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CLOUSC Meeting Minutes 10/14/2014

Meeting Date: 
Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Attendees: Susan Babcok (Tuxedo Park), Julie Baxter (Newburgh), Jean Crawford (Walden), Randall Enos (RCLS), Joanna Goldfarb (Monticello), Rena Kalanick (Fallsburg), Lisa Kochik (Newburgh), Ruth Mallard (Liberty), Maria Martinez (Florida), Pennie Mercado (Fallsburg), Michelle Muller (Goshen), Melissa Quarles (Monroe), Rhonda Somarelli (Port Jervis), Connie Treuting (Port Jervis).
Table Talk Commenced 9:31 a.m.     TOPIC: Unattended Children Practices & Policies
Policy Samples were distributed; most of note is to always have 2 staff with children, many policies state ages 8-10 for children to be alone in library. Discussed need to have children brought into library for programs, not just dropped off by parent outside (program cancelled, children not registered, program full, etc. and parent/caregiver is gone). Discussed child not being watched in library, although caregiver is present. Actions taken for unattended children: reunite and inform adult; question of minimum age for watching younger children; stress staff NOT responsible for caretaking; behavior expectations for children and caretaker (attentiveness). Some policies state teen volunteers cannot be supervising other children for volunteer credit to count.
MEETING            Commenced 10:10 a.m.
Welcome and Introductions.
CLOUSC plans for 2014-2015
•    Kelly Going confirmed for end of year event, June 1, 2015, location still pending
•    Monday, May 18 “pencil in” date for professional development visit the Eric Carle Museum.  
•    Fall Into Books was reported as “great!” by participants; location a big plus, lively discussions with near 100% participants having read the books in advance; speakers were great- complemented one another and provided a nice contrast in talks, well-spoken and prepared discussion leaders; working on 2015 programming, likely to be later in October.
•    YSTUG committee: not yet formulated nor met. Michelle and Randy working on a “committee member understanding and agreement” for those interested in serving (to define expectations, commitment, responsibilities).
•    Resource List posted on the RCLS website.  First reminder e-mail blast was successful: Michelle will continue on a monthly basis. Next up: Board Book Sets reminder.
•    “Spotlight” at Host Library: suggestion of including a point of interest, problem solved, creative space design solution, or items/collection of note for meeting attendees to explore space and collections at different libraries. Port Jervis is the only Carnegie Library in Orange County, Parking Lot expansion noted, community remembers and looks for the Pinocchio they recall from childhood.
        CLOUSC Award: Pennie, as chair, has no update but reminds members to think about nominees throughout this year.
        Mock Caldecott and Newbery Discussions: Committee on Mock Caldecott is meeting and hope to have titles to announce at November CLOUSC meeting. Strong contenders are: Rain Reign, Night Gardener, Revolution, Brown Girl Dreaming, Greenglass House, Absolutely Almost, and Fourteenth Goldfish.
        Other Committees:
•    “Y2Kids Careers A to Z” date set for Wed, March 18, 2015 with a snowdate of Thurs, March 19, pencil in the date with volunteering details to follow.
•    “Orange County Youth and Family Summit”: several libraries had been contacted last minute by planning/hosting organization,“Voices United for Change”, to participate to represent family resources available at the library. Asked to be notified earlier next year to have CLOUSC participate.
Sunshine Fund
    Julie Baxter presented highlights from her Fall Into Books session on selecting and using wordless/nearly wordless books for programs. Among household favorites when raising her children (The Snowman by Briggs, Pancakes for Breakfast by DE Paola) Noted the expansion of recognition of wordless books in recent years, turning point was about the time of Weisner’s Tuesday. Wordless books often overlooked by teachers and librarians because of lack of text, but offer other skills for Common Core (Comprehension, vocabulary (discussing), oral language, inferring, predicting, etc.) Julie teaching at SUNY Orange and includes a wordless book assignment to students. Summer early literacy activity for parents led to development of two booklists for Wordless Books pre-k- grade 2, and grades 3-5 which were distributed.     Books discussed included: Chicken Thief, where is the Cake Now, Farmer and the Clown, I am Here, Robot Dreams, Draw!
Highlights from Announcements from Randy
o    Book Buzz – attended by multiple publishers, excellent presentation for recommended books
o    Wed, Dec. 3 RCLS hosting a workshop on Story Walk programming, presented by Terry Rabideau, White Plains Public Library
3-minutes of fame  
o    Port Jervis started a Magic the Gathering monthly program with 10, 10 and then 19 attendees, all teen boys: brought their own decks- libraries provided tables & chairs and refreshments.
o    ComicCon NY- great event
o    Halloween program: Read Little Boo as a storywalk, family carved pumpkins at end
o    Support Our Troops letters to Veterans and VA hospitals, tied in with Orange Reads “Unbroken” and Veterans Day
o    Easy Readers- Classification by leveling 1-2-3 (progressive reading skill) for parent ease of finding.
MEETING adjourned            12:10 p.m.


Minutes Author: 
Lisa SinClair