This Week in SALS Youth Services

December 18, 2015

Short and sweet

"Always pass on what you have learned." -Yoda

I read an article during the week about information overload and I am now passing on what I have learned with a touch of pop culture.

  1. Be a better Zuul: Think about if the information fits your priorities right now. If not, when the time comes, trust that you will be able to find relevant information.
  2. Keep your Minecraft Battle Axe sharp: Try and set aside time each week to manage your email. Delete read emails, unsubscribe from mailing lists, put important emails in folders and manage your email notifications from social media (if you look at Facebook and Twitter everyday, you don't need an email reminder) Be ruthless and swing hard.
  3. Are you able to channel your inner MacGyver? Are you making the hard choices around information and leaving yourself enough time to create things with your knowledge?
  4. Get over your FOMO!


A voluntary reading incentive program for students in grades 4-6 in the Warren--Saratoga-Washington-Hamilton-Essex (WSWHE) school district. The purpose is simply to encourage students to read good books and have fun while competing with peers. Students participate by reading from the book list provided for that year's Battle of the Books. A typical "Battle" is a full day tournament or game, like College Bowl or Family Feud, in which students' teams earn points by answering questions about the books on the book lists.

WSWHE has created grade level lists on that has tons of extra information on books and authors for Grade 3, Grade 4, Grade 5 and Grade 6. Check out their wiki for general information.

Upcoming Events

2016 Summer Library Program Webinar - Early Literacy manual

Tuesday, Jan. 12th 2016 at 3pm

This is an online event.

Give your littlest learners a head start this summer! In this hour-long webinar, Amanda will highlight age-appropriate books, fingerplays, songs, and activities from the early literacy manual that will inspire your youngest library patrons to develop a love of learning!

To learn more and to register visit CSLP.

News from LibraryLand

January 25-31, 2016 is National Drug & Alcohol Facts Week

If your library is interested in organizing and promoting an educational event or activity for teens, NIDA (the National Institute on Drug Abuse) staff will help plan the event if you register & add it to their 2016 map. They can help you order free, science-based materials to complement your event, brainstorm activity ideas, and partner with other organizations.