Saturday, December 22, 2012

Luncheon Photos

We hope our members enjoyed our Annual Luncheon and Author Visit as much as we did!

Thursday, December 20, 2012

Upcoming Meeting Dates

Mark your calendars for our upcoming meetings!

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Hurricane Relief

Superstorm Sandy has left behind immeasurable grief for our communities.  We are asking you to support our fund-raising effort on behalf of the community of library workers in Suffolk County affected by the storm.  These people are our family, and we must care for them. Some lost their homes and possessions, some suffered severe damages.  We can’t fix that, but we can show them we care with a monetary gift.  The Public Library Directors Association of Suffolk and the Suffolk County Library Association have joined together with SCLS to create a fund to support this effort. 

To donate go to and click on the Donate button. Please fill in a donation amount, payment information, and choose "Library Staff Hurricane Relief" in the dropdown menu. Your generosity is appreciated.

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Nominate a YA Librarian TODAY!

Promote and celebrate the outstanding work that Young Adult Librarians are providing to the teens of Suffolk County by nominating your colleagues for a Teen Librarian Award.

Please help YASD recognize the librarians who make a difference each day by nominating them for an award. Attached you will find the nomination form and a description of each award. On December 6, at the YASD Annual Author Visit and Luncheon, each nominee will be recognized and the recipient of each award will be presented with a plaque.

Thank your colleagues and fellow librarians for their service to teens and recognize their efforts by nominating
them for an award.

Thursday, October 11, 2012

YASD Election 2013

Ballots are out for the election of our 2013 YASD Board Members. Please send all ballots to Sheila Doherty by October 26.

Sheila Doherty
Vice President/President-Elect
Smithtown Special Library
1 North Country Road
Smithtown, NY 11787

Good luck to all the candidates!

Saturday, October 6, 2012

Friday, October 5, 2012

Second Annual Teen Librarian Awards

The Young Adult Services Division of the Suffolk County Library Association would like to announce the Second Annual Teen Librarian Awards. The Awards were created last year as a way to promote and celebrate the outstanding work that Young Adult Librarians are providing to the teens of Suffolk County.

Please help YASD recognize the librarians who make a difference each day by nominating them for an award. Attached you will find the nomination form and a description of each award. On December 6, at the YASD Annual Author Visit and Luncheon, each nominee will be recognized and the recipient of each award will be presented with a plaque.

Thank your colleagues and fellow librarians for their service to teens and recognize their efforts by nominating
them for an award.

Download Award Descriptions and Information

Download Application

Friday, September 28, 2012

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Brooklyn Book Festival

If you missed this year's Brooklyn Book Festival here is a nice pictorial  recap from PW.  The weather was gorgeous and authors extraordinary!  The highlight of my day was hearing the amazing Libba Bray speak to a small group of librarians.  When asked what advice she would give aspiring teen writers she said:
 "Read-read everything you possibly can!" and "Be Brave."  

In close 2nd was a hilarious round of YA Jeopardy featuring Libbb Bray, Natalie Standiford and Daniel Nayeri.  

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Introducing our NEW LOGO

Featured below, we introduce the new logo of YASD. Members of the association voted on submitted designs that best represented the youthfulness and fun of the teen services division of SCLA. Bright colors and interesting text encompass the new and exciting look of YASD.

Thank you to our wining logo designer, the creative 
Jacqueline Dunn from Hampton Bays Library!

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

YALSA needs YOU!

YALSA is soliciting member input in its Annual survey. YALSA uses your opinions, responses, and suggestions on this survey to create and improve programming and establish tools and resources that those working with young adults  really need.  You need not be a current member of YALSA or ALA to complete.  What a great opportunity to share your opinions and gain insight into this wonderful organization!

The survey runs until September 30th.

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Information from 9/13 Connecting Connecting Youth Community Resources

Below are links to information sheets and bibliographies that the YASD board created in conjunction with the Connecting Connecting Youth Community Resources meeting held at SCLS this past week.

Information Sheets:

Town of Babylon Resources

Town of Brookhaven Resources

Town of Huntington Resources

Town of Islip Resources

Town of Smithtown

Town of Southhampton

Town of Southold Resources



Financial Literacy

Safe Sex

Teens Dealing with Illness

Monday, September 17, 2012

25 Important Legal Issues Every Librarian Should Research

Interesting article.  As the author points out, not many outside our field recognize the potential for legal implications within the library setting.  As always, education and awareness are the best defense.   

