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

Youth Section Spring Event & AGM: "Mind the Middle: Readers' Advisory & Programming, Ages 9-13"

On March 16th, 2016, the Youth section hosted their 2016 Spring Event consisting of a webinar -- “Mind the Middle: Readers' Advisory & Programming, Ages 9-13” and the annual general meeting.

Engaging Presentations at Youth Section this Fall

On Thursday, November 5th 2015, the ABQLA Youth Section was happy to welcome two speakers in the world of youth work to our fall event “Front Lines and Behind the Scenes Stars: Keeping Youth on Track”. The event was enthusiastically-attended and questions and discussions were plentiful!

Well Received Spring Talks

This past spring, the Youth Section organized an event entitled “Libraries Making a Difference for Children and Teens at Risk” at McGill University's downtown campus. The first speaker, Nicholas Warren, gave his talk -- “More hats than libraries: Serving at-risk youth at multiple alternative schools”,  wherein he shared his successes, challenges, and strategies  for working with at-risk teenagers at EMSB alternative schools. Carole Boubalos provided the second talk: "Programming ideas to serve the special needs of autistic children in a library setting".

Book Talking 3.0/Parler des livres 3.0

Jennifer Eisman and Alisa Soukhodolskaia, President and Vice-President of the Public Libraries Section, are pleased to announce their first event of the year, "Book Talking 3.0".

Hosted in conjunction with the Youth Section of ABQLA, this event promises to be very interesting and inspiring. Hope to see you there!

Book Talking 3.0

November 10, 2014 from 6:30 pm to 7:30 pm
At the Atwater Library
1200 Atwater Ave, Westmount

ABQLA members: FREE!

Please Feed the Bookworm!


What is new, what is hot in the field of services for teens?  How can we engage teens to read and share their passion for reading?  The on-line teen book club that has been put up at the Eleanor London Cote-Saint-Luc Public Library is a perfect example of what could be done with a great idea, passion and perseverance.  Valerie Medzalabanleth, Manager of Children’s Services, presented her project of implementing an on-line book club for teenagers.

The event, organised by the School and Youth sections on April 8th 2013 was a huge success!  The talk allowed us to understand the issues connected to the introduction of this new service, the preparation, the technical specifications, the facts related to the choices of books and the creation of the entries.

TD Canadian Children's Book Week - Meet John Wilson

The Montreal Children Literature Roundtable, along with the ABQLA Youth and School Library sections invite you to meet author John Wilson at the Westmount Public Library on Monday, May 6th, 2013. Full details in the attached poster.

Youth Section: Where else can I find an exhibit

In different parts of the world, museums are paying tribute to illustrators or authors of children’s books and offer a spectacular array of activities, workshops, and camps to engage the audience in the picture books’ world.


Here are some of them:


TD Canadian Children’s Book Week 2012

The ABQLA’s Youth and School libraries sections, jointly with the Montreal Children’s Literature Roundtable, are glad to invite you to a meeting with author Caroline Pignat. Her visit is part of the 2012 edition of the TD Canadian Children’s Book Week. Winner of numerous awards, amongst which 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.

When: May 9th 2012, 7-8.30 p.m.

Dystopian fiction for Young Adults

ImageIf you have been engaged in reader’s advisory for young adults for the past couple of years, you might have noticed an increasing interest in dystopian fiction. The forthcoming release of the movie Hunger Games (March 23rd 2012) based on the book series by Suzanne Collins with the same title stirs the spirits and invites for a compilation of suggested readings lists that will appeal to young patrons who crave to prolong the pleasure of sharing exciting adventures in this genre.

Dystopian fiction is not new – it is a subdivision of the Science Fiction genre and sees its roots in the works of H.W. Wells, William Golding, Ray Bradbury... The most famous dystopian novel would be 1984, by George Orwell.