Monday, November 26, 2007


It has been a long time since my last post and I have a lot to cover!

First of all, a million thank yous to the Conference Committee and all of the presenters at the 2007 Annual Conference. Speaking for myself, and after looking over the conference evaluations, it was an incredible success and an informative and entertaining time for all!

At the Youth Services Division Business meeting, I had stated that Mary Maxson will be unable to take on her position as Chair of the Youth Services Division of PaLA. At the meeting I had stated that I would stay on as Chair and work closely with Vice-Chair Denise Pulgino-Stout for 2008.

After reflecting on this wonderful organization, however, and talking with Denise, I realized that there is no way I would be able to do another term justice. Denise has agreed to take on the role as Chair for 2008, I will serve as Vice Chair and then, during election time, we will elect a new Chair and new Vice-Chair.

Many thanks to all of you who passed along the names of individuals for the Carolyn Field Committee and for possible candidiates for YSD officers next year. Many thanks also for the wonderful support you all have given as I have tried to serve this organization well. It has been one of the most rewarding aspects of my library career, as I have had the opportunity to work with all of you, very gracious and gifted people.

This week I will be attending the PaLA Leadership Conference and look forward to seeing some of you and passing the torch to Denise!

This week I will post photos from the conference!

Have a wonderful day!



Friday, October 05, 2007


The Annual Conference is almost here!
Looking forward to seeing all of you!

Sunday, September 09, 2007

Best Practices Award Application

Hopefully you all received this email from Paula Gilbert, PaLA PR Chair, encouraging you to apply for a Best Practices Award.


This e-mail brings you the application for this year’s Best Practices Award. Please share this with youth librarians in your library, system or District or those responsible for early childhood programming in your library. Encourage them to enter a program- this is the way we can share what we do and recognize the wealth of wonderful programs that exist throughout Pennsylvania. The deadline is not until November- but don’t wait- do it today! You can enter more than one if you like and don’t forget those great “One Book, Every Young Child” programs.

We hope to see you receiving an award at the Early Learning Forum next April.

Please call or e-mail me if you have any questions.

Thanks for participating!

Paula Gilbert
PaLA PR Chair


CLICK here to download the order forms for the 2008 PA ONE BOOK EVERY YOUNG CHILD, Up, Down, and Around by Katherine Ayres.


To all who agreed to be moderators for the Youth Services sessions at the upcoming conference! Please email me if I have failed to send you moderator info, as I think I have emailed it to everyone, but my mind isn't what it used to be!

Thursday, August 30, 2007

The Conference is Coming!


Thank you for the great response regarding Summer Reading Success! This article will be great-- thanks to all of you! There's still time so send me an email this weekend if you!

Also, thank you to all who have volunteered to help at the Conference this fall! I will be emailing you over the weekend to see if you are able to moderate Youth Services Division sessions! If you didn't get a chance to say you wanted to help out, there's still time, please let me know!


Denise M. Pulgino Stout who will be the Vice Chair/Chair Elect of the Youth Services Division for 2008

and to

Susan McClellan who will be the Sec/Treasurer!


ing ;)

Monday, August 20, 2007

2008 Pa ONe BOok


THANK YOU for all of the wonderful summer reading stories, keep them coming!

I heard from our youth services guru here in Allegheny County that the PA One Book for 2008 is Up Down and Around by Katherine Ayres!

Saturday, August 04, 2007

Call for Stories!

Send me your stuff!
All about Summer Reading!
Pictures, stories, quotes, whatever!
I'll do an article,
now's your chance to toot your own horn!
Email me, please!

ing ;)

Pennsylvania Authors

Recently I was asked if there is a list of PA authors out there somewhere...the latest one that can be found is from 2000. Anyone have an ideas? Sources? Should I start to compile a list here? Perhaps the current and future CWF Chairs can help out by sending me what they know?
If anyone has any info- please comment on here or email me! Thank you so much!
ing ;)

School and Library Coooperation!

Okay, the article has been submitted-- thank you, thank you, thank you to all of you who sent in your stories!
Want to read it before you get it in the mail--- go to the Library Cooperation Site. Also, please email me with your stories and pictures, ideas and we will continue to post about your school-library successes!


ing; )

Monday, July 30, 2007

Family Place Grants

Great news from Susan Pannebaker!

I am very pleased to announce that we will be able to offer six Family Place grants for the grant year of 2008-09. Applications are due September 28 and grants will be announced in the spring of 2008. An informational cover sheet, grant application, Internet Safety Certification form are attached to this email. They will also be available on our website soon. This application process is separate from the usual LSTA grants. Feel free to email or call me with any questions.

Susan PannebakerYouth Services AdvisorOffice of Commonwealth LibrariesPennsylvania Department of Education333 Market St.Harrisburg, PA 17126-1745v: 717-214-4047f:

I have placed the documents online--- please CLICK HERE to download them.

Tuesday, July 17, 2007

Still Time to send in your examples of School and Public Library Cooperation and More


Thank you so much for all of the information you have sent regarding public and school cooperation- please continue to send me any stories you have. I am going to hold off on the article until the September newsletter issue because of the great response!

How are things going with your Harry Potter planning?

Margie Stern sent me the Blog from the Sellers Library Teens. It is great! Check it out! It is also in the Links section.

Don't forget to turn in your PaLA Ballots!