Thursday, September 13, 2012

Entry Level Librarian 1 Exam

Wednesday, September 19 is the last day to file for the Entry Level Librarian 1 Civil Service Exam.

You can register by e-FILING at the Suffolk County Civil Service Website.

Additionally, on October 2nd at 2:00pm Peter Ward, Director of the Lindenhurst Library, will present a short workshop at SCLS on taking the Entry Level Librarian civil service exam.  All are welcome to attend, but you must have a Suffolk County Public Library card to register. To register, go to the SCLS calendar at

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Friday, September 7, 2012

Timeless Tales, Emerging Visions

Have you registered for the upcoming 2012 CLASC Literature Conference?  This conference is a professional highlight of the year and is sure to leave you feeling invigorated and excited about literature.  The discussion leaders, including YASD’s Jamie Papandrea, Mike Buono, Joanne Albano and Kate Fais have been working tirelessly to select titles and prepare stimulating discussion questions and relevant handouts.  There is a discussion group that will appeal to the interests of all literature lovers!  Sign up by September 22 to receive the early bird rate.  

See CLASC's website at for full information and to download the brochure.  See you all there!

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

NPR Best Ever Teen Novels

As part of a special summer series 100 Best Books, NPR is currently having a vote on the all-time best teen novels. Based on nominations by NPR readers, a list of finalist were compiled to be voted on over the next few weeks.

Click Here to read the small article and vote for your top 10 titles from a list of 235 finalists.

Joining Forces: Connecting Youth Community Resources

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

YALSA releases new Teen Space Guidelines | American Libraries Magazine

New Guidelines released for Teen Spaces by YALSA. An important/interesting read as we try to develop teen spaces that are productive, welcoming and fun for teens. Click the links below to read the press release and to view the new guidelines.

YALSA releases new Teen Space Guidelines | American Libraries Magazine

Teen Spaces Guidelines

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

New Logo Contest Survey

Out with the OLD in with the NEW logo!

We have collected submissions for our new logo. We want to hear back from our members on which entry we should use as our new logo.

Review the logos and make your selection by visiting the LOGO SURVEY

Check back to the blog to see which logo was selected by our members!

Networking Under the Stars

We welcome fellow YA librarians for lively discussion at Butera's of Sayville. This networking event will give you the opportunity to discuss summer programming, new book releases, upcoming events, gallys and much more in a fun and informal environment.

Join us for a little fun to kick off summer!

Register is open to everyone, you do NOT need to be a YASD member to attend.
See flyer for details!

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Librarians for Life

Support your fellow Librarians by donating to the American Cancer Society's Relay for Life.

Our Reason to Relay:
We are making a difference by teaming up to participate in the American Cancer Society's Relay For Life.

At the event, the Librarians for Life will camp out overnight and take turns walking around the track to raise money and awareness to help the American Cancer Society create a world with less cancer and more birthdays.

Saving lives from cancer starts one team, one participant, and one dollar at a time. Our team is doing our part to make sure that cancer never steals another year of anyone's life.

Please join our team or make a donation. The impact we can make together is much greater than what any of us could do alone!

You can donate at the Librarians for Life Page

Thank you to everyone who supports this great cause!

LILC Winners

We just wanted to take a moment to recognize our BEST Award Winner and Raffle Winners from the Long Island Library Conference last week.

BEST Award Winner - Ryquasia Bonds of Wyandanch Public Library

Ducks Gift Package Raffle - Katherine Welsh of Northshore Public Library

Porters on the Lane Gift Card - Emily Clasper of SCLA

Saturday, May 5, 2012

LILC - The Prize Wheel was a Hit AGAIN!

We hope everyone had a fun and productive time at the Long Island Library Conference this year. The board members of the YASD want to thank all the volunteers and everyone who came by the table to say hello and take a spin of our prize wheel. Here are 2 fun pictures from the event of YASD President, Jamie Papandrea, Vice President, Sheila Doherty and Member-at-Large, Jessica Schnall.

Sheila, Jamie and Jessica at the YASD Table
with the very popular Prize Wheel

Having a Little Fun at the YASD Table

Saturday, April 28, 2012

Authors Unlimited

We have finally arrived to the much anticipated event - Authors Unlimited. Being held at St. Joseph's College in Patchogue, this event will bring together teens, YA authors and librarians in the community for a fun filled day! Last year's event was a huge success and this year it is going to be even better.

