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YALSA: National Teen Space Guidelines

The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA), a division of the American Library Association, has published “National Teen Space Guidelines,” a set of standards for creating quality public library spaces for teens. The guidelines are based on the following nine points:

Physical Space:

  1. Solicit teen feedback and input in the design and creation of the teen space.
  2. Provide a library environment that encourages emotional, social, intellectual development of teens.
  3. Provide a library space for teens that reflects the community in which they live.
  4. Provide and promote materials that support the educational and leisure needs of teens.
  5. Ensure the teen space has appropriate acceptable use and age policies to make teens feel welcome and safe.
  6. Provide furniture and technology that is practical yet adaptive.

Virtual Space:

  1. Ensure content, access and use is flexible and adaptive.
  2. Ensure the virtual space reflects 21st century learning standards.
  3. Provide digital resources for teens that meet their unique and specific needs.

The document can be viewed at:

http://www.ala.org/yalsa/sites/ala.org.yalsa/files/content/guidelines/guidelines/teenspaces.pdf

This Summer Start a Book Discussion Group with Children and Teens

Are you interested in starting a book club where kids or teens get together to talk about summer reading books? The New York Council for the Humanities (NYCH) will show you how to do it!

NYCH offers workshops on book discussion groups for children and adults as a component of their literature based grant offerings to libraries. As part of the on-going partnership between New York State Library and NYCH, this high quality professional training is now offered to public libraries throughoutNew YorkState. 
In this one-hour webinar, participants will learn how to:

  • Pick the right books.
  • Get a group together.
  • Ask good questions.
  • Keep the conversation going.

All you need to participate is a computer with internet access and a phone.

Sign up now!
Summer Reading Book Clubs for Kids:
Wed, Jun 6, 2012 10:30 AM – 11:30 AM
Fri, Jun 15, 2012 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM

Summer Reading Book Clubs for Teens:
Wed, Jun 6, 2012 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM

Participants will receive one hour of Professional Development credit from the New York Council for the Humanities, a partner of the New York State Library. For more information on Professional Development requirements for public librarians see http://www.nysl.nysed.gov/libdev/cert/conted.htm

Announcing YALSA’s the new app “Teen Book Finder”

“Teen Book Finder,” an app developed by the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) has just launched. Features of the app include multiple book lists, downloadable media, and a search engine to download and locate books. The app is available for free in the Apple Application Store, and later in 2012 YALSA plans on releasing the app for Android. 

“The Teen Book Finder is a great way for teens, parents, teachers and librarians to get suggested titles from our wonderful recommended lists and awards for teens,” said Sarah Flowers, YALSA president. “We’re proud of the work our members do in selecting titles for lists and awards, and we want to share those excellent titles with a wide range of readers. I had the opportunity to demonstrate the app at the U.S. Science and Engineering Festival in Washington, D.C. while we were in beta testing, and the people who saw it were very excited about it—and so am I!”

For more information about the application and how to download the application please click the following link: http://www.ala.org/yalsa/products/teenbookfinder

Harry Potter Interactive Reading Experience

 In partnership with Sony Entertainment J. K. Rowling has just released http://www.pottermore.com/, a website containing content not included in her original seven Harry Potter novels. The website was originally released on July 11, 2011 and was limited to only one million users. It is now available to anyone interested in Harry Potter. The unreleased text from the novels includes a large number of background details concerning characters and settings. Accompanying the text is an interactive version of “Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone,” where users can navigate through the novel. There is also the opportunity for users to create spells, brew potions, duel with other users, and collect in-game currency. Interactive versions of the remaining six novels are set to be released this year.

Summer Reading Launch in the North Country

 “Summer Reading at New York Libraries” celebrated the launch of the Summer Reading Program on May 16th at Plattsburgh Public Library, Plattsburgh, NY. This launch is the second of five spring press events to draw attention to summer reading at public libraries this summer. Director of the Plattsburgh Library, Stan Ransom, presided over the event introducing, President of the Library Board, Roland Lockwood, and welcoming the Plattsburgh Mayor Donald M. Kasprzak, and legislative and community leaders. NYS Deputy Commissioner for Cultural Education and Acting State Librarian, Jeffrey W. Cannell, spoke about the fun of summer reading as an activity for children and families. The launch event also honored Stewart’s Shop’s Foundation for several years of grant assistance to fund the public library in their Summer Reading Program.

"Summer Reading at New York Libraries" launch, May 16, 2012

Jeff Cannell launches “Summer Reading at New York Libraries” and talks about one of his favorite books, Maurice Sendak's "Where the Wild Things Are."

 

"Summer Reading at New York Libraries" launch, May 16, 2012

Plattsburgh Public Library Director, Stan Ransom presents plaque of appreciation to Stewart's Shops Foundation representative, Mrs. Angela Snook.

Summer Reading Launch in the Capital District

“Summer Reading at New York Libraries” launched the first of five press events slated at public libraries across the state, on May 10, 2012 at the Bethlehem Public Library in Delmar, NY. The press event included remarks from NYS Deputy Commissioner for Cultural Education and Acting State Librarian, Jeffrey W. Cannell, State Senator Neil Breslin, State Assemblyman Steven McLaughlin, and other state and local officials.  The launch event also included the announcement of the New York State “2012 Teen Video Challenge” http://www.summerreadingnys.org/teens/teen-video-challenge-winners/ winner from Longwood Public Library,Middle Island,NY and was followed by ‘crowd-pleasing’ summer reading event for children, hosted by the library.

