Meet Vince Sovanski

Forum Vince

Vince Sovanski, Glenside Public Library District’s Community Ambassador is a member of the ILA Youth Forum and this year’s Awards Chair 2014. He’s known for his fabulous sense of humor.
If you were a cereal, which would you be? Why?
Oatmeal with raisins and walnuts, because I am a bit conservative like oatmeal, but a but nutty & a bit older (no longer a young grape).
If you had to pick one: Appetizer or Dessert?
Dessert, who doesn’t like chocolate & sugar?
If a movie were made of your life–Whom would you choose to play you?
Red Skelton, but of course he is dead.
Which T.V. show title, past or present, best describes your love life?
If you could have dinner with 3 famous people, alive or dead, who would they be?
Oprah Winfrey, John F. Kennedy, & Vincent Van Gogh
If you were stuck on a deserted island and you could only have one music CD to play, and one book to read, which CD and book would you choose?
Cold Play’s Viva La Vida and John Irving’s Cider House Rules
What is your favorite T.V. cartoon?
If you could travel to one place in the world, where would it be?
London, England, as I loved my two previous visits there & I want to go back.
What was your favorite Halloween costume?
I wore a cardboard sandwich sign & I had a little aluminum paint bucket & brush.. as I was “Jack Frost.” My mother found the idea in our local paper, The Peoria Journal Star.
What is your favorite street fair (or carnival food or treat?
Funnel cake or cotton candy

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It’s never too early to nominate EXCELLENCE!

Do you know someone who is worthy of being recognized in this great profession of ours?   The Illinois Library Association’s awards program recognizes excellence in librarianship and library service in Illinois. The program increases awareness of the contributions of all association participants, including recipients, sponsors, co-sponsors, and committees/forums.

There are 18 different awards that cover the scope of librarianship.  The ILA Youth Services Forum sponsors two of those awards: the Golden Ticket Award and the Davis Cup Award.  And for the first time this year, there is also a new award recognizing the talents of those working with teens called the Young Adult Librarian of the Year Award.

Anyone can nominate a qualified nominee for an ILA Award, so mark your calendars!  May 15, 2013 is the deadline for all ILA Award nominations.  Nominate Today!

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“Open Book” Interview with Lynne Priest

Lynne Priest

Lynne Priest

“Open Book Interview” with Lynne Priest

What do you do, and how long have you been doing it?

I am the Grade School Programming Specialist at the Arlington Heights Memorial Library. I have been at this position for about 8 years. I first started as a clerk in the Magazines & Newspapers Department at AHML combined with a part-time position at the Indian Trails Public Library. I have been working in libraries for a total of 12 years.

Why are you an ILA member?

At first, I didn’t want to. I was pretty content to do my own thing. Joining ILA and becoming a Forum member opened up a whole new dimension. I met and became friends with so many good people and I found myself volunteering and chairing committees, things I never thought I would do in a million years. I feel pretty lucky to have had these opportunities that allowed me to grow despite myself.

What’s your number #1 source for news in children’s services / literature.

For literature, I love any review journal. As I am reading them, I have my Goodreads app open on my phone and I just keep adding titles to it. Now if I could just manipulate time! For news, I turn to The Reporter, PLA and VOYA. The Library Link of the Day is also very interesting.

What do you think children’s librarians will be doing ten years from now?

Unless things change dramatically, I see us continuing in the role as equalizers between the various economic levels in our society by providing all children with the opportunity to discover interests they did not know they had and trying technologies that they may not otherwise have available to them.

What book(s) are you currently reading?

A Tale Dark and Grimm by Adam Gidwitz and Summer of the Gypsy Moths by Sara Pennypacker

What children’s book character would you most like to be and why?

Matilda Wormwood for her bravery and sense of fairness.

When you were a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up?

I wanted to assist a senator or congressman. Can you tell I grew up near Washington D.C.?

What’s one “rule” you wished every librarian followed?

Destroy the stereotype

Harriet Welch OR Hermoine Grainger? OR Sammy Keyes or Nancy Drew?

Hermoine without a doubt.

What condiment is always in your fridge?

Blue Cheese. Whatever you are eating, it probably would taste better with blue cheese.

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Book Talk: A Pair of Red Clogs

A Pair of Red Clogs

A Pair of Red Clogs by Masako Matsuno

Published by Purple House Press on November 15, 2002, originally published in 1960

Ages 3+

A pair of old cracked wooden clogs! I found them last night in a storeroom of my house when I was looking for a box to send a new pair of clogs to my little granddaughter.

