School Library System

Week of January 20-24 , 2020

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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:

Username: QuestarBOCESpilot

Password: 2020pilot

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· Events ·

5th Annual Learning with Innovative Technology (LIT) Conference

SUNY Empire State College’s School for Graduate Studies and the Saratoga Springs City School District are pleased to announce the 5th Annual Learning with Innovative Technology (LIT) Conference. This is a free conference open to anyone interested in the use of technology in education, including higher education faculty, K-12 teachers, adult educators, technology specialists, librarians, and administrators. Attendees will be able to engage in a variety of professional development presentations facilitated by experts and peers with similar interests.

When: Friday, July 10, 2020

Where: Saratoga Springs City School


Watch the 2020 Youth Media Awards LIVE!

Each year the American Library Association honors books, videos and other outstanding materials for children and teens. Recognized worldwide for the high quality they represent, the ALA Youth Media Awards (YMAs), including the prestigious Newbery, Caldecott, Printz, and Coretta Scott King Book Awards, guide parents, educators, librarians and others in selecting the best materials for youth.

When: January 27, 2020 at 8:00 AM ET


Library Advocacy Day

Each year library advocates from across New York State converge on Albany to voice their support for funding and policies that benefit libraries. Their efforts have resulted in over $11M in additional library aid since 2011.

When: Tuesday, February 25th

Where: NYS Capitol

Agenda & Details:


· Reminders ·

Elementary Round Table

Elementary Librarians Round Table

When: Wednesday, February 5th, 2020

Where: Saddlewood Elementary School, 100 Loralee Dr., Albany, NY 12205

Please join us for the Elementary Librarians Round Table!

This session will offer an opportunity for elementary librarians to meet and discuss programming, share best practices and book titles, and troubleshoot library issues together. Join us for professional conversation with snacks. February's agenda includes:

  • Introductions
  • Ideas for solving the lost book problem
  • How to collaborate with faculty and colleagues
  • Author visits: Have you done one? Would you like to?

Register in MLP at the following link:

· Articles ·

Commemorate Holocaust Remembrance Day

Commemorate Holocaust Remembrance Day with these MG and YA Titles

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· Librarian of the Week ·

Ellen Kelley-Scalzi

Each week we will showcase a librarian from our region.

Who: Ellen Kelley-Scalzi

What: High School Librarian

Where: Troy High School

When: Ellen has a 100% flexible schedule with a full time aide

Hobby: I enjoy taking photographs and then making photobooks. I have done this with family pictures since my children were young. I love looking back on the years and capturing all of the moments for photobooks to come. It has been a most enjoyable hobby.

Favorite book: I do not have a favorite book, but I do have a favorite way of choosing which books to read. I consume authors! I find one I like then read everything they have ever written. It is a lot of fun.

Share something that you are proud of that has recently happened in your library/school: Our Black History Month Awareness Event at THS! It has been going on for more than 30 years and I am honored to be able to keep this tradition alive. It’s a pretty amazing event as it combines community outreach with student creativity. We invite local speakers from all walks of life and different professions in the community (Capital Region). The presenters give a topic and a short synopsis of what they will be doing. Teachers then choose what speakers/topics would best fit with their classes. There are three sessions for presentations. Speakers sign up for one, two or all three seasons. After the presentations, our students present for the guests. This is a highlight of the day. Students present their own poetry. Afterward, we have a big luncheon. It’s a lovely way to honor the spirit of Black History Month; a celebration that is very important to the Troy CSD community. We start planning in November because it is a major production, but well worth it.

What drew you to a career in school librarianship: I have always been a "library nerd". I have loved spending time in libraries since I was in high school (probably earlier). I had the fortune of being offered a long term sub position in a school library right after I graduated college for teaching. That time in my life has always stuck with me. Even though I spent many years in the classroom, I have always been a librarian at heart.

· Books of the Week ·

· Send Us Your Displays ·

We love showing you off!

Say hello again to Baxter from Maureen King's library! What is a mascot if not a walking display?! These kiddos get so much out of having him in their school library (even a recess playmate)! Thank you for sharing.

Librarian: Maureen King

Library: Tamarac Elementary School

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MODEL SCHOOLS: Choose Your Own Adventure Stories

Google Forms are powerful. They can do quizzes, take poles, and gather information. They can also be used for Choose Your Own Adventure stories. If you were able to take one of my overview workshops on Scavenger Hunts and CYOA, this will be a deeper, slower dive into building a story. For your convenience, please bring or have in mind a story that you can branch off into a few directions. If you can't think of one, we can build one together.

Date: February 4, 2020

Time: 3:30-5:30pm

Location: Questar III Conference EXCELLENCE Room (first floor)

Link: Register Here

Questar III Model Schools Members $25 Non-Member $50

Story Design: Innovative STEAM Project Workshop

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SLS Department Leader Workshop Series

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NewsBank Webinar

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Elementary Librarian - Leave of Absence

Job ID:BRTN0167541-0010

Job Description:

The Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake Central School District is seeking a highly qualified teacher to cover a leave of absence at its Pashley Elementary School library media center. The leave of absence begins on or about February 27, 2020 and will continue through the end of the school year. The successful candidate must be certified by the New York State Education Department to to teach Elementary Education in Grades K-6 or be certified as a Library Media Specialist, preference would be given to candidates with both certifications.

For an application to be complete, please respond to the following essay (no more than 1 single-spaced page) which should be uploaded to your OLAS application. “Describe the three most important measures a teacher can take to maximize student motivation, engagement and achievement in your teaching area. Please provide any specific examples and/or evidence from your experience to support your response."

Application Deadline:01/30/2020

Start Date:02/27/2020

Germantown Central School District

Library Media Specialist PK-12

Job ID:GRMN0166931-7020

Job Description:

Germantown Central School District has a Library Media Specialist (LMS) vacancy. The LMS will oversee two libraries (each with a Library Aide assigned to it) within a single PK-12 building. The LMS will provide instruction to PK-12 students in computer skills, coding and all aspects of digital citizenship. The LMS will collaborate with other educators to implement the district's Instructional Technology Plan. The position begins as soon as possible.

Application Deadline:01/24/2020

Start Date:01/07/2020

Typist - Library- Donald P. Sutherland

Job ID: EGRN0167374-0000

Job Description:

East Greenbush CSD is accepting applications for a Typist position in the Library at Donald P. Elementary School. Minimum qualifications include either: (A) Graduation from high school or possession of an equivalency diploma, including or supplemented by a course in keyboarding (typing); or (B) one year of clerical experience which involved keyboarding (typing); or (C) an equivalent combination of training and experience as defined by the limits of (A) and (B) above. Applicants need working knowledge of office terminology, practices and procedures; working knowledge of business arithmetic and business English; ability to perform prolonged fine-finger movement on a keyboard at a predetermined rate of speed and accuracy; ability to set up forms, charts and tabular listings; ability to perform detail work involving visual effort and strain; ability to understand and follow oral and written instruction; ability to organize and maintain records and files; ability to deal effectively with the public; and ability to use microcomputer software. This position is 3.5 hours per day/10 months.

The successful candidate must take, pass, and be reachable on the "List of Eligibles" for the Rensselaer County Civil Service examination for Typist. All interested and qualified individuals wishing to become candidates for this position MUST apply to OLAS, submit a complete application including cover letter, up-to-date resume, an EGCSD Non-Instructional application, and a Rensselaer County Civil Service application (found on the district website at

Questions may be directed to the Personnel Office 518-207-2529 or

Questar III School Library System

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

Amanda Karian, School Library System Specialist

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“I Am a Man” mural, artist: Marcellous Lovelace