November 12, 2020 Meeting

Young Adult Services Forum

Meeting Minutes 11.12.2020


Managers: Izabel Gronski (Oak Lawn) – Manager, Joe Marcantonio (Schaumburg) – Outgoing Manager, Kylie Peters (Geneva) – Incoming Manager

Board: Heather Colby (Homer Township) – iREAD YA Liaison and Social Media Manager, Nicole Mills (Glenview) – Board Member At-Large, Quinn Stitt (Berwyn) – Tournament of Books Wizard

Members: Erin Faxel (Orland Park), Evan Mather (Arlington Heights), Haley Frailey (Oswego), Hannah Sloan (Poplar Creek), Kathy Dejnowski (Thornton), Krista Hutley (Wilmette), Lisa Barefield (Wheaton), Martha Buehler-Sullivan (Brookfield), Patti Palmer (Elmhurst), Rachael Bild (Skokie), Rachel Colias (Niles-Maine), Susan Garlisch (DeKalb), Tracey Vittorio (Plainfield)

ILA: Cyndi Robinson (Staff Liaison), Veronica De Fazio (ILA President and Board Liaison)

Approval of Minutes

Board Updates

ILA Wrap-Up

  • Being able to view simultaneous sessions and take over the course of 90 days is helpful.
  • Good for staff who can’t make it to a physical conference.
  • Poster Sessions were great this year!:
  • Stories & Spirits
    • 35-40 people
    • Had Would You Rather? polls set up ahead of time – led to fun conversation. Rob Innes read questions.
    • YASF social meetup in the future?
  • Favorite Sessions
    • How to Interact with Teens When You’re Not a Teen Librarian
    • Peer reference session from the Universities of Illinois
  • Getting a table/booth at ILA for YASF – Joe is working on it!

Virtual Professional Development in February

  • We have a small budget to use for professional development..
  • Unconference
    • Would be done virtually using breakout rooms.
    • Partner with YSF? They are also interested in an unconference.
  • Virtual programming fair
    • Several slots with people each presenting one program.
    • The presenters talk about how they did it and also attendees get to sample it.
  • Breakout Rooms
    • Recording
      • Each room needs a person to start the recording.
      • Or, how else can we get that information to people who miss it?
    • Getting people in the right rooms can be challenging.  It helps if you know ahead of time where people want to go.

YASF Updates

ILA Website and Blog

Open Discussion

  • What do people suggest for personal yearly goals?
    • Develop virtual outreach and find ways to reach schools in the COVID era
    • Track program attendance, dates and times, cost, staff time, and ROI.  Write a report at the end of the year.
    • Plan ahead more for programs
    • Promote programs at schools, increase attendance, cross-train, seek out new services during COVID.
  • Discord Tips
    • 3 meeting attendees report having a Discord.
    • Usage
      • Some libraries (such as Skokie and Wheaton) report ongoing strong Discord use.
      • Some (such as Oak Lawn and Geneva) report drops in use.
      • To sign up for an account, you have to be 13 and up.  An alternative is to have a parent sign up and allow the kids to use the account.
    • Use for programming and/or use as a hangout space
      • Think about, what are you trying to do? Is it for a program platform or a hangout space?
      • You can use channels and user groups to create communities within the Discord (like for D&D or anime club).
      • Using Discord for hosting programs gets users to sign up and engage.
      • Impromptu programs or gaming sessions may be started by staff or users.
    • Can be difficult to moderate by yourself.
    • The platform is not very accessible for the visually impaired.
  • Volunteering
    • Excellent presentation by Pike’s Peak Library at YALSA Symposium.  Focus on job readiness.
    • Take & Make Kits where teens get an hour of volunteer time for creating a dog tug toy to donate.
  • Any libraries cutting back on services due to COVID?
    • Several libraries talking about plans in case they need to close.
    • Some libraries have concerns about if staff will continue getting full pay if they close.
    • Some libraries are planning if they have to close again to have most staff at home but a few in the building.
    • There was a petition from library directors to include libraries in the next stay-at-home order.
    • Are libraries local government or retail?  Unclear.
    • Few YASF members think their library will close entirely again unless they are forced to.
  • Programs teaching life skills for adulthood
    • Ask someone who hires pages to talk about resumes and interviews.
    • Get a Residence Life person from a college to talk about campus and dorm life.
    • CARE Chicago: Financial programming. Presented on beginner personal finance for Iza.
  • YALSA Symposium
    • Was better virtually than in-person!
    • Great author sessions
    • Well organized, few technical problems

Upcoming Professional Development

Next Meetings

  • Next meeting: Thursday, January 14, 2021 – We’ll be choosing books for Tournament of Books
  • Planning for February professional development – The Board will handle logistics and then put out a call for presenters

Upcoming YASF Meetings and Events

  • Open Board Meeting | Thursday, January 14, 2021 | Virtual
  • Professional Development Meeting | Thursday, February 11, 2021 | Virtual
  • Open Board Meeting | Thursday, April 8, 2021 | Virtual
  • Professional Development Meeting | Thursday, May 13, 2021 | Virtual
  • Networking Meeting | Thursday, August 12, 2021 | Location TBD
  • Open Board Meeting | Thursday, September 9, 2021 | Virtual

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October 22, 2020 Meeting

Young Adult Services Forum

Meeting Minutes 10.22.2020


Managers (current and incoming): Joe Marcantonio (Schaumburg) – Manager, Izabel Gronski (Oak Lawn) – Incoming Manager, Lisa Barefield (Wheaton) – Outgoing Manager, Kylie Peters (Geneva) – incoming Incoming Manager and outgoing Social Media Manager

