This Week in SALS Youth Services

September 4, 2015

Short and sweet

Although the 2015 Summer Reading program has yet to wrap up in several libraries, I have already received next year's Upstart catalog. I won't send them out until everyone has completed the final report due on September 21st. Please make sure you answer the last question on the survey.
" Complete this sentence: For Summer 2016, our library would like to...
You can share your program idea, goals, activities and dreams for your community, or you can let SALS staff know what your needs are to plan for 2016."

I am already working on the February workshop and would love some more ideas to round out the day. So far we will have a coding workshop and I am hopeful that we will have some representatives from local "fitness" groups come in and demonstrate programs ideas. I think we will spend the first half exercising our bodies and the second half exercising our minds!

Upcoming Events

Using Every Child Ready To Read 2 - Ready To Read at New York Libraries workshop

Thursday, Sep. 17th, 9am-3:30pm

22 Whitney Pl

Saratoga Springs, NY


Using Every Child Ready to Read 2” is the second training of the new Ready to Read at New York Libraries : Early Childhood Public Library Staff Development Program which consists of 5 components designed so that all public libraries in New York State have the skilled staff, resources, and outreach information to best serve all families with young children in their communities.

Participants who receive ECRR2 training will learn how to:

  • incorporate ECRR2’s five practices of talking, singing, reading, writing, and playing in early childhood development early literacy activities and programs;
  • deliver sessions/programs using techniques that model behaviors for parents and caregivers in support of early childhood development;
  • conduct early childhood programs for community agencies and day care providers that incorporate ECRR2 principles; and
  • Align ECRR2 activities with New York State Education goals and standards and how to incorporate that information into programs for parents, child care providers, and community agencies.


9-noon Introduction/refresher of the 5 ECRR2 practices.

noon-1 pm lunch on your own

1-3:30 +/- Using Every Child Ready to Read 2

Please email Jennifer Ferriss if you plan to attend. This is the same session as the August 31, 2015 workshop.

RSVPs are enabled for this event.

It's All About the Children - No, Wait! The Parents

Thursday, Oct. 1st, 9am-3:30pm

99 Clinton Street

Schenectady, NY

Mohawk Valley and Upper Hudson are teaming up for an October 1 youth services workshop on early literacy. The workshop, at Schenectady County Public Library, includes:

· The next training segment in the Ready to Read at New York Libraries initiative: Every Child Ready to Read2

· A presentation of best books to share in early lit programs

· Methods for promoting early lit practices with parents through readers advisory and more

You’ll be participating and practicing during this workshop! Join us for a day of learning and networking.

If you want a copy of the flyer to RSVP, please email Jennifer. Cost is $40 without lunch, $50 with lunch.


Saturday, Oct. 17th, 9am-4pm

135 Western Ave

Albany, NY

To bring area teens and their community together to inspire, share and celebrate a love of reading and writing, providing the opportunity for teens to meet and speak with professionals of the craft.

Sponsored by Capital Region BOCES with support from Questar III, Bethlehem Public Library, Acadia Middle School, Albany High School, C.A. Bouton High School, Maple Hill Middle School, Northshire Bookstore, Pinewood Elementary School, and Schalmont Middle School.

Register Here!

Every Kid in the Park

Fourth graders nationwide can now visit the new Every Kid in a Park website to obtain a pass that provides free access to students and their families to all federally managed lands and waters – including national parks, forests, wildlife refuges and marine sanctuaries. The pass is valid for the 2015-2016 school year and grants free entry for fourth graders and three accompanying adults (or an entire car for drive-in parks) at more than 2,000 federally-managed sites.

News from LibraryLand

Tri-City Valley Cats

From Michael @ Corinth
If anyone else is interested, the best person to contact is Michelle Skinner

She's in charge of Fan Development. Southpaw, the chief mascot, comes here every summer, and they give us many more free tickets than we need!

Special Purchase Offer from AWE

Multi-State Group Purchase Special to all public libraries in New York state
September 1, 2015 through December 15, 2015

Note: This special cannot be combined with any other offers. *Pricing includes all-in-one touchscreen platform, customized color coded keyboard, child-sized mouse, three-year hardware warranty, and annual version upgrades. ^Pricing includes two-year warranty & stylus pen.

Product Regular Price/Special Rate
Early Literacy Station* $3,150/$2,599
AfterSchool Edge* $3,150/$2,599
Early Literacy Station - Bilingual Spanish* $3,350/$2,750
Early Literacy Station Tablet^ $2,750/$2,255
AfterSchool Edge Tablet^ $2,750/$2,255
Contact your local AWE account executive to place your order!
Desireé Jeremenko
Andrea Jonaitis