School Library System

May 10 - 14, 2020

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Contests & Giveaways

Check out TeachingBook's May Contests & Giveaways, accompanied by multimedia resources!

  • Votes of Confidence: A Young Person's Guide to American Elections by Jeff Fleischer
  • The Colossus of Roads by Christina Uss
  • Lucy McGee Series by Mary Amato
  • Who Will it Be: How Evolution Connects Us All by Paola Vitale
  • and more!

May Contests & Giveaways

A Ride through History with Candace Fleming

The TeachingBooks Virtual Book Tour provides opportunities to build personal connections with new books and the authors who write them.

This month TeachingBooks welcomes award-winning author Candace Fleming as she stops by the Virtual Book Tour to talk about her latest young adult biography, The Rise and Fall of Charles Lindbergh (Schwartz & Wade, 2020).

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PBS Books Community Engagement Activities

PBS Books is offering exciting engagement events for libraries to share with their communities:

Here's our line up:

1) Wednesday, May 20 at 7pm ET | 4pm PT: Mental Health Awareness Month with the author Leysa Cerswell Kielburger of WE Well-Being Playbook and Panel Discussion

-Check out the book here:

2) Thursday, May 21 at 3:30pm ET|12:30pm PT: Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month Celebration for Kids (Ages 5-12) with Minh Le (Author) and Dan Santat (Illustrator) of Drawn Together and Discussion

Check out the book:

3) Thursday, June 4 at 2pm ET|11am PT Trailblazing Women for Kids with Suzanne Slade (Author) and Cozbi Cabera (Illustrator) of Exquisite: The Poetry and Life of Gwendolyn Brooks and Discussion

(Gwendolyn Brooks was the First African American to win the Pulitzer Prize in 1950)

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Center Stage with Reader's Theater

May 19th at 3:00 PM

The curtain is rising on Reader's Theater fun! Loved by readers, teachers, and librarians because it makes words come alive! Enhance literacy instruction with ideas to use in your classroom or library.

  • Locate ready to use scripts
  • Engage readers to enhance comprehension
  • Use reader's theater to create writing opportunities

Sign up here:

Library Journal's Children’s Book Buzz for Fall 2020

Thursday, May 21, 2020

02:00 PM - 3:00 PM

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FREE PD Opportunity from Google for Education: Sherry Gick

In these FREE virtual professional development workshops, school librarians will learn how to use CS First and/or Applied Digital Skills. CS First is Google’s free, ready-to-teach, introductory computer science (CS) curriculum. Applied Digital Skills is Google’s free online curriculum which prepares students of all ages for the growing number of jobs that require basic digital skills. As part of both programs, Google has created an entire curriculum, along with all the necessary lesson plan resources, to help educators teach these essential skills to students.

During the virtual workshop, school librarians will:
● Learn about the program, the goals, design, and the “why” behind each
● Review the curriculum
● Experience some of the highlights of the program through guided exploration
● Reflect on how you may implement or share this program

How can these programs help you in your library?
● Ready-To-Use content is already created and teacher resources are provided to support you when getting started with both Applied Digital Skills & CS First.
● Applicable for all content areas and across many grade levels (3-12 for Applied Digital Skills and 4-8 for CS First).
● Student-Paced curriculum driven by video instructions for students to complete at their own time and pace.

Join us and join the growing community of educators from across the country utilizing Applied Digital Skills & CS First in their classrooms & libraries!

If you want CTLE Credit you will need to sign up via MLP through OCMBOCES the links are below:
Day 1: June 9, 2020: 1:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. EST (Applied Digital Skills),1,8PEHQBB9pVDtfoJqYluIeiO41qLMtdmkVlQjIYpXJfuMRFy0YGultSPJd7CHaXzXZLp3O16I0LeEeXRyXVU3x9Th2uOf5caVFg64QRGZCY7oAbTDGCqU1A,,&typo=1

Day 2: June 10, 2020: 1:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. EST (CS First),1,3dm2RW7JPcQe2lCEx9XW-hjW0Sd0OqyQELxORmuPfcBRpVG9ft0O-8FR9j22qoL552_jW3KyU4pArPgeMaQGG_VAa6g635ALrSidgDYhSCwy&typo=1

Limited to the first 249 signups:
Sherry's Google Form:

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Kids InfoBits (Gale In Context: Elementary) Enhancements

Tuesday, June 2, 2020 2:30 PM - 3:00 PM (ET)

On May 29th, Kids InfoBits (which will be called Gale In Context: Elementary) will receive interface enhancements designed to increase access to library resources and have a greater impact on student success. In this webinar, we'll share what's changed with Gale In Context: Elementary, including both interface and specific tool enhancements. Join us to learn how these improvements will help users research smarter, not harder. This session will be recorded and posted to within one business day.

