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

August 12, 2021 Meeting

Young Adult Services Forum

Meeting Minutes August 12, 2021

Attendance

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

Board: Martha Buehler-Sullivan (Brookfield) – YA Librarian of the Year Award Manager, Quinn Stitt (Berwyn) – Tournament of Books Wizard

Members: Andrea Johnson (Mount Prospect), Evan Mather (Arlington Heights), Jennie Stevens (Thomas Ford), Lisa Barefield (Wheaton), Haley Frailey (Oswego), Maisie Iven (Naperville), Melissa Leggero (New Lennox), Rachael Bild (Skokie), Sonya Hill (Ela).

Staff Liaison: Cyndi Robinson

Approval of Minutes

Tournament of Books

  • Keep nominating books for the 2022 tournament. Submit here!

Young Adult Librarian of the Year Award

  • Jennie Stevens was YA Librarian of the Year this year. Congrats!
  • Thank you to Martha and the YA Librarian of the Year Committee for your hard work.

Social Media

  • Facebook: 250 members
  • Twitter: 163 followers.

Incoming Board Members

  • Thank you to everyone who applied.  If you weren’t selected, we still want you to be involved!  Please volunteer to help on committees and other projects in the coming year and apply again next year.
  • Incoming Manager: Krista Hutley
  • Social Media Manager: Sonya Hill
  • Tournament of Books: Jennie Stevens

EDI Statement

iRead

  • Maisie Iven will be taking over at the YA Liaison to the iRead Committee. Thanks to Heather Colby for all your hard work!
  • iRead will begin looking for Resource Guide Taskforce members for the theme “Find Your Voice” in the next couple months.  This involves submitting 5 ideas to the guide and editing YA submissions.
  • If interested in helping, contact Maisie at miven@naperville-lib.org.

#WeWereHere Project

  • https://thewewerehereproject.org/
  • Teens have submitted 152 experiences documenting 2020 and 2021.
  • 44 public libraries and 6 schools are partners.
  • The website will be read only as of September 1st.

ILA Annual Conference

  • We are hosting an Unconference with YSF on Thursday, October 14, 9-11 a.m.  Please submit topics here.
  • We will hold a YASF meeting at the Conference, 9-9:45 on Tuesday before the Opening Session at 10. Register here.
  • We’ll set dates for upcoming meetings in September.

Programming Discussion

  • What are we doing for TeenTober? Not many members have big plans.  It’s a broad event, so you can make lots of different programs work.
  • Berwyn has an author visit coming up and is looking for collaborators, especially if you have a webinar license.  E-mail qstitt@berwynlibrary.org if interested.
    • September 30 at 7 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.
  • Virtual versus In-person Programs
    • Most members’ libraries are doing in-person programs for now.
    • It’s convenient if a program easily converts to virtual, in case the format needs to be changed.
    • Some managers are asking for “hybrid” programming, but folks are unsure how to do this.
    • Some members’ libraries are only doing programs outside.
  • Are masks being required?
    • Some libraries, no.  Some, yes.
    • Some just for in-person programming.
    • Some just in youth and teen programming and/or spaces.
    • Discussion of the challenges of dealing with differing public opinions on mask mandates, and frontline staff having to deal with angry patrons.
  • Verbal game recommended by Evan: “What’s the Thing”
    • One person thinks of a thing.  Everyone else makes a guess of what the thing is, with no clues.
    • The person reveals what the thing is.  Everyone argues why their guess is closest to the thing.
    • The person who thought of the original thing chooses the winner.  The winner chooses the next thing.
  • What to do when community members complain about an LGBTQIA+ display
    • Document all positive interactions regarding that display.
    • Ask supportive community members and organizations to share why it was important to them with the Board and Director.
  • Working with local LGBTQIA+ groups
  • Conferences
    • YALSA Symposium is in Reno November 5-7.
    • C2E2 is set to happen in-person December 10-12, but a lot of comic cons have been getting cancelled.
    • PLA in Portland next year.
    • IYSI in 2023 in Normal.
    • ILA is virtual and accepting submissions for poster sessions here.
    • There are several ILA Noon Network webinars coming up.
    • The call for programs for Reaching Forward will be going out soon. Hopefully that will be in person next year in Rosemont on May 6th.

