Sunday, December 31, 2006

Thanks to Denise!

Denise, I saw your comment on here and tried to email you but maybe it went to spam! I will call this week! Thank you so much!


Happy New Year!

Here is to an exciting year ahead! Best wishes to all of you!

This week I'd like to give an update on the 2008 Carolyn Field Committee.
The list of publishers has been cleaned up and updated - just finished last week! Many thanks to Nancy McLaughlin from the Bethel Park Library for checking all of the publishers and their current addresses, phone numbers, etc. This will help in the future.

If you have served on the Carolyn Field Committee in the past, would you please send me an email: or post your name on here? I would like to keep a list of those who have served. Also to help out the future Field Chairs, please send me an email if you would like to serve on the committee in the future.

The 2008 Chair is Dolores Colarosa, Head of Youth Services at Brentwood Library. Serving with her on the committee are: Clio Hathaway, Martin Library; Andrea Mandel, Marple Public Library; Karen Payonk, Lititz Public Library; Nell Redhage, Chester County Library.
If I got any of this info wrong, please let me know and I will edit.

Please pass on Dolores' name to any authors or publishers you know if they wish to submit a book for consideration. These would be books published in 2007. Her contact info is: Dolores Colarosa, Head of Children's Services, Brentwood Public Library, 3501 Brownsville Road, Pittsburgh, PA 15227, 412-882-5694. Her email is:

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Thursday, December 21, 2006

More on Spring Workshops

Thanks to even more of you who wrote offering to host a spring workshop at your library! Still looking to fill some geographic holes so please let me know if you are still interested and able!

I emailed Kim Snyder and got some more information about what it would take to get this all up and running and it looks great. It may even help with this issue of fundraising, depending on how many register for the workshop (non-PaLA members would pay a bit more, Kim suggested).

Those who have volunteered to present at the workshop will be fully reimbursed for travel and overnight (when needed) expenses. If you are still thinking about volunteering to present, just let me know!



Sunday, December 17, 2006

Thank you!

I received offers from Linell Mankey, Director of Chartiers-Houston Library, Penny Talbert, Community Relations Coordinator at Ephrata Public Library and Dolores Colarosa, Head of Children's Services at Brentwood Public Library to host a spring cont. ed. workshop. If anyone else is interested in hosting, please email me, I hope to set up workshops so that easy travel is possible. Possible topics for the workshops include a C.S.I. mystery that attendees will participate in and then be able to set up at their own libraries, a homeschooling workshop that was presented at PLA in Boston this past spring and teen programming on a shoe-string budget.

Thank you also to the folks who have sent in Bios. Check the Links list to see them and look for more, as many of you wrote and said your bio is forthcoming. No need for a picture if you don't have one available or if you would rather not post one.


Sunday, December 10, 2006

Looking forward to 2007!

The workshop in Gettysburg was a wonderful introduction to PaLA. Janice Trapp, incoming PaLA President said that a couple of the goals for this year will be to increase communication and membership. She encouraged all of us to ask all of the people that we know if they are members of PaLA. If they aren't, then we should encourage them to join.

A major portion of the workshop centered around the 2007 PaLA Conference. Soon you will be getting emails soliciting program proposals. I encourage all of you to consider a program for the conference. There is SO MUCH TALENT OUT THERE! We just need to share it! Start thinking about what you would like to share with your collegues this fall.

I would very much like to hold continuing education workshops in various places around the state this spring. If your library would like to host one of these, please email me: or comment on here. We're looking for locations to host a 1/2 day workshop. I'm hoping to have them in the western, middle and eastern parts of the state. Let me know if you are interested and/or able to host such an event.

Please know I am here if you have any questions about getting more involved in PaLA. You can always call me at 412-835-2207 ex. 267.



Sunday, December 03, 2006

December Greetings

Off to the PaLA retreat tomorrow, so next week's entry will have a lot of information for you all!

