Save the Date! Inquiry Immersion Weekend

authorSchool Library System December 1, 2015

The regional school library systems are planning a weekend of inquiry immersion!  Join us for hands-on, participant centered learning as we share concrete, immediately implementable strategies and a practical plan to deeply embed library instruction and resources into the curricular goals of your building.


• Embedding library resources into classroom instruction
• Empire State Information Fluency Continuum (ESIFC)
• Common Core State Standards
• Selecting and evaluating informational text
• Teacher/Librarian Collaboration

PRESENTER: Olga Nesi, School Librarian with the NYC DOE and a former middle school teacher

DATES: Friday, March 4, 2016, 7 - 9:30 PM, Saturday, March 5, 8:30 AM - 4:30 PM, Sunday, March 6, 9:00 - 11:30 AM

AUDIENCE: School Librarians and Classroom Teachers - Grades K-12

LOCATION: Diamond Mills Hotel, 25 South Partition Street, Saugerties, NY 12477 -

COST: Includes the workshop, ESIFC binder, breakfast and lunch Saturday and breakfast Sunday.
• Member price: $100 per person (Members = classroom teachers and librarians from Dutchess, Sullivan, or Ulster county BOCES)
• Nonmember price: $150 per person
• Additional fee for overnight rooms

Regional Copyright Workshop

authorSchool Library System November 16, 2015

NYLA and the NY Council for the Humanities - Grant Opportunities Webinar

authorSchool Library System November 7, 2015

A Message from the New York Library Association (NYLA):

NYLA is pleased to present this informational webinar in partnership with the New York Council for the Humanities:

Humanities Resources for Libraries

Join us for a 30 minute introduction to the New York Council for the Humanities, the state affiliate of the NEH and avid supporter of arts, culture, and community organizations like yours!

Designing a public program but need research support? Looking for enriching program ideas to get people talking? Need funding to launch your new community project? Register today to find out about programs and grants resources available for your library!

Thursday, November 12
2:00pm - 3:00pm
NYLA e-Institute Webinar

Learning Objectives
Attendees will be able to:
• Meet and discuss proposal ideas with key staff from the Council’s grants and program team
• Learn about recently funded projects at libraries across NYS
• See examples of innovative and collaborative public humanities programs that serve adults, youth and kids

Space is limited, register today!


Capstone Interactive eBook Matching Grant

authorSchool Library System November 5, 2015

Capstone is offering schools an opportunity to expand their digital resources with the Capstone Interactive eBook Matching Grant program. Schools can apply through the publisher to receive a matching grant toward the purchase of Capstone Interactive eBooks. Schools purchasing a minimum of $500 of Capstone Interactive eBooks can apply to have Capstone match the value of their paid order, dollar-for-dollar, with free interactive eBooks. The brief application asks schools to share their eBook needs and why they should be selected as a grant recipient. Grant applications are accepted online through Nov. 30.

Letters About Literature

authorSchool Library System November 3, 2015

Letters About Literature is a reading and writing contest for students in grades 4-12, sponsored by the Library of Congress National Center for the Book and Dollar General. Students are asked to read a book, poem, or speech and write to that author (living or dead) about how the work affected them personally. Letters are judged on state and national levels. Tens of thousands of students from across the country enter Letters About Literature each year. Here are the Rules and Guidelines, and here is a Teaching Guide. The Letters About Literature Teaching Guide provides activities teachers and librarians can use to guide their students through the book discussion and letter-writing process. The guide addresses the LAL teaching strategies and ways in which the program can dovetail with national standards for teaching reading and writing as well as Common Core State Standards (CCSS). Also included are worksheets for duplication and assessment checklists. Read more »

Fall 2015 School Librarians Round Tables

authorSchool Library System October 29, 2015

The following networking meetings are scheduled for Dutchess County School Librarians. Come out to meet your colleagues from area libraries. Be prepared to share and receive ideas. Each session will include a tour of the library, a specific topic for discussion and plenty of time for exchanging information.

School Librarians Round Table - Secondary

  • Date: Tuesday, December 8, 2015
  • Location: Poughkeepsie High School
  • Topic: Makerspaces

School Librarians Round Table - Elementary

  • Wednesday, December 9, 2015
  • Location: Kinry Road Elementary School
  • Topic: Resources to support the NYS K-12 Social Studies Framework

Click here to register!

Deadline Extended for 2016 SSL Conference Proposals

authorSchool Library System October 27, 2015

MySchoolWish Grants

authorSchool Library System October 23, 2015

MySchoolWish is an online communication tool in which schools can list their school needs (i.e. football helmets, copy paper, books, etc.) on their FuelMySchool page. Members of the community can become a real-life genie by granting school wishes online. For more information, visit:

Application Deadline: Ongoing

New Resources on Ready to Read at New York Libraries Website

authorSchool Library System October 21, 2015

The New York State Library has added several new resources to the Ready to Read at New York Libraries website, on the Early Literacy Resources page.

  • Jbrary is a blog with great storytime resources, including YouTube playlists and ideas about using puppets, music, dance, and more.
  • Storytime Underground is a peer community for storytime staff and includes storytime resources, Storytime University for professional development, and a place to ask questions.

Learn more about Ready to Read at New York -

School Library Update: Gateway to Information and Best Practice

authorSchool Library System October 20, 2015

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