Find YASF Online

Upcoming YASF Meetings and Events

  • Open Board Meeting | Thursday, September 9, 2021, 10 a.m.-12 p.m. | Virtual – Register here
  • Open Meeting | Tuesday, October 12, 2021, 9-9:45 a.m. | Virtual – Register here

May 13, 2021 Meeting

Young Adult Services Forum

Meeting Minutes 05.13.2021

Attendance:

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, Martha Buehler-Sullivan (Brookfield) – YA Librarian of the Year Award

Members: Lisa Barefield (Wheaton), Rachael Bild (Skokie) Donna Block (Niles-Maine), Erin Faxel (Orland Park), Mariel Fechik (soon to be Deerfield), Hailey Frailey (Oswego), Yvette Garcia (Chicago), Claire Griebler (Park Ridge), Sonya Hill (Ela), Krista Hutley (Wilmette), Maisie Iven (Naperville), Andrea Johnson (Mount Prospect), Patti Palmer (Elmhurst), Allison Riggs (Schaumburg), Rachel Strolle (Glenside), Abigail Weaver (Mount Prospect)

Tournament of Books

Winner

  • Reviewer’s Bracket Winner: Cemetery Boys by Aiden Thomas
  • People’s Choice Winner: Cemetery Boys by Aiden Thomas
  • First time it’s been the same winner!
  • Message from Aiden Thomas for us!

Honorary awards

  • Most wished made it past first round for People’s Choice bracket: Go With the Flow by Karen Schneemann and Lily Williams
  • Most wished made it past first round for Reviewer’s bracket: Flamer by Mike Curato
  • Book we wish won the Reviewer’s bracket (after Cemetery Boys): Legendborn by Tracy Deonn

Thank you, reviewers!

Submit for 2021 Tournament of Books: http://bit.ly/TOB2022Books

  • No nonfiction
  • Must be published 2021
  • No sequels or companion books
  • Graphic novels and fiction are welcome
  • Extra consideration goes to debut novels, #OwnVoices, etc.
  • Extra consideration goes to titles that get the most submissions, so still submit it even if you think it’s a shoe-in!

Diversity Audits

YASF Diversity Audit Recommended Resources: https://docs.google.com/document/d/19BxQo2xLTFDN_cqTfLOP6nmfFRQuW3f1FTtqArv-dJQ/edit?usp=sharing

Yvette Garcia – Chicago Public Library

Taking an LJ class: https://www.libraryjournal.com/?event=evaluating-auditing-and-diversifying-your-collections-april-2020

  • You need to spend time with the books.  Get your hands on each book.
  • Do your homework.  Research. Especially necessary for harder-to-spot types of diversity.
  • Start out with a small subset, such as adult mysteries.
  • There are lots of forms out there you can use.
  • Aim to have the collection match the demographics of your community, but sometimes you can’t because the books just aren’t being published.
  • Set goals.  Pick and choose your priorities.
  • “The danger of a single story,” a TED Talk by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D9Ihs241zeg
  • Your staff may need you to move forward in small steps.

Alea Perez – Elmhurst Public Library

  • Started an audit of picture books on February 1st. Anticipate it will take at least the rest of the year.
  • They use a Google form since so many people are working on it.  The results go into a spreadsheet.
  • They are just looking at what currently exists to inform future collection management.  Not weeding based on this.
  • Elmhurst is mainly white, so they want to do better than community representation.
  • What they look for
    • Author’s race, gender, sexuality
    • Neurotypical and neurodivergent authors
    • Physically abled and disabled authors
    • Main characters, then secondary characters: includes races and non-human
    • Main characters, then secondary characters’, sexuality
    • Body representation, positive and negative
    • Main characters, then secondary characters’, physical and mental disability
    • Main characters, then secondary characters’, citizenship status
    • Main characters, then secondary characters’, religions
      • For Jewish, note Holocaust and non-Holocaust
    • Socioeconomics, family dynamics, addiction, setting, #OwnVoices (joyful or traumatic)
  • Offered a glossary to help with race terms
  • Include an “other” option where necessary
  • Space for notes if staff are unsure of something or who notice something that isn’t reflected in the form questions
  • Afterward, use the info to inform policy and procedure changes

Allison Riggs – Schaumburg Township District Library

Quinn Stitt – Berwyn Public Library

  • Theirs is based off Oak Park’s audit
  • Using Category 4 tags in SWAN
  • They are looking at the main character and creator
  • They look for BIPOC, LGBTQIA+ identities, and disability (including mental illness)
  • Get into the mindset where you do the research when purchasing
  • Helps with booklists!
  • A diversity audit is not one size fits all.  Come up with a method that works for you.

