YASD – Teens are Alright!

Join us on Zoom for Teens are Alright: Providing Staff with Skills to Engage Teen Patrons with Support and Respect on Thursday, May 23rd at 10:00 am!

Teen librarians know three key things about their teens. They are loud, they are messy, and they are AWESOME!

Join Katelyn Hara-Moss Head of Reference Services at Central Islip Public Library and Heather Massa Head of Adult & Teen Services at East Rockaway Public Library to learn how to improve staff responses to teen patrons, communicate effectively with coworkers that are not teen librarians, and address rowdy teens in the library positively.

Because remember, today’s teens are tomorrow’s library voters!

Registration is open! Sign up by clicking here. We hope to see you there!

Ashley Sabatino
Teen Services Program Coordinator
Longwood Public Library 
631-924-6400 ext. 292

YASD Annual Luncheon

You are invited to join the YASD Board at there 2023 Annual Luncheon.

New Board Members will be introduced and YASD Teen Librarian Awards will be presented. Guest speaker will be YA Author Ryan La Sala, whose book The Honeys is set to become a major motion picture! 

The lunch will be held at Toast in Patchogue (46 East Main Street, Patchogue, NY 11772). Vegan, Vegetarian and Gluten Free options will be available. 

The cost to attend is $55 for members and $60 for nonmembers.

Register here and view the attached flyer for more info! Register by November 13 to be entered into a raffle for a $50 giftcard! Last day to register is November 27.

Any questions, please feel free to reach out to Emily Spizzirri at either espizzirri@pmlib.org or 631-654-4700×287

[SCLA] B.E.S.T. Award


It is time to nominate a teen for the Nassau/Suffolk B.E.S.T. Award! For those unfamiliar with this award, library staff members can nominate a teen to receive recognition for their contributions to library services. There will be one winner per county. For more information, please check the attached flyer.

Applications (online or paper) must be received no later than Thursday, April 6, 2023.

The paper application can be mailed to Vivien Cardone at the Riverhead Free Library via system mail, email, or USPS. You can also fill out the online application here.

We will be announcing the winners at the Long Island Library Conference on May 11, 2023.

We are also looking for people to participate in the B.E.S.T. Award committee! If you would like to participate and read all about these amazing teens or have any questions about the award, please reply off-list to Vivien Cardone, vivien.cardone@riverheadlibrary.org

I look forward to reading your submissions!

Thank you,

Vivien Cardone

2023 Annual Fran Romer Memorial Booktalk Workshop


The Smithtown Library-Smithtown Building
Thursday, March 23, 2023

10:00 AM – 1:00 PM

The 2023 Annual Fran Romer Book Talk is taking place in person on March 23 at the Smithtown Library.
Our guest speaker will be Kara Thomas, author of The Cheerleaders and Little Monsters.
Win raffles and earn CEU’s! Lunch will be served.

Register here.

$35 members

$40 Nonmembers

If you are interested in being a discussion leader, email YoungAdultSD@gmail.com.

YASD-SCLS Battle of the Books Panel

Tuesday, March 7th
SCLS Auditorium @ 10AM

Join YASD and SCLS as they welcome a panel of experienced Battle of the Books Coaches who will share how they run their program. The moderated panel will cover topics from how to recruit kids and outreach to running practices at the library. The event will conclude with a group discussion.

Register here


YASD Joint Nassau and Suffolk Meeting

February 13 at 10am via Zoom

Please join us at this year’s joint meeting of Nassau and Suffolk YASD.
We will be discussing Marketing to Teens with a panel of librarians from all over Long Island! Topics will include Community Service and Programming, School Partnership’s and Collaboration, TikTok, and Podcasting.
Register here!

[SCLA] CATS, CLASC, and YASD Present: Tween Maker Faire!

Hi All,

CATS, CLASC, and YASD will be running its first ever Maker Faire! This faire will be open to all librarians, but will mainly focus on the tween population.

We are looking for libraries that would be interested in manning a table during the faire to display any technology related items that would be appropriate for tweens. We would also welcome anyone willing to share Makerspace or STEAM programming as well. Our goal is to have librarians come together to network and become familiar with new technologies that they could possibly order for their collection.

Please fill out the Google Form if your library would be interested in having a table at the event to showcase what they offer. The Google Form must be received no later than November 1, 2022.

To register for this event, Click here. To apply for a table Click here

The deadline to register and/or apply for a table is November 1, 2022.

Please contact Lauren Tellerman, LIBRARYLAUREN1001@GMAIL.COM for questions regarding table reservations and Lauren Strong, LAUREN.STRONG@RIVERHEADLIBRARY.ORG for registration questions

Anthony Giansante ​(he/him/his)

Digital Services & Makerspace Librarian
CATS President
Half Hollow Hills Community Library
55 Vanderbilt Pkwy.
Dix Hills, NY  11746

YASD Annual Luncheon & Teen Librarian Award

The YASD Annual Luncheon has been moved to a virtual gathering on Thursday, December 16th at 12:00 pm via Zoom. We will welcome the incoming board members, hand out the Teen Librarian Award and play trivia for a chance to win a prize!
Please see the attached flyer for the luncheon as well as the nomination form for the Teen Librarian Award.
Please RSVP to Charlotte Buckleman, cbuckleman@lindenhurstlibrary.org to receive the Zoom information.
Also, be sure to follow us on Facebook, Instagram and our blog:
Blog: http://yasd-scla.blogspot.com/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/YASDofSCLA/
Instagram: YAServicesDivision 
Katie Brand (she/her)
Head of Teen Services
The Smithtown Library
Smithtown Building
1 North Country Road
Smithtown, NY 11787
(631) 360-2480 ext. 127