Board (current and incoming): Quinn Stitt (Berwyn) – Tournament of Books Wizard, Heather Colby (Homer Township) – iREAD YA Liaison and incoming Social Media Manager, Kate Kite (Six Mile) – incoming YA Librarian of the Year Award Manager, Martha Buehler-Sullivan (Brookfield) – outgoing Board Member At-Large, Nicole Mills (Glenview) – incoming Board Member At-Large

Members: Dennis Raleigh, Emily Mroczek (Naperville), Flannery Crump (Aurora), Gennifer King (Eureka), Jen Finnerty (North Chicago), Jennie Stevens (Naperville), Julia Nephew (Addison),  Kathy Dejnowski (Thornton), Krista Hutley (Wilmette), Patti Palmer (Elmhurst), Rachael Bild (Skokie), Roger Burns (Oak Lawn), Sonya Hill (Ela), Stefanie Geitz (Mt. Hope-Funks Grove), Tiffany Kaufmann, Tina Sanchez, Twon Smith (Marshall)

Approval of Minutes

ILA – How’s it Going?

COVID-19 Updates

  • Libraries have not been closing at this time.
  • Most still have reduced hours. Some (such as Wilmette) are adding hours back. 
  • Programming
    • Most libraries are still doing virtual programming only.
    • Some (such as Marshall) did outdoor programming while the weather was nice.
    • One library (Geneva) starting in-person programs
  • Take and Make kits are popular. (These can be a good way to use up old supplies.)
  • Some report budget cuts and hiring freezes.


Study Rooms and Other Environmental Safety

  • Some libraries have study rooms open for use, some do not.
  • Some study rooms being used as offices or storage.
  • Cleaning procedures
    • Some study rooms cleaned by staff after use.  
    • Some study rooms cleaned by patrons.
    • Cleaning every two hours at many libraries.
  • Air purifiers may help.  Izabel uses this one:

Other Discussion

  • Programs where older students help younger students – Joe (Schaumburg)
  • Rachael Bild is presenting at the Museum Computer Network (virtual) conference in November about programming for teens in the time of COVID-19. Fill out her survey:
  • Among Us – a popular game, free to play on a mobile device or $5 on Steam – Krista (Wilmette)
  • Social justice Events
    • Instagram Live book discussion of Stamped: Racism, Antiracism, and You by Jason Reynolds and Ibram X. Kendi – Izabel (Oak Lawn)
    • Skokie and several partner libraries are hosting “An Evening with Ibram X. Kendi: Online Event.” Sign up:
    • Connect, Transform, Act: Teens Take Action and Take Care – weekly virtual program about activism and mental health – Rachael (Skokie)
  • Discord Servers – How do you moderate?
    • Use a bot
    • Staff can have notifications on their phones
  • Volunteen Ideas
    • Partner with the Park District – Quinn (Berwyn)
    • Virtual Book Buddies – staff member with their mic muted and camera off to supervise – Lisa (Wheaton)
    • Have them create Padlets.
    • Volunteen Bingo with activities promoting info literacy – Quinn (Berwyn)
    • Taking shelfies and writing book reviews – Nicole (Six Mile)

iRead – Heather

  • iRead needs volunteers for the Resource Guide YA Task Force

Tournament of Books 2021 – Quinn

  • Submit titles here
  • Titles must be
    • YA published in 2020
    • Fiction
    • Not a series or companion title
    • Graphic novels are accepted as long as they are fiction
  • Early next year we will need volunteers for Tournament reviewers.
  • Martha has been writing blog posts on submission coming in.

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Upcoming YASF Meetings and Events

  • Open Board Meeting | Thursday, January 14, 2021 | Virtual
  • Professional Development Meeting | Thursday, February 11, 2021 | Virtual
  • Open Board Meeting | Thursday, April 8, 2021 | Virtual
  • Professional Development Meeting | Thursday, May 13, 2021 | Virtual
  • Networking Meeting | Thursday, August 12, 2021 | Location TBD
  • Open Board Meeting | Thursday, September 9, 2021 | Virtual

September 10, 2020 Meeting

9.10.20 Meeting Minutes

Manager:  Joe Marcantonio (Schaumburg)
Incoming Manager:  Izabel Gronski (Oak Lawn)
Outgoing Manager: Lisa Barefield (Wheaton)
YASF Board Members: Kylie Peters (Geneva), Tracey Vittorio (Plainfield), Quinn Stitt (Berwyn)
Virtual Attendance: Nicole (Glenview), Rachel & Donna (Niles), Evan (Arlington Heights), Haley (Oswego), Krista (Wilmette), Kate (Six Mile), Sonya (ELA), Yvette (CPL), Susan (DeKalb)
ILA Board Liaison: Veronica De Fazio
ILA Staff Liaison: Cyndi Robinson

Approval of minutes

Board Updates

YASF Updates

  • New Incoming manager announcement
    • It’s Kylie!
    • Social Media Manager replacement TBD
  • iREAD
    • No updates until after ILA
  • The #WeWereHere Project 
    • 31 partners, 29 libraries, 2 schools, and 20 experiences/volunteer opportunities logged
    • Questions should go to Joe & Kylie!