Rachael Bild shared a document, “Diverse Graphic Novel Creators.”

12 stereotypes/red flags: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1Cb6NnqNeBLAjr_VlWJtmNBXep9TrimO1wIOz_U1wKGk/edit?usp=sharing

Discussion

  • Weeding and Promoting
    • Give books with diversity a second look if they come up for weeding
    • If it’s the only one of a certain voice, keep it
    • Put diverse books on displays, especially on one that are not displays about diversity.
  • Unspecified characters
    • Often assumed white and cishet
    • If they have no defining race or sexuality characteristics, then they read as white and cishet.

Approval of Minutes

Board Updates

  • YA Librarian of the Year (Martha Sullivan)
    • Nominations due May 15.
  • Social Media (Heather Colby)
    • Facebook 249, Twitter 158
    • Quinn made social media for ToB so organized!
    • Contact Heather with social media matters: heather@homerlibrary.org

YASF Updates

  • iRead (Heather)
    • Donna Block is chair of the theme for summer 2023  “Find Your Voice”
    • Thank you to those who submitted to the Resource Guide for 2022, “Read Beyond the Beaten Path.”
  • Unconference – Accepted for ILA!
    • Volunteers needed
      • Lisa, Joe, Kylie
  • Self-Care for Library Staff – Patti Palmer
    • Will be an upcoming ILA Noon Webinar on Wed., June 9. More info from ILA should be coming soon.
    • Presented by the Elmhurst Public Library social worker.
    • Will not be at ILA.

Open Discussion

  • Discord – Any proactive privacy things you are doing?
    • Can Discord (and other social media) be FOIA’d?
    • Rachael tried an auto-delete bot. Teens complained that their recent messages had been deleted.  But you can set it to keep posts for longer.
  • Rachel Strolle’s database of YA books: https://2021ya.tumblr.com/
  • We will have forms out in the summer for a new Incoming Manager and board members.

Future Professional Development

  • ALA Annual  – June 24-29 Virtual
  • C2E2 – December 10-12
  • IYSI March 16-17, 2023 in Normal, IL
  • ILA Noon Network – ongoing

Upcoming Meetings

  • August 12, 2021
  • September 9, 2021

April 8, 2021 Meeting

Young Adult Services Forum

Meeting Minutes 04.08.2021

Attendance: 

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, Martha Buehler-Sullivan (Brookfield) – YA Librarian of the Year Award

Members: Sonya Hill (Ela), Lisa Barefield (Wheaton), Hailey Frailey (Oswego), Krista Hutley (Wilmette), Andrea Johnson (Mount Prospect), Patti Palmer (Elmhurst), Lisa Boles, Jennie Stevens

ILA: Cyndi Robinson (Deputy Director of ILA and Staff Liaison), Mary Jo Matousek (Board Rep for School Libraries)

Approval of Minutes

Board Updates

  • YA Librarian of the Year (Martha Sullivan)
    • Committee met to do the awards audit and sent their suggestions for changes to ILA.
    • Currently accepting nominations for the award. Due May 15. Nominate yourself or someone else here.
  • Social Media (Heather Colby)
    • Facebook 246, Twitter 157
    • Heather updated the “What is the YASF?” section on the blog.
    • Heather will update the phone number attached to the YASF Twitter.
    • Contact Heather with social media matters: heather@homerlibrary.org
  • Member at Large (Nicole Mills)

