This Week in SALS Youth Services

December 11, 2015

Short and sweet

Yesterday I shared an advocacy guide with all of the SALS directors and Board of Trustees and now I share it with you. Advocacy efforts are not just for library directors and trustees and it does not happen once a year during NYLA's advocacy day.
At a basic level, advocacy is about relationship building. Everyday you are interacting with people in and out of your library.
Here are just a handful of questions to consider and the audience:
  • Do I present myself as friendly and helpful 99-100% of the time? (all)
  • Do I share the fun with coworkers, such as by parading costumed children through the library at Halloween, encouraging children to show other staff things they have made at library programs, or inviting coworkers to watch or help with a Toddler Time? (co-workers)
  • Do I present myself professionally in all ways? (patrons)
  • When I can’t help a user, do I offer other avenues where he/she might pursue the question or need? (patrons)
  • Do I speak positively about the library, my work, the young users and their families whom I serve? (all)
  • Do I bring up library services and programs that I think others listening might enjoy or find useful? (friends, family, community)

To learn more about advocating please contact me or check out ALA's Everyday Advocacy.

Upcoming Events

Youth Development Programs are for All Young People

Thursday, Dec. 17th, 11am-12pm

This is an online event.

Thursday, 12/17/2015

11:00AM - 12:00Noon

Presenter: Jutta Dotterweich, ACT for Youth Center of Excellence

About the webinar: Youth work professionals in out-of-school settings might find themselves challenged by young people who disrupt programming, cannot focus or concentrate, and demand a lot of our attention. In this webinar/web meeting we will explore and share strategies, best practices, and our own mindset approaching this work. Bring your own ideas and experiences! Our goal is to leave this conversation with concrete ideas on how to engage and integrate youth with special needs in youth development programming.

About the PYD Network: ACT for Youth is exploring ways to create a virtual network that youth work professionals can join to learn from each other, share experiences and resources, and discuss common challenges. We have begun by offering occasional webinars/web meetings on positive youth development (PYD) topics. The first web meeting happened in August 2015 and focused on trauma and positive youth development.

As before, we would like to invite participants of the PYD 101 trainings and members of youth worker networks such as 4-H, youth bureaus, and afterschool coalitions.

Registration link:

Code: Pyd2015

This is a free web session. Please share the announcement with other youth work professionals.

Find resources for youth work professionals on the ACT for Youth website:

2016 Summer Library Program Webinar - Early Literacy manual

Tuesday, Jan. 12th 2016 at 3pm

This is an online event.

Give your littlest learners a head start this summer! In this hour-long webinar, Amanda will highlight age-appropriate books, fingerplays, songs, and activities from the early literacy manual that will inspire your youngest library patrons to develop a love of learning!

To learn more and to register visit CSLP.

News from LibraryLand

Save the Date

April 15, 2016 in Albany
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2016 Teen Tech Week March 6-12 2016

This year's TTW theme is Create It At Your Library and what a great opportunity to emphasize how library workers play a crucial role in creating learning experiences for teens! Join us on Tuesday, December 15 for a discussion about the ways in which library workers can facilitate hands-on project-based learning opportunities for teens. You'll walk away with resources for developing your own projects that meet your teens' needs, a few new project ideas that you can put into use in your library, and ideas for how to embed creativity and art (the "A" in STEAM) in projects that strengthen teen skills!

For more information about TTW and to sign up for the 12/15 free webinar visit the TTW site.

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NoveList Grow your own Grant


  • Application deadline: January 15, 2016
  • Recipients announced: February 1, 2016
  • Projects complete: May 1, 2016
  • Final reports due by: May 15, 2016


We love readers' advisory and we want to help you do more of it! Are you looking to promote readers' advisory services at your library? We’re looking for innovative ideas that can be replicated in other libraries to increase usage of NoveList. The Grow Your NoveList Usage Grant Program provides funding for public libraries to promote NoveList and readers' advisory services to their community. Example programs might include: providing staff training on readers' advisory and NoveList, creating a commercial to promote NoveList and readers' advisory to the community, outreach to schools, outreach to book clubs, designing and printing promotional materials to promote NoveList and readers' advisory services.

For more information visit the NoveList grant website.