This Week in SALS Youth Services

May 6, 2016

Short and sweet

During this second phase of the SALS planning process, staff and board members from SALS libraries will have an opportunity to:

Download and review a summary of the four focus groups that were held on April 18, 19, and 20. The participants in these focus groups identified services and resources they would like to receive from SALS in the next five years. ( a copy is attached for your convenience)

Share your thoughts and ideas about the results of the April focus groups with others in an open A forum topic has been started: Discuss the Results of the March 9 Meeting
Please feel free to start a conversation about your ideas, comments or concerns.

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1. Enter the username: sals (lowercase)
2. Enter the password: plan (lowercase)
3. Click on Step 2: Responding to Stakeholders

Hear a brief summary of the focus group results during the SALS 58th Annual Meeting. RSVP by the close of SALS business today Friday May 6th.

Attend one of three focus groups on May 16-17 to continue to identify the services and resources your library will need from SALS to meet the needs of the people your community in the next five years. Deadline today Friday May 6th.

May the 4th Be With You

I know it is May 6th but...

Upcoming Events

Strategies for Successful Partnerships and Outreach to Families with Young Children

Thursday, June 9th, 9:30am-12pm

22 Whitney Place

Saratoga Springs, NY

This component focuses on how libraries can best reach families with young children, particularly those who are most at risk for not being successful in the school years ahead. Participants will learn how to identify potential partners, based on information from the first component, and how to reach out and work with them. They will also learn how to reach families with young children who do not currently use the library and the important role that partnerships play in that outreach. Participants will learn how to develop an Early Literacy Partnership and Outreach Plan for their libraries.
Registration for morning session:

Early Learning Spaces

Thursday, June 9th, 1:30-3:30pm

22 Whitney Place

Saratoga Springs, NY

Questions addressed in this component include how to create an environment in libraries that supports early learning and literacy for all children regardless of the library’s size, staffing levels, budgets and community resources. The kinds of colors, activities, furnishings, flooring, lighting, toys, materials, and books chosen can impact the comfort levels of children from birth to six along with their parents or caregivers. Participants learn how to plan and develop early learning spaces, how to make spaces accessible and ADA compliant, and how to engage partners and end users in planning.



Did you know that Beanstack provides app suggestions for parents and caregivers?

In 2015 the Association for Library Services to Children adopted Media Mentorship in Libraries Serving Youth. Briefly stated, libraries have the capacity to support families and their digital literacy needs.

There appears to be a gap between what caregivers think are positive benefits to digital media and their ability to support their children using the media effectively. This gap is where libraries can step in with knowledge, modeling and support.

Beanstack's suggested apps are just one piece. Librarians need to engage with caregivers and model using an app together with a child as well as teach the parent where to find great resources - like your own curated lists and Beanstack. Pediatrician's do recommend that screen-time be limited for children ages 3+ and should not be used by children under 2 at all!

How can SALS help you become a media mentor?

News from LibraryLand

Save the Date AUGUST 3rd

KidLib Camp, scheduled for Wednesday, August 3, is an event for youth librarians hosted at Darien Library in Connecticut. Unlike traditional conferences and professional development days in which the topics, panels, and workshops are pre-determined by the organizers, on the day of KidLib Camp, the participants vote on what topics will be discussed and explored. The day also includes Guerilla Storytime and a Make Break with hands-on activities for participants. The keynote speaker is Courtney Waring, director of education at the Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art.

The event is free and lunch is provided. Darien Library is located in Fairfield County, Connecticut, and is an easy trip on MetroNorth from New York. Register at

If anyone is interested, I will carpool from SALS with a nice early start - it's a beautiful drive.

New Early Learning Newsletter

Too Small to Fail, a joint initiative of the Clinton Foundation and The Opportunity Institute, recently introduced a new quarterly newsletter, Talking Is Teaching, which highlights developments in community campaigns to boost early brain and language development across the country. The newsletter presents resources and research, along with promising practices and approaches to support families with young children. To sign up for the newsletter, visit the Too Small to Fail website.

Too Small to Fail aims to help parents and businesses take meaningful actions to improve the health and well-being of children, ages zero to five, and prepare them to succeed in the 21st century.

Sibert Medal and Newbery Honor recipient Steve Sheinkin is the winner of the 2016 Empire State Award for Excellence in Literature for Young People. The Empire State Award is given annually by the Youth Services Section of the New York Library Association to an author and/or illustrator currently residing in New York State to honor a significant body of work in the field of literature for young people.
Attention NYLA and YSS members! We're looking for photos of your furry friends for the 2017 YSS Publication Committee Calendar! Send us a picture of your pet reading a good book or posing in a literary scene and it could be included in the calendar! Send original photographs (high resolution) only along with author of work to Matt Krueger,
The deadline for submissions is July 31, 2016. Please feel free to contact Matt with any questions. Calendars will be available for purchase at the annual NYLA conference in November!

With over one million books in the shared MVLS/SALS online catalog, how do you pick out the perfect one for the young reader in your life?

The Southern Adirondack Library System is proud to announce... Beanstack! Get weekly emails with recommended books, apps, and learning tips for your kids.

Beanstack makes selecting stellar books simple! Check out this helpful video:

And then sign up now at: