Feel Like Saving Some Money?

The New York Library Association and American Library Association have partnered to offer a discounted joint membership to NYLA and ALA for library school students. You may now become a member of both organizations for $35.oo total.

This rate is only the beginning of the savings you’ll enjoy as a member of NYLA and ALA. Both organizations offer discounted conference fees and merchandise to members. With the 2012 Spring Conference of the Youth Services Section of NYLA coming to Long Island on Friday, March 23rd, 2012, this is the perfect time to join NYLA. Members save $35 on the registration fee for the YSS conference – the cost of the joint membership!  

“YSS is a great section of NYLA,” says Director of the Hauppauge Public Library and NYLA President Matt Bollerman. “Year after year they put on a tremendous Spring Conference and also provide great events at the Annual Conference. By joining NYLA, and YSS, one can get involved and make connections to others in the field. I have always found that meeting others who do similar work helps me become better at what I do each day.”

To take advantage of this offer, visit NYLA online to download the membership application. Early Bird registration for the YSS conference ends February 25th. Visit NYLA online today for the YSS conference brochure.

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Kids Can Rock YOUR Library!

A highlight of the NYLA conference in Saratoga was hearing from the Weedsport Free Library’s Jr. Friends group. During the ten years of the Jr. Friends’ existence, over one hundred kids in grades three through eight have participated, and some have gone on to be assistant counselors.

So what does a Jr. Friends group do? At the conference session titled Kids Can Rock YOUR Library (hosted by YSS and EFR), attendees learned that the Jr. Friends hold fundraising events so they can host author visits and take an annual trip to the National Book Festival in Washington D.C.  Bruce Coville, Johanna Hurwitz, and Alyssa Capucilli are just a few of the authors the group has hosted. The Jr. Friends celebrate National Gaming Day with Wii tournaments and sleepovers at the library. They also help children in need by donating brand new pajamas to The Great Bedtime Story Pajama Drive, which Scholastics delivers and matches with a book.

The group started back when Jr. Friends leader Anne Mlod was a Friend of the Library and she brought her daughter Jana to the meetings. Jana thought the adult meetings were boring and asked to start a group for kids. Mlod, a past library director and school librarian, agreed to help get it started, and soon elementary school teacher Holly Dietsche was brought on as co-advisor. The group is managed by an elected board of young officers who meet once a month to plan activities for the Jr. Friends.

Stephanie of the Huntington Public Library was sitting next to me at the session and was equally impressed by the program. We were even treated to presentations from Jr. Friends members Derek, Michelle, and AJ, and a musical introduction using gaming equipment.

For copies of the handouts, please contact me at the Youth Services office.

Northport Wins YSS Award

The Northport-East Northport Public Library has been awarded the 2011 Pied Piper Award from the Youth Services Section (YSS) of the New York Library Association. This honor recognizes excellence in library programming and promotional materials targeted to the young people in New York State. In partnership with the Suffolk County Farm and Education Center, children’s librarians Liz and Janet developed an exhibit guide, bibliography and supporting materials for the Down on the Farm Museum Cove exhibit and program series. The library’s Community Services Department took these materials and turned them into documents that are both visually stunning and age appropriate.
Congratulations to the staff of the Northport-East Northport Library on this successful collaboration!