  • Circulating kits
    • Berwyn is doing volunteer kits, making toys for animal shelter
    • Plainfield is doing make and take kits with crafts and STEM stuff once a week
    • Wheaton is also doing one time use take/make kits, trying to make it all inclusive as possible and not assuming any materials would be available at home
    • Niles also doing one off kits to go along with a live/virtual program, like paint-along – if a teen will pick up the kit, they’ll probably come to the program
    • CPL also doing grab and go’s for all ages
    • ELA had a lot of good feedback on a (needle) felting program with presenter from 
    • Joe & Lisa talked about being more careful with zoom programming because parents might be in the room, especially for teens that are not out to their parents yet, or parents may not be as comfortable with regular teen librarian sarcastic banter
    • Discussion of circulating kits that need to be quarantined/cleaned after use
  • ILA
    • Sessions will be recorded and available for 90 days after the conference starting the day after they are presented
    • Live tweeting a virtual conference? Maybe not
    • Alternative could be a short write-up of presentations with links to handouts/slides – volunteers to be recruited!

Open Discussion

  • Sonya asked about teens looking for wifi in the library, any ideas on scripts when you don’t have hotspots available
  • Krista is seeing more teens in the building studying together (no time limit for being in the building), sent out a mailing to families as to what the library can do for them and what they can’t do (collaborative work in the library)

Future Professional Development

  • ILA – Oct 20-22 (Virtual)
  • YALSA Symposium – Nov 6-8 (Virtual)
  • IYSI March 16-17, 2023 in Normal, IL, not happening in 2021

Upcoming Virtual Meetings:

  • Meeting @ ILA, Thursday, October 22 10:00-11:30 registration is on ILA website
  • November 12, 2020 
  • January 14, 2021 
  • February 11, 2021 
  • April 8, 2021
  • May 13, 2021 
  • August 12, 2021
  • September 9, 2021

Tournament of Books Update: September 2020

By Martha Sullivan

I hope you’re ready for a Tournament of Books update, because this one’s a doozy! We’ve gotten a bunch of new nominees, and there are some truly special books making their way into our bracket.

Here are the titles newly nominated since our last update:

Again, Again by E. Lockhart
The Black Flamingo by Dean Atta
Black Girl Unlimited by Echo Brown
Camp by Lev Rosen
Cemetery Boys by Aiden Thomas
Each of Us a Desert by Mark Oshiro
The Extraordinaries by T.J. Klune
Flamer by Mike Curato
Furia by Yamile Saied Méndez
Go With the Flow by Lily Williams and Karen Schneeman
I’ll Be the One by Lyla Lee
In the Role of Brie Hutchens… by Nicole Melleby
Kent State by Deborah Wiles
The Magic Fish by Trung Le Nguyen
More Than Just a Pretty Face by Syed M. Masood
My Eyes Are Up Here by Laura Zimmerman
Rebelwing by Andrea Tang
Running by Natalia Sylvester
Superman Smashes the Klan by Gene Luen Yang
They Went Left by Monica Hesse
Witchlight by Jessi Zabarsky

As always, every one of these titles is worth a look. Here are some highlights to get you started:

Cemetery Boys by Aiden Thomas

A newcomer on the YA scene, Aiden Thomas is a queer, trans, Latinx author who advocates for diverse representation in all forms of media. Thomas’ debut novel is, in their own words, “a Dia de Los Muertos paranormal romance about Yadriel (a gay, trans brujo) who accidentally summons the wrong ghost.” Cemetery Boys is a story about a teen reconciling his identity with his conservative family and their traditions, influenced by Thomas’ own experiences.

I’ll Be the One by Lyla Lee

I’ll Be the One is a delightful, body positive celebration of K-Pop, fandom, reality TV and romance. Previously known for her middle grade Mindy Kim series, Lyla Lee creates a jubilant voice in Skye Shin, the new plus-sized contender for the Queen of K-Pop. I’ll Be the One discusses the unrealistic standards of beauty that women and girls are held to, and how hard it can be to hold on to your identity when its being dissected by popular media.

The Magic Fish by Trung Le Nguyen

The first original graphic novel from Trung Le Nguyen, also known as Trungles, is about the power of stories to help us navigate our lives, filter our own experiences, and even as a way to help others understand us better. Tiến loves fairy tales, and sees in them a way from him to help his Vietnamese-speaking parents better understand what he’s going through as he comes to terms with his identity.

Rebelwing by Andrea Tang

Sometimes the line between science fiction and fantasy is a robot dragon. In this YA fantasy debut, Andrea Tang introduces us to Pru, black-market-media smuggler turned accidental revolutionary when one of her dead drops goes horribly wrong and she ends up being saved by the aforementioned dragon.

Running by Natalia Sylvester

This poignant and timely YA debut from Natalia Sylvester, previous winner of the International Latino Book Award for her adult novel Everyone Knows You Go Home, is about a Cuban-American teen realizing she and her politician father don’t share the same political views, and what it will mean for her to speak out when he is in the midst of a Presidential candidacy.

