, visiting readers, and happily watching the landscape change. Their debut novel, "George," is middle grade contemporary fiction, and has won both Stonewall and Lambda awards.

Pete Hautman

Pete Hautman is the author of more than 20 novels for adults and teens, including the 2004 National Book Award winner "Godless", Los Angeles Times Book Prize winner "The Big Crunch", and three New York Times Notable Books: "Drawing Dead," "The Mortal Nuts," and "Rash". His young adult novels range from science fiction ("The Obsidian Blade") and mystery ("Blank Confession") to contemporary drama ("Godless") and romantic comedy ("What Boys Really Want").

Ellen Oh

Originally from NYC, Ellen Oh is Co-founder, President and CEO of WeNeedDiverseBooks, an adjunct college instructor, and a former entertainment lawyer with an insatiable curiosity for ancient Asian history. She also loves martial arts films, K-pop, K-dramas, cooking shows, and is a rabid fan of "The Last Airbender" and "The Legend of Korra" series. She is the author of the YA fantasy trilogy "The Prophecy Series," and the upcoming MG novel, "The Spirit Hunters," to be published in fall 2017. Ellen lives in Bethesda, Maryland with her husband and three daughters. She has yet to satisfy her quest for a decent bagel.

Gayle Pitman

By day, Gayle E. Pitman teaches psychology and coordinates the Women/Gender Studies program at Sacramento City College. She developed and currently teaches a course on the psychology of sexual orientation and gender identity, which is the only class of its kind to be offered within the California Community College system. She views education as a platform for social justice, and brings a strong value of equity and intersectionality to all aspects of the educational system. By night, Gayle writes children's books and engages in other forms of subversive creativity.

Jewell Parker Rhodes

Jewell Parker Rhodes is the author of the Louisiana Girls children's book trilogy, which includes "Ninth Ward," "Sugar," and "Bayou Magic," as well as six adult novels, two writing guides, and a memoir. Her children's books have received the Parents’ Choice Foundation Award, the Coretta Scott King Author Honor Award, and the Jane Addam’s Children’s Book Award, among others. "Towers Falling," her new middle grade novel, was published in July 2016.

N.H Senzai

N.H Senzai is the author of award winning "Shooting Kabul," chosen by the Asian Pacific Librarians Association as their Young Adult Literature winner and an NPR’s Backseat Book Club pick, along with Edgar Award nominee "Saving Kabul Corner" and "Ticket to India." She spent her childhood in San Francisco, Jubail, Saudi Arabia and attended high school in London where she was voted “most likely to read a literary revolution” due to her ability to get away with reading comic books in class. Her upcoming novel is "Escape From Aleppo," about a girl fleeing Syria at the advent of the Arab Spring (Summer 2017).