YASF Meeting Minutes: October 20, 2022

Attendance
Managers
Kylie Peters (Geneva), Manager; Krista Hutley (Wilmette), Incoming Manager

Board
Sonya Hill (ELA Area), Social Media; Martha Buehler-Sullivan, YA Library Professional of the Year (Brookfield); Jennie Stephens (Thomas Ford), Tournament of Books

Members
Maisie Iven, 2025 iRead Chair (Naperville); Andrea Johnson (Mount Prospect); Emily Meszaro (Frankfort); Elizabeth Towns-Law (Chillicothe); Niki Covello (Hillside); Nicole Lippoldt (LaGrange); Alice Dayton (Highwood); Elizabeth (Highwood); Aimee Paschkov (East Moline); Susan Garlisch (DeKalb)

Introductions

Approval of Minutes 
September 8, 2022 approved

What is YASF?
Kylie summarized the Young Adult Services Forum’s purpose and main goals and activities, including holding frequent meetings to discuss topics relevant to teen library services, offering professional development and networking opportunities, running the annual Tournament of Books, and awarding the Young Adult Library Professional of the Year award. 

Board Updates

YA Library Professional of the Year Award – Martha

  • Winner for 2022 was Allison Riggs, Schaumburg Township
  • Nominations for the 2023 award will be open soon

Social Media – Sonya

  • Twitter has seen an increase in engagement.
  • Sonya is working on more fun posts on Facebook, which do well.

Tournament of Books – Jennie

  • Submit 2022 titles for the 2023 awards: https://forms.gle/N5hTPXs5kjFKfkML8
  • Nominees must be fiction and/or graphic novels published in 2022, no nonfiction or series books, including prequels and companion novels. 
  • At the January 2023 meeting, we will pick the 32 books from nominations that will compete in the Tournament 
  • A call will go out soon for reviewers. We usually need around 24 people.

Member at Large – Nicole

  • No updates

Liaison Updates

iREAD – Maisie

IYSI committee – Lisa (via email)

YASF Business

Leadership changes

  • Board changes take effect October 31!
  • Managers
    • Welcome Andrea Johnson as our new Incoming Manager!
    • Thank you Iza for three years of service in YASF managerial roles!
    • Starting at the November meeting, Kylie will be Outgoing Manager and Krista will be Manager
  • Board Positions
    • Heather Colby will be the committee leader for the YA Library Professional of the Year award
    • Erin Faxel will be the Board Member At-Large

Meeting dates for 2022-2023 with links to register can be found on our blog’s Upcoming Meetings page

ILA Annual

  • Booth Activities
    • Button making has been a hit
    • Lots of votes in our One Book to Rule Them All tournament
    • Check our blog in early November to learn the winner of the One Book to Rule Them All 
  • Missed a session? Check the blog in early November for write-ups on teen-related sessions
  • Unconference Feedback
    • Two fewer options per timeslot would have ensured tables were more full
    • One session shorter so folks could talk longer at their tables
    • Timeslot at 8am was rough and could have contributed to turnout numbers

February Professional Development Ideas

  • Media literacy for teens that is appropriate but not boring
    • The CRAP method (Currency, Reliability, Accuracy, Point of View) is not effective with teens
    • Public librarians need media literacy tools developed specifically for them and not a school library/classroom setting
    • Recommendation for Common Sense Media’s program: https://www.commonsense.org/education/digital-citizenship
  • Teen Reading/Literacy
    • Younger teens are struggling with reading after the pandemic shut-down
    • Ways to promote reading that’s not embarrassing for teens struggling to catch up from the pandemic
    • Recommendation for Dollar General Literacy Foundation grant programs – https://www.dgliteracy.org/
  • Post-Covid Public and School Library Partnerships
    • Schools are harder to reach in this time of catch-up and troubleshooting
    • Increase in children’s and teen’s behavior problems
    • Teachers are struggling to protect their jobs and want to avoid standing out
    • The public librarian’s goal is to make teachers’ jobs easier, not make the teachers work harder
    • Recommendation from a library that mails a one-page “menu of services” to all teachers in the first week of school that can be mailed back with requests
    • Recommendation from a library that used to do a school librarian breakfast (for multiple schools) hosted at the public library to bring everyone together

Future Professional Development

YASF Meeting Minutes September 8, 2022

Attendance
Managers
Izabel Gronski (Chicago), Outgoing Manager; Kylie Peters (Geneva), Manager; Krista Hutley (Wilmette), Incoming Manager

Board
Jennie Stephens (Thomas Ford), Tournament of Books

Members
Maisie Iven, iRead Chair (Naperville); Katie Parfitt, iRead (Naperville); Erin Faxel (Orland Park); Hannah Sloan (Poplar Creek); Andrea Johnson (Mount Prospect); Caitlin Atkinson (Helen Plum); Abigail Weaver (Park Ridge); Amanda Klenk (Downers Grove); April Kohute (C.E Brehm); Charessa Sistek (Centralia)

ILA
Kristin Pekoll (Staff Liaison)

Introductions

Approval of Minutes 
August 11, 2022 approved

Board Updates

YA Library Professional of the Year Award – Martha
–No updates

Social Media – Sonya
–No updates

Tournament of Books – Jennie
–Please nominate for the 2023 Tournament!
–Submit titles: https://forms.gle/N5hTPXs5kjFKfkML8

Member at Large – Nicole
–No updates

Liaison Updates

iREAD – Maisie & Katie
–iRead is recruiting people to help with the YA taskforce
–The taskforce submits different ideas for the iRead theme: displays, programs, etc. In order to be on the taskforce, you have to submit at least five ideas, but you can submit ideas without being on the committee. Even if you have one idea, submit it!
–Contact Katie for more info: kparfitt @ naperville-lib. org

IYSI committee – Lisa / Kristin Pekoll
–IYSI submissions for the March 2023 conference are open through November 4.
–The theme is Your Next Chapter
–Celia Perez will be the Institute’s main speaker. 
–Kristin will double check on whether YASF should consider having a booth there

YASF Business

Recruiting a new Incoming Manager and two Board positions
Manager: We are going to engage in the ancient YASF tradition of arm-twisting
Board members: Thank you to those who expressed interest. We will be in touch soon!

