Kylie Peters (Geneva), Manager
Krista Hutley (Wilmette), Incoming Manager
Izabel Gronski (Oak Lawn), Outgoing Manager
Sonya Hill (ELA Area). Social Media
Jennie Stevens (Thomas Ford), Tournament of Books
Lisa Barefield (Wheaton)
Donna Block (Niles-Maine)
Andrea Johnson (Mount Prospect)
Evan Mather (Arlington Heights)
Nicole Mills (Glenview)
Patti Palmer (Elmhurst)
Quinn Stitt (Berwyn)
Kara Thorstenson (Chicago Public Schools; ILA Board)
Abigail Weaver (Mount Prospect)
Cyndi Robinson (Staff Liaison)
Approval of Minutes
Tournament of Books – Jennie Stevens
- Reviewer interest form is live here
- Keep suggesting books for the 2022 Tournament until December 31! Submit here!
- Book and reviewer selection will happen at the January 2022 YASF meeting
- Quinn recommended looking for lesser-known titles to include instead of just huge titles.
- Suggested sites for finding new upcoming books: www.booksbirds.com; Rachel Strolle’s tumblr database: https://2022ya.tumblr.com/
YA Librarian of the Year – Jennie Stevens was the winner. Update from Martha Sullivan via email: The two names we proposed to ILA were Young Adult Library Worker of the Year or Young Adult Library Professional of the Year. These were passed on to the Chair of the ILA Awards committee but we have not heard back.
Social Media – Sonya Hill
- Sonya has made updates to the YASF Facebook group to handle Facebook’s changes to the parameters for public groups. Posts will continue to be moderated for new members.
- Facebook had one new member. Google groups had two new members.
- Sonya is starting a Google spreadsheet to track engagement.
- Sonya will start Mindfulness Mondays on Facebook in addition to What You’re Reading Wednesdays. Chat suggested pet pics, which led to the creation of Fuzzy Fridays.
Member at Large – Nicole Mills. Nicole passed on the minutes for the last YSF meeting.
iREAD – Maisie Iven
- iRead is looking for submissions for the 2023 Resource Guide for the theme of Find Your Voice. Submissions are due February 28, 2022. You can submit here!
- The 2024 theme will be Conservation.
ILA Annual Conference
How did it go?
Topics we’d like to see covered
- Debriefing The Unconference
- Izabel felt it went well but as a moderator, it was more chaotic in the second half. Others reported that their groups were too quiet or that the moderator didn’t always know enough about the topic.
- Kara suggested that people need more guidance about what an unconference is and how to interact at one.
- Ideas for improving the virtual Unconference were: scrapping the poll to better prepare rooms with knowledgeable moderators ahead of time; list potential topics ahead of time and ask people to volunteer to lead the discussion or participate in that room (i.e., ringers); pick questions that will engage everyone in a theoretical discussion about YA librarianship that doesn’t need practical experience.
- Cyndi says the YSF folks had the same discussion about their Unconference
- Other Conferences
- YALSA Symposium in Reno: Sonya said it was fantastic, very small and all about creating safe spaces. Favorite presentation gave sample scripts for how to handle teens unloading on you (non-emergency), like “thanks for sharing” and “your feelings are valid”.
- Next year’s YALSA symposium is in Baltimore.
Managers and Board Document
- Lists everyone who is currently on the Board in a manager/leadership position
- Gives credit to those who have served in the past
- Looking for lore! Anyone can contribute by adding names of the people who were in leadership positions in the past.
- Cyndi will add what ILA has in their records.
