SLS Weekly Update

April 16, 2021

Upcoming PD

-MLP Catalog
  1. Great Reads With Sora- Diverse Books to engage your elementary readers April 20th at 8 am
  2. Great Reads With Sora- Diverse Books to engage your secondary readers April 22th at 8 am
  3. Meet author Jerry Craft- Author of New Kid- April 26, 3 pm
  4. Meet LGBTQ author Shaun David Hutchinson May 5th at 9 am
  5. Kathleen Odean May 6, throughout the day

AASL Standards Book

Does anyone need a copy? I have several here if you need one. Please just let me know.

BreakoutEDU at Auburn HS

I had the pleasure of seeing a Cold War breakoutEdu with Victoria this week. It was brought up by members at Council that we should have a go-to list of regional experts on different topics. If you have any questions about how a Breakout works, please ask Victoria. We will continue to build our list of regional experts.

Please let me know when I can come see what you are doing! I would love the visit!

Mr. Schu event

Hi all,

If you missed the event, the link to the video is below. It will only be available until April 30!!

If you were able to attend, please complete the survey, below the link.

Congrats Aja on winning a book form John! Will be in the mail soon!!!

Overdrive Community Read- SEL Collection Donation

As part of our ongoing Community Read program, OverDrive will soon donate an additional bundle of titles to your school.

The OverDrive Community Read: Social and Emotional Learning Collectionincludes more than 50* no-cost, simultaneous access ebooks and audiobooks. We hope these tiles help boost your existing Sora collection with content you can use for virtual story hours, books clubs, professional development opportunities for staff, and more. View the full list of titles here.

*Title availability may vary by region.

Important notes:

  • We will begin adding these titles to your collection on April 16, 2021 and expect all titles to be available by April 19, 2021.
  • Your school will have free, simultaneous access to this collection through June 30, 2022.
  • We will apply content access levels for these titles according to the publisher default.
  • MARC records will not automatically be delivered for these titles, but they can be generated upon request.
  • Once titles have been added, we will create a draft collection (named Social and Emotional Learning) in the “Draft standard collections” section of the Curate tab in Marketplace if you’d like to feature these titles in Sora.
  • You can weed individual titles in this bundle from your collection as needed.
  • Visit our Resource Center for more information about our OverDrive Community Read offerings.

Reminder- Kids Discover Trial

Educators and students will have access to the Kids Discover Online platform, via our Library Media Plan, through June of 2021. It is a web-based platform, accessible from any internet-enabled device, offering:

- Over 2,000 interactive science, social studies, and ELA articles, perfect for grades 3 through 8

- All articles come in 3 reading levels, with read-aloud, translations, dictionary, and more

- Search by Standards feature to find content that aligns to NY-state standards

- Discover Map empowers students to build cross-curricular connections while promoting inquiry-based learning

- NY Ed-Law 2d compliant/no PII collected from students

URL to Access:



- or -

PW-Embedded URL:

Here's a 20 minute demo for educators, highlighting all of the plan's features, and I've attached a 1-pager on the plan. I'm also CCing our Library Media Team (, who educators can feel free to reach out to with any questions during the trial period.

We'd also be more than happy to hold a short (~30min) onboarding session, if you have any professional development opportunities in the near future.

Please let me know if you would like a training session!

Learn 360 Mailbox

The Mailbox should now be live for our schools. This is an elementary resource where teachers can print (or assign via Google Classroom) worksheet type materials. Below is a promotion flyer.

  • We had 1,134 printable items from The Mailbox
  • We now have over 22,000 printable items
  • To access, log into Learn 360 and click on The Mailbox. It will now have a yellow star and is called The Mailbox Select
  • After you click on The Mailbox you will see the below page
    • You can click in the top right corner for a Page Link that you can share with teachers that will take them directly here!

Proquest Trial

I included an information reference sheet for all products below in case you also want to see some literature on these and anything else. Here is the list of your free trials. Here is the link to access (no credentials are needed).

CultureGrams Online
Literature Online
ProQuest Central Student
SIRS Discoverer
SIRS Issues Researcher

Your trial is now available and runs from 15-APR-2021 - 30-JUN-2021.

