This Week in SALS Youth Services

October 21, 2016

Short and sweet

October is Health Literacy Month and after participating in Saratoga County's coalition on Prediabetes, it is clear that many of our communities are facing a public health crisis.

What does your library do to help your community?
Here are some ideas I found...

1. Be a Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) pick up site or start a healthy workplace meal/veggie delivery service - below are few examples that libraries in our region use:
9 Miles East
Field Goods
Juniper Farms

2. Host active programs:
Schuylerville Public Library's Pokemon Go History Walk
Saratoga Springs Public LIbrary's Parent/Child Yoga
Stillwater Free Library's Fall Festival's Parade and Scavenger Hunt
or Stony Creek Free Library's Zumba classes - open to all

3. Promote local and regional initiatives -
Glens Falls Food Hub
Captial Roots - Squash Hunger

4. Provide healthy snacks at your programs

5. Become a Tobacco-free environment

Upcoming Events

Capital Region BOCES STEAM Day

Tuesday, Nov. 1st, 8am-3pm

900 Watervliet Shaker Road

Albany, NY

$105 per participant
Breakfast and lunch provided

Though the presentations are geared to those with work with students in Grades K-8, the program is open to all.


More information: http://salsblog.sals.edu/wp-content/uploads/Steam-Flyer.pdf

Code U

Wednesday, Nov. 9th, 8:30am-3pm

30 3rd Street

Troy, NY

Tech Valley High School has partnered with Albany Can Code, the Tech Valley Center of Gravity and Questar III to offer “Code U,” a free coding workshop for all educators. It will be held Wednesday, Nov. 9 from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Tech Valley Center of Gravity in Troy. You can sign up by completing this Google Form.

Participants will learn how to institute coding clubs or grade-appropriate classroom activities, as well as how to implement the Hour of Code during Computer Science Education Week Dec. 5-11. There will also be a walking tour around Troy to visit local businesses that depend on coders for their operations.

More information

Register: Community Mapping workshop for Early Literacy

Wednesday, Dec. 7th, 10am

22 Whitney Place

Saratoga Springs, NY

This workshop will provide ample time to "map" out the organizations that serve families and caregivers with children ages 0-5. We will discuss data that you may need and how to find it, and you should leave with a list of state, regional and local organizations.

Sign up by emailing Jennifer.

This program is part of the 2016-19 New York State Library’s Family Literacy Library Services Program.

Register: Community Mapping workshop for Early Literacy

Monday, Dec. 12th, 10am

33 West Main Street

Granville, NY

This workshop will provide ample time to "map" out the organizations that serve families and caregivers with children ages 0-5. We will discuss data that you may need and how to find it, and you should leave with a list of state, regional and local organizations.

To register email Jennifer

This program is part of the 2016-19 New York State Library’s Family Literacy Library Services Program.

Beanstack

  • Personalized Recommendations for Teens and Adults: The personalized recommendation system developed in partnership with Calgary Public Library is now available on all client sites. However, it is not prominently presented in the dashboard to readers at this time as we make updates to the navigation and programs view. We will hold a webinar on Wednesday, November 9th at 2 pm ET to give a full demonstration and training. Please register here: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/430706570104540417 -- and send us any questions in the meantime.

News from LibraryLand

SALS Library Services Seed Grant

During the SALS planning process, library staff and trustees asked that the Library Services challenge grant scope be broadened to allow libraries the opportunity to provide new services or expand existing services in order to respond to modern challenges and shifts in community priorities.

SALS will offer Library Services Seed Challenge grants up to $10,000 per project. The minimum award will be $1,000. Libraries may work together to develop a larger project funded at a higher level.

Please call me or Sara Dallas with your grant ideas. There will be an informational meeting scheduled in November.

For more information check out the application and guidelines

SALS Library Construction Grant

I am happy to share with you the Construction Challenge Grant Application. SALS will be awarding 6 grants up to $5,000 per grant application.

Grant funds may be used to purchase equipment, materials, supplies, labor, professional services (for example engineer, interior design or architect) to help develop a NYS Library Construction grant.

The project must fit into your library’s plan of service. Deadline for the grant is December 31, 2016.

A meeting to discuss this grant will be scheduled in November.

If you have any questions, please feel free to call me or Sara Dallas.


For more information check out the application and guidelines as well as the Walkabout. I am available to for walkabouts if you would like an impartial walker, but it is best to consider different target audiences, like caregivers with kids, crawlers, walkers, strollers, those who are height challenged, etc...if you are considering working on your children's room.

Summer Reading Manuals and Catalogs

You all should have received more than 1 Summer Reading Catalog. Please share these with your schools (and keep one for your library)

I have 2 copies of the manual in my office. Online log ins will be coming soon. If you want to borrow a hard copy we will do this the "old fashion" way without Polaris tracking. You can borrow it for 2 weeks and then return it to me, unless someone else requests it. Then I will be in touch on where to route it.
Big image
Big image
The Southern Adirondack Library System has been chosen by Hannaford Supermarkets as the latest beneficiary of the Hannaford Helps Reusable Bag Program! This means every time anyone purchases the blue reusable bag with the good karma message at the Weibel Ave store in Saratoga Springs during the month of October, we receive $1. Please go to the store in October, find the reusable bag rack and buy the bag! Please share this message.