Young Adult Services Section

Volunteering Outside the Box for Teens & New Adults

Libraries are the go-to place for volunteers, particularly teens and new adults, who often need to fulfill a requirement for school or another civic organization. Join four librarians in a panel discussion as they share their successes and failures of volunteer programs. As we strive to meet the deadlines of fulfilling volunteer requirements, this session will offer both an overview and specific tips for implementing teen volunteers in your library.

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!

Library Workers Today: Strong Staff Equals Strong Service

Running a library is hard and no one knows this better than those doing the work! A shifting workplace, public misconception of our job, and side effects of doing more with less are among the challenges library workers face. How can we balance our dedication to our profession and our communities with our own well-being? Join us for these conversations about the relationship library staff has to libraries and the work we do.

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.

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!)

Beyond the Books with Author/Illustrator David Macaulay

Who better to inspire us to “Build a Better World” this summer than Caldecott-award winning and best-selling author/illustrator David Macaulay? Macaulay has created the inspiring artwork for the children's portion of the 2017 CSLP Summer Reading Program. Now’s your chance to hear him share his experiences and get “beyond the books.” An autographing session featuring Macaulay's 1991 Caldecott-award winning "Black and White" and "The Way Things Work Now" will follow.

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