On Friday, June 14th YASD held its annual June Brunch. This year our brunch included a panel of four Librarians from Syosset. The panel consisted of three librarians from a public school setting: Syosset High School Education Technology Specialist Kristina Holzweiss, School Media Specialist Lynn Ortlieb and School Media Specialist Sarah Wasser, along with the Head of Teen Services from Syosset Public Library Sharon Long. The four did a wonderful job of presenting now only what they do but how they work together and ways that all school and public librarians can work together.
Syosset Public Library puts on SY-Con every other year and Sharon makes sure to get the school librarians involved. This included having Lynn be a judge for the cosplay contest. Sharon believes it is great to invite the school librarians and get them involved in large library programs.
Together these awesome librarians are also planning an un-convention called Cardigan Camp where school and public librarians can come together to discuss the library world, what they have done, and what they will like to do. As it is an un-convention, the exact topics will be decided that day by those who attend.
They also encouraged visits and meetings between the public and school librarians. Public Librarians should invite School Librarians to visit their space and vice versa. Every year, Sharon, Lynn, Sarah and Kristina get together to discuss the school summer reading lists as well, making a great partnership between those assigning the assignment and those who will be helping the teens find their books for it.
Kristina also shared about the important of social media as a way to reach our patrons and share what we have to offer. In her e-mail signature she uses GIF made on EZGIF as a moving banner to help advertise. She also shared the QUIK APP to make presentations to share for class visits, PTA meetings and more.
Sharon, Lynn, Sarah and Kristina were all amazing panelists who definitely seem to enjoy working well together. The YASD Board Members and Committee Chairs are so grateful they were able to spend their Friday morning with us.
Join Us on Friday June 14th for our Annual Brunch!
$5 for NCLA Members and Students
$20 for non-members
Join us as to learn about the SHS Learning Commons and Innovation Lab at the Syosset High School from Syosset High School Education Technology Specialist Kristina Holzweiss, School Media Specialist Lynn Ortlieb and School Media Specialist Sarah Wasser. Our panel will also feature Sharon Long, Head of Teen Services at the Syosset Public Library as they discuss best practices and how to build collaboration between school and public librarians. Ms. Holzweiss was the recipient of the School Library Journal (SLJ) School Librarian of the Year 2015.
The winner of 2019’s Young Adult B.E.S.T. Award for Nassau County is
Athena Allen of Uniondale Public Library.
The B.E.S.T. Award (Bringing Excellence in Service by Teens) was established to honor significant contributions by a teenager in library service. Every year teens are nominated by NCLA members and a committee votes on a winner. Then at the annual Long Island Library Conference, the winner is presented along with the winner from Suffolk County.
This year’s winner is 8th Grader Athena Allen from Uniondale Public Library who was nominated by Uniondale Public Library Head of Teen Services Ms. Syntychia Kendrick- Samuel.
Athena is a member of Junior Friends’ which is Uniondale’s volunteer based program for teens. Currently she serves as President of the organization which is voted on by her peers. As Junior Friends’ President, Athena wanted to bring more music programs and along with Syntychia, came up with the program Music with Athena. While her mother often helps, Athena takes charge in teaching children and teens piano, and various string instruments, as well as vocal coaching. Athena herself is a skilled musician who can play all these instruments. The children who attend her music classes learn a lot and the adult that bring them appreciate all Athena does.
Thank you to all to nominated teens for this year’s B.E.S.T. Award and Congratulations to Athena on being this year’s winner.
If you were able to attend Long Island Library Conference on May 9th, I hope you were able to attend Michael Crouch’s talk on audio books because it was amazing. And no, I am not just saying that because it was sponsored by YASD. If you didn’t get a chance, or just want to relive it, continue reading.
Michael (Mr. Crouch sounds too formal and I think he will be okay with me just using his first name), shared the general aspects recording audio books, as well as his own experience and procedures for recording them. He considers himself an actor, as that is what he went to school for, who also records audio books and does voice overs.
Just like actors, narrators sometimes have to audition for the books they narrate. While the authors don’t have much to do with the recording, they do have a say in who does it. Usually, the recording aspect only involves the narrator, an engineer and a director. When audio books have multiple narrators, it is rare that they record together in the same book. The process of recording is usually done in 2 or 3 days, with getting around 3 usable hours of audio a day. This took him some getting used to.
In preparing for his recording sessions, Michael will first read through the book. He then writes an reaction to it and makes notes of the characters. The day before he will go through it again and use color pens to make marks when he needs to use different voices. Michael likes to make sure that each major character has their own voice but doesn’t worry about the smaller ones. For example, John in chapter 3 with two lines can have the same voice as Michael in chapter 15 with 4 lines. It is important to him to stay present and not just read the words. Michael also stated that as a narrator you are the sub for the author who cares about it, therefore you have to as well.
Some other interesting facts about Michael Crouch he shared was:
He is a fan of audio books himself
A favorite audio book of his is Pat Conroy’s The Prince of Tides
Records 30-40 books a year
The first book was The Proving Trail by Louis L’Amour
The one that got him the most recognition was Becky Albertalli’s Simon vs. the Homo Sapien’s Agenda
The most challenging book he recorded was the middle grade book Journey of Little Charlie by Christopher Paul Curtis
Most of the books he narrates are fiction, and when he does non-fiction it tends to be narrative
Recorded his first non-narrative non-fiction book recently
Also if you haven’t heard him read an audio book, I highly recommend you do. Click here to head on over to National Digital Doorway and see what you can start listening to for free. Personally, I recommend Heretics Anonymous.
Thank you Michael Crouch for coming and talking with us! You did an amazing job.