Important Professional Development Dates
Wednesday, Feb 15, 2017: Books for Boys K-12 & Online Resources for EducatorsCVES will be holding a workshop for teachers and librarians that you just can't miss. Debora B. Ford, from Junior Library Guild will be presenting two sessions: Scary, Gross, and Enlightening Books for Boys K-12 and Online Resources for Educators.
Thursday, Feb 23, 2017: Digital Learning DayCreated by the Alliance for Excellent Education in 2012, DLDay is a nationwide celebration that highlights great teaching and demonstrates how technology can improve student outcomes.
Wednesday, Mar 1, 2017: NYLA Library Advocacy DayAlbany, NY
Each year library advocates from across New York State converge on Albany to voice their support for funding and policies that benefit libraries. Their efforts have resulted in over $7M in additional library aid since 2011.
Friday, Mar 24, 2017: New York State Maker SummitThe goal of the New York State Maker Summit is to talk about partnerships & the problems that we all run into, and discuss how to grow the movement within the state.
Thursday, May 4, 2017 to Saturday, May 6, 2017: NYLA-SSL Annual Conference 2017: Make, Learn, InspireMillennium Buffalo, Buffalo, NY
Join NYLA-SSL for the 2017 Annual Conference in Buffalo, NY, May 4 - May 6. Join us for the 2017 NYLA-SSL conference, a three day celebration of learning that brings together school librarians, teachers, technology sp
Thursday, May 4, 2017: You Can’t Teach Nice: Retail Management Strategies for Enhanced Library Customer ServiceLocation: Northern New York Library Network Office
This presentation will discuss retail management customer satisfaction strategies from companies such as Starbucks, Disney, and Ritz Carlton, and how to import them to a library envir
Monday, May 22, 2017: 3rd Annual North Country School Library Systems Association Conference:1000 Islands Harbor Hotel, Clayton, NY
This year's theme is Literacy and Learning. Registration is through MYLearningPlan. Please click on the link to register.
DMV Practice Tests
Do you know students getting ready to take their learner's permit test? Then share this resource with your students! DMV Permit Test is a website that hosts several practice permit tests for individuals to take in preparation for the real permit test. The tests use similar questions that are on real permit tests, there's no registration required and the questions are updated regularly to reflect the most recent changes in road rules and traffic laws. Click the link below to get started!
Three Apples Award is Back!
Launched in 2007, The 3 Apples Book Award is awarded annually in three different categories: Young Reader, Children, and Teen. The award was developed to encourage the joys of reading for pleasure. What makes the award unique is that titles are nominated entirely by kids, for kids.
After reading or listening to at least three of the nominated titles, children and teens will vote in April 2017 for their top choice. Ballots will be made available and publicized beforehand for libraries to print out. Only librarians will have access to the Google Form where you will collate and enter the ballots received at your library.
Below are brochures with the nominated titles for each age category. For more information, please visit the 3 Apples Book Award website.
Literacy Empowerment Foundation
The Literacy Empowerment Foundation, a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization, invites your school or other literacy project to apply for FREE books for Read Across America Day. During the past year, LEF has distributed over 3,000,000 books to schools all across the country for Read Across America Day and other literacy projects.
The books are free, educators only pay shipping and handling. Resources are available on a first come, first serve basis.
All orders must be recieved by February 12, 2017.
For more infomation, please visit http://www.lefbooks.org.
INNOVATION! Makerspaces in NYC School Libraries
The NYC School Library System has created a libguide for its makerspaces called "Innovation! Makerspaces in NYC School Libraries." In addition to visual examples of Makerspaces at work, there are great resources, links to blogs, information about funding, and more available for everyone to use. To visit the libguide, please click on the link below.
Save the Date! Digital Learning Day is February 23, 2017!
Created by the Alliance for Excellent Education in 2012, DLDay is a nationwide celebration that highlights great teaching and demonstrates how technology can improve student outcomes. Learn more at www.DigitalLearningDay.org.
Connect your school's Digital Learning Day to the Twitter-verse by using: #DLDay.
A New Online Course “Serving Library Users on the Autism Spectrum” Available Now through WebJunction!
Whether you knew it at the time or not, you have likely interacted with or assisted a library user with autism, as it is the fastest growing disability. This
course, designed by experts in both the library and autism fields, is a series of four independent, self-paced instructional modules that are intended for librarians and library staff to learn how to better serve their users on the autism spectrum.
The modules are:
- About Autism in the Library
- Arranging the Library Environment
- Communicating with Individuals with Autism
- Interacting with Technology
Research-based checklists, examples of materials, tip sheets, lists, templates, and additional resources are included throughout the course to assist you to implement best practices in your unique library setting.
Length: 4 hours
Please click here to access the online course.
SLS Favorite Quotes & Thoughts to Ponder
"My two favorite things in life are libraries and bicycles. They both move people forward without wasting anything". -- Peter Golkin
"In books I have traveled, not only to other worlds, but into my own." -- Anna Quindlen
"The expert in anything was once a beginner." -- The College Board
"The true strength in our classroom lies in the collaboration of learners not in the knowledge of one expert". -- We are Teachers
"A library is not a luxury but one of the necessities of life" -- Henry Ward Beecher
"If you can dream it, you can do it" -- Walt Disney
"It is the supreme art of the teacher to awaken joy in creative expression and knowledge" -- Albert Einstein
Supporting Agency: Franklin-Essex-Hamilton BOCES
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New York State Maker Summit
NYSCATE is excited to invite everyone to attend the first New York State Maker Summit , taking place on March 24, 2017 at the Desmond Hotel Albany.
