YALSA receives lots of comments about the annual conference every year, and two common ones are that members crave more variety in the programming offered and that they want more opportunities to present their own ideas. To help meet these desires the YALSA board developed a new format called the Table-Talk Mashup. The Mashup—happening at this year’s ALA Conference on Sunday, June 26 from 4:00 to 5:30—-brings 16 different mini-presentations for attendees to choose from and experience. Think science fair for librarians, and you’ll have a pretty good idea what the feel of the room will be like.

Over the next couple of weeks, I’ll be posting details about individual presentations that cover similar themes or topics. This time I’m focusing on the presentations that look at different programming ideas. From forming music groups to Henna to working with unique populations, the Mashup is sure to give you at least a few ideas to take home. I hope to see you there!

Story Talk by Pat Andres

Pat Andres, Director, will describe Story Talk, a component of People & Stories / Gente y Cuentos, which is a National Endowment for the Humanities-sponsored reading and discussion program for youth in English and in Spanish. The Story Talk program presents high interest level short stories with an approach to discussion that makes humanities education recreational for young people.

Including Teens with Special Needs by Tammy DiBartolo, Karla Kirby, Susan Baker

Participants will receive information, ideas and guidelines for including teens with special needs within their library programs.

Forming a Teen Music Group Gives Youth a Voice at their Library by Adriana Huertas

Learn how Logan Heights Library’s teen music group “Project Unknown” conducts performances to promote library programs, advocates for teen services and their library, encourages teens to get involved and give back to their community. Get inspired to create your own library teen music program that gives teens a voice!

Thank You For Your Service: Serving the Millitary Teen by Tara Sanders

Librarians face unforeseen difficulties due to war’s effects on a military teen’s life. Deployments, sudden moves from one community to another, and programs presented in their own area allowing teens to have a “normal” life are daily issues at Barr Memorial Library at Fort Knox KY. This presentation will have interviews with military teens and community advocates showing how daily interactions make a difference to these teens’ lives.

Henna by Shanna Smith

While henna is an ancient art form, it has resurfaced as a relevant teen program in libraries. Today, I will briefly describe my experiences, share a recipe, and demonstrate the application.

More Bang for Your Buck: How To Collaborate with your Childrens Librarian to Achieve Success in your Urban Branch by Kate Toebbe and Marni Blanken

We will cover a variety of ways teen librarians and children’s librarians can collaborate to provide and promote relevant, educational and fun programming for urban youth in a cost efficient way.

Teen Library Participation: Putting It into Practice by Diane Tucillo

“Besides providing a forum for librarians who serve teens to consider and discuss reasons for providing and ways to include teen participation in their library settings (with examples), this session will give you the opportunity to troubleshoot some of the most common negative scenarios that impede successful teen participation—and turn those into positives!”

Teen Programming 101: The Basics and Beyond – Kate Walker

Are you a new YA Librarian or does your library wish to start or expand its services to teens? This interactive session will teach you about innovative teen programs that are both cost effective and require minimal space, as well as how to reach out to the teens in your community to get them into the library!




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