YASF Updates

  • iRead (Heather)
    • The guide for 2022 “Read Beyond the Beaten Path” is just about done.
    • In several months, they will be looking for submissions for the 2023 theme “Find Your Voice.”
  • Other Professional Development
    • What else are we interested in?
      • Teen brain development, author visits, collection development, diversity audits, inclusive collections…
    • May meeting could be professional development or an author visit.
      • Usually it is RA-focused.
      • Visit from the Tournament of Books winner?
        • Could be difficult to get them
        • Could we get them to speak at ILA Conference?
    • Vote for the People’s Choice Winner!
      • It’s okay if you haven’t read the books. Still vote.
      • All match-ups were made required on the voting form because in the past, match-ups at the top of the list for more votes than those at the end.
    • We do not have any more budget this year as YASF.
    • Could we have a diversity audit panel with speakers from libraries who are doing it?
      • Oak Park, Schaumburg, Berwyn are doing it.
      • There is a RAILS webinar on the subject.
    • FINAL DECISION: Our May program will be about inclusive collections and diversity audits. E-mail Iza at IGronski@olpl.org if you are interested in getting involved.
  • Unconference – We are submitting this  as an ILA proposal
    • ILA conference will now be hosted via Feedloop, which uses Zoom. You can do webinars with breakout groups.
    • Iza will contact YSF and submit the proposal.
  • ILA proposals
    • Elmhurst’s social worker is on board with Patti to present on librarian self-care.  No one else has joined yet.

Open Discussion

  • Summer Reading
    • Most libraries are doing mostly or all virtual programming.
    • Outdoor in-person programs
      • Renting a tent with pop-up programs (Nicole)
      • Using plaza and park nearby (Lisa)
      • Tie-dye, park cleanup, adopting a garden, nature walks
  • Reopening plans
    • Several libraries are returning to full hours or implementing expanded hours, or lengthening time patrons can stay in the building.
    • Some have study rooms and teen rooms reopening or furniture being brought back.
    • Many staff are doing little or no work from home at this point.
    • Some libraries are moving toward having the option to work from home a bit after COVID-19.
  • Staffing challenges
    • Several libraries have lost a lot of staff and are in hiring freezes.
  • What do you do when you have a bad board member?
    • There’s not much staff can do except vote them out.
    • Staff can attend Board meetings.  It’s enlightening.
    • ILA trains the trustee board on issues of trustee bullying, people trying to do other people’s jobs, etc.  It is a common issue.

Future Professional Development

  • Reaching Forward and Reaching Forward South (combined) – May 7 Virtual
  • ALA Annual  – June 24-29 Virtual
  • C2E2 – December 10-12
  • IYSI March 16-17, 2023 in Normal, IL
  • ILA Noon Network – ongoing

Upcoming Meetings

  • May 13, 2021 – Reader’s Advisory meeting on inclusive collections and diversity audits
  • August 12, 2021
  • September 9, 2021

February 11, 2021 Meeting

Young Adult Services Forum

Meeting Minutes 02.11.2021

Attendance:

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, Martha Buehler-Sullivan (Brookfield) – YA Librarian of the Year Award

Members and guests: Alice Son (Arlington Heights), Allison Riggs (Schaumburg) Andrea Johnson (Mount Prospect), Beck Hegelson, Brandi Smits (Orland Park), Britta Schwager (Wheaton), Donna Block (Niles-Maine), Erica Hanke-Young (Six Mile Regional), Haley Frailey (Oswego), Jenn Lavigne (South Holland), Krista Hutley (Wilmette), Lauren Bobysud (Palos Heights), Linden Galloway (White Oak – Lockport Branch), Lisa Barefield (Wheaton), Lisa Wieczorek (Lincolnwood), Lorena Rodriguez (Palos Heights), Maisie Iven (Naperville), Michelle Emerick (Joliet), Nancy McKay, Nenna Nagpal (Prairie Trails, Burbank), Patti Palmer (Elmhurst), Rachael Bild (Skokie), Rachel Kaiser (Addison), Rebecca Gibbons, Rebecca Plaza, Tracey Vittorio (Plainfield)

ILA: Cyndi Robinson (Deputy Director of ILA and Staff Liaison), Mary Jo Matousek (Board Rep for School Libraries)

Presentation by KaeLyn Rich

Girls Resist: What Young Readers Know and Want to Know About Activism

Recording, slides, and Parent/Educator Companion: https://www.ila.org/forums/young-adult-services-forum-yasf/yasf-webinars/girls-resist-what-young-readers-know-and

  • KaeLyn Rich is the author of the book Girls Resist: A Guide to Activism, Leadership, and Starting a Revolution.
  • Girls Resist focuses on being a guidebook and giving practical tips on how to do things like fundraise, make persuasive arguments, etc.  Includes self-care and getting support.
  • Special focus on help for people who are in the margins (not white males).
  • Despite the name, it’s not just for girls.
  • Community organizing is about raising your voices so those with power have to give something up.
  • Contact her: kaelyn@kaelynrich.com / @kaelynrich / kaelynrich.com
  • If you attended, please take a moment to complete this evaluation. 

