Youth and Young Adult Services

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Youth Programmers Group (YLA-Youth Librarians Association)

We are a group of youth services librarians, programmers and special events extraordinaires! We usually have a special topic of discussion, share our program successes and failures, ask and offer tips and advice, and share helpful information about paid performers.

Although most of us are from public libraries in the north and northwest suburbs, we do meet at a different library each time. We welcome you to join our always engaging conversations and meetings.

We are also known in RAILS as the Youth Librarians Association (YLA).

Makerspace Networking Group

Whether you're already up and running or just thinking about getting your Makerspace started, come and share your ideas with this new networking group! We're the right spot to ignite new ideas for the natural-born maker or the novice. Join library leaders from both sides of this spectrum to share experiences researching, building and rethinking the library and Maker communities.

We want to spark conversation and expand your support network no matter where you are on your Makerspace journey.

Central Illinois Regional Children's Librarians

Established in 2010, CIRCL is a continuing education support group for youth and teen librarians located in Central Illinois (about a 60 mi. radius from Peoria, IL). We share resources, and provide professional educational opportunities for librarians serving youth ages 0-18 and their families. A group for Young Adult Librarians was also started at this time to provide networking and support for those working within this specialty.

Autism 101 for Libraries: What is Autism Spectrum Disorder and How Can We Help Students and Families at the Library?

In t his webinar, Mary O'Brian, Center for the Advancement and Support of Educational Initiatives, Illinois State University, covered basic information about Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) including background, diagnosis, and research. Examples of students with autism will be shared. Additionally,...


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