School Library System

April 13 - 17, 2020

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Sora Sweet Reads Now Live!

Everything is all set for Sora Sweet Reads! The titles are now live in Sora. Students can start reading anytime.

Sora Sweet Reads at a glance

  • This year’s selection is a mix of 30 Juvenile and YA ebooks and audiobooks
  • The program ends July 31
  • All titles are available for free and simultaneous use
  • You can weed titles from your website as needed

TeachingBooks Resources

New: TeachingBooks' Virtual Book Tour

TeachingBooks is excited to launch the TeachingBooks Virtual Book Tour, filled with enticing materials that give you opportunities to build personal connections with new books and get to know the people who made them.

Our inaugural post celebrates the release of Antoinette Portis' A New Green Day (Holiday House, 2020) — fun short poems about nature: a tadpole, thunder, an inchworm, mud, and more.

We plan on featuring a new book a few times a week, so enjoy and share this new feature on the

Please enjoy these collections that bring children's and young adult books to life!

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

Author Minh Lê makes his mark in the DC universe with Green Lantern: Legacy (DC Comics, 2020). This #ownvoices full-length graphic novel of Vietnamese-American Tai Pham and his inheritance of a secret his grandmother kept for decades is sure to be enjoyed by readers over and over again. Minh shares how he made his mark in a unique and authentic way on this episode of The Children's Book Podcast.

April Contests & Giveaways

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

  • Plastic: Past, Present, and Future by Eun-Ju Kim and Ji-Won Lee
  • Under My Tree by Muriel Tallandier and Mizuho Fujisawa
  • Home Base: A Mother-Daughter Story by Nikki Tate and Katie Kath
  • Somebody Told Me by Mia Siegert
  • Write! Write! Write! by Amy Ludwig VanDerwater and Ryan O'Rourke
  • and more!

· Reminders ·

Database Orders Due May 15th

The Library Resource Manager (LRM) is open for you to be able to put together your 2020-2021 database orders. Please note the following:

  • The FINAL order must be signed by the Business Official and the Communication Coordinator for each district.

    • Scan and email the signed order to Kimberly Harris (

    • Please make sure that the document is printed and scanned in portrait format, not landscape

    • Do not send .jpg or .png files. All files sent should be PDF files. If you are unable to send a scanned PDF file, please make a copy of your order for your records and then send the original to Kimberly Harris, School Library System, Questar III BOCES, 10 Empire State Blvd., Castleton, NY 12033. In addition, with school closures, please email Kimberly Harris if you have mailed your order so we can be on the lookout for it.

    • If you are running into issues with the above due to working remotely, please contact Amanda Karian for help.

  • ALL FINAL ORDERS ARE DUE NO LATER THAN MAY 15, 2020. Failure to turn orders in by this date may result in loss of access to your databases.

  • The student numbers are set based on the most recent BEDS data we were able to acquire. Please do not change student numbers.

Changes in LRM (from last school year)

  1. All products are now listed:

Vendor nameNew (if renewal price was received): Product name Building name (for specific building quotes)

Example:Gale CengageNew: Biography in ContextXYZ HS

  1. Discovery Ed is a streaming service. In the past it was purchased through the Database CoSer (516). This year we have moved it to the Multimedia CoSer (511) so when you purchase it this year, please note that the CoSer number for Discovery Ed is now 511. This is more important for your business official to know so they allocate the money to the correct budget line, so please make sure they are aware.

  2. You are now able to purchase from the Multimedia CoSer directly in the LRM. For example, if your district would like to purchase the Enhanced Multimedia CoSer at $2.25 per student, you can order that directly on the LRM. Other options include NBC Learn and the basic package which includes only Learn360.

  3. If you are interested in purchasing OverDrive Advantage for your school, you can place that order through the LRM as well.

    1. NEW DISTRICTS: select the product listed that says “startup fee”. If you would like to purchase above that amount then select the other option in addition to the startup fee and add in the amount that you which to add.

    2. CURRENT DISTRICTS: select “OverDrive District Funds for Content Please make a note in Product Notes of the amount you would like to spend on content.” Please write the amount you would like to spend on content in the Notes section.

Please note that the total price at the bottom of the signature page will NOT include this amount from the Notes section so please adjust the final total accordingly. Please initial next to the handwritten amount.

  1. Business Officials have access to view the LRM. They have been made aware that the process for ordering is the same and that the librarians should be reaching out to them for their signature on the final order.

Ed Law 2D:

Most products purchased through SLS are part of consortium pricing which requires vendors to sign an agreement that they will be Ed Law 2D compliant. There are only a few products purchased through SLS that are not part of that consortium pricing. For these products (see list below), we are working with the vendor to ensure compliance. If the vendor cannot meet our requirements for compliance then we will not be able to allow purchases of that product through SLS. At this time, the vendors we are working with include:

  • Visual Learning (Science Direct)

  • Elsevier

  • Country Watch

  • World Trade Press

Product Purchasing Changes:

  • Flocabulary: This product no longer falls under SLS and must be purchased through Model Schools. For a quote, your district should contact Kerrie (

  • Renaissance Learning - MyOn: This product no longer falls under SLS and must be purchased through Model Schools. For a quote, your district should contact Kerrie (

  • Learning A to Z Vocabulary: This product is no longer available as a stand alone product. It is only available in Collections. Contact Amanda with any questions.