Wednesday, June 27, 2007

Minutes from the most recent Youth Services Task Force Meeting

Many thanks to Lynn Hahn from Bethel Park for attending the May Youth Services Task for Meeting! Here are the notes that she took. Note the SRC themes for the next few years! Start planning! HA!

ing :)

PaLA Youth Services Task Force
May 18, 2007

Summer Collaboration of the Summer Reading Committee 2008
· It will involve 44 states
· MD - Maryland is thinking of joining
· TX, TN, NH etc have not joined in
· Annual Management meeting about the collaboration
· Voting is based on the # of Public Libraries
· Using a new definition of what is a Public Library=Stationary buildings/not Bookmobiles
· Voting is currently taking place as to the changes

Summer Reading Themes in the Future
2008 SRC Catch the Reading Bug
Teens Metamorphosis @ your Library
2009 SRC Be Creative @ your Library
Teens Teens Express Yourself @ your Library
2010 SRC Concept will do with Water – Recreation Water Colors
Science etc.

Contracts for Materials
Highsmith has the approval for the 2010 contract- 2 year contract
Demco has not made a bid
Bylaws state that it is a member driven Organization
Dues are $2.00 per library + $65.00
Many details as to the payment and management of the monies

SRC 2008 Workshops – Catch the Bug and Metamorphosis @ your Library
29 Districts
· $700 to do own Thing
· $350 must go to Books
· Must Charge for Food
· Helping small libraries buy additional books for collection
· Template for ½ day and full day workshop
· Ideas for School Day Visits
· Ideas for Outreach
· Manuals will be available early-possibly in the fall

Susan Pennebaker, Office of Commonwealth Libraries –Received award
Also a finalist for Governor’s Award

Early Intervention Programs
Head Start
BoardMaker – Velcro on pages – International Symbols – Sign Language

One Book Every One Child
Suzanne Bloom - A Splendid Friend, Indeed was taped from PBS
Mid-Atlantic Area
Boyds Mills Publication was good at buying ahead of time

Book for Next Year
Taking Suggestions
Good to Split Author and Illustrator

Preschool Connections
17 libraries in NE
Pictures Important – Buy Digital Camera
4 Days of Professional Development – then Grant Money
2008- Curriculum - Want to add to People’s Professional Knowledge

DLC September 5, 2007 – Advocacy for Libraries and Children
Promotion and Advocacy will be highlighted
Possible Workshops Around the State – How to do Presentation to Adults

DLC September 6-7 2007 – Grantville
Advocacy Program – Research for Children
Exercises to do with Children

Customer Services
Look at your Front Door!
How much junk is there?
Carolyn Highman – Speaker – Customer Centered

Take Back with You and Do
Competencies - All children come together
Publication – Send out to libraries – so you can see what is being done
Build well rounded Children’s Department
Help Directors hire - Volunteers are valuable
Safe School Initiative – Evacuation Plans
Home Providers

Family Fund Guide – OBEYC
Successful Learners are Healthy Learners
CHIP – Insurance – Now anyone can get it – just at different amounts – pay a part

New Business

New Chair – Jennifer Stocker – Administrator – Dates for meeting – List names

Task Force
Redesign - Proposing Different Make-up of Task Force
State Consultants for Child Services
Propose -Made up of Different Libraries who are Working with Children
District Advantage – District Consultant
County Consultant/Assistant Person to cover Rural Areas

Mission Statement
Redesign present statement

Sunday, June 10, 2007

Summer Reading!

How is it going? You probably don't even have time to answer!
I am still looking for your success stories regarding school cooperation for the August issue! (back to school kinda thing!)
Also, is anyone doing Summer Reading Online? Please share your stories!
Have a great week!
ing :)

Thursday, May 31, 2007

Mid-Atlantic Futures Conference

Here are the on-line handouts from the Mid-Atlantic Futures Conference, take a look!


Tuesday, May 29, 2007

Line Up for Fall Conference!

Kim Snyder just forward the program list to me!

Make your plans now!
Sunday, October 14:

2:00 - 3:15 p.m.
You've Got Rhythm
Laureen Maloney, Head of Children's Services, Lackawanna County Library
Dance a little! Sing a little! Read a little! This interactive workshop will give you the encouragement you need to discover and explore the music in yourself. With the help of Greg & STeve, Mozart, Marvin Gaye and even the Wiggles, you will be inspired to add music and movement to your existing programs. With the right materials and music, you will be able to create new and exciting music and movement programs for children and families.

3:30 - 4:45 p.m.
Collaboration in the Community! Early Childhood Literacy in Your Hometown
Rita Crawford, Head of Children's Services, Sewickley Public Library
How can the library partner with various agencies to promote early literacy? This session will focus on three successful collaborations: Preschool Storytime Plus - a parenting program and PaLA Best Practices Winner in 2006; Early Childhood Educators Workshops - classes to provide resources to educators; and Saturday Enrichment Days - community programs for families.

Monday, October 15

8:00 - 8:45 a.m.
Youth Services Division Business Meeting - ALL MEMBERS OF YSD-- ARE ENCOURAGED TO ATTEND! :)

9:00 - 10:15 a.m.
Reader's Advisory 2.0: New Ways to Connect Teens with Books
Karen Brooks-Reese, Teen Services Coordinator, Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh
Reader's Advisory for teens is tricky business, especially in our virtual world. This session will explore ways to use social networking applications such as blogs and MySpace to connect teens with books they'll love.

9:00 - 10:15 a.m.
Music, Movement & Fitness in Early Childhood Programming
Denise Pulgino Stout, Head of Youth Services, Montgomery County-Norristown Public Library
Using things like movement and music during programs isn't just because young kids are wiggly. There are early literacy principles behind these fun activities. Come to this session to learn more.

10:30 - 11:45 a.m.
Kim Dunderdale, Children's Librarian, Sewickley Public Library
Jim Clark, Adult Services Librarian, Sewickley Public Library
Increase your community's global awareness by promoting a positive image of a county through books, multimedia and programs. The Destination Program brings all library departments together to focus on a common theme. Through partnerships with local, national and international organizations your library can target children, teen and adult audiences.

