Do you like food? Library people? Then join us!

Philippine Food
We are getting excited about our second regular social gathering for CMLE library people, and other friends!

Wednesday, March 15
5:30 pm
Old Chicago
4040 2nd St S, St Cloud, MN 56301

This was a common request from our members, to have time away from work, where we can meet people we only see online, to talk with other people who are doing what we do, and to help build bonds across the CMLE system. Whether you are alone in your library, or have lots of other people around, you are part of the CMLE system team!

We had fun last time, and are looking forward to meeting more people – and enjoying some pizza! 🙂 (I had a calzone last time, and it was great!)

We would love for you to attend! This is going to be casual, everyone paying their own way, and no agenda. The only purpose is to have a regular opportunity for all of us to get together, maybe meet some new people (or people you only know online), and to talk about library stuff. Of course, if photos of kids, pets, or vacations come out to be shared too – absolutely no one will mind!

We will be happy to see you, no matter what. If you can RSVP below, so we have an idea of how many to expect, that will make our planning easier!

Looking forward to hanging out with you!

Latest news from the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA)

Teen Book Finder Database

Have you heard about YALSA’s Teen Book Finder Database? It’s the newest and easiest way to check out YALSA’s book and media award winners from past years. This free resource is searchable by award, list name, year, author, genre, and more. Users can create customizable and printable lists and even locate books in nearby libraries. The database will eventually replace our book and media list pages on our website. Check it out here!

New 2017 Selected Booklists!

Have you checked out our newest booklists? They’re all available now!

Beginning this month, Amazing Audiobooks, Quick Picks and Popular Paperbacks are being transitioned over to The Hub. More details on this transition can be found here. These are the only selected lists that will be changing in 2017.

Professional Tools Page

Have you visited YALSA’s Professional Tools page? It has lots of helpful resources broken down into sections that help Youth/Teen Librarians serve to the best of their ability. It includes advocacy and online resources, handouts and more, including a new position paper regarding the library’s role in protecting teens’ privacy.

New Case Studies!

Check out our case studies document: Real-World Examples of How Libraries are Re-Envisioning Teen Services.  The 4 new case studies are based on the ideas and recommendations in the report The Future of Library Services for and with Teens: A Call to Action. The full document and supplemental resources can also be found there.

Teens First Infographic

YALSA, in the report Future of Library Services for and with Teens: A Call to Action, calls for a shift in the way libraries handle teen and youth services. This page displays an infographic with an overview and description of specific results shown in teens when library services are re-envisioned with teens themselves and for them in mind.

Save the Date!

Last but not least! The 2017 YALSA Young Adult Services Symposium is coming up on November 3-5. Don’t forget!

Taylor Crossley

Communications Assistant

Young Adult Library Service Association

50 E. Huron St. Chicago, IL 60611

Another book stumper!

We had such a good response to the last call for help in identifying a book, that I’m sending this one out to the CMLE community to see if you can help another library person!

“I have a patron who is looking for a children’s chapter book, published in the ’60s or earlier. It featured a homeless family that broke into and lived in a vacation home during the winter. A thread throughout the plot was the pancakes they cooked. The pancake recipe was an old family recipe, and at the end of the book, the pancakes won a contest and earned the family prize money. Thank you for your help!”

If you have ideas, send them in and we will pass them on to the librarian.

Do you have any book stumpers? Send them in, and let’s put the CMLE team of library people to work for you too!


Let’s go to Chicago for the ALA Annual Conference!

Register and book housing now!

Whether or not you are a member of the American Library Association, and no matter what your job title is, if you are involved in library work (including archives, museum, history center) you are part of the profession. The profession gathers once a year for the Annual Conference – more than 25,000 of use! And this year, we are gathering in Chicago!

June 22 – 27, the library people of the US (and many other countries across the globe) will descend on Chicago – ready to talk library work, to meet other people who do things they do, and to have a lot of library-related fun!!

Check out their website to get all the details about the conference, and see what kinds of events might speak to your professional interests!

Continue reading Let’s go to Chicago for the ALA Annual Conference!

Can you spare a moment for a survey on advocacy tools?

CMLE members – we are passing this on to give you a chance to share your views on the tools the profession is providing for you to help you advocate. As you know, at CMLE Headquarters we are BIG fans of advocacy!! And we recognize it’s tough to do alone. So we provide some resources, and so does the Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC).

Is it what you need?? Share your views, to make things better for everyone!

Continue reading Can you spare a moment for a survey on advocacy tools?

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