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‘Hamilton’ Movie Will Stream on Disney Plus on July 3

In a surprise move, the film of the original Broadway production is being released 15 months early. NYT

The Sound of Silence

Engage introverts with Silent Book Clubs. American Libraries

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· Librarian of the Week ·

Each week we will showcase a librarian from our region.

Who: Donna Eager

What: Secondary School Librarian

Where: Chatham MS & Chatham HS

A favorite hobby:

I am lucky enough to live on a farm so a lot of my hobbies involve the nature I am constantly surrounded by. My favorite hobby would be taking nature walks, but an interesting hobby I share with my husband is growing hops to sell to local breweries. We started when we became “empty nesters” as something to do together and boy have we learned a lot! It is a lot of work for very little money, but we enjoy cultivating the land and watching the hops grow. We have five varieties of hops and each one grows, looks, and smells just a little bit different.

What book would you recommend:

Along with spending time outdoors, my all time favorite books are the Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling because I love to disappear into her amazing wizarding world over and over again. I also loved both The War That Saved My Life and The War I Finally Won by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley. These middle school historical fiction books are both touching and heartfelt.

Share something that you are proud of that has recently happened in your library/school:

Before all this craziness hit,on the last Friday of February, I was able to host the author Fern Schumer Chapman. She is the author of many Holocaust stories revolving around her Mother’s life of being a Jewish girl in Germany who was sent to America to escape the Nazis. For two years prior Fern has Skyped with our 9th Grade AP class and this year we were able to invite her to come and speak in-person. During the day she shared her personal story and had a powerful discussion with the AP 9th graders about atonement.Then she and her husband joined many of our high school faculty for lunch where we heard more stories about her journey as an author and the healing power of her books for her mother. Lastly she encouraged our 8th graders to think about how they could create service projects to help their community by sharing her book Like Finding My Twin. This book is about her Mother’s journey to the US and how she was reunited with her shipmate after 30 years by a local 8th grade class. Overall it was a delightful day and we enjoyed meeting Fern and her husband and being able to have constructive, and important conversations with the students at Chatham.

What drew you to a career in school librarianship:

My interest in becoming a librarian started when my daughters were little. I started volunteering and then substituting in their school as either a teaching assistant or the library clerk. I loved being in the library so when a library clerk position became available I decided to try it. After one week I told my husband that I wanted to be a librarian. I have never regretted my decision even though it took me five years to complete the process. I love being a school librarian. I love my students, my faculty and my schools. As you all know fostering a love of reading and learning is the best job ever.

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Recommended by member librarians
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Daily Librarian Chat

Monday at 10 am - Regional SLS Meeting - a Zoom link will be sent to the listserv each week before the meeting

Tuesday at 12 pm - Tech Tool Tuesday - send tech tools you would like to learn more about to Kerrie. If you would like to present a tool that has been particularly helpful to you let Kerrie know

Wednesday at 10 am - Elementary Roundtable - Elementary librarians will share ideas, ask questions, and work together to find ways to best help teachers, students, and others

Thursday at 12 pm - Secondary Roundtable - Secondary librarians will share ideas, ask questions, and work together to find ways to best help teachers, students, and others

Friday at 10 am - Open Mic Friday - Bring your questions, challenges, successes, and more for this “open mic” session

Connecting School and Public Librarians Webinar - May 18

Capital Region BOCES, Questar III, and Upper Hudson Library System are collaborating to bring school and public librarians together in order to discuss how to connect students with summer reading opportunities. Please see below for more information and to register.

Date: May 18, 2020

Time: 3:00 – 4:00 pm

Join us as we bring together public and school librarians to discuss how to connect our students to summer reading opportunities. Let’s share our current “normal” and all that has changed. We will work together to share what we’ve learned, and hopefully find ways to keep our students reading and connected. This event is a 3-way collaboration between Capital Region BOCES, Questar III, and Upper Hudson Library System. If your community public librarian is not part of UHLS, please feel free to invite them along and share information!


Quarantine Reads - Elementary Edition

Join other elementary librarians and teachers in a discussion of the best books being read during school closures. Please come to this meeting ready to share one or two books you have been reading and would recommend to others. Our goal is that you will leave with a long list of books to recommend during reader advisory sessions and for summer reading. Please note that one hour is allotted to this webinar, but it may go over that time allotment due to the size of the group. We will give the appropriate credit based on how long the session lasts.

Date: 5/19

Time: 10 - 11 am


Using Book Bentos and other Tools and Strategies to Get Students Excited about Reading

Engaging students in in independent reading can be challenging, especially for our struggling readers. Book Bentos are just one tool that can be used to get students excited about reading. Join Kerrie Burch, Director for School Library System and Model Schools, and Amanda Karian, SLS Specialist, for a one hour webinar highlighting multiple tools and strategies for engaging students in independent reading. Webinar access information will be sent to registrants via Frontline the day before the workshop.

