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CLOUSC Meeting Minutes 3/27/2017

Meeting Date: 
Monday, March 27, 2017

Attendees: Joni Armstrong (Chester), Susan Babcock (Tuxedo), Randall Enos (RCLS), Sara Johnson (Florida),  Lisa Kochik (Newburgh), Stacy Kraai (Warwick), Kathy LaRocca (Goshen), Amanda Letohic (Fallsburg), Ruth Mallard (Liberty), Michelle Muller (Goshen), Kathlynn Ruberte Smith (Goshen), Lisa SinClair (Cornwall), Rhonda Somarelli (Port Jervis), Connie Treuting (Port Jervis)

Table Talk: Commenced 9:30am         Topic: Wordless books

Michelle Muller shared several wordless books that she has used in programs. She shared handouts about using wordless books in programs and information we can pass along to patrons. Flyers from Julie Baxter were also made available to the group.

MEETING Commenced 10:05am                                        

Welcome and Introductions.

CLOUSC projects and activities

Bibliographies-send titles regarding “Facts of Life” to Joni and “Death” to Michelle.  Martha Sullivan at RCLS can create a LibGuide for challenging topics.

Professional Development- lunch and book preview at Scholastic in NYC on Monday, March 13, 2017 from 12:30-2:00pm.  Group would have liked to have a tour of offices along with lunch and preview, maybe building construction was a factor in touring the facility.

End of year Luncheon-June 5, 2017-Lisa K. is working on, more information to come.


     CLOUSC Award: Joni has not received any nominations at this time, please use nomination form from Joni’s email to nominate someone. Deadline for nominations is March 31, 2017.

      Y-2 Kids: April 20, 2017-please send items they can hand out to Randy or Lisa K. through the delivery, please mark “Y-2 kids”.

 Sunshine Fund

Call for dues. We received cards from Pennie and Joanna. 



Book Share

Wordless books-members discussed various titles, some highlights/favorites: Float, Sidewalk Flowers, Fish, Boat of Dreams, Before Morning, Lion and the Mouse, and Little Fox in the Forest. 

Announcements from Randy


Attended several publisher previews, shared books with group. 


Handed out information regarding Notable Book Banquets- May 2, May 3 and May 9

Fall Into Books-Save the Date-Wednesday, October 25, 2017 in Kingston- flyers will be distributed in May.


The ABCs of Early Learning with BrainBoxes-April 6, 9:00am-1:00pm. Randy had samples of boxes for infants and pre-school.

Early Learning Spaces-Friday, May 19th 10:00am-1:00PM.


YSS Spring Workshop, Friday, April 28, 2017 in Ithaca, NY


2017 manuals are available four ways:

  1. Electronically
  2. Paper copies available for loan
  3. DVD
  4. Flash drive available from Randy

Planning Workshop follow up- the program was very valuable for new people.

Reading lists for SRP-volunteers are working on lists.

Newspapers-not sure, many libraries do not use.

Stickers and AccuCuts- working on lists.


Tech Topics

Discussed the Tech Petting Zoo from workshop, all items can be borrowed from RCLS.

Highlight the Host

Michelle discussed the issues of programming in small spaces. She transforms entire space for programs; make use of every nook and cranny and staggering start time helps to keep crowds flowing.  They use school space for larger events.

What’s on your Mind?

Update from Port Jervis on snack/food issues-using a disclaimer and permission slip for snacks may help, still a work in progress.  Goshen handed out contact information for Zumba instructor for classes at library. Cornwall asked about supervised visits in the library.

MEETING adjourned 11:58am             

Respectfully submitted,

Lisa SinClair

Minutes Author: 
Lisa SinClair