Approval of Minutes

Board Updates

  • YA Librarian of the Year (Martha Sullivan)
    • Accepting interest forms for people who would like to join the committee.
    • Award audit is ongoing.
      • Martha recommended removing the MLIS requirement.
      • This will necessitate a name change, such as “Excellence in Service to Young Adults Award.”
    • Nominations for the award are open. The form and details can be found here.
  • Tournament of Books (Quinn Stitt)
    • Accepting interest forms for people who would like to join the committee next year.
    • First round reviewers, get your reviews to Quinn ASAP!
    • Second round reviewers should hopefully get their books on 2/12.
    • Reviews start posting on 2/16.
    • Reviews are posted to the YASF blog under the tag 2021 ToB.
    • E-mail Quinn with questions at qstitt@berwynlibrary.org
  • Social Media (Heather Colby)
    • Facebook group: 244 members, Twitter: 149 followers.
    • Discussing increasing engagement by posting a question every week on a certain day of the week.
    • Changing headers on Twitter and Facebook.
    • Alice will share the YASF logo file with leadership.
    • If you have anything you’d like to promote on social media, e-mail Heather at heather@homerlibrary.org

YASF Updates

  • #WeWereHereProject
    • The Shift wants to share some of the teens’ content.
      • Joe is working on reaching out to teen contributors for permission
      • Possibly recording a video on teen mental health rallies.

Open Discussion

Future Professional Development

  • Reaching Forward and REaching Forward South (combined) – May 7 Virtual
  • ALA Annual  – June 24-29 Virtual
  • C2E2 – December 10-12
  • IYSI March 16-17, 2023 in Normal, IL
  • ILA Noon Network – ongoing

Upcoming Meetings

  • April 8, 2021
  • May 13, 2021
  • August 12, 2021
  • September 9, 2021

January 14, 2021 Meeting

Young Adult Services Forum

Meeting Minutes 01.14.2021

Attendance: 

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, Martha Buehler-Sullivan (Brookfield) – YA Librarian of the Year Award

Members: Erin Faxel (Orland Park), Evan Mather (Arlington Heights), Lisa Barefield (Wheaton), Patti Palmer (Elmhurst), Cyndi Shutts (White Oak), Mariel Fechik (Arlington Heights), Genny Stevens (Naperville), Yvette Garcia (Chicago), Donna Block (Niles-Maine), Sonya Hill (Ela Area)

ILA: Cyndi Robinson (Deputy Director of ILA and Staff Liaison), Mary Jo Matousek (Board Rep for School Libraries)

Approval of Minutes

Board Updates

  • YA Librarian of the Year (Martha Sullivan)
  • Social Media (Heather Colby)
    • Twitter 142, Facebook 245
    • Anything you want her to cover on social media?  E-mail heather@homerlibrary.org.
  • Member at Large (Nicole Mills)
    • Next YSF meeting probably in February.
    • Working on getting YSF minutes.
  • Committees
    • Managers are working on formalizing committees for Teen Librarian of the Year and Tournament of Books
    • Teen Librarian of the Year
      • 8 members last year. We believe all or most were former award winners.
      • This committee was previously put together without oversight from managers. We will centralize the process.
      • Fill out the form if interested in joining.
    • Tournament of Books
      • Quinn would like anyone interested in taking over the role of TOB Wizard to e-mail her at qstitt@berwynlibrary.org
      • Fill out the form if interested in joining the committee. 
    • Social Media – Heather says it doesn’t need a committee
    • To apply for a committee, fill out this form: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfB4a_rNNAtfwULYPlrsHokZska2KQiSLoxS4vf7Gx9GOaDgw/viewform

