December 19, 2016

Happy Holidays!!

We hope that all of you have a most wonderful holiday! Relax, enjoy family and friends, eat wonderful foods and treat yourself to something special.

We'll see you in 2017!

J’aimé, Jane and Sharon

Holiday Displays on LibGuides

Be sure to go to our Home Page on LibGuides to see this year's school library Holiday Displays! (One of them from last year is our background for this issue).

Makerspaces and Assessments

Information from ABC-CLIO (web) on Makerspaces and Assessments. If you can't access, please contact me and I will send you the print version.

Pew Research: Digital Readiness Gaps

Pew Research did an extensive study on "Digitial Readiness." Although the research was done with adults, our preparation of tomorrow's adults is relevant! There are also links to topics on "Information Overload" and "Libraries and Learning." Again - both studies of adults, but we know that people use libraries as adults, and consider themselves as lifelong learners, when exposed to libraries at early ages.

Holocaust - Echoes and Reflections

We will be having a half-day presentation on the Holocaust on February 6, 2017 from 12:30 - 3:30 here at Gick Rd. I've sent out "save the date" information, and will send out more information and a link to register through My Learning Plan after the holidays.

Overdrive - Holidays Competition!

Win "Book Money" for your students to be able to get eBooks and audiobooks from Overdrive - simply be reading and/or listening to books this winter! More information can be found on our LibGuides eBooks tab.

ALA Great Stories Grant

Reminder: The ALA Public Programs Office invites libraries to apply for the Great Stories Club, a reading and discussion program for underserved teens featuring books under the theme “Nature vs. Nurture: Origins of Teen Violence and Suicide.” The project is supported with funding from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH).

Applications will be accepted from Nov. 1 to Dec. 30, 2016. Visit

for guidelines and to apply online.

TeachingBooks Webinar - Secondary

Click here to see our Secondary TeachingBooks webinar.

The agenda included:

Overview: What is

Literacy Connections

Developing Custom Reading Lists: Anchor Texts, STEAM Lists…

Sharing Resources

Award Winner Diverse Titles and Lists

Text Complexity Toolkit and Rubric

Student Research Awards Contest

The New York State Archives invites students statewide to enter the 27th Annual Student Research Awards Contest. The contest is open to all New York State students in grades 4 – 12 who use historical records in their research projects. The deadline for entries is July 1, 2017. Three awards will be presented in the fall of 2017.

Three awards are presented each year; one for grades 4-5, grades 6-8, and grades 9-12.

The New York State Archives is a program of the State Education Department’s Office of Cultural Education. Located on Madison Avenue in Albany, the Archives is open Monday through Saturday from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. except on legal holidays. Further information can be obtained by calling (518) 474-6926or visiting the Archives’ website at