WLA 2014 Annual Conference – Register Now!

“The Inclusive Library: Accommodating Learning Differences”

Friday, May 9th at the Double Tree Hotel in Tarrytown, NY

Keynote Speaker: Carla Harris

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Conference Schedule

 8:00 am – 9:00 am

Registration, Breakfast & Vendors

8:30 am – 8:45 am

Early Bird Raffle Drawing

9:00 am – 9:45 am

Morning Workshops (A-C)

10:00 am – 11:00 am

Keynote Speaker: Carla A. Harris

11:00 am – 11:30 am

Vendors, Raffle Drawing

11:30 am – 12:15 pm

Late Morning Workshops (D-G)

12:15 pm – 12:30 pm


12:30 pm – 2:00 pm

Lunch, Raffle Drawing, Business Meeting, Politicians, Awards, Declaration for the Right to Libraries

2:15 pm – 4:00 pm


Workshop Descriptions

Morning Workshops

Workshop A. 3D Printers – Technology & Application (Reference): WLS IT Director Rob Caluori will provide an overview and demonstrate basic 3D printer technology. He will discuss potential uses in library maker-spaces and application of the devices for Adaptive Technology. Attendees will receive an item printed on a 3D printer. Presenter Rob Caluori.

Workshop B. Providing Inclusive and Accessible Library Programs and Services for Everyone in My Community (Reference): This presentation will introduce best practices for implementation of fully-inclusive library programs and services to insure persons across the spectrum of disabilities have equal opportunities to enjoy and benefit from the library. Presenter William N. Myhill.

Workshop C. The Science of Goal Meeting as Opposed to Goal Setting (Youth Services): Many people set goals that they don’t meet. Their goal might have been flawed from the start. In this workshop, identify the most effective processes for meeting your goals and following through on your resolutions. Presenter Erin Nichole.

Late Morning Workshops

Workshop D. Great Literacy and Reading Apps for Youth (Youth Services): Technology is a great tool to encourage literacy and reading among children and teens. Apps can offer a fun learning experience for those who are reluctant readers or have learning disabilities. Presenters Z, Catherine Sorensen, and Teresa Bueti.

Workshop E. Managing Stress and Building Resilience (Support Staff): Stress has both short and long term effects on our health and wellness. This training looks at how the way we think can influence our stress levels and provides quick stress management tips which are compatible with today’s busy lifestyle. In addition, you will learn the traits of resiliency and ways that you can increase your own resiliency level. Presenter Marzena Ermler.

Workshop F: Discrimination in Public Accommodations and Reasonable Accommodations under the Westchester County Human Rights Law (Reference): The presentation will cover the Westchester County Human Rights Law’s provision against unlawful discriminatory practices in public accommodations and other relevant discrimination laws relating to public spaces. It will cover general issues relating to accessibility and requests for accommodations in public places. Presenter Mark Fang.

Workshop G. Transition to College for Students with Disabilities, Or, ‘Whatever Happened to IEP?’ (College): Professionals, parents and students are often surprised to find that the legislation that provided them with IEPs, accommodations, course waivers etc. is no longer applicable after high school graduation. Vincent Varrassi will provide professionals, parents and students with information on life after high school for students with disabilities. Presenter Vincent Varrassi.

Panel Discussion

Successful Learning Accommodation in Schools and Libraries

Panelists: Suzanne Zavarella, Carol Blakney, Paula Moskowitz, Sasha Stock, panelists; Merribeth Advocate, moderator.

The panelists will address the following topics: providing library services to low vision and other special needs students at Manhattanville College; welcoming day care program participants or group home residents to a public library, and working with challenged students for the Ossining School district; using Assistive Technology for special needs students, particularly those with Autism and multiple disabilities, at Yonkers PS 29; understanding neurodevelopmental and related disabilities, including ADHD and Autism Spectrum Disorders. The Assistant Director and Outreach Coordinator of the Mid-Hudson Library System will moderate the discussion.

Mid Winter 2014

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Click here to see materials provided by the presenters



Ashford, Barbara (New Rochelle).  Spellcast.  DAW Books, 2011.

Barbieri, Maggie (Croton).  Extra Credit.  New York: St. Martin’s, 2012.

DeLillo, Don (Yonkers).  The Angel Esmeralda: Nine Stories.  New York: Scribner, 2011.

Engelmann, Karen (Dobbs Ferry).  Stockholm Octavo.  New York: Ecco Press, 2012.

