2014 Spring Conference: 
Everything is New Every Minute:Full of Opportunities
April 4, 2014

Click here for the full brochure (pdf)

Handouts from the conference are available here.

Don't forget to visit our Author Garden and look for these great vendors!

New Library Spaces: An At-Your-Own-Pace Tour


Featured speakers at the 2014 Spring Conference

Take advantage of the opportunity to hear Roger Sutton and Steve Sheinkin, two award-winning and respected individuals in the field of children’s and young adult literature!

Roger Sutton, Editor in Chief of The Horn Book, Inc., will kick off the daylong conference with the keynote presentation, “The Future of Publishing for Young People.” A librarian by training, he is widely recognized as being among the country’s leading experts on children’s literature. He has taught at the University of Chicago, Columbia University and the University of Illinois and has served on virtually every major American children’s book award committee. Currently editor of The Horn Book Magazine and second editor of its sister publication The Horn Book Guide, he blogs regularly at Read Roger and can be found on Twitter at @RogerReads.

Sutton’s books include Hearing Us Out: Voices from the Gay and Lesbian Community, an ALA Best Book for Young Adults; Evaluating Children’s Books: A Critical Look (coedited with Betsy Hearne); The Best in Children’s Books 1985-1990: The University of Chicago Guide to Children’s Literature (edited with Betsy Hearne and Zena Sutherland); and A Family of Readers: The Book Lover’s Guide to Children’s and Young Adult Literature (coauthored with Martha V. Parravano).

Steve Sheinkin, award-winning author of nonfiction books for children and teens, will follow the morning workshop session with the luncheon presentation, “Real Stuff Makes Great Reading.” He is a former history textbooks writer, having written one-page biographies, skills lessons, and entire chapters. In 2009 he wrote his last textbook and walked away never to return. This experience gave him great practice at writing and allowed him to collect hundreds of stories he can’t wait to tell. He now writes nonfiction books that kids and teens actually want to read.

Sheinkin’s 2012 book, Bomb, was a Newbery Honor book, National Book Award Finalist, and winner of both the Sibert Medal and the YALSA Award for Excellence in Nonfiction. Other recent titles include The Notorious Benedict Arnold, which also won the YALSA nonfiction award in 2011 and Lincoln’s Grave Robbers. His upcoming title, due for release in January 2014, is The Port Chicago Fifty. Check out Sheinkin’s website to learn more.

The Westchester Author/Illustrator Garden

This will be an opportunity to meet, greet and have books signed by popular children’s and young adult authors and illustrators who have been specially invited to the conference. They include: Nora Raleigh Baskin, Judy Blundell, Alyssa Capucilli, Vicki Cobb, Tommy Greenwald, Charise Mericle Harper, James Howe, Alan Katz, Annabel Monaghan and Mary O’Keefe Young. They will be joined by keynote speaker, Roger Sutton; luncheon speaker, Steve Sheinkin; and workshop presenters, Betsy Bird and George O’Connor, who will also be signing books at the conference. Books will be available for purchase and signing from the Conference Book Vendor, The Voracious Reader, the award winning children’s and young adult bookstore in Larchmont, NY.

The Westchester Author/Illustrator Garden at this year’s YSS Spring Conference is made possible through special sponsorships by the Westchester Library System (WLS), a network of 38 libraries located throughout Westchester County, and the White Plains Library Foundation, an organization that raises private funds to help the White Plains Public Library (WPPL) meet its long range goals.

