School Library System

Week of February 24-28, 2020

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Section of School Librarians Conference Registration

The SSL conference registration is now open! The SSL Conference will take place in Verona, NY at the Turning Stone Conference Center May 28-30, 2020.


As Questar III SLS Member Librarians, you are all eligible to apply for the SLS Conference Scholarship. This valuable scholarship will cover the cost of registration.


You can apply for the scholarship here or via the form below.

Applications Now Available for 2020 Library of Congress Summer Teacher Institute

The Library of Congress is now accepting applications for its week-long summer institutes for K-12 educators. Held at the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C., this professional development opportunity provides educators of all disciplines with resources and strategies to effectively integrate primary sources into K-12 classroom teaching. Each session will focus on pedagogy, with an emphasis on supporting student engagement, critical thinking, and construction of knowledge.


While practicing these teaching strategies, attendees will explore some of the millions of digitized historical artifacts and documents available in the Library’s collections. They will also conduct research to identify primary sources and develop an activity related to their classroom content.


Applications are due March 23 and require a letter of recommendation. Read more and apply now.

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·Census 2020·

New York State stands to lose seats in the House of Representatives, federal money, and more after this round of census. This is mainly due to the fact that people have been moving out of New York State. Knowing this, it is vitally important to ensure that everyone gets counted in this year's census. If you are looking for a way to get students involved, you may want to follow the lead of students from Jones Middle School who created a PSA video about the census to dispel the rumors surrounding the census for their community members. You can read more about it here.


If you are doing something in your schools or communities to support Census 2020, we want to hear from you. Send us your ideas and what you are doing in your schools and we will post it in our newsletter each week so others can find ideas for participating in Census 2020. How are you helping ensure everyone gets counted?

Libraries and the Census Webinar

Wednesday, 3/4 2 pm EST

From the NYS Library:

The NYS Library has put together information on the 2020 Census. Included are resources from the U.S. Census Bureau, the American Library Association, and NYLA. From here you will be able to sign up for the ALA Census newsletter, obtain resources for Spanish-speaking populations, access fact sheets, and more.

The Regional Library for NYS also want to share a list of resources GPO compiled that you may find helpful. FDLP libraries can order promotional Census 2020 materials for free while supplies last and Linda Zellmer from Western Illinois University created Ten Reasons for the Census which is available for sharing.

Big Library Read

The next Big Library Read kicks off on March 30 with the ebook and audiobook title:


Funny, You Don't Look Autistic by Michael McCreary

Like many others on the autism spectrum, 20-something stand-up comic Michael McCreary has been told by more than a few well-meaning folks that he doesn't "look" autistic.

This unique and hilarious #OwnVoices memoir breaks down what it's like to live with autism for readers on and off the spectrum.


Please contact Amanda Karian if you have any questions.

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· Database Trials ·

RAZ Plus Trial

Teachers, librarians, and administrators can sign up for a two week trial of RAZ Plus.

If you would like to trial additional products, such as Science A-Z, Writing A-Z, or Vocabulary A-Z and/or a two-month trial, they should contact Liz Kaplan ASAP.


Liz Kaplan, Liz.Kaplan@learninga-z.com

KIDS Discover Free Trial

Welcome to your Kids Discover Online Free Trial! It has started and will extend through JUNE 2020 (previously March 2020).

Kids Discover Online provides a cross-curricular experience for the modern classroom. It packs science, social studies, and ELA into one easy-to-use online reading platform for grades 3-8.


URL to Access: https://online.kidsdiscover.com/

Username: QuestarBOCESpilot

Password: 2020pilot

Vocabulary.com Free Trial


Vocabulary.com has offered a 30-day trial option for your review process to try the full Educator Edition (All features free to use for 30 days). This is very easy to initiate.


Just click the button (in the box) and we'll walk you through how to get started. If you already have an account, clicking the button will activate your trial, unlock your account and enable all the features available to subscribers for 30 days.


With full access to the Educator Edition, you can assign vocabulary activities that align with your curriculum, use your teacher dashboard to monitor student progress, create custom quizzes (that grade themselves!), host live Vocabulary Jams in your library, and more.

FactCite Free Trial

We have attached a QR code that will allow non-subscribers to request a free trial of FactCite.


Did you know that FactCite is integrated with NoodleTools? We hope you take this opportunity to try it out.

