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YS Newsletter #2, Feb. 2008

February 1, 2008

Dear Youth Services Librarians,

Please send news, announcements, and general info that you’d like me to pass along via the newsletter—staff comings and goings; awards and grants received; new programs; recommendations for books, resources, and performers; professional development opportunities; ideas; job openings; etc. This is a place for all of us to share and exchange.

State Library Updates and Announcements

  • Return of the youth services electronic discussion group: The listserv for youth services librarians has been revived! Those of you who have missed the old INFO_SWAP discussion group will welcome this list. To receive postings to this list via email and participate in discussions, go to to subscribe. As the list now has a new host, INFO_SWAP subscribers must subscribe again. Once you’ve subscribed, post youth services-related questions, comments, resources, upcoming programs, successes, etc., and respond to other messages. You can also visit the group’s archived messages at the link above to review previous postings.
  • The Big Read for Youth Services program is in progress! All youth services librarians and library volunteers are invited to read Markus Zusak’s award-winning YA novel The Book Thief and join the online discussions at As you read the novel, check in with the online discussion. If you’ll be at the NMLA conference this spring, join the Big Read session for an in-person conversation about the book.
  • In Summer Reading news: If your public library hasn’t received its manual, please let me know; they’ve all been sent out.
    I still do not have word whether the State Library will have the funding this year to provide promotional summer reading items. I’ll keep you posted.

Resources and Opportunities

  • The time is now to advocate for libraries! To celebrate this Valentine’s Day, have your teens, parents, children, and library supporters flood federal elected officials’ offices with Valentines that express love for your library and its staff and ask for support for important legislation. The ALA Youth Divisions are sending out a call to action to library workers to have library supporters in their community send “I Love My Teen Services Librarian” or “I Love My School Librarian” Valentine cards to their U.S. Senators and Representatives, and to ask their elected officials to co-sponsor the SKILLS Act and/or support LSTA funding for libraries. For more information go to
  • The Road to Reading Initiative provides quality reading and educational materials to underserved small and rural communities (population less than 50,000) in the U.S. Eligible programs for book donations include community literacy, library reading, storytime, and reading center programs. Most titles are in English with a limited number of books in Spanish (titles are listed on the website). Grantees receive 100 to 200 books on average. Grant applications are accepted twice a year with deadlines of March 15 th and October 15th. Go to for info or email Pathways Within, Inc. at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

New Books at the State Library (available for interlibrary loan)

  • A Broken Flute: The Native Experience in Books for Children, edited by Doris Seale and Beverly Slapin, AltaMira Press and Oyate, 2005.
  • Cataloging Correctly for Kids: An Introduction to the Tools, edited by Sheila S. Intner, Joanna F. Fountain and Jane E. Gilchrist, ALA, 2006.
  • Early Literacy Storytimes @ Your Library: Partnering with Caregivers for Success by Saroj Nadkarni Ghoting and Pamela Martin-Díaz, ALA, 2006.

Upcoming Events

  • Teen Tech Week, March 2-8. This national initiative, sponsored by the Young Adult Library Services Association, is aimed at teens, their parents, educators, and other concerned adults. The purpose is to ensure that teens are competent and ethical users of technologies, especially those that are offered through libraries such as DVDs, databases, audiobooks, and video games. This year’s theme is Tune In @ Your Library. Go to for more info.
  • Read Across America, March 3. Sponsored annually by the National Education Association (NEA), the program focuses the country's attention on how important it is to motivate children to read in addition to helping them master basic skills. Go to the website ( for more info and a toolkit to host a celebration of the day in your library.

February Celebrations

  • Author birthdays: Jerry Spinelli, Feb. 1; Laura Ingalls Wilder, Feb.7; Jane Yolen, Feb. 11; Judy Blume, Feb. 12; Robert Newton Peck, Feb. 17; Wilhelm Grimm, Feb. 24.
  • Children’s Authors and Illustrators Week: Feb. 1–7. Just a few resources:
    • Children’s Authors and Illustrators Week,
    • New Mexico Children’s Authors,
    • “Spotlight on creative kids.(Interview).” Creative Kids 25.4 (Summer 2007): 6(1). Junior Edition. Gale. (Full text available at Magazines Online! And there’s a lot more for junior high students on the topic in the Junior Edition database—check it out.)
    • Children's Authors and Illustrators Too Good to Miss: Biographical Sketches and Bibliographies by Sharron L. McElmeel, Libraries Unlimited, 2004. (Available for interlibrary loan through the State Library)

Beth Crist
Outreach & Community Services Coordinator
This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ; 505-476-9753

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