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CLOUSC Meeting Minutes 11/23/2015

Meeting Date: 
Monday, November 23, 2015

Attendees:  Joni Armstrong (Chester), Susan Babcock (Tuxedo), Beth Balogh (Walden),  Sophia Conti (Newburgh), Jean Crawford (Walden), Randall Enos (RCLS), Liz Fisher (Cornwall), Joanna Goldfarb (Monticello),  Anna Gordon (Washingtonville), Sara Johnson (Florida), Lisa Kochik (Newburgh), Ruth Mallard (Liberty), Pennie Mercado (Fallsburg), Bonnie Sakow (Newburgh), Lisa SinClair (Cornwall), Rhonda Somarelli (Port Jervis), Vicey Thomas (Liberty), Connie Treuting (Port Jervis)

Table Talk Commenced 9:35a.m.          TOPIC: Caldecott Vocabulary & Terminology

Liz Fisher explained vocabulary and terminology listed on the Terms and Criteria of Randolph Caldecott Medal handout.  She discussed page layout and how the eye is drawn from one side of the page to the other, weakest to strongest part of the page. She spoke about the use of white space or negative space. Books which were previous Caldecott winners were handed out to the group so Liz could show the different mediums used by the illustrators.


MEETING                         Commenced    10:18a.m.

Welcome and Introductions.

CLOUSC plans for 2015-2016

  • Eric Carle Museum-for Professional Development Day-on a Saturday sometime in April. Randy will call museum with a few dates. Look for email from Randy.


Special Projects

  • Resource List posted on the RCLS website. Updated lists received from Newburgh, Cornwall and Washingtonville. Please send updated lists to Anna at Washingtonville through the delivery.
  • CLOUSC Archives-Lisa S. spoke with Jerry about posting minutes to RCLS website, he asked for a few at a time.  August, September and October 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 chair committee, Joni and Vicey joined this committee.

          Mock Caldecott and Newbery Discussions: Randy will have picture books available at RCLS for people to vote on, watch for email. Once books are selected you will receive your group and list of books, remember to register. The titles for the mock Newbery Discussion are The Seventh Most Important Thing by Shelley Pearsall, Echo by Pam Munoz Ryan, The War That Saved My Life by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley, The Marvels by Brain Selznick and Orbiting Jupiter by Gary D. Schmidt. 


          Other Committees:

  • Y2Kids-scheduled for April 20, 2016, snow date April 21, 2016. To be held at Stewart Air Base
  • June Luncheon- too early to report.

Sunshine Fund   Susan passed around envelope for those who have not contributed to Sunshine Fund.  Card and gift were sent to Maria at Florida Library for promotion.

Book Share: Books-to-Movies- We discussed the good, the bad and the ugly in Books-to-Movies.  Some winners were Mr. Poppins Penguins, Because of Winn Dixie, Holes, Matilda, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, The Invention of Hugo Cabret, Perks of Being a Wallflower, Mouse Hunt, The Book Thief  and Home, which was based on the book, The True Meaning of Smackday.  Some losers were Cat in the Hat, Series of Unfortunate Events, and  City of Ember.  Mixed reviews on Polar Express and Jumanji

Highlights from Announcements from Randy


Posters of “Every Student Present!” from NY State-please help yourself to a poster.

Extra copies of K.L. Going book available.


Previews: Quarto Publishing-Non-fiction, filling the gap of DK Publishing

                 Simon & Schuster-Tomie dePaolo-Strega Nona’s 40th Anniversary

Special Workshops:

Society of Illustrators-The Original Art on Nov 16th-great exhibit will be open for one more month.  Highly recommends-worth the trip!

RCLS news:

Every Child Ready to Read 2 Workshop to be held on Wed 12/2/15 at E.B. Crawford Library, Monticello.

The Preview session has ended, books to be distributed soon.

Focus Groups were well attended and very helpful.

Hand out on RCLS Youth Services email groups was distributed to the group.

SRP news:

2016 manuals have been distributed.

Discussion of the SRP workshop- possibly “over haul” workshop-shorter time on manual, extra time on “hands-on” session.  Joni, Susan and Anna will start SRP Committee.

3-minutes of fame 

Monticello participated in International Game Day, games were placed throughout the library.  Games for all ages, received free games by registering on line. 

Cornwall started a knitting loom program in November for grades 2 and up.  Program was well attended and looms were packaged and linked so patrons attending the program could check out looms to finish project at home.  Members of CPL Teen advisory board ran a Star Wars trivia afternoon which was well attended by all ages.

Washingtonville has a new guinea pig which was purchased and donated by one of their pages.

Chester had a nurse speak with 4th graders and their parents about “The Birds and the Bees”.  Program was well received and well attended.  Joni will run program again.




Minutes Author: 
Lisa SinClair