December Professional Development

Thank you to Meghan Fangmann for curating these webinars and articles!



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November Professional Development

Thank you to Meghan Fangmann for curating these webinars and articles!

Understanding Teens 101 (Wyoming State Library)
Wednesday, Nov 14 (2-3 pm)
Join Catherine Boddie and Bridget Kiely, Young Adult Librarians at Arapahoe Libraries in Colorado, for a crash-course on understanding teen behavior and strategies for applying your know-how so all staff can offer the best teen services at your library. We’ll touch on everything from adolescent neuroscience to behavioral issues. Whether you’re a teen expert or teen averse attend for some useful takeaways for your day to day work in the library.

YASD December Brunch & Installation of Officers 12/13/2018!

YASD December Brunch & Installation of Officers

Date: Thursday, December 13th, 2018
9:30 AM– 12:30 PM
Roosevelt Public Library
27 West Fulton Avenue, Roosevelt, NY 11575

Please join us for our annual December Brunch and the presentation of the YASD Excellence in Programming Awards!
IBI ZOBOI will share her personal experiences with literacy and discuss how reading and living in a marginalized community led her to launch multiple initiatives, which help teen girls in her own community harness their critical reading and writing skills.

CEUs will be awarded.

Please click here to view the flyer.

$30 for NCLA/SCLA members and students. $45 for Non-members.
Please make checks payable to NCLA.

Please return by December 10th to Roseann Podias
Freeport Memorial Library,
144 West Merrick Road, Freeport, NY 11520

October Professional Development

Thank you to Meghan Fangmann for curating these webinars and articles!

Teen Read Week October 7-13 2018

Teen Read Week – It’s Written in the Stars…READ …

The 2018 event will be held Oct. 7 – 13th, featuring the theme “It’s Written in the Stars: READ.” Library staff, afterschool providers and educators can use this theme to encourage teens to think and read outside of the box, as well as seek out fantasy, science fiction and other out-of- this-world reads.

The Great Give Back Information: October 13, 2018

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Is your library participating in the Great Give Back this year? See what your neighbors are doing!

Upcoming Webinars

Thursday, October 11, 12:00pm

YA Announcements: Winter and Beyond (Booklist)

When: Thu, October 11, 12pm – 1pm

Description: There’s no better time than winter to curl up with a gripping read. And with upcoming YA releases like the ones covered in this free, hour-long webinar, teen readers—and YA lovers of all ages—will want to do nothing else.

For more information and to register, visit:

Wednesday, October 17, 10:00am

DIY Escape Rooms and Other Immersive Experiences (Utah State Library)

When: Wed, October 17, 10:00am – 11:30am

Description: These engaging and captivating games can be designed around nearly any theme from zombies to pirates to detective dramas and are being used by libraries in a multitude of ways. They can be employed simply for outreach and to engage library patrons, for incorporating instruction and experiential learning outcomes, as well as for internal staff team-building and training. You too can create this type of captivating programming for your own library for both promotion and education!

For more information and to register, visit:

The Hate U Give Read-A-Likes

Poetry and Graphic Novels to Read After The Hate U Give …

The film adaptation of Angie Thomas’ The Hate U Give is lending new energy to the award-winning, best-selling novel about police violence and Black life in America. A lot of great lists online have already suggested dozens of fiction readalikes, so we thought we’d recommend graphic novels, poetry, and memoirs that address similar themes in a different format.


Save the Date! YASD December Brunch, 12/13/2018!

YASD December Brunch & Installation of Officers

Date: Thursday, December 13th, 2018
9:30 AM– 12:30 PMYASD-DecemberBrunch2018IMG
Roosevelt Public Library

Save the date! The NCLA YASD will be having our annual December Brunch & Installation of Officers on Thursday, December 13th, at 9:30 AM at the Roosevelt Public Library.


We will be featuring YA author IBI ZOBOI!


More Information Coming Soon!


YASD Award for Excellence in Programming 2018

It’s that time of year again – time for the YASD Award for Excellence in Programming! Once again this year we’re offering three awards: one for the most innovative program, one for the most successful community service program, and one for the best display.

Please see below for more information, and get those applications in: the deadline for submission is Monday December 3rd, 2018

Award for Excellence in Programming Application, 2018

YASD invites all young adult librarians to share


their most exciting and innovative teen program, successful community service program, or creative teen display.


  • YA librarians who are current members of NCLA/YASD.Excellence2018IMG
  • Program or display must have taken place during 2017.
  • Librarians serving as judges may not apply for the award while they are on the selection committee.

Description of Awards:
(You may apply for more than one award)

Most Innovative Program
Young Adult librarians are always coming up with programs where our teens can have fun as well as learn something new. What new and innovative program have you done this year?

Successful Community Service Program
Teens are always looking for Community Service hours. Tell us about your successful community service program that not only gave teens the hours they needed but taught them the importance of giving back to the community.

Teen Display of the Year
We’ve all done displays that we want to show off to the world. Show us the most creative, Instagram worthy display you’ve done this year.

Submission deadline: December 3, 2018

Please send application and supporting materials to:

Pam Strudler
Syosset Public Library
225 S. Oyster Bay Rd.
Syosset, NY 11791

For additional information, please contact Pam Strudler at

The Great Give Back: Saturday, October 13th, 2018

Is your library participating in this year’s “Great Give Back?” It’s a “great” opportunity for your teens to earn community service and help the library give back to your community.

From the Great Give Back’s website:

The Great Give Back is a community service initiative created by the Suffolk County Public Library Directors Association and the Suffolk Cooperative Library System.

The mission of The Great Give Back is to provide a day of opportunities for the patrons of Long Island libraries to participate in meaningful, service-oriented experiences. You can find out if your library is hosting a Great Give Back event by checking this list or this interactive map.

You can plan to do a program on October 13th, or set up a week-long event such as a food or coat drive. Thank you to Renee McGrath, Manager of Youth Services at NLS and absolute youth superhero, for spreading the word! She also gave some great ideas, in addition to the ones libraries are already doing, such as:

  • Drop-in crafts for housewarming gifts for Habitat for Humanity groups
  • Book Donations for Little Free Libraries
    Create wreathes (cards, stuffed animals, etc.) for residents in nursing homes
  • Hold a community breakfast for charitable organizations in your community
  • Assemble thanksgiving baskets
  • School supply drive
  • Coat drive (it will be getting cold very soon)
  • Blood drive
  • Check with your local religious organization for ideas for needy families – what do they need the most.

Want to see who’s participating? Visit:

Let us know in the comments if you will be participating!