This Week in SALS Youth Services

June 3, 2016

Short and sweet

I would like to start featuring your library over the next few weeks in this newsletter. Please send me stories about how your library helps the youth in your community support local, regional or global initiatives.

This week Carol Geary writes in:

Mechanicville District Public Library is providing opportunities for community service this year, through our Global Awareness theme, including holding a MoonCatchers sewing bee at the library. At the sewing bee, participants work on making reusable sanitary products for girls in countries like Uganda that have to miss school because of not having the access to these products to use during their cycles. The sewing bees are open to the community and all ages can participate whether you can sew or not because all kinds of tasks go into creating the products. On June 8, the library will not have hold a sewing bee from 6 to 8 PM but MoonCatchers organizer Ellie Von Willsheim will speak about the project and the difference it makes in girl's lives. Our children, teen and adult summer program participants can earn summer reading raffle tickets by not only reading but by volunteering at library programs like the sewing bee. Other programs include a book discussion and film showing of He Named Me Malala, as part of an awareness campaign about the struggles children all over the world, many female, face just for wanting to read and learn. On a lighter note, later in the summer we will be also be collecting "socks for Dobby" as part of our Harry Potter celebration, to be donated to a local community organization.

I Scream, You Scream, We All Scream for Ice Cream

"Ice Cream" or "I Scream, You Scream, We All Scream for Ice Cream" is a popular song, first published in 1927, with words and music by Howard Johnson, Billy Moll, and Robert King.[1] After initial success as a late 1920s novelty song, the tune became a traditional jazz standard, while the lyrics refrain "I Scream, You Scream, We All Scream for Ice Cream" has remained a part of popular culture even without the rest of the song. - Wikipedia

Upcoming Events

Strategies for Successful Partnerships and Outreach to Families with Young Children

Thursday, June 9th, 9:30am-12pm

22 Whitney Place

Saratoga Springs, NY

This component focuses on how libraries can best reach families with young children, particularly those who are most at risk for not being successful in the school years ahead. Participants will learn how to identify potential partners, based on information from the first component, and how to reach out and work with them. They will also learn how to reach families with young children who do not currently use the library and the important role that partnerships play in that outreach. Participants will learn how to develop an Early Literacy Partnership and Outreach Plan for their libraries.
Registration for morning session:

Early Learning Spaces

Thursday, June 9th, 1:30-3:30pm

22 Whitney Place

Saratoga Springs, NY

Questions addressed in this component include how to create an environment in libraries that supports early learning and literacy for all children regardless of the library’s size, staffing levels, budgets and community resources. The kinds of colors, activities, furnishings, flooring, lighting, toys, materials, and books chosen can impact the comfort levels of children from birth to six along with their parents or caregivers. Participants learn how to plan and develop early learning spaces, how to make spaces accessible and ADA compliant, and how to engage partners and end users in planning.



The Division of Library Development is in the process of working on a new RFP for the summer reading online registration tool/software for the public libraries in NY state. They have already had demos from Counting Opinions and ReadSquared, and have seen the Beanstack interface.

They are working on refining the deliverables for the RFP, and wondered if you might have some ideas about features that you like or do not like about Beanstack. Please email me directly with your thoughts if you are currently using the software.

News from LibraryLand

Teen Challenge Video

The New York State Library is pleased to announce that the winner of the 2016 Teen Video Challenge for New York State is “Catch a Book.” This video was created and performed by brothers Brian and Simon Wulf, and submitted by the Newstead Public Library in Akron, New York. Brian and Simon receive a cash prize from CSLP and the Newstead Public Library receives a gift certificate from Upstart.

The annual Teen Video Challenge, organized and sponsored by the Collaborative Summer Library Program (CSLP), is a national competition to encourage teens to get involved with reading and their public library’s summer reading program. This year, teens made videos to promote summer reading at public libraries with a focus on the CSLP 2016 slogan, “Get in the Game Read!” Winning videos were selected at the state level and are recognized as official CSLP Teen Video Challenge winners for 2016.

The New York State winner for the 2016 Teen Video Challenge was selected through a two-step process. In the first round of judging, 19 New York State public librarians narrowed the entrants down to 3 finalists. The second panel of 4 media professionals and celebrity judges then chose “Catch a Book” as this year’s winner.

The New York State winning and finalist videos are featured on the Summer Reading at New York Libraries website at

Winners from all participating states were announced on April 28, 2016 during the CSLP Annual Meeting held in Salt Lake City, Utah. To see all 26 winning state videos, visit the 2016 Teen Video Challenge page at and scroll down to the link for “Winners from All States.” All winning videos can be used by teens and public libraries to promote summer reading throughout New York State and nationwide.

The New York State Library congratulates all winners and finalists in the 2016 Teen Video Challenge and looks forward to more teens and libraries participating next year. Please visit the Summer Reading at New York Libraries website regularly for updates and resources, and have a fun summer of reading and learning!

More Great Websites for Kids

The Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC), a division of the American Library Association, has added more sites to Great Websites for Kids, the online resource featuring hundreds of links to exceptional websites for children.

The newly added sites are:

ALMA Kids -

Art for Kids -

CERNland -

Get the Math -

The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History -

Knowledge Kids -

Matemáticas Visuales -

Math TV -

Mineralogy4Kids -

NYPL Digital Collections -

SmartHistory -

TEDEd Lessons Worth Sharing -

We All Live in the Forbidden City -

“The Great Websites Committee has chosen thirteen new sites to add to its database,” said committee co-chairs Lisa Taylor, Barnegat (New Jersey) Branch, Ocean County Library System, and Alia Shields, Cherry Hill (New Jersey) Public Library. “As usual, the sites cover a variety of topics, however, it's worth noting that at least five of the sites should be of particular interest to educators, and there are three new Spanish language additions. One of the committee's favorites is SmartHistory, a ‘resource for the study of art and cultural history.’"