  • NewsELA: In October of 2019, Newsela began testing a completely new product hierarchy and pricing structure. After analyzing the test market feedback completed in December 2019, Newsela will be giving schools and districts the choice between Newsela ELA, Newsela Social Studies, and Newsela Science. This just means that schools and districts have more options when it comes to purchasing Newsela. Schools and districts will have the option to renew into Newsela Essentials (the new name for Newsela PRO), or upgrade to one of the core subject products that provide additional content and features. Contact Amanda Karian ( if you need more information or have questions.

  • BrainPOP: You may notice a relatively large increase in the price this year. That is because BrainPOP has included Creative Coding for all school level packages.

  • PebbleGo:

Packages are now listed as:

  • Bronze = All 5 PebbleGo Modules

  • Silver = All 5 PebbleGo Modules +1 Add-on product

  • Gold = All 5 PebbleGo Modules +2 Add-on products

  • Platinum = All 5 PebbleGo Modules + All 3 Add-on products


  • PebbleGo Dinosaur is now part of the Animals module adding 150 articles

  • PebbleGo Health - NEW

  • PebbleGo Health in Spanish - coming soon

Information About Scanning or Mailing Signed Orders

Scanning/emailing your signed orders is best practice, as we currently have limited access to the Questar III Central Office. We ask that if you do send your signed orders via USPS, please let us know once you have done so. That way, we will know to look for it and make plans for accessing the building.

It is important that you connect with your business official to relay this message. That includes those who have already sent their orders to their business official. Please do contact them to let them know the above information. Thank you.


Please contact Kimberly Harris and/or Amanda Karian.

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· Librarian of the Week ·

Each week we will showcase a librarian from our region.

Who: Chelsea Phillips

What: Elementary School Librarian

Where: Chatham Elementary

A beloved hobby: Reading, of course! I also love being with my family and my friends, trying out new foods, and camping!

What book would you recommend: I have loved Harry Potter since the 4th grade, so I will always recommend that series! I also loved Aru Shah and the End of Time and the other books in the Pandava Series by Roshani Chokshi. Recently, I have been visiting some of my favorite books from childhood, and I loved re-reading Matilda by Roald Dahl as an adult!

Share something that you are proud of that has recently happened in your library/school: I am so proud of the work our administrators, teachers, and students are doing while we transition to distance learning. It has been a little overwhelming, but we have all worked so hard to stay connected and support one another. I am also really excited to work on a project with our 5th grade students using Sora, and collaborating with the 5th grade teachers to bring it to the students!

What drew you to a career in school librarianship: I have wanted to be a librarian since I was in elementary school, when I first realized that librarians get to be with books all day, but I never thought it was something I could really do. As I grew older, my school libraries really became a place where I felt safe and accepted, and the school librarians my supporters. In high school, I had a friend who was studying to be a teacher really push me into looking to become a school librarian. When I realized it was something that I could actually do, I set the course and I am so glad I did! I strive everyday to create a space for my students like my librarians did for me, and I am truly grateful everyday that I am living my elementary school dream!

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Daily Librarian Chat

Each day librarians will get together to discuss the best possible ways to meet their students' and teachers' needs during school closures. Topics will vary based on need.

  • Monday: Regional Meeting 10:00 - 11:00 AM
  • Tuesday: Tech Tools Tuesday 12:00-1:00 PM
  • Wednesday: Elementary Round Table 10:00-11:00 AM
  • Thursday: Secondary Round Table 12:00-1:00 PM
  • Friday: Open Mic 10:00-11:00 AM

No need to register.

Contact Amanda for the Zoom link.

Digital Citizenship: How Educators Can Help Webinar

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TeachingBooks Webinar

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Library Media Specialist - Anticipated Opening 2020-2021

Job ID: TRYN0171852-7020

Application Deadline: 08/31/2020

Start Date: 09/01/2020

Job Description:

Library Media Specialist - Anticipated 2020-2021 School Year

With approximately 4,000 students, Troy is a small urban school district in NY’s Capital Region. Our learning community values our ethnic, social and cultural diversity.

The Troy City School District has an anticipated opening for the 2020-2021 school year and is now accepting applications for a full-time probationary Library Media Specialist. Please apply through OLAS by sending your letter of interest, resume, NYS certification and all supporting materials. This will be an on-going recruiting process until filled.

Apply here:

Library Media Specialist - Anticipated Vacancy 2020-2021

Job ID: CATN0171497-7020

Application Deadline: 04/30/2020

Start Date: 09/01/2020

Job Description:

Position: Library - Media Specialist

Assignment: Catskill Central School District

Qualifications: Valid N.Y.S. Library Media Specialist Certification

Effective: September 2020

Deadline: April 30, 2020

Salary: Per CTA Contract

Apply here:

Questar III School Library System

Kerrie Burch, Director of School Library System, Model Schools, and Arts

Amanda Karian, School Library System Specialist