YASF Meeting Minutes 11.08.18

Date: November 8, 2018
Location: Berwyn Public Library
Host: Quinn Stitt


  • In person: Izabel Gronski, Lisa Barefield, Quinn Stitt, Evan Mather, Becca Boland, Joe Marcantonio, Nina, Haley Frailey, Nicole Mills, Cyndi Hamann, Lauren, Rachael Bild, Melissa Martinez
  • Online: Rachel Stolle, Elizabeth, Cyndi Robinson, Krista Hutley

ILA Wrap Up

  • Live Tweeting
    • Great live tweeters from YASF
    • Hashtag worked, easy to follow for those not in attendance
    • Repeat for next year
  • Unconference 2019
    • Submission form open in December
      • Loop Cyndi in on submission before submitting
    • Partner with YSF
      • Establish contact specifically for Unconference
  • Feedback
    • Program survey/evaluations forthcoming
    • Director in attendance impressed with YA offerings.
    • Fewer people filling out full evaluations.
      • Cyndi suggests promoting the app to let people evaluate immediately.
      • Last slide at ILA presentations with survey/app info given to presenters.
      • Alerts did not work on app.
      • Did YASF responses eat from the app responses?
        • Paper vs app, paper is more accountable.
      • Survey results
        • Wants:
          • How to run a successful book club
          • readers advisory
          • outreach
          • conflict resolution
          • mental health and wellness
          • STEM on a budget,
          • budget conscious programming (work into all presentations)
          • outreach that isn’t school related
          • Diversity
          • how do I get them in the door and how to keep them
          • transitions from youth to teen and teen to adult
          • How to present*
        • Are people missing YA sessions or are the sessions causing more interest in same topics?
  • Ideas for 2019 (Tinley Park)
    • * How to present.
      • Mentorship through YASF
        • Seek first time presenters and see if they want help
        • ILA added a resource page
        • 2019 ILA programming conference on board
        • LACONI & REcharge looped in to help
      • Cover the whole process from proposal
        • Add to unconference or separate proposal?
  • Archive the slides and link to handouts/presentations/poster sessions on ILA website
    • make a post with the links to the presentations on social media


  • Attended: Becca, Quinn, Nicole, Cindy
  • Presented: Cindy – Alt-RA
  • Feedback
    • Cindy’s was best session of conference
    • Not as well organized as ILA

IYSI (March 21 & 22) and Reaching Forward (May 3)

  • Proposals submissions
    • Cindy – Alt RA, Reaching Forward
    • Melissa – RA, IYSI
    • Lisa – Video production, IYSI


  • Needs updating with relevant info/content i.e. meeting minutes, tournament of books.
    • Update volunteers: Rachel and Quin
    • Content:
      • Only used for tournament of books?
      • Add contact info
      • Add meeting info
      • ILA update calendar
      • Get rid of blog content and make it a static website
      • Reminders of upcoming events and deadlines i.e. ILA proposals due

YASF Board

  • Management Team (Lisa, Evan, and Joe) to create
  • Tasks
    • Creates a procedure guide/manual for YASF
    • Mission statement/goals/objectives (used to be a binder)
  • Considerations
    • Management team plans board’s direction
    • Write bylaws (YSF bylaws for reference)
    • Voting requirements for board.
    • YASF Committees i.e. Tournament of books, social media

Tournament of Books – Rachel, Quinn, Cindy

  • Committee to write out formal instructions & procedures
    • Possible voting change
    • Will meet in person after November meeting
    • Mary’s Monster will be considered
  • Will need an additional librarians to help with voting/whittling down of list
  • Keep adding books to pinned FB post on YASF
    • If not on FB send your recommendations to Lisa
  • Sign up sheet for those interested in selection of books to be sent

Networking Meet-up

  • December? Nope.
  • March? Most likely, will discuss


  • iRead (Donna) – submit to the resource guide – need teen/youth programs
  • YSF Updates – collecting ideas, discussed ILA, will have tables at IYSI and RF
  • Social Media
  • Facebook (Becca) – 15 new members for FB
    • engagement: Wednesdays are busiest, 149 active members! Saturday/Sunday least busy
  • Twitter (Evan) – 57 followers all because of ILA
  • Google Group (Megan) – 3 new members, 2 new conversations
    • add more info, Joe will add meeting dates.