Meeting dates for 2022-2023
Dates will be chosen by the October ILA meeting
November, January, February (PD), April, May (RA), August, September, October
Andrea suggested having a special event in-person meeting to see newly renovated libraries

ILA Annual
https://pheedloop.com/EVEFAEBANAHPW/site/schedule/

YASF Meeting Thurs. 10/20, 12-1:30 p.m., location TBD
–Bring a lunch from the exhibit hall or elsewhere
–12-12:30 p.m. social time, 12:30-1:30 p.m. meeting time
–The Exhibit Hall lunches will be boxed lunches this year
–Kristin will set us up with a room

Youth and Young Adult Unconference – Thurs. 10/20, 8-10 a.m.
–What topics should we discuss?
–YA Smackdown – ask Evan for more details, questions
–Teen programming, DEI, passive programming, gaming, teen program presenter recommendations, advisory boards, mental health
–Outreach in post-covid time, rebuilding year, getting teens back into the building
–Teen mental health and behavior challenges
–Collection development, book challenges, irate patrons
–Vent session
–Historically we’ve had some set topics but left two up to a poll, either email 

Who is interested in being a table leader?
–From feedback last year, we needed to have a ringer at each table who is prepared to talk on the topic
–Could have subtopics prepped for each table’s topic. 
–Twenty minutes at each table with three times participants can switch tables.
–Volunteers: Krista, Andrea can do Outreach, Maisie, Yvette, Jennie

YASF Exhibit Hall booth
–Sign up to help plan or staff the booth — email Iza at igronski @ chipublib. org
–The group discussed finding button makers to have at the booth and how to get access to our Link Tree
–Krista is working on button templates. Krista and Jennie are working on the One Book to Rule Them All mini-Tournament of Books.
–Jennie is working on the bookmark with a note-taking section on the back for the Unconference.

Panel Blog Recaps
–We need volunteers to write a couple paragraphs recapping sessions related to teen services. We will post them on our blog.
–Maisie will do both iRead ones
–Sign up to help. Email Iza. igronski @ chipublib .org
–Potential sessions to recap: DEI in Action, Pandemic Programming, Building Identity and Agency in Children 

Discussion

Hannah: If anyone has a good presenter for life skills on negotiating (buying a car, salary negotiating, etc), please let me know. My TAB has asked for this. Email: Hsloan @ pclib. org/
–Iza used to do a “How to Adult” series. One was a librarian who hired HS kids in the library, one was from university student life housing. 
–Look into a local business association, chamber of commerce, or local law firm
–Life coach
–Next Door or local Facebook group
–DECA Club sponsor for Streamwood HS

If anyone is willing to share how they structure their teen volunteer programs (how they sign up, what they do, etc) with me I would greatly appreciate it. My email is catkinson @ helenplum. org.
–Recommendation for Becca Boland’s book Making the Most of Teen Library Volunteers. “We found it was super helpful for figuring out how to let the teens guide us through building it!”

Resource sharing document for teen library programmers/presenters.
–Check with YSF on their document – does it include teen program presenters?
–Should we create a Google form for a database or list on the blog for recommended presenters
–EDIT-YS is making a list of DEI presenters

Downers Grove and Drag Queen Bingo
–We discussed the situation in Downers Grove with local groups pushing back against the program with a misinformation campaign, and the local media coverage of protests and supporters. 
–The program is not being canceled and is full but staff is working to make it safe for all
–Update: The program ended up being canceled after all due to violent threats.
–To help, you can e-mail the library director and board as a library professional to support the program and explain why it’s needed. 
–Mention of groups like Parasol Patrol Fox Valley 

Tiny Art Show bandwagon
–Abby and Andrea shared their tiny art show successes
–Take-home kits were 3 inch square canvases, a flat and round brush, and prefilled paint pots, as well as little nameplates to hang with the pictures and a handout on how to mix your own colors
–Very popular program, brought in new patrons to the library for the first time.

Maisie – TAG ran an art contest to design a bookmark for Library Card Sign Up Month, they got a ton of entries, and the teens took the contest really seriously

Caitlin – TAB meeting in September has the highest number so far. They are seeing teen come back to the building.

Hannah – recommend their teen podcast

Iza is doing kids D&D, ages 8-13. Modifying the rules a little to simplify.
–TTRPGs for kids are popular
–Coloring sheet D&D game
–Volunteer DMs are gold – local parents, teens, gaming store people etc

Meeting ended at 11:40

Future Professional Development

Upcoming Meetings

  • Open Meeting at ILA Annual Conference | Thursday, 10/20, 12-1:30 p.m.

YASF Meeting Minutes August 11, 2022

Attendance: 
Managers
Kylie Peters (Geneva), Manager; Krista Hutley (Wilmette), Incoming Manager; Izabel Gronski (Chicago Public), Outgoing Manager

Board
Sonya Hill (ELA Area), Social Media; Martha Buehler-Sullivan, YA Library Professional of the Year (Brookfield);

Members
Maisie Iven, iRead (Naperville); Lisa Barefield, IYSI (Wheaton); Erin Faxel (Orland Park); Hannah Sloan (Poplar Creek); Andrea Johnson (Mount Prospect); Caitlin Atkinson (Helen Plum); Abigail Weaver (Park Ridge); Dawn Abron (Zion-Benton); Amanda Klenk (Downers Grove); Emily Fardoux (Park Ridge); Kara Thorstenson (Chicago Public Schools); Shira Cohen (Glencoe)

ILA
Cyndi Robinson (former Staff Liaison; incoming ILA executive director); Kristin Pekoll (new Staff Liaison) 

Introductions

Approval of Minutes
May 12, 2022 approved

Board Updates

  • YA Library Professional of the Year Award – Martha
    • Winner is Allison Riggs, Schaumburg Township
    • Really strong slate of nominees, including some non-MLIS nominations
    • Contacted all nominators to thank them and ask them to resubmit next year
    • Apply to be the Chair! Email Martha for more info: msullivan @ brookfieldlibrary. info
    • Committee Details: A good way to get committee experience without a huge time commitment. January-May is promoting the award and collecting nominations. The most time is spent once nominations are collected: there are 7-10 days to review nominations then meetings to choose the winner. Emails and press releases once the winner is chosen. 
  • Social Media – Sonya
    • Facebook: Guess the book cover increased engagement. Working on more activities like that. 96 reactions on FB posts in July, the most we ever had.
    • Twitter: Engagement on Twitter is complicated. We lost a follower.
  • Tournament of Books – Jennie (absent)
    • Submit nominations for the 2023 tournament for fiction and graphic novels published in 2022, no nonfiction or series books. 
  • Member at Large – Nicole (absent)
    • YASF is working on the Unconference with YSF at ILA
    • YSF is meeting next Friday

Liaison Updates

  • iREAD – Maisie
    • Email Maisie to get in touch to be on the Summer 2023 iRead committee: miven @ naperville-lib.org
    • Submit ideas for taglines for 2025. Theme will be puzzles and games.
    • Maisie’s replacement will be Katie Parfitt

