Category Archives: CSD Programs & Meetings

Annual Installation Breakfast

Please join us for our Annual Installation Breakfast and meet Jen Calonita (Children’s/YA author) as our guest speaker.

When: Monday, December 14, 2015 from 9:30am-12pm
Where: Carlyle on the Green at Bethpage State Park
Cost: $30 for members of NCLA, SCLA and library students; $40 for all others

Books will be available for purchase and signing!

NCLA Csd Breakfast Flyer


“From Portraits to Tweets: Imagery, Technology and the U.S. Presidency”

Join the Children’s Services Division for an interactive guided tour of Hofstra University’s special exhibit:

“From Portraits to Tweets: Imagery, Technology and the U.S. Presidency”
Hofstra will provide a special presentation on how to bring this topic to life for children. This is a perfect opportunity if you are looking for more Common Core activities.

Date: Monday, April 27, 2015
Time: 10:30 a.m.—12:00 p.m.
Tour begins promptly at 10:30 at the Emma Lowe Gallery, in Emma Lowe Hall, South Campus.  Parking is available on the north side of campus. 

Cost: $5 for NCLA Members; $15 for non-members; .2 CEUs (2 contact hours) will be awarded

Please see attached file!

Hofstra 2015

2015 Membership Drive

CSD Membership Flyer 2015

You’re Invited! CSD Annual Installation Breakfast

SergioJoin us for our annual installation breakfast and meet children’s author and illustrator Sergio Ruzzier.
When: Monday, December 8, 2014, 9:30-12:00
Where: Carlyle on the Green at Bethpage State Park
Cost: $30 for members of NCLA, SCLA and library students; $40 for all others.

Two (2) contact hours will be awarded (.2 CEUs). For more information, contact Keith Klang at the Port Washington Public Library: 516-883-4400 or

Print the flyer for additional registration information.


Spring Trip to the New York Public Library

Join us for a guided tour of the NYPL’s special exhibit: “The ABCs of It: Why Children’s Books Matter”

“The ABCs of It” examines why children’s books are important — what and how they teach children, and what they reveal about the societies that produced them. Discover the extraordinary richness, artistry, and diversity of children’s literature across cultures and time.
Date: Wednesday, May 7, 2014 Time: 11:00-12:00
Tour meets promptly at 11:00 in the Gottesman Exhibition Hall of the Stephen A. Schwarzman Building (NYPL Main Building at 5th Avenue and 42nd Street)
Cost: $5 for NCLA Members; $15 for non-members.

Click on the link below for a copy of the registration flyer:


Children’s Services Division at the Long Island Library Conference

Register today for the Long Island Library Conference and be sure to attend the program our group is sponsoring:

“Bring ‘Em Back Alive:  Writing History for Young Peoplewith author Doreen RappaportImage
Time: 3:00-4:00
Salons: 7, 8, 9 & 10

How do writers motivate children to read history?  How do authors get the most-up-to-date research and then find the right style to tell the story in, a style that will excite our students?  How do we write for the very young without “dumbing down?”  Come follow Doreen Rappaport as shares her writing process from conception through the finished book.

Doreen Rappaport, award-winning author of children’s books known to educators, parents, children and young adult readers for books that celebrate multiculturalism, the retelling of folktales and myths, history, the lives of world leaders and the stories of those she calls “not-yet-celebrated.”

Our division will also have a table at the conference where you can enter raffles to win fun gift baskets, get some freebies and purchase Doreen’s books. Don’t forget to stop by!

Registration here.

Executive Summary: School and Public Library Collaboration Survey

The School and Public Library Collaboration Survey conducted this fall by the Children’s Services Division was successful in helping us determine how well public libraries are communicating and collaboration with area schools. We received responses from 36 libraries.

Although most libraries indicated the many typical ways public libraries communicate with school–such as phone calls and mailings–some responses were unique. For instance, one library has the public library programs listed on the back of the school lunch menus that go home with each student. Many librarians also attend PTA and SEPTA meetings as well as open school nights and other events where parents are in attendance. These responses seem to indicate that communicating with the school and students directly is important but that the school also can be used as a way to get information directly to parents, whether in backpacks or at a meeting.

Over half of the respondents believe their attempts at communicating with schools are ineffective. While some take responsibility for perhaps not reaching out enough or making enough of an effort, it seems overall there is a lack of responsiveness or willingness on behalf of the schools to work with the public library and promote it. It could be inferred that pressures–such as implementing the Common Core State Standards–have overwhelmed the schools and the focus on new standards has made public library collaboration less of a priority.

Many respondents noted teacher frustration and confusion surrounding the Common Core curriculum as well as a lack of direction in how to implement it. Some indicated that they feel the schools are forgetting that public libraries can be a resource to them in this complicated process. It would seem that since so many teachers feel they are lost and lacking support in this area that the public library resources and assistance would be appreciated and welcomed. Perhaps more needs to be done to get this message across to schools.

Many of the respondents expressed frustration at the obstacles encountered when trying to work with the schools, whether it be with the school’s overburdened teachers and agendas or the lack of an appropriate liaison at the school. Some expressed a feeling that the efforts at communicating are one-sided with public libraries doing all the giving.

Despite these complications many of our libraries are running successful programs in conjunction with the schools. We’re hosting art exhibits, applying jointly for grants, planning events to promote school reading programs, making book lists, sharing databases and other resources, assisting with Parents as Reading Partners, and hosting literacy events. It seems as though when collaboration works it exceeds expectations of both the school and public library and it is mutually beneficial.

Overwhelmingly, respondents agreed that schools and public libraries work better when they work together. Public libraries seem to be thinking outside of the box and are certainly not at a loss for ideas when it comes to planning joint programs or coming up with ways to support the school curriculum. The challenge is getting schools to listen and understand the public library’s value. This is where we need to apply our creativity.

–Jaclyn Kunz, Children’s Librarian
Henry Waldinger Memorial Library