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CLOUSC Meeting Minutes 10/24/2016

Meeting Date: 
Monday, October 24, 2016

Attendees: Joni Armstrong (Chester), Beth Bologh (Walden), Randall Enos (RCLS), Joanna Goldfarb (Monticello), Vera Ioannou (Mamakating),Peggy Johansen (Mamakating),Sara Johnson (Florida), Emily Kinney (Washingtonville), Lisa Kochik (Newburgh), Stacy Kraai (Warwick), Amanda Letohic (Fallsburg), Ruth Mallard (Liberty),Michelle Muller (Goshen), Joy Patton (Mamakating), Lisa SinClair (Cornwall),  Rhonda Somarelli (Port Jervis),  Connie Treuting (Port Jervis)

Table Talk: Commenced 9:30am         Topic: Remind.com

Goshen Library uses Remind.com for storytime reminders, very helpful.  Updated App lets user see all that they are signed up for, user friendly.  Newburgh Library felt it was school or class orientated, may have changed with update.  Other libraries make reminder calls prior to event or use Evanced which sends program confirmation and then an email reminder two days before the program. Group discussed using Library Aware, Constant Contacts, LibGuides for sending newsletters.

MEETING Commenced 10:06am                                        

Welcome and Introductions.

Peggy and Vera received CLOUSC mug and pin.  Anna sent thank you card.  Melissa sent thank you message via email.

CLOUSC plans for 2016-2017

Professional Development-possible visit to publishing house is in the works for late winter or early spring.

Special Projects

Updating Bibliographies posted on RCLS-send titles regarding “death” to Michelle and titles regarding “facts of life” to Joni. Email changes to CLOUSC resource list to Randy, please cc: Ruth. Turn “Book Share” books into a bookmark or list.


     CLOUSC Award: Joni will Chair, Amanda and Beth on committee

      Mock Caldecott and Newbery Discussions:  Newbery committee working on final list. 

      Y-2 Kids:  Hold the Date: April 20, 2017/ Emergency date: April 21, 2017

      Luncheon: Still planning

Sunshine Fund

Call for dues at November meeting.



Book Share

Election books: A few of the titles the group shared-

Amelia Bedelia: First Vote

 I Can Do That

 How to Build Your Own Country

 Vote for Me

 President Squid

One Vote, Two Votes, I Vote, You Vote

Vote for Larry

What Presidents Are Made of


 Presidential Races: The Battle for Power in the US.  


Announcements from Randy


Attended several publisher previews, shared books with group. Harry Potter Muggle wall posters- still available. 


Lisa S. reported on Bookfest, Upcoming events: Fall into Books this Friday, October 28th, NYLA Conference-November 2-5, Society of Illustrators-December 5th


Preview session postponed-will begin on October 31

Working on Winter/Spring dates for Early Learning Spaces and The ABCs of Early Learning with New Directions Institute Staff.

Accu Cut issues-please check out Accu Cut when you receive, use in a timely fashion and please use padded envelope or box to send back to RCLS.


Free webinars-see October 18th posting to CLOUSC


2016 RCLS stats available upon request

2017 manuals will be available electronically free of charge. Randy will find out if manuals will be distributed on flash drives at NYLA conference.

Tech Topics

Emily from Washingtonville asked group about AWEs and if they are used in other buildings. AWEs are very popular and group recommended purchasing units for new space.  iPads in children’s area are also very popular.

Highlight the Host

Vera discussed her storytimes- books, activity and snack follow a theme.  Books on display for patrons to check out, most don’t take.

What’s On Your Mind?

Chester: shared new and very popular parenting books by Julia Cook with the group. Monticello: asked for help with dealing with hygiene issues she is having with group of teens, group offered suggestions. Mamakating: working on scavenger hunt with school district.  

MEETING adjourned 11:53am             



Respectfully submitted,

Lisa SinClair

Minutes Author: 
Lisa SinClair