YASF Business

  • YALSA ALA needs volunteers!
    • Can contact Iza, igronski @ chipublib.org, or Krista, khutley @ wilmettelibrary.info, or Kylie, klpeters305 @ gmail.com if you want to hear more about a variety of YALSA committees
  • Interest forms for Incoming Manager and two Board positions
    • Deadline is around August 30. Decision has to be in place before the conference.
  • YASF Manager Interest Form 2022
    • 3-year term: one as Incoming Manager, one as Manager, and one as Outgoing Manager. Should be able to attend ILA each year and most of the YASF meetings. 
  • YASF Board Interest Form 2022
    • YA Library Professional of the Year Award Board Member: heads a committee that promotes and selects the winner for the award.
    • Board Member at Large: currently attends YSF meetings and passes on minutes, but we’re revising this to be more flexible. The Board Member at Large will work with the rest of the Board to take on duties as needed.
    • Both of these are two year commitments. 
  • ILA Annual: https://pheedloop.com/EVEFAEBANAHPW/site/schedule/
    • Youth and Young Adult Unconference – Thurs. 10/20, 8-10 a.m.
    • YASF Meeting at ILA – Virtual or hybrid meeting, or strictly in person? 
      • We discussed our options and ultimately concluded to have an in-person meeting. 
      • Hybrid alternative for future meetings: Give people the opportunity to submit questions or comments ahead of time and livestream the meeting.
      • We will still meet virtually in September and November
    • YASF Exhibit Hall Booth
      • Will be Booth 734, back to back with YSF and close to iRead. 
      • The booth doesn’t have to be staffed the entire time. We should prioritize break times and no-conflict times.
      • E-mail Iza if you want to be on the Exhibit Booth committee: igronski @ chipublib.org 
      • Exhibit Booth committee so far: Maisie, Andrea, Sonya
      • Potential Booth activities:
        • Tabletop spinning wheel, Plinko machine, or capsule machine. 
        • YASF budget can be used for giveaways as well as professional development speakers. 
        • Swag ideas: funny buttons, chocolate, Evan’s “we love nerds” buttons with various fandoms; badge ribbons; pen and notepads; vinyl stickers (for water bottles or more); book cover buttons or recycled comics/magazines buttons
        • Mock Tournament of Books, with mini bracket for the weekend
    • Conference Coverage
      • What should we do to cover the conference for those who can’t come?  Live tweet? Wrap-up blog posts with attached handouts and guides?
      • Make a conference-specific YASF hashtag
      • Sonya – Social media poll to decide what folks want us to live tweet or blog post among the YA-tagged panels
      • Not all the YA-tagged panels have to be covered, looking for group consensus
  • Social events at ILA
    • Cyndi: The pub stroll has been discontinued. This year any social events will be low-key while we figure out how to do conferences again. 
    • Dinner with Colleagues – ILA can set that up a dinner for YASF. 
      • Rosemont is so close people may not stay for dinner. Lisa said the 2019 one in Tinley Park wasn’t well attended.
      • Discussion about the best date and time ensued. Whatever is decided, the dinner or social event could be promoted at the YASF booth. Thursday is last day and sessions end early so maybe Wednesday.
      • Outdoors or not crowded for covid concerns
      • Sonya – Poll on social media. 
    • Next year will be in Springfield and will do some evening events.

Discussion

YALSA Symposium

This year it is in Baltimore. A few folks are going. Sometimes it can be a little “YA 101”, not as relevant for long-time YA librarians looking for professional development. Sonya said Reno in 2021 was good for social justice and current events programs. Her main issue was Reno felt unsafe. Sonya will work on making her notes “presentable” and sharing them.

Fall/Winter Programs

Maisie – introducing a capsule machine with mystery book recommendations in it. Sample capsule machine 

Maisie – partnering with our Business Services Librarians to offer job searching classes and entrepreneur classes for teens! I’m really excited to be doing more “life after high school” classes that aren’t just college

Abby -Tiny Art show for teens/adults

Emily – Weird & wacky soda tasting

Kylie – International snack tasting

Caitlin – Ceme-terrariums which are spooky terrariums

Sonya – starting a tabletop game night

Five Below has really cute mini erasers for capsule machines.

Fun Take & Makes

Friendship bracelets
Origami stars
S’mores charms with polymer clay

How to stop people from taking the kits who aren’t teens in the Teen Room area?

Emily – You have to ask for the kits at the service desk, and if it’s not a person that is presenting as a teen, we’ll tend to ask what grade the person is in

Martha – when they had no teen space, left the kits with a big label on teen and put by YA books, information about them was published under Teen Events

Andrea – redirect kids to youth kits more appropriate for them

Iza – make it embarrassing for them with a sign, like “Are you a kid or adult? This isn’t for you!” etc

Past programs that were popular

Andrea: Our middle schoolers loved Abby’s Snack Science series this summer. We made solar oven s’mores in one session and ziplock-bag ice cream in the other.

Maisie – TAG is taking over the library’s book club

Meeting ended at 11:45am

Future Professional Development

Upcoming Meetings – Register here for all

  • Open Meeting | Thursday, September 8, 2022, 10-11:30 a.m. | Virtual
  • Open Meeting at ILA Annual Conference | Date and Time TBD

YASF Meeting & Professional Development – Minutes 5/12/22

Attendance: 
Managers
Kylie Peters (Geneva), Manager; Krista Hutley (Wilmette), Incoming Manager; Izabel Gronski (Oak Lawn), Outgoing Manager

Board
Sonya Hill (ELA Area), Social Media; Jennie Stevens (Thomas Ford), Tournament of Books; Martha Buehler-Sullivan, YA Library Professional of the Year (Brookfield); Nicole Mills, Member at Large (Glenview); 

Members
Maisie Iven, iRead (Naperville); Lisa Barefield, IYSI (Wheaton); Quinn Stitt (Berwyn); Erin Faxel (Orland Park); Jessica Tarnowski (Naperville);

ILA
Cyndi Robinson (Staff Liaison)

Introductions

Approval of Minutes
April 14, 2022 approved

Board Updates

  • YA Library Professional of the Year Award – Martha
    • Nominations were May 15.
    • Updated July 2022 to add: the winner of the award is Allison Riggs, from Schaumburg Township District Library. Congratulations Allison!
  • Social Media – Sonya
    • 1,395 interactions across platforms
    • 1 new member in Facebook, and 1 new member in Twitter
  • Member at Large – Nicole
    • Next meeting will be August 12