Gross, Andrew (Purchase).  Eyes Wide Open.  New York: William Morrow, 2011.

Santiago, Esmeralda (Somers).  Conquistadora.  New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 2011.

Staub, Wendy Corsi (Katonah).  Nightwatcher.  New York: Harper, 2012.

Tropper, Jonathan (New Rochelle).  One Last Thing Before I Go.  New York: Penguin, 2012.

Woodruff, Lee (Rye).  Those We Love Most.  New York: Voice/Hyperion, 2012.

Zimmerman, Jean (Ossining).  The Orphanmaster.  New York: Viking Press, 2012


Courage, Richard (Valhalla) and Robert Bone.  The Muse in Bronzeville:  African American Creative Expression in Chicago, 1932-1950.  New Brunswick, NJ: Rutgers University Press, 2011.

Fleder, Rob (Briarcliff Manor).  Damn Yankees: Twenty-Four Major League Writers on the World’s Most Loved (and Hated) Team.  New York: Ecco, 2012.

Gilbert, Allison (Irvington).  Parentless Parents: How the Loss of Our Mothers and Fathers Impacts the Way We Raise Our Children.  New York: Hyperion, 2011.

Kennedy, Kostya  (Larchmont).  56: Joe DiMaggio and the Last Magic Number in Sports.  New York: Sports Illustrated Books, 2011.

Massie, Robert K. (Irvington).  Catherine the Great: Portrait of a Woman.  New York: Random House, 2011.

Pearlman, Jeff (New Rochelle).  Sweetness: the Enigmatic Life of Walter Payton.  Gotham, 2011.

Reisler, Jim (Irvington).  Igniting the flame: America’s first Olympic team.  Guilford, CT: Lyons Press, 2012.

Rosenstrach, Jenny (Dobbs Ferry).  Dinner: a Love Story.  New York: Ecco, 2012.

Steinberg, Jacques (Larchmont).  You are an Ironman: How Six Weekend Warriors Chased Their Dream of Finishing the World’s Toughest Triathlon.  New York: Viking, 2011.

Tarrant-Reid, Linda (New Rochelle).  Discovering Black America: From the Age of Exploration to the Twenty-First Century.  New York: Abrams, 2012.

Warner, Priscilla (Larchmont).  Learning to Breathe: My Year-Long Quest to Bring Calm to My Life.  New York: Free Press, 2011.

Wickenden, Dorothy (Pelham).  Nothing Daunted: the Unexpected Education of Two Society Girls in the West.  New York: Scribner, 2011.

Zevin, Dan (Larchmont).  Dan Gets a Minivan: Life at the Intersection of Dude and Dad.  New York: Scribner, 2012.

Anne Izard Storytellers’ Choice Award
2012 Winners

Bateman, Teresa. The Leprechaun under the Bed. Illustrated by Paul Meisel. Holiday House, 2012.

Claflin, Willy. Rapunzel and the Seven Dwarfs: A Maynard Moose Tale. Illustrated by James Stimson. August House, 2011

Ellis, Elizabeth. From Plot to Narrative: A Step-By-Step Process of Story Creation and Enhancement. Parkhurst Brothers, Inc., 2012.

Ford, Lyn. Affrilachian Tales: Folktales from the African-American Appalachian Tradition. Parkhurst Brothers, Inc., 2012.

Gotschall, Jonathan. The Storytelling Animal: How Stories Make Us Human. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2012.

Hamilton, Mary. Kentucky Folktales: Revealing Stories, Truths, and Outright Lies. University Press of Kentucky, 2012.

Lyon, George Ella. Which Side Are You On: The Story of a Song. Illustrated by Christopher Cardinale. Cinco Puntos Press, 2011.

MacDonald, Margaret Read. The Boy from the Dragon Palace. Illustrated by Sachiko Yoshikawa. Albert Whitman and Company, 2011.

Pinkney, Andrea Davis. Hand in Hand: Ten Black Men Who Changed America. Illustrated by Brian Pinkney. Hyperion Books an imprint of Disney/Jump at the Sun, 2012.

Pullman, Philip. Fairy Tales from the Brothers Grimm. Viking Adult, 2012

Strauss, Linda Leopold. The Elijah’s Door: A Passover Tale. Illustrated by Alexie Natchev. Holiday House, 2012.

Suresha, Ron J The Uncommon Sense of the Immortal Mullah Nasruddin. Lethe Press, 2011

Van Dusen, Chris. King Hugo’s Huge Ego. Candlewick, 2011.