School Library System

Week of December 2 - 6, 2019

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News You Can Use

Flipster Online Magazine Service

This past year SLS purchased several professional journals through EBSCO for use by all librarians in the region. The renewal is coming up soon and we want to make sure we are providing services that are valuable to you. Would you please take a minute to fill out the survey below? It will help us determine whether or not this is a service we should continue. Thank you!

Free Trial for NewsBank ResearchRocket

ResearchRocket is a new online resource designed to make research more engaging and fun for young students. The unique interface features a large, Google-like search box as well as inviting buttons devoted to popular topics that align with your curriculum, including Science & Math, Environment, Technology, Art & Music, Government & History, and more.

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There are several events planned for this year. To RSVP please send an email to the ENYSLMA President, Mindy Holland, at

General Membership Meeting:

Wednesday, January 8, 2020 @ 6:15 pm at Niskayuna District 2 Firehouse on Route 7 in Niskayuna. Dinner will be served. Anyone interested in ENYSLMA is welcome to attend. Time is TBD. Bitly RSVP Link:

Jarrett Kroscoczka Event:

Thursday, January 23, 2020, Author Jarrett J. Krosoczka will speak at NYLA in Guilderland. 6:30-8:00. pm. Bitly RSVP Link:

Dhonielle Clayton Event:

April 22, 2020, Dhonielle Clayton COO of We Need Diverse Books. Location TBA

Here are the updates on the ENYSLMA website:

Send us your displays-- we love showing you off!

Please enjoy Heather Jenner's 'Tis the Season to Be Reading display. Just lovely. Happy Holidays, everyone!
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2020 Explore NY Book Lists

From Sharon Phillips, NY State Library:

There’s still time to submit your suggestions for the 2020 Explore NY lists that are part of the Summer Reading at New York Libraries site! The current lists can be viewed at The Summer Reading slogan for 2020 is "Imagine Your Story" and the theme relates to folklore, fairy tales, and mythology.

The purpose of the Explore New York reading lists is to highlight great reads that are connected in some way to the history, culture or geography of New York State. The State Library is looking to add more diverse titles to our Explore NY lists this year, so please keep this in mind as you consider titles for the updated 2020 lists.

Have you come across some awesome titles that you feel should be included in this year’s lists? We hope you will consider contributing book suggestions to the Explore NY reading lists for the 2020 Summer Reading at New York Libraries program! Your input and contributions are much appreciated.

The attached instructions will provide you with more information about the Explore NY reading lists and title criteria.

Please share this information as appropriate, and let us know if you have any questions.

Send your title recommendations to Katy Kukulich (<>) and Laura Pierson (<>) by December 20th, 2019. Indicate Explore NY in the subject line.

Professional Learning Opportunities

SLS Professional Learning Catalog

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Information Session on Becoming Certified as a School Librarian

Do you or someone you know want to become a certified school librarian? Is there an administrator in your district who is facing hiring a new school librarian in the next few years? If you answered yes to either of these questions then you will want to pass along the following information to anyone who might be interested.

Questar III School Library System, in partnership with SUNY Albany, St. John Fisher College, and the University of Buffalo Library Science programs, the certification office at Questar III, and several regional librarians will be holding an information session on December 18th at Questar III Central Office beginning at 4 pm. This information session is designed to help certified teachers learn more about the various pathways to being certified as a school library media specialist, and for school administrators learn how they might approach filling those hard to fill school librarian positions.

Zoom is available for those who cannot attend in person. A link will be emailed the day before the event.

Register by December 11th:

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Communication Coordinator Meeting

Our next Communication Coordinator meeting will be January 9, 2020 beginning at 8:30. the day's learning will be focused on how to help our ELL students. Sandy Strock, RBERN, will present on the Library's Role in ELL Education. Please bring a laptop. Lunch will be served.

Register by January 3rd:

Makerspace Best Practices and Edison Workshop

In this full day immersion into the world of makerspace, librarians will learn how to incorporate a meaningful makerspace into their library. Join us as Shannon Mersand (University at Albany) and Sheri McNair (HS Librarian from James I. O'Neill High School) walk participants through the tips and tricks of a great makerspace, how to incorporate a makerspace into the curriculum, and how to obtain funding for all of the great ideas participants will leave with at the end of the day. They will also present an Edison Workshop in which participants will learn how to use a programmable robot that is LEGO compatible and has four different coding levels. Participants will receive a free Edison for completing the workshop and will walk away being able to use it with their students right away. This workshop is limited to 25 participants. Lunch is provided.

Preference will be given to Questar III Librarians. All others who want to participate can sign up after January 8th.

Please register by January 8th:

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Mock Book Awards by Sullivan County SLS

Tuesday, January 14th, 8:30 AM-3:00 PM

On Jan. 27, 2020, the American Library Association presents its book awards for the best literature for children. Our goal for the Mock Book Awards day is to share quality literature with our SLS members that our students would read. Each participant will have read books from 2019 of quality children's literature. At the Mock Awards sessions, they will break into groups for the Newbery Award (elementary), Caldecott Award (picture books), or Printz Award (young adult). The discussion throughout the day will center around the aspects of the book that make it quality literature for children. At the end of the day, Sullivan County SLS members will select from the titles read, to bring back books to add to their library collections. Lunch will be provided. Snow date is Jan. 15th.

All librarians are welcome to register:

Questar III School Library System

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

Amanda Karian, School Library System Specialist