Liaison Updates

  • iREAD – Maisie
    • Please hold off on Take & Make offers for ILA Annual
    • the iRead Facebook group is open and a good source for display ideas for the summer theme
    • iRead newsletter wants your cool stories about what you’re doing with the summer theme – email them here: iread@ala.org
  • IYSI committee – Lisa
    • Logo has been chosen
    • Meeting at the end of May

Tournament of Books Winners – Jennie

  • Thanks to everyone who participated and voted
  • The people’s choice bracket and reviewer bracket were totally different
  • People’s Choice winner was: Himawari House
  • Reviewer Bracket winner was: White Smoke
  • Submission for 2023 ToB is open!
    • Books that came out in 2022
    • Don’t forget about the books that come out really early and really late in 2022

Discussion & Hot Takes

Book discussions

  • Loveless
  • Heartstopper
  • Gender Queer was challenged in Downers Grove, but superintendent announced it will stay in the collection. Lots of students worked to make this happen.
  • Gender Queer has been challenged in Wheaton schools

Summer Reading Programs

  • Jennie – Going big for the first time in two years. S’mores kit as sign up prize or colorful journals and National Park stickers. Also having some animals come to the library.
  • Rachael – a new volunteer opportunity at Skokie is The Newcomers Club, a “social group for young people age 12-18 at the library that will meet weekly this summer. It will focus on creating an inclusive and welcoming space for young people who are new to Skokie, including kids who may have moved from Chicago as well as immigrants and refugees, alongside folks who have been here for a while. Teen volunteers have expressed an interest in opportunities to share cultural knowledge through playing games and (hopefully) sharing food. We also want to host a few programs that are led by youth in a language other than English (that all would be welcome to attend). Everyone will get service hours for attending” 
  • Animal Program Recommendations:
  • Kylie – What to do about flaky teens
    • Lisa – it works best when the teen comes to you with the idea to start a program and run it
    • Maisie – Same, worked for their D&D club, teens are good at following through when they suggest the idea
    • Martha – their maker area and programs are almost entirely run by teen volunteers excited about doing programs for all ages. They also help run youth video game programming.
  • Caitlin – Needs advice for video game systems for the new building, aside from the Switch, and how to monitor/maintain them
    • Maisie – PS4 – frequent updating was a problem, make sure to plan ahead for updates or schedule them
    • Izabel – made a library account that was always logged in so the kids didn’t download their own games. Had some trouble getting connected to the internet because of the IT guys, so it was on a staff wifi network that changes passwords monthly
    • Krista – see what people are checking out at the library and see if they favor one system over another
    • Patti – Switch is locked in a drawer. They also got an extra lime green HDMI code so that they can hook up their own switch to the TV without the kids unplugging stuff.
    • Erin – We have all 3 systems, Switch and PS4 are great! The X-Box might as well be a brick. It doesn’t work well at all.
    • Maisie – Made a dummy card to check out the controllers with 
    • Kylie – Got pro controllers with the Switch and got racks to charge them on

Fall Programs

Sonya – Needs advice for fall programs during library construction with minimal supplies. Ideas from the group included:

  • Drop-in stuff for teen space, journal prompts
  • Outdoor spaces
  • Partner with schools to use a space

Working With Teens

Lisa – Kylie had done a presentation with staff on how to work with teens and planned to use what Kylie had, but also wants more advice for staff

  • Iza did one for Oak Lawn and also an ILA presentation, called “How to Interact with Teens When You’re Not a Teen Librarian” .
  • Kylie – Elizabeth Lynch (Addison) and Laurel Johnson Dooley (2020s librarian of the year) did an ILA presentation on restorative justice in the past. Update from Cyndi: this presentation was at the 2017 ILA annual conference, and it was called “Keeping the Peace with Teens”. Yesenia Nunez (Addison) was also a speaker. Notes are no longer available on the ILA site.

Reader’s Advisory Professional Development

What Should I Know About Book Bans in the US and Illinois Right Now? By Kelly Jensen

Future Professional Development

Upcoming Meetings – Register here for all

  • 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

YASF Meeting & Professional Development – Minutes 4/14/22

Attendance: 
Managers
Kylie Peters (Geneva), Manager; Krista Hutley (Wilmette), Incoming Manager; Izabel Gronski (Oak Lawn), Outgoing Manager

Board
Sonya Hill (ELA Area), Social Media; Jennie Stevens (Thomas Ford), Tournament of Books; Martha Buehler-Sullivan, YA Library Professional of the Year (Brookfield); Nicole Mills, Member at Large (Glenview); 

Members
Maisie Iven, iRead (Naperville); Lisa Barefield, IYSI (Wheaton); Quinn Stitt (Berwyn); Erin Faxel (Orland Park); Abigail Weaver (Mount Prospect); Andrea Johnson (Mount Prospect); Jessica Tarnowski (Naperville); Yolanda Prado (ELA Area)

ILA
Cyndi Robinson (Staff Liaison)

Introductions

Approval of Minutes
February 10, 2022 approved

Board Updates

  • YA Library Professional of the Year Award – Martha
    • Nominations due May 15
    • Martha touched base with all interested people for the committee
    • Last year there no were nominations until deadline closed, then they came all at once
  • Social Media – Sonya
    • Interactions – February had 1,799 across all social media platforms; March had 1,304
    • New members in February to Facebook and Twitter was 2; March was 3
  • Tournament of Books – Jennie 
    • Round 3 reviews are all up!
    • Jennie mentioned that the People’s Choice category for Round 3 is at a tie, so please vote before April 18 
    • Popular choice very different from reviewer choice this year
    • Maisie shared that they are doing the same thing at their library with March Madness. The eventual winner was Last Night at the Telegraph Club
    • Jennie encouraged everyone to start thinking about what books you want to nominate for next year. 
  • Member at Large – Nicole

YASF Updates

  • iREAD – Maisie
    • The 2023 iRead Resource Guide is now closed for submissions 
    • The iRead Committee will be chosen soon for 2024
    • If interested in joining this fun committee, contact Maisie who will put you in touch with right people: miven@naperville-lib.org
  • IYSI committee – Lisa
    • The IYSI conference theme will be Your Next Chapter
    • Cyndi – They discussed who the keynote speakers would be and will have some logos to show the committee soon
  • May RA Meeting – Iza
    • Kelly Jensen, Book Riot editor and former librarian, will talk on book censorship
    • Practical advice: overview of censorship tactics, Illinois groups to know about, how to prepare for challenges before they happen, ways to get patrons to advocate for your library.
    • The YASF meeting will start with our regular meeting, including the Tournament of Book winner, and Kelly will present after, tentatively 11am
    • Kelly’s portion will be recorded.
  • Unconference Update
    • YSF submitted the proposal and included us
    • Waiting on approval; details forthcoming
  • ILA Proposals
    • Discussion of YASF-sponsored conference proposals – aside from the Unconference and “Just Pay the Damn Teens”, submitted by Joe M., there may not be many 
    • Cyndi will get back to YASF to see if anyone submitted anything teen-focused who isn’t in the meeting
    • Is this a good year to do one of those “Ask the Teen Librarian” program?