August 13, 2020

08.13.20 Meeting Minutes

Manager:  Joe Marcantonio (Schaumburg)
Incoming Manager:  Izabel Gronski (Oak Lawn)
Outgoing Manager: Lisa Barefield (Wheaton)
YASF Board Members: Martha Sullivan (Geneva), Kylie Peters (Geneva), Tracey Vittorio (Plainfield)
Virtual Attendance: Haley (Oswego), Nicole (Glenview), Heather (Homer Township), Billie (Gail Borden), Kate (Six Mile), Krista (Wilmette), Donna (Niles), Evan (Arlington Heights), Rachael (Skokie), Susan (DeKalb)
ILA Staff Liaison: Cyndi Robinson

Approval of minutes

Board Updates

  • Social Media Manager 
    • 56 people on Discord (has been quiet), 238 members on Facebook, 131 followers on Twitter
    • ToB update posted to wordpress
  • Tournament of Books Wizard
    • Submit titles here
    • Martha to work on a second post about titles submitted
  • YA Librarian of the Year Award Committee Head
    • Laurel from Skokie was this year’s winner.
    • Committee was great! Shoutout to Rachael and Denise especially for their help
    • Slight adjustments to wording for next year’s award will be submitted to board
    • Awards ceremony will potentially be the close of the conference on zoom
      • Thursday, October 22nd around 5pm

YASF Updates

  • New Incoming manager
    • Will be announced soon, pending library approval!
  • New Incoming Board Members
    • Board Member At Large – Nicole Mills
    • YA Librarian of the Year Award – Kate Kite
  • iREAD
    • 2022 resource guide info will be coming out soon
    • YA Taskforce will be October – April, callout coming soon
      • Taskforce members need to submit 5 ideas of their own, plus editing
    • Theme: “Read Beyond the Beaten Path”
  • Youth Services Forum Update
    • Stories and Spirits is going to happen on Tuesday of ILA via zoom
    • Joe moved from kahoot to crowdpurr for trivia, possibly for ILA event?


  • Programming Success/Failures
    • Tracey had 23 kids at their Not My Talent Show on zoom! Also doing make and take crafts
    • Billie normally has 10-12 participants for college programming – Choosing the College That’s Right For You, virtual attendance was 88 with 3-4 people watching in each house
    • Joe usually has after-school program with HS students teaching MS tech, virtually has 10-12 participants regularly vs a handful in person 
    • Rachael had teen volunteers who wanted to put together a book club, 12 teens each time reading a couple chapters at a time with their 3rd meeting coming up
      • Volunteering is going really well – 100+ sign ups, 60 completed at least 1 hour, driven by teen interest because the application was like a survey
    • Heather is also getting a good response with teen volunteers, normally have 80 teen volunteers in the summer and have about 50 participating from home
      • Monday craft giveaways, 30 sign ups
      • Using Book Depot to buy cheap books in bulk
      • Kids response to programming has been low (virtual storytime, etc)
    • Evan’s FanCon went from one day to full weekend virtually – live stream of classic games, scavenger hunts, panels of video game designers, passive crafts (over 1,000 kits of supplies picked up)
    • Evan’s Inklings creative writing club has been really successful virtually with an author visit – Kim Oclon, highly recommended as a former English teacher worked well with teens
    • Evan has 14th annual Teen Film Fest, stay at home challenge, 9 films submitted and zoom webinar to show movies and announce judging
    • Donna is doing paint along programs with teens, paint kits from easy tutorials, all meet on zoom, recommends this youtube tutorial
    • Donna also doing theater programming on zoom
    • Joe recommends Shane Rotkis with Imagine Arts providing kits and doing classes
    • Joe’s Hackathon went virtual, 205 participants, 135 active people on discord, 61 projects submitted, used
    • Lisa set up a tournament for Super Smash Bros on steam
      • Finds discord to be a good continuation of conversations from programming, keeping them engaged between meetings, especially helpful in growing Anime Club
    • Susan is starting an Art & Equality program series with local artists on zoom and also using Jason Reynold’s Stamped as a connecting book discussion
  • YA development opportunities?
  • ILA
    • Program planning is ongoing, log in to the Speaker Center to see assigned times
    • Surveys
      • Draft
      • Plan to add a drop down menu for programs instead of typing in the name
  • The #WeWereHere Project 
    • 25 community partners
      • 24 libraries (one from New Jersey!)
      • 1 school
    • 10 teen experiences logged
    • Have you joined? Project Portal has been updated, please revisit! Email with more info for libraries to share is on the Project Portal. Currently working on updating the confirmation email for Project Portal with more instructions for use.

Open Discussion

  • “Meeting @ ILA”? 
    • TBD zoom during non-program time 
  • Lisa asking about good homeschool resources
    • Scholastic At Home database purchased by Homer for $1,100 for the year
    • Gale Courses has SAT/ACT prep classes for 6-8 weeks as part of it
    • OLPL getting Brainfuse which is live tutoring plus some resume building and SAT/ACT help

Future Professional Development

  • ILA – Oct 20-22 (Virtual)
  • YALSA Symposium – Nov 6-8 (Virtual)

Upcoming Virtual Meetings

  • September 10th

Let the Tournament Commence!

By Board Member At-Large Martha Sullivan

Nominations for this year’s Tournament of Books is underway, and we’ve already seen a bunch of great nominations! We wanted to take a moment to highlight some of these great titles, so that we can all check them out before voting rolls around. Here is a complete list of titles nominated through mid-summer:

Be Not Far From Me by Mindy McGinnis
The Betrothed by Kiera Cass
Blood Countess
by Lana Popovic
by Kate Messner
The Circus Rose
by Betsy Cornwell
Clap When You Land by Elizabeth Acevedo
Don’t Read the Comments
by Eric Smith
Dress Coded
by Carrie Firestone
Felix Ever After
by Kacen Callender
Ink in the Blood by Kim Smejkal
Layoverland by Gabby Noone
The Life and (Medieval) Time of Kit Sweetly by Jamie Pacton
Mad, Bad, and Dangerous to Know
by Samira Ahmed
Not So Pure and Simple by Lamar Giles
Only Mostly Devastated by Sophie Gonzales
When We Were Magic by Sarah Gailey
When You Were Everything
by Ashley Woodfolk
You Should See Me in a Crown by Leah Johnson

Some great titles here already! To help you out a little, we wanted to highlight some authors and titles that may not be on your radar already.


