Monday, September 8, 2008


Check out the great slate of programs that YSS is hosting at WLA 2008.

Don't forget to register!


12:15 - 1:45 p.m.

YSS Luncheon—Library Memories: Visions of Yesterday

Geneva & Mendota

Catherine Gilbert Murdock, Author (YSS)

Catherine Gilbert Murdock burst onto the scene of young adult literature with her award-winning and best-selling debut novel, Dairy Queen (2006). The sequel, The Off Season, soon followed and met with the same success. Her newest title, Princess Ben, was released in May 2008. Catherine Gilbert Murdock and her family live outside Philadelphia, where she is hard at work on a third book starring D.J. Schwenk. For more information, visit

2:00 - 3:15 p.m.

How to Reach Hard to Reach Populations (YSS)

Pam Peterson, Door County UW Extension Family Living Educator; Mary Driscoll, Dane County Library Service Outreach Librarian

Designing innovative programs for library users is challenging, but creating programs that focus on previously non-user populations is even tougher. Mary Driscoll and Pam Peterson will talk about reaching out to members of the community that aren’t regular library users.

Gaming, Libraries and Literacy: Redefining Gaming in the Academic and Public Library Landscape (YSS Co-Sponsor)

Jeannie McBeth, Oshkosh Public Library; Terrance Newell, Assistant Professor, UW-Milwaukee School of Information Studies

A panel of librarians whose libraries offer video game programming will talk about How Their Library Does It Good (best practices, marketing, etc.), and offer counterpoints to the argument that gaming doesn’t belong in libraries.

4:00 - 5:15 p.m.

Literacy Coaches and Programs for Tweens and Teens: How Schools and Libraries Can Support Adolescent Literacy (YSS)

Kelly J. Meyers, Associate Executive Director, Association of School Administrators, Inc.; Emilie Amundson, English Language Arts Consultant, DPI Content and Learning Team; Marcia Sarnowski, Library Consultant, Winding Rivers Library System; Barbara Huntington, Public Library Youth Services and Special Services Consultant, Division for Libraries, Technology and Community Learning, DPI

Wisconsin is making adolescent literacy a priority. Learning to read proficiently is a critical element in adolescents’ ability to be successful in all learning, in the workforce, and as global citizens. Statewide assessments of reading achievement show that the proportion of students proficient in reading declines as they move from elementary and middle school to high school. Join us for a discussion of how schools and libraries can work together to provide high-quality services to tweens and teens, supporting their continued literacy development.

Thursday, November 6, 2008

8:45 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.

Best Books for Young Adults: 2009 Nominees (YSS)

Speaker to be Determined

Find out about books that have been nominated to be 2009 ALA/YALSA Best Books for Young Adults. Librarians from the Cooperative Children’s Book Center (CCBC) will share opinions on some of their favorite books from the 2009 BBYA nominations list, along with thoughts on books they think don’t quite make the cut. (The final 2009 Best Books for Young Adults list will be determined at the American Library Association 2009 Midwinter Meeting in January, 2009.)

10:45 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Public Library Resources for Children with Autism and their Families (YSS)

Roxane Bartelt, Head of Children's Services, Kenosha Public Library; Lisa Langsdorf, Children's Librarian, Kenosha Public Library; Patricia Herr, Leader, Autism Support Group, Kenosha Achievement Center; Theresa Heberling, Early Intervention Program Teacher, Kenosha Achievement Center

Autism is lifelong, neurological disorder significantly affecting how a person perceives the world, interacts with others, communicates, and often referred to as a spectrum disorder (ASD). Symptoms and characteristics can present themselves from mild to severe. Autism knows no racial, ethnic, or social boundaries, it occurs more in boys, and has no single cause. In 2007, one in 150 8-year-olds were affected. Early diagnosis, intervention, and support are vital, and this session will teach you about resources that can help educate and inform parents, educators, staff, and children.

From Queer to Gay and Back Again: Young Adult Books with Gay/Lesbian/Queer Content, 1969-2008 (YSS Co-Sponsor)

Christine Jenkins, Associate Professor, Director of the Center for Children's Books, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

The first young adult novel with gay/lesbian content was published in 1969 In the nearly 40 years since then, approximately 250 YA titles with LGBTQ (lesbian/gay/bisexual/transgendered/queer/

questioning) content have appeared in the U.S. This presentation introduces and examines the books that comprise this body of literature from the 1970s to the present. Elements of character, plot, setting, gender, race, and class all contribute to a portrait of this increasingly complex subgenre over time.

2:00 p.m. - 3:15 p.m.

Meet the Burr/Worzalla Children's Book Award Winner! (YSS Co-Sponsor)

George Shannon, Author; Laura Dronzek, Illustrator

Meet this year's Burr/Worzalla award winning author George Shannon and illustrator Laura Dronzek (for their book Rabbit's Gift). The Elizabeth Burr/Worzalla Award is given each year to a single publication published the previous year to the most notable, outstanding contribution in children's literature created by a Wisconsin author or illustrator. Hear about their work and the experience of creating it.

Friday, November 7, 2008

8:45 - 10:00 a.m.

Dynamic Children & Teen Departments (YSS)

Jill Lininger, librarian, Racine Public Library; Barbara Huntington, Public Library Youth Services and Special Services Consultant, Division for Libraries, Technology and Community Learning, DPI

Come along on a virtual tour of the coolest youth spaces in Wisconsin libraries! Jill Lininger and Barb Huntington with help from the staff of some of the featured libraries, will describe some of the interesting teen areas, shelving and display choices, and some very unique and creative reading nooks in Wisconsin libraries. Small, medium, and large libraries will be featured because great libraries come in all sizes.

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