I am also including a link on the side bar ---> to the Allegheny County Youth Services Wiki, maintained by Allegheny County Youth Services Coordinator, Kelley Beeson. This site has wonderful information regarding grant opportunities and other information of interest to youth services professionals. If you have a site from your county association, or another site that you think would be valuable, please send it to me by either commenting here or in an email:

In the meantime I would like to create a listing of members with a short introductory bio and a picture (if you wish) so that we can get to know one another better. Please send me a little bio and a picture if you wish to be included.

I hope that you will be able to take some time off, or at least move a little slower some time this month!

Take care,

Monday, November 27, 2006

PaLA Website

I hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving!
I wrote to Ellen Wharton at PaLA and asked her if we could link this blog to the PaLA site. She said that they are updating the site and are going to include a "members-only" section. She suggested that other divisions might be adding their own blogs and we could wait until then and link it then. She also gave me an email list of all of the folks in the YS division. I'll be emailing everyone this week to say hello and make sure we have the right email addresses.
Thank you so much, Denise for emailing me about the minutes! I have updated them and included your name.
Next Monday there is a retreat for incoming and outgoing division officers. I hope to learn more about what it means to serve you all in this capacity!

Also, had a question about the Carolyn Field Award- where there honor books this year? Just wondered!


Sunday, November 19, 2006

Minutes from Youth Services Meeting 11/12/06 @ PaLA Conference, Pittsburgh, PA

This is a rough draft of the Minutes! As you will read, I need a little help remembering some names, for this I apologize!

Please email me: with any changes, additions, subtractions. I basically wanted to get this online so that while it is fresh in our minds we could see it all and edit it. Thank you all so much! Happy Thanksgiving!

Clio Hathaway, Youth Services Division Chair called the meeting to order at 3:00 PM with 21 people attending.

2005 minutes were read and approved.

Clio thanked everyone for their service this past year. She reported that she has gotten great verbal feedback regarding pre-conference, programs, and poster sessions at this year's conference.

The YS Division welcomed 71 new members this year.

Clio attended the Youth Services Task Force Meeting in April, 2005. She spent a great deal of time working on this year's conference.

Susan Pannebaker reported that the 2007 One Book Every Young Child Kick-off will be on Tuesday, March 20 at the Early Learning Forum in Harrisburg. Dr. Rita Bean from the University of Pittsburgh will be one of the speakers. Invitations will be sent in the middle of February.

Laureen Maloney reported that spring workshops for Summer Reading training will commence February 27 in Hershey. They will be held around the state.

Margie Stern, on behalf o the Youth Services Task Force thanked Commonwealth Libraries for pre-conference. There will be no pre-conference next year as the PaLA Conference will be held at Penn State on a home football game weekend. Susan et. al. are looking into a post-conference.

Paula Gilbert on behalf of the PaLA Public Relations Committee reported that the Early Learning Forum is working with the Office of Child Development in Pittsburgh to study the influence of libraries upon early learning. The final report will be available in March of 2008. This is a wonderful opportunity to see on paper just how much impact libraries have on early learning. We all will be getting an online survey asking what we do for early learners in our library. Please respond so that we all can be part of the feed back process.

Discussion followed about the need for better communication within PaLA and in our division. Lynn (hey Lynn-- I am so sorry! I can't think of your last name! I am very embarrassed! Can you please email me so I can fix this. Dude, I am way sorry!) brough up the idea of having a mentoring system through which new members of the YS Division or new librarians in general can be mentored by others. Kelley Beeson suggested that a "Welcome Packet" for new YS Division members be created. Lynn and Denise Pulgino Stout (thank you so much, Denise!)agreed to work on this.

A blog has been started, the address is It wil be updated each week. If anyone would like to contribute to the blog please email Ing Kalchthaler (YS Division Chair in 2007) at Ing will writing about the blog in the PaLA newsletter to encourage people to use it.

The meeting was adjorned at 3:55.

Tuesday, November 14, 2006


Thank you for stopping by the PaLA Youth Services Division Blog. Please bookmark this page and check back weekly for updates!
If you would like to contribute directly to the blog please email me at
I look forward to serving you this year!


Ing Kalchthaler
2007 PaLA Youth Services Division Chair