Felix Ever After by Kacen Callender

Kacen Callendar is an award-winning author of Middle Grade, young adult, and adult fiction, and his newest novel centers the experience of a black, trans, and queer teen. While the story itself is painfully timely (Felix, our eponymous protagonist, struggles with his identity and self-worth while dealing with a deadnaming transphobe and a catfishing web of his own making), the book is also beautifully written and a lovely exploration of hope, love, and personal values.



layoverlandLayoverland by Gabby Noone

Layoverland is a book that looks at morality and death, and still makes you laugh while grappling with some heavy questions. Bea, our protagonist (sort of) is trapped in Purgatory after a fatal car crash. To earn her way into Heaven, she has to help other lost souls pass on to their afterlives – including Caleb, the boy who caused her crash. From fantastic descriptions of Purgatory (it’s an airport and all the food is Jello) to a stealthily touching depiction of sisterly love, Gabby Noone’s debut YA novel.



notsopureNot So Pure and Simple by Lamar Giles

Lamar Giles’ most recent YA novel is an Indie Next List Pick, and it is a banger. The story centers on Del, a teen who inadvertently finds himself signing up for a Purity Pledge at the behest of the girl he’s been crushing on for ages. Del’s relationship with Kiera, his dream girl; Jameer, a fellow Pledger; and the church group eagerly hanging on his every word about sex create a narrative landscape that is funny, touching, and ultimately a satisfying take-down of toxic masculinity and the double standards of society on teen boys and girls.



onlymopstlyOnly Mostly Devastated by Sophie Gonzales

Gonzales’ debut YA novel is about what happens after that summer romance, when you have to go back to real life (and also high school). Ollie, the protagonist, has a dreamy summer fling with Will, who ghosts him after summer ends. Which on its own would be hard to deal with, but when Ollie suddenly has to move cross-country and transfer to Will’s school, he discovers that in the real world, Will is not only kind of a jerk, he’s also closeted. From that description, one might be ready to write Will off – but Gonzales does an excellent job of making both boys rich, complicated, and emotional. This is a book full of people to root for.


youshouldseeYou Should See Me in a Crown by Leah Johnson

The debut YA novel from Johnson is about class, race, love, and that mainstay of high school literature, prom. Liz Lightly, our protagonist, decides to run for prom queen in order to re-secure financial aid so that she can go to college, even though she would rather do literally anything else. You Should See Me in a Crown has all of the typical prom story tropes – a mean girl, an unexpected romance, catty competition – but is told from a different perspective, and from an unwilling participant. This book is about bullying, secrets, and friendship, and navigating the rigidly heteronormative structures of high school as a black and queer girl.

Stay tuned for more highlights!



June 11, 2020 Meeting

06.11.20 Meeting Minutes

Manager:  Joe Marcantonio (Schaumburg)
Incoming Manager:  Izabel Gronski (Oak Lawn)
YASF Board Members: Quinn Stitt (Berwyn), Martha Sullivan (Geneva), Kylie Peters (Geneva), Tracey Vittorio (Plainfield)
Virtual Attendance: , Evan (Arlington Heights), Donna (Niles), Haley (Oswego), Nicole (Glenview), Heather (Homer Township)

Approval of minutes

Board Updates

  • Social Media Manager – Kylie Peters
    • 57 people on Discord , 234 members on Facebook, 149 followers on Twitter
    • Only board members are now admin on fb, google groups, and wordpress
    • Anyone who wrote a post for the blog is now a contributor and board members are authors
    • Kylie and Iza will follow up on the chat hour hashtag idea
  • Tournament of Books Wizard – Quinn Stitt
  • YA Librarian of the Year Award Committee Head – Tracey Vittorio
    • Nominations just received, sub committee needs to decide by the end of the month, meeting next Friday, prepare a press release and get a hi res photo
  • Member @ Large – Martha Sullivan
    • Martha working on TOB form and title highlights for social media since new poll is a Google form instead of a FB poll

YASF Updates

  • iREAD – Heather Colby
    • Nothing for now, meeting in July
  • Youth Services Forum Update


  • The #WeWereHere Project 
    • Get your teens their volunteer/service hours
      • Teens submitting can add contributors/partners for group project
    • Please let Joe or Kylie know if there are any errors on the website
    • Content needed for a library resource page: How to create entries for the project, promotional documentation, a press release template for libraries, etc.
      • If you have any ideas for the resource page, please contact Joe or Kylie
    • Fill out the “Partner Registration” form to add your library to the project
    • Start promoting it to your teens!
    • Working on a better logo… if you have ideas, talk to Joe or Kylie
  • Library Reopening Plans
    • Curbside pickup programming kits?
      • Berwyn and Arlington Heights among others are doing kits
    • Public admission?
      • Many libraries think they will reopen with limited access end of June/beginning of July
    • Yvette shared details about CPL’s reopening here

Open Discussion

  • Martha and Haley had a great turnout for virtual dnd
  • Tracey had her first meeting of Not My Talent Show
  • Quinn, Cyndi and Rachel are presenting on Teen RA for RAILS

