This Week in SALS Youth Services

May 1 2015

New to me... Smore

I learned about this flyer software a few months ago and never got around to testing it out. Let me know what you think about this new format for our weekly email. Check out http;// if you want to try out Free software.
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Laurie has been taking pictures during her library visits. I thought I would share some scenes from libraries in our region on a regular basis. This week we will look at some murals - there are many more out there. Don't worry I will share yours too.

Upcoming Events

Early LIteracy Community Asset Analysis Training

Tuesday, May 5th, 9am-12pm

Pelon Rd

Indian Lake, NY

Tuesday May 5 at the Indian Lake Public Library (map) from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm.
This will be for anyone who missed the 2014 sessions.

You will leave the session with some demographics about children from 0-5 in your community and a map of other community agencies that also serve young children and families. We will also discuss how to run a focus group.

This is an opportunity to make sure that you understand why your young patrons and families are, or are not using your library and what other community services they do use. It will also show if your community has changed in the past few years. There will be some “homework” after the session provide by the Division of Library Development.

Please RSVP by Friday May 1, 2015 TODAY. Please bring a laptop, if you don’t have one, please reserve one with me.

Light refreshments will be served, 3 CE credits will be earned. Can’t make this session? Do you want to host a session in your region? Please contact me.

For more information about NYS DLD’s Ready to Read NY initiative, visit :

Summer Reading Grants Due

Monday, June 1st, 8:30am

22 Whitney Pl

Saratoga Springs, NY

Grant Writing Basics with Bill Belcher

Wednesday, June 10th, 1-4pm

148 Main St

Greenwich, NY

This free workshop will focus on finding and evaluating funding opportunities as well as the basic skills and knowledge necessary to develop effective, professional proposals. Among other topics, participants will learn how to approach grantmakers, how to structure a grant proposal, and how to prepare and submit an application. Mr. Belcher will also place grant writing in the broader context of fundraising and connect it to other, more familiar narrative forms. Participants will leave with a basic understanding of the process and how they can begin to secure funding for their organization and/or project. Bill Belcher is the Director of Development at MASS MoCA. He has secured over $25 million in grants and sponsorships for not-for-profit organizations, including MASS MoCA, The Sage Colleges, and The Hyde Collection. He is also a writer and teacher. His debut novel is forthcoming from Other Press.
The Greenwich Free Library is located at 148 Main Street in Greenwich, NY.
This workshop is co-sponsored by the Southern Adirondack Library System.
Please register in advance 518-692-7839 or amiller @ Indicate if you need contact hours for public library certification.

Error in Summer Reading Manual

Recently it was discovered that the PDF Forms Handouts on the CD/DVD for each program had edit guidelines on each page. Unfortunately this was not caught before the CD/DVD's were distributed to libraries. Upstart has corrected the problem and CSLP has uploaded all PDF Forms Handouts for all 4 programs to the CSLP website.

Once a member logs into the website (all public library staff members can access the full website by logging in), the forms can be found under Membership & Sponsorship à Member Libraries à Proprietary Downloads à 2015 Graphics and Reproducible Files. Each program link directs you to an alphabetical list of all PDF forms from that manual.

CSLP is very sorry for the inconvenience

CSLP art images for 2015 - Mixed messages

The image in the children’s artwork showing the platypus with his feet on the desk, includes the initials “PPS.” I know, for CSLP purposes I believe it stands for “Platypus Police Society.” However, those initials also stand for a easily concealed firearm “PPS – Walther Arms”

If you want to have a cleaned up version of the image, please contact me and I will forward it to you.

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