Monthly Archives: January 2019

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Support for NYS Libraries

Governor Cuomo’s Proposed Budget for FY19-20 includes cuts for the third straight year. If you are NYLA members, you have already received information about this from Kelsey Dorado. If you haven’t sent your letter of support for library funding yet, we encourage you to do so. Support from the people in New York State makes a difference.

Click here to send an electronic letter.

By filling out the form and you can send it to multiple legislators. You can choose to leave the letter as is and sign your name to it, or you can rewrite it however you like. Your letter can make a difference. Thank you.

Free 90-Second Newbery Tickets Available NOW

The 90-Second Newbery Festival is coming to the Eisenhart Auditorium of the Rochester Museum & Science Center on March 17th. Yes, it’s St. Patrick’s Day, but it’s only about an hour, and it’s hosted by James Kennedy (author of The Order of Odd-Fish) and Bruce Coville (author of My Teacher is an Alien, Space Station Ice 3, and more).

It’s a really entertaining show, perfect for the whole family, and it’s FREE!

Register Now

The show starts at 2 pm. Hope to see you there!

Ten Ways Teacher Librarians Improve Literacy in Schools

This article, published in “The Conversation” takes a deep dive into the strategies that School Librarians use to promote reading and support literacy initiatives. Although it is written about Australian schools, the strategies are the same across the board. This article could help administrators understand the work that Librarians do every day and the benefits of having full-time Librarians in every school library.

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Paper Moon Maker Workshop

There are three spots left for the Paper Moon workshop, which is scheduled to be held on Monday, February 4th from 3:45 to 4:45 pm.  In this session we will learn a little about origami, some paper circuitry, and talk about the moon.

This workshop is part of the Library Maker Mondays series, which is a series of fun, creative workshops where librarians make things and learn some new things (or practice some skills they already have) in the process.

Register Here

New Library of Congress collection

The only known surviving Muslim American slave autobiography has been acquired by the Library of Congress, and has been made available to the public online as a part of the Omar Ibn Said Collection. The autobiography (of Omar Ibn Said) is only 15 pages long, and while written in Arabic, is accompanied by an English translation.

The fact that this was written in Arabic may make it more authentic, as many slave autobiographies that were written in English were edited and changed by their owners. It is also proof of the level of education that existed in Africa at the time.

To view the collection go to:

To read a more informative article on the collection go to:

Half Sour

Moving to New York can be tough, particularly for someone just out of school and entering the workforce during the worst economy in modern times. John Till’s prospects were grim so he had to think outside the box. Working at a friend’s pickle factory, the self-taught entrepreneur started pickling vegetables to sell at farmers’ markets all over Long Island and New York City. One by one, he reached out to his struggling friends in Providence, Rhode Island to involve them in the business, throwing virtual lifelines. Sharing a love of skateboarding, they band together to make it in New York.

Airs 1/31 at 4:45 a.m.

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Travel Grants for AASL Conference

If you have never attended the AASL conference, you may be eligible to win a travel grant. AASL is offering 30 travel grants to first time attendees for its 2019 National Conference and Exhibition, taking place November 14-16 in Louisville, Kentucky.

To find out more about the conference, see:

Travel grant applications are due February 1st. (

The $750 grants are sponsored by Bound to Stay Bound Books.

Warrior in Two Worlds

Ely Parker was a Seneca chief, a legal scholar, an engineer, a Civil War hero, and a Cabinet-level commissioner — all by the age of 40. At first glance, his story appears to be one of success and triumph.  Yet Parker died in poverty far from the land of his birth. In later life he was estranged from his people and dismissed by political leaders he once considered friends. Today, American history remembers him as a mere footnote, and inside the Seneca community, he is a controversial figure — considered a hero by some, branded a traitor by others.

Airs 1/30 at 2 a.m.