Other Business/Discussion

  • Grants – Becca and Rachel will meet for RAILS grant
  • Professional Development Meetings – Helping people get to C2E2 and others.
    • C2E2 professional registration is open. Rachael Bild looking to partner with someone on reorganizing collection to save time of the reader at C2E2.
    • Start with one meeting and one topic and evaluate.
      • Topic ideas: Gaming,
      • Go to other forums to recruit for presentations
  • Statewide standards? Hearing about them at conference for feedback.
  • Unconference
    • cut off all YA/Youth programming during that time
    • Bring a full plan to YASF at February meeting.

Upcoming Meetings

  • February 14, 2019 – Arlington Heights Memorial Library
  • April 11, 2019 – Wheaton Public Library
  • September 12, 2019 – Wilmette Public Library
  • November 7th*, 2019 – Oak Lawn Public Library
    • *date changed



YASF Meeting Minutes 9.13.18

Young Adult Services Forum Meeting Minutes 9.13.18

Chicago Public Library – YOUmedia Center

  • ILA Planning
    • Sponsored Session Support
      • YASF sponsoring 12 sessions
      • List of panels
      • What we offer
        • Intro (talk about pub stroll for sessions before Weds)
        • Evaluations
        • Volunteers to give intro and evaluations at some sessions?
    • Evaluation form
      • Update? Good as is? Digital version too?
      • Include a link in presentation slide shows for digital version
      • Situation (department size – how many people serve teens?) – library or library branch (location and how many locations) – details/expand versus comments
      • Interested in being involved in YASF
    • Cards with YASF info
    • Pub stroll
      • Kelleher’s Irish Pub (TBS sponsor)
        • Past: Trivia, librarians against humanity, spinning wheel, superfight,
        • What do you meme? – bigger scale?
        • Uno (giant cards)
        • Facebook group game sign up (quick and easy games that large groups can play) – okay with loss and damage
      • What should we do?
  • We have a Twitter!
    • @ya_forum
    • Follow!
    • What should we use it for?
      • Live tweet ILA
      • Tournament of Books
      • Memes
      • General Engagement
      • Whatcha Reading Wednesday
    • For now – managers, ToB promoter – maybe new position?
      • Joe?
    • Live tweeting? Hashtag?
      • @ya_forum
      • Hashtag – conference (ialac2918) and yasfil (double hash)
      • Put info on facebook
      • Rewtweet what others are doing
      • Tentative live tweeters
        • Poll on facebook
      • Twtter info on cards and evaluations
      • Ask people to put it on slides
  • YASF Incoming Manager – Recruit (Lisa)
    • Minutes
    • Manager – coordinate tournament of books, agenda, board reports, miscellaneous
    • Spearhead networking events
  • Tournament of Books going forward (Rachel/Cindy/Quinn)
    • 32 books published in 2018 – brackets to winner
      • Last round voting
    • This year
      • Move up post due dates
    • Set up formal procedures for future tournaments
    • Clearer reviewer expectations
      • Reviewer perspective – as a librarian
    • Last round, all 32 books people’s choice award
    • Play along bracket
    • Committee discuss at November YASF
  • Future Projects
    • Updating webpage (pre next ToB?)
      • Subcommittee? Proposals for Nov. meeting?
        • Use Google Group – specify type of work
    • Grants
      • RAILS – Search Institute (Becca/Heather)
        • 40 Developmental Assets Research
          • Evidence based research about what young people need to thrive.
        • Interested in let us know.
        • Does programs for people that work with Youth, cost money, but we don’t have a budget. RAILS has a grant you can apply for. Next grant submission December. Attendees don’t pay.
        • Subcommittee – what offering we’d ask for. Location.  
        • What sessions look good?
        • Task force/subcommittee?
      • Other – C2E2 attendance (Lisa)
        • Source – new ALA Comics & GN roundtable?
        • Stipend
  • Old Business
    • YA Librarian of the Year – Elizabeth
      • Thank you to Donna & her committee!
      • Awards lunch
    • Networking Meet-Up
      • Fatduck in August
      • Another in December?
      • When are best times/locations?
      • Maybe 3 or so a year one location
      • Downers Grove Game store – Fair Game
        • Brunch?
      • November?
        • Facebook poll for dates
      • Professional Development meetings- series, outside of regular YASF meetings
    • Upcoming professional development not-ILA edition
      • November – YALSA symposium in SLC
      • March 2019 – IYSI – call for submissions! (11/2 deadline)
      • April 2019 – Reaching Forward – call for submissions (10/15 deadline)
      • Any others?
        • Anderson’s Bookshop
  • Updates
    • YASF Social Media, etc.
      • Google Group (Megan)
        • 8 new members, 10 new conversations
        • Megan share link on Facebook group
      • Facebook (Becca)
        • 6 new, 135 are active members
    • iRead Update (Donna)
    • Youth Services Forum update (Evan)
      • Bus tour preconference scheduled for the Monday before conference (10/8)
      • 2 awards:
        • Davis Cup – Jennifer Bueche @ Gail Borden
        • Golden Ticket – Melissa Elera @ Berwyn