2:00 - 3:15 p.m.
Passport to the World: Bring a "World" of Cultural Experience to the Children at Your Library
Constance P. Wong, Librarian, Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh
Participants will learn to create, promote and effectively deliver a series of world culture programs using publicity samples, tips and actual program outlines, with time for discussion provided. Information is based on a successful series for school-age children and their families at the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh.

2:00 - 3:15 p.m.
Learning Spanish @ Your Library
Lynn Hahn, Youth Services Librarian and Program Specialist, Bethel Park Public Library
Noreen Poploski, Program Specialist, Bethel Park Public Library
Creative, interactive, hands-on experiences introducing children to another language! Activities have been tested in the public library sector for the past three years with children ages four and up.

3:30 - 4:45 p.m.
YSD No-conflict time.... Visit the Exhibits!

Tuesday, October 16

9:00 - 10:15 a.m.
Children's Author - TBD

10:30 - 11:45 a.m.
Partnering with School Libraries: What You Need to Know -- NOW!
Lynn M. Moses, School Library Development Advisor, Pennsylvania Department of Education
Why should public and academic libraries partner with school libraries? What are the elements of a good partnership? What are the barriers to partnering? How do you overcome those barriers? Come and learn simple techniques that will turn your partnershp into a vital, thriving relationship instead of a total disaster!

12:30 - 2:30 p.m.
Carolyn W. Field Award Luncheon
Carolyn Wicker Field has been an icon for youth services in the commonwealth for decades. Be sure to join us for the presentation of the Carolyn W. Field Award, which honors the best children's book by a Pennsylvania author or illustrator published during 2006. In addition, the Drexel University/Free Library of Philadelphia Citation for Children's Literature will also be presented. Come and honor those who have made outstanding children's literature a reality in Pennsylvania! Advance registration required.

2:45 - 4:00 p.m.
Make Ready to Read Part of Your Summer Reading Program
Debra Conn, Head of Youth Services, Upper Saint Clair Library
Here's how to use your summer reading program to help babies, toddlers, preschoolers and kindergarteners acquire early literacy skills with fun and educational parent-directed activities. At the same time, help parents learn about these skills as they help their children acquire them.

Wednesday, October 17

9:00 - 11:45 a.m.
Integrating Art into Library Programming for Children, Toddlers to Teens
Patte Kelley, Department Head, Main Library Children's Department, Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh
Debbie Priore, Librarian, Children's Department, Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh
Research proves the importance of introducing children to art. See four book-centered art programs you can replicate in your library: Handmade Books, Draw Me a Story, Nature Detectives (2 versions), and Artul Stories. Create art projects to take with you and share your ideas with other participants in a brainstorming discussion.

Missed Week

Greetings All,
I am sure you all deep in Summer Reading Readiness by now! Hope all is going well!
Sorry for not posting last week. My mom ended up in the hospital. Not doing so well, so if you feel led, please keep her in your prayers or good thoughts. :)
Many thanks to Dolores Colarosa for taking the lead in hooking up with Lynn at James V. Brown Library for the last of our Spring Workshops! I heard it went extremely well and 22 folks attended.
I will post a full report on all of our workshops as soon as things settle.
If you were not able to attend the workshop, you can now download all of the workshop info and handouts RIGHT HERE!
More soon!

ing :)

Monday, May 14, 2007

Montgomery-Co./Norristown Workshop

Check out the pictures from our latest workshop at Montgomery Co.- Norristown Library last Friday. The middle picture is a great idea-- Denise Pulgino-Stout, Head of Children's Services. She puts all of her usual songs on a permanent project board so that the parents know what songs will be sung and can sing along. It also goes along with her on outreach visits. The bottom picture is the book drop in the children's department. Very cool!

Denise has also agreed to run for vice chair of YSD! Your ballots will be coming soon! Also, Susan McCellan, Director of Avalon Public Library will run for Sec/Treasurer. It is not too late to get your name on the ballot! Please email me if you want to participate in this way.

Wednesday, May 09, 2007

Check out the photos

Here you see the Eccles-Lesher Memorial Library! The first picture is a photo of a very unique way to display and organize booklists. It was made by Children's Librarian, Nancy Shanafelt. It is attached to the end of a row of books. At Bethel Park we are already trying to duplicate it! Amazing, Nancy! Thank you Ginger McGiffin and your whole wonderful staff!

So sorry!

Summer Reading is almost here!
How are things going?
So sorry I did not post on Monday.
I was at the Futures Conference in Atlantic City.
I saw a few of you there! What did you think? I will be putting links to the podcasts from the conference on here soon!
Last Friday was the Spring Workshop in Rimersburg. What an amazing library! What amazing people! Eccles-Lesher Memorial Library rules!
More later, off to school visits!
ing :)

Tuesday, May 01, 2007

Please consider attending! --

ALSC/ASCLA's One-day preconference in Washington DC

Even if you cannot register for and attend the entire ALA conference inWashington, D.C., don’t miss this one-day preconference.

Did you know?"A fifth of Americans have disabilities; everyone knows people with disabilities; and anyone can acquire a disability at any time. Everyone has a stake in these findings."

"Even if you currently are not serving patrons with disabilities, chances are you will at some point in the future. It is essential that all libraries plan for and provide excellent library service to ALL patrons including patrons with disabilities. ALSC/ASCLA's one-day preconference will introduce you first hand to this client group, so often underserved, as well as to the materials andservices that will best serve them."
Alan A. Reich, National Organization on Disability founder andpast-president, commenting on the 2004 National Organization onDisability/Harris Survey of Americans with Disabilities.

