Young Adult Services Section

Social Justice and Children's Rights in the Library

Children’s roles in activism and our society overall are unique, and libraries can help children learn and grow in this area while also correcting some of the power imbalances children experience due to their young age. Children deserve equal access to high-quality materials, and we have a responsibility not to push for “both sides” if one side is inherently harmful or inaccurate. Librarians also have a responsibility to consistently educate themselves on these issues in order to be the best possible advocates for the children they serve.

2018 Garden State Book Awards Luncheon

Marc Tyler Nobleman is the author of 70+ children’s books, and his keynote will focus on Bill the Boy Wonder: The Secret Co-Creator of Batman, an edge-of-your-seat detective story revealing secrets uncovered and mysteries solved while researching nonfiction picture books on the creators of Superman and Batman—engaging even for those who couldn't care less about superheroes! The Batman book helped correct a longstanding cultural injustice, and this presentation vividly shows how children's literature can bring about significant real-world change.

School's Out for Summer . . . or is It? Homeschooling 101 for Libraries

With over 44,000 kids and teens who are homeschooled in NJ, the library should be a paramount resource to the homeschooled and unschooled community. In this session, participants will learn the differences between homeschoolers and unschoolers; identify the needs of homeschoolers to provide excellent services tailored to this demographic; and acquire knowledge on how to identify the home schoolers in your area.

Public Libraries and Schools: What Does a Mutually Beneficial Partnership and Collaboration Mean?

School public libraries are the perfect partnership, sharing many of the same goals. As youth services librarians, we are always trying to collaborate in order to boost awareness of the library, create more programming opportunities, and more. In general, we are aware of what we need in a partnership, but are we communicating it well enough with each other and to our administration? Are we really aware of what teachers and school librarians want and need in a partnership, and how public librarians can best provide support?

Genre Bending

Do kids and teens at your library love micro-genres you might not even have a term for yet? What about books that mash up tropes from multiple genres (a sci-fi retelling of Jane Austen's Persuasion? It's a thing!)? Is a YA romance really a romance if the protagonists aren't a couple at the end? Let's roll up our sleeves and get deep in the weeds of genre terminology to meet our readers' appeal factors with as much specificity as possible! We'll provide lots of examples and opportunity for group discussion.

Whose Voices Count? How Awareness of Harmful Stereotypes is Changing Collection Development

Collection development—encompassing both selection and deselection—gives librarians the responsibility to make sure our collections represent many points of view while still protecting patrons—especially young patrons—from hurtful racist, sexist and homophobic media. What if the book got great reviews? An award winner or a classic? Do we owe a special responsibility to young people to shield them from oppressive stereotypes?

A Teen's Guide to Life

Need help preparing teens to become more self-sufficient? Librarians from Cherry Hill Public Library will share how they've developed a popular series of workshops based around "real-world readiness." Attendees will learn how to engage teens in various skills to include areas of email etiquette, sewing, use of hand tools and more!

Full STEAM Together: Social Justice in Programming

This panel will examine the STEAM concept from the social lens, focusing on STEAM program initiatives that encourage participants to bond while also working collaboratively on social justice related projects. Panelists will discuss how these programs boost self-confidence and self-awareness while also providing participants with the tools they need to succeed professionally and to affect change.

Kids' Summer Reading - Lose the Log!

Are your patrons tired of writing down book titles? The State still needs your stats, and you still need to get your kids involved in the summer reading process -- so it's time to shake it up! Learn how to think outside the box (like making a summer reading game board!) and respond to your patron's needs while also tailoring your program to the CSLP themes.

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