Other Business

We discussed when to get ready to send out the call for a new incoming YASF manager. The new terms start at the October ILA meeting, as always. Other positions up, having completed their two-year term: YA Library Professional of the Year Award and Member at Large. Martha is not applying again to the YA Library Professional of the Year Award committee and she encourages people to go for it because it’s a great committee to dip your toe into being more involved in YASF/ILA/being on a committee.

Discussion

  • What are libraries doing in terms of masking?
    • General consensus seems to be that most libraries are now mask optional, but that most staff continue to wear them
    • We discussed our patrons’ masking habits, including a rash of upside down face shields
    • Cyndi updated us on how the Reaching Forward Conference went, where masks were required. The staff and attendees had different colored lanyards for people depending on their comfort level with close contact, no masks, etc. No attendees complained and many were happy. Only people walking around without masks were presenters. No one is sure yet what ILA in October will be like. 
  • Summer Reading / Pride Month Programs:
    • Sonya – Everything is turned in and done. They used the iRead theme with Beanstack. They planned some nature walks and DIY Field Notebooks program. They also have a campfire ghost stories program with a bonfire on teen patio. Focusing on socializing. 
    • Jennie – They used a “Read S’more” theme. Everyone gets a s’more kit when they sign up. They are also doing a ghost story bonfire, with a ghost story writing contest for adults and teens, with the local writing group as judges. Also someone is coming with animals.
    • Maisie – They are working with the Cornell Ornithology urban bird project – teens can go birdwatching and submit birds for volunteer hours.
    • Iza – They are having volunteers paint their windows. They are using a generic Beanstack theme that has plants. 
    • Andrea – They are doing their first Pride program, low-key friendship bracelets.
    • Kylie – They are doing Pride crafting program with the button maker. They have three sessions of DEI book club and one is themed with LGBTQ experiences, called the Belonging book club. There is also an adult one. 
    • Sonya – They will be doing mental health first aid educator training, through Lake County: https://mentalhealth.today/. They are looking for more training opportunities on serving LGBTQ+ youth.
      • Lizzy Appleby presented on serving LGBTQ+ teens in 2019. She does a lot of trainings for libraries. Also her parent organization, YSGN, does general mental health youth training as well.
      • RAILS has a grant for events. We could try applying for a grant for Lizzy again. 

Tournament of Books Hot Takes:
Himawari House should win. Last Chance at the Telegraph Club got knocked out too early. Fat Chance, Charlie Vega is a sleeper hit. 

Map of Wanderers locations by Sonya:
Wanderers link (novel by Chuck Wendig)

Abe Lincoln Nominees:
List of Abe Lincoln nominees was great this year. The Teen Choice was Gender Queer which is amazing. 

Challenges to Gender Queer:
Wheaton has seen a bunch of challenges to this title
Maisie (Naperville) has gotten complaints but no formal challenges

Teen Book & Reading Clubs:
Andrea – They have a Teen Book Cafe, which meets every month and gives away ARCs or paperbacks. At the program, they book talk about 15 books and talk about new stuff in the collection. The teens talk about something they’re reading. It was popular when they held it at Starbucks but kept a regular group anyway. Everyone gets a free book

Kylie – Belonging Book Club – they do activities related to the book. There will be three sessions, and the teens can choose between a graphic novel, YA book, or middle grade book, then discuss the theme instead of necessarily the specific books. 

Sonya – They’re doing Readathons. Teens can hang out and read for two hours, eat snacks, and get book recommendations. “Get your summer reading done.”

DIY Volunteering Projects
Sonya – They have three events coming up: Liberation Library book marks, Operation Gratitude paracord bracelets, Project Linus no-sew blankets. 

Kylie – recommends doing the Anti-Cruelty Society homemade pet toys – https://anticruelty.org/diy

Nicole Mills – Their June service project will be fleece blankets for seniors, which are popular at a nearby nursing facility.

Yolanda – They will be partnering with Together We Rise to make kits for a bunch of organizations. They’re doing duffle bags in the summer, with a team of 4-5 teens each to decorate and pack it for foster care kids. 

Future Professional Development

Upcoming Meetings – Register here for all

  • 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

Young Adult Services Forum Meeting and Professional Development Minutes February 10, 2022

Attendance: 
Managers
Kylie Peters (Geneva), Manager; Krista Hutley (Wilmette), Incoming Manager; Izabel Gronski (Oak Lawn), Outgoing Manager

Board
Sonya Hill (ELA Area), Social Media; Jennie Stevens (Thomas Ford), Tournament of Books; Martha Buehler-Sullivan, YA Library Professional of the Year (Brookfield); Nicole Mills, Member at Large (Glenview)

Members
Maisie Iven (Naperville); Quinn Stitt (Berwyn); Patti Palmer (Elmhurst); Erin Faxel (Orland Park); Lauren Bobysud (Palos Heights); Evan Mather (Arlington Heights); Neena Nagpal (Prairie Trails); Abigail Weaver (Mount Prospect); Rachel Strolle (Glenside); Lisa Barefield (Wheaton); Eti Berland (Lincolnwood); Donna Block (Niles-Maine); Emily Fardoux (Park Ridge); Rachael Bild (Skokie); Yolanda Prado (ELA Area); Andrea Johnson (Mount Prospect)

ILA
Cyndi Robinson (Staff Liason); Kara Thorstensen (Chicago Public Schools, ILA Board)

Introductions

Approval of Minutes
January 13, 2022 approved

Board Updates

  • YA Library Professional of the Year Award – Martha
    • Nominations are due May 15
    • Our suggestions to make the award more inclusive of those working with teens without the professional librarian degree were accepted!
    • Visit the web site for more information.
  • Social Media – Sonya
    • Playing with insights options and tracking
    • 1,000 interactions across platforms
    • 3 new members on Facebook
  • Tournament of Books – Jennie 
    • Almost done with round one books – due tomorrow
    • Posted one a day on the blog from February 15 to March 9
    • Round Two reviewers will get book assignments soon
  • Member at Large – Nicole
    • Was at the YSA meeting last week, notes are forthcoming. 

