Forum Spotlight - Youth Services ForumSeptember 15, 2022
The Youth Services Forum is currently working on events, a booth, and presentations for the upcoming conference. This year we are excited to once again work with the iRead committee to bring back the Youth Services Breakfast event. Angela Dominguez is the author and illustrator of several books for children and a two-time Pura Belpré Illustration Honoree. She is also an illustrator for iREAD 2023 – Find Your Voice! Her debut middle grade novel, Stella Díaz Has Something To Say, was a New York Public Library and a Chicago Public Library pick for Best Books for Kids, a Sid Fleischman Award winner, and an ALA Notable. She recently illustrated the New York Times Bestseller, Just Help! How to Build a Better World, written by Sonia Sotomayor. The event will also highlight the award recipients for the Youth Services Librarian of the Year and the Youth Services Achievement Award.
At this year’s booth, the Youth Service Forum Board members will be on-hand to answer questions about how to get involved and be a board member. We are excited to showcase our new Battle of the Graphic Novels program. Final voting will be going on the week of the conference and votes can be cast at the booth.
Conference programs the Youth Services Forum sponsored this year include a session on working with volunteers, tips for managers, EDI, the always popular IGNITE session and an Unconference.
Our Facebook group, The Soup, continues to draw in new members and works to provide a place to connect for Youth Services staff in the Illinois libraries. Members often post ideas and questions on programming, information on upcoming continuing education opportunities and sometimes books or craft ideas they had programming success with.
This spotlight was written by the Youth Services Forum Managers Christy Kepler and Jen Abler. Christy is the Head of Youth Services at the Oswego Public Library District. Jen is the Youth Services Department Head at the Oak Lawn Public Library.