SLS Weekly Update

January 29, 2021

Auburn has been trying Goosechase

Here's the collage of pics from our staff GooseChase. The one for all Auburn students runs Feb 1-21st. We look forward to doing one with the librarians in our BOCES later in the spring!
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Upcoming PD

  • Discovery Ed- STEM focus Feb 1 MLP link
  • Discover Ed- ELA focus- Feb 8 MLP Link
  • Best YA Books with Teri Lesesne: Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Feb 10 MLP Link
  • Discovery Ed for Elementary Feb 22 MLP Link
  • Discovery Ed- SS focus March 1 MLP link
  • Best new YA books with Teri Lesesne March 3 MLP link

ALA Awards and Sora

I don't know about you but I get really excited about the Youth Media Book Awards. They winning books for this year were announced on Monday and I have purchased everything I could in Sora off the list. There were a couple not available or we already have in Sora, but otherwise, we got them (or at least 78 of them)! It is a really excellent way of meeting our goal of creating a shared collection that is diverse and inclusive.

  • Asian Pacific
  • Sydney Taylor-Jewish
  • Schneider Family- characters with disabilities
  • Stonewall- LGBTQ
  • Coretta Scott King- African American authors and illustrators
  • Alex
  • Margaret Alex Edwards
  • Odyssey- audio books
  • William Morris- debut authors
  • Printz
  • Pura Belpre- Latinx
  • Batchelder
  • Siebert- NF
  • Theodor Seuss Geisel
  • Caldecott Newbery

You can see the slideshow in pdf below or click here.

PebbleGo updates

PebbleGo has two new features that you may love!

1. With the Copy Link feature, you can share an article directly with students (no more spending the whole class period just getting them and keeping them on the page you want them!)

2. You can also now disable the automatic sounds that are generated when you hover.

For more information, visit the PebbleGo January Updates

Rosen Trials

Digital Literacy- Grades 7-12

Database articles explore cyberbullying, digital research skills, citizen journalism, and more. Correlated to ELA and technology state standards, ISTE Standards for Students (ISTE-S), and AASL standards. Give your student the 21st Century skills needed to be savvy Digital Citizens.

**STARRED REVIEW** “It’s hard to judge which is more valuable here—the excellent article content or the impressive, practical, hands-on activities….Highly recommended for school and public libraries.” - Booklist slsa4/slsa

Spotlight On: Global Issues- Grades 6-10 (Available mid-February)

Students are increasingly aware of, and concerned about, the severity of issues impacting the planet. From an interdisciplinary perspective, this collection of 15 interactive eBooks addresses current and pressing concerns including mental and physical health, clean air, climate change, equality and injustice, and food security. Examination of multiple perspectives, evidence-based arguments, decision making, and civic action opportunities are at the foundation of each book. Like all eBooks in the SPOTLIGHT On series, content is aligned to an in-depth instructional manual, assessments, graphic organizers (PDF fillable), vocabulary, and rich media support.

CLICK for your preview.

Spotlight On: Social and Emotional Learning- Grades 3-8

For years, educators and schools have relied on social and emotional learning (SEL) principles to strengthen students’ empathy, impulse control, goal setting, and more. Starting in the 1990s, the SEL framework was developed to give young people a solid foundation in creating positive interactions and maintaining emotional health even in stressful environments. Targeting students in upper elementary and middle school, this collection of 25 eBooks explains key topics, for example: Hard Work and Determination, Believing in Yourself, Planning for Success, Keeping Calm and Focused. Like all eBooks in the SPOTLIGHT On series, content is aligned to an in-depth instructional manual, assessments, graphic organizers (PDF fillable), vocabulary, and rich media support.

“Librarians working in schools with SEL curricula will find Rosen Spotlight on Social and Emotional Learning a concise one-stop location. Even in schools without an SEL framework, books such as Care and Compassion and Planning for Success give students vital information for successful social interactions. While young people are unlikely to seek these books out for independent reding, this resource will spark conversation in a classroom setting.” School Library Journal, 2019 slsa4/slsa

Teacher Center PD

The Cayuga-Onondaga BOCES Teacher Center has purchased 15 seats to the All Learning is Social Emotional webinar series, which is being co-sponsored by the NYS Teacher Centers and ASCD. There is no cost to districts and the 4 online sessions are after school from 4:00-5:30. Participants receive a one year membership to NYS ASCD, the eBook All Learning is Social Emotional and 90 days access to the webinar. The guest speakers are Nancy Frey and Dominique Smith. Please see the flyer below and feel free to reach out to Brenda Aull-Klaben with any questions.

NYSED Library Content Area

New York State Ed has created a content area notification service for specific areas. Yeah! They have libraries!