YASF Updates

Tournament of Books

  • Quinn shared a document of people who applied to review and who she suggests for each round. Group approved of her selections.
    • Extra consideration was given to support staff and people who haven’t reviewed before
    • A few people are acting as backups if a reviewer falls through 
  • Submissions can be found here: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1_QMEQceN3Mx59lILxKoi0trNfygKmgWGYUto1y6KBFY/edit#gid=1723344899
    • Give extra consideration to debuts
    • Give extra consideration to diversity (racial, religious, LGBTQIA+. Can apply to the main character and/or author.)
    • Trigger warnings are provided to reviews and in reviews.
  • Selection
    • 12 contemporary, 10 fantasy, 2 GN, 2 hist fic, 2 mystery/thriller/horror, 2 novels in verse, 2 science fiction
      • During discussion, changed to 3 GN and 3 novels in verse. Science fiction category eliminated/added to fantasy due to lack of strong contenders.
    • 4 titles pre-selected based on getting most votes: More Than Just a Pretty Face, Cemetery Boys, Go with the Flow, The Black Flamingo.
  • Contemporary – 12 titles chosen
    • You Should See Me in a Crown by Leah Johnson
    • Felix Ever After by Kacen Callender
    • Camp by L.C. Rosen
    • I’ll Be the One by Lyla Lee
    • Yes No Maybe So by Becky Albertalli and Aisha Saeed 
    • Gravity of Us by Phil Stamper
    • We Are Not From Here by Jenny Torres Sanchez
    • Not So Pure and Simple by Lamar Giles
    • When You Were Everything by Ashley Woodfolk
    • More Than Just a Pretty Face by Syed M. Masood
    • Furia by Yamile Saied Méndez
    • The Henna Wars by Adiba Jaigirdar
  • Fantasy – 10 titles chosen
    • Cemetery Boys by Aiden Thomas
    • Elatsoe by Darcie Little Badger
    • Extraordinaries by T.J. Klune
    • Each of Us a Desert by Mark Oshiro
    • Legendborn by Tracy Deonn
    • Ink in the Blood by Kim Smejkal
    • The Way Back by Gavriel Savit
    • Lobizona by Romina Garber 
    • Girl, Serpent, Thorn by Melissa Bashardoust
    • Belle Revolte by Linsey Miller
  • Graphic Novels/Manga – 3 titles chosen
    • Go With the Flow by Lily Williams and karen Schneeman
    • Flamer by Mike Curato
    • A Map to the Sun by Sloane Leong
  • Historical Fiction – 2 titles chosen
    • They Went Left by Monica Hesse
    • The Black Kids by Christina Hammonds Reed
  • Mystery/Thriller/Horror – 2 titles
    • Grown by Tiffany D. Jackson
    • Even If We Break by Marieke Nijkamp
  • Novels in Verse – 2 titles
    • The Black Flamingo by Dean Atta
    • Punching the Air by Ibi Zoboi and Yusef Salaam
    • Turtle Under Ice by Juleah del Rosario
  • People’s Choice – Idea to have poll questions with different categories: books not in the ToB, what covers we like, etc.

Open Discussion

  • Tiny Pretty Things by Sona Charaipotra
    • Do we think it’s YA? The Netflix adaptation is explicit.
    • Members are not sure about the book but note that some books marketed as YA don’t feel YA.
  • Phin https://app.phinforgood.com/welcome/village#hero
    • Charity organization that gets advertising money from companies.
    • Sponsored Joe’s Hack-a-thon, gave $5 to each participant to a place they work with.

Future Professional Development

  • ALA Midwinter – Jan 22-26 Virtual
  • Reaching Forward – May 7 Virtual
  • ALA Annual  – June 24-29 Virtual 
  • C2E2 – December 10-12
  • IYSI March 16-17, 2023 in Normal, IL
  • ILA Noon Network – ongoing

Upcoming Meetings

  • February 11, 2021 
  • April 8, 2021
  • May 13, 2021 
  • August 12, 2021
  • September 9, 2021

November 12, 2020 Meeting

Young Adult Services Forum

Meeting Minutes 11.12.2020

Attendance:

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!: https://www.ila.org/events/annual-conference/2020-virtual-poster-session
  • 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. https://carechicago.org/contact/
  • 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

Find YASF Online

October 22, 2020 Meeting

Young Adult Services Forum

Meeting Minutes 10.22.2020

Attendance: 

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.

Kits

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: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07V56QH7T/

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: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdNJqu-yGuKCrHwArG7yCxkNb2LHhX9C7UF6pzYJ4jYMuaFHA/viewform
  • 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: https://skokielibrary.info/events/13380/an-evening-with-ibram-x-kendi-online-event
    • 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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Open Board Meeting | Thursday, November 12, 2020 | 10am-12pm | Virtual

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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