The goal of the New York State Maker Summit is to bring makers, makerspaces, maker events, educators, politicians, manufacturers, entrepreneurs, industry leaders, museums, libraries, and anyone who is passionate about the Maker Movement together to learn about each other, talk about partnerships & the problems that we all run into, and discuss how to grow the movement within the state.
For more information or to apply, please go to New York State Maker Summit website.
Libraries Ready to Code
Recently, ALA and Rosen Publishing released the video, "Libraries Ready to Code." The video shows different coding activities in public and school libraries and shows how libraries can increase access to computer science learning opportunities for youth. This video can be used as an advocacy tool to increase awareness of library coding activities at all levels. To read the full article from ALA as well as the vide, "Libraries Ready to Code," click here. You can also see the video below.
Student Research Awards contest
The New York State Archives invites students statewide to enter the 27th Annual Student Research Awards Contest. The contest is open to all New York State students in grades 4 – 12 who use historical records in their research projects. The deadline for entries is July 1, 2017. Three awards will be presented in the fall of 2017.
The Student Research Awards Contest is designed to encourage students to explore the wealth of historical records found across New York State and to increase cooperation between schools and organizations that manage historical records. Examples of historical records include letters, diaries, photographs, board meeting minutes, police and court records, ledgers, census records, deeds, and wills. The State Archives has a variety of instructional videos showcasing how to find and use historical records on its website.
For more information on this contest, please visit the New York State Archives website.
Apply for a National Endowment for the Arts Grant – Big Read!
Grants range from $5,000-$20,000. Grantees are provided with resources, outreach materials, and training on various aspects such as working with local partners, developing public relations strategies, and leading book discussions and Q&As.
The NEA application deadline is January 26, 2017, 4PM CST.
Native American Digital Storytelling Competition
The National Institutes of Health (NIH) Tribal Health Research Office (THRO) is pleased to announce a digital storytelling Challenge, or competition, in honor of Native American Heritage Month. The Challenge, entitledStorytelling about Health and Wellness in American Indian and Alaska Native Communities is to develop a brief (five minutes or less) digital story that communicates how traditions and heritage promote health within American Indian and Alaska Native (AI/AN) communities. Submissions must be made by January 31, 2017.
For more details on the specific requirements of submissions, please go to the announcement of the challenge on the THRO website. If you have any questions, please do reach out to us at NIHTribalCommittee@od.nih.govor 301-402-9852.
School Librarians and the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA)
On December 10, 2015 the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) was signed into law. School libraries are included in many of the provisions, where it ensures that "effective school libraries" are addressed in state and local plans.
The American Association of School Librarians (AASL) will continue to examine ESSA and how it will ultimately affect the school library community. They will also work in conjunction with ALA and other educational organizations to find opportunities within ESSA for school library programs.
Click on the links below to read further about ESSA and school libraries:
Continuing Education Offering
Monday, January 30, 2017 through Monday, April 10, 2017.
SLS Professional Material Highlight of the Month
For additional new titles please view the New Items List on the Franklin-Essex-Hamilton School Library System OPALS.
SLS LibGuide Contact Information
Karie Doelger, Director
Maureen Benware, Secretary
Alisha Wheeler, Itinerant Librarian
Bethaney Cotten, Itinerant Librarian
23 Huskie Lane
Malone, NY 12953
Phone: (518) 483-1697
Fax: (518) 483-8144
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School Library Advocacy - NEW Website!
Former editor of School Library Monthly, Deb Levitov and Christie Kaaland, Professor with Antioch University in Seattle have launched a new website called SchoolLibraryAdvocacy.org
Earlier this week, the site kicked off the blog section with a post titled "Making Sense of the Reauthorization of ESEA and its impact on School Libary Programs".
Please check out this impressive site and share with all professional colleagues!
Ready to Read at New York Libraries
*UPDATE* The New York State Library has added several new resources to the Ready to Read at New York Libraries website under the Early Literacy Resources Page, inculding jbrary, Storytime Underground and more.
Ready to Read at New York Libraries is an initiative of the New York State Education Department designed to improve and expand the availability of high quality public library early learning services in local communities across the State. Families and caregivers will be provided with the knowledge needed to prepare their young children for their school years ahead.
Karen Balsen is the Project Director for
Ready to Read at New York Libraries. For more information,
contact Karen at 518-486-2194; Fax: 518-486-5254.
NYS Cultural Ed
The purpose of NYSCulturalEd.org is to provide a secure place in which teachers and cultural organizations can find one another, collaborate, share resources, lesson plans and other related materials as well as demonstrate the value of their work and resources for all stakeholders. The site will also increase understanding of resources available through cultural institutions across the New York State. Here’s what you’ll find on the site: Cultural Institutions, Open Educational Resources, Lesson Plans, Best Practices, Social Collaboration and Upcoming Events.