Thursday, August 4, 2011

August Youth Services Meeting

As most of you know, we're returning to quarterly Youth Services meetings, despite other meetings and workshops that may be going on.  I have to say, I'm very happy about it!  I think getting together to chat is a pretty important and vital element of our professional success.  And sometimes, an online survey just doesn't enable enough feedback or idea-generation.

This Tuesday's meeting was splendid!  In attendance were the KidLibs:

  • Jill Antoline (Robinson)
  • Jody Wilson (South Fayette)
  • Megan Goode (Moon)
  • Beth Zovko (Moon)
  • Karen Verduci (Bridgeville)
  • Lynn Hahn (Bethel)
  • Karen Hathaway (Shaler)
  • Ing Kalchthaler (Shaler and Sewickley)
  • Joanna Heywood (Pleasant Hills)
Tess is very serious about good books

We met at the new(ish) Penguin Book Shop in Sewickley.  The reason we met there, was because our dear sweet book-loving friend, Tess Riesmeyer, after Beginning with Books closed its doors, is now part of their staff.  She (of course!) works in their children's department and offers some great programs to boot!  We asked Tess to spend some time sharing (what she does best!) some new and noteworthy titles.  As you know, if you've ever seen Tess speak about books, her enthusiasm is catchy!  Here are the books Tess shared:
Wildwood (coming out in September) by Colin Meloy (from the band, The Decemberists.)

Panorama by Carrie Kennedy.  Great for middle grades who are obsessed with mythology after reading Percy Jackson.

My Side of the Car by Kate Feiffer (Jules' daughter) 

Fablehaven by Brandon Mull.  Tess' boys book club chose this book.  It even has a girl hero!

Prudence Wants a Pet by Cathleen Daly.  I fell immediately in love with this one.  

Postcards from Camp (which, as great as it is, it would be a circulation nightmare as it's one of those books that has letters in envelopes to take out and look at and read.) However, a few libraries own it.  

The Boss Baby by Marla Frazee which comes out at the end of August.  This is a great book for parents!  Hilarious!

Otto, The Boy Who Loved Cars by Kara LaReau.  

The Emerald Atlas by John Stephens.  

Between Shades of Grey by Ruta Sepetys.  This one got several hoots of excitement from the group and I was advised to read this ASAP.  Megan Goode said this is the best book she's read in a long time!

If I Stay and the sequel Where She Went by Gayle Forman.  

Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs.  This one is on my nightstand right this very minute and I can't wait to dive in.  Looks freaky and creepy and delicious!  

Other books receommended by the KidLibs in attendance:

In addition to some great book recommendations we talked about ACLA Youth Services and how I can better support the KidLibs in our county.  Great ideas were shared about best practices, trainings, workshops, and general forward-thinking inspiration.  I'm on it, people!  Thanks for your feedback.  If you weren't at the meeting, and would like to chime in, you know where to reach me.

We talked a bit about offering 4-5 smaller, focused workshops around summer reading.  That way, you can attend the meetings you're interested in, and skip the ones you're not.  

It was a great meeting and get our next one on Thursday, November 16th on your calendar!  Find our more info here on the wiki.  Also, don't forget about Greg Pincus on 8-16 and the Children's Choice Awards meeting on 8/30!