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CLOUSC Meeting Minutes 10/26/2015

Meeting Date: 
Monday, October 26, 2015

Attendees:  Randall Enos (RCLS), Rena Kalanick (Fallsburg), Lisa Kochik (Newburgh), Ruth Mallard (Liberty), Sara Johnson (Florida), Pennie Mercado (Fallsburg), Melissa Quarles (Monroe), Rhonda Somarelli (Port Jervis), Connie Treuting (Port Jervis), Anna Gordon (Washingtonville), Susan Mangan (Ellenville), Lisa SinClair (Cornwall), Stacy Kraai (Warwick)

Table Talk Commenced 9:34 a.m.         TOPIC: Launch Pads

Newburgh purchased 27 Launch Pads, they have been well received by children and their caregivers. Lending policy is a 2 week loan period, 1Launch Pad per card and no holds are allowed. Launch Pads are kept behind the circulation desk, laminated cards are displayed in children’s area for patrons to bring to circulation to check out.  There are 3 categories; Ages 3-5, Ages 5-7 and Ages 8-10. The circulation staff was very excited about the “launching” of the Launch Pads which made things very easy.  Item comes in hard case and is labeled well in an orange box, orange tape for charger and cord.  Barcode is on back of item.  Circulation has a charging station to charge item when it is returned behind circulation, items charged at the end of the night or if time allows during the day. Playaway has replaced 2 broken screens free of charge, the company would just like to know how it got damaged so they can create better products.  Playaway Launchpad flyers were handed out to group.

MEETING                         Commenced 10:13 a.m.

Welcome and Introductions.

CLOUSC plans for 2015-2016

  • February Table Talk will be a Felt Board representative, if one can be found.  Can extend to the At Noon presentation. Possibly have someone from Social Services/ Mental Health organization for At Noon if Felt Board rep cannot be found.  Anna had difficulty finding public/private representative from Social Services for At Noon for today’s meeting.  Anna will keep us posted.
  • Randy will talk to Sue Scott about Hour of Code for March 2016. 
  • Eric Carle Museum-for Professional Development Day-on a Saturday sometime in April. Randy contacted BOCES, some teachers are interested in going. Randy will call museum with a few dates.  Cost will be similar to last year. Look for email from Randy.


Special Projects

  • Data Bank of Book Discussion questions.  Nothing has been submitted. Email Anna with titles of what you have, not questions.  Anna will ask for questions at a later date.
  • Resource List posted on the RCLS website. Anna handed out Resource Lists, she asked everyone to update their copies, stamp with library name and send to her via the delivery.
  • Update and add to Bibliographies on RCLS lists.  If you are working on a list or have updated one in the past year or so, let Anna know.  Updated lists will be sent to Ruth.
  • CLOUSC Archives-Lisa S. spoke with Jerry about posting minutes to RCLS website, he asked for a few at a time.  August and September of 2015 have been posted.  Lisa S. will speak with Jerry regarding older minutes and scanning minutes and report back at next meeting.


          CLOUSC Award: Pennie will contact Vicey to see if she is interested in helping with committee.

          Mock Caldecott and Newbery Discussions: Randy will have picture books available at RCLS for people to vote on, watch for email. Randy passed around preliminary titles for Mock Newbery, titles will be available at November meeting.

          Other Committees:

  • Y2Kids too early to report, Lisa K. will keep us posted.
  • June Luncheon- too early to report.

Sunshine Fund

Book Share: Biographies

Hello My Name is Johnny, Firebird, Port Chicago 51, Hilary Rodham Clinton: Some Girls are Born to Lead, City for the Symphony of the Dead, and Who Was series were among the favorites.  Discussion of biography picture books and if they are shelved with biographies or picture books.

Highlights from Announcements from Randy

  • Everyone received book, Great Adaptations by Tiffany Taylor. 3 activity kits to take; Leo: A Ghost Story, Big Bear Little Chair and Rude Cakes. Previews from Random House, Penguin Young Readers, and HarperChildren’s, sign sheet to receive notes via delivery.
  • Fall Into Books-may not have at that venue again also next year might be one discussion and one workshop. Complaints about attendees not reading books for discussion groups.
  • 11th Regional USBBY Conference-1st time attending, weekend event in NYC. Lisa K. also attended and shared some highlights with us.  Next year it will be 2016 World Conference in New Zealand.
  • NYLA-Great conference.  Susan and Lisa K. also attended and shared a few highlights of workshops they attended.
  • Every Child Ready to Read Workshop-Wed Nov 4 from 9:30-3:00 at RCLS and Wed, Dec 2 at E.B. Crawford Library, Monticello.  Please register if you haven’t already. Extend invitation with someone you partner with in the community, make sure they register.
  • Take samples of AccuCuts
  • 2016 SRP manuals will be delivered soon.

3-minutes of fame 

  • Melissa (Monroe) was happy that 4:30pm preK program was well attended, they are competing with other organizations for morning programs, and Baby Sign Language class is very popular.
  • Anna (Washingtonville) competing with afterschool programs at school district, her programs have low attendance. Also book ideas for encouraging parents to send child to college.
  • Rena (Fallsburg) Halloween in the Park, 350 in attendance, pumpkin painting and “trunk a treat”.
  • Lisa K. (Newburgh) Alice in Wonderland 150 Anniversary party was well attended. Also Back to the Future program with viewing of movie had a great turn out.
  • Stacy (Warwick) Alice in Wonderland party with therapy bunnies.  Bunnies were great!


Minutes Author: 
Lisa SinClair