This Week in SALS Youth Services

January 8, 2016

Short and sweet

Today I'm in Boston at the American Library Association's Midwinter Annual Conference. Here are a few sessions I hope to attend and share what I learn in upcoming newsletters:
Fantasy in Middle Grades (book talks), Libraries Transform - Understanding Change, Lessons in Censorship: How schools and courts subvert Student's first amendment rights, and Sustainable thinking. On Monday, starting at 8 am I will be in the audience of the Youth Media Awards and will try and tweet or retweet award winners in real time. Check it out SALS Twitter account @SouthernADKLib

What are your picks?

YMA Newbery Speculation

Upcoming Events

2016 Summer Library Program Webinar - Early Literacy manual

Tuesday, Jan. 12th, 3pm

This is an online event.

Give your littlest learners a head start this summer! In this hour-long webinar, Amanda will highlight age-appropriate books, fingerplays, songs, and activities from the early literacy manual that will inspire your youngest library patrons to develop a love of learning!

To learn more and to register visit CSLP.

Summer Reading Workshop

Tuesday, Feb. 2nd, 9:30am-4:15pm

22 Whitney Place

Saratoga Springs, NY

Arrival & Welcome 9:30-10 am

Exercise your mind

Jen Ogrodowski, Saratoga Springs Public Library 10-11 AM
Even if you've never tried coding and don't know where to begin, this presentation will offer some suggestions on how to get started in hosting an introduction to coding workshop or series of workshops at your library. We'll go over the free courses offered by and talk about how to pick and choose activities you may want to focus on to accomplish your program goals with the time you have. We'll also take a look at how different activities offered by can be useful if you have a class full of participants with different levels of previous experience.


Kathy Ceceri, Author and STEAM educator 11:15 AM -12:45 PM
Kathy Ceceri, author of "Paper Inventions" and "Making Simple Robots," will show you how to create light-up paper designs using only inexpensive LEDS, batteries, and conductive tape! Paper circuits teach kids about electrical circuits, switches and sensors. They can even be used to talk about smart devices, robots, and beginning computer programming concepts such as "if-then" statements and logic gates. For more information on Kathy's hands-on STEAM activity books and programs for kids, go to

lunch –byo, snacks and beverages will be provided

Mini Maker Showcase 1:15 pm – 2:15 pm

Libraries throughout the 4 counties are offering maker programs or lending out materials. This is an opportunity to bring some examples of what you do at your library and share them with others. Each person will have 5 minutes to explain their program or materials, then attendees can walk around the room to check out your stuff and ask questions. Space is limited to 5. Jennifer will contact you by January 22nd to let you know if you are one of the lucky 5. Register when you RSVP online.

On your mark get set…

Adam Feldman, Go Kids 2:30-4:00
Go Kids uses "imagination" games and active storytelling to help children prepare socially, emotionally and physically for school and the broader community. Meet Adam, the founder of Go Kids, and learn some tips and tricks to get your community moving, playing, and learning.

Register online today

RSVP by Wednesday January 27th 2016.

Snow date is February 11, 2016.

News from LibraryLand

Classics and Popular Large Type Books for Youth

The Clifton Park-Halfmoon Library has recently started a Large Type collection for children and it is circulating well! Our patron for this collection is a child with low vision or an adult with low vision who is reading to a child. Also, there are adults with low vision who enjoy revisiting children’s’ classics, especially as they are accessible to them in LT. We have classic and contemporary titles. Books may be borrowed by patrons within and outside our library tax district, either in person or through ILL. Start your search of the PAC with Large Type in the keyword search, then in the left-hand column, narrow search by selecting Juvenile.

Facebook becoming more accessible

Facebook is an extremely popular social media site with millions of users. Many of those users have some degree of visual impairment. In order to increase accessibility for visually impaired users, Facebook is testing a new feature. This feature utilizes an artificial intelligence that describes photos to individuals. Hopefully this feature will become available sometime soon and libraries will be able to start utilizing it to make their Facebook pages more accessible to all patrons. Read more about this tool here:

Facebook is a powerful tool for libraries. The New York State Library has two Facebook pages; one for Ready to Read at New York Libraries, and one for TeenNY. If your library has a Facebook page, like us to receive valuable information about various literacy related topics. If your library does not currently have a Facebook page, consider creating one to further engage with your patrons. It is a valuable tool that is completely free, and takes little time to maintain.

Karen Balsen

Outreach, Networking, and Regional Advisory Team Leader

Library Horror Stories

Outdated heating and/or cooling equipment, out-of-service bathrooms or elevators, over-crowding, water damaged ceilings or flooring… sound familiar?

NYLA is gearing up for Advocacy Day 2016, and we need your help! The 2016 NYLA Budget Priorities include a push for more investment in the library aid construction program, which is why we are soliciting photos from libraries that show the need for increased infrastructure funding. Usually, when we put out a call for photos and examples of how things are going in libraries, we see a huge emphasis on positives – which is awesome, of course, but can really undermine our efforts of asking for an increase in funding!

Select photos will be included in the packets for elected officials, to show them that New York’s libraries need more funding for long-overdue critical infrastructure repairs and updates.

Submit all photos no later than January 31, 2016. Click here to submit photos!

Thank you for helping NYLA advocate for New York’s library community!

Image: Old Bridge Township Library