Future Professional Development

  • ILA – Oct 20-22 (Virtual)
  • YALSA Symposium – Nov 6-8 (Virtual)

Upcoming Meetings – all meetings will be virtual until further notice

  • August 13th
  • September 10th 

May 14, 2020 Meeting

05.14.20 Meeting Mintues

Manager:  Joe Marcantonio (Schaumburg)
Incoming Manager:  Izabel Gronski (Oak Lawn)
Outgoing Manager: Lisa Barefield (Wheaton)
YASF Board Members: Quinn Stitt (Berwyn), Martha Sullivan (Geneva), Kylie Peters (Geneva), Tracey Vittorio (Plainfield)
Virtual Attendance: Rachael B. & Laurel (Skokie), Evan (Arlington Heights), Krista (Wilmette)  Nicole (Glenview), , Cindy (White Oak – Romeoville), Yvette (CPL), Kate (Six Mile Regional Library), Beck (Elmwood Park), Heather (Homer Township), Erin (Orland Park), Stephen (Oak Park)
ILA Staff Liaison: Cyndi Robinson

Board Updates

  • Social Media Manager – Kylie Peters
    • The usual chatting on Facebook (231 members), Twitter (130 followers), Discord (51 members)
    • Chat hour with hashtag on twitter? Kylie to talk with Iza
  • YA Librarian of the Year Award Committee Head – Tracey Vittorio
    • Nomination deadline extended to May 29th, nominate people!!!!
    • If you nominated someone last year, you can resubmit just let ILA know
  • Tournament of Books Wizard – Quinn Stitt
    • Joe & Quinn to send out NF list
    • Quinn to create Google Form to submit titles, consider FB poll for limited time at the end of the year
    • Martha to help with organization and aggregating popular titles for SM posts
  • Member @ Large – Martha Sullivan
  • Other: WordPress, FB, Google Group access will be reviewed so only current board members are admins

YASF Updates

  • iREAD – Heather Colby
    • In between time! 2022 process will start soon
  • Youth Services Forum Update
  • Teen Pandemic Project
    • Teens (ages 12-19) create projects around one of three popular health related hashtags #stayhome #safehands #flattenthecurve during the COVID-19 pandemic.  
    • Libraries have the option to host contests for their library’s teens and all projects are submitted to a wider state level contest hosted on ILA’s site
  • Interest Form for Incoming Manager
    • Please fill it in so we don’t have to cajole people!


  • Blog/Website update
    • Board will organize via email to transition some static content from WordPress to our ILA Forum page. 
  • Discord/Roll20 Feedback
  • Program attendance/feedback
    • Evan is mainly using Zoom for programming
    • Many libraries are using Discord as a virtual teen space
  • Library Reopen Plans
    • Curbside Pickup
      • Schaumburg is getting storage pods for quarantine
      • Wheaton & Berwyn are only doing curbside returns for now
      • Wilmette is planning contactless pickup of holds but no returns
      • Oak Park is allowing holds to be picked up starting June 1
    • Staff in building precautions
      • Schaumburg is letting staff in the building, but only on a voluntary/necessary basis
      • Homer Township is coming up with talking points for staff if patrons are upset and planning to split up into three teams for working in the building. 
      • Elwood Park is also making teams for working in the building, only 10 staff at a time.
    • Patron access
      • Schaumburg is also planning to have dedicated entrance and dedicated exit for patrons and staff
    • Teen Rooms
      • Oak Park is not opening spaces for patron use until phase 5
      • Plainfield will not open YS dept (lower level) until later phases
      • Wheaton also only having their main floor open, staff will retrieve materials from YS or NF for patrons
      • Many libraries are planning kits of craft (and other) materials with video instructions
        • Berwyn and Elmwood are also planning book match kits/boxes
      • Wheaton is giving digital gift cards to their local bookstore with a suggested book list, Plainfield is doing a charity donation, no prizes, Schaumburg all digital gift cards
      • Orland is only doing craft kits for little kids. And we are doing seed packets, and free books for kids and teens. I’m not sure how it will be done while keeping distance. There is also a digital raffle for prizes but patrons who win will still have to come in to pick them up.
  • ILA Conference Update
    • Virtual conference this year, not a lot of details yet. Survey will be going out soon about virtual conferences and priorities. Unconference may be before the official dates, still tbd Oct 20-22
    • YALSA Symposium is also going virtual, Nov 6-8

Open Discussion

  • Share something positive that you or your library is doing
    • Plainfield had virtual Jackbox trivia, 10 teens attended!!!!
    • Geneva’s outreach manager came up with a volunteer activity for teens to create mini research papers about fun stuff, create a video that goes to senior centers
    • Oak Park partnered with schools to do a virtual talent show in September
      • Plainfield doing “that’s not my talent” show this summer, learn something new and teach it
    • Homer staff are creating encouraging messages to share with community
    • Arlington Heights Inkling Creative Writing Club is thriving online
      • Also starting up Volunteer in Place on Beanstack
    • Reminder: Spreadsheet with virtual volunteering opportunities: edit and add yours
    • Glenview is giving teens and tweens a free kit from Pinot’s Palette to paint at home and submit a photo via email
  • YouMedia Community of Practice meeting about reopening, notes available here: 
    • Google Spreadsheet in the notes with reopening plans

