Children and YA Newsletter
May 2021
Happy Springtime!

And here comes summer! We've got books to lend (Nutmeg nominee discussion sets - yay!), inclusive workshops and resources to share, and some friendly events worth dropping into... and how could I not include one more plug for Summer Reading? Read on, my friends, and cheers to warmer weather.
Kymberlee Powe | Children and YA Consultant
2022 Nutmeg Book Award Nominees Discussion Sets

Did you know you can check out discussion sets of the current Nutmeg Book Award nominees from the Middletown Library Service Center? Each set checks out to a school or public library for 45 days. Discussion sets can be checked out up to a year in advance. Reserve yours today!

Workshops and Events
Family Homelessness and
Connecticut Libraries
Monday, May 24 | 10:00 am-12:00 pm

Presented by Vikki C. Terrile, MSLS, MA, this interactive virtual training will introduce participants to family homelessness in the United States, specifically family homelessness in Connecticut, and how libraries can support children and families in homeless situations. This training will share:
  • Practical tips for connecting with local schools and community organizations to understand the nature of family homelessness in your community and to reach families where they are
  • A range of services and programming options that you can offer
  • How to address barriers to creating and sustaining these services
  • How to leverage these activities to advocate for families and for libraries

Prior to the Great Recession, families with children had been the fastest growing population to experience housing instability and deprivation; the recession led to dramatic increases in family homelessness that had not abated fully in the years leading up to the COVID-19 crisis. Widespread economic instability and potential evictions resulting from the pandemic are expected to increase the numbers of children and families in homeless situations once again. Within this context, libraries can serve as a key support and community resource for children and parents whose housing is unstable. 
DLD Virtual Open House
Thursday, June 10 | 10 am-3:30 pm

We are doing it again! You are invited to join the DLD staff for our second virtual open house. Leading us off in the morning, hear from DLD Director Dawn La Valle as she welcomes everyone and shares an overview of updates from DLD. For the rest of the day, choose to attend the open office hours with each DLD staff member – pop into one, or come to all!

Once you register, you will receive one Zoom link. Join us to kick things off at 10 am and then pop in and out of the same Zoom link throughout the day to meet and greet DLD staff as you choose.

Of note! Children and Young Adult Services will be from 2-2:30 pm - view the full schedule.
nErDcamp CT
Saturday, June 12 | 9 am-4 pm

Registration is now open for nErDcamp CT hosted by the Connecticut Library Association School Librarians (CASL) and completely virtual! What is nErDcamp you ask? It’s a free literacy event where teachers, librarians, authors, and illustrators of children’s events get together to discuss reading, writing, and books. Come join us!
From Diversity to Inclusion:
How to Audit Your Collection and Why

Last month DLD hosted a in-depth presentation on building inclusive collections and performing diversity audits. The recording is available (and currently has over 300 views!). Make sure to take a look at the curated resources to assist in your collection management.  
Summer Reading

Summer Reading is coming and CSL requirements are changing! Make sure to visit Summer Reading for helpful videos, templates, FAQ, and more.
Kymberlee Powe
Children and YA Consultant
[email protected] | (860) 704-2207

Connecticut State Library | Division of Library Development
Middletown Library Service Center | 786 South Main Street | Middletown, CT 06457