Children's Services Section

Practical Conversations about Diversity, Inclusion, Intellectual Freedom and Our Role in Social Justice Work

Colleagues in librarianship and publishing will discuss issues pertaining to intellectual freedom, collection development and access, particularly as both professions address improving access to materials that are culturally diverse and inclusive. Librarians and book reviewers are playing an increasingly important role as their work intersects with social justice work like We Need Diverse Books and Black Lives Matter. How do we weave together our commitments to social justice and intellectual freedom in our collections, services and programs?

Garden State Book Awards Luncheon

Justina Ireland is the author of popular YA titles Vengeance Bound and Promise of Shadows, and has added her work to multiple short story collections for young adults. You may also recognize her name from her regular contributions to the blog Book Riot. Justina enjoys dark chocolate, dark humor, and is not too proud to admit that she’s still afraid of the dark. She lives with her husband, kid, and dog in Pennsylvania. A book signing will follow the luncheon.

CSS & YASS Brown Bag Lunch

Bring your lunch and join members of the Children’s Services Section and the Young Adult Services Section in an informal discussion of what they’re up to and how you can get more involved. Plus, learn more about the Garden State Book Awards and what each section does to find their winners each year!

Libraries Without Limits: Serving Developmentally Challenged Patrons of All Ages

Adult Social Hours, Special Needs Library Time, Inclusive Storytime, Job Skills, Life Skills . . . There is NO LIMIT to what your library can offer developmentally challenged patrons! Join us for a fun interactive panel discussion where we will talk about programming, resources and building partnerships to help serve this very special population.

Huge Impact, Low Cost

At a time when budgets are shrinking, it’s valuable to host high-interest, high-impact events for little to no money. With tools like Pinterest, we are presented with alternative options! From game shows to fandom parties, karaoke to gingerbread houses, life-sized games or teaching life skills like baking and sewing, creative strategies combined with popular interests can lead to a huge success at your library. Join us to check out some innovative ideas.

ALSC’s Notable (Outstanding! Distinguished! Just Plain Great!) Children’s Books

Every year the Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC) selects notable books of “especially commendable quality,” which “exhibit venturesome creativity.” This list includes both fiction and nonfiction titles for ages birth through 14. This program will describe ALSC's process for developing the list and introduce some of our favorites on the 2017 list.

Summer Reading Book Buzz

The Baker & Taylor CATS team is excited to offer a presentation on seasonal children's and teen publishing trends. You'll get the inside scoop on what publishers have in store for kids and young adults in the coming months – with special focus on Summer Reading titles.

Tech Programs for Low-Tech Librarians

Are you looking to implement more technology into your library programs? Find out about low-tech programs for adults, teens and children from librarians across the state. We will discuss and demonstrate programs that have successfully worked in our communities, how to keep these programs budget friendly and helpful tips and resources to help you get started on creating your own technology program at your library.

Escape the Library Challenge

The clock is ticking and you are locked in a room with others. Test your wits by cracking codes and clues to make your great escape! Can you solve the puzzle and find the key in one hour? Our intent is for libraries to utilize this activity as a program for all ages. (Inspired by the book Escape from Mr. Lemoncello's Library by Chris Grabenstein, who will be joining us for this presentation via Skype!)

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