SLS Newsletter

February 2018

True, it's the last day of February...but better late than never!

I hope everyone had a nice, relaxing February vacation. And on a day like today, it's easy to get excited about the upcoming spring months ahead!

Please join me in welcoming two new school librarians to the region:

  • Darcy Barber, North Rose-Wolcott Elementary School
  • Amanda Johnson, North Rose-Wolcott High School

SLS is finishing up work on the database order forms; stay tuned for more info soon!

Take a minute to check out the interactive Google map of W-FL School Libraries that Teresa has created for the SLS website:! Kudos!

Thanks to Sue and Ryan for their support in getting our next batch of districts ready to migrate to the W-FL BOCES Follett Destiny consortium....welcome aboard!

Please send pictures, Smores or any other exciting updates to Sharon to be displayed on the SLS bulletin board at BOCES and/or on the SLS website!

Upcoming Conferences:

Upcoming Professional Development:

Walk in My Shoes: Poverty Simulation (for School and Public Libraries): March 8

To register:

The Poverty Simulation is a powerful exercise designed to help community leaders increase their understanding of the day-to-day challenges faced by those living in poverty and how current biases, systems, policies, and practices create barriers. How does it work? The poverty simulation is a highly interactive immersion experience that facilitates awareness of what a typical low-income family experiences in their attempt to survive from month to month. Each participant assumes the role of family members living in poverty for one month. For more information, go to Registration starts at 8:30 am, coffee and refreshments will be served. This workshop is open to school librarians and library staff.

Creating and Managing Your Digital Identity: March 14

To register:

During this class, we will discuss the importance of taking control over your digital identity through various social media platforms like Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn, and more. By learning a few simple principles, you will gain the skills necessary to create and maintain a professional and personable digital identity.

Escape into the Library: March 15

To register:

Come and learn about escape experiences: from tabletop, to BreakoutEdu to whole rooms. Learn more about their use to support library programs and educational curriculum and go through an example escape experience to build a frame of reference and familiarity. Lastly, begin to explore ways you can leverage these engaging resources, gaining direction and guidance in beginning to develop escape experiences and integrating them in your library.

NYS Next Generation Learning Standards for ELA & Math: March 19

To register:

Wayne-Finger Lakes BOCES is pleased to offer key learning and additional insights from the Next Generation Learning Standards Conference in Saratoga. Please join us for an interactive day of learning and conversation that targets our region’s unique needs.

Future Ready Librarian Workshop: April 23

To register:

Mark Ray will lead participants as they explore the Future Ready Librarians Framework, including the school librarians role in curation and dissemination of content, working as a curriculum/tech/pedagogy consultant alongside classroom teachers, empowering students within a personalized learning environment, new directions for learning commons/lab type spaces.

Registration begins at 8:00 am, with the program starting promptly at 8:30 am. Continental breakfast and lunch will be provided. Please make your lunch sandwich selection at

Save the date! May 24, 2018!

Best Books for Children Workshop with John Schumacher....aka "Mr Schu"!

To learn more about Mr. Schu, go to