April Meeting Minutes, 2014

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No meeting next month. Our next meeting will be Friday, June 13th and the topic is reluctant readers and graphic novels we will also try to talk about teen volunteers, time permitting. Don’t forget about the CLA annual conference at the end of the month.

Today’s topic is Statistics:

Jennifer brought in a Prezi based on information from Tom Newman.

Statistics help you see trends from year to years, helps you get more money, collection development, prove your worth, and compare your library/collection/department to others.

The state collects lots of statistics from library directors so even if you aren’t collecting stats there are probably some from your library.

As a YA librarian you could/should keep track on program attendance, ya circ as a percent of total circ, reference questions, and trends.

Polling teens about their opinions on programs can give you good stats too.

Tom Newman has created easy charts that you can use to compare yourself to state average and to other libraries. You can find these charts here.

It is important to tell directors what you are doing. Keep stats and send them monthly or annually reports about what you are doing in the library and out–don’t forget professional development, passive programs and in house activities.

Next we did a quick recap of last meetings summer reading topic.

Different program include kool aid tattoos or brush bots.

Please talk about your program and share your ideas in the comments or tell us how you used statistics to advocate for something in your library.


Popular Nonfiction

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It seems that nonfiction books don’t circulate well in the teen areas. Perhaps using them more in displays or talking them up with teens might help circulation.

Some popular topics:

  • War
  • Drawing Instruction
  • Style
  • Paranormal
  • Ripley’s Believe it or Not
  • Secrets (similar to Post Secret)

Check out the Pinterest Board from the Capital Region YA Roundtable on Recommended Nonfiction.

Topics for Purchasing:

  • More biographies of sports stars would be helpful – not the 48 or 64 pages you often find in the children’s room.
  • Minecraft

What’s popular in your library?

Minutes-January 11, 2013

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Today’s meeting topic was Hot New Fiction.

Summer Reader

However, the meeting began with a demo of the new online summer reading tracker program provided by the Connecticut State Library: Summer Reader which will be available for the next three years.

You can take a look at one of the templates from the patron side set up by Linda and Sue. You can register too!

You can have as many programs as you would like. It is highly customizable. You can do reading programs or even count volunteers with this program. Templates will be available that ate generic and that fit the collaborative summer reading program.

Features: Online registrations, family registration, reading and progress logging, prize management and distribution, a prize drawings, reviews (and comments–can be mediated if you would like), ratings (a star system), collect statistics and create reports (any info in can come out–excel), bi lingual (French and Spanish), RSS feeds, e-mail, connect to FaceBook, also a mobile version is available.

They are hoping we can begin to set up our own pages in middle of February. But that is not confirmed. Watch the SPEAK listserve for information. Webinars and training seminars are available.

Suggestions for Hot New Fiction
includes a Nancy Pearl article for NPR.

Navigating Early
Just One Day
Tragedy Paper
Pale by Chris Wooding
Jonny Delgadod: Private Detective by Kevin Brooks
Kill Swap by James Lovegrove

-from Kathleen

Scarlet by Marissa Meyer
Cross My Heart Hope to Die by Sara Shepard
Witch &Wizard: Kiss by James Patterson
The Indigo Spell by Richelle Mead
Breaking Point by Kirsten Simmons
Out and Easy by Ruta Sepetys
Neferet’s Curse by P.C. Cast
Pieces by Chris Lynch

Requiem by Lauren Oliver
Inferno by Sherrilyn Kenyon
Period 8 by Chris Crutcher
Thirst by Christopher Pike
Panic by Sharon Draper
Unremembered by Jessica Brody
Promises to Keep by Amelia Atwater-Rhodes

Elite by Kiera Cass
Rise by Anna Carey
Oblivion by Anthony Horowitz
This is what Happy Looks Like by Jennifer Smith
Stung by Bethany Wiggins
The Eternity Cure by Julie Kagawa

Thousand Words by Jennifer Brown
Mystic by Alyson Noel
All I Need by Susan Colasanti
Fall of Night by Rachel Caine
If I Should Die by Amy Plum
Fathomless by Jackson Pearce
Truth or Dare by Jackson Pearce

The Moon and More by Sarah Dessen
Game board of the Goods by Richelle Mead
After Daybak by J.A. London
Crushed by Sara Shepard

-from Claudette

The Friday Society bit Adrienne Kress
The Last Dragonslayer by Jasper Fforde
Quarantine: The Loners by Lex Thomas
Cold Fury by T.M Goeglein
Gods and Warriors by Michelle Paver
Four Secrets by Margaret Willey
Burn for Burn by Jenny Han & Siobhan Vivian
Personal Effects by E.M. Kokie
Jepp Who Defied the Stars by Katherine Marsh
Beyond by Graham Mcnamee
Lullaby by Amanda Hocking
Revolution 19 by Gregg Rosenblum
Pinned by Sharon G. Flake

