Monday, August 9, 2010

WLA 2010

WLA is right around the corner. Check out these great programs that are being sponsored by the Youth Services Section this year. For information about all the conference programs visit

Wednesday, November 3

7:00 am - 8:30 am
  • Youth Services Section Board & Business Meeting

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

  • Elizabeth Burr/Worzalla Wisconsin Children's Book Awards (SPONSORED BY YSS)

    The Children's Book Award Committee of the WLA Youth Services Section carefully examined and evaluated 70+ titles by authors and illustrators with a Wisconsin connection. Come and hear them discuss this year’s winner, and also the books they selected to honor as Outstanding Books. Be ready for some great book talks! They will also talk about the process of selecting the winners and what it was like to be on this award committee.

12:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.
  • YSS Luncheon with Gordon Korman (SPONSORED BY YSS)

    Gordon Korman wrote his first novel when he was only twelve. A year and a half later, This Can’t Be Happening at Macdonald Hall was published by Scholastic. Now, twenty-five years after that 7th grade project, he has over sixty books to his credit, including the Island trilogy, No More Dead Dogs and Son of the Mob. Using his trademark humor, Mr. Korman will discuss his writing process and what goes into developing and writing his amazing children’s books.

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

  • “Can Children’s Books Save the World?” Behind the Scenes at the Arbuthnot Lecture – by the Lecturer (SPONSORED BY YSS)
    Presented by
    Kathleen T. Horning, Director, CCBC, UW-Madison

    The May Hill Arbuthnot Honor Lecture Award is given annually by the Association for Library Services to Children, a division of ALA. The honoree “shall prepare a paper considered to be a significant contribution to the field of children's literature.” The 2010 Lecture was presented by Wisconsin’s own Kathleen T. Horning, Director of the Cooperative Children’s Book Center. Join us as Kathleen offers an “inside look” at the experience of making this prestigious presentation, and shares highlights from her paper: “Can Children’s Books Save the World?”

4:00 p.m. - 5:15 p.m.

  • Graphically Speaking (SPONSORED BY YSS)
    Presented by
    Ruth Adams, Librarian, Memorial Library, UW-Madison

    Graphic novels are a huge growth area for teens and young adults. Do you know the difference between a graphic novel and a comic book? UW-Madison librarian Ruth Adams will discuss the growth of graphic novels as a literary format and help librarians get in tune with and understand what their readers are looking for.
Thursday, November 4, 2010

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

  • Best Fiction for Young Adults: 2011 Nominees (SPONSORED BY YSS)
    Presented by Merri Lindgren
    , Librarian, CCBC, UW-Madison; Megan Schliesman, Librarian, CCBC, UW-Madison

    Beginning in 2011, the list formerly known as Best Books for Young Adults will become Best Fiction for Young Adults. Librarians from the Cooperative Children’s Book Center (CCBC) will talk about some of the titles nominated for the Young Adult Library Services Association’s (YALSA) 2011 Best Fiction for Young Adults list. The session will begin with a brief discussion on the list’s change in scope.
10:45 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
  • Using Media to Market Libraries (SPONSORED BY YSS)
    Presented by Linda Jerome
    , Librarian, La Crosse Public Library; Georgia Jones, Youth Services Librarian, C.A. Friday Memorial Library, New Richmond; Mark Ibach, Marketing and PR Coordinator, South Central Library System; Dawn Wacek, Youth Services Manager, Rice Lake Public Library; Jesse Vieau, Madison Public Library

    Photos, videos, social networking, blogs and more. Librarians are finding creative ways to showcase the fun things going on at their local libraries. Join our panel for examples, ideas and a discussion of best practices.

4:00 p.m. - 5:15 p.m.

  • YSS Book Discussion (SPONSORED BY YSS)
    Presented by Merri Lindgren, Librarian, CCBC, UW-Madison; Megan Schliesman, Librarian, CCBC, UW-Madison

    Take this opportunity to participate in a book discussion led by librarians from the Cooperative Children’s Book Center (CCBC). Everyone attending this session should read either Out of My Mind by Sharon Draper (Atheneum, 2010) or Bruiser by Neal Shusterman (HarperTeen, 2010) in preparation for this session. Participants will follow CCBC book discussion guidelines (

    Please go online to Survey Monkey to indicate your book choice at

Friday, November 5, 2010

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

  • Accessing and Promoting Spanish Language Children's Literature (SPONSORED BY YSS)
    Presented by Julie Kline,
    Academic Outreach and Program Coordinator, CLACS, UW-Milwaukee, Mayra Sánchez Negrón, Amy Baumgart

    Amy Baumgart and Mayra Negrón participated in a Fulbright-Hays Group Project, "Chile y la Literatura Infantil y Juvenil" sponsored by the Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies (CLACS), University of Wisconsin- Milwaukee during the summer of 2008. The program, based in Santiago, Chile, focused on Spanish-language children's and YA literature. Julie Kline will share Spanish language literature recognized by the Américas Award for Children's and Young Adult Literature, sponsored by the national Consortium of Latin American Studies Programs (CLASP) and coordinated by CLACS. Participants will become aware of the availability and use of authentic text, both for second language learners and for heritage speakers. The presenters will be sharing a variety of book titles, potential publishers and vendors for acquisition and valuable Spanish language websites for librarians, parents and teachers.

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