National Teen Lock-In, August 1, 2014

Each year, libraries across the U.S. invite teens to an after-hours lock-in for online visits with well-known authors, fun contests, popular crafts, and multi-player games as a finale for the summer reading program. While each event is sponsored by the participating library, librarians share ideas and expertise using Google Docs and Google Sites to coordinate events that bring teens together across time zones and geographic boundaries.

The national lock-in idea grew out of an event coordinated by several California libraries in 2010 and has become a popular celebration that connects teens and librarians across the country. Each library, large or small, urban or rural, organizes their own activities (and times), and then librarians use digital tools to connect teens. 

This year’s theme will be “Chain Reaction,” which combines the national summer reading program themes “Spark a Reaction” and “Paws to Read” – encouraging teens to read in all genres and formats but emphasizing science and nature and science fiction as well as freedom of speech and artistic expression.

The online author chats will be held on Spreecast from 8pm to 1am EST (5-10pm PST). Past authors include: Marie Lu, Andrew Smith, Dan Krokus, Bennett Madison, Colleen Houck, Jessica Brody, Ilsa Bick and Jonathan Maberry. (Authors to participate this year are to be announced but we have our hopes on John Green, James Dashner, Marissa Meyer, Rainbow Rowell, Ransom Riggs, Tahereh Mafi, and Rick Yancey!)

Last year, the 16 teens who attended the after–hours event at my library in Tiburon had a blast, although the party was so full of activity, most of the author interviews were drowned out in the chatter while teens baked and decorated cupcakes and played games. Regardless, I encourage teen librarians from libraries of any size, with any level of experience, to get on board now in the fledgling years of this new and exciting event.

If you are a librarian who wants to join the nationwide event or find out more, please feel free to contact us or visit https://sites.google.com/site/teenlibrarylockin/home for more information or see page 46 of the February 2014 issue of VOYA Magazine.

Rebecca Jung, Teen Librarian

Belvedere-Tiburon Library

1501 Tiburon Blvd., Tiburon, CA 94920

(415) 789-2665 x238

Teen Zone

BAYA March Madness

Spring is here and so is our March meeting; to be held at the Benicia Library in Benicia CA (our former state capital, however brief) on Tuesday March 25 from 9 - 12.

  • Directions: Once you are in Benicia on 780, take the East 2nd Street Exit. Turn LEFT on East 2nd Street. Follow East 2nd until it dead ends into the Police Department (You will have just passed a stoplight on Military East.). Turn RIGHT on East L. The Library will be directly in front of you. You will find plenty of parking in the public lot to the left of the Library.
  • Entering the building: Since the Library is closed until 10 am, please enter through the fountain doors. There is a small garden with a fountain just to the right of the front of the library. Brandi Bette will make sure the doors are open!

Agenda:

9:00 – 9:30am:         Arrival; Meet and Greet

9:30  - 10:00am:       Book Sharing and Reviews

10:00  -  11am:         Beth Lambert will share her expertise managing the social media sites for Fei Tia Academy of the Arts; including general principles that have been helpful making these sites more effective.

11:00  -  11:15am:    BREAK!

11:15  -  11:25am:    Rebecca Jung shares her experience with the Library Lock-in

11:25 – 12:00pm: BAYA Business:

Hope to see you there!

DIY at Your Library!

Are you getting ready to DIY at your library?

This year YALSA’s Teen Tech Week is from March 9 – 15. This is a time to promote your digital/non print and remote services that available to all patrons, but especially those that have teen interest. Take a look at the Teen Tech Week ning for some last minute ideas, or to add some of your own.