YASF Updates

  • iREAD – Maisie
    • 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
    • You get a free copy of the guide if your submission is accepted.
    • iRead meets February 11.
  • Thank you Lisa Barefield for serving on the IYSI committee
  • ILA Forum Open House will be Friday, February 25, from 12-2 p.m
  • ILA Annual Conference proposals are due April 4th
    • ILA is hoping the annual conference will be In-person this year at Rosemont.
    • Proof of vaccination or 72-hour test will be required. The mask mandate will be lifted by then, but masks will be preferred. Cyndi will be checking on what mask-wearing rules ILA can enforce. 
    • Unconference discussion:
      • In 2019, the Unconference had several tables, with each table having a topic. The time was split into rounds to people moved from table to table to discuss each topic.
      • We discussed the merits of doing it virtually again, holding it in-person but at an outside location, or setting it up how it was in 2019.
      • YSF seemed interested in doing it in person this year.
      • Maisie, Yolanda, Kylie, Iza, and Krista volunteered to work on the program submission to ILA.
    • Next year ILA will be in Springfield.
    • Any other YA topics to see covered at ILA Annual?
      • Survey on Facebook or email to solicit ideas
      • Maybe some trends will emerge in our discussion

Professional Development Discussion: Round-Table Sharing

  • What is something you have done in the past year or are working on now that you are proud of?
    • Piloting a restart of Teen book discussion sets, circulated in bags to schools
    • 100 Books Reading Challenge (12 To Try throughout the year)
    • Diversity audit of middle school books
    • House-based reading challenge in Beanstack with different animals 
    • Wrote a policy document for staff on how to interact with teens because lots of teens are using the new teen space
  • What in your work with teens/libraries has been challenging for you lately?
    • Beanstack – love it/hate it
    • Burn out, lackluster motivation
    • Loss of teens while library was closed without school visits  and rebuilding audience from scratch
    • New behavior issues due to a loss of social skills in teens affected by the pandemic shut-down
    • Worry over school visits when no one at the schools are wearing masks anymore
    • Learning a new job or meeting teens during a pandemic
    • Trying to engage patrons who aren’t coming in while appeasing managers who want big numbers
    • Loss of staff and merging of departments, which creates more work for less people
    • Book challenges, anti-masking groups, and first amendment auditors
    • Some self-care resources:
    • Struggling to get adequate marketing and limited in how they can advertise programs; word of mouth is difficult to get right now
  • What is something new you have recently tried, are trying, or want to try?
    • S’mores kit for summer reading prize with the theme
    • Soul Harbor Ranch – Mini horses?!
    • Adding more passive games and crafts to teen space along with new furniture, programming more minimal
    • Valentines for Seniors – volunteer program (modeled from CPL), with kits
    • Music theater works
    • Becca Boland’s book on volunteering a help to developing a volunteer program
    • Adopting a park for gardening
    • Hope to work with Friends of the Chicago river
    • Partnering with parks department to do clean-ups
  • What is your favorite NON-TEEN thing you read in the past year that has teen appeal?
    • We ran out of time for this question but may use it in the May RA meeting.
  • What is your favorite YA read from the past year?
    • We ran out of time for this question but may use it in the May RA meeting.

Future Professional Development

Upcoming Meetings – Register here for all

  • 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

Young Adult Services Forum Meeting Minutes January 13, 2022

Attendance 

Managers

Kylie Peters (Geneva), Manager; Krista Hutley (Wilmette), Incoming Manager

Board

Sonya Hill (ELA Area), Social Media; Jennie Stevens (Thomas Ford), Tournament of Books

Members

Maisie Iven (Naperville); Erin Faxel (Orland Park); Andrea Johnson (Mount Prospect); Quinn Stitt (Berwyn); Nicole Mills (Glenview); Abigail Weaver (Mount Prospect); Lisa Barefield (Wheaton); Heather Colby (Homer Township); Rachel Strolle (Glenside); Jessica and Heather Colby (Homer Library); Rachael Bild (Skokie)

ILA

Cyndi Robinson (Staff Liason); Kara Thorenston (Chicago Public Schools, ILA Board)

Introductions

Approval of Minutes
November 11, 2021 approved

Board Updates

  • YA Library Professional of the Year – Martha Buehler-Sullivan (Brookfield)
    • Contact Martha if you want to be on the selection committee this year
    • Update from Martha after the meeting: ILA approved the recommended change to the nomination criteria and name of the award. The award is now the YA Library Professional of the Year. You can submit nominations here.
  • Social Media – Sonya Hill
    • One new follower on Twitter and one new person has joined the Google group. There have been 39 total interactions on social media. 
  • Member at Large – Nicole Mills
    • Here are the latest YSF Minutes
    • Nicole didn’t attend the last YSF meeting, so there are no updates. Nicole plans to attend the February 4 meeting and report back.

YASF Updates

  • 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 theme promotes activism and self expression. iRead is having a positive sales year, with some international adoptions of the iRead program.
    • 2024 theme is based on conservation: Read, Renew, Repeat
  • DEI Statement Update
  • Illinois Youth Services Institute (IYSI) Committee
    • We were asked if someone from YASF wants to represent young adults. Their conference will be in Normal, IL, on March 16-17. 
    • Cyndi reports the committee is super fun and not too much work. Committee members must attend the conference but the meetings are virtual.
    • Email Kylie or Cyndi with questions or if interested in joining: 
      • Kylie: klpeters305@gmail.com 
      • Cyndi: robinson@ila.org
  • ILA Forum Open House, Friday, February 25, from 12-2 p.m. https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZAuf-ivrjojGtzOowAXyTZgCJFVDFANVPom
    • This is for anyone to drop in and check out ILA’s various forums and ask questions, learn more, etc. Cyndi says there will be door prizes. 
  • February Professional Development
    • The meeting is scheduled for February 10, 10-11:30am. 
    • Iza and Kylie are following leads but haven’t found something that resonates. 
    • Possible ideas discussed: self-care from a mental health professional who works with libraries; teaching information/media literacy. 
    • Information/media literacy resources for middle schoolers/high schoolers 
      • News Literacy Project was mentioned, with caveats: they are expensive and structured more for classroom work. ($500) – https://newslit.org/