Here are more details about the Preconference:
ALSC/ASCLA preconference to focus on library service to individualswith disabilitiesThe Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC) and Association of Specialized and Cooperative Library Agencies (ASCLA), divisions of the American Library Association (ALA), invite all librarians from Washington D.C. and surrounding areas to register for the preconference“The Underserved 20 Percent: Children, Teens, and Adults with Disabilities” on Friday, June 22, 2007, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., during the American Library Association (ALA) Annual Conference in Washington D.C.

Harriet McBryde Johnson, a leading disabilities rights activist ,lawyer, and author of Too Late to Die Young and Accidents of Nature, isthe keynote speaker. Morning panel discussions will focus on patrons with disabilities addressing services and materials they would like from libraries as well as successful programs and projects that have made a difference to library patrons with disabilities. Afternoon breakout sessions willaddress assistive and adaptive technology; learning disabilities in the library; people of color with disabilities in the library; patrons with Autism Spectrum Disorders; programming and outreach to people with disabilities; and portrayal of people with disabilities in literature. A disabilities resource fair also will be held. Closing remarks will be delivered by Dr. Katherine Schneider, a retired clinical psychologist who has taught, counseled, supervised and trained psychologists at four universities. She established the Schneider Family Book Award four years ago to recognize books for children and youth that deal well with disability issues. A reception immediately follows thepreconference. All local area librarians from the District of Columbia and other neighboring states are invited to register for the ALSC preconference,and do not need to be registered for the ALA Annual Conference to take part.

Separate registration and fee are required for the preconference: $235, ALSC or ASCLA member; $275, ALA member or nonmember; or $141, student/retired member.

Advanced registration ends May 18, 2007.

For registration information, visit, click on“Events & Conferences,” or contact the ALSC office at1-800-545-2433, ext. 2163.

This sounds like a great continuing education opportunity. Is anyone interested in going?

Thank you for the responses regarding Imagination Library! I will be posting them here. It was great to learn more about this program and I will share the info today!

ing :)

Monday, April 23, 2007


thought I would post the report that I submitted to PaLA's Board and Council.


To: Board and Council, Pennsylvania Library Association

From: Ingrid Kalchthaler, Youth Services Division Chair
Subject: Youth Services Division Report

Date: April 20, 2007

It has been a busy and rewarding first quarter for the Youth Services Division. With the development of a weekly- updated blog, we seek to stay in communication more frequently and with greater ease. The Division blog address is:

Spring Continuing Education Workshops for Youth Services Professionals were planned for five locations across the commonwealth. At this time, two have taken place, the first in Shaler, the second in Johnstown. Three others will be held in May: Rymersburg, Norristown and Williamsport. Feedback from the first two workshops has been extremely positive and a full report will be made when the workshops conclude. We were very thankful to have received a $1,000 donation from Pittsburgh businessman, David W. Hunter, to help offset the costs for the workshop.

Shawn Sipe, current Chair of the Carolyn W. Field Award Committee, has announced the nominees for this year. Ballots will be mailed this summer. Dolores Colarosa, Head of Youth Services, Brentwood Public Library, has been appointed the Carolyn W. Field Award Chair for 2008 and has selected her committee. With the help of Shawn and Dolores, a new e-toolkit has been created for the future Chairs and members of the CWF Committee which should make this important job a bit easier.

Gratitude is deeply expressed to Ellen Wharton and Kim Snyder for all of their constant help and to all of the YSD members who have contributed to articles, volunteered to host a workshop or present, submitted proposals for the annual conference, contributed to the blog, among other things.

My only regret is that there are only eight more months left to this term!

Respectfully submitted,

Ing Kalchthaler
YSD Chair


Please don't be shy about volunteering for Vice Chair or Sec./Treasurer for the Youth Services Division! Just email me and let me know if you are interested!
How are the PA One Book programs going? Would any one like to share?
Not much going on here, just wanted to keep in touch!
Have a great week!
ing :)

Sunday, April 15, 2007

PSLA Conference

Hello All,

Just got back from the Pennsylvania School Librarians' Assocation Conference in Hershey. I feel like I'm writing the Monday morning Seen column in the local paper!

Spotted were Karen Payonk, Children's Librarian and Assistant Director of Lititz Public Library, and Kim Synder, Assistant for Meetings and Finance at the Pennsylvania Library Association and Lynn Moses, from PDE, Division of School Library Services.

Who else went? What did you think?

I talked to a lot of school librarians during the conference (imagine that!) and thought it might be a good idea to do article for the newletter about school library and public library cooperation. Sooooooooo please send me your stories! or have your school librarian send them to me. I know that at Bethel Park we couldn't get along without our school librarians and are so grateful to them for letting us in their buildings and for partnering with us for so many programs each month. Share your successes, or challenges with us!

If anyone is interested in the use of blogs and wikis, and the concetps of Library 2.0, School Library 2.0, check out the blog that I and one of the school librarians in the Bethel Park School District created for PSLA. We did a little presentation on Blogs and Wikis and School Library 2.0. It is here if you want to take a look.

Send your weblinks, your bloglinks, news, pictures, anything and we'll post it up here!

Have a great week!


ing :)

Storyteller Coming to Pittsburgh!

Kathy Maron-Wood from Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh reminds us... Thanks, Kathy!

Storytelling Alive! proudly presents..
an entertaining evening with renowned teller
Judy Seeley
Tuesday, April 17
in the Children’s Department
Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh
4400 Forbes Avenue (Oakland)
Pittsburgh, PA 15213

More Info? CLICK HERE!

