This Week in SALS Youth Services

October 9, 2015

Short and sweet

I have been reviewing the curriculum supporting website, FactCite, and thought I would read about Christopher Columbus and then share a quiz question* as an example of what the site offers. The article I read finished by questioning whether he was a hero or a villain; allowing students to re-examine the biographical information presented if they choose.

If you want to check out FactCite, let me know. The Username and Password are good through the end of the month.

Columbus had to wait six years to set out on his voyage for what reason?
a) His boat was not built yet
b) He hadn't acquired enough money
c) Spain was busy fighting the Moors and couldn't send him until the war was over
d) He became very sick
e) His terms of negotiation were too high for Queen Isabella

"Columbus, Christopher." FactCite: Lincoln Library of Shapers of Society Online. Lincoln Lib. P, 2014. Web. 8 Oct. 201

*answer will be in next week's newsletter

Christopher Columbus

Upcoming Events

Overdive Big Library Read - October 7 - 21, 2015

Wednesday, Oct. 7th, 12am

This is an online event.

Join the fun! Big Library Read is the first-ever “global eBook club,” connecting readers around the world who read the same eBook at the same time. Over the past year, thousands of libraries, schools and millions of people around the world have embraced the program.

Here’s how it works: Program sponsor, OverDrive, teams with noted eBook publishers to make two popular eBooks available to public libraries and schools for lending. During the two-week program, the Big Library Read titles are available to borrow through participating libraries and schools. It’s free and there’s never a waiting list during the program. All you need is a library card to get started reading in this international eBook club.

Digital Shift: Minecraft is Mindcraft

Wednesday, Oct. 14th, 2:15-2:45pm

This is an online event.

2:15 – 2:45 PM ET Minecraft is Mindcraft, John F Blyberg, Darien Library (CT) and Jaina Shaw, Westport Public Library (CT)
A whole generation of kids are growing up minecrafting. Minecraft is a platform, but it is also a literacy that has been built in to their childhoods. Presenters John Blyberg and Jaina Shaw talk about what it’s like to be a part of the Fairfield County Minecraft Server ( experiment—a county-wide library Minecraft server cooperative. Blyberg will talk about the technology and concept behind the project and Shaw will speak to her experience as a teen librarian, wrangling the players as they carve out their place in this online world.

You are invited to join SALS staff Wednesday October 14, 2015 from 11 am to 4:30 pm for the online event “The Digital Shift: Libraries Connecting Communities”
Please RSVP to Jennifer, by Friday October 9. Come for the entire event or stay for the parts that help you meet your community needs and learning curiosities.
In between sessions and the closing keynote there will be time to discuss what was presented during the day.
SALS will provide CE certificates for the time that you stay.

Early Literacy Webinar Series: Part 1

Thursday, Nov. 12th, 11am-1pm

This is an online event.

Building Early Literacy Skills with Babies

Explore engagement tools that promote early literacy skills and bring early learning home to families. Learn how to bridge the 30 Million Word Gap by sharing effective strategies with parents and caregivers for immediate, enriching ways to communicate with babies. Discover how the Fayetteville Free Library (FFL) provides high-quality early learning experiences to babies through our innovative, research based, community-driven programs like Cuddletime, Music & Movement, and Let's Learn. Rethink how families discover and access traditional collections like board books, and non-traditional items like Born to Read Kits.
Register for this free event or email Jennifer if you want to watch it at SALS.

News from LibraryLand

Help Wanted: Reading List Volunteers

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 2016 summer reading season. The 2016 summer reading slogan is “On Your Mark, Get Set…Read!” and the theme is sports, exercise, games, and fitness.

The 2015 lists, found on, will be revised in all areas, with an extra focus on removing out-of-print and outdated titles, adding titles that support the exercise, health, sports theme, and equalizing the balance of fiction and nonfiction titles.

If you are interested in volunteering to develop Explore New York lists for 2016 and lending your expertise on fun and interesting books, related to the history, cultures, and diversity of New York State, please contact Nora Burrows at by October 12, 2015.

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.

New Early Literacy Resources

New resources have been added to:

ABC Mouse: An online education initiative to help children be ready for school. It is free for libraries, Head Start programs, and public and private schools.
Jbrary: A blog with great storytime resources, including YouTube playlists and ideas about using puppets, music, dance, and more.
Storytime Underground: A peer community for storytime staff and includes storytime resources, Storytime University for professional development, and a place to ask questions.
Early Essentials: A series of 9 videos from the Early Head Start National Resource Center that offers key messages and helpful resources for working with young children. The videos cover a variety of early childhood topics such as components of quality service, school readiness, expectant families, and language development.

Video Contest to win Registration and Travel to PLA

Create a 60-second video telling us about you, your library, and most importantly, why you want to attend the PLA 2016 Conference and how it will help you to BE EXTRAORDINARY. Two winners will receive a free registration, four nights hotel, and up to $500 reimbursement for travel to and from the conference. Both public library professionals and library students are welcome to submit videos.

The deadline to submit a video is 4:30 PM Central, Wednesday, November 11, 2015. The top six videos (determined by PLA) will be posted to the PLA Facebook Page for voting beginning Friday, November 13, 2015. Voting closes at 12:00 PM Central on Thursday, November 19, 2015. The winners will be announced later that day.

Some Guidelines:

  • Videos should be a maximum length of 60 seconds. Accepted file types are MP4, WMV, MOV no larger than 100 MB.
  • Submissions will be judged based on clear, compelling, and creative video statements.
  • If your library submits the video, only one person from the library can receive the prize.
  • If you’ve already registered for PLA 2016, you’re still eligible! We’ll simply credit your registration costs.