Tournament of Books – Jennie Stevens

  • Jennie asked for more volunteers to be a book reviewer, especially for the first and second round. If you want to review but don’t have a lot of time, ask to review graphic novels. 
  • For the 2022 tournament,  we consider books that came out in 2021. There were 64 individual titles submitted. 
    • Firekeeper’s Daughter and Fat Chance, Charlie Vega received the most votes.
    • Last Night at the Telegraph Club has a million stars.
  • Jennie shared the list of submitted titles, categorized by genre.
  • Selection:
    • We narrowed the list down to 32 contenders. 
  • Contemporary – 8 titles chosen
    • Perfectly Parvin – Olivia Abtahi
    • Happily Ever Afters – Elise Bryant
    • The Passing Playbook – Isaac Fitzsimons
    • How Moon Fuentez Fell in Love with the Universe – Raquel Vasquez Gilliland
    • Tokyo Ever After – Emiko Jean
    • Fat Chance, Charlie Vega – Crystal Maldonado
    • She Drives Me Crazy – Kelly Quindlen
    • Fifteen Hundred Miles from the Sun – Jonny Garza Villa
  • Historical Fiction – 3 titles chosen
    • Last Night at the Telegraph Club – Malinda Lo
    • Luck of the Titanic – Stacey Lee
    • Angel of Greenwood – Randi Pink
  • Fantasy – 7 titles chosen 
    • A Snake Falls to Earth – Darcie Little Badger
    • This Poison Heart – Kalyan Bayron
    • Heartbreak Bakery – A.R. Capetta
    • The Gilded Ones – Namina Forna
    • The Witch King – H.E Edgmon
    • Bad Witch Burning – Jessica Lewis
    • Mirror Season – Anna Marie McClemore
    • (House of Hollow can also go here if needed)
  • Graphic Novel – 2 titles chosen
    • Himawari House – Harmony Becker
    • Cheer Up: Love and Pom Poms – Crystal Frasier
  • Science Fiction – 4 titles chosen
    • Victories Greater than Death – Charlie Jane Anders
    • Upper World – Femi Fadugba
    • The Ones We’re Meant to Find – Joan He
    • Iron Widow – Xiran Jay Zhao
  • Horror – 2 titles chosen
    • White Smoke – Tiffany D Jackson (also thriller)
    • House of Hollow – Sutherland, Krystal (also fantasy)
  • Mystery/Thriller/Suspense – 4 titles chosen
    • Ace of Spades – Faridah Abike-Iyimide
    • Firekeeper’s Daughter – Angeline Boulley
    • One of the Good Ones – Maika and Maritza Moulite
    • Lost in the Never Woods – Aiden Thomas
    • (White Smoke can also go here if needed)
  • Novels in Verse – 2 titles chosen
    • Chlorine Sky – Mahogany L. Browne
    • Me(Moth) – Amber McBride

Open Discussion

  • Discussion of Covid-19 measures, staffing levels, masking, high schools and teens at various libraries. 
  • First Amendment Auditors
  • ILA’s annual conference deadlines for proposals is April 4. 
  •  A plug for Rachel Strolle’s YA books database: https://2022ya.tumblr.com/
  • Storygraph vs. Goodreads and sharing reader profiles 

Ended at 11:37am

Future Professional Development

Upcoming Meetings – Register here for all

  • 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

Young Adult Services Forum Meeting Minutes November 11, 2021

Attendance

Managers

Kylie Peters (Geneva), Manager
Krista Hutley (Wilmette), Incoming Manager
Izabel Gronski (Oak Lawn), Outgoing Manager

Board

Sonya Hill (ELA Area). Social Media
Jennie Stevens (Thomas Ford), Tournament of Books

Members

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)

ILA

Cyndi Robinson (Staff Liaison)

Introductions

Approval of Minutes 

Board Updates 

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.

YASF Updates 

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?
Unconference feedback
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: klthorstenson@cps.edu
  • 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: khutley@wilmettelibrary.info

Open Discussion 

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

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

Young Adult Services Forum Meeting Minutes October 12, 2021

Attendance:

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

Board:
Quinn Stitt (Berwyn) – Tournament of Books Wizard

Attendees:
Andrea Johnson (Mt. Prospect)
Becky Long (O’Fallon)
Bonnie Hulke (Poplar Creek)
Brittany Adams
Danotra Brown (Champaign)
Donna Forbis (Illinois Prairie District Public Library)
Emily (Washington)
Emma Ryan (U of Illinois MLIS student)
Erica Pyle (New Athens)
Erin Faxel Teen Librarian
Evan Mather (Arlington Heights)
Gennifer King (Eureka)
George Kotsinis (Warren-Newport)
Holly Eberle (Algonquin)
John Driscoll (Galesburg)
Kara Thorstenson (ILA Board and Chicago Public Schools)
Katelynn Clark (Fossil Ridge Public Library)
Kathy Dejnowski (Thornton Public Library)
Linda Bargiel
Maisie Iven (Naperville, iRead Liaison)
Melissa Leggero (New Lennox)
Patricia Salch
Rachael Bild (Skokie)
Sheree Kozel-La Ha (Homer Township Library)
Tiffany Dvorak (SIUE)
Tracey Vittorio (Plainfield)
Tracey Price (SIUE)

Introductions

Approval of Minutes

Tournament of Books – Quinn Stitt

  • Keep nominating books for the 2022 tournament. Submit here!
  • Must be YA published in the U.S. in 2021.
  • Cannot be a sequel or companion.
  • Cannot be nonfiction.
  • Graphic novels are accepted.
  • Special consideration is given to debut authors and #OwnVoices authors.
  • Applications to be a reviewer will open soon.

iRead – Maisie Iven

  • “Find Your Voice” theme is about self-care and conservation.
  • Resource Guide Taskforce members are needed. This involves submitting 5 ideas to the guide and editing YA submissions.  If interested in helping, contact Maisie at miven@naperville-lib.org.

ILA Conference This Week

Outgoing Leadership

  • Joe Marcantonio – Outgoing Manager
  • Quinn Stitt – Outgoing Tournament of Books Wizard
  • Heather Colby – Outgoing Social Media Manager

Thank you for all your hard work for YASF and Illinois teens!

Incoming Leadership

  • Krista Hutley – Incoming Manager
  • Sonya Hill – Social Media
  • Jennie Stevens – Tournament of Books
  • Izabel Gronski is now Outgoing Manager
  • Kylie Peters is now Manager

Naming Teen Spaces

  • Attendees offered differing experiences on what works best for them
    • One idea: Call it what it is (such as “Teen Room”?)
    • Another idea: Have a cool name like “The Hub”?
  • Putting the word “teen” in the name of the space
    • May cue to other age groups that the space is not for them.
    • However, may make teens not use the space.
    • If the room says “teen” and is not for 13 and up, that can cause confusion.
  • Ways to signify the age of the teen space other than making it apparent in the name
    • Signs
    • Put teen-ish stuff in there (like the furniture, and anime pictures)

Conference Tips and Etiquette

  • Network!
    • It could get you a job someday.
    • If you’re shy, be aware that lots of people in our field feel that way, so you’re not alone.
  • It’s okay to leave a session if it’s not giving you what you need.
  • Reach out to presenters to give feedback and ask questions.
  • Everything is recorded! Go back to watch ting to missed or to re-watch.
  • At the end of the conference, you can download the handouts from all the sessions.

