November 14, 2016

Our Mission ...

The Washington-Saratoga-Warren-Hamilton-Essex BOCES School Library System empowers lifelong learners by:

· providing vision, leadership, professional development, and other services;

· facilitating access to all forms of quality information resources, and sharing ideas and best practices.

Membership is open to qualified public and non-public school districts.

TRC 3.0 - A Great Day with YA Authors!!

Building Text Sets - Regional Conference Day

Mark Your Calendars

We will hold an all-day workshop here at Gick Road on Dec. 9, 2016 on "Text Sets." We will be sending out a flyer and information on registration soon!!


Class Sets and Holds

Overdrive is now allowing you to get "Classroom Sets" of a title for a period of time (2 - 6 months) at a lower "per title" cost. These are loans - you don't have to purchase to have them permanently in your collection - a real cost savings!

They also allow "holds" for specific students for specific books during a set time that you choose that are already in our permanent collection.

Click here to get more information.

For both of these, you need to set up an "Advantage" account for your building. If you want more information about setting up an account, contact us at SLS.

Legislators Support Libraries

New Yorkers for Better Libraries, an important library advocacy organization in New York, announced in September the recipients of the “Library Champion Award." This award is reserved for state legislators who advocate and stand up consistently in the interest of New York’s libraries. The 2016 Library Champion Award winners are:

Senator George Amedore, Jr.

Senator Hugh Farley

Senator John Flanagan
Senator Thomas O’Mara
Senator Patty Ritchie

Senator Jose Serrano

Senator Catherine Young

Assemblyman Thomas Abinanti

Assemblyman Kevin Cahill

Assemblywoman Patricia Fahy
Assemblyman Philip Palmesano

Assemblyman Joseph Saladino

Assemblywoman Michaelle Solages
Assemblyman Fred Thiele
Assemblyman Keith Wright

2016-2017 Letters About Literature

Friday, Dec. 2nd, 4pm

This is an online event.

The program has student readers write to an author living or dead describing how that author’s work somehow changed the reader’s view of the world or himself/herself. Readers respond to the book they’ve read by exploring the personal relationship between themselves, the author, and the book’s characters or themes.

There are three competition levels:
• Level 1 for grades 4-6 - letters must be postmarked by January 9, 2017
• Level 2 for grades 7-8 - letters must be postmarked by January 9, 2017
• Level 3 for grades 9-12 - letters must be postmarked by December 2, 2016

For more information and guidelines, please visit the national web site at:

Please contact Ellen Rubin, NYS Letters About Literature Coordinator, with any questions at:


Nov. 15 @ 3:00pm - Scholastic GO: Lands and Peoples with the NYS SS Framework. Register here.

Nov. 17 @ 3:00pm - Literacy Connections Across the Curriculum - from TeachingBooks (Secondary)

Got Books? Bring Them to Life! Recorded on November 10, 2016. You can view the archive here.