Minutes – May 8, 2009

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The Eastern Connecticut Young Adult Roundtable met on Friday May 8, 2009 from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. at the Cragin Memorial Library in Colchester. The main topic for our meeting was Boys and Books.

Linda brought a lot of great reference books from WLSC that we can borrow to see ways to approach our boys differently. A few of these books were: The Guy Friendly YA Library by Rollie Welch, Connecting Boys with Boys I and II by Michael Sullivan, Boys and Girls Learn Differently by Michael Gurian, and Reading Don’t Fix No Chevy’s: Literacy in the Lives of Young Men by Michael Smith and Jeffrey Wilhem.

Clearly, boys and girls do learn differently. They approach life differently and they read differently. It’s our job, as librarians, to undertake. We need to find a way to incorporate boys into the library
world that is predominantly female. One of the best ways is through our book displays. We’d love to have you post to this blog displays you have done that invite boys to want to leave the library with a book in hand. One thing we all agreed on is that books that involve sports, action, or horror as well as non-fiction, and series books are usually where boys seem to wander.

We also brought books from our own libraries that we felt would make great boy reads and that captivated our male audience. The books that were brought are as follows:

Slam by Nick Hornby
All-In by Pete Hautman
The Last Apprentice Series by Joseph Delaney
7 Days at the Hot Corner by Terry Trueman
H.I.V.E. series by Mark Walden
The Fire of Ares by Michael Ford
The Restless Dead: Ten Original Stories of the Supernatural edited by Deborah Noyes
Nathan Fox Series by Lynn Britney
The Black Tattoo by Sam Enthoven
Tim: Defender of the Earth by Sam Enthoven
Football Hero by Tim Green as well as other Tim Green Books
The Last Knight by Hilari Bell
First Shot by Walter Sorrells
39 Clues Series by various authors….
Dead Connection by Charlie Price
Devil’s Breath by David Gilman
Steel Trap: The Challenge by Ridley Pearson
Halo Series by Joseph Staten
Darkness Creeping by Neil Shusterman
666: The Number of the Beast by Various Authors
Why I Fight by J. Adams Oaks
Pendragon Series by D.J. MacHale
Mortal Coils by Eric Nylund
Bloodline Series by Katy Moran
Young Samurai by Chris Bradford
Heroes of the Valley by Jonathan Stroud
The Morgue and Me by John Ford

If you know of other books we did not discuss, please feel free to post them to the blog as well.

Our next meeting will be on September 11th at 1:00 p.m. in Scotland at Scotland Public Library. We will do a quick recap of our summer programs, hopefully bring some insight into offering programs on tiny budgets, and discuss Teen Read Week which is October 18th-24th .

Enjoy the summer and see everyone in the fall!

Claudette Stockwell
Children’s Librarian Assistant
Killingly Public Library


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