Wednesday, April 11, 2007

Imagination Library

Does anyone participate in Dolly Parton's Imagination Library program? Recently a patron told me about her mother, a librarian in another state, whose library participates in this program. The deal is that a child receives a free book from the Imagination Library every month, each year from birth until they are five years old. The cost of the program comes out to $27 per child, per year. I googled Pennsylvania and Imagination Library and found that Hanover, PA participates. I was wondering if anyone has any first hand experience with this program and thinking about ways in which we could maybe participate on a state-wide level. Post a comment or send me an email!!

Tuesday, April 10, 2007

Election Time!

Would you like to run for an office in the Youth Services Division of PaLA?

PaLA is looking for folks who would like to run for the positions of Vice Chair and Secretary/Treasurer

Please email me by Friday, May 18 to submit your name or someone else's!


ing :)

So sorry!

I had a LOT of trouble with blogger! Sorry that the posts for this week are late!


ing :)

Carolyn Field Nominees! Thank you, Shawn!

Here is your 2007 Carolyn W. Field Committee!
Here they are in front of the Storybook Forest Cottage in the Martin Children’s Library. From left to right are: Shawn Sipe, Martin Library, Chair; Paula Marshall, Clearfield Library; Susan Hughes, Squirrel Hill Library; Tara Dowell, Middletown Library; Jeff Swope, J.V. Brown Library

And here are the nominees !

Fire in the Hills by Donna Jo Napoli

The Last brother: a Civil War Tale by Trinka Hakes Noble, illustrated by Robert Papp, PA resident

The Most precious gift: a story of the Nativity by Marty Crisp, illustrated by Floyd Cooper, both PA residents

Now and Ben: the modern inventions of Benjamin Franklin by Gene Barretta

Small Beauties: the journey of Darcy Heart O’Hara by Elvira Woodruff, illustrated by Adam Rex, both PA residents

Sunday, April 01, 2007

Cambria County

Has an amazing library system! Our second workshop took place on Friday at the Cambria County Library in downtown Johnstown. District Consultant, Mary Lou Repsher and Director Lyn Meek were wonderful hosts and we are so thankful for their hospitality. When you find yourself in Johnstown, please check out the library. For you children's librarians, I am sure you will find yourselves green with envy when you see the Children's Department-- I know I was!

Cambria County Library will be hosting what has become a very popular fund raiser on April 20- a Friday evening. It is called A Little Night Music @ the Library and it features a different style of music on each of the Library's three floors. See their website for more information. I have heard a great many wonderful things about this evening, but have yet to make it. Go if you can!

I also wanted to thank the Shaler North Hills Library for hosting our March 23 workshop. This library is near and dear to my heart because I have been working there for 20 years and I still have my key! It seems like bragging about my own family, but I must thank Shaler's dynamic and creative director, Sharon McRae and the whole staff for allowing us to hold our first workshop in Shaler. The Shaler Library will celebrate National Jazz Month on Monday, April 16 at their 3rd Annual Jazz Extravaganza featuring the jazz ensembles from Shaler Area High School, CAPA High School, and other area schools. Check it out here!

In response to the request for information about your teen and children's writing groups a great many samples and stories and descriptions have been sent! Thank you all so much for this! Many of you asked for more time to send pictures and samples and so what we'll do is- there will be an article in May's newsletter about writing groups in general, with the teaser that next month we will feature ideas from your libraries. I want to make sure I get everyone's input for this article because of the great response, so if you haven't had a chance to send your info in, please do and it will be included in the June issue!

Feedback surveys for the Shaler and Johnstown workshops will be coming to you via Survey Monkey emails-- Kim Synder from PaLA has graciously allowed me to use this program and so I will be emailing them this week. Your feedback is appreciated!

Is anyone attending the Futures Conference in May in Atlantic City? I will be going and wondered if I'll see any of you there?


ing :)

Monday, March 26, 2007


I forgot to post that I will be sending email surveys to those who attend the workshops. I hate to take time during the day to fill them out so I thought we would do it this way.

If anyone is thinking about next year and would like to present, if we offer these again, please email me! I will then pass your name on to next year's Chair, Mary Maxon!

ing ;)


Hello all,

Some ladies from Bethel here went to the Best Practices day and said that it was wonderful! Did anyone else go? Do you have stories to share? Did you win an award? Would you like to brag a little on here? Send me an email!!

Last Friday was the first of the Spring Workshops!
There are still bugs to work out, but the presenters did a wonderful job and a few of them and I received very positive email feedback already!

This Friday is Cambria County! If you still want to get in, email and tell her and I can get your check on Friday. Also please email me so that I can make sure there is food for you.

Thank you for all of the great information about your writing groups-- that article will be submitted for the May issue!

Keep sending your bios, comments, suggestions, anything you want to add to the site!

Have a wonderful week!

ing :)

Wednesday, March 21, 2007

Check out the new bio!

Say hello to Elizabeth Davis from Osterhout Free Library! She sent her picture and bio for the YSD Members Bio section. Thank you, Elizabeth!
Keep the bios, coming!


ing :)

Tuesday, March 20, 2007

Busy Week!

Tomorrow is the Best Practices Award Luncheon in Harrisburg! I hope all of you are going to be there! I am SERIOUSLY bummed, as I will not be able to attend...this is probably TMI, but I ended up with a kidney infection and can't make the trip. :-(. But it will be an amazing day and a time to celebrate all of the wonderful things that PA Libraries are doing-- all of the wonder things that YOU are doing, that is!

Friday is the first of the Spring Continuing Education Workshops. We have great group of folks signed up for this workshop in Shaler. If by some chance you are still thinking about going--- email me before noon on Thursday and just bring your check and your registration form on Friday. But please email me just so I can make food arrangements for you!

