School Library System

Week of March 16 - 20, 2020

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This week's newsletter will focus on what you can do for teachers and students even though everyone is home due to school closures. In this newsletter you will find information on resources you can use and share, how other librarians are reaching their students and teachers, and more!

· News ·

Get Excited About Reading Newsletter

Originally sent out via SLS listserv on 3/18

Sora Refresher Newsletter

Originally sent out via SLS listserv on 3/16


Due to the nationwide shutdown of schools, libraries and academic institutions, and the resulting need for more ONLINE LEARNING, Shared Results International is making our TECH-TALK content available free for students, teachers and patrons ... for the duration of this crisis.

This means that if you don't already have a license for students, teachers and patrons you can apply for full access to Tech-Talk learning to use during this shutdown.

NOTE: Yes, you can share this information with others.

Apply for Free Learning

For any Educational-Serving Entity to Use (Schools & ESDs/BOCES, Academic Institutions, Libraries)

· Articles ·

Not Just Tech Support

Librarian Spotlights Social-Emotional Needs Among Remote Learning Resources

· Librarian of the Week ·

Library: New Lebanon Jr. Sr. High School

Librarian: Britt Buckenroth

Hobby: Baking and knitting

What book would you recommend: Thirteen Doorways Wolves Behind them All by Laura Ruby

Share something that you are proud of that has recently happened in your library/school: This year I am really proud to have two very active and engaged book groups. My manga group nearly runs itself, as the students love their content so much they meet every other week excited to learn more about Japanese culture and talk about anime. My literary group is so passionate about reading books together they can't wait to finish one book and move on to discuss the next.

What drew you to a career in school librarianship: I started out as a high school English teacher. When I began to find myself in the library during all my breaks and enjoying helping the kids in there more I realized I had a different calling...and I haven't looked back.

What are you doing to connect with your students remotely?

I am doing two things to engage my students during this Corona closure. One, I am starting an Instagram Scavenger Hunt called "It's On." Every other day I will post a word they have to "find" and send me via DM. At the end of the day, I will post a PicCollage of all pictures sent, so friends can see what others are doing/thinking. Kids can earn creativity points. The winner gets a homemade cake baked by yours truly (that's still allowed in my district). Scavenger hunt challenges range from "rock" or "animal" to "something you can open" and "something you love." Another thing I am doing to keep things upbeat is I am posting silly polls on the school Instagram. The other day I asked the kids if they thought my Sora stats were going to go up and currently I asked them to vote on what movie marathon I should subject my family to: Harry Potter or Lord of the Rings.

And lastly, without inundating the kids, every now and again I will drop resources I think they will find useful, like the free movie streaming service our public library offers.

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· Books of the Week ·

Recommended by member librarians

Ideas for Keeping in Touch with Students While Closed

Cairo-Durham Middle/High School

Sora Resource for Students and Teachers

Nancy Pine created a Smore newsletter to help refresh students and staff on how to use Sora at home. Feel free to use the information in the newsletter for your school!

Algonquin Middle School

Whatcha Reading? Slides

Rebecca Ekstrom and her principal wanted e-books highlighted on the morning announcements (they are still doing each day). He incorporated her slides into the video and he does the narration. Feel free to make a copy and use her template!

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SLS Daily Zoom Chat

Each day, from 10-11 am, we will host a chat session via Zoom. Feel free to stop in for a few minutes or for the whole hour. I’ve set the meeting up to repeat daily until April 1, 2020, but if we need to we can extend it out. This chat is a time for us to:

  • Share ideas (How are you adjusting, reaching your students, assisting your teachers, etc.?)
  • Answer questions (No, I don’t know when this will all be over)
  • Discuss a topic of interest
  • Break up the day a little
  • See another human being and interact with them

If you are interested in participating, simply follow the directions below. If internet is spotty, feel free to call in using the numbers below.

Topic: School Librarian Chat

Time: This is a recurring meeting: meeting daily at 10 am

Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 110 967 453

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+16468769923,,110967453# US (New York)

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+1 646 876 9923 US (New York)

Book Buzz with Britt

Book Buzz with Britt Buckenroth

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.

All meetings will be held remotely until further notice

Wednesday, 2/26

Wednesday, 3/25

Wednesday, 4/22

Register for Book Buzz with Britt

It is not too late. Join in on the fun now : )

RESCHEDULED: Google & Pear Deck with Stacey Rattner

Time TBD

2020 NYLA-SSL Leadership Institute

Dates: Monday, August 3rd and Tuesday, August 4th

Location: Sheraton Syracuse University Hotel & Conference Center


Questar III School Library System

Kerrie Burch, Director of School Library System, Model Schools, and Arts

Amanda Karian, School Library System Specialist