Youth Section

The Youth Section aims to bring together librarians who work with young people, in a wide range of environments including public and school libraries. We often hold joint activities with the School and Public Libraries sections, as we share many of the same interests.  Also, as our members work in various types of libraries, networking with colleagues who all serve young people allows us to keep abreast of current trends and new issues for our clientele.

The section organizes at least two events a year; inlcuding an author visit during Canadian Children's Book Week.

News & Articles

TD Canadian Children’s Book Week 2012

An annual event promoting literacy and bringing together authors and illustrators with their audiences, the TD Canadian Children’s Book Week will be held nationwide from May 5th – 12th 2012. In Montreal, the ABQLA jointly with the Canadian Children’s Roundtable is glad to organize the visit of author Caroline Pignat. Winner of numerous awards, amongst which is the prestigious Governor General Literary award for Children’s Literature (text) in 2009 for her historical fiction “Greener Grass,” the author will be with us to speak about her creative moments and inspiration.

Maurice Sendak Storytelling Workshop

ImageBy Karen Biskin

Throughout his prolific career, Maurice Sendak transformed the landscape of children’s literature, conjuring the monsters of childhood dreams onto the pages of his books. On Thursday, November 3, 2011, the Public, School and Youth Sections of the ABQLA celebrated Sendak’s writing during a storytelling workshop held at the Jewish Public Library. Professional storyteller Selina Eisenberg-Smith animated the evening, using a felt board, puppets, and props to explore the various ways to engage children in a story. After her artistic retelling of In the Night Kitchen, she had the group participate in its own wild rumpus and then perform Pierre, a Cautionary Tale with her. She shared her experiences working with children of different ages and explained how she adapts children’s books in order to perform them for a audience.

Youth Section: Getting Kids Reading

By Ekaterina Valkova-Damova

The internet allows passionate readers to keep track of books they have read by maintaining online reading logs—Library Thing, for example. Similar resources aimed at children have emerged in recent years in the form of websites that allow young readers to build personal virtual libraries, communicate with peers, and exchange opinions on literary topics. Library professionals working with children can seize the opportunity to use these tools to connect with young readers.

A Maurice Sendak Storytelling Evening

Get ready for a wild rumpus... of librarians!

The Public, School and Youth sections of the Quebec Library Association and the Jewish Public Library will be hosting a Maurice Sendak storytelling workshop for teachers, librarians and those who are young at heart on Thursday November 3rd at 5:30 PM.

This special event is timed to give you the opportunity to discover the international travelling exhibition “In a Nutshell: The Worlds of Maurice Sendak,” which explores the life and artwork of this renowned illustrator and author.

Walter Dean Myers at Lower Canada College

ImageFrom Heather Brydon

Monday, November 22, 2010, saw the auditorium at Lower Canada College filled with librarians, students, parents and many others, all gathered to hear the renowned author Walter Dean Myers speak.  This award-winning writer for young people was invited as part of the annual Speakers Series at Lower Canada College.  In conjunction with the school, the Youth and School Libraries Sections hosted the event that more than 20 ABQLA members attended.

Quebec Library Association Youth Section - BANQ Espace Jeunes

The Quebec Library Association Youth Section invites you to a special evening to celebrate the 5th anniversary of the “Espace Jeunes” at the BAnQ.

Mrs. Julie Trépanier will present the latest services for youth librarians and their users.

We will end our evening with a tour of the “Espaces Jeunes”.

DATE: Thursday, May 6 2010

TIME: 7h00 pm to 8h30 pm

PLACE: BAnQ – 475 De Maisoneuve Est

Level M (basement)

COST: QLA Members Free, Non-Members $5.00


Sitting Still for Storytime

The ABQLA Youth Section is hosting a workshop entitled "Sitting still for storytime" on Wednesday, April 15, 2009 at 7:30 pm.

Dr. Emmett Francoeur, a well-known Montreal pediatrician, will present the symptoms and causes of ADHD in children, followed by a discussion and question period. Deadline for registration is April 10th.