Meet our Authors:

Nora Raleigh Baskin
Nora Raleigh Baskin
Betsy Bird
Betsey Bird

Judy Blundell
Judy Blundell
Alyssa Capucilli
Alyssa Capucilli
Vivki Cobb
Vicki Cobb
Tommy Greenwald
Tommy Greenwald

Charise Mericle Harper
James Howe
James Howe
(Photo by leslie j. yerman photography)
Alan KAtz
Alan Katz
Annabel Monaghan
Annabel Monaghan

George O'Connor
Steve Sheinkin
Steve Sheinkin
Roger Sutton
Roger Sutton

Mary O'Keefe Young


Vendors at the Conference

Before, after and in between conference sessions, make sure to visit with representatives of a varied array of organizations and businesses of interest to library professionals working with children and teens. These are the vendors who will have table displays outside the workshop breakout rooms:

Janice Davis Design               
Library Stamper’s Creations          
ML Associates                
Children’s Plus Inc.               
The Donohue Group, Inc.           
American Friends of Kenya           
Michael Albert               
Findaway World               
World Book Inc.               
Child’s Play                  
Kaplan Test Prep               
Flow Circus                   
The Voracious Reader 
AWE Digital Learning            

New Library Spaces: An At-Your-Own-Pace Tour

Welcome to White Plains! This city of 57,300 swells to 250,000 during the day. White Plains is the County Seat and a business and retail center. The Westchester Mall is down the block from the Crowne Plaza. More shopping is available on the downtown streets and at The Galleria Mall. The Metro North train station connects White Plains with all that New York City has to offer. Many visitors use White Plains as a jumping off point to explore the Big Apple and the lower Hudson Valley.

The past five years have seen a boom of new buildings and renovations of Westchester libraries. Pick and choose from our annotated list to see interesting teen spaces and innovative children’s rooms. The Queens Public Library has a new Children’s Library Discovery Center that is worth a visit. And of course, visit The Trove, and the new teen renovation, The Edge, at the White Plains Public Library. For directions to the Westchester libraries please click here.

For more information on the At-Your-Own- Pace Tour, download the Tour Flyer (pdf)

Handouts, Supporting Information and Links

Real Stuff Makes Great Reading
Follow author Steve Sheinkin on twitter https://twitter.com/SteveSheinkin

Developing a Diverse Graphic Novel Collection

    Diverse Graphic Novel Collection Workshop Notes in Google Document (Mike Buono)

Early Literacy Storytime: Blending Tradition with Technology

    NYLA YSS 2014 Early Literacy Storytimes PowerPoint Presentation (Gail Brown) (pdf)

    NYLA YSS 2014 Early Literacy Handouts (PDF) (Gail Brown)

Find The Common in Common Core:Fostering Collaboration Between Teachers, Schools, and Public Libraries


Get On Board: Celebrating All Population

     Get On Board: Celebrating All Populations (Fumiko Nishino)

How to Make Your Library a Supportive Place for Kids on the Spectrum

    PPT presentation by Jeff Davignon and Cassie Guthrie (pdf)

Making Libraries Makerspaces

    YSS Making Library Makerspaces PowerPoint presentation (Chris Shoemaker) (pdf)

Everyone’s Welcome: Inclusive Library Programming

    Everyone's Welcome Handout April 4, 2014 (Cathleen Sulli and Miriam Lang Budin) (pdf)

    Resources For Inclusive Library Programming (Cathleen Sulli and Miriam Lang Budin) (pdf)_

Fundama: A DIY Skill Toy

    Library Flyer Back - Free Resources (PDF) (Dawn Daria and Paul Miller)

Table Talks: Best of Tween and Teen Programs

    Repurposing Books

       Repurposing Books for NYLA YSS conference (Donna Pesce) (pdf)

        Making Little Book Houses-instructions (Donna Pesce) (pdf)

    Pet Lover’s Programming

        PET LOVERS CLUB Introduction 2014 (Joyce Rienzo) (pdf)

        WHY A PET LOVER 2014 (Joyce Rienzo) (pdf)

        Pet Lovers Craft Cat Nip Toy 2014 (Joyce Rienzo) (pdf)

        Pet Lovers Club Websites & Books 2014 (Joyce Rienzo) (pdf)

   Tech For Tweens

       Tech For Tweens Handout (Erin Singleton and Ben Lainhart) (pdf)

   Teen Book Clubs for All

      Handout by Steve Fondiller (pdf)


For selected handouts from the 2013 Spring Conference, click here.

For selected handouts from the 2012 Spring Conference, click here.