One of my favorite comics of the last year or so is out in trade paperback today!  If you like intense sci-fi spy stories DEFINITELY pick this one up.  Ales Kot is at the beginning of what will definitely be an exciting career!
aleskot:

Today is the big day. The first volume of ZERO, the exploration/dissection of the spy thriller genre that sort of erases the genre borders as it moves along, is now out in comic book stores all around the United States, Canada, United Kingdom and hopefully some other territories as well. 
This is a big one for me. ZERO is my first ongoing series. Every issue is simultaneously a self-contained story and a part of the big overarching narrative. If you want to know more about it, I recommend reading this interview, which came out before the first issue even went on sale, or this interview, which came out recently. And if you don’t have enough, then this interview takes you through my creative process from a different angle.
This comic is a success. We set out to do something special and we’re achieving it. So this post is, in a way, also a thank you to everyone involved with ZERO: Jordie Bellaire, our astonishing coloring chameleon. Tom Muller, whose wonderful design sensibility inevitably affects how I think of the story and how I feel it. Clayton Cowles, for delivering lettering that is precise and adding storytelling value, something that is rare. Mike Walsh, Tradd Moore, Mateus Santolouco, Morgan Jeske, Will Tempest, for creating the world with us, for being excellent artists and splendid collaborators. To Paul Pope, Becky Cloonan, Chris Burnham, Christian Ward for the variant covers. To Garth Ennis, Warren Ellis, Ian Fleming, James Ellroy, Jim Thompson, David Cronenberg, David Lynch, Terence McKenna and plenty more, for creating works that molded me and ZERO. To Kieron Gillen for the advice and friendship. To the retailers for ordering so many copies. To all the websites and magazines who decided to talk about the comic. To everyone at Image Comics for believing in the comic, and to Eric Stephenson specifically for greenlighting it and for always believing in me. To Ron Richards for giving me support in hard times. 
This isn’t just a comic book coming out. This isn’t just a first chapter of a story. This is proof. 
I can make whatever I want. I can find new wonderful relationships along the way. I can use pop fiction as a vehicle for self-exploration while keeping it very entertaining and commercially successful.
This is proof that comics can be anything. 
You can find ZERO Vol. 1: AN EMERGENCY in your local comic book store. If you don’t have a comic book store nearby (see here), or simply prefer a different option, you can buy it on the US Amazon, the Canadian Amazon or the UK Amazon. 

One of my favorite comics of the last year or so is out in trade paperback today!  If you like intense sci-fi spy stories DEFINITELY pick this one up.  Ales Kot is at the beginning of what will definitely be an exciting career!

aleskot:

Today is the big day. The first volume of ZERO, the exploration/dissection of the spy thriller genre that sort of erases the genre borders as it moves along, is now out in comic book stores all around the United States, Canada, United Kingdom and hopefully some other territories as well. 

This is a big one for me. ZERO is my first ongoing series. Every issue is simultaneously a self-contained story and a part of the big overarching narrative. If you want to know more about it, I recommend reading this interview, which came out before the first issue even went on sale, or this interview, which came out recently. And if you don’t have enough, then this interview takes you through my creative process from a different angle.

This comic is a success. We set out to do something special and we’re achieving it. So this post is, in a way, also a thank you to everyone involved with ZERO: Jordie Bellaire, our astonishing coloring chameleon. Tom Muller, whose wonderful design sensibility inevitably affects how I think of the story and how I feel it. Clayton Cowles, for delivering lettering that is precise and adding storytelling value, something that is rare. Mike Walsh, Tradd Moore, Mateus Santolouco, Morgan Jeske, Will Tempest, for creating the world with us, for being excellent artists and splendid collaborators. To Paul Pope, Becky Cloonan, Chris Burnham, Christian Ward for the variant covers. To Garth Ennis, Warren Ellis, Ian Fleming, James Ellroy, Jim Thompson, David Cronenberg, David Lynch, Terence McKenna and plenty more, for creating works that molded me and ZERO. To Kieron Gillen for the advice and friendship. To the retailers for ordering so many copies. To all the websites and magazines who decided to talk about the comic. To everyone at Image Comics for believing in the comic, and to Eric Stephenson specifically for greenlighting it and for always believing in me. To Ron Richards for giving me support in hard times. 

This isn’t just a comic book coming out. This isn’t just a first chapter of a story. This is proof. 

