[From the organizer of the Youth Services Preconference.]

The GPLS Youth Service preconference will be held on Wednesday, October 3 from 9:00am to 12:00pm and 1:30pm to 4:30pm.  Lunch will be on your own (if you attend both).

Morning Session:  Early Literacy
9:00am to 12:00pm

Let’s READ!   Repeat, Engage, Ask questions and Do more. This 2 hour session investigates how to build language through repeated interactive story telling!: presented by Sharon Aston.  Aston is an Infant Toddler Specialist for Bright from the Start: Georgia Department of Early Care and Learning. She works in Savannah and the surrounding areas. Sharon began her career in early childhood education as a family childcare provider in Walsall, England. After completing her BA in Early Childhood Studies and English she worked as a teacher of infants, toddlers and pre-school aged children in both the private and public sectors. Since moving with her family to Savannah in 2006, she has worked as program director and trainer, becoming a Program for Infant/Toddler Care (PITC) certified trainer in 2010.

Afternoon Session:  Teens Focus
1:30pm to 4:30pm

Georgia Peach Book Award for Teen Readers.  Committee Chairs Mary K. Donovan and Vanessa Cowie will share the new Peach website and ideas for promoting the Peach in your library or media center.

Teens and Technology: With an estimated 95 percent of teens online and 80 percent involved in social networking, it is critical that the librarians who serve them understand the digital habits and preferences that characterize this demographic. This workshop uses the online behavior of today’s teens as a springboard to showcase libraries leading the way with digitally enhanced programs and services for young people. The presentation will also highlight a range of supporting resources from YALSA, including whitepapers, toolkits, and professional development opportunities related to technology. Even those “born digital” can use a little help from their librarians in connecting, creating original digital content, and enhancing their online presence. Presented by Wendy Stephens.  Stephens is the librarian at Cullman (Ala.) High School, serving as Library Media coordinator for Cullman City Schools, and is completing her dissertation in Information at the University of North Texas. She is a past and present YALSA committee chair, and her writing about her work with teens has been published in a number of journals, including VOYA and YALS. Her research interests include the role of nontraditional text formats in the library collection, information poverty, and reader response theory.