SLS Weekly Update

May 21, 2021

PebbleGO Pulse

​​​72 New PebbleGo Articles Added

At the end of April, we added 72 new articles to PebbleGo in English and Spanish to Animals/Animales, Biographies/Biografías, Science/Ciencia, and Social Studies/Estudios Sociales. These articles include:

  • 25 dog breeds
  • A variety of holidays and celebrations
  • Coding and computer science
  • and much more!

PebbleGo Summer Activities Guide

Whether you need engaging learning activities for summer school or fun ideas for students to do at home, we have you covered with a collection of our most popular resources to use alongside PebbleGo. Download your free copy of the PebbleGo Summer Activities Guide to help make this a summer filled with reading, learning, and fun for your students!


Featured Lesson Plan: Destinations Around the Globe: Travel Brochure

This month's featured lesson plan will help you introduce students to countries around the world. Students will research and learn about various states and countries in PebbleGo Social Studies (K-3) and/or PebbleGo Next Social Studies (3-5) and create their very own travel brochure showcasing what they learned and why they'd like to visit a country or state of their choice.

This lesson plan was designed with grades 3-5 in mind, but can easily be adapted for K-3. It also pairs well with a variety of edtech tools like Flipgrid, Seesaw, Buncee, and others.


Symposium on HS to College Transition

The PILLARS Symposium

JULY 7 - 9, 2021

Register Here

PILLARS (Preparation, Information Literacy, Libraries, Academic Resources, and 21st Century Skills for Transitioning from Secondary School to College).

Featured Speakers:

Ray Pun, Education/Outreach Manager, Hoover Institution Library & Archives, Stanford University

Tarida Anantachai, Interim Head of Learning Commons, Syracuse University

This symposium is designed to introduce educators to a wide range of teaching and learning resources for practical use in the 21st-century classroom.

Presenters will share their knowledge on teaching information literacy instruction, writing, using primary resources, bridging the digital divide, and related topics that will prepare secondary students for success in college and beyond. The format will include formal presentations, breakout sessions, and opportunities to connect with educators around New York State.

This symposium is presented by and for educators in New York State, and we welcome the perspective of guests from other regions who will join as presenters and attendees.

This event is presented at no cost to attendees by the Empire State Library Network with generous help from our sponsors with up to 16 CE/CTLE Credits available.

Presenters and target audience include but are not limited to:

  • Secondary school teachers, librarians, administrators
  • Academic librarians, professors, administrators
  • First year college transition specialists
  • Public librarians – both YA and Adult Services
  • Public historians and cultural heritage institution educators
  • Students (recent HS graduates and first-year college students)
  • Others invested in student success with High School to College Transition

Register here

Sponsored by:

EBSCO, NewsBank, Springshare

For more information, visit the PILLARS Symposium Website or email the PILLARS Symposium Planning Committee at

News Media Literacy: Seeking and Finding the Truth in a Fake News World

Webinar (6/14): News Media Literacy: Seeking and Finding the Truth in a Fake News World

Registration now open.
Monday, June 14, 2021
2:00-3:30 pm

Please note: This program will NOT be recorded.

Seeing is believing, right? NOT NECESSARILY. Increasingly technology is being used to spread misinformation and outright lies. What is the difference between photo enhancement and manipulation? Attend this presentation to find out some of the ways you can investigate if the visual information your accessing, particularly online, is real or manipulated.

About the Presenter: Mary Miller has been the Education Services Director for the New York Newspapers Foundation/New York News Publishers Association (NYNPA) since 2001. Since creating the position, she has helped develop a growing library of News Media Literacy/Newspaper In Education (NIE) curricula and presentations. Her vision for News Media Literacy/NIE in New York State includes strategic partnerships with other organizations interested in providing others with easy-to-use tools to ultimately improve news media literacy. Mary has increasingly used new and emerging technologies in her curriculum development and presentations. She has worked with the We the People and Project Citizen programs, serves on the steering committee of the New York State Family Engagement Coalition, the board of the Capital District Council for the Social Studies, and the executive board of the New York State Reading Association. The NYNPA News Media Literacy/NIE program has been recognized with numerous state, regional and national awards and continues to strive for increased engagement and understanding with emphasis on journalism.

This program is sponsored by CDLC's Regional Automation Advisory Committee (RAAC).

Register at:

Susan D'Entremont (she)
Digital Project Manager & Continuing Education Coordinator
Capital District Library Council
28 Essex St, Albany NY 12206
518-438-2500 x130

CLRC Webinar

Upcoming Webinar: Being Rational About Summer Reading

Webinar Description:

Summer Reading is often a capacity-challenging exercise for many libraries. In 20**, Albany Public Library partnered with the school district and the Albany Promise to examine the program’s actual impact on the “summer slide.” The findings were not nearly as exciting as anyone expected. APL found out that the program does have an impact on students. However, that positive impact is overstated by the library community. We will look at how the library as an organization has changed its approach to summer reading and how other libraries are earnestly taking on the challenge of the summer slide.

About the Presenter:

Scott Jarzombek is a compelling, forward-thinking leader who serves as a strong advocate for any organization he leads. He is currently the Executive Director of the Albany Public Library, operating seven branches with a budget of $9.6 million and 146 staff. He is an adjunct lecturer at the University at Albany’s College of Emergency Preparedness, Homeland Security & Cybersecurity. He has served on several committees and boards, both for the city of Albany and in the field of library and information science.

Tuesday, May 25, 10 to 11 a.m.
Online via Zoom

Register Now!