Conference Tech Tips

  • You should have received login information via e-mail. Check your spam folder.
  • If there is no registration link in a session, click “Add to Calendar” and the Zoom link will be in your calendar

Find YASF Online
ILA page: https://www.ila.org/forum/10/young-adult-services-forum-yasf
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/groups/ILAYASF
Twitter: https://twitter.com/ya_forum
Google Group: https://groups.google.com/g/yasf
Blog: https://yasfnews.wordpress.com/
Discord: https://discord.gg/6YEbrQZ

Upcoming YASF Meetings and Events – Register here for all
Open Meeting | Thursday, November 11, 2021, 10-11:30 a.m. | Virtual
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

Young Adult Services Forum

Meeting Minutes September 9, 2021

Attendance: 

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

Board: Quinn Stitt (Berwyn) – Tournament of Books Wizard

Members: Donna Block (Niles-Maine), Erin Faxel (Orland Park), Evan Mather (Arlington Heights), Holly Eberle (Algonquin), Kathy Dejnowski, Krista Hutley (Wilmette) – Incoming Incoming Manager, Lisa Barefield (Wheaton), Maisie Iven (Naperville) – Incoming iRead YA Liaison, Patti Palmer (Elmhurst), Rachel Strolle (Glenside), Sonya Hill (Ela) – Incoming Social Media Manager

ILA: Cyndi Robinson (Staff Liaison)

 

Approval of Minutes

 

Board Updates

Tournament of Books

  • Submit books here!
  • Parameters
    • Published in 2021
    • Not sequels companions, prequels, etc
    • Not nonfiction
    • Graphic novels are acceptable
    • Extra prioritity for debut authors and BIPOC, queer, disabed, etc. authors
    • Books with more nominations get higher priority
  • Questions?  Contact Quinn at qstitt@berwynlibrary.org
  • Hot titles right now include Fat Chance, Charlie Vega, Firekeeper’s Daughter, and The Gilded Ones
  • Quinn will talk to Heather about promoting ToB titles.

Young Adult Librarian of the Year Award

  • No updates

Social Media

  • Facebook: 256 members
  • Twitter:164 followers.
  • Heather will be in touch with Sonya to discuss transferring duties

Member at Large

  • No updates from YSF

YASF Updates

iRead

  • Meeting next week.
  • If interested in being involved with the Find Your Voice Resource Guide, contact Maisie at miven@naperville-lib.org.

ILA Annual Conference

 

Open Discussion

Author Visits

  • Wilmette Library is hosting Darcie Little Badger. Wednesday, November 10, 7-8 p.m. Sign up to attend! http://wilmette.libnet.info/event/5359825
  • Dazzling Debuts Author Panel hosted by Berwyn, Schaumburg, Wheaton, Mount Prospect, and Evergreen Park, September 30 at 7-8 p.m., featuring Crystal Maldonado (Fat Chance, Charlie Vega), Jonny Garza Villa (Fifteen Hundred Miles from the Sun), and Olivia Abtahi (Perfectly Parvin) in conversation. https://berwynlibrary.libcal.com/event/8140525
  • Reach out to authors to ask them if you want them!  Especially debut authors. Many are affordable virtually if you reach out directly.
  • Sonya started a Google sheet for potential author visits. Feel free to add to it!

 

Programs

  • Meteorologist or storm chaser – they’re hard to find, especially a female one.  Maybe try https://www.facebook.com/illinoisstormchaser
  • How are you holding your programs? Lots of variety.
    • Some members are just starting in-person programs inside.  
    • Some are doing in-person outside only. 
    • Some are being asked to pivot back to virtual or hybrid (such as, a craft that includes a pick-up kit option). 
    • Some have been in-person for a while and are still in-person.
  • College presenters
    • My College Planning Team will do virtual or in person.
      • Some thoughts about them:
        • They are not as useful to low-income folks.  More about how to move your money around.
        • They repeat a lot of content across their presentations.
        • Recommended to use your own Zoom for virtual
    • ISAC has been a good presenter for many members.  
      • Go here to find your ISAC rep. 
      • They are currently offering virtual programs.  We aren’t sure about in-person.
      • Joe recommends their scholarship program
    • Quest College Consulting offers good and reasonably priced college and scholarship presentations.
  • SAT and ACT tests
    • Several members have in-person practice SAT and ACT tests coming up.
    • College Board offers printable SAT practice tests that you can scan using an iPad app for results.
    • Can hold your own practice tests using Tutor.com, if you subscribe.
    • Brainfuse also has practice tests, but you may not be able to print them off like you can with Tutor.com.
  • Tutor.com and Brainfuse
    • Tutor.com may be a cheaper option for your library than Brainfuse and has the same tutoring hours.  No opinions among members for which service is currently better.
    • Brainfuse has job search tools, but you can supplement Tutor.com with other tools.

 

Upcoming Professional Development

  • ILA Annual Conference – October 12-14 (virtual)
  • YALSA Symposium – November 5-7 in Reno, NV.  Currently hybrid.
  • C2E2 – In-person December 10-12 at McCormick Place
    • If you have experience in building a graphic novel collection and are interested in presenting, contact Iza at igronski@olpl.org
  • Reaching Forward Friday, May 6, 2022
    • A call for proposal submissions just went out.
    • Currently scheduled in-person.  There will be a decision over whether to make it virtual by the end of January.
  • PLA – March 23-25, 2022, Portland, OR
  • IYSI – March 16-17, 2023, Normal, IL
  • ILA Noon Network – ongoing

 

Scheduling Upcoming Meetings

  • Held on the 2nd Thursday unless there’s a conflict.  Then it might be a different Thursday.
  • Meetings are typically held in November, January, February, April, May, August, September, and October (at ILA)
  • February is usually a professional development opportunity and May is the Tournament of Books discussion and RA.
  • In the past, August has been a social event instead of a meeting.
  • Members prefer to stick to virtual meetings for now.
  • No one has any suggestions for changes to this system.
  • Kylie has scheduled meeting dates for 2021-2022 – See “Upcoming YASF Meetings and Events” below

 

Find YASF Online

 

Upcoming YASF Meetings and Events

  • Open Meeting | Tuesday, October 12, 2021, 9-9:45 a.m. | Virtual – Register here
  • Open Meeting | Thursday, November 11, 2021, 10-11:30 a.m. | Virtual
  • 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. | Location TBD
  • Open Meeting | Thursday, September 8, 2022, 10-11:30 a.m. | Location TBD
  • Open Meeting at ILA Annual Conference | Date and Time TBD