I am getting a great response regarding the writing groups you are doing and look forward to including that in the Bulletin article in May. I have also discovered that in SEVERAL places on the YSD blog I have spelled Bulletin wrong. This is very embarrassing, but is part of my history...for 7 years I was a church pastor it was even more necessary to spell bulletin correctly, but sadly I never learned.

So--- keep watching for the BULLETIN and keep sending your writing group info for the BULLETIN and have a great week!



Monday, March 12, 2007

Good Morning!

Hello All,

Don't forget that time is running out to sign up for the Spring Workshops in Shaler and in Johnstown. CLICK HERE and scroll to find the registration form.

Thank you for a great response to the call for your stories about writing groups in your libraries. I already have some wonderful samples and information! Please continue to send me your experiences.

The following people have joined the Youth Services Division since January.
Are you in the same system? Does your library neighbor theirs? If so, give them a friendly hello and welcome to the Division!

Thanks for joining! We are glad to have you on board:

Elizabeth Davis - Osterhout
Paul Giovanetti - Phoenixville
Karen Healy - Upper Darby
Laura Knouff - Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh
Kathleen Lebby - New Castle
Lauren Longbottom - Aston Public Library
Robin Pundzak - Crawford County Historical Society
Susan Slater - Warren Library Association



Wednesday, March 07, 2007

Welcome to Haverford Township Free Library

Thanks to Deborah Purdy from Haverford Township Free Library.
She sent us the link to her Teen Blog CHECK IT OUT! I'm adding it to the LINKS as well!

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hey, check out the Bethel Park Library's Teen Blog while you're at it!

Monday, March 05, 2007

Happy Monday! --- CALL FOR YOUR STORIES!!!

Hello all,

Don't miss Kathy Maron-Woods' (Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh) great intergenerational programming idea on the Intergenerational Info Site. There you will also find links sent from Claudia Koenig of Commonwealth Libraries.

For the May or June issue I would like to feature any writing groups that you have in your library (for children or teens). Do you have your own group? Do you publish a newsletter? Fiction? Poetry? Online? In print? Do you have an author's contest? Send away! And your information will be included in the May or June issue of the Bulliten! Spend student samples, pictures, whatever you have!

All of the submissions that I received for PaLA program proposals were sent in to the Program Committee. They will make the ultimate decisions and I don't envy them! The ones that I saw were fantastic and I know this conference is going to be awesome!

Have a great week!


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Monday, February 26, 2007

Other info is up

Finally got around to putting up the other information on the intergenerational programming! Hey, it is Read Across America Week, we're all crazy, right! :)

Thanks again to everyone who sent in their intergenerational info. I have another program sample from Kathy Maron Wood at the Carneige Library of Pittsburgh which I will post next week. CLICK HERE FOR THE INTERGENERATIONAL INFO.

If you have any other information you would like to share, please send it on!

Also, remember the Member Bios Section? We still only have 2 bios up there! Please send me your pics and bios! Or just your bios if you don't have a pic!

Have a great week!

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Intergenerational Pictures

Finally I have posted the pictures that were sent to me from Shippensburg Public Library, Lisa Rhinehart, Head of Children's Services and from Chris Teter, Head of Children's Services at Newtown Public Library. Click Here to see them!

Later on today I will post a copy of the article that will be in the March issue Bulletin and also the great booklist and promo materials from Ellen Meanix Helfrick, Director of Children's Services at the Kaltreider- Benfer Library in Red Lion, PA.

Hope all is well with you, more proposals came in this weekend and thank you so much for sending them. I know the deadline is today, but I will welcome any until you might still have out there up until this Thursday!

Don't forget about the Early Learning and Best Practices forum in March! CLICK HERE to download the postcard!


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Monday, February 19, 2007

Hello, Osterhout!!!!

Check out the very cool Youth Services Blog from Osterhout Library! I'll add it to the link on the side as well! If you want your blog or site added, please just email me!

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YSD Web Site

Hey all!

Denise Pulgino - Stout Montgomery Co., - Norristown designed a very cool looking main website for our division! Here it is! I put a link to it over under the links and when PaLA updates their website, Ellen said that we can get it and the blog linked up to it. They are putting in a special members section, so stay tuned for that!

Got another PaLA proposal today and another one on the way! Keep 'em coming!


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CE Credits

Hello All,

Just heard from Lynn Moses from the state-- you will be able to get CE credits for the Spring Workshop, so that is really great!

More proposals are coming in-- it looks like it is going to be a wonderful conference! Remember the deadline is February 23rd, please send to

Wow, short report this week!

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Monday, February 12, 2007

Workshop Registration Forms!

Hey all,
Registration forms for the Spring Workshops have been sent through PAYOUTH and also to Ellen for mail distribution to the Division membership! I put one up on a wiki so you can download it from here, too. CLICK HERE!
Hope to see you this Spring!
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Sunday, February 11, 2007

Conference Proposal Form in Word Format

Hello and Happy Valentine's Day!

The Conference Proposal Forms are rolling in! Thank you so much! Some of you have been asking to have the form in Word format so that it is easy for you to complete and send.

CLICK HERE to go to a wiki site where I posted the form in Word.

Keep 'em coming! The deadline is February 23, emailed to, for Division sponsorship.


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Monday, February 05, 2007

Lots of Stuff!

First of all, I hope that you are keeping warm! Currently in Pittsburgh, it is 2 degrees. Joy!

Second-- a reminder from an email Paula Gilbert sent out about the Early Learning Forum and Best Practices Awards Lunch - MARCH 21 at the Harrisburg Hilton from 9 AM - 3 PM. Don't miss out!