SYNC Free Audiobooks for Teens- Starts April 29

1. WATCH the recording and review the PDF from yesterday's webinar:

2. REGISTER for the SYNC program at

The OverDrive Training Team

Master Class on Misinformation

Can your students separate fact from fiction?

Young people today are dealing with the most challenging information landscape in human history. Truth, evidence and facts compete for attention alongside rumors, conspiracy theories and false information. How can your students know what information to trust? The national nonprofit education organization the News Literacy Project (NLP) can help.

Our FREE “Misinfo Master Class” from the Checkology® virtual classroom teaches students how to identify and debunk misinformation in just a few weeks. Our easy-to-use interactive platform includes engaging content with timely real-world examples of the news and other information that students encounter every day. (And it’s browser-based, so there’s no need for special software.)

Register for your free account now and assign our “Misinfo Master Class” course to your students.


Be sure to join us on April 29 at 4:30 p.m. ET for tips on how to implement this unit.
(This course, like Checkology, is completely free for educators and students.)

Our “Misinfo Master Class” unit includes

Two foundational lessons

  1. “InfoZones” Students learn how to categorize pieces of information by determining their primary purpose.
  2. “Misinformation” Students learn how to recognize different types of misinformation and disinformation and understand the ways they can damage democracy.

Three supplemental activities featuring COVID-19 information and social media content.

BONUS lesson! “Conspiratorial Thinking”
Students learn how to recognize conspiracy theories and understand what makes people vulnerable to the conspiratorial thinking that drives them.

Teaching Books Two-Minute Take Aways

Two-Minute Takeaways

TeachingBooks is focused on offering many opportunities to personalize and deepen the reading of children's and young adult books. Our new collection of Two-Minute Takeaways are short videos that highlight ways to use our service to spark ideas, springboard thinking, and support literacy instruction. Topics include:

  • Complete Book Readings
  • Journaling Inspiration
  • Make Your Library Talk
  • Reader's Theater
  • Standards Connections
  • Summer Reading 2021
  • Touchless Book Choosing
  • and many more.

Honor your time. Stay informed. And let these Two-Minute Takeaways direct your dive into the pedagogical and fun depths of TeachingBooks.

And subscribe to our YouTube channel to stay informed as we add new Two-Minute Takeaways.

Traci Chee on We Are Not Free

In a timely reminder of the history of anti-Asian racism in the United States, Traci Chee's novel We Are Not Free (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2020) follows 14 Japanese American teenagers interned in an incarceration camp during World War II. Visit the TeachingBooks book tour to learn more about Chee's personal connection to this topic and why she wants readers to know this history.Read This Post. Explore all Virtual Book Tour posts

Meet-the-Author Recording: Prairie Lotus by Linda Sue Park

Newbery Medalist Linda Sue Park explains the danger of a single story in her Meet-the-Author Recording for Prairie Lotus (Clarion, 2020). Learn how this novel tells another side of the pioneer story by centering a character who is part Asian. Listen To This Recording. Browse all TeachingBooks Meet-the-Author Recordings

Featured Booklist: Featured Booklist: Claudia Lewis Award for Poetry

In honor of National Poetry Month, check out the winners of the Claudia Lewis Award for Poetry, the best poetry books of the year selected by the Children's Book Committee of the Bank Street College of Education. Celebrate the many ways poetic forms can be used to tell compelling stories. Explore This Booklist

Meet-the-Author Recording: Rescue & Jessica: A Life-Changing Friendship by Jessica Kensky and Patrick Downes

In this recording, the authors discuss how they created their Schneider-winning book, Rescue & Jessica: A Life-Changing Friendship (Candlewick, 2018). They share with children how they were injured in the Boston Marathon bombing, and how their service dog, Rescue, changed their lives with teamwork, practice, and companionship. Listen To This Recording. Browse all TeachingBooks Meet-the-Author Recordings

Desmond Hall on Teaching and Writing

In our newest For Teachers, By Teachers post, author Desmond Hall discusses how centering the teenage social issues of depression, colorism, police brutality, and black masculinity in his novel, Your Corner Dark (Atheneum, 2021), was a result of his desire to be relevant to today's readers. Read This Post. Explore all For Teachers By Teachers posts

Behind the Books: "On Adventure"

G.D. Falksen, author of The Secret Life of Kitty Granger (Lerner, 2021), describes the wide appeal and value of adventure stories — and why adventures should be for everyone. Read This Post

