Annual Youth Services Forum

The Annual Youth Service Forum: Libraries Without Walls, a day of hot topics and issues in library services to children and young adults, sponsored by the NJ State Library, the NJ Library Association and the NJ Association of School Librarians, was held on Thursday, Oct. 20, 2016, at the Monroe (Middlesex County) Public Library from 8:45 a.m. to 3 p.m. with over 150 librarians in attendance.


Keynote speaker was Lourdes Tango, a consultant specializing in the areas of cultural competence, diversity and inclusion. Her presentation was entitled: “Exploring Unconscious Bias: Leaning into our Cultural Diversity.” She explored with the audience the formulation of cultural values and how those values influence decisions and behaviors. “We are influenced by life experiences,” she said.


Other workshops included:
•“Tooty” Toddlers: Shaking Up Programming for Your Youngest Patrons
•Teen Talk: Real Issues
•LibGuides and Live Binders: Organizing Information
•Promoting Early Literacy & Parent Support to Infants and Toddlers with Special Needs
•Video Games and Snacks: The American Dream for Youth
•Failing Book Clubs
•Libraries Collaborate for (Summer) Learning
•Libraries as Safe Spaces for LGBTQ
•Summer Food Programs

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About Tiffany McClary

Tiffany McClary is the Director of Communications, Marketing & Outreach for the New Jersey State Library. She coordinates marketing and public relations initiatives in order to enhance the reputation of the State Library, and promote the value of NJ libraries and the services and programs that they provide to residents.