Youth Services Roundup - Summer Reading Resources


Good morning, all! Just wanted to give a quick update on summer reading and share some resources. The date for the New York State Library webinar on READsquared has been set for Monday, May 11 from 1-2 pm.

It'll be especially useful to those who are new to using READsquared, but any public library staff are welcome to attend if they want a refresher or have specific questions about using or signing up for READsquared. Questions can be sent in advance to by Friday (5/8) at noon; there will also be a Q&A session at the end of the webinar. The webinar will be recorded/archived for anyone who cannot attend or for future viewing. Join on May 11 at:

American Libraries has an article on how libraries are adapting summer programming to our times: "As social distancing measures continue, libraries anticipate big changes to summer reading. With chances for face-to-face contact limited or absent, many seek alternative strategies for hosting events and recording reading goals..."

The Youth Services Shout-Out blog is a gift to us all, and the latest post is a greatest hits album of online AND offline programming ideas for summer.

Just a reminder that if you're looking for offline activities for families with young children, NCLS has uploaded a variety of Talking is Teaching activity handouts to a shared folder.

Finally, I wanted to make sure that everyone was aware that for the first time ever, North Country libraries are offering a collaborative summer program calendar. This 6-week session will align with the CSLP theme Imagine Your Story, and will mainly take place online. Patrons will be able to access storytime, book discussion groups, gaming, crafts, author visits - all compiled in one handy, easy-to-promote location, the new NCLS Virtual Branch. More details for library staff will be available soon on the NCLS Staff Guide, but if you want to get involved, or if you have any questions in the meantime, please don't hesitate to contact me. Thanks, all!

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