Mako who is now grown, remembers back to the day she got beautiful new red lacquered clogs. Mako is so proud of her red clogs, but while playing the weather telling game with friends one of her red clogs gets cracked. Mako knows her family cannot afford a new pair of clogs for a while, so she decides to do something dishonest.

This book is a great story about honesty. A Pair of Red Clogs explores a child’s reasoning when lying to a parent as well as a mother’s keen sense. The lesson almost plainly states “don’t try to pull a fast one over on Mom, ‘cause Mom knows all.” The illustrations are beyond beautiful and the story also invites little ones to try their hand at the weather playing game.

This picture book was personally one of my favorites as a child, and since it’s republication I have shared it with many children who also find the story fascinating.

The bonus factoid is that the author was also a librarian.

Play the weather telling game yourself – kick your shoes off your foot and see how it lands to tell what the weather will be like.

Review by Heaether Ventucci-Johnson, Ida Public Library (Belvidere, IL)

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Children’s Programming Ideas

Princess Tea“Book-elation: Ideas for Creating Children’s Programming” was a series of programs presented at the annual ILA Conferences in 2008-2010. Programming ideas to celebrate 2009-2011 anniversaries were presented by the panel of Mary Adamowski (Orland Park Public Library), Amber Creger (Chicago Public Library), Portia Latalladi (Chicago Public Library), and Mary G. Marshall (Addison Public Library). Although the programs were originally created to celebrate specific book anniversaries or events, these programming ideas (including games, crafts, stories, and activities) are appropriate for many other family and children’s programs. Topics and the programming ideas are included below:

Book-elation 2009

American Girl Tea

Baseball: “Take Me Out to the Ballgame”

Candy Land

Celebrate Eric Carle’s Birthday

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

Charlotte’s Web

Chicka Chicka Boom Boom

Donald Sobol

Earth Day

Have Pants, Will Travel: Celebrating the Birthday of Ann Brashares

Jan Brett

I Spy



Lois Ehlert


Marc Brown

Mem Fox


Polar Express

Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer

Sesame Street

Tomie DePaola

Vamping with Vamps

Walking on the Moon

Who’s Afraid of the Big Bad Wolf?

Winnie the Pooh

Wizard of Oz


At Home on the Prairie

Celebrating Superheros (DC Comics 75th Anniversary)


Elvis is in the Library

Fancy Nancy

Frog & Toad

Happy Birthday

If You Give a Mouse a Cookie

It’s Raining Pasta!

Jammin’ In Our Jammies

Margaret Wise Brown

Math Curse

Paul Galdone

Snoopy & His Peanuts Friends

Sue Is Dino-mite!

Sylvester and the Magic Pebble


More Book-elation 2011 Intro


Beatrix Potter

Belpre Awards

Bourgeois (Franklin the Turtle)

Chris Van Allsburg

Delectable Tidbits: National Sandwich Day

Donut Day

Go, Dog. Go!

Hat Day

Light in the Attic

Make Way for Ducklings

Mother Goose Day


Puzzle Day

Read to Your Child

R. L. Stine

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ILA 2012 Conference Presentations


If you didn’t have a chance to attend the 2012 ILA Conference, be sure to check the ILA web site for handouts from the programs.

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Book Talks: Teen Reads to Enjoy on Crisp, Fall Night!

Product Details

Bruiser by Neal Shusterman

Tennyson is not happy when he finds out his twin sister Bronte is dating Brewster Rawlins, also known as Bruiser.  Bruiser was voted the “most likely student to get the death penalty before graduating high school” by the entire school.  He’s the kid no one really knows, no one talks to, but everyone hears the nasty rumors about.  Bronte insists that Bruiser is misunderstood and that is when Tennyson decides to confront Bruiser.  In the school’s locker room, Tennyson threatens Bruiser to stay away from his sister, but instead of fighting back, Bruiser just walks away without a word. That is when Tennyson sees something quite disturbing……Bruiser’s back is covered with scars, bumps and bruises… if someone has been beating him again and again.

This is where the story begins! Brewster and his little brother Cody live with their uncle, a mean man who abuses both of them physically and emotionally.  But Bruiser has a gift……if he loves you, he will take away your physical pain and injuries as well as your emotional anger, hurt and grief, and heal you at his own expense, whether he wants to or not.  Thus, Cody and other loved ones  never exhibit any wounds.

Neal Shusterman has crafted a compelling, thought-provoking novel that demonstrates the power of love and what sacrifices one will make for those he cares for.

Submitted by Mary G. Adamowski, Head of Youth Services, Orland Park Public Library


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