Explore all Guest Author posts

Listen In with Matthew Winner & The Children's Book Podcast

The Tulsa Race Massacre was a horrific event that devastated one of the wealthiest African American communities in the nation in 1921. Listen to author Carole Boston Weatherford talk about her book Unspeakable: The Tulsa Race Massacre (Carolrhoda, 2021), and why Black advancement is seen as the single greatest threat to White Supremacy. Listen To This Podcast

Explore Unspeakable: The Tulsa Race Massacre on TeachingBooks

Storytime Activities from TeachingBooks

Explore resources that keep young book lovers connected to stories. Enrich the storytime experience with engaging and easy-to-find resources that make planning effortless.

  • Use sharing tools to promote storytime
  • Infuse resources into circle time
  • Extend the fun with connected activities

Wednesday, April 28, 2021 | 10:00 CT

Register Now

Don't worry if you can't attend live. Sign up and receive a recording.

Contests & Giveaways

Check out our April Contests & Giveaways, accompanied by multimedia resources!

  • Already a Butterfly by Julia Alvarez and Raúl Colón (Henry Holt, 2021)
  • Finish Strong by Dave McGillivray (Nomad Press, 2021)
  • Wood, Wire, Wings by Kristen W. Larson and Tracy Subisak (Boyds Mills & Kane, 2021)
  • and more!

See the April Contests & Giveaways on our blog.

Uplifting Native Voices: Carole Linstrom and Michaela Goade discuss We are Water Protectors

Uplifting Native Voices: Carole Lindstrom and Michaela Goade discuss We Are Water Protectors

Wednesday, April 21st, 1:00pm CST

Register Now


Carole Lindstrom

Michaela Goade
Illustrator & Graphic Designer

Kia Heise, Ph.D. – Host
Mackin Learning

Ahead of Earth Day on April 22nd, Carole Lindstrom and Michaela Goade share the story behind their groundbreaking, award-winning, and New York Times bestselling picture book We Are Water Protectors. Hear from Carole about how the Dakota Access Pipeline protests at Standing Rock inspired this picture book and about how illustrating this book helped Caldecott Medal-winner Michaela Goade see art as activism.

Order We Are Water Protectors

NYSCATE Summer Elementary Technology Conference

Our friends at TCEA invite you to be a part of the online 2021 Elementary Technology Conference. This is the summer’s hottest education event, the perfect way to chill out with your peers online, earn professional learning credit hours, and gather a batch of new ideas.

Here are just a few benefits of attending: Watch 30 on-demand sessions at your pace

  • Interact with more than 40 live sessions
  • Socialize, connect, and refresh your PLN
  • Earn over 70 credit hours of professional development
  • Access through July 12, 2021

Soak up summer learning and get powerful, specific resources for your grade level or specialization, and renew your commitment to PreK–5 education. Don’t forget to invite your friends, colleagues, or team members to register!

Learn More!

Sensory Friendly Concerts for Libraries

For over 14 years, Inclusive Services at Brooklyn Public Library has been partnering with Music for Autism (MFA). Their concerts have brought thousands of people to our libraries, including many first time attendees.

Now, with the expansion of virtual library programming, you have the opportunity to bring these FREE interactive concerts to your patrons.

Want to know more? Join us for an open house!

You’ll learn about:

  • the content of these free virtual concerts for people with autism and the people in their lives
  • what makes the programs Autism and sensory friendly
  • MFA’s longtime partnership for Brooklyn Public Library’s Inclusive Services
  • how your library can get involved

Music for Autism is Music for All!

April 22, 2021

1 pm - 3 pm, Eastern

Zoom link upon registration: Or email:

Let me know if you have any questions.

Like us on Facebook! Follow us on Twitter #BKLYNInclusive!

Carrie Banks (she/her, they/them)
Supervising Librarian, Inclusive Services
Brooklyn Public Library


Like us on Facebook! Follow us on Twitter #BKLYNInclusive!

Carrie Banks (she/her, they/them)
Supervising Librarian, Inclusive Services
Brooklyn Public Library


Rochester International Film Festival

Please share this information from the Rochester International Children's Film Festival committee. The film festival runs from April 12 through May 9, and there will be many wonderful films and learning activities to share, access and enjoy!

