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2016 YSIG Institute: The Advocacy Awakens

Friday, May 6, 2016

Ovitt Family Community Library, Ontario, CA


Over 100 California librarians, library staff and authors gathered together at Ontario City Library to attend this first ever Institute consisting of professional development workshops aimed at improving and advocating for youth services programming in public libraries within the state.

*Feedback from attendees was overwhelmingly positive:

  • 90% rated the quality of the programs as Excellent or Very Good
  • 99% enjoyed the keynote speakers
  • 95% would recommend the Institute to a colleague

Comments from participants:

  • "I really enjoyed attending this focused mini-conference where I was able to meet my peers and learn and share exciting new ideas about serving youth."
  • "The energy level of this institute was super high.  The professional sharing was unmatched. And the speakers were so dynamic and powerful - one was a mesmerizing storyteller and one made me cry. The day was perfect."
  • "The event not only inspired me to do MORE and BETTER in my field, but it gave me a lot of great ideas and opportunities to network and get feedback. I would love to attend MORE events like this one - and next time bring my colleagues!"

Links to the presentations from the breakout sessions can be found here:

*74 of 106 attendees participated in an evaluation survey.



Registration/Welcome at 9:30am. 

Institute starts at 10am.


Registration Cost: 

$30 CLA members / $40 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

Register by 4/22/2016 



Do you make a difference in the lives of the youth you serve?  Do you have stellar ideas to better serve the youth in your community? If so, join the CLA Youth Services Interest Group on Friday, May 6, 2016, at the Ovitt Family Community Library, in Ontario, CA, to learn all about the efforts of youth services workers at the CLA Youth Services Institute: The Advocacy Awakens.


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 issues facing youth services today. There will also be great programs such as an author talk and much more!




 10:00AM   For Libraries, Advocate you must
Misty Jones, CLA President




  • Early Childhood: Kits on the Go
    Liz Smith, San Bernardino County Library

  • Child/Tween: Artopia: Taking your Art Programming to the next level
    Lauren Candia, Ontario Public Library

  • Teen: A Force for Good: Impactful & Engaging Community-Driven Library Programs and Services
    Jane Gov, Pasadena Public Library; Candice Mack, Los Angeles Public Library; and
    Crystal Martin, University of California, Irvine




  • Early Childhood: Childhood is Messy: Using Touchpoints Principles in Libraries
    Carolyn Brooks, El Dorado County Library; Suzanne Flint, California State Library; and
    Patrick Remer, Contra Costa County Library

  • Child/Tween: Dia Exploded
    Blanca Ginsberg and Veronica Maciel, San Diego County Library

  • Teen: Mental Health in Books for Teens: Understanding and Advocating
    Ann Jacobus Kordahl, Author; and Stephanie Kuehn, Author
1:00PM    LUNCH 




  • Early Childhood: 1,000 Books before Kindergarten @ SDCL: Building a Community
    Sara Coney, Anna Hartman, and Ramona Price, San Diego County Library

  • Child/Tween: My First Library Card: a fine free library card for Elementary students
    Leila Hassen and Reed Strege, Azusa City Library

  • Teen: Advocacy for Teens, by Teens
    Stefanie Ulate, Upland Public Library
Children’s Author, Shelley Moore Thomas “Be a Story Jedi”
 3:15 PM   Young Adult Author, Aaron Hartzler “A Librarian Saved my Life”



























*Choose one Breakout Session per hour. You do not have to stay on the same track.  Ie: all teen programs.  Mix and match as you like.






Aaron Hartzler

Aaron Hartzler has written books, screenplays, and a great number of tweets. His first book, RAPTURE PRACTICE (2013) is a true story about his own life, a memoir about getting kicked out of his Christian high school in Kansas City two weeks before graduation. The New York Times called Rapture Practice “effervescent and moving, evocative and tender.” It was also named to Best Books of 2013 lists by Kirkus and Amazon, and was a finalist for the Lambda Literary Award. His next book is a novel called WHAT WE SAW, will be published by HarperTeen on September 22, 2015. It’s the story of a girl named Kate whose friend is assaulted by student athletes at a party, and how Kate navigates small town politics to find out what really happened. Aaron lives by the beach in Santa Monica with his two dogs, Charlie and Brahms.


Shelley Moore Thomas

Shelley Moore Thomas is the author of ten books for children, including the much heralded GOOD KNIGHT series (Penguin) as well as the critically acclaimed middle-grade fantasy novel, THE SEVEN TALES OF TRINKET (FSG Macmillan).  In addition, she is an elementary school teacher and a storyteller known as the Story Queen.  With a collection of rather rambunctious puppets, she performs at libraries, book fairs, and other special events. Currently, she has a new picture book NO, NO, KITTEN! and a new novel, SECRETS OF SELKIE BAY. Shelley is married and has three daughters, three dogs and one cat.  She lives in Oceanside, California, but don’t let the name fool you. She is not that close to the ocean, really.

You can visit her at



Misty Jones, San Diego Public Library

Misty is the Director for the San Diego Public Library. She was formerly the department’s Deputy Director overseeing Support Services, which included Building Services, Budget Development and Administration, Information Technology, Grants and Capital Improvement Project Administration, Technical Services, Access Services, Public Technology, and the OliverMcMillan I CAN! Center for Accessible Services. She also oversaw the move, opening, and operations of the Central Library at Joan Λ Irwin Jacobs Common.

A graduate of the Masters of Library and Information Science program from University of South Carolina, Misty started her library career at the Greenville County Library in South Carolina. She then worked for nine years at the Charleston County Library, working her way up through several progressively responsible positions from Librarian in Children’s Services, the Business Librarian, Assistant Head of Reference, and Regional Branch Manager for the Main Library.

Misty believes libraries are the great equalizer, always inclusive and never exclusive. She thrives on change and believes that the strength of libraries is in their ability to redefine themselves to fit public need. It is because of this that she committed herself to library advocacy. While at Charleston County Library she founded and chaired Libraries Out Loud, a grassroots advocacy program to help restore funding to the library system by promoting libraries to the public as well as legislators and other elected officials throughout the state. After moving to San Diego she immediately sought the opportunity to continue this. She is currently the president of the California State Library Association and a member of the California State Library Legislative Committee and Advocacy Sub Committee.