This Week in SALS Youth Services

March 25, 2016

Short and sweet

Earth Day, celebrated on April 22nd, was founded in 1970 as an opportunity to appreciate the environment and to discuss ways to ensure that it remained healthy.

Here are some local programs and activities happening this year:

Saratoga Springs Public Library:
Earth Day Family Movie
What if mankind had to leave Earth and somebody forgot to turn the last robot off? In observance of Earth Day, we will view a green-themed kid's film (G rated). Bring a blanket to sit on and a stuffed animal to cuddle.

Schuylerville Public Library: School partnership

Green Ribbon School’s Earth Night at Schuylerville Elementary School – probably a recycled craft.

If weather is nice we will be playing in our garden and attempting to make it look less like a pile of weeds and more a nice pile of dirt.

Richards Library: Flowers
The local Girl Scout and Brownie Troops will be planting flowers at the library as part of their annual beautification project.

Earth Day Ideas

Upcoming Events


Tuesday, April 12th, 9am-12pm

Solar Building, County Building #5 West High Street, Ballston Spa, NY

Children can be loving, kind, funny and considerate. However, sometimes they exhibit behaviors that challenge both parents and teachers alike. This seminar, we will explore the origins of children’s behavior and discuss why children act as they do. Emphasis will be placed on practical ideas and strategies parents and teachers can use when children bite, scream, kick, refuse to comply with a request or engage in destructive actions. The topic to be discussed will include active listening, shaping, positive reinforcement, decision making, setting limits and establishing consequences.

Sponsored by the Infant/Toddler Mental Health Task Force of Saratoga County

Speaker Emeritus Professor Nancy T. Cupolo, M.S. Ed.

Cost to Professionals: $25.00. No cost to Parents, with donations being excepted

Contact Jennifer Ferriss if you would like the register.

Strategies for Successful Partnerships and Outreach to Families with Young Children

Thursday, June 9th, 9:30am

22 Whitney Place

Saratoga Springs, NY

Save the date. 2 workshops, 1 day
3rd & 4th training components for Ready to Read in NY Libraries
Strategies for Successful Partnerships and Outreach to Families with Young Children
Early Learning Spaces

News from LibraryLand

MakerSpace Round Table: STEAMing Up Summer Learning

TUESDAY, April 26
2:00 PM – 3:00 PM

Speakers: Susan Considine, Leah Kraus, Margaret Portier, and Stephanie Prato, Fayetteville Free Library

In light of the changes in New York State to Summer Reading – specifically, the new emphasis on Summer Learning – libraries have a unique opportunity to update and enhance their summer reading programs in 2016.

This webinar will focus on ideas and inspiration for integrating STEAM and making into your 2016 Summer Learning programs. Ideas will include programs that have a science, math, engineering, arts and technology focus, including many that also integrate the Health and Wellness theme. We know that libraries hold a unique position in the learning ecosystems in our communities as informal learning platforms; this is our moment to position ourselves to play a critical role in providing year-round, all-age, interest-driven access to 21st century skills-focused, STEAM-focused, participatory learning opportunities with substantial learning outcomes that are so vitally important to our communities and our nation.

Register Now!

This program is free and open to the first 90 registrants.

Please note that no CE credits will be issued for participation in this webinar.

Block Booking - Jungle Jim

The Mechanicville District Public Library will be hosting a performance by Jungle Jim on July 14 at 2:00 PM.

He will be in Western MA in the morning and is looking to do another evening show.

If another library is interested we could share mileage. He is doing his Reading Olympics Show.

This is the link to his website. He is from the Boston area, so this a great opportunity to book him.

Carol Geary

Youth/Adult Services Librarian

Mechanicville District Public Library


The Scotia-Glenville Children's Museum has some LittleBits and are offering the Gizmos, Gadgets and Games program this summer.
If libraries have the Little Bits but do not have a formal program to go with…we can partner with them by bringing in some great lesson plans and a teacher!

Interested? Contact Mary Pieper:

Wandoo Reader Training

Information about online registration tools can be found on the following Summer Reading at New York Libraries page:

If you want to try out Wandoo Reader for your library, you must request the trial by going to the Wandoo Reader link listed on the above page. The trial period only extends until March 31.

You may register for Wandoo Reader Boot Camp webinar training by going to the following link to sign up:

Would miss you, but...Job Opening

The Nassau Library System (Uniondale, NY) is now accepting applications for an Administrative Assistant position in their Youth Services Office.

Preference will be given to applications received by April 15, 2016.

Contact Jennifer for more more details.
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