Monday, August 31, 2009

Simplified Code of Conduct

I liked the code of conduct used at Imaginon as presented by Michele Gorman.

Respect Yourself.
Respect Others
Respect the Space.

what else do you need?

"This Ain't Your Mama's Library"

This program was sponsored by WMRL and presented by the funny and knowledgable teen guru Michele Gorman

Some important tidbits from the program:

Adolescent Brain Research:
Adolescent brains are not as developed as we might believe. Emotion often overtakes rationality. When teens misbeahve in the library- a banning for life policy may not be appropriate. Michelle's library uses a progressive dicispline policy where the punishment is determined by the offense.

The 7 Developmental Needs of Teens (As documented by Michelle Gorman, 2009)
1. Physical Activity
2. Competence and Achievement
3. Self-Definition
4. Creative Expression
5. Positive Social Interaction with Peers and Adults
6. Structure and Clear Limits
7. meaningful Participation

Many application systems require statistical support for assertions, but it is also just as important to maintain ancedotal records to support them with actual real life stories if they are so warranted.

Keep in Mind the 40 Developmental Assets for Adolescents. It is so important that we recognize these needs and try to structure our programming efforts to meet them. To look at 40 Developmental Assets go here

According to Michelle there are a couple ways you can go about creating positive relationships with teens:
1. Make the first impression a positive one
2. Keep your cool
3. Remember that this is not personal
4. Lighten up
5. Remember what it was like to be a teen

Get to know what graphic novels and manga are and why you should have them in your library. Many teens are really into these literary works and would love to see more of them in our librarues, and more programming with them in general.

Also, get to know what the different Annual Awards for Young Adult Books and Authors are. You can access them via the American Libraries Association Website and for teens especially, the YALSA division

Don't be afraid to get into the 6R (Reduce, reuse, reclaim, redesign, recycle, renew) Movement. It is amazing what you can make out of soda can tabs or duct tape.

Overall, take a moment to realize why you love being a YA Librarian or serving YA's and keep in mind that you were a teen once, too. Most of the opinions people have about teens, teens have about them.

"Celebrating Summer with Some New and Award Winning Books"

This presentation was given by Carolyn Cook, Mount St. Mary's University Assistant Professor of Education and Michelle Foreman, Shippensburg University Assistant Professor/Librarian

If you are interested in some good recommended reads for your young patrons, just check out the past winners of the following awards:

  • The Pennsylvania Center for the Book's "The Baker's Dozen"
  • Theordore Seuss Geisel Award-author and illustrator of best beginning reader book
  • Randolph Caldecott Medal honors the finest children's illustrator for the year
  • Coretta Scott King Award is given to the best African American children's writers and illustrators
  • John Steptoe Award for New Talent is given to a new talent in writing or illustrating
  • John Newberry Medal honors the year's best children's book
  • Robert F. Siebert Informational Book Award is given to the author of an outstanding nonfiction book
  • Michael L. Printz Award for Excellence in Young Adult Literature honors writers of excellent young adult books
  • Pura Belpre Award honors the best latina/latino writers every two years
  • Mildred L. Batchelder Award recognizes publishers of foreign books for children
  • Lee Bennett Hopkins Poetry Award honors a poet who published an excellent book of children's poetry

Most of the winners can be accessed via the American Libraries Association Website at

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

New Ideas

This past week, I attended the Children's Services Division Meeting of the Maryland Library Association. I just wanted to share with you some of the wonderful up and coming programs, as well ideas and programs that are being done around the state. These meetings are every month at different library branches and are well worth the time. This group is also responsible for the Blue Crab Award for literature. Feel free to go to the MLA website and check it all out!

Up and coming:
Kids Are Customers is taking place on Thursday, October 15th at the Best Western in Westminster. There were be lots of different sessions on homeschooling, challenge materials, online book groups, book clubs, mutlicultural programming, music programming, and much, much more. The fee for registration has been reduced. It promises to be an educational event!

Look for a Blue Crab/CSD page on Facebook. Soon there will be a page up to get the word out there.

Program Ideas:
  • Manga drawing
  • Teen Team Reading where teams of teens compete to see which team can read the most pages in a set amount of time
  • Lego programs
  • "Discover Your..." sessions discovering/exploring different topics
  • Stuffed Animal Slumber Party
  • Yoga for Tots
  • Anime drawing
  • Creating Duck-tape wallets
  • Musical instruments from around the world
  • Chess clubs
  • Teen Activities Blog
  • Teen Summer Reading Club Blog of Book Reviews
  • Wacky Water Fun Fests with Water Games
  • Measured reading collections online
  • Bookmark Contests with prizes for each age group
  • Art Show for the community put together by kids
  • Mall story-times
  • Percy Jackson Parties
  • Fancy Nancy Parties

All kinds of fun things are going on around the state! Feel free to share what you are doing or even use some of these ideas on the list.