  • Other Business? Discussion?
    • Work on submitting the unconference for ILA next year
    • Invite new YALSA executive director to our November meeting


New Meeting Dates & Locations

October 9-11, 2018 – ILA 2018: All Inclusive, Peoria, IL

November 8, 2018 – Berwyn Public Library

February 14, 2019 – Arlington Heights Memorial Library

April 11, 2019 – Wheaton Public Library



Joe Marcantonio

Yvette Garcia

Becca Boland

Rachael Bild

Krista Hutley

Haley Frailey

Dan Schnepf

Anna Pedersen

Melisa Martinez

Rachel Stolle

Martha Sullivan


Cindy Shutts

Megan Young

Quin Stitt

And the winner is….

32 books.

1 winner.

And today, we get to announce that winner.

and the winner is….


[drumroll please]




















Dear Martin by Nic Stone


Thank you to all our participants and our final round voters! 2017 was an amazing year for YA and we look forward to all the 2018 books still to be released!


YASF Meeting Minutes 4.12.18

Oak Lawn Public Library

  • Old Business
    • ILA Program Proposals
      • Cindy – Self Care with Social Worker
      • Isabel with Martha and others on Passive program
      • Evan with Rachael, serving teen parents
      • Evan with Liz from Addison and Regina from Forest Park on Teen Behavior
      • Evan with Heather and Isabel on TABs
      • Becca YA Troubleshooting
      • Joe, Becca, Donna, and Brandi YA Nonfiction
      • Talked about mini unconference, looking at for 2019
    • Evaluations
      • Update questions
      • Virtual availability – Make into a Google Form, add as a slide
        • On YASF Facebook page
    • New IL Standards Progress
      • Ellen (from YSF), Rachael, Evan, & Lisa met earlier this month to discuss and created a working draft
      • After working draft will complete and open up for wider comments and hopefully get to the committee by the end of the month
      • Anyone who is interested should at least look them over
      • New Adults? – Clarification about who we’re talking about
      • Task force committee finalized version by end of week and Evan will post on Facebook and Google Group
    • ILA Reporter article
      • YASF asked to contribute tips and best practices for dealing with teen behavior issues.
        • Evan, Lisa, Becca, Heather combined ideas and submitted to ILA reporter.
    • Best of the Best w/ LACONI
      • Have some teen presenters in there and not teen specific (and no metadata tag)
        • Sounds like a possibility and will bring it up at meeting on April 20th
      • To use your library must have a LACONI membership
  • Tournament of Books (Rachel)
    • Waiting for lasts post of Round 3
    • Posting as rounds rather than regularly, but linking to previous rounds so you can follow a book throughout
      • Regular posting keeps it on people’s radar.
    • Timeline pushed back from last year.
    • More formalization of the way it works?
      • Expectation for reviewers
      • Sub committee to make procedures
        • Evan, Brandi, Rachel, Cindy
    • Publicity person, someone dealing with the people and coordination side, someone dealing with the actual posting and blog.
    • Straight voting? Parallel voting?
      • Review as a Teen librarian (not for yourself)
      • Which book are you more likely to book talk
      • Descriptions not needed after first round
        • As it goes posts should be getting shorter and more focused.
      • Just reviews of the books and then reviewers don’t decide
        • Voting with comments
