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!
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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!


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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!


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So sorry!

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


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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?


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