SLS Weekly Update

November 13, 2020

Council Meeting Tuesday November 17 8:30-11:30

MLP link

Zoom link: Meeting ID: 925 8650 7195 Passcode: 894682

Please remember to let me know topics you would like to cover during the Sharing section.

Note from TeachingBooks

Thank you again for scheduling and facilitating our webinar. It was a pleasure to share TeachingBooks with your staff. Included below is an email follow-up you can copy and paste for your attendees if you'd like. When you'd like, we can reschedule the second session. With appreciation -- Kym

Thank you so much for joining our TeachingBooks session. It was a pleasure to meet you, demo the site, and answer questions you had about the resources and the resources and tools on TeachingBooks. If you have any further questions about the benefits of having an educator login or anything shared during the session, please do not hesitate to reach out.

Some links you might find helpful:

If any questions, comments, or thoughts arise, I'd be happy to hear from you!


Kym Chrome Extension

NEW Book & Author Chrome Extension

Now every Google search can instantly connect you and your students to children's and YA books and authors. With the new TeachingBooks Book Connections extension on your Chrome browser, search for any subject, topic, book title, favorite series, author, or award, and voilà! Find search results in the upper right corner that include:

  • Direct access to book and author resources
  • Read-along audiobook performances
  • Video book trailers and more

Deploy this free Chrome Extension so that everyone in your community gets search results that are enhanced with recommended book titles and immediate access to resources.

Download the TeachingBooks Book Connections Chrome Extension.

I can't wait to hear what you think as we keep striving to deepen everyone's connections to the wonderful world of books.

Nick Glass, TeachingBooks Founder & Executive Director

Newsbank October Stats

Congratulations Auburn for the most use of Newsbank in the monty of October. Current events in a Presidential election year!

Then training conducted on Nov 10 for Newsbank can be found on libguides:

There are also updated links to Newsbank in our Database Password Spreadsheets:

Remember these new long URLS are only for password protected pages like your OPALS database page!! If your students access through OPALS, you do not need to do anything- Khahn is taking care of it for us!

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Libguide Updates

I wanted to let you know that I added our database passwords spreadsheets to libguides:

I also added the Alternatives to Epic page under Resources

Ready to Read Webinar

Dear Colleagues,

Cross posted. Please share as appropriate. Details are below and on the attached flyer.

Please join us for a FREE webinar sponsored by the New York State Library and Ready to Read at New York Libraries.

Webinar Title: Exploring the New York State Parent Portal

When: Friday, November 20, 1:30 – 2:30pm

Presented by: Cate Bohn and Ciearra Norwood, NYS Council on Children and Families and Nancy Hampton, CUNY and NYS Council on Children and Families

Participants will gain:

• knowledge about the parent portal housing 4 different websites created by the NYS Council on Children and Families

• information about the positive parenting resources contained in the portal that will help libraries better serve families, parents and caregivers

• information about the Multiple Systems Navigator website

• how to make families aware of information about childcare options, developmental stages, and where to find parenting support in the community

Visit this link to register:

The webinar will be recorded and archived for future viewing.

Questions? Please contact Sharon Phillips, Project Director for Ready to Read at New York Libraries at