Date: 5/20

Time: 2 - 3 pm


Quarantine reads - secondary edition

Join other secondary librarians and teachers in a discussion of the best books being read during school closures. Please come to this meeting ready to share one or two books you have been reading and would recommend to others. Our goal is that you will leave with a long list of books to recommend during reader advisory sessions and for summer reading. Please note that one hour is allotted to this webinar, but it may go over that time allotment due to the size of the group. We will give the appropriate credit based on how long the session lasts.

Date: 5/21

Time: 2 - 3 pm


Webinar: NewsBank World News & Historical Newspapers with SLS Specialist Amanda Karian & SS Content Specialist Colleen Mills

May 26th from 1:00-2:00 PM

Access World News

See how this resource features reliable, credible information from over 12,000 sources from 196 countries around the world providing local, national and global perspectives on virtually any topic. Master how to use the tools available to filter the results to exactly the content and information you are looking for. Additionally, this session will explore how to access over 4700 lesson plans, cover the hot topics that are going on around the world and more.
*Now includes a free subscription to the Times Union daily newspaper.

Historical Newspapers
Learn how to access and support assignments and curriculum students and teachers use with primary sources from hundreds of US historical Newspapers. The content covers eras in history such as the Revolutionary War, Civil War, World War I, Roaring Twenties, Great Depression, World War II, Civil Rights Movement, Vietnam War, Information Age and more.

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Schenectady City School - School Librarian

Job ID: SCEN0171669-0000

Application Deadline: 07/01/2020

Start Date: 07/01/2020

Job Description:

Please apply both on OLAS and the Schenectady City School District website to be considered for this position.

About Schenectady City Schools

With a population of nearly 10,000 students, the Schenectady City School District is one of the largest in the Capital Region. With an incredibly diverse population we are committed to ensuring that all children feel valued, are safe and will learn. We place the highest priority on a culture of equity, ensuring that race, economics, and disability are never predictors of student achievement. Every child in our district counts and will be supported each step of the way, along the path to graduation.

Librarian Role

This position will report to the Principal in a midsize urban school district located in the Capital region of Upstate New York. The Librarian will manage the school library and ensure it serves as the hub of the school. The Librarian therefore must have the ability to develop, maintain, and sustain relationships and partnerships with colleagues and the community. The Librarian will plan culturally responsive activities to meet the diverse learning needs of all students. The Librarian will maintain a Library environment that excites students about learning and engages students lived experiences. This position requires a high degree of flexibility, caring attitude and a culturally responsive equity-based mindset.

Librarian Expectations

  • Serve as tech support in our buildings and is seen as an innovator in the implementation of technology in our schools;
  • Maintain the library for effective distribution/circulation of materials, coordination of services, and effective instruction for building staff and students;
  • Knowledge of how the library supports/maintains growth in student achievement and tireless commitment to that effort;
  • Knowledge of differentiating for a variety of learning needs (both adult learners and child learners);
  • In depth knowledge of the CCLS, especially in the area of complex texts and close reading;
  • Teach essential skills such as: Microsoft office programs, database research, internet research skills, source evaluation tools, library catalog search and resource retrieval, keyboarding, reading skills, literature/non-fiction appreciation;
  • Facilitate student (and adult) access to information-rich resources for research;
  • Encourage students to explore the world around them through print and online resources;
  • Serve as teacher resource through collaboration on Common Core aligned curriculum;
  • Knowledge of enrichment education research using the CCLS (TIE).

Librarian Key Qualities

  • Demonstrates an imagination that is contagious;
  • Teaching approaches are driven by innovation and equity;
  • Facilitates library interactions that foster intellectual, cultural and social emotional learning;
  • Independent thinker that thrives in interdependent environments.

Minimum Qualifications Please apply both on OLAS and the Schenectady City School District website to be considered for this position.

  • New York State certification.
  • Bachelor’s degree (Master’s preferred).

The Schenectady City School District is committed to hiring members of protected classes and residents of the City of Schenectady. For more information on the District’s recruitment and hiring plan, please contact the Human Resources Office at 881-2000 ext. 40133. The Schenectady City School District does not discriminate on the basis of age, color, creed, disability, marital status, veteran status, national origin, race or gender. This policy is in compliance with Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, and the Regulations and By-Laws of the Board of Education of the Schenectady City School District.

Please apply both on OLAS and the Schenectady City School District website to be considered for this position.


Troy City Schools

Job ID: TRYN0171852-7020

Application Deadline: 08/31/2020

Start Date: 09/01/2020

Job Description:

Library Media Specialist - Anticipated 2020-2021 School Year

With approximately 4,000 students, Troy is a small urban school district in NY’s Capital Region. Our learning community values our ethnic, social and cultural diversity.

The Troy City School District has an anticipated opening for the 2020-2021 school year and is now accepting applications for a full-time probationary Library Media Specialist. Please apply through OLAS by sending your letter of interest, resume, NYS certification and all supporting materials. This will be an on-going recruiting process until filled.


Questar III School Library System

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

Amanda Karian, School Library System Specialist