School Library System

March 13, 2015

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A Note From Jen & Jane

This week's newsletter includes a Teacher of the Month - how exciting!, 3-D printing news, reading lists/bookmarks and PD for the summer, a call for NYC librarians, and a STEM workshop sponsored by HVCC and NYSERDA.

Congratulations, Kate Ingham!

Columbia Librarian Kate Ingham Named Teacher of the Month – Posted March 10, 2015 at

Kate Ingham began a new chapter of her life this past fall when she was hired as Columbia’s full-time librarian. She has quickly made an impact by assisting students, creating new programs and collaborating with teachers and other librarians.

In recognition of her good work, Ingham was named March’s Teacher of the Month today by Principal John Sawchuk.

“Kate is a truly great librarian,” Sawchuk said. “She is well-trained but she also has tremendous passion and enthusiasm.”

Ingham helps students find resources for research projects, orders books for the library’s 18,000-book collection and manages the budget. She has also taken on extra tasks by creating a book club for students that meets monthly and she started Technology Wednesdays, a biweekly meeting where she teaches school staff new technologies such as Google applications and Prezi.

“We don’t just check out books anymore,” Ingham said. The library is used through a “flexible schedule,” in which teachers can sign up for library space through Ingham. Students may also use the library during study hall and free periods.

Ingham earned her bachelor’s degree in childhood education from SUNY Oneonta and a master’s in information science from the University at Albany. She said her degree in education and experience as a classroom teacher from student teaching and substitute teaching has helped her connect with students.

Ingham decided to become a librarian as a junior in high school when she worked as a page at her public library on Long Island. Now, she is living a storybook career.

“I keep pinching myself because it’s a dream come true,” Ingham said.

3D Projects

Students in Averill Park have been designing and printing objects on the 3D printer.

Chatham Elementary Students Learn About 3-D Printing

"4th graders headed over to CHS this week to learn about three-dimensional electronic modeling and check out the school’s 3-D printer. MED's school media specialist, Mr. Selby, arranged to have Mr. Caldwell, the High School’s technology teacher, show the students how objects can be drafted electronically using computers and then replicated into actual three-dimensional items using the special printer. Mr. Caldwell demonstrated how the 3-D printer, which in reality is a small production robot, can “print” objects by laying down successive layers of molten plastic to gradually build them. 5th grade library classes will also be going to see the printer in action". Chatham CSD News

2015 Explore New York Bookmarks and Reading Lists

The New York State Library is pleased to announce that the 2015 Explore New York recreational reading lists and bookmarks for children and teens are now available at The reading lists are designed to help libraries promote New York State – related recreational summer reading are available for download and printing.

These recreational reading lists are librarian-selected titles that celebrate the history, culture, and diversity of New York State. The lists have been designed by the New York State Library in partnership with the New York State Library Association Youth Services Section and Section of School Librarians.

The accompanying bookmarks are created each year by the New York State Library and designed by the New York State Museum for Summer Reading at New York Libraries. The bookmarks serve as companions to the four Explore New York reading lists and include the 2015 summer reading graphics. The bookmarks are available for printing with titles already listed, as well as in template form so that each library can add their own selection of books from the reading lists.

Summer Reading at New York Libraries is funded through the Federal Library Services and Technology Act, with funds awarded to the New York State Library by the Federal Institute of Museum and Library Services. The New York State Library is a program of the Office of Cultural Education in the New York State Education Department.

Two Summer Opportunities

Beth Davis, School Librarian at Berne-Knox Westerlo High School, attended the KAFE Summer Seminar last year and highly recommends the program. Below is information for those interested in attending. Beth commented that "last year when I applied, they told me 'We love Librarians!' and there were four of us in the workshop..."

A former colleague from Rochester attended last summer's Teacher Institute at the Library of Congress and thoroughly enjoyed that experience. She says "It was an amazing experience that I recommend to anyone who has the opportunity to attend. " The link for that program is also below.

So many possibilities... which one will you choose to make the summer of 2015 fabulous?

Forecasting the Future of Libraries:

Visit American Libraries to read Forecasting the Future of Libraries 2015: Trends in culture, community, and education point to increased potential for expanding the role of libraries of all types By Miguel Figueroa.

Please Share With Your NYC Friends

From Ric Hasenyager, Executive Director of Library Services for the NYC School Library System:

Dear Certified School Library Media Specialists,

The New York City Department of Education is actively recruiting certified school library media specialists to hire to work in elementary and secondary schools citywide.

The Office of Library Services/New York City School Library System facilitates the application/interview process for those meeting the minimum criteria and interested in working as a school library media specialist. We conduct screening interviews of all viable candidates to assist in matching applicants with open positions.

If are currently certified to teach and hold New York State certification for School Library Media or you will complete these credentials by June 2015, and you are interested in teaching in any of the five boroughs in New York City, please send a resume and cover letter to Richard Hasenyager at After a review of your credentials, you will be contacted to set up a screening interview.

Out of state certified school librarians are encouraged to submit their resumes and cover letters as well. However, prior to sending your resume, you are encouraged to visit to determine if you are eligible for Interstate Reciprocity.

Girls in STEM on March 28th!

"Come experience the FUN with STEM at the 3rd Annual Girls in STEM Event sponsored by Hudson Valley Community College and NYSERDA. This FREE event is for girls in grades 4-8 and will be held on Saturday, March 28, 2015 from 9:00 am - 12::30 pm at Hudson Valley Community College's TEC-SMART located in NYSERDA's Saratoga Technology + Energy Park® (STEP®). Register here !"