Upcoming YASF Virtual Meetings

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April 09, 2020 Meeting

04.09.2020 Meeting Minutes

Manager:  Joe Marcantonio (Schaumburg)
Incoming Manager:  Izabel Gronski (Oak Lawn)
Outgoing Manager: Lisa Barefield (Wheaton)

YASF Board Members: Quinn Stitt (Berwyn), Martha Sullivan (Geneva), Kylie Peters (Geneva), Tracey Vittorio (Plainfield)

Virtual Attendance: Rachael B. & Laurel (Skokie), Emma (McHenry), Evan & Alice (Arlington Heights), Donna (Niles), Krista (Wilmette)  Nicole (Glenview), Angela (Aurora), Cassie (Crete), Sonya (ELA), Liz (Addison), Cindy (White Oak – Romeoville), Yvette (CPL), Kate (Six Mile Regional Library), Rachel S. (Glenside PL), Regina (Forest Park), Christine (Batavia), Beck (Elmwood Park)

ILA Staff Liaison: Cyndi Robinson

If anything is misattributed or needs clarification/correction, please email Izabel!

*Please reach out to people for follow-up questions! If you can’t find an email on the library’s website, try the Facebook or Google Groups.

*Permalink to join the YASF experimental Discord

Board Updates

  • Social Media Manager – Kylie Peters
    • Nothing to report, the usual chatting on Facebook (229 members), ToB on Twitter (131 followers)
  • YA Librarian of the Year Award Committee Head – Tracey Vittorio
    • Nominations still due May 15th
    • Committee members to meet by the end of May to discuss
  • Tournament of Books Wizard – Quinn Stitt
    • WINNER: Patron Saints of Nothing by Randy Ribay
    • PEOPLE’S CHOICE: With the Fire on High by Elizabeth Acevedo
    • HONOR BOOKS: Dig by A.S. King and Thirteen Doorways, Wolves Behind Them All by Laura Ruby (top wish to be in the tournament that were not)

YASF Updates

  • February Professional Development Meeting
    • People thought the topics were engaging, loved having two topics for the price (free!!) of one, generally positive feedback overall.
    • Next topic – TBD
      • Look for repeat/supplemental to ILA presentations
  • C2E2 
    • ALA Graphic Novels & Comics Roundtable has recaps of some panels on Twitter, with links to some presentations @Libcomix 
    • Recommended to go and cosplay if you can!

Fall Meetings & Professional Development

  • ILA
    • Proposals
      • ILA is preparing if the conference needs to be virtual
      • If you submitted, think about including virtual programming
    • Evaluations
    • Live Tweeting 
      • Will be recruiting closer to the conference
  • Readers Advisory Professional Development Meeting
    • Tabled for now
    • Maybe switch gears to virtual programming (including virtual RA)
      • Wait for an expert in the fall or just conversation now?
    • Tangent – Reaching Forward Fridays 
      • Reaching Forward was canceled, but many presenters agreed to do live webinar format, will also be on YouTube later

