Tuesday, November 23, 2010


Hello Everyone,

I just wanted to send a quick update that we now have forums to use on the new YSD website! I've set up one for the Summer Reading Club 2011 because I know that was a topic of interest, so please share ideas or questions that you have for the upcoming program.

Elizabeth Davis

Friday, October 22, 2010

YSD Business Meeting Agenda

PaLA Youth Services Agenda
Annual Business Meeting
October 25, 2010

Introduction: Welcome
Introduce board members
Laureen Maloney Chair
Mary Glendenning vice-chair, chair-elect 2011
Patte Kelley, secretary/treasurer
LeeAnn Anna, vice-chair 2011

Carolyn Field Award


Best Practices Awards:
Michele McIntyre, chair of the PR/Marketing Committee
Will report on the changes for the Best Practices Awards

Electronic networking
Blog “field reporters”
PaLA Website YSD
YSD Facebook discussions,events

Library Practices:
Responsible for bringing to the attention of the membership all issues, trends, and ideas that affect the concerns of librarians. Advocacy.

Professional Development:
Programs and explore grants for professional development

Fundraising for YSD
On-line silent auction
On-line garden sale
Logo-Brand for YSD to identify ourselves


Thursday, October 14, 2010

Fall Festival Of Children's Books

Fall Festival of Children's Books
Friday, October 22, 2010
9:00AM - 12:00PM
Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh Lecture Hall

The Fall Festival of Children's Books is an annual program for parents and educators that brings authors and illustrators of children's books to Pittsburgh. This year's festival features:
Katherine Paterson
National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature
Award-winning author of many books, including Bridge to Terabithia and Jacob Have I Loved

Marla Frazee
Caldecott Honor Book Awards
Author and illustrator of many books including A Couple of Boys Have the Best Week Ever, All the World, and the Clementine series.

E.B. Lewis
Coretta Scott King Award Winner
Illustrator of many books, including The Negro Speaks of Rivers, Talkin’ About Bessie: The Story of Aviator Elizabeth Coleman, Virgie Goes to School with Us Boys.

Tickets are $20 (students $10 with valid student ID).
Online Registration
Book sales will begin at 8:00 am in the Director's Conference Room (First Floor, CLP Main).
Book signing to follow at noon. Pre-signed books will be available.
Print a flyer.
For more information, contact the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh at 412.622.1924 412.622.1924.

Presented by Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh Arts and Lectures, and University of Pittsburgh School of Information Science.

Monday, October 04, 2010

Dine-Out in Lancaster!

Join Youth Services Division members for dinner in the Publisher's Room at The Pressroom Restaurant before the "wild rumpus begins!" Have a great dinner and meet up with old friends and make new ones. The Publisher's Room is a private room that can accommodate up to 80 people. If we have more than 25 people attending we have to choose a menu with specific selections or have a buffet. The invitation is on YSD Facebook. Let me know if you are coming.

Best Practices Awards

The PaLA PR committee met in State College. At the meeting we discussed the lack of funding available for the Best Practices Awards luncheon and awards presentationat the early Learnign Forum in April. After much discussion that included several of the members of the committee ( Margie and Paula, Georgene, Jeanne, Susan Pannebaker and Laureen Maloney (Chair Youth Services)) the group decided to move the awards to the 2011 PALA conference. There will be no Best Practices Awards for Spring 2011. We also decided the Youth Services Division will now be in charge of the application and awards process. Since there is no money available to pay PPO&S to coordinate the application process and event the group decided it would be best to scale down the number of awards and the event. The two committee’s will be working together to facilitate the awards process for the 2011 conference. The awards will be presented in a session at the PaLA conference in Fall 2011. We will be making some changes and adding new ages categories. We will discusss the plans at the membership meeting at PaLA. Sometimes out of necessity, good changes happen.

Friday, September 03, 2010

New YSD Board for 2011

The results are in....Here are the officers for next year.
Congratulations and good luck to Mary and LeeAnn. LeeAnn was excited to be elected but was more excited abut her upcoming wedding.
LeeAnn is currently enjoying a post-wedding vacation!

Chair- Mary Glendening

Vice Chair – LeeAnn Swensrud

Secretary/Treasurer – Laureen Maloney

Friday, July 30, 2010

Views from Jessica's Guide to Dating a Vampire

Thanks to Patte Kelley we have real life pictures from the Romanian setting from Jessica's Guide to Dating a Vampire. Patte's son Travis and daughter-in-law Alexandra were married in Sighisoara Romania last summer.
I wonder how many Vampire royals showed up for their wedding?

Saturday, May 22, 2010

Ultimate Tween Experience!

Elizabeth Davis and I had the pleasure of putting together and giving a workshop for NE chapter. We entitled it "The Ultimate Tween Experience". The Children's Library in Scranton is unique in that it serves children from babies to about twelve years old. We also have limited space where we can do programs in private. Most of our programs are conducted on the floor where it is open with the public. Our problems occur when we are doing programs for older kids such as tweens and parents insist their 3 years will be OK participating with the older kids. That may be all well and good, but 13 year olds will not come back to a program for fear there will be too many little kids. So we tried to make the programs "difficult" and "dangerous" so parents of toddlers wouldn't think they were appropriate for their youngsters. Like our Danger Club! The little girl above was testing her taste buds. It works pretty well.

Danger Club! Bottle rockets propelled by water and air pressure.

The little white speck above the roof of Lackawanna College is a successful bottle rocket launch!
Elizabeth put our Power Point of "The Ultimate Tween Experience" on Slide Share. http://www.slideshare.net/ScrantonPublicLibrary/the-ultimate-tween-experience-4142869
We used it as our outline. If you have any questions about the programs you see please feel free to call or e-mail us. Send us your ideas and we will blog them. The more ridiculous, the better!

Laureen Maloney
Elizabeth Davis

VOTE for your choice for the CWF Award!

The deadline is coming up fast for voting. Please use the link below to cast your vote for the Carolyn W. Field Award book for 2010.

The nominated books are included in the ballot.
Here is a link to the ballot:

Please respond by Friday, June 4, after which the ballot will be closed.
This link is uniquely tied to this ballot and your email address . YSD members only are allowed to vote. Once your vote is cast, you will not be able to return to the ballot. Your vote is anonymous and emails will not be tied to responses.
Thank you,