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Hunger Solutions New York

authorSchool Library System November 25, 2014

A Message from Karen Balsen, Coordinator, Summer Reading at New York Libraries:

Summer Reading at New York Libraries partners with Hunger Solutions New York to provide summer meals to New York State children as part of the summer reading program at local public libraries. Hunger Solutions NY has asked the New York State Library to extend an invitation to subscribe to their e-news to staff from all libraries serving children. Hunger Solutions New York is a statewide nonprofit organization that provides education, information, outreach, and advocacy for federal nutrition programs to alleviate hunger among New Yorkers of all ages.  This past summer, 70 public libraries in New York State provided meals for children in low-income areas through these federal nutrition programs.  Click on the icon below to learn more about the program and to sign-up for the e-news letter.

Bridging the Gap Between High School and College

authorSchool Library System November 24, 2014

The NYC Department of Education and City Universities of NY collaborated on a recent research project to identify ways to help students successfully transition from high school to college.  Click on the link below to access the latest white paper.

Three Educator Opportunities from PBS Learning Media

authorSchool Library System November 21, 2014

Map Your World is offering an opportunity for educators to apply for five free Nexus 7 Google tablets. In conjunction with the PBS Learning Media Map Your World curriculum, the tablets will support youth to implement projects that improve their communities. The deadline to apply is Monday, December 1st. See application and information here:

Tuesday, December 2nd at 6 PM, you are invited to attend a webinar on how to bring your students into close contact with unique, profoundly personal, documents and objects with PBS LearningMedia resources from the Library of Congress. Education experts from the Library will discuss the power of images, model how to analyze photographs and prints, and highlight teaching tools available on PBS LearningMedia. Register at:

The Jacob Burns Film Center has created Media-Rich Prompts for teachers called View Now Do Now. Each View Now Do Now develops a core literacy concept. Explore these prompts and more on their website.

Behind the Books: Christopher Paul Curtis

authorSchool Library System November 20, 2014

Check out this month’s guest blogger: Newbery winning author Christopher Paul Curtis.

Christopher Paul Curtis reflects on conversations with his characters and their influence on his creative process as he wrote The Madman of Piney Woods (Scholastic 2014).  Read the guest blog post now.

TeachingBooks.Net is available to all school libraries in Dutchess County. Please contact the School Library System for more information.

Regional Electronic Interlibrary Loan Training - December 3, 2014

authorSchool Library System November 19, 2014

NOVELNY - ProQuest Webinars for November 2014

authorSchool Library System November 18, 2014

ProQuest has scheduled the following webinars for NOVELNY databases for November. Please see dates, times and registration information below.

eLibrary Elementary and NOVELNY
This one hour class, created specifically for NOVELNY, covers the content, features and tips for using eLibrary Elementary as well as incorporating eLibrary Elementary into classroom curriculum. Learn how young readers can use the colorful graphical search interface to find answers they need from magazines, newspapers, books, transcripts, maps, images, audio/video files and web links that are safe and appropriate for elementary school studies. Your questions will be answered by an eLibrary Elementary training expert during this interactive session.
Monday, November 17, 2014, 3:00 PM Eastern Daylight Time

Thursday, November 20, 2014, 3:00 PM Eastern Daylight Time Read more »

Summer Reading at New York Libraries Promotional Flyers for 2015

authorSchool Library System November 17, 2014

A Message from Karen Balsen, Coordinator, Summer Reading at New York Libraries:

The New York State Library has a wealth of resources available to encourage children to read and visit their public library.  All of the flyers listed below, as well as other materials, can be downloaded and printed from the New York State Library Summer Reading at New York Libraries website,

10 Easy Ways to Get Children to Read This Summer - A flyer with a list of ways to get children to read this summer, as well as information about Summer Reading at New York Libraries.

Easy Ways to Grow a Reader - This flyer promoting Early Literacy is available in ten languages, including English, Spanish, and Chinese.

Help your students improve skills through reading during the summer months - A flyer to share with teachers and educators

Read more »

Job Opening: Part-Time Distance Learning Contract Educator, Albany, NY

authorSchool Library System November 14, 2014

The Distance Learning Educator uses digital images and reproductions of collection objects to deliver lessons that make relevant the art, history, and culture of New York to national standards using videoconferencing equipment and web-based platforms. Requires an education professional available during school hours with formal or informal teaching experience, with excellent verbal communication skills who is comfortable with technology based learning systems.

Please send resume and letter of interest to:
Erika Sanger
Director of Education
Albany Institute of History & Art

2014 Fall Into Books

authorSchool Library System November 7, 2014

The 16th Annual Fall into Books Children’s & Teen Literature Conference was held on Friday, October 17, 2014 at the Ramada Fishkill Hotel.  School librarians and public librarians participated in facilitated book discussion groups and to hear guest speakers Patricia Reilly Giff and Mark Siegel.  Also on-site for the day were three local authors: Stefan Bolz, Jacqueline Dooley, Renee Pearce (author) and Kaylin Ruffino (illustrator).  It was a wonderful low tech/high interest day about books and reading!

The Nonfiction Minute

authorSchool Library System November 6, 2014

Vicki Cobb - founder of iNK Think Tank - is launching the group’s new endeavor “The Nonfiction Minute.” The Nonfiction Minute is a daily posting of short pieces of nonfiction, a new one published every school day on a website. The Minutes will be free and waiting for elementary/middle school teachers to be shared and discussed with their classes. You can learn more about it and help support this great cause with just a few dollars — by going to

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