Youth Services Update: September 2022

Upcoming Opportunities

Descriptions below are provided by host organizations.

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JASON REYNOLDS/SIMON & SCHUSTER TRAVEL GRANT

Opens September 1, 2022

During the 2022 American Library Association (ALA) Annual Conference in Washington, DC, the ALA Council approved the Jason Reynolds/Simon & Schuster Travel Grant. The grant will cover the expenses of five (5) Black/African American youth or teen services librarians or school librarians/media specialists who work in either public or school libraries. Recipients will receive up to $3000 (and not less than $1500) to pay for expenses related to attending the ALA Annual Conference including but not limited to travel, housing, registration, and a ticket to the Coretta Scott King Award Breakfast. Applications will be accepted from September 1 through December 1 each year. For more information, visit the grant press release.

TAKE CARE OF TEXAS VIDEO CONTEST

Opens September 12, 2022

The Take Care of Texas Video Contest is a fun way for young people to learn about protecting the environment and come up with creative ways to share this knowledge with others! Students create a 30-second video that shows positive ways to Take Care of Texas. Contest sponsor Waste Management of Texas, Inc. will award prizes to the creators of the best videos. For more information, visit the contest website. Finally, you can follow contest updates on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter and contact educate@tceq.texas.gov with any questions.

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#CRITICAL CONVERSATIONS IN LIS 2022

Beginning September 22, 2022

At the University of South Carolina, the Augusta Baker Endowed Chair, Dr. Nicole Cooke, has the honor of teaching a course entitled Critical Cultural Information Studies! As part of the Fall 2022 iteration of this series, there will be five amazing guest lectures that are being opened up to the larger LIS community (free and online)! For more information, visit the event website.

NEW VOICES SHOWCASE FOR YOUTH

Submission Deadline September 30, 2022  |  11:59 PM Central

The Hogg Foundation is seeking talented young creators, ages 16 to 24, for its New Voices Showcase. They are looking for short videos that answer the question, “How would the world be different if it cared about your mental health?” Video creators can use storytelling, humor, advice, or any of the above in creating an entry. Submissions must be no longer than five minutes in length. Videos can depict situations that are real or fictionalized. The goal is to give opportunities to talented young people who care about mental health. Videos created in the style of popular platforms like Tik-Tok are acceptable. For more information, visit the contest website.

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CONSIDER JOINING A CSLP COMMITTEE!

Closes October 3, 2022

CSLP committee sign-ups for 2023 are open until October 3rd. While the duties vary, committee obligations generally run for one calendar year. All committee work is done virtually; either through email, or through phone or online meetings. Attending the CSLP Annual Meeting is not required. For more information, please visit: Join A CSLP Committee webpage.

ADAPTIVE UMBRELLA ACCESSIBILITY WORKSHOP

October 6, 2022  |  10 AM – 3:30 PM Eastern

Registration is now open for the 7th biennial Adaptive Umbrella accessibility workshop! This workshop features interactive sessions about current accessibility topics, led by disability self-advocates and professionals working with the disability community. The day is geared to library staff, educators, and caregivers. For more details and to register, please visit the workshop webpage.

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REBUILDING THE CHILDREN’S COLLECTION AFTER NATURAL DISASTER

October 6, 2022  |  2:00 – 3:00 PM Central

The Texas Ice Storm of 2021 brought unexpected hardships to many individuals and businesses. The Westbank Community library was no exception. Westbank lost power, fire sprinklers discharged and pipes burst, resulting in flooding of the Children’s room. Over 10,000 items were destroyed. Join us on our unexpected journey of remediation, renovation and re-ordering. Learn what it took to rebuild the collection and make it even better than it was before the storm. Presenters will share crucial steps, vendor support, re-ordering processes, lessons learned and surprises along the way towards restoring the Children’s collection. Presented by Elena Carvajal, Kristi M. Floyd and Sidney Schubarth of Westbank Libraries. For more information and to register, please visit the registration webpage.

J. FRANK DOBIE LIBRARY TRUST AWARDS

Closes December 16, 2022

When famed Texas author and folklorist J. Frank Dobie passed away in 1964, he left the majority of his estate to create the J. Frank Dobie Library Trust for the purpose of assisting small Texas libraries in purchasing books. Awards are selected annually by a committee and presented at the opening luncheon of the Texas Library Association annual conference (attendance is not required).

The J. Frank Dobie Library Trust Awards Committee is accepting applications for the 2022 awards through December 16, 2022. For more information, visit the award website.

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Ongoing Tools

Descriptions below are provided by host organizations.

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2022 TEXAS GREAT READ

The Texas Center for the Book has chosen Indelible Ann: The Larger-Than-Life Story of Governor Ann Richards by Meghan P. Browne, illustrated by Carlynn Whitt, as the Texas Great Read for 2022. Every year, the Library of Congress asks each state Center for the Book to select a title that represents the state’s literary landscape to highlight at the National Book Festival. The Texas Center for the Book invites Texans to read Indelible Ann and to take part in a statewide book club by using the hashtag #TXGreatRead on social media. For more information on the 2022 Texas Great Read program, visit the 2022 program webpage.

BRAILLE ENHANCED STORYWALK ®

The Braille Enhanced StoryWalk® is a fun, interactive way for children to engage in literacy and move their bodies! Families are encouraged to explore these stories by touch and reading aloud. Furthermore, the Braille Enhanced StoryWalk® helps bring communities together by creating conversations about disability awareness. For more information, view the Michigan Department of Education’s webinar.

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PROJECT READY: REIMAGINING EQUITY & ACCESS FOR DIVERSE YOUTH

Project READY is funded by the Institute of Museum and Library Services. This site hosts a series of free, online professional development modules for school and public youth services librarians, library administrators, and others interested in improving their knowledge about race and racism, racial equity, and culturally sustaining pedagogy. The primary focus of the Project READY curriculum is on improving relationships with, services to, and resources for youth of color and Native youth. For more information, visit the website.

TEXAS SUMMER LIBRARY PROGRAM UPDATES

Looking to stay abreast of the Texas Summer Library Program? Information about how to access the manual, materials ordering, and so much more can be found on the TSLAC website. Furthermore, periodic updates are disseminated via the Summer Library Program newsletter. This newsletter is the primary vector for publicizing critical information such as access codes for manual downloading and materials ordering. So if you haven’t already, please consider subscribing.

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TEXAS STEM EDUCATION TOOLKIT | School Libraries

The Texas Education Agency has developed tools to support districts in developing a local STEM program that is aligned to the high-quality indicators identified by the state. The STEM tools are designed to support a district in planning and implementing a PK-12 STEM program aligned to the Texas STEM Framework. For more information, visit the website.


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Need more resources?

Check out our webinars that focus on Youth Services for more information.


Questions?

For more information, visit our youth services page, contact Christina Taylor at ld@tsl.texas.gov, or call 512-463-5465.

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