Third-- Mary Morgan Smith, Head of Children's Services at Northland Library recently shared a local dry cleaner approached her last summer about donating 2 new bikes to give away for Summer Reading prizes. Needless to say these were a HUGE draw, a big hit! In talking with the dry cleaner, Mary found out that dry cleaners are a very generous group and want to give back to the community. Mary's particular dry cleaner got the bike idea from another dry cleaner in Boston. She has also been in touch with other dry cleaners in PA and is encouraging them to contact their local libraries to see what they can donate for SRC. (who knows, one of us may get a call!) Does anyone else have any other dry cleaner stories? Is this a project that we could organize state wide? Let me know what you know and/or think!

Fourth-- Don't forget about the Spring Cont Education Workshops. We are so excited to have just gotten word that Pittsburgh businessman David W. Hunter will helping to refray the costs of the workshops. Many thanks to Mr. Hunter for his generosity toward this endeavor. And many, many thanks to our presenters and wonderful host libraries! I will be turning the registration flyer in to Ellen at PaLA this week and they will be mailed to your soon. But save the dates now! Thank you to all of you who sent emails and questions about the workshops. It should be a great experience for all!

Fifth-- PaLA Program Proposals, please (that's a lot of alliteration) email them to by Feb. 23 so that they can be "sponsored" by the YS Division. Many wonderful proposals have been received already, please, keep them coming! If you sent a proposal but did not receive an email from me in response, please send it again, as the SPAM filter is quite strong!

And sixth and last--just finished the March PaLA newsletter article which will share all of YOUR amazing programming ideas. Look here next week though for even more information and photos. If you have more intergenerational programming ideas you would like to share, please email me and I will include them here.

Have a great week and stay warm!



Sunday, January 28, 2007

PaLA Proposals Due Feb. 23

I have already received a few proposals for the Annual Conference! Thank you so much!

This week I will be emailing all who have sent in proposals so far. If you sent a proposal and do not get an email from me by Friday, please re-send to or call me at 412-835-2207 ex. 267 to make sure I get your proposal.

Have a great week!



Intergenerational Programming

Because I wanted to get out the info about the Spring Workshops ASAP, the article about all of your wonderful intergenerational programming will be in the March issue of the PaLA newsletter. Thank you so much for all of the stories and photos!



Finalized info about Spring Workshops!

This info will be published in the PaLA newsletter in February and you will be getting information in the mail as well, but I thought I would put up the final dates and details. MANY THANKS to the host libraries and our presenters.
Please look for the registration forms in the mail and tell everyone you can about the workshops!

PaLA Youth Services Division Spring Workshops

March 23, 2007

March 30, 2007


MAY 11, 2007


Library 2.0
What is Library 2.0 anyway and how can it make your life as a children's librarian easier? From your department's website to planning and advertising programming, Library 2.0 offers a more user-centered approach to library services. Find out only what you need to know about L2 without getting bogged down in the techie-talk and how exactly you can embrace it and put it to good use at your library! (will not be offered at Shaler)*

Great Books 2006--Beyond the Winner's Circle.
An inside look at books that will strengthen and broaden your collections for programming and child-centered book sharing.

Only a Few? Look what you can do!
Are you "flying solo" in your children's department? How do you balance collection developement, programming, summer reading, school visits and all the rest as only one person? Come and learn some helpful time-saving tips and ways to make your work life easier and more fulfilling all the while benefitting your youngest of patrons.

School-Age Programming Made Simple
Once a child outgrows preschool and kindergarten storytimes, what kinds of programming will keep them coming to the library? Walk way with ready-to-go programs for those in 1-5 grades.

CSI @ Your Library
A hands-on mystery for YOU to solve using actual investigative techniques. This teen-tested program is easly and cheaply duplicated in your library. We will give you all you need to host your own Crime Scene Investigation. This program can be easily adapted for younger children and/or families. You will leave this session with all you need to host your own night of intrigue.

Workshop registration and coffee will begin at 8:30 AM at each of the locations, with the first session beginning at 9:00 AM. Workshops will end at 3:00 PM.*

The cost of lunch is included in registration.
Registration Fee:
PaLA members: $15*
Non-members: $18*


*Shaler workshop will end at 2:00 PM and cost for Shaler Workshop $12 PaLA Member, $15 Non-member

Monday, January 22, 2007

Carolyn W. Field Information

Some of you had asked who was on the 2006 Committee and if there were any honor books for the year. Many thanks to Patte Kelly from the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh for sending the list.
The 2006 CWF Notable Books
Georgia's Bones. Jen Bryant, author. Wm. B. Eerdmans
Under the Persimmon Tree. Suzanne Fisher Staples, author. Farrar Strauss & Gireaux

The 2006 Carolyn W. Field Award Winner
Hitler Youth: Growing Up in Hitler's Shadow
. Susan Campbell Bartoletti, author. Scholastic Nonfiction
Shawn Sipe from Martin Library is the CWF Chair for 2007
Members of the Committee are:
Tara Doweel from Middletown Public Library
Susan Huges from the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh
Paula Marshall from the Joseph and Elizabeth Shaw Public Library
Jeffrey Swope from J.V. Brown Library
Once again please send me your names if you would like to serve on the committee in the future. We are putting together all of the CWF info in electronic format and so hopefully this will make the committee's job a lot easier in the future!

Sunday, January 21, 2007

CALL FOR PROPOSALS! 2007 PaLA Annual Conferece - October 14- 17 - State College, PA

It isn't too soon to be thinking about the annual conference at Penn State!

Start getting your presentations together!

PaLA is asking for proposals now! CLICK HERE FOR THE APPLICATION!

Please send your proposal forms first to me at
Then I will send them in to PaLA, this way they will be "Sponsored" by the PaLA Youth Services Division.


The Carolyn Field Luncheon is tentatively scheduled for Tuesday, October 16.