This a free event and registration begins at 10am. Come down and spend the day with some of your favorite YA authors!

Monday, April 23, 2012

Pictures from the 2012 Fran Romer Workshop

The 2012 Fran Romer Workshop took place last Friday at the Brentwood Public Library. The theme of the event was RIPPED FROM THE HEADLINES. We had an excellent turn out of YA librarians and enthusiast and were lucky to have Caroline Bock, author LIE, speak with us about her writing process and the creation of LIE. The book discussions on other important titles influenced by current events and hot topics were robust. Here are some photos of the event:

You can see all the photos from the event our the YASD Facebook Page

Monday, April 16, 2012

2012 Suffolk County Student Film Festival

Do you know of any teens who love making movies? Who are great with a video camera? Or want to be actors? Consider spreading the word about the 2012 Suffolk County Student Film Festival. Submissions are currently being accepted now until June 7th.

The Festival will take place at Sachem Public Library on Thursday, June 28 from 6pm - 9pm.

Saturday, April 14, 2012

Long Island Library Conference

Are you planning on attending the Long Island Library Conference on May 3rd? If you are, make sure to stop by the YASD table. Our signature Prize Wheel will be there for you to spin for a chance to win some great prizes. We will also be raffling off gift baskets and more throughout the day.

The YASD looks forward to seeing you there!

Monday, April 9, 2012

Just Announced: Registration Extended!

The deadline to register for the Fran Romer Workshop has been extended to Thursday April 19! This promises to be a fantastic event featuring booktalks of titles your teens will love, and special guest speaker Caroline Bock who will discuss her novel L.I.E. and sign books!

The committee has worked very hard and is preparing wonderful book discussion sessions that will most certainly be informative and interesting.

Contact hours will be awarded for the workshop.

Saturday, March 31, 2012

Top 10 Social Media and Libraries Predictions for 2012

The ALA LinkedIn group page has a ton of interesting discussions. Some of the most popular discussions surround social media in the library. This article was originally written and published late December 2011, however, 4 months later still has relevance as well all continue to navigate and incorporate social media into our libraries. Below is a link to the original posting as well as the ALA's LinkedIn page.

What are your libraries doing to increase traffic through social media? How have you integrated social media into your library programs?

Monday, March 19, 2012

Active Listening Workshop - March 2012

The Active Listening Workshop was an excellent meeting that provided useful tips for better communication at libraries and at home. The representative from EAP was an engaging speaker who had a wealth of information on how to better communicate with our colleagues, patrons and everyone else. We discussed the roadblocks of being a good listener and ways to overcome these challenges.

EAP is a excellent service provided throughout Suffolk County, and free!

Friday, March 16, 2012

New Logo Contest - Now Accepting Submissions

Announced in this month's issue of Teen Talk, we are having a new logo contest. Feel free to submit a redesigned logo for the YASD. We are looking to update our look for 2012. Feel free to submit your design to to be considered. We will take the Top 3 redesigns and post them on the blog for members to vote. Submissions are not limited to YASD members, so spread the word.

 This is a great opportunity for you to show off your creativity!

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Mid-Month Catch Up

Just a quick reminder post about all the fun things coming up in the next couple of months. Spring is going to be busy for YASD librarians!

Tomorrow 3/15 Active Listening Workshop at the Smithtown-Commack Library. 10am.

April 20, Annual Fran Romer Workshop at the Brentwood Public Library. Don't forget to register early.

April 28, Author's Unlimited at St. Joseph's College

May 3, Long Island Library Conference

Make sure you mark your calenders and register for all these great events coming up.

Sunday, March 4, 2012

Librarian Humor Goes Political

If the library is cool enough for the President, it is cool enough for everyone else!

Register Today!

Don't forget to register for the 2012 Fran Romer Memorial Booktalk Workshop. We are excited to have Caroline Bock, author of L.I.E. join us for book discussions on her novel and other titles that were Ripped From the Headlines.

Registration Deadline is Monday, April 9.

Saturday, February 25, 2012

February Meeting - Pictures Posted to Facebook

Hi Everyone - All the pictures for last week's Joint Meeting with Gayle Forman have been posted to Facebook! If you haven't yet checked out the photos, go to the YASD FACEBOOK PAGE.

Our Facebook page is a great way to stay connect to the YASD and SCLA. While you are there, don't forget to "LIKE" our page.

