SLS Weekly Update

April 9, 2021

A Message to Librarians From Julia Quinn
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Changes in NYS Book and Braille Library

  • Until recently, individuals with reading disabilities were required to have a diagnosis and signature from a doctor of medicine to approve their eligibility for service. NLS has eased this requirement so a medical diagnosis is no longer necessary.
  • Now, librarians, social workers, school psychologists, counselors, reading specialists, speech pathologists, and educators may certify the eligibility of applicants with reading disabilities.
  • Eligibility must be certified by one of the following: doctor of medicine, doctor of osteopathy, ophthalmologist, optometrist, psychologist, registered nurse, therapist, and professional staff of hospitals, institutions, and public or welfare agencies (such as an educator, a social worker, case worker, counselor, rehabilitation teacher, certified reading specialist, school psychologist, superintendent, or librarian).
  • For more information: Home: Talking Book and Braille Library: NYS Library (

BrainPOP Science Update

Explore April's New Interactive Tools

Fresh from our science team—new opportunities to explore phenomena and manipulate real data. Check out what's new from our interactive tools this month!

New 3D World: The Mystery of the Disappearing Bats

Visit a forest that's been impacted by humans to answer: why are the bats disappearing and what effects could this have on the ecosystem?


New Simulation: The Forms of Energy

Manipulate different forms of energy to answer: how is energy produced and transformed?


Try this Feature: Movies in Spanish

Look for our new language toggle option on select movies to support your English language or dual language learners.

Heads up! Early Access ends April 11

Exciting updates are coming to BrainPOP Science and we can't wait to share what's in store! Don't want your early access to end? Get in touch about early adopter or pilot opportunities.


Children's Book Display at Central Library in Buffalo

From the Buffalo News Sunday, April 4, 2021, pages E1, E2 is this coverage of the rare children's book exhibit:

by Mark Sommer

Children's books are serious business.

They come in all sizes and shapes, from small primers to large pop-ups, and involve the nation's leading publishers and talented writers, illustrators and graphic designers.

But mostly they're fun, instructive and educational.

Books for kids have been around for hundreds of years, and some of the rarest and most beloved can be found in the Central Library's exhibition, "B is for Book: Children's Stories Through the Centuries."

The exhibit is on the second floor. Look for Harold and his purple crayon to get there.

Read more:

See and


Lorna Peterson, Buffalo 14209

Mush! With Noggin, the Sled Dog

MUSH! with Noggin, the sled dog!

Karen Land—writer, public speaker, and three-time participant in the 1,049-mile Iditarod Sled Dog Race across Alaska—and her Alaskan husky, Noggin, are looking up the trail towards 2021 TAILS AND TALES Summer Reading!

Karen has given over a thousand talks in schools and public libraries in almost every state. Karen loves providing MUSHING talks for always-eager students and enthusiastic library patrons. Dogs, the sport of mushing, and Alaska inspire a diverse audience, making the event fun and interesting for all ages.

Providing the libraries are open and it is safe for patrons of all ages, Karen and Noggin will be on the road his summer. Karen and Noggin can do their presentation OUTDOORS or INDOORS. If you think you might be interested, drop Karen a line and she can get you on the planning list. With "TAILS AND TALES" as the 2021 Summer Reading Slogan, Noggin is ready to share her tail-wagging tales-from-the-trail with you!

Email Karen for more details : or

*Note: the presentation is also offered via Zoom or other virtual platform!

**Karen is also making a list of New York libraries and schools interested in talks next March/April 2022. Email now to get on the list.

Visit Karen's blog at

Get your Teachers engaged in Access World News

Engage Teachers and Students with Access World News Whether your school is holding classes in person, online, or a hybrid model, your partners at NewsBank are here to help.

Join us for a special 45-minute webinar to:• Review how Access World News Research Collection can meet the diverse needs of your school community.

• Share best practices to engage educators and students across a variety of curricular areas.

• Preview NewsBank’s Resource Center for schools including, video tutorials, LMS integrations, product graphics, and more!
Two Sessions:

Thursday, April 15 at 3:15 p.m. EST (12:15 p.m. PT)

Thursday, April 15 at 6:15 p.m. EST (3:15 p.m. PT)

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

We look forward to sharing ideas with you.

Overdrive Webinars

Are you responsible for selecting or purchasing digital content for your school? Want to ensure your staff and students are ready and excited for the Sora experience?

Join us for our free monthly webinars to get an overview of the shopping and purchasing experience in Marketplace or to learn how easy it is to get students engaged with Sora!

The registration links below allow you to sign up for any recurring 2021 webinar.

Can’t make any of our sessions live? Register for one anyway and we will automatically send you a link to the recording to view on-demand.

Getting Started with Marketplace

Next session:
Thursday, April 1 at 11:00 AM ET

Register Now for any 2021
Marketplace session

Getting Started with Sora

Next session:
Tuesday, April 28 at 11:00 AM ET

Register Now for any 2021
Sora session

Hope to see you there!
The OverDrive Training Team