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Week of December 2 - 6, 2019
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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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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: http://bit.ly/34LMzcX
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: http://bit.ly/34LMzcX
Dhonielle Clayton Event:
April 22, 2020, Dhonielle Clayton COO of We Need Diverse Books. Location TBA
Here are the updates on the ENYSLMA website:
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2020 Explore NY Book Lists
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 athttp://www.nysl.nysed.gov/libdev/summer/explore.htm. 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 (Katy.Kukulich@nysed.gov<mailto:Katy.Kukulich@nysed.gov>) and Laura Pierson (Laura.Pierson@nysed.gov<mailto:Laura.Pierson@nysed.gov>) by December 20th, 2019. Indicate Explore NY in the subject line.
Professional Learning Opportunities
Information Session on Becoming Certified as a School Librarian
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: https://www.mylearningplan.com/WebReg/ActivityProfile.asp?D=15197&I=3315257
Communication Coordinator Meeting
Register by January 3rd: https://www.mylearningplan.com/WebReg/ActivityProfile.asp?D=15197&I=3177444.
Makerspace Best Practices and Edison Workshop
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: https://www.mylearningplan.com/WebReg/ActivityProfile.asp?D=15197&I=3177669.
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: https://www.mylearningplan.com/WebReg/ActivityProfile.asp?D=10471&I=3348824