LJ & SLJ Public Library Youth Services Leadership Summit


Broward County Main Library

100 S. Andrews Avenue

Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301

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The people shaping the future of youth services are creating the future of libraries. In libraries large and small, a strong approach to youth services fuels a first, fundamental relationship that can be lifelong. A strong strategy prioritizes early development around multiple literacies, connections that support and complement school curricula, and programming and collections that inspire independent reading, thinking, and creation.

Join us and a national group of youth services leaders and their administrators for this robust networking and educational program where we’ll explore the top thinking that leading libraries are applying to youth services, as well as emerging thinking on community engagement, co-creation of services, partnership to expand impact, personal leadership skills, and other groundbreaking approaches that you’ll be able to put into practice in your community.

Who should attend: Heads of youth services, emerging youth services leaders, library directors — send your teams!

Interested in sponsoring this event? Please contact Advertising Director Roy Futterman: rfutterman@mediasourceinc.com.













Thursday, March 12th 

9:00 - 10:00 AM | Optional Tour of Library

Location-1st Floor near Library Auditorium

10:00 - 10:30 AM | Coffee and Registration

Location: Area 6E (6th Floor)

10:30 AM | Welcome Remarks: 

Location: Gallery (6th Floor)
Meredith Schwartz, Editor-in-Chief, Library Journal
Kelvin Watson, Director of Libraries, Broward County, FL, Libraries Division 

10:45 AM - 11:15 AM | Keynote: Christian Zabriskie & Lauren Comito, LJ’s 2020 Librarians of the Year and co-founders of Urban Librarians Unite 

Christian Zabriskie, Executive Director of Onondaga County Public Libraries, NY
Lauren Comito, Neighborhood Library Supervisor at Brooklyn Public Library, Leonard Library

11:15 AM  - 11:25 AM | Industry Spotlight - Baker & Taylor

11:25 AM - 12:00 PM | Fostering the Love of Independent Reading and Learning 

Trixie Dantis, Youth Services Manager, Arlington Heights Memorial Library, IL
Kimberly White, Youth Services Coordinator, Broward County Libraries

12:00 PM - 1:00 PM | Lunch and Networking

Location: Bienes Ceremonial Room (6th Floor)

1:00 PM - 2:15 PM | Unconference Part 1

2:15 PM - 3:00 PM | Everything I Need to Know about Library Leadership I Learned in Youth Services

Moderated By: Meredith Schwartz
Lucia Gonzalez, Library Director, City of North Miami, FL 
Allison Grubbs, Assistant Director, Broward County, FL
Tracie Hall, Executive Director, American Library Association

3:00 PM - 3:10 PM | Industry Spotlight - Playaway

3:10 PM - 3:30 PM | Break

3:30 PM - 4:15 PM | Literacy Partners Beyond the Library

Sandra Bernard- Bastien, Chief Communications Officer, Children’s Services, Council of Broward County
Lori Canning Ed.D., Executive Director, Early Learning Language Acquisition,The School Board of Broward County, FL

4:15 PM - 4:25 PM | Industry Spotlight - Midwest Tape/Hoopla

4:25 PM - 5:00 PM | Keynote: Gretchen Caserotti, Director of Meridian Library District, ID

5:00 PM - 6:00 PM | Reception

Location: Library 8th Floor

Friday, March 13th

9:00 AM - 9:30 AM | Continental Breakfast and Reflection

Location: Area 6E (6th Floor)

9:30 AM - 10:00 AM | Keynote: Brian Bannon, Merryl and James Tisch Director, New York Public Library

10:00 AM - 11:00 AM | Unconference Part 2

11:00 AM - 11:30AM |Youth Services: The Key to the Whole Community

Moderated by: Kiera Parrott
Katherine Debertin,
Youth Programs and Services Manager at Hennepin County Library, MN

11:30 AM - 12:00 PM | Keynote: Kao Kalia Yang, A Map Into the World (Lerner/Carolrhoda)

12:00 PM -12:30 PM | Closing Remarks



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Kelvin Watson
Library Director, Broward County Libraries




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Brian Bannon
Merryl and James Tisch Director of Branch Libraries and Education

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Gretchen Caserotti
Library Director, Meridian Library District

Lauren Comito

Lauren Comito
Neighborhood Library Supervisor at Brooklyn Public Library, Leonard Library

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Kao Kalia Yang
Author of A Map into the World (Lerner/Carolrhoda)

Lauren Comito

Christian Zabriskie
Founder and Executive DIrector of Urban Librarians Unite




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Sandra Bernard-Bastien
Chief Communications Officer, Children’s Services Council of Broward County

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Linda Braun
Learning Consultant

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Lori Canning Ed. D.
Executive Director, Early Learning Language Acquisition, The School Board of Broward County

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Trixie Dantis
Youth Services Manager at Arlington Heights Memorial Library (AHML)

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Katherine Debertin
Youth Programs & Services Manager, Hennepin (MN) County Library

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Lucia Gonzalez
Director of City of North Miami Library

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Allison Grubbs
Assistant Director, Broward County Libraries

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Tracie Hall
Executive Director, American Library Association

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Shana Hinze
Main Library Manager, Miami-Dade Public Library System

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Kimberly White
Youth Services Coordinator, Broward County Libraries



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