Jamie, Gayle Forman, Joanne and Theresa

Besides Gayle Forman, the hot topic of the morning was the cupcakes made by Joanne Albano of Nina Nonna Confections! Librarian by day, master cupcake maker by night!

Gayle Forman doing a reading from her book Sisters in Sanity

The line to purchase/sign books

You can see more pictures on Our Facebook Page.

Librarian Humor: Knowledge is Power

Just some light humor to start off the weekend!

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Reminder: Author's Unlimited

Don't forget to tell the teens and YA readers at your libraries about this year's Authors Unlimited. Being held Saturday, April 28, 2012 at St. Joseph's College, this event will let teens and YA enthusiasts participate in discussions on YA literature and attend breakout sessions and author presentation. For more details, visist the Authors Unlimited website at

Saturday, February 18, 2012

SAVE THE DATE: The Annual Fran Romer Workshop

SAVE THE DATE: April 20th, 2012 from 9am - 1pm. The Annual Fran Romer Workshop will be held at the Brentwood Public Library and feature Caroline Beck, author of L.I.E.

Recap: Nassau/Suffolk Joint Meeting with Gayle Forman

Yesterday's joint Nassau/Suffolk YASD meeting was a success! We had a great crowd attend, who were all looking forward to catching up with each other, meeting new people across both counties and getting the opportunity to listen to Gayle Forman speak. During the refreshments, before Gayle took the stage, there was a lot of chatter across the room, a lot of laughs and everyone seemed to be enjoying themselves, especially once they had a delicious cupcake! Once Gayle began to speak, notebooks came about, the room silenced and everyone gave her their full attention. Taking a different spin on a discussion of her books, Gayle talked about the books we wouldn't read, or that were likely to never get published, the writing she has done, that has lead to her currently best sellers. She was an engaging speaker and gave the audience a real insight into her writing process. After her presentation and few quick readings from her most popular books If I stay and Where She Went, along with glimpses into those pieces we will never see, she opened the floor to questions. The YA librarians love a good Q&A session. There were many questions ranging from musical impacts on writing, discussions on her editors and other popular YA authors, and how eBooks are changing the way people read and the way books get published. Overall, the discussion was robust.

After, Gayle was very generous to stick around and signed books for everyone. The line was long, but she stayed, and everyone had the pleasure of quickly speaking with her, a great capstone to an excellent program.

A job well done to the Suffolk and Nassau YASD members who put together a wonderful event. And a huge thank you to Gayle Forman!

Thursday, February 16, 2012

Librarian Humor: When I Grow Up...

It is nothing you see and hear very often. Usually when someone says "When I grow up..." it is followed by Fireman, Teacher, Doctor, Lawyer. However, there is a few of us who always new we wanted to be Librarians. This is the perfect bumper sticker for you!

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

ALA Job Post - Social Media for Job Searching

ALA Joblist is holding an online career chat on how to use social media effectively in your job search. This free online discussion is being held February 23 from 1:00 - 2:oopm ET. Follow the link below to register for this informative conversation that will benefit anyone seeking new employment opportunities.

This is a must-attend event!

Join us for the March Meeting - Active Listening Workshop

Join us March 15, 2012 at 10am, Smithtown Library - Commack Branch, for a workshop on Active Listening. There will be a representative from EAP to speak with us about strategies to enhance our communication.

Make sure to RSVP to Kristine Sabia by phone or email at 631.585.9393 x230 0r

Friday, February 10, 2012

Librarian Humor: Boolean Connectors

This is the first installment of a new segment called Librarian Humor, it will include videos, photos, annedotes and anything else funny related to a Librarian's world. Librarian Humor - others just don't seem to get it!

The following video was sent across to me from a friend and fellow Librarian. It is a funny video of a lesson done by a librarian on Boolean connectors. The use of food and her great accent make for an entertaining video.

If I was doing this lesson it would be Strawberry Jelly AND (Chunky Peanut Butter OR Creamy Peanut Butter).

Feel free to submit your Library Humor, to be included in future posts, to Jessica Schnall at

Thursday, February 9, 2012

February Meeting - Gayle Forman

February 17, 2012 we will be welcoming Gayle Forman, author of If I Stay.  Take the time to come to South Huntington Library at 10am to meet this dynamic author as she speaks to Nassau and Suffolk's Young Adult Librarians. This is a MUST ATTEND meeting.