Friday Focus

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Friday Focus for Week of February 15 - 19, 2016

In this Friday Focus:

  • Librarian Accolades
  • Librarian Spring PD Opportunities
  • San Antonio Area School Library Leaders Meeting
  • Computer Science is FUNdamental
  • Sara Jaffarian School Library Program Award
  • Reminders & Updates

Librarian Accolades

Congratulations to:

Janie Flores, Garner MS, was awarded one of the 2016 Texas TRiO Achiever’s Award by the Texas Association of Student Special Services Program!

For more info on TRiO and/or TASSSP.

Please let us continue to recognize you for your accomplishments by sending an email to let us know of them. These recognitions help shine a bright light on our library community.


Click on the link below to view: Librarian Spring PD Offerings

San Antonio Area School Library Leaders Meeting

(Reposted from Marty Rossi's email)

Voting on the date for the next meeting of the San Antonio area school library leaders group indicates March 24 as the majority of respondents’ preference. The meeting will take place at Dr. Hector P. Garcia Middle School; 14900 Kyle Seale Pkwy, San Antonio, TX 78255 from 12:00 PM – 3:00 PM.

A focus of our second meeting will be on advocacy as was the group’s request when we last met. More information will be coming your way from the planning committee; but, for now, please mark your calendars and make plans to attend.


Computer Science is FUNdamental

(Reposted from Susanna Garza, ESC-20)

There are still several seats available at the upcoming Computer Science is FUNdamental (coding) workshops at ESC-20 on these dates:

February 23

March 1

April 12

May 17


In partnership with ESC-20, is offering free workshops for K-8 educators, librarians and content-area teachers interested in teaching the computer science curriculum. The workshop will cover content for three courses and teachers will receive the supplies they need to teach the course.

The workshop will be led by Susan Reeves, an experienced Affiliate Trainer.

Registration is open in iLearning ( Search for "Computer Science."

Questions? Please contact Susan Reeves at


Sara Jaffarian School Library Program Award

(Reposted from TLC - Judy Moreillon)

My name is Sarah Ostman, and I’m writing from the American Library Association (ALA) Public Programs Office. I’m emailing to share a $5,000 award opportunity that I think your association may be interested in.

The Sara Jaffarian School Library Program Award recognizes a humanities program, held by a K-8 school library in the 2015-16 school year, that broadened students’ perspectives and helped them understand the world.

Eligible school libraries should apply by May 6. You can find more award information and guidelines at or contact me with any additional questions.

The last award was granted to Perry Meridian Middle School in Indianapolis for its “R.O.A.D. I Travel” program, a genealogy project that taught students how to track their family history through documents, interviews and research. Information about this and other past awardees can be found on the website.

I hope you will share this information with your members and other colleagues. If you have specific libraries in mind for the award, please send me their contact information so I can reach out to them directly and encourage them to apply.

Thank you,
Sarah Ostman
Communications Manager
ALA Public Programs Office


Reminders & Updates

Student Tech Leaders Presentation from TCEA (described by Cari Young at ES PD on 2-8/16)


Book Share Reminder for MS PD (Monday, February 22, 2016 at Driscoll)