SLS Weekly Update

Jan 8, 2021

Upcoming Dates

Jan 12- Rosen Teen Health and Wellness Training 8 am


Jan 13- Ask a Lawyer- 4 pm


Jan 19- Council/CC meeting 8-3 Please remember to sign up!!


Feb 1- Discovery Ed for STEM 3-4 pm


Feb 8- Discovery Ed for ELA 3-4 pm


Feb 10- Teri Lesesne- Diversity, Equity and Inclusion YA Books- 9 am


Feb 22- Discovery Ed for Elementary 3-4


Mar 1- Discovery Ed for SS 3-4


Mar 3- Teri Lesesne- Hot of the Press YA books- 9 am


Idea sharing: Digital Stick Together

How it works: After you make your purchase, you will receive a separate CREATE YOUR STICKERBOARD email with instructions for setting up your personal Stickerboard. From there you can select an image from the gallery, similar to the ones above. Once the image is selected, you can retrieve the unique 'invitation' link that provides access to your private Stickerboard. Simply share this link with your group. There is no sign-in required for members of your group to add stickers to your Stickerboard. Only those who receive the link can add to your Stickerboard.

We can't always be together, but we can always StickTogether!

Here is one that Anne has going if you would like to take a peek!

Current Events Resources

As we all take a moment to breathe calmly after the chaos of insurrection that unfolded at The Capitol this week, I wanted to share some ideas and resources that might be helpful for you in approaching this from a librarian perspective.

PBS News Hour created a site with tips and lesson ideas for how to address these events in the classroom. It includes some media literacy activities as well as discussion prompts. The activities on this page can help address the discrepancy in how the insurrectionists at The Capitol were treated as compared to previous protestors.

Addressing the critical topics of media/information literacy and the fight against disinformation is a way school librarians can lead right now.

1) The News Literacy Project -
This group puts out a weekly newsletter called The Sift ( that presents timely media literacy activities. They have additional resources on their educator page. "The News Literacy Project offers lessons and activities that teach students about the proliferation of inaccurate information in the wide media landscape. There are lessons that focus on the different types of inaccurate information that differentiates between disinformation, misinformation, satire and more; previously under the umbrella term 'fake news'."

2) First Draft -
First Draft is an organization dedicated to helping journalists obtain accurate information and upholding journalistic integrity. They have a variety of resources and lessons around fact checking including information on how to verify: images, videos, authenticity of twitter posts, and more. These resources present a good opportunity to discuss with students how trained journalists actually report the news.

3) Checkology News Literacy Curriculum -
Ed Law 2D may prevent giving everyone their own accounts but videos and activities can be shared without students having an account.

4) Emphasize the distinction between fact and opinion in “the news”
Many people cannot differentiate between fact and opinion, especially when opinions are stated as fact. Use current editorials from publications to demonstrate this difference. There are too many people that believe they are watching news shows when they are in fact watching news opinion programming. It is important to distinguish between the two. All of the following on cable television news channels (from all political viewpoints) are opinion shows, not news: Fox and Friends, The Rachel Maddow Show, Tucker Carlson Tonight, Cuomo Prime Time, Hannity, etc. It is important to watch these shows with a healthy dose of skepticism.

On the issue of disinformation, deliberately false information spread to cause confusion, there is strong evidence to support the efficacy of inoculation as a way to pre-bunk lies ( Researchers created a game around this:

The work of librarians revolves around information. I hope these quick resources are helpful as you work with students and staff today.

Author Fan Face Off on Youtube

Introducing Author Fan Face-Off

It’s not the Brady Bunch, although we do have an even number of people lined up looking at each other up and down and side to side on a screen. It’s not Hollywood Squares either-even if we have celebrities in squares. It’s not even Jeopardy even if we are asking some pretty obscure questions. It’s Author Fan Face-Off (AFF), the latest rage on YouTube for middle-grade readers.

AFF, as we affectionately like to call it, is a fun way to get your middle-grade readers excited about books. If you have 10 minutes to spare during class, you can watch and play along to the new game show I’m hosting with Steve Sheinkin.

Our concept is simple. One author. One book by that author. One superfan. We ask ten questions to see who knows the book better. I don’t think this is a spoiler when I tell you that usually, the fan knows the book way better than the writer.

Back in September, it started out as a mere experiment. Without school visits, Steve had some extra time on his hands (not to worry--this isn’t taking him away from his writing!) and wanted to create something fun that teachers and librarians could use to promote reading. I was thrilled to become his partner and three months later, over 25 episodes are posted on his YouTube channel.

Katherine Appelgate. Chris Grabenstein. Nic Stone. Lauren Tarshis. Kekla Magoon. Stuart Gibbs. Ruth Behar.

Use the episodes as book talks. Even if the show is the only exposure to the book, students will still want to put it on hold. I’ve seen it happen in my own classes!

Pablo Cartaya. Laurel Snyder. Varian Johnson. Victoria Jamieson. Cece Bell. Johnny Marciano. Karina Yan Glaser. Kenneth Oppel.

Maybe one of our books is one you or a teacher read aloud. Show the video and play along. How well do you do? Are there any questions we should have asked? We’d love to know. - Stacey Rattner, Castleton Elementary School, Castleton, New York

Britannica School Fundamentals for k-2

Some of you may already know this, but it was new to me. If you go to your Britannica School for Elementary (provided by NovelNY) and scroll down a little, there is a Fundamentals for Prek-2 that is really nice!