I can make whatever I want. I can find new wonderful relationships along the way. I can use pop fiction as a vehicle for self-exploration while keeping it very entertaining and commercially successful.

This is proof that comics can be anything. 

You can find ZERO Vol. 1: AN EMERGENCY in your local comic book store. If you don’t have a comic book store nearby (see here), or simply prefer a different option, you can buy it on the US Amazon, the Canadian Amazon or the UK Amazon

The First BAYA Meeting of 2014

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The first BAYA meeting of the New Year is going to be held at the Morgan Hill Library, located at 660 W Main AVE, Morgan Hill, CA. There is plenty of parking in front of the library. Enter around the back of the building at the deliveries door, there is a bell and our host will try to keep that door propped open.

The topic of the meeting is Policy Sharing. We encourage everyone to bring a copy of their Teen Room polices and any related signage you might have in your teen areas. We will compare policies, and share how we manage our spaces. This is the perfect time to talk about how we deal with persistent issues, yet keep our spaces friendly and welcoming for all teens. Basically please share what you consider to be your best practices!  Please bring any a copy of your library’s teen policies and any related signage.  

See you on January 28!

Public, school, and academic librarians are all invited to use this video to help students and faculty understand what is expected of students at the college level. The video contains college students, instructors, and librarians talking about issues such as: Developing a research question; finding information; evaluating information sources; analyzing information; synthesizing information; getting help from librarians; and time management. An additional video is aimed specifically at high school teachers.

This video was funded by the Bay Area Young Adult librarian organization (BAYA), after member and high school Teacher-Librarian Sara Oremland approached the group with the idea that students needed more compelling reasons for changing their current research habits.University of California at Berkeley librarians Glen Gillespie and Cody Hennesey helped find students and faculty at UC Berkeley willing to speak about their views on academic research, and videographer Carl Elsaesser conducted and recorded the interviews in March 2013.

Suggestions for PUBLIC LIBRARIANS:

-Use the video as a way to work with teachers at local schools and to encourage signups for public library cards and database use

-College readiness workshops for youth and parents

-Parent education / homeschooling support

Suggestions for SCHOOL LIBRARIANS:

-Show this video or the teacher version to faculty to help teachers better understand authentic research and how databases differ from general internet sources

-Work with administration and faculty to determine which grade to show this to all students as part of information literacy instruction

-Relate the video to the new Common Core standards regarding the reading and understanding of informational texts

-College readiness workshops for youth and parents

-Parent education / homeschooling support

Announcing CSLA Scholarship Opportunity
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In keeping with our mission to promote professional involvement for its members, the Bay Area Young Adult Librarians professional group (BAYA) is offering one 2014 conference scholarship allowing one BAYA member to attend the California School Library Association Conference in San Diego this coming February 6th through 9th.
BAYA will pay early bird conference registration for the scholarship winner. The winner will submit proof of registration for reimbursement.
 
Through this scholarship, BAYA aims to help young adult librarians attend workshops directly related for their professional growth, expand their networking skills, and become more a part of the California library community through conference attendance.

ALL members of BAYA are eligible for this scholarship, as long as they are first-time conference attendees whose institutions will not cover the cost of conference attendance for them.  If you are not a member of BAYA but would like to apply for the scholarship, you can join today for the low price of $15 a year!  That’s the best deal for a professional organization anywhere!  You can find our membership form here: http://x.baya.org/BAYAMembership.pdf.

Please download and submit the scholarship application.
 
Applications need to be received by Thursday, December 19th, 2013.
 
The criteria for who may apply is as follows:
  1. Must be member in good standing (dues paid for 2013) - DUES ARE ONLY $15!!!!!
  2. Must be attending conference for first time
  3. Be in need of financial aid – no institutional support or unemployed
  4. Winners will be expected write a short report after conference about their experience to share with members of the BAYA librarian community and on the BAYA website.
Teen Tech Week and Best Buy Grants
YALSA announces 2014 Teen Tech Week™
Teen Tech Week™ is March 9-15, 2014, with a theme of DIY @ your library, and is a chance to demonstrate the value your library gives to the community. 
 