Library Closure Plans

  • Programming
    • Use Forum to post stealable programming (join here)
    • Post your linkable content in the Forum/on FB for other librarians!
    • Joe (Schaumburg) has a weekly cooking show, QuaranTeened Cooking Show on Fridays at 3pm that is pre-recorded, simple cooking, posted on YouTube
      • Pro tips: Live comes out choppy, pre-recorded is better, they are using Communico to watch live, plus have recorded content, counting views for one month
    • Evan (Arlington Heights) is hosting roleplaying games on Roll20 up to twice a week, will offer a mini-webinar in a couple weeks to teach teens to run their own games. Other activities include a creative writing club on Zoom and working on a puzzle together on Zoom.
      • Share a screen for collaborative black out poetry
      • Issues with Netflix Party because you can’t kick people out and everyone needs to have a Netflix account
      • Also using
    • Donna (Niles) is doing weekly live chats with teens that started on Instagram Live and is moving to Zoom, also creating a Discord. Donna also has experience using Communico for virtual programming calendars, posting and Lynda Barry’s comic exercises, still doing annual poetry contest but submissions are digital. Donna also tried using Kosmi as a Discord alternative.
    • Sonya (ELA) started just before the stay at home order and doesn’t know any teens yet! Sonya thought of planning a virtual prom, but some schools might host prom over the summer. Sonya is working on getting some social media started to let teens get to know her. Donna suggested contacting schools, school librarians and teachers.
    • Emma (McHenry) started a discord for the queer teen group at the library. Emma is also handing out meals from the Northern Illinois food banks along with take home craft kits.
    • Regina (Forest Park) is working on anime club using discord, Nailed It challenge using YA staff, and working on a “How to talk teen” video.
    • Rachel (Glenside) is creating reader’s advisory videos that double as “this is how you use hoopla/overdrive and find things” and is organizing virtual panels of 4-6 authors each that will be recorded and posted to the library youtube channel
    • Izabel (Oak Lawn) is planning a virtual anime club on Google Meet (business version of GoogleHangouts) using Crunchyroll. A Premium library account includes public viewing rights.
    • Rachael (Skokie) can only use Kanopy for movie watching
      • Quinn (Berwyn) also has to use library resources/databases for programming
    • Tracey (Plainfield) is planning a virtual mario kart tournament that is set up on Switch for a specific time and date, running a virtual art contest through instagram, and working on transitioning an end of April fandom event to virtual.
    • Liz (Addison) is having Mark Anderson do live cartooning classes and starting a discord as well
  • Volunteering
    • Spreadsheet with virtual volunteering opportunities: edit and add yours
    • Regina (Forest Park) is offering virtual service hours for reviews, playlists, crafts, instructional videos
    • Quinn (Berwyn) is also offering virtual service hours using Students Rebuild and hours for submitting content and reviews via email for the teen blog where they highlight teen created content. They also had volunteer kits that were to be distributed to make toys for animal shelters to be returned when reopened, but distribution didn’t work out.
    • Tracey (Plainfield) is also using Students Rebuild, offering up to 10 hours. Tracey is also having a Zoom TAB meeting next week.
    • Rachael (Skokie) is using Zoom for service council to work on service projects, recording book talks to give to librarians for summer reading books, and publicized the opportunity to do wellness checks on seniors/delivery groceries through State Sen. Ram Villivalam’s office. 
    • Cindy (White Oak) is also offering hours for reviews
    • Martha (Geneva) is also giving hours for participating in virtual reading program, earning badges, and writing book reviews
  • Outreach – Schools
    • Book clubs at schools on Zoom (Martha, Lisa, Donna, and Izabel have done this)
    • Wheaton opened up library cards to all students regardless of living in the district
    • Liz (Addison) got the schools to unblock the library’s Youtube on their Chromebooks
    • Quinn (Berwyn) is refilling little free libraries in lieu of giving out books to schools
    • Kylie (Geneva) was able to respond to a school request for 100 copies of Trash by Andy Mulligan and negotiate a price cap on Overdrive
  • Outreach – Community
    • Regina (Forest Park) reached out to community groups for things teens can do from home but most just have amazon wish lists
  • Summer Reading Programs
    • Krista (Wilmette) put a teen title on her AS department’s Goodreads book club, but no interaction yet
    • Rachel (Glenside) and Izabel (Oak Lawn) SRP has been pushed to start July 1st.
    • Joe (Schaumburg) wanted to do a museum scavenger hunt, so now it might be virtual. Normally, 87 teens sign up for volunteer squad, but that probably won’t happen.
    • Nicole (Glenview) is looking at all virtual prizes using Beanstack
    • Izabel (Oak Lawn) will have no in person programming through the summer, but working on something for volunteers to do, tbd
    • Christine (Batavia) used to go all over to local vendors for prizes each spring, so that will be revamped by their YS dept since they have the most participants. Working on virtual alternatives for May programming and suspects June will be the same
    • Regina (Forest Park) is moving to a wellness focus for SRP using Beanstack
    • Alice (Arlington Heights) will not have a SRP desk this year, so teens won’t be working it, and is trying to think of ways to do smaller groups. Maybe, teen ambassadors to get teens to stay at home?
      • More info on Stay at Home Contest below
    • Yvette (CPL) is still having about 100 Summer Interns placed throughout all library branches and departments. They assist with meal/snack distribution for our partnership with the Greater Chicago Food Depository.
    • Kylie (Geneva) asked if teens will participate without prizes, Regina (Forest Park) says yes!

Open Discussion

  • Stay at Home Contest for Teens!
    • This discussion generated a lot of ideas so Joe & Kylie are working on an ILA affiliated contest to be pushed out to your library (or not). Some of the ideas discussed included making stay at home tik toks (h/t Evan), chalk art to stay home (h/t Sonya), documenting empty streets and weird six-foot distancing signs (h/t Christine)
  • Yvette (CPL) attended the Library Collective conference in Knoxville, which was entirely focused on D&D (using it for staff onboarding, training, etc) and she shared her notes
  • Liz (Addison) and others expressed concern about teens caretaking siblings, domestic violence on the rise, etc
  • Regina (Forest Park) had many words of wisdom to share, most importantly that there is a lot of information, but not inspiration for teens! Try to stay upbeat in promotions so as not to add to frustrations at these times. Teens are also experiencing a lot of grief right now – some were about to graduate, go to prom, they’re used to being with their friends all the time and it’s all lost now! Adults may say these things are not important, or suggest that younger kids are more important (homeschooling, care, etc), but teens are important, too! 
    • She suggested modifying babysitting programs, including tips for entertaining kids and reaching out to school based health centers for suicide prevention and awareness.
  • Rachael (Skokie) shared info about a talk line

Future Professional Development

  • ILA – Oct 20-22
  • YALSA Symposium – Nov 6-8

Upcoming Meetings

  • May 14th 10am – Virtual Open Board Meeting
  • September 10 @ Oswego Public Library District (Oswego Campus)

And the winner is…

The winner of this year’s Tournament of Books is…


And the winner of our People’s Choice Award is…

WITH THE FIRE ON HIGH by Elizabeth Acevedo! A second People’s Choice win in a row for Elizabeth Acevedo!

And congrats to the runner-ups for the tournament: Sorcery of Thorns by Margaret Rogerson and Lovely War by Julie Berry!

And now on to the remaining honor books! The books the most people wished had made it into the tournament were…Dig by A.S. King and Thirteen Doorways, Wolves Behind Them All by Laura Ruby!

The book with the most votes for a book people wished had made it past the first round of People’s Choice voting was…Heroine by Mindy McGinnis!

The book with the most votes for a book people wished had made it past the first round of of the reviewer’s brackey was…Laura Dean Keeps Breaking Up With Me by Mariko Tamaki and Rosemary Valero-O’Connell!

Thank you to all our judges this year (*pauses for a round of applause*) and to everyone following along!

We will see you for next year’s 2021 Tournament of Books!