  • Read- 5 read alouds
  • Explore- biomes with videos
  • Play- 5 math and 5 ELA games
  • Create- basic drawing tools

Performance of Sunne's Gift

Sign up for a performance of acclaimed author Ama Yawson's book Sunne's Gift, Thursday, February 11, 6 PM.

Sunne is a magical being or "magbee." God imbues Sunne with the power of the sun. Sunne's straight-haired siblings, Earth, Watre, and Winde have unique powers of their own. When Sunne is teased and bullied by siblings because of Sunne's natural, kinky, curly, "nappy" and spirally afro-textured hair, Sunne desperately tries to change. Join Sunne as Sunne learns that there is beauty and power in difference. Sunne's Gift's message of self-love and bullying prevention, coupled with its sci-fi imagery, make it hit with people of all ages.

Register for Zoom link.

Newsbank Special Reports


January 2021

NewsBank’s Special Reports are news articles, images, maps and other useful content grouped for convenience under specific topics and themes. They enable users to quickly locate information while helping them gain better insight into current global issues and events.

Following is a listing of ones that may be of particular interest at this time.

January Topics
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
World Economics - Financial Wellness Month
Film and TV Awards
Year in Review - 2020
World Health - Coronavirus
U.S. Presidential Election - 2020

Additional featured Reports covering current issues and events
World Politics and Government
World Environment
Mental Health
Issues in the News
Science and Health in the News

Each Special Report features current and retrospective coverage with new articles added daily. They constitute a unique value to your users and are included with your NewsBank subscription. There are over 60 Reports to be sure the information you need is always available.

Special Reports are easily accessible from the left side bar on your online resource menu page, on search screens and the Other NewsBank Products link in full-text newspaper products.

Please view and share this video with others. It shows you how to find Special Reports, what they are and how they can be used.

As always, we welcome suggestions for new topics of interest to you and your users for additional Special Reports, as well as the names of other people that should receive these message each month.

Breakout January Games

Remember to let me know if you would like to be put into our digital Breakout purchase.

January Games can be found here.

Learn 360 New videos

137 new titles from PBS Space Time

  • ✔ View your newly added titles: Click here to view a full list of the new titles just added to your collection.

Great to Share with your high school science teachers!!

Gale Webinars

Gale has scheduled the following webinars for NOVELNY databases for January 2021. Included in the webinar schedule is Gale’s new “learning tapas” with three 15 Minutes to Mastery sessions. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

Thursday, January 14, 2020, 1:00 PM, 15 mins.

Enhance Virtual Reference with Gale’s Get Link

Gale’s Get Link tool can help you easily share content when serving your patrons and students virtually. In this 15 Minutes to Mastery session, we’ll share how to easily direct users into relevant content from your Gale resources.

Register here:

Thursday, January 21, 2021, 2:00 PM, 15 mins.

Expand Research Skills with Gale’s Highlights and Notes

Gale’s Highlights and Notes helps users develop and expand their research skills. In this 15 Minutes to Mastery session, we’ll share best practices and unique ideas for using the Highlights and Notes tool to support researchers of all levels.

Register here:

Tuesday January 26, 2020 2:00 PM, 30mins.

Support Hybrid Learning with Gale

A hybrid learning environment poses a unique issue: connecting virtual and classroom instruction to keep consistency for students. In this thirty-minute session we will explore how Gale can help make that connection through LMS integration, collaboration tools (including Google Classroom) and our Highlights and Notes feature.

Register here:

Thursday, January 28, 2021, 2:00 PM, 15 mins.

Jumpstart Student Projects with Gale’s Topic Pages

Gale’s Topic Pages make starting a research project instantaneous with suggested subjects, topic overviews, and multiple content types curated on a single page. In this 15 Minutes to Mastery session, we’ll share how Topic Pages can get your students out of topic indecision and into authoritative content to support their simplest or most complex research projects.

Register here:

Provided by the New York State Library, NOVELNY is a Statewide Internet Library connecting New Yorkers to 21st century information. NOVELNY is supported with temporary Federal Library Services and Technology Act funds from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS). The NOVELNY e-resources will cost $2,665,873 for 2021-2022 and are supported fully with IMLS funds.

Call for Proposals

The PILLARS Symposium:

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


Calling for Proposals

We are proud to present a brand-new event for 2021! This is a three-day symposium that will bring educators and librarians together to share knowledge on the topic of student readiness for college and beyond.

· When: Wednesday, July 7 - Friday, July 9, 2021 (exact start & end time TBD)

· Where: virtually, from your computer

· What: 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.

· Who: Presenters and target audience include but are not limited to:

o Secondary school teachers, librarians, administrators

o Academic librarians, professors, administrators

o First year college transition specialists

o Public librarians - both YA and Adult Services

o Public historians and cultural heritage institution educators

o Students (recent HS graduates and first-year college students)

o Others invested in student success with High School to College Transition

We encourage applications from inter-disciplinary presenters (e.g. faculty & librarian, teacher & student, or public & school librarian).


For More Information:

website: PILLARS