School Library System

Week of September 30 - October 4, 2019

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News You Can Use

SLS Conference Scholarship

The School Library System recognizes that professional development is an integral part to growing as a school librarian. It also recognizes that the cost of a conference/workshop can sometimes be a barrier to attending. As a result, the School Library System is willing to assist school librarians with registration costs for one conference/workshop per year up to the amount of $275. Applicants must cover all lodging, transportation costs, transfers, and conference meals that are not provided with conference registration. Applications must be approved before conference registration is due.

If your scholarship application is approved, you agree to attend all days of the conference in full and turn in (to the SLS Director) a report explaining what you learned at the conference and how you will use that information with other educators and/or students. You also agree to submit proof of your attendance at the conference so that we can reimburse you for the registration fee. You will be reimbursed once all items have been received.

To apply for a scholarship please fill out this form. Contact Kerrie with any questions.

At our October 22nd General Membership meeting we will be handing out the revised IFC and beginning our work with the document. So that we have enough binders, please answer the question below BY OCTOBER 9th. Thanks!

Send us your displays-- we love showing you off!

A fantastic Banned Books display! Thank you, Heather Jenner, for sharing.
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A creative and s'book'y display by Jennifer Two-Axe. Thank you for sharing.
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A WOW display from Martha von Schilgen. Thank you for sharing!


Flipster is what we use to bring professional journals to all librarians in the region. Through this SLS provided subscription you have full access to new and back digital issues of School Library Journal, Computers & LIbraries, Booklist, and Horn Book.

Take advantage of this worthwhile and free resource! Contact Amanda Karian for log-in information.

Professional Learning Opportunities

SLS Professional Learning Catalog

UPDATED! Check out our NEW offerings!

How Libraries Can Help Students Navigate Mental Health

Register for this free webinar to be held October 10, 2019 at 5pm EST. The webinar is through School Library Connection.

Library Staff Training

Library support staff, including aides, clerks and/or teaching assistants, will learn about various catalogs, interlibrary loans, book repairs, working with students, and best practices in terms of student privacy and policies. Participants should bring a couple books that are in need of repair and will receive a free Kapco book repair kit.

REGISTER BY: October 8th

Date: October 17, 2019

Location: Questar III Central Office

Time: 8:30 - 3:00 pm

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Book Buzz with Britt Buckenroth - Fall 2019

It's so hard to keep up with all the new books being published! This book club will give you the opportunity to expand your repertoire of NEW books, whether you are a school librarian or a teacher, as participants share the new books they have read. Participants will select and read NEW books (published in the last two years), from any genre, K-12 and write a book review. A review form will be provided. For each meeting, participants are expected to read either 1-2 chapter books, or 3-4 picture books and complete a review form for each book. ***PLEASE COME TO THE FIRST MEETING WITH COMPLETED BOOK REVIEWS AND READY TO DISCUSS YOUR FIRST SET OF CHOSEN BOOKS.*** The in-person one-hour meetings will be held at Questar III Conference Center. Participants will earn a total of six credit hours for attending the three meetings and completing the required book reviews. This opportunity is open to school librarians and teachers at all grade levels.

FIRST MEETING: October 16th

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SLS Communication Coordinator/General Membership Meeting

Join us for a day of learning about Sora and the Reimagined Information Fluency Continuum, Our General Membership meeting is meant to be a day for ALL librarians to come together for a day of learning. Each librarian will receive a paper copy of the IFC. If you have it, please bring your empty green binder for the revised IFC. Bring a laptop as it will be needed for activities planned during the day. Lunch will be served.

Date: October 22, 2019

Time: 8:30 - 3:00 pm

Location: Questar III Central Office

Register BY OCTOBER 15th:

Rosen eBooks and Power Knowledge Science Suite Webinar

Join us from the comfort of your computer via Zoom for a webinar to learn about Rosen PowerKnowledge Science Suite, a great new science resource as well as to learn more about our Rosen Spotlight Series Titles. We have added two new series in the last year so you won't want to miss this session that will help you learn how to use this free resource with your students and teachers. Open to all educators.

Date: October 24, 2019

Time: 4 pm

Location: Zoom Meeting Only (Instructions will be sent before the event)


School Library Department Leader Workshop Series

Are you the official, or unofficial, department head of the library program at your school? Are you looking to learn how to juggle it all while also trying to complete your duties as a full time librarian? Wondering how to unite the rest of the librarians in your district toward a common goal? Or are you just curious to see how others manage to do it all? No matter what challenges you may face, there is help. Join us for this four part series of workshops that will focus on program advocacy, budgeting on a district level, working with other librarians in the district, and more.

This will be a four meeting series held throughout the year. The first meeting will be held November 19th at Questar III beginning at Noon. All other dates and times will be determined by the group at the first meeting so as to meet everyone's scheduling needs. Due to the fact that this series is largely based on discussion, if fewer than five people sign up, the series will be cancelled.

Register by November 12th:

Questar III School Library System

Kerrie Burch, School Library System Director
Arts in Education Director
Odyssey of the Mind Regional Director

Amanda Karian, School Library System Specialist