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2017 Youth Services Institute | Beyond Books: Literacy in the 21st Century

Friday, May 5, 2017
Circle City Center, Corona, CA 



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Registration Cost:
$40 CLA members / $50 non-CLA members
$5 discount for presenters (we will provide a promo code)


Event Contact: 
Anna Hartman or Courtney Saldana

Phone: 858.694.2435 or 909-395-2225

Email: or


Do you have stellar ideas to better serve the youth in your community?  Are you concerned about the state of literacy in our nation?   If so, join the CLA Youth Services Interest Group on Friday, May 5, 2017, at the Circle City Center, in Corona, CA, to learn all about the efforts of youth services workers at the CLA Youth Services Institute - Beyond Books: Literacy in the 21st Century.

At this Institute, you will have the opportunity to attend presentations covering:

  • early literacy,
  • innovative approaches to children’s services, and
  • creative topics focusing on serving tweens and teens.

You will be able to network with colleagues (old and new) and discuss the many challenges facing youth services librarians today.

Institute Schedule

9:30am            Welcome
10am-11am     Marcus A. Banks, Librarian & Journalist
11:15-12pm     Breakout Session #1
12:15-1pm       Breakout Session #2
1-1:45pm         Lunch (on the lawn)
1:45-2:30pm    Breakout Session #3
2:45-3:15pm    John Corey Whaley, Author of Noggin
3:15-3:45pm    Author Signing


Breakout Session Schedule

Breakout Session #1 - 11:15am to 12:00pm

Early Childhood: On the Lap Storytime
Child/Tween: Spring into S.T.E.A.M.

Teen:  Breaking News

Breakout Session #2 - 12:15pm to 1:00pm
Early Childhood: Sensory Storytime
Child/Tween: A Graphic Understanding | Using Comics to Address Information Literacy among Children and Tweens
Teen: #iwontbang a Case Study on Community Partnerships to Address Teen Needs

Breakout Session #3 - 1:45pm to 2:30pm
Child/Tween: Learning @ the Library
Teen: What's your story? Podcasting and Digital Storytelling

Keynote Speaker: Marcus A. Banks
Marcus A. Banks is a journalist with many years of experience as a health sciences librarian. He has worked for the National Library of Medicine, University of California San Francisco, University of California Davis, and Samuel Merritt University. Marcus has been a reference and instruction librarian, department manager, and library director. Throughout his professional career he was also a writer, and eventually decided to become a writer full-time. His web site ( has clips to some of his work. Of particular interest for this keynote presentation, Marcus authored the piece "Fighting Fake News"<> in American Libraries. @marcusabanks

Keynote Topic: "Helping Kids and Teens to Tell the Truth in a Time of Alternative Facts"
In this interactive keynote session, Marcus Banks will discuss hallmarks of legitimate news sources as well as common techniques used to distort what has actually occurred in the world. He will describe the difference between honest differences of opinion and dishonest evasions of fact. Based on this framework, Banks and audience members will develop creative solutions for imparting these concepts to youth in a compelling and interesting way. By the end of the session attendees will have at least one idea or method that they can use in their home libraries.

Author Keynote: John Corey Whaley
John Corey Whaley grew up in the small town of Springhill, Louisiana, where he learned to be sarcastic and to tell stories.  He has a B.A. in English from Louisiana Tech University, as well as an M.A in Secondary English Education. He started writing stories about aliens and underwater civilizations when he was around ten or eleven, but now writes realistic YA fiction (which sometimes includes zombies...). He taught public school for five years and spent much of that time daydreaming about being a full-time writer...and dodging his students' crafty projectiles. He is terrible at most sports, but is an occasional kayaker and bongo player.  He is obsessed with movies, music, and traveling to new places. He is an incredibly picky eater and has never been punched in the face, though he has come quite close.  One time, when he was a kid, he had a curse put on him by a strange woman in the arcade section of a Wal-Mart.  His favorite word is defenestration.  His favorite color is green.  His favorite smell is books.  He currently lives in Southern California.