Posted on behalf of the committee and Patricia Connor, Rochester Public Library.

For the next four weeks, the Rochester International Children's Film Festival will once again be virtually offering the very best of children’s shorts from around the world -- thoughtfully curated to reflect gentle social themes (diversity, kindness, sharing, etc.), as well as to celebrate artistry, music and other wonderful things! We will offer one short film a day, along with media and literacy suggestions including vocabulary, discussion questions, books, songs, movement, and art activities. In other words, a fun and stimulating way to spend quality learning and art time with your children!

● WHEN IS THE FESTIVAL? ○ The festival runs for 1 month, starting Monday, April 12 and ending Sunday, May 9 ○ A new film will be available each Monday-Friday, starting at 7 am ○ All 5 films from the previous week will be available on the weekends, starting Saturday at 7 am

● HOW DO I ACCESS THE FESTIVAL? ○ Starting on Monday, April 12: ○ Go the the festival website at: and click on the FILMS BUTTON ○ A short form will appear; just quickly fill out and follow the directions to get to the film! ○ Be sure to “like” us on Facebook, where daily posts about the film will appear!

● ABOUT THE FILMS: ○ All films have been chosen by a veteran film programmer with over 20 years of experience, and approved/vetted by a committee of educators, librarians, administrators and childcare professionals ○ Films are appropriate for preschool children on up, but have been well-loved by adults as well over the years (some adults come to our screenings by themselves!) ○ Our films come from countries around the world such as Russia, Lebanon, and Jamaica! ○ A few of our films have been made by kids! ○ Our festival is part of the MONTH OF THE YOUNG CHILD, sponsored by our collaborators at the Rochester Chapter of the NYAEYC (New York Assn. for the Education of Young Children) ○ Our first week of films will coincide with the NAEYC (National AEYC) “Week of the Young Child” celebration. Each film has been chosen to match NAEYC’s chosen themes of: Music Monday, Tasty Tuesday, Work Together Wednesday, Artsy Thursday, and Family Friday.

For more information and to watch the Rochester International Children’s Film Festival, please visit:

NYSED Science Resources

The Office on Curriculum and Instruction has posted an updated version of the NYSED State Science Resource Network. This helpful PDF houses a power point that lists national and state science resources with live links.

Also included are specific regions in New York State which include valuable science sites and resources for educators and parents to help with the implementation of the New York State P-12 Science Learning Standards.

Educators are encouraged to email the NYS Education Department at if they have a suggestion about a local science related link to be considered.

Questions related to this resource can be directed to the NYS Education Department's Office of Curriculum and Instruction via email to or via telephone to (518) 474-5922.

In gratitude,

NYSED’s Office of Curriculum and Instruction

Seal of Civic Readiness Pilot Program

NYSED is now accepting applications from all high schools interested in piloting the Seal of Civic Readiness during the 2021-2022 school year. Applications will be accepted until May 1st. Interested high schools should review all information and materials provided on our Civic Readiness page and then begin the application process.

Questions related to this can be directed to the NYS Education Department's Office of Curriculum and Instruction via email to or via telephone to (518) 474-5922.

In gratitude,

NYSED’s Office of Curriculum and Instruction

UCLA AISC Talk with Debbie Reese and Princess Daazhraii Johnson

NYLA Mentorship Program "Lighting the Way" Survey

Greetings from Team Remote Access from the 2021 New York Library Association (NYLA) Developing Leaders Program! We are a group of library professionals across various library types who are dedicated to addressing access issues within the library profession in order to create a more equitable environment for new library staff to begin their careers.

To this end, we are establishing a mentorship program called "Lighting the Way" which will pair early-mid career librarians with library school students and recent graduates throughout New York State. We hope that these mentorships will help new library staff navigate the often difficult job market, and provide them with the valuable advice mid-career librarians often wish they had starting out in the library profession.

As a first step, we're surveying early-mid career librarians across New York State about their experiences. This survey will help us get a snapshot of the profession and help us prepare to pair mentors and mentees. If you are a library professional in any type of library who would be inclined to share your experiences with new entrants to our profession, please complete the Mentor Intake Survey here.

Survey respondents will not be required to participate in the mentorship program, but they are welcome to do so. If you have any questions about the mentorship program or the survey, please feel free to reach out to us at

Thank you!

The Remote Access Team