In just the short time that I've been chair (21 days!) I have been BLOWN away by the exciting programs and ideas that so many of you have shared with me. I can't wait to see what you will be bringing to the Penn Stater in the fall!


Spring Workshops

Some dates are set! Presenters are booked! Still working on another date in another locale!

But check these out:




JAMES V. BROWN LIBRARY - - May 25, 2007

Library 2.0
What is Library 2.0 anyway and how can it make your life as a children's librarian easier? From your department's website to planning and advertising programming, Library 2.0 offers a more user-centered approach to library services. Find out only what you need to know about L2 without getting bogged down in the techie-talk and how exactly you can embrace it and put it to good use at your library! (will not be presented at Shaler)

What's New in Children's and YA Books (working title)
Learn about the best and brightest in children's and young adult literature. (will not be presented in Norristown)

Only a Few? See what you can do!
Are you "flying solo" in your children's department? How do you balance collection developement, programming, summer reading, school visits and all the rest as only one person? Come and learn some helpful time-saving tips and ways to make your work life easier and more fulfilling all the while benefitting your youngest of patrons.

School-Age Programming Made Simple
Once a child outgrows preschool and kindergarten storytimes, what kinds of programming will keep them coming to the library? Walk way with ready-to-go programs for 2-6 grade.

CSI @ Your Library
A hands-on mystery for YOU to solve using actual investigative techniques. This teen-tested program is easly and cheaply duplicated in your library. We will give you all you need to host your own Crime Scene Investigation. This program can be easily adapted for younger children and/or families. You will leave this session with all you need to host your own night of intrigue.

Still working out another location and also on the cost which I am going to keep as low as possible! The presenters have graciously agreed to present for the cost of mileage and an overnight hotel stay if the distance requires, so low-cost will be possible! (Thank you so very much). The bulk of the expense will be lunch.

If you have any questions, please email me at

AND ONE BIG MAJOR MAJOR thank you to all of the libraries who are hosting. THANK YOU SO VERY MUCH!

Information about the workshop will be in the February PaLA Bulletin!


Thursday, January 18, 2007

Intergenerational programming

I was blown away by the wonderful response to my email on the PAYOUTH list about intergenerational programming. Thank you SO MUCH for all of your emails and photos and your willingness to share. I will incorporate them in an article for the PaLA newsletter and send in all the photos that were sent to me, I guess Ann the editor, will pick and choose, but I am going to post all of your photos and info here on the blog as well. There is so much creativity out there and you are all doing such incredible things! Thank you so much for taking the time to send them to me.

If you sent me an email and I didn't respond, it means that it went to my spam folder or is still floating out there in cyber-land! Please send again or post about it on here! I replied to all of the emails I got and so if you didn't get an email back, then I am so sorry but it got lost somewhere in the web!

I spoke with all of the spring workshop presenters and have complied the dates of their collective availability. Today and tomorrow I will be emailing the libraries who offered to host and so the dates should be out soon!

Denise's web site for for the YS Division is almost ready to roll!

Email me any time:
or post away on here!

Thank you so much!

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Wednesday, January 10, 2007

Mid-Week Update

Too many things to post about this week and I was worried I would forget by next Monday!
If you are on the PAYOUTH list you got my request for your stories and experiences regarding intergenerational programming. I'd like to write an article for the PaLA newsletter about the exciting things you are doing. Just email them to me or post on here!

Also, BIG thanks to Denise Pulgino Stout from Montgomery County-Norristown Public Library. She offered her library as an additional site for the spring workshop! She has also done a wonderful job working up a YSD website which should be up and running soon. Thank you so much, Denise!

FYI for future CWF chairs- thanks to Shawn Sipe (2007 Chair) and Nancy McLaughlin I believe we will have a list of publishers in e-format for coming years. Both have complied lengthy lists and I will combine them. Dolores Colarosa (2008 Chair) has begun contacting publishers and she will be able to make additions and changes to the list as well to assure that it is updated. We can keep in a members-only section here on the blog/website. Thank you so much Shawn, Nancy and Dolores. This will make things so much easier for future chairs! Also, thanks again to all who have been writing and sharing their interest in serving on the CWF committee. This will also make things easier in the future.



Monday, January 08, 2007

Continuing Education Workshops and SRC

By next week I will have finalized workshop topics with the presenters and will be able to post the topics on Monday, January 22! I'm still looking for host sites in the middle of the state and in the north east. Please let me know if you can share your library or recommend a library!

Also, I'm looking for information about the members of the SRC committee who presented at PaLA this fall. Would you please email me if you were on this committee?

Thank you so much!

Oh yes! And another thing-- last week Allegheny County YS Coordinator, Kelley Beeson, put together an SRC training. On the Allegheny County Library Association Youth Services Wiki, you will see a link for SRC. From there you can download program ideas and all kinds of neat stuff. If you find it helpful, please post on here or email me!
Thanks so much!



Lehigh Valley Storytelling Festival

Wanted to post this information about the Lehigh Valley Storytelling Festival. It came through on the PA Youth list yesterday.
Dear Friends,
The Lehigh Valley Storytelling Festival has been moved, both in date and place, to March 30, 31 and April 1, and to NCC's Southside Campus on 3rd Street in Bethlehem as well as at Lehigh University and at Godfrey Daniels. We are expanding!

The presenter for this year's Educator's workshop is Bill Harley!!! Yes, that's right THE Bill Harley of CD and picture book fame, storyteller and songwriter, extraordinaire.
I have attached the flyer and application for this event. It will be held on March 30th (Friday) at NCC's Southside Campus.

Please share this information with every educator you know. And visit for more information about other events at the festival.

Thanks and I hope to see many of you there.