This years theme is DIY@ your library! This year has some of the best TTW graphics ever. Registration for Teen Tech Weekis now open at www.ala.org/teentechweek. Register for TTW freebees, including webinars, and books .
 
This year YALSA is giving away 10 $1,00.00 grants. “YALSA encourages innovative proposals that help teens gain skills in using digital media, whether to help with school work, pursue hobbies or explore careers.”
I encourage any BAYA member who is also a member of YALSA to apply for a grant, click here to access the form.
Venue Change to the November Meeting

The November Meeting has moved to Foster City Library!

So save the date for our final meeting of the year when we will hold our elections and plan for 2014, plus our annual book sale and pizza lunch!

See you on November 19th!

Next BAYA Meeting: Tuesday Sept. 24th at Redwood City Public Library!

Our next BAYA meeting is coming up!  On Tuesday Sept. 24th we will be meeting at the Redwood City Public Library.  Our guest will be the always wonderful Joni Bodart, who will share her new book about human monsters with us.  We will also have a packed agenda, finalizing plans for our BAYA Craft Workshop (have you registered?!), talking about leadership positions that will be opening up in November, and charting the course for BAYA’s future!  We hope to see you there!!

The Redwood City Library is at 1044 Middlefield Rd. in Redwood City (naturally).  The parking is 50 cents an hour after 10:00am so we can have people go down to pay at a break. There is a Caltrain station just down the street for those who want to commute. BAYA members will enter the back of the building through the staff entrance. Our gracious host Sarah will have it left propped open with signs directing people where to go (take the stairs or elevator to the second floor).  Lunch will follow at Café La Tartine, 830 Middlefield Rd, which is within walking distance.

Agenda:

9:00 – 9:30am:         Arrival; Meet and Greet

9:30  - 10:00am:       Book Sharing and Reviews

10:00  -  11am:         Joni Bodart

11:00  -  11:15am:    BREAK!

11:15  -  11:30am:    BAYA Business

  • BAYA Scholarship Winners!
  • Video Update
  • Craft Workshop
  • BAYA Leadership Positions

Hope to see you there!

Save the Date: BAYA Craft Workshop

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Tuesday October 15th, 2013 3:30pm to 5:30pm
$25 pre-registration, $30 at the door/RSVP*

San Leandro Public Library
300 Estudillo Ave
San Leandro, CA 94577

Get hands-on crafting experience while learning some easy, low-cost, high interest crafts to fire up your program offerings for tweens, teens, and adults!  Featured projects will include no-sew t-shirt crafts, bottle cap creations, book arts, and bicycle inner tube cuffs and bracelets. Samples for inspiration from successful craft programs will be on display, and attendees will also receive a book of craft ideas that have proven effective at libraries around the Bay!  Attendance is limited to 40 participants, so register now using this form or by e-mailing cavitabile@marincounty.org.*

*At the door cost will apply to email RSVPs.

Congratulations CLA Scholarship Winners!

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BAYA is pleased to announce our 2013 CLA Scholarship winners:

  • Be Astengo, Managing Librarian Public Services and Outreach at Monterey County Free Library
  • Dolly Goyal, Teen Services Librarian at San Mateo County Library.

Congratulations to both Be and Dolly!

Winners receive reimbursement for early bird registration and first time membership to CLA if not already members.

In addition, Be and Dolly will write a short report on their conference experience to share at a BAYA meeting and to be posted to site.

Congratulations again!

Deadline Extended!: 2013 CLA Conference Scholarship!
image In keeping with our mission to promote professional involvement for its members, the Bay Area Young Adult Librarians professional group (BAYA) is offering two 2013 conference scholarships allowing two BAYA members to attend the California Library Association Conference  in Long Beach this coming November 3rd through 5th.
 
BAYA will pay early bird conference registration for each of the scholarship winners as well as first time membership to CLA if not a member. Those selected will submit proof of registration for reimbursement. BAYA will only reimburse the first time member level not any other CLA membership level.
 