  • Arts
  • Career and Technical Education
  • Computer Science
  • Counselors
  • English Language Arts (ELA)
  • Health
  • Languages Other Than English (LOTE)
  • Library
  • Mathematics
  • N-6 (Elementary)
  • Physical education (PE)
  • Science
  • Social studies

You can sign up to get updates for any of these certification areas at Content Area Notification Service/NYSED

The Digies Student Contest

    • Genesee Valley BOCES is once again sponsoring their annual digital media festival
    • This is for PK-12 student created work completed from May 1, 2020 – March 31, 2021. It can be a school project or independent work.
    • Students may submit up to two entries per category
    • Categories include:

i. Audio

ii. Graphic Arts

iii. Interactive Media

iv. Videos

    • Attached is a flyer with additional information
    • Please share with teachers as appropriate

Sora contest

School Stars 2021 returns Feb. 1! Are you ready?

School Stars is a global contest celebrating how schools promote Sora to their community. Show us how your school has promoted Sora during the 2020-2021 school year for a chance to win content credit!

The program launches Feb. 1, 2021 and will run through Mar. 31, 2021. If you don’t know what School Stars is, that’s okay! We welcome and encourage newcomers to participate! School Stars is a global contest aimed at celebrating how schools promote Sora. For 2021’s contest, we’re looking for how your school has promoted Sora during the 2020-2021 school year (August 2020 – Time of entry). Past entries have included videos, visual displays and bulletin boards, social media campaigns, and student created resources. We hope you aim for the stars, but know that no promotion is too small!

Categories and Prizes

The 2020-2021 school year has probably been the most unique of your life. We hope our 2021 categories help capture all the unique ways you’ve been promoting Sora in this challenging time:

  • Best in Social Media: Share how you promoted Sora across your social networks (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram etc.) to engage your school community.
  • Student Made Sora Promotion – Teens: Some of the best promotions are student made! Share how your teens have helped promote Sora to their classmates.
  • Student Made Sora Promotion – Young Readers: Much like the teen readers, we want to know how young readers (13 and under) are spreading the word about Sora!
  • Best in Visual/Virtual Display or Bulletin Board: Share your best visual or virtual Sora display! This could be anything from a compelling Zoom background, a unique bulletin board or a towering display case!
  • Most Creative – Did you pass out candy with the Sora icon on it? Host an interactive event through Sora? Show us how your school got creative and encouraged reading in 2020-2021!

And of course…Best Overall.

We’ll be rewarding you for your efforts. Here are the 2021 prizes (awarded in content credit):

  • Grand Prize (1 winner) : $2,500 USD
  • Best in Category (5 winners): $500 USD
  • Best in Category – Runner Up (5 winners): $250 USD

Additionally, we’ll select 5 lucky entrants to receive $100 USD simply for entering!

Read more

Youth Services Section Author Award nomination

There's one week left to nominate your favorite author or illustrator of young people's literature living in NYS!

Members of the Youth Services Section of the New York Library Association are encouraged to nominate authors & illustrators living in New York State who have contributed greatly to the landscape of literature for young people for the 2022 Empire State Award.

Nominations will be accepted through Sunday, January 31st. Click the link to make your nomination.

If you're looking for inspiration, visit our list of past winners, like 2020's Rita Williams Garcia, or consider NYS superstars like Matt de la Peña, Lauren Oliver, James Preller, or Chris Grabenstein. There are countless authors and illustrators to nominate!

Make your nomination today, and help the Empire State Award Committee celebrate strong voices across our state.

Please feel free to get in touch with any questions (

We look forward to reading your nominations!

Your Empire State Award Committee

Lex, Gail & Mallory

Alexandria Abenshon

Manager, School-Age Children's Programming

Pronouns: she / her

Teaching in Remote/Hybrid Learning Envrionment Grant Survey

Regarding the TRLE Grant (Teaching in Remote/Hybrid Learning Environment) Grant, here is the language from the NYSED Weekly:

o This past July, the New York State Education Department (NYSED) was awarded funding through the United States Department of Education’s Rethink K-12 Education Models Grant to implement the Teaching in Remote/Hybrid Learning Environments (TRLE) Program.

o The goal of the program’s first phase is to rapidly infuse professional learning resources to the field through our partners in Level 1 Centers across the state (eTeachNY, Lower Hudson RIC, NYC DOE, Yonkers Public Schools, and Western NY RIC).

o To align these professional learning efforts with the needs of the field, we are launching a brief reflection/survey that seeks educators' input and expertise on how program activities can best support teaching students in remote and hybrid instructional settings. Please share this reflection/survey with educators in your schools. Jessica’s note: I adjusted the links from the original email to connect to the correct survey.

o The TRLE reflection questions and professional learning opportunities will focus on six core competencies for teaching in remote or hybrid learning environments:

· Shifting to Teaching Online

· Engaging Families as Partners in Remote/Hybrid Learning

· Meeting the needs of SWDs through Remote/Hybrid Learning

· Meeting the needs of ELLs/MLLs through Remote-Hybrid Learning

· Integrating Culturally-Responsive Sustaining Education (CRSE) in Remote Learning Environments

· Integrating Social Emotional Learning (SEL) in Remote Learning Environments.

o The link for educators to share their reflections will be open until February 15, 2021.

o For more information regarding the Rethink K-12 Education Models Grant, please visit our website at or email us at