This Week in SALS Youth Services

February 5, 2016

Short and sweet

Summer Reading Workshop Wrap-Up
We had a full house on Wednesday February 3rd, with 29 attendees representing 22 libraries. It is no surprise that the most valuable part of the day was sharing ideas about programming and how to re-vamp Summer Reading incentive programs. Almost everyone reported that they will use this information in the coming year. Since not everyone could be at the workshop, later in the newsletter is a list of recommended performers and programmers.

Many of you are starting to rethink the rewarding of plastic chachkes for reaching reading goals. Are the kids disappointed with choices they have? If you were a parent would you want your kid to have a sticky creature that collects dirt and fuzz? Schuylerville Public Library is taking a risk this year in partnership with their Friends Group. For every reading milestone, the Friends will donate $.25 towards the purchase of books for children in need. This will be matched by Usborne Books and More, Literacy for a Lifetime program. The kids' incentive is to earn money to donate books, that's it. Other ideas were shared as well. Raffle tickets to try and win a big prize (ie. Kindle), field trips for completing the program (this year Fort Edward is going to the ocean!), ice cream cones and sundae parties, books and museum passes.

If you have any other ideas to share about incentives, please email me and I will share in next week's newsletter.

Paper planes (
Graph Paper Programming (
Light Up Paper Circuits If anyone needs batteries to run this program, please contact me. We have lots of leftovers.
SSPL Kit List
YSS Conference


Summer Reading Worskhop Presentations

Upcoming Events

Advocacy Day

Wednesday, March 2nd, 8:30am

Legislative Bldg, 198 State St, Albany, NY 12210

What better way to let legislators know how important your library is to youth and families then to bring them to advocacy day so that they can tell their story in person.

SALS' appointments

NYLA's schedule

Lunar Planetary Institute - Week of May 9th or 16th

Monday, May 9th, 12-12am

22 Whitney Place

Saratoga Springs, NY

We don't have dates yet, but SALS will be hosting.
The two day Explore! workshop would be Mars science and exploration-themed. It would be aimed primarily at librarians/staff in smaller or rural libraries who conduct programming for tweens, ages 8-13 years old. During the workshop, LPI education specialists will model Mars related science and engineering activities with the participants, virtually bring in Mars scientists to give presentations and answer questions from the participants, and discuss implementation strategies with the participants.

Strategies for Successful Partnerships and Outreach to Families with Young Children

Thursday, June 9th, 9:30am

22 Whitney Place

Saratoga Springs, NY

Save the date. 2 workshops, 1 day
3rd & 4th training components for Ready to Read in NY Libraries
Strategies for Successful Partnerships and Outreach to Families with Young Children
Early Learning Spaces

News from LibraryLand

Peer Recommended Performers and Programmers

Summer Reading Workshop Pictures

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Amanda Schiavulli

2nd Year Director NYLA-YSS