· Events ·

ENYSLMA Event

We Need Diverse Books
April 22, 2020
5:00 p.m.
The Waters Edge Lighthouse
2 Freemans Bridge Rd. Schenectady NY 12302


Reflecting Reality School Library/Classroom Collections as a Roadmap for Truth for Young Readers. Dhonielle Clayton author and COO of the non-profit We Need Diverse Books will discuss responsible collection development and how librarians and libraries can understand the current climate of diversity and inclusive representation in the publishing industry, and how it affects how you serve your patrons. Also tips on how to diversify your collection, how to understand the publishing growing pains including "cancel culture" and how to ensure your library reflects the world.


$30 registration includes presentation and dinner.
(salad, soup, entree and dessert)

1 CTLE Credit Hour

Please Register here.

We Need Diverse Books Presentation & Dinner

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Register for Middle Grade Magic Virtual Event

Attendees will get a behind-the-scenes glimpse at some of the most anticipated new titles, hear from celebrated authors, and – for the first time this year – attend librarian-led sessions on services and programming for middle graders.

2020 Rip Van Winkle Award Presentation

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Register for the RVW Award Presentation

Rip Van Winkle Award Winner author talk with Thanhha Lai, author of Listen Slowly, Inside Out and Back Again, and Butterfly Yellow.

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· Librarian of the Week ·

Each week we will showcase a librarian from our region.


Who: Tonya Frickey

What: Secondary Librarian

Where: Taconic Hills Secondary (grades 6-12)

A favorite hobby: Gardening (caring for and expanding my houseplant collection, really); genealogy; animal rescue (I am a foster for a local animal rescue); reading (I lead two different book clubs), and I am currently restoring a home that I recently purchased (so it's become an expensive hobby).

What book would you recommend: Timeline by Michael Crichton; Time Traveler's Wife by Audrey Niffenegger; The Outlander series by Diana Gabaldon; Winter Sisters by Robin Oliviera; any Kristen Hannah book...I could go on forever...

Share something that you are proud of that has recently happened in your library/school: We recently hosted a two-day Makerspace Fair where we featured a piano created with a Makey Makey (think BIG) and a world language map that was also created with Makey Makey. We had a lot of different activities: straws & connector, Legos' duplos, puzzles; origami, life-size checkers, spin art (with electronic snap circuits), augmented reality sandbox, mural coloring, Dot, Dash & Cue, Merge Cubes, Ozobots, and more. We invited grades K-12, and it was a HUGE success!

What drew you to a career in school librarianship: After spending 21 years in a high school English classroom, I decided that I needed a change. There was a library opening in my district, so I inquired about the position. The rest is history!

· Books of the Week ·

Recommended by member librarians

· Send Us Your Displays ·

We love showing you off!

Going Green is right! Thank you, Ellen, for sharing such a fun display of all books authored GREEN!


Librarian: Ellen Kelley-Scalzi

Library: Troy HS

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Thank you, Heather, for sharing this grand display of GIRL POWER!


Librarian: Heather Jenner

Library: Rensselaer HS

There are so many ways to say "I love books"! Thank you, Judy, for sharing your multilingual and inventive display. So great!


Librarian: Judy Roehr

Library: Hudson HS

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Barbara Stripling Reimagined ESIFC Workshop

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Cavendish Square Digital Webinar

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School Library Media Specialist 2020/2021 School Year - Anticipated

Job ID: BWVN0169710-0063

Application Deadline: 04/24/2020

Start Date: 09/01/2020


Job Description:


The Baldwinsville Central School District is currently accepting applications from dedicated educators for an anticipated School Library Media Specialist for the 2020/2021 school year. New York State certification as a Library Media Specialist is required. Applicants must hold or be eligible for NYS certification effective September 1, 2020. The District offers competitive salary, excellent health, vision, dental benefits plans, paid leave time, participation in NYS Teachers’ Retirement System, and a supplemental 403(b) retirement savings plan.

Apply to this vacancy posting – complete the Application and upload a cover letter, resume, college transcript and proof of certification status. The application deadline is April 24, 2020 (subject to change based on interview process).


The Baldwinsville Central School District is located about 10 miles northwest of Syracuse, New York. The district is the third-largest suburban public school system in Onondaga County covering approximately 75 square miles and serving a little over 5,500 students in eight buildings. The district has five elementary schools (K-5), one middle school (grades 6 & 7), one junior high school (grades 8 & 9), and one high school (grades 10-12). About 900 instructional and support staff work for the district. A wide range of programs and services are offered, including Advanced Placement courses, college-level courses, cutting-edge technology, a widely respected special education program, and numerous extracurricular activities.

Questar III School Library System

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

Amanda Karian, School Library System Specialist