        • Brackets to get people to vote?
        • Posts expanding on readers’ advisory for the books that advance
      • Voting fatigue
      • Extra thing? – YASF deciding and then a “people’s choice award”
    • Put it out in quadrants
    • Subcommittee, Cindy, Terri, Evan, Quinn, Brandi, Rachel, Lisa
      • Interested – get in touch with Evan
  • YASF Social Media, etc.
    • Google Groups (Trixie)
      • 4 new members
      • 4 new posts
    • Facebook (Becca)
      • 14 new members
  • Future Professional Development
    • Reaching Forward – May 4, 2018
      • Evan, Rachael, Brandi
  • Updates
    • iREAD (Brandi)
      • Submissions for last minute articles is this weekend (any program ideas related to performance)
      • Finishing committee list for 2020 – theme ‘Dig Deeper, Read, Investigate, Discover’
    • YSF (Evan)
      • Golden ticket award sponsor has dropped out, may not have someone in time for the awards.
        • Will look for a sponsor next year.
      • Davis Cup still happening
    • ILA YA Award (Denise)
      • May 15th deadline
        • Can nominate yourself
      • Suggestion to directors and managers to nominate staff
      • Struggle with getting people outside the Chicago area
      • Struggle with comparing library work loads.
      • Please help with getting the word out
      • Consider nominating people in multiple years if they weren’t selected
      • Updated criteria
        • Hopefully easier and more attractive to apply
  • New Business
    • ChiTeen Lit Fest (Yvette/Evan)
      • Launches Friday, all day Saturday
      • In 2nd or 3rd year, will be annual event
      • Planned by teens for teens
        • Teen ambassadors for promoting the event to other teens
      • Fridays event is a party
      • Saturday is when the fest takes place
        • Headliners, workshops, teens get lunches
      • http://chiteenlitfest.org/
      • Info on the Facebook group
    • C2E2 2018 Recap
      • Work on getting a list of library ComiCons in the Chicago Area – Logos
      • Get more involved with program submissions
      • Small group doing the entire ALA presence
      • YASF – sponsor/promote submissions
        • ALA has 4 spots
      • Confusion on how to submit a proposal
      • Put proposals on agenda for November or January
    • Pub Stroll – ideas?
      • ILA evening of second full day
      • Host stop
      • TBS has traditionally been sponsor
        • Previously: trivia, superfight
        • Exploding kittens (the Oatmeal)
        • Unstable unicorns
        • Pretending to Grownup
        • Red flags
    • Networking meet-up?
      • August?
      • Make more centrally located
      • Lisa and Melissa, Saturday afternoon/evening
      • August 11th or 18th – poll of Facebook group
  • Open Floor
    • Meeting at Harold Washington
      • Let Yvette know if there are any questions you have or things you want to know (Evan post form in Facebook group?)
    • Changes to YALSA Symposium
    • Plainfield has fandom fest on the 27th and 28th (27th, kids con)
    • Subscription book boxes (Hinsdale)
      • Library book according to what they like and fun goodies
      • Hidden gems
      • Write up on Teen Services Underground
      • Try for tech

New Meeting Dates & Locations

May 4, 2018 – Reaching Forward, Rosemont, IL

September 13, 2018 — Harold Washington Library, Chicago Public Library – in Unity room

October 9-11, 2018 – ILA 2018: All Inclusive, Peoria, IL

November 8, 2018 – Berwyn Public Library

February 14, 2019 – ???