"Summer Reading at New York Libraries" launch, May 10, 2012

(l. to r.)— Bethlehem Town Supervisor John Clarkson, Bethlehem Central School District Superintendent Thomas Douglas, NYS Representative Steven McLaughlin, NYS Senator Neil Breslin and NYS Deputy Commissioner for Cultural Education Jeffrey Cannell (Photo by Mary Trev Thomas, Bethlehem PL)

 

"Summer Reading at New York Libraries" launch, May 10, 2012

(l. to r.)—Upper Hudson Library System Exec. Dir. Timothy Burke, Bethlehem Town Supervisor John Clarkson, Bethlehem Central School District Superintendent Thomas Douglas, NYS Representative Steven McLaughlin, NYS Senator Neil Breslin, NYS Deputy Commissioner for Cultural Education Jeffrey Cannell, and Bethlehem Public Library director Geoffrey Kirkpatrick (Photo by Mary Trev Thomas, Bethlehem PL)

 

"Summer Reading at New York Libraries" launch, May 10, 2012

(l. to r.)—NYS Representative Steven McLaughlin, NYS Senator Neil Breslin, NYS Deputy Commissioner for Cultural Education Jeffrey Cannell, and Bethlehem Public Library director Geoffrey Kirkpatrick (Photo by Mary Trev Thomas, Bethlehem PL)Andy Morse the Music Man played to a capacity crowd on May 10 to open the Bethlehem Library’s 2012 Summer Reading Program. (Photo by Mary Trev Thomas, Bethlehem PL)

 

"Summer Reading at New York Libraries" launch, May 10, 2012

Andy Morse the Music Man played to a capacity crowd on May 10 to open the Bethlehem Library’s 2012 Summer Reading Program. (Photo by Mary Trev Thomas, Bethlehem PL)Following the summer reading launch, folks of all ages enjoyed the Music Man’s show and each guest received a free book, mood pencils and other giveaways. (Photo by Mary Trev Thomas, Bethlehem PL)

 

"Summer Reading at New York Libraries" launch, May 10, 2012

Following the summer reading launch, folks of all ages enjoyed the Music Man’s show and each guest received a free book, mood pencils and other giveaways. (Photo by Mary Trev Thomas, Bethlehem PL)

School Library Journal features “2012 Teen Video Challenge”

School Library Journal is getting the word out about the fun summer reading promotional videos, 2012 Teen Video Challenge contest winners, created for and by teens from all over the U.S.

New York State is one of the 23 states mentioned in the article. http://www.schoollibraryjournal.com/slj/home/894531-312/video_winners_own_the_night.html.csp

To see the New York State winning video and New York State finalists, and to vote for your favorite video created by teens from New York State, go to: http://www.summerreadingnys.org.

 

Grant Opportunity

Our partners at Hunger Solutions New York have asked that we share this grant information with school and public libraries throughout the state.

The Lois Lenski Covey Foundation annually awards grants for the purchase of children’s books to rural and urban public and school libraries serving at-risk children in grades K-12.

For information go to:

http://www.healthinschools.org/News-Room/Grant-Alerts/Library-Grant-Program.aspx

To learn more about Hunger Solutions New York and services available to public libraries please visit: http://www.summerreadingnys.org/librarians-educators/le-resources/#hunger

2012 SummerReadingat New York Libraries to launch beginning in May

2012 Summer Reading at New York Libraries is “ready to launch” in early May after months of hard work and preparation on the part of the State Library and its many partners.  Deputy Commissioner for Cultural Education and Acting State Librarian Jeffrey W. Cannell will be kicking off press events at library locations across the state in May and June.  The first launch on May 10 will be in the Capital Region at the Bethlehem Public Library in Delmar. This event will be followed by 4 other launch events to take place around the state:Plattsburgh Public library (May 16),Onondaga County public Library and the Robert P. Kinchen Central library in Syracuse(June 12),Buffalo and Erie County Public Library (6/13), and The Roswell P. Flower Memorial Library in Watertown(June 27).

The State Library has forged many partnerships that add to the summer reading program carried out in public libraries across the state. The State Library and the State Legislature collaborate to encourage all children to read and visit libraries during the summer months, school districts statewide work with their local public libraries to promote the summer reading program, in addition, the State Library partners with other statewide organizations to provide added resources to libraries for their summer programming. They include: the Boys and Girls Clubs, 4-H, the New York Council for the Humanities, and Hunger Solutions New York. Hunger Solutions will be offering libraries in low income areas opportunities to provide healthy snacks and meals during summer reading activities.  Working with the Office of Public Broadcasting, the State Library has also reached out to childcare providers statewide with new Early Literacy summer reading materials, offering a robust summer reading program for kids from birth to school age for the first time.  The long range goal is to increase annual participation in Summer Reading at New York Libraries to 1.8 million young people by 2017.  To learn more about summer reading partnerships and resources please visit www.summerreadingnys.org and select “Librarians and Educators” from the drop down menu.

 

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