The NCLA Young Adult Services Division (YASD) is hosting our annual Joint Meeting with SCLA on Thursday, February 27th, 2020 at 9:30 a.m. at the Massapequa Public Library’s Bar Harbour building. We will be having a panel of public and school librarians and a public school teacher to discuss how to best serve our teens with special needs.
YASD’s final event of 2019 was our annual December Brunch and Installation of Officers. This year Syosset Public Library, home to 2019 President Janice Cosenza, hosted the event.
Two awards for Excellence in Programming were given out at the brunch, as there were no submissions for the third award. Toni Ann Kaminski of Shelter Rock Library won the award for Most Innovative Program for “So You Want to be an Astronaut”. The award for Teen Display of the Year went to the team from Uniondale Public Library of Syntychia Kendrick-Samuel, Raikya Blackman, Aisha Cooper and James Grzybowski for “Zenobia’s Tresses”. Congratulations to all the winners!
The 2020 Officers were sworn in as well at our brunch. They are Lisa Zuena of Massapequa Bar Harbor as President, Roseann Podias of Freeport as Vice-President/President Elect, and Jennifer McHugh of Wantagh as Treasure. Caroline Lynch of Hewlett-Woodmere is serving the second of her two year term as Secretary.
This year we were honored to have award winning and critically acclaimed author Tiffany D. Jackson author of Allegedly, Monday’s Not Coming and Let Me Hear a Rhyme as our guest speaker. Tiffany spoke about her journey to becoming an author as well as the inspiration behind her three books.
Tiffany is a Brooklyn native born to immigrant parents from Jamaica and Trinidad. She knew she wanted to be an author from a young age when she realized she could spell words. She didn’t go to school for writing or English though but instead film, as she was inspired to go into film after seeing Titanic. She also got her degree in Business to make her parents happy. Her first film job was at National Geographic but she went on to work at several networks including BBC where she worked on Doctor Who and Orphan Black. She wrote her debut novel Allegedly at the Grand Army Plaza branch of the Brooklyn Public Library during the week of Hurricane Sandy.
YASD would like to give a huge thanks to:
Tiffany D. Jackson for being our wonderful guest speaker
Syosset Public Library for hosting the event and all staff members who helped
Our outgoing President Janice Cosenza for putting together the event
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.
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.