Lisa Barefield

Evan Mather

Joe Marcantonio

Haley Frailey

Nicole Mills

Terri Purcell

Cindy Shutts

Parish Turner

Brandi Smits

Donna Black

Amanda Carr

Quinn Stitt

Iza Gronska

Yvette Garcia



Rachael Bild – Virtual

Heather Booth – Virtual

Megan Young – Virtual

Tournament of Books Final Round

Here we are, the final showdown of the 2018 Tournament of Books. What started with 32 books has narrowed down to two–Dear Martin by Nic Stone vs. Long Way Down by Jason Reynolds. Who will win? Well, that’s up to you. Voting begins  Tuesday, 4/24 and the winner will be announced on Tuesday, 5/1. Check back here for results, and share with your friends! 🙂

Tournament of Books, Round Four: Allegedly vs Long Way Down

41Pkis9KXqL._SX328_BO1,204,203,200_In Allegedly, Mary is living in a group home just out from “baby jail.”  Through excerpts from court records and other materials, we learn she was convicted at age nine of killing a baby in her mother’s care. (Mary is black, and the baby was white, which factored into how she was portrayed by the press.) Mary goes about numbed to the world, her only bright spot spending time with her boyfriend Ted at the nursing home where they do community service. Then Mary gets pregnant, and her priorities shift from surviving the group home to finding a way to keep her baby by going to college. But is that a pipe dream for someone as notorious as she is? Will telling the truth of what happened be enough to save her child?

22552026Long Way Down by Jason Reynolds is a novel in verse. Even at 306 pages, it is a one-sitting read with carefully crafted narrative voices.

Shaun was shot and killed. According to the rules, Shaun’s 15-year-old brother Will can’t cry or snitch — instead, he must shoot the one responsible. He gets Shaun’s gun and presses the elevator button to leave his apartment building and go shoot the man he knows must be Shaun’s killer. But on the way down to the lobby, he is haunted by the ghosts of friends and family killed by guns. They show Will the short, violent path his life might take if he follows the rules as they did. Will he follow that path or choose a different life?

Two books about the consequences of murder enter the ring. Both books tug on the reader’s heartstrings with first person narrators who have lived through the trauma of losing a loved one and are trying to find a way forward.


And the winner is…


Long Way Down by Jason Reynolds

In Allegedly, Tiffany D. Jackson has created a powerful narrative voice, the group home setting is vivid, and the characters are distinct. Mary works hard toward her goals, and she’s strong enough to endure through the setbacks in a world that punishes her at every turn. I rooted for her as she struggled to find love of any kind in such a cruel world. But the ending undid much of my sympathy, and I felt manipulated by the unreliable narrator. (Trigger warning for graphic scenes of child abuse and other violence.)

Despite the spare, short-poem format of Long Way Down, Reynolds finds strong images to paint Will’s neighborhood, which has been torn apart by gun violence. “Blood soaking into a T-shirt, blue jeans, and boots/ looks a lot like chocolate syrup/when the glow from the streetlights hit it.” I worried for Will as he contemplated his choices and wondered if the cycle of violence would ever end. Despite the appearance of the ghosts, this story felt less manipulative than Allegedly.


