Young Adult and Children’s Services at UCLA

Congratulations Class of 2012! A recap of the past year August 30, 2012

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2011-2012 has proven to be another great year for YACS.  During Fall Quarter, we held a BYOC (build-your-own-costume) event to celebrate Halloween.  Winter Quarter was a particularly busy quarter for us.  Events included a Make Your Own Valentine Card fundraiser in which all proceeds went towards a book donation for Books Beyond Bars.  We also hosted a visit from Dr. Claudette S McLinn.  Claudette spoke to us about the multicultural experience in children’s literature.  Also during winter quarter, YACS had the opportunity to meet with and listen to children’s author and illustrator, Allen Say, at the 2012 Frances Clarke Sayers Lecture.  During spring, YACS teamed up with the Department of Near Eastern Studies to host author, Anushka Ravishankar, otherwise known as “The Indian Dr. Seuss.”

We capped the year off with a final meeting and a congraduation graffiti wall to say goodbye to the second years.

2011-2012 was great . . . and the class of 2012 will be missed.  We thank you for all your advice and good times . . . but 2012-2013 . . . here we come!  Get ready for another great year with YACS =) !


Request for Student Assistance @ ALA-Chicago March 16, 2009

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Dear ALA Student Chapter Leaders: Would you be able to post the following request on your ALA Student Chapter or school listservs? Could you please spread the word to your youth services groups & colleagues? YALSA Needs YOU! At ALA Annual ( Heading to Chi-town this summer? Whether you’re a brand new or seasoned YALSA member, we need your help manning our action-packed booth in the exhibit hall! This is a great opportunity to network with colleagues, learn more about your organization, and engage wandering attendees about the wonders and glories of ALA’s fastest growing division. Almost all of the time slots below are still available, so email the Division and Membership Committe at now to reserve your preferred time. *Sat. July 11, 5:30pm – 7:30pm *Sun. July 12, 9:00am – 5:00pm *Mon. July 13, 9:00am – 5:00pm *Tues. July 14, 9:00am – 2:00pm We strongly encourage student members of YALSA to volunteer! You don’t have to be a long-time member to volunteer, you will learn a lot about the organization and the annual conference in general and have many opportunities to network with experienced colleagues! Feel free to email if you have any questions! Many thanks in advance & good luck in your studies! Best wishes, -Candice-


YACS Meeting Notes – January 14, 2009 January 16, 2009

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YACS Meeting 1/14/09


*Youth Services Panel (part of the ALA Career Fest)

     -February 18th, 12:30-1:30 – upstairs in the IS Salon

     -Panel Participants:        

  • Laura Henry, manager young reader’s department PV
  • Shawn Thrasher, Monrovia Senior Librarian -Youth   Services
  • Erica Cuyugan, YA Librarian Santa Monica
  • Michelle Simon, Head Librarian Wildwood School Secondary School

     –Email any questions you have for our guests or topics you would like  to see covered to us:

 *A possible game night is still in the works.



     –Don’t forget to sign up for the RORA Doodle

     –There is a box of books behind the front desk in the lab that you can take with you or bring books from the library.

     –They have a few flannel boards available onsite, too. Look for one of the UCLA volunteers to unlock the cabinet.


*Author appearance: Francesca Lia Block
     -Saturday, January 17th 2pm, Barnes & Noble at The Grove

     –If anyone is interested in going, email Erin 


*Movie Night!

     –Possible dates: 1/26 or 1/29- if interested, email to let us what day is best for you

     –Any recommendations for a children’s or teen DVD to watch?

*Book Talks

     –Spindle’s End by Robin McKinley

     –Ballet Shoes by Noel Streatfeild

     –Alice in Wonderland retold by Jon Scieszka

     -Hansel and Gretel retold by Cynthia Rylant

     -Le Petit Chien/The Little Dog (bilingual French/English)

     -Captain Flinn and the Pirate Dinosaurs by Giles Andreae

     -The Radioactive Boyscout by Ken Silverstein


YACS has a Facebook page, too:


Francesca Lia Block January 1, 2009

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YA author Francesca Lia Block will be making an appearance at Barnes & Noble at The Grove on Saturday January 17th @ 2pm. She will be reading from her collection of poetry, How to (Un)Cage a Girl.

Francesca’s website:


Tale of Desperaux Movie! November 11, 2008

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Comes out Dec. 19, 2008



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Reach Out and Read Reaches Out to Military Bases

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By SLJ Staff — School Library Journal, 11/10/2008 2:05:00 PM

Reach Out and Read is expanding its reach. From now on, when a child walks into a pediatrician’s office on one of 20 military bases, he’ll get more than a checkup—he’ll get a new book.

Staff pediatrican Maj. Renee Cevey reads with Jared, son of Staff Sgt. Marlon Robles, during a well-child visit at Wilford Hall Medical Center’s pediatric clinic in Texas. (Photo: U.S. Air Force, Master Sgt. Kimberly A. Yearyean-Siers)

The nonprofit literacy organization, which works with hospitals, clinics, and pediatricians across the country to encourage parents to read aloud to their young children, is piloting a program that will reach 90,000, or 25 percent, of the children of U.S. military families worldwide aged from birth to five years old, says Matt Ferraguto a Reach Out and Read spokesman.

Reach Out and Read will train doctors and nurses at military medical facilities on providing a new, age-appropriate book for each six-month to five-year-old child to take home after every checkup, starting with board books for babies followed by more complex picture books for preschoolers.

Along with each free book—which includes titles such as Five Little Monkeys Jumping On the Bed (Clarion, 1989) by Eileen Christelow, Old MacDonald Had A Farm (Penguin, 2008) by Salina Yoon, Richard Scarry’s Cars and Trucks from A to Z (Random, 1990), and Clifford, The Big Red Dog (Scholastic, 2007) by Norman Bridwell—military health-care providers will also provide advice and tips to parents about reading aloud to their children. The goal is to provide each child who participates in the program with a home library of up to 10 books by the time he starts kindergarten—and to get parents to understand the importance of reading.

Participating military bases will also create literacy-rich waiting rooms, complete with child-size furniture and bookcases, where trained Reach Out and Read volunteers will model reading with the children while their families wait for appointments.

The initiative will be funded by the Department of Defense, thanks to the help of Senator Jack Reed (D-RI), who led the Congressional effort to secure $1.1 million in federal funds for the program.

“Reach Out and Read’s Military Initiative will help doctors and nurses at military treatment facilities encourage parents to read to their children and give them the tools to get started,” say Reed, a member of the Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee.


November 4th Meeting November 3, 2008

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This is a reminder that we’re having a YACS meeting Tuesday November 4th at 12:30 pm in the IS Commons. We’ll be going over the schedule for the rest of the quarter as well as sharing picture books and doing a quick fall craft. Hope to see you all there!



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