Through these scholarships, BAYA aims to help young adult librarians attend workshops directly related for their professional growth, expand their networking skills, and become more a part of the California library community through conference attendance.

ALL members of BAYA are eligible for these scholarships, as long as they are first-time conference attendees whose institutions will not cover the cost of conference attendance for them.  If you are not a member of BAYA but would like to apply for the scholarship, you can join today for the low price of $15 a year!  That’s the best deal for a professional organization anywhere!  You can find our membership form here: http://x.baya.org/BAYAMembership.pdf.

The scholarship application is offered in a digital, online format only, and may be found here: http://tinyurl.com/bayascholar-2012.
 
Applications need to be received no later than midnight, Friday, August 9th, 2013.
 
The criteria for who may apply is as follows:
  1. Must be member in good standing (dues paid for 2013) - DUES ARE ONLY $15!!!!!
  2. Must be attending conference for first time
  3. Be in need of financial aid – no institutional support or unemployed
  4. Winners will be expected write a short report after conference about their experience to share with members of the BAYA librarian community and on the BAYA website.

 

 

Next BAYA Meeting: Tuesday July 23rd at Pleasant Hill

Our next BAYA Meeting is next week on Tuesday July 23rd in Pleasant Hill from 9-noon.  We will be meeting in the Contra Costa Library Admin space, which is around the backside of the Pleasant Hill Library.  The topic of the meeting will be Information Literacy, and we will debuting the new BAYA produced video — *trumpet fanfare* — Research at the College Level: Advice for High School Students!  We will also be discussing our new bylaws and our upcoming craft workshop.  Don’t miss it!

The address is 75 Santa Barbara Road, and we will be in Meeting Room C.  When people arrive and enter 75 Santa Barbara Road, they will be buzzed into the hallway to get to the meeting room. A desk attendant will be there to make sure everyone can get in. There will be a sign on the door facing the parking lot that says BAYA. 

Want to BART: People should depart for the meeting at the Pleasant Hill BART station, which is actually located in Walnut Creek. The walk is 20-25 minutes to 75 Santa Barbara Road. There are a lot of taxis at the station too. I believe the County Connection bus #9 is the one to board to arrive near the library. Folks should off board on Oak Park Blvd and Monticello Ave. http://cccta.org/schedule/9/

BAYA Meeting

July 23rd, 9-noon

Pleasant Hill Library/Contra Costa Library Admin

75 Santa Barbara Road

Pleasant Hill, CA 94523

 

AGENDA:

9am – 9:30: Meet and Greet

9:30 – 10:00: Book and Program Sharing

10:00 – 11:00: Presentation on Information Literacy

11:00 – 11:15: Break

11:15 – Noon: BAYA Business

See you then!

-Jack Baur

Teen Services Librarian, Berkeley Public Library

President, BAYA: The Bay Area Young Adult Librarians

Reviewer, No Flying No Tights

Next Meeting: May 28th at Berkeley Public Library, feat. Reading with Pictures!

Our next BAYA meeting will be happening in 2 weeks on May 28th at the Berkeley Public Library!

 We will have a special guest – Josh Elder from the educational non-profit Reading With Pictures (http://www.readingwithpictures.org/) – talking with us about the connections between comics and literacy!  It should be an enormously informative event.

The Berkeley Public Library Central Library smack in the middle of downtown Berkeley, and is absurdly close to the Berkeley BART station.  Please enter through the rear entrance to the library, which is located at 2031 Bancroft Way There will be someone stationed at the door to let you up to the meeting room, which is on the Third Floor.

Hope to see you all there!  Here’s the agenda:

9:00 - 9:30  Meet and Greet
9:30 - 10:00  Program and book sharing
10:00 - 11:00  Josh Elder on Comics and Literacy
11:00 - 11:15  Break
11:15 - Noon  BAYA Business

A No-host lunch will follow at a nearby restaurant.