Back to Round Four, Bracket One

Tournament of Books, Round Four: Dear Martin vs Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue

I’m going to admit that I had already read Dear Martin and Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue last year. Unfortunately, I’d done so while in the middle of a really awful bit of reader’s block, and after forcing myself through each book the first time I couldn’t muster up much excitement about revisiting these titles. Thankfully, it turned out to be an easier and more enjoyable task than expected. Of course this second reading brought about different challenges: what book do I choose now that I’m digging both of them, and how do you compare such different books?

ggtvaIn the Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue, Henry Montague (Monty to his friends) is embarking on his last grand hurrah before settling down to learn the ins and outs of running his father’s estate. Unfortunately, Monty’s father does not see this trip as a chance for his son to sow his wild oats (really he’s already done plenty of that), but a chance to bring him to heel. Prove yourself worthy, stay out of trouble, and the inheritance is yours Monty. Accompanied by his sister Felicity and best friend (unrequited love of his life) Percy, Monty sets off on a tour that may bore him to death. After taking a tiny lock box in true Henry Montague fashion, an impulsive gesture of petty revenge, the three find themselves running for their lives across Europe where Monty will discover how far he’ll go for love.

First, the things I absolutely loved about this book. Oh my goodness do I love a good uncertain romance with brushing fingers and fumbling kisses. I read a lot of historical romance, and this is my absolute bread and butter. Luckily MacKenzi Lee does a great job of establishing this early on, and I spent a lot of time dramatically sighing in my head about Henry and Percy’s inability to just get their crap together. Just to repeat myself, this is not a complaint. I love this kind of foolishness. The other thing I loved was Percy and Felicity calling Henry out on his white male privilege. Lee gives us a good foundation for why Henry is the way he is, but he’s never given a pass, and he is challenged to be a better human being. This journey was a long one though. At over 500 pages it was a bit of a slog at times for me.

9781101939499On the other side of this bookish duel in Dear Martin is Justyce McAllister. After being forcibly handcuffed and assaulted by a police officer while Justyce attempts to help his white passing, on-again, off-again girlfriend Melo, Justyce finds himself on his own journey, a self-reflection and study of “What would Martin do?” Told in third person narrative and first person letters to Martin Luther King Jr. we see how Justyce interacts with two worlds where he doesn’t quite fit. At his mostly white, elite private school, Justyce is faced with peers who believe that equality in the U.S. is a given, and that race is only a card that makes its appearance when convenient. Thankfully Justyce’s very cute, very white, very Jewish debate partner, Sarah Jane is willing to throw down and confront the white privilege these classmates demonstrate. In his neighborhood Justyce  is made fun of for his intellectual pursuits and what his peers assume is riding on the coattails of white people. Justyce finds himself questioning whether or not his mission to live like Martin is the right way to go when he finds himself at the center of a horrible tragedy.

I am impressed with the diversity of experiences and points of view that Nic Stone wrote into this tiny book. I think anyone that reads this book can find themselves in these pages, and that’s not always going to be a comfortable experience, but it is a valuable one.

MacKenzi Lee and Nic Stone have gifted us with two wonderful books. On the surface they seem very different from each other: a bisexual historical fiction adventure romance vs. a contemporary study of race and the value of black lives. Within the pages though you will find stories about characters finding their place in a world that seems to be fighting their very existence and trying to force them into a specific mold. Both books have a lot to say, and there are readers out there who will find importance in these stories.


Unfortunately, I do have to choose one of these books, and my winner for this round is Dear Martin. Nic Stone packed a punch in such a small book. At just over 200 pages, Stone was able to write a fantastic story that deals with the complexity of race in America and the value of black lives. This is a book I feel comfortable giving to any reader and non-reader. I also like to believe in the transformative power of books, and I think the characters and stories of Dear Martin can provide a perspective that will help readers to understand an experience that isn’t there own, to question their own values, and perhaps to go out and make things better. We see our teens standing up for change, taking control of the political and social narrative, and books like this are helping them pave that way.


Back to Round Three, Bracket Four

Onto Round Four, Bracket Two