-From Kristi

Jennifer’s Picks
The Revenge of the Girl with the Great Personality by Elizabeth Eulberg (upcoming)
Nobody by Jennifer Lynn Barnes (upcoming)
If I Lie by Corrine Jackson
Amber House by Kelly Moore
Burn for Burn by Jenny Han and Siobhan Vivian
Speechless by Hannah Harrington
Unspoken by Sarah Rees Brennan
Butter by Erin Jade Lange
No Safety in Numbers by Dayna Lorentz
Willful Impropriety: 13 Tales of Society, Scandal, and Romance (various authors)
Perfect Escape by Jennifer Brown
Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater
The Edge of Nowhere by Elizabeth George
Ten by Gretchen McNeil
The Wrap-Up List by Steven Arntson
Iron Hearted Violet by Kelly Barnhill
The Lost Code by Kevin Emerson
Confessions of an Angry Girl by Louise Rozett
Guy Langman Crime Scene Procrastinator by Josh Berk
Survive by Alex MorelRevolution 19 by Gregg Rosenblum
Cold Fury by T.M. Goeglein
False Memory by Dan Krokos
Breathe by Sarah Cross
Falling Kingdoms by Morgan Rhodes
Behind the Bookcase by Mark Steensland
Monument 14 by Emmy Laybourne
Salvation by Anne Osterlund
A Long Way From You by Gwendoyln Heasley
Spy Princess by Sherwood Smith
Pizza Love and Other Stuff that Made Me Famous by Kathryn Williams
Origin by Jessica Khoury
Ask the Passengers by A.S. King
Gods and Warriors by Michelle Payer
Blackwatch by Jenna Burtenshaw
Cloak Society by Jeramey Kraatz
Changling by Philippa Gregory
Opposite of Hallelujah by Anna Jarzab
Skinny by Donna Cooner
Dangerous Boy by Mandy Hubbard
Cadet of Tildor by Alex Lidell
Crewel by Gennifer Albin
Last Dragonslayer by Jasper Fforde
Boy Recession by Flynn Meaney
Dead and Buried by Kim Harrington
Tiger Lily by Jodi Lynn Anderson
Return to Me by Justina Chen
My Life Next Door by Huntley Fitzpatrick
Doomed by Tracy Deebs

The February meeting topic is Publicity. See you then.

Teen Apps

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Check out the Apps store. I really like how they’re divided up into categorizes. (must be the librarian in me). Wendy shared this site: Apps that normally cost $ for FREE. I tried to share a variety of apps. Some would be for teen entertainment, some could be used for programs at the library, and some could be productive. Most of the Apps are free, unless otherwise noted. Some of the apps are for iphones, but can be used with ipads too.

Forever Drive: racing game
Glass Tower 3: Game that looks like Tetris – .$99
MASH: just what you think – $.99
Ant Smasher
Fruit Ninja: $.99
You Don’t Know Jack: Trivia
Teen Truth or Dare
Free Flow: puzzle game
Mad Libs: App free but you need to purchase the book

Helpful Apps:
Instagram : photos (just saw this via twitter this morning from Teen Librarian Toolbox – take your photos and create a bookmark)
Ringtone Maker: make any MP3 file your ringtone
Yalsa BookFinder: awards and booklists
Relax Waterfall: calming music
Songkick Concerts: keeps track of your favorite bans and their concerts

Could be used in Programs:
Manga Camera: Take a picture and change it into manga style
Instyle Hairstyle: use photos of yourself to test out hair styles of celebrities – could be used for an event before prom/homecoming

Prezi – same as on computer – use it to make presentations
Dropbox – same as on computer – save and retrieve your files from anywhere
iTranslate: translate into various languages instantly.
ibrainstorm: a cork board to “pin” sticky notes and create drawings
Learnist: remixing social media in a collaborative way
World Book: This day in history – list of historical events
Haiku Deck: use to create presentations

Mark Your Calendar for the Next Meeting:
Date: January 11th – 10 AM at the Willimantic Service Center
Topic: New Fiction (please bring titles to share) and Linda will be talking about online summer reading software
~ Jennifer

Minutes October 12

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Today’s topic is Programming:

FashionPlaytes–website found through newspaper article. Project Runway fashion design clothing with donated fabric and dollar store items. Duct tape clothing.

Edible arrangement programs–cookie cutters used on melon and pineapple, continue to be popular.

Try for raw food deserts when you don’t have access to a kitchen. Or send home things to be baked at home.

Bring in local businesses to do cake decorating, or cupcake decorating.

Cooking contest–bring it from home and then there is taste testing. This has been particularly successful with kids and you should have people make enough for 10 people.

A listing of successful food programs would be a good asset.

Don’t forget about the Pinterest account run by the Capital Region Round Table.

Examples for craft programs near publicity will draw a larger crowd.

Henna programs are also popular. You can bring someone in or D.I.Y. with kits from a craft store.

LEGOs with teens. Maybe a contest or robots.

Science club–using zoom science –divide into teams using recyclable materials.

Nature programs

Low chairs will deter adults from using their area.

Feel free to comment or post with more program ideas.

January Meeting Minutes

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We met on January 13th at WLSC. Our topic was Technology Programs.

Some of the ideas mentioned included:
eReaders–are teens using them?
iPad app design
Video Games and Gaming Programs–concern was expressed that systems quickly become out of date.
Online Video Game Programs such as FreeRice

Digital Photography–Internal Contests and a listing of external contests teens can enter

Snapfish Photography Products


Other Topics Discussed Included:

Readers Advisory

Draw On–a program by the Adlrich Art Museum (Mar 24-April 7)


The topic for the February Meeting is Tween Reads

Minutes October 14, 2011

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The topic for the October 14, 2011 meeting was Books that Don’t Make You Blush. In addition to potential books for this list, the definition of what does or does not make one blush was also discussed. The definition of a clean book is relative and very much dependent on the person.


We also discussed the integration of high interest, low level Orca books into library collections.


Survey results were presented. ECYA meetings will continue to be on the second Friday of the month from 10:00am – 12:00pm. Future meeting dates and topics are as follows:

November–No Meeting. State YA Meeting in Wallingford on November 17th.

December 9th: Boy Programs and Books

January 13th: Tech Programs

February 10th: Tween Reads

March 9th: Historical Fiction

April 13th: Programming and Summer Reading

May 11th: Hot Fiction


Please think about topics for a YA event in Easter Connecticut.