Youth Services Forum 2017

Tara Lazar with beard

The Annual Youth Services Forum, Libraries Evolve, sponsored by the NJ Library Association, NJ State Library and NJ Association of School Librarians, was held on Monday, Oct. 23, 2017, at the Monmouth County Library Headquarters, Manalapan. Keynote address was given by children’s book author Tara Lazar (7 Ate 9: : The Untold Story; Way Past Bedtime; and others). She did a book signing after her session.

Billed as a day of hot topics and issues in library services for children and young adults, presentations included Carol Phillips and Eileen Palmer discussing “Free Speech, Inclusion, Diversity and Intellectual Freedom;” Anna Coats discussing “Junior Journalists,” an enrichment program for grades 3-5; and Lisa O’Shaughnessy and Marissa Lieberman discussing game show and escape room challenges.

Later sessions included Shaunterria Owens showing “How to use low-cost tech to create multimedia storytelling,” Jen Schureman and Pham Condello discussing the interactions between “Teens & Librarians,” and Matthew Murphy, Jennifer Breuer, Carissa Schanely and Lynn Pascale sharing their experiences using the Mobile Mini-Makerspace Kits obtained through a grant from the State Library.

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