- Current ones are always listed on ILA Forum page and our web site
February Professional Development
- Our YASF speaker budget for fiscal year 21-22 is $150
- Topics of interest:
- censorship and book challenges; how to write and use collection development policies effectively
- supporting youth activist groups in a library “non-political” space
- helping teens find unbiased information and construct good arguments
- Kara is willing to share information from the CPS schools on collection development and EDI policy language that their lawyers put together: email@example.com
- Iza suggested holding the collection development and censorship idea until May when we do our RA-focused professional development
- Oak Park is adding News Guard to their public computers: https://www.newsguardtech.com/
- Mention of the RAILS Harm & Healing presentation
- Per Julie Jurgens, the webinar recording and slides can be shared with folks who work for a RAILS library
- Krista and Iza have copies of the slides and link to the recording. Krista: firstname.lastname@example.org
Program Success Stories
- Sonya: Haunted Lake County program with a genealogy librarian (who shared spooky lore from the area) that was a hit with teens. The program involved teens coming up with their own scary stories based on images from the genealogy librarian.
- Donna: Partnered with a Cook County forest preserve for outdoor programs, which has been a big success. Had a bonfire in a picnic area close to the library, with spooky stories and s’mores. They’re planning one on outdoor survival next.
- Jennie: Also planning a bonfire since the 2022 SRP is all about camping.
- Lisa: Two teen volunteers started a successful writing program; two sessions have had 8-9 teens. Over the summer, she did a live action Among Us program in the park
- Quinn: a virtual Fantasy Feud with Tor authors had 59 people. Partnered with Tor and Oak Park. You can see it here: https://youtu.be/Fws80e584mU
- Nicole: They partnered with a nearby animal shelter in Morton Grove to do service projects like no-sew dog blankets. They also were able to include the HS group Cause for Paws. Nicole gets fleece at JoAnn’s with sales. A sample project: https://anticruelty.org/dog-tug-toys
- Sonya: They’ve had a few phone call complaints about their Trans 101 program with Nikk Selik and wrote some scripts to handle misbehavior. They’ve had 41 teens signed up, sent to GSA at high school. In February, there is a Love is Love knitting program, to knit colored flags. Sonya would like to do an intergenerational LGBTQ book program to discuss changes over time. Find Nikk here: https://www.lgbtqiahealtheducation.org/us/our-team/nikk-selik/
Teen Volunteer Projects
- ILA had a presentation on teen volunteer projects.
- Sonya has a resource page: https://www.eapl.org/about/teen-volunteering
- Sonya also recruits book reviews from teens with a book river on their web site and book displays. Jennie also gives volunteer hours for book reviews.
- Have teens make up their own take & make kits with instructions and assemble them
- Jennie partners with a nursing home to have teens make ornaments to be donated. (Ask nursing homes first if they are willing). Also has supplies for making cards to deliver to kids in the hospital.
- Abigail works with their homebound coordinator to have teens make bookmarks to include in the deliveries to them, with a little note.
- Lisa has teens putting together the youth services Take & Make kits and has done virtual book buddies with youth services, pairing up teens with kids practicing their reading.
Instagram Live Tips for Evan (and anyone else)
- Donna recommends doing a run-through beforehand.
- Iza suggests everyone either has headphones or no headphones – all the same.
- Quinn recommends reaching out to Becca Boland who does it with her book clubs.
Meeting ended at 11:30.
Future Professional Development
- C2E2 – December 10-12
- PLA – March 23-25, 2022 Portland, OR
- IYSI – March 16-17, 2023 Normal, IL
- ILA Noon Network – ongoing
Upcoming Meetings – Register here for all
- Open Meeting | Thursday, January 13, 2022, 10-11:30 a.m. | Virtual
- Professional Development Meeting | Thursday, February 10, 2022, 10-11:30 a.m. | Virtual
- Open Meeting | Thursday, April 14, 2022, 10-11:30 a.m. | Virtual
- RA Meeting | Thursday, May 12, 2022, 10-11:30 a.m. | Virtual
- Open Meeting | Thursday, August 11, 2022, 10-11:30 a.m. | Virtual
- Open Meeting | Thursday, September 8, 2022, 10-11:30 a.m. | Virtual
- Open Meeting at ILA Annual Conference | Date and Time TBD