This Week in SALS Youth Services

February 19, 2016

Short and sweet

An update from the last newsletter:
The Lunar Planetary Institute will not be held in the Capital District region. I misunderstood the initial email from the Division of Library Development. It appears they are holding 1 session in NYS that is open to a few applicants. The session will be held near Utica at the Waterville Public Library - they have an observatory in their library! How cool is that?

Black History Month

Upcoming Events

Advocacy Day

Wednesday, March 2nd, 8:30am

Legislative Bldg, 198 State St, Albany, NY 12210

What better way to let legislators know how important your library is to youth and families then to bring them to advocacy day so that they can tell their story in person.

SALS' appointments

NYLA's schedule

Lunar Planetary Institute - Week of May 9th or 16th

Monday, May 9th, 12-12am

Waterville Public Library near Utica

The two day Explore! workshop would be Mars science and exploration-themed. It would be aimed primarily at librarians/staff in smaller or rural libraries who conduct programming for tweens, ages 8-13 years old. During the workshop, LPI education specialists will model Mars related science and engineering activities with the participants, virtually bring in Mars scientists to give presentations and answer questions from the participants, and discuss implementation strategies with the participants.

Strategies for Successful Partnerships and Outreach to Families with Young Children

Thursday, June 9th, 9:30am

22 Whitney Place

Saratoga Springs, NY

Save the date. 2 workshops, 1 day
3rd & 4th training components for Ready to Read in NY Libraries
Strategies for Successful Partnerships and Outreach to Families with Young Children
Early Learning Spaces

News from LibraryLand

Feedback needed: Family Literacy Grant 2016-2019

The New York State Library announced “Ready to Read at New York Libraries through Public Library Systems,” a 2016-2019 Family Literacy Library Services formula allocation program to help public library systems work with libraries and other partners to significantly improve the quality of public library early learning services. The overall theme and purpose of the 2016-2019 Family Literacy Library Services Program is to increase the number of public libraries statewide with the expertise and resources to assist families with young children in developing the early literacy skills needed to succeed in the school years ahead. Projects should focus on training library staff in all five components of the Ready to Read at New York: Early Childhood Public Library Staff Development Program as well as assisting local libraries and branches in creating plans and implementing projects based on the skills learned through this staff development program. This 2016 -2019 program will provide funding to public library systems only.
More information is available on the DLD website.

In order to spend the money wisely I would appreciate it if you took a brief survey (see below) Or go to

Keep up on the latest early childhood research and find out about new fun and educational activities. Visit and “like” the Ready to Read at New York Libraries Facebook page ( Please pass this along as a resource for parents and caregivers in their communities.

Save $: Traveling Latern will be around April 28th

We have just booked Traveling Lantern Performances for Thursday April 28th – “Shakespeare for Kids” in honor of the 400 anniversary of William Shakespeare’s death. If anyone is interested in booking for that week, they will be in the area.

They also have a summer performance – see below.

Brittany Cole

Program Coordinator
Schuylerville Public Library

They offer a 10% discount when libraries team up together for back-to-back performances on the same day, and even greater discounts for block bookings. For smaller budgets, some of our patrons pair up with a nearby library to have a single show at a central location, and split the cost. Click on this (safe!) link for pricing and scheduling information:

Turning on the Faucet by Misha Marvel, Child Nutrition Programs Specialist, Hunger Solutions New York

Across our state, nearly 1.1 million low income children eat healthy school lunches on an average school day; however, less than one-third of these students have access to summer nutrition programs during those months.3 In many upstate communities, far fewer youth have access to these meals. Making sure that all children get access to food in the summer is important to their health and wellbeing.
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