School Library System

September 26, 2014

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Cairo-Durham Elementary School

Nancy Pine spent more than 150 hours merging the two elementary libraries in her district this summer. Visit Cairo-Durham's website to see the article her district published on their website recognizing her efforts and the positive changes being made for students. Congratulations, Nancy!

Courier Schedule

We have added a link to a one page courier schedule under the Welcome Back section of our website. You can also find that schedule at https://www.questar.org/infocenter/mail/alpha-courier-schedule-2014.pdf.

OverDrive School Accounts

Update your student and staff OverDrive records and enjoy all the great titles! Contact the SLS for help setting up accounts.
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BEDS Non-print

Reminder: Non-print items include audiobooks, videos, and any other non-book materials that have been cataloged.
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Volunteer Opportunity with TeenReaderCon!

TRC welcomes students and adults to volunteer for TeenReaderCon! If you know a student, faculty, or staff member who would be a great addition to our volunteer team, please send this information along!

The volunteer form should be submitted by October 14, 2014. Volunteering requires a full day commitment on Saturday, November 8, 2014 (8a-4p) unless otherwise noted. ALL volunteers must attend one MANDATORY training session at Shenendehowa Middle Schools on either 11/5/14 from 4-5 pm or 11/6/14 from 6-7 pm.

Sharing Author Visits

To reduce costs, please consider working with another district to arrange an author visit. Each school pays half of the travel costs associated and authors love visiting the area for more than one day.

We are currently looking for a school that might be interested in having Suzanne Bloom visit in mid-March. Her fee is $800. For more information about Suzanne and her work, visit http://www.suzannebloom.com/.

Don’t forget… all author visits can run through the Arts in Education program if you school is a member of that CoSer.

State Library Requests Your Input

From Karen Balsen, Youth Services Coordinator for the Division of Library Development at the New York State Library:

The New York State Library is very pleased to continue partnering with NYLA/YSS and NYLA/SSL to provide youth the Explore New York recreational reading lists as part of Summer Reading at New York Libraries. We are requesting your input to prepare the four reading lists for the upcoming 2015 summer reading season.


The 2014 lists, found on http://www.nysl.nysed.gov/libdev/summer/explore.htm, will be revised in all areas. Keeping the Common Core in mind, we would like to equalize the balance of recreational nonfiction and fiction titles.


If you are interested in lending your expertise on fun and interesting books, related to the history, cultures, and diversity of New York State, please contact Nora Burrows: nburrows@mail.nysed.gov by October 6, 2014.


Please include your complete contact information including your name, title, and email address. We will get back to you with all the information you need to get started so the lists will be ready for distribution by the end of January.


Thank you.

NEW Spotlight on New York Title

Strengthening Democracy in New York State
If you need the MARC records for Rosen e-Books, please contact the SLS

NEW Professional Development Activities

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Cool Tools for School 2014-2015

We will once again be running the Cool Tools online learning program with Polly Farrington. Please visit MyLearningPlan to register.

Book Buzz with Rebecca Ekstrom

We all know it’s a challenge keeping up with best practices, technology, CCLS, the latest Web 2.0 tools, etc., not to mention reading the exciting new books our students want. This book club will give you the opportunity to expand your repertoire of NEW books whether you are a school librarian or a teacher!


Group members will select and read NEW books, (published in the last three years), from any genre, at any level. We will meet in person once and meet online using a blog. For each book, members will post a book review and a booktalk on the blog, (for each book read). The blog will give us the advantage of responding to each other as well.

Members will want to begin reading and be prepared to discuss their books at the first meeting. The first meeting will be on Wednesday, October 29th from 3:30-4:30 at the Algonquin Middle School Library in Averill Park.


We will meet on the blog in November and December.


Two credit hours will be given each month, for a total of six hours.


This opportunity is open to school librarians and teachers at all grade levels. Please share this information with your teachers then visit MyLearningPlan to register!


Get to know other teachers and librarians in your Questar III BOCES.

We hope you’ll join us!