Monthly Archives: February 2019

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Redeeming Uncle Tom: The Josiah Hanson Story

Josiah Henson (voiced by actor Danny Glover), the real-life inspiration for Uncle Tom in Harriet Beecher Stowe’s classic 1852 novel, which has been recognized as one of the sparks that ignited the Civil War. Josiah Henson was born into slavery near Port Tobacco, Maryland around 1789. As a child, he was sold to Isaac Riley, who later appointed him superintendent of the farm at an unusually young age because of Henson’s strength and intelligence. Riley entrusted Henson with exceptional responsibilities and permitted him to become a preacher in the Methodist Episcopal Church. However, when Henson attempted to buy his freedom, Riley cheated him and made plans to sell him south. Fearing separation from his family, he fled north with his wife and children in the summer of 1830. After escaping through Ohio and New York, they eventually settled in Ontario, Canada.

Airs 2/4 at 9 p.m.


2019 ALA Annual Conference Info

Registration is now open for the 2019 ALA Annual Conference. This year’s conference will be held in Washington, D.C. from June 20-25. A preliminary schedule of conference programs will be available in April 2019.

ALA Annual Conference registration includes:

  • 500+ educational programs, discussions, and workshops on key topics
  • World-renowned speakers and experts
  • Pre-conferences for in-depth professional development
  • Entrance to the exhibits where 800+ exhibitors at 1,500 stands highlight new and favorite products, titles, and services—one-stop shopping for everything your library needs
  • The opportunity for you to present a paper or poster
  • Meetings and events such as Opening and Closing General Sessions and ALA President’s Program
  • Dozens of social and fun events
  • Access to the International Visitor’s Center and Internet Café and WIFI—online access so you can stay in touch
  • A free ticket to the popular International Librarians Reception (for full conference registrants)
  • and more.

You can register online at:



Television’s longest-running weekly natural history series, has won more than 200 honors from the television industry, parent groups, the international wildlife film community and environmental organizations, including the only award ever given to a television program by the Sierra Club.

  • Wild Way of the Vikings – spectacular natural history meets historical epic in a unique, beautiful, and revelatory journey showcasing the wildlife of the North Atlantic and its most iconic ancient civilization. The Vikings are the best known, yet most misunderstood, of all Dark Ages peoples. In this special presentation, Producer Nigel Pope will present clips from the film, with special tales from the production and exciting stories sure to inspire wonder in children of all ages. Airs 2/13 at 8 p.m.



Trust Docs: #1011 “One Man, One City, Three Evictions”

Trust Docs 1000 (11/30 minute programs) airs Thursdays at 2 a.m. beginning 12/5 – TRUST DOCS, which is in partnership with the Thomson Reuters Foundation, takes viewers around the globe to explore under-reported stories about critical social issues through personal stories from individuals. This magazine series utilizes short documentaries to translate headlines into human experiences and covers a range of issues including the effects of war, the fight for refugee rights, struggles to adjust to climate change, housing and land rights, global mental health, changing gender identities and more.

#1011 “One Man, One City, Three Evictions” – Rio de Janeiro has experienced several waves of development in the past century. For Altair Guimaraes the changes have affected him directly. Brought up in a favela, he has been evicted three times as a result of Rio’s developments. As Brazil tries to gain global recognition and increase tourism, locals like Altair are forced to relocate despite property titles. Now, their struggles are becoming a symbol of a global phenomenon.

airs 2/13 at 2 a.m.



Author Webcasts at

The Library of Congress Center for the Book hosts a series of author webcasts and posts them on their website. Here you can see and hear favorite authors discuss their work.

The list of authors includes webcasts by R.L. Stine, Jon Scieszka, Katherine Paterson, Stephenie Meyer, Toni Morrison, Neil Gaiman, Jan Brett and more.

Scroll through the list at

On-Demand Programming: American Graduate: Getting to Work

In 2018, together with 19 stations (including our own WXXI), the Corporation for Public Broadcasting launched the American Graduate initiative’s, “American Graduate: Getting To Work,” to partner with schools and businesses, and help prepare students with the skill sets and training needed to be part of the new workforce, especially for high-demand fields.  As part of this, WXXI is offering on-demand programming highlighting local career opportunities that may not require an expensive 4-year college degree.

American Graduate is one of the largest public media collaborations across the country with over 125 local public media organizations, and national television and radio producers and distributors, working with more than 1,700 community partners.

Click here to find their local career pathway videos

Call for Proposals: High School to College: Supporting Student Success

We’re currently looking for poster sessions and breakout sessions for this one day conference, being held May 22nd from 8:30 am – 3:30 pm at the SUNY College at Brockport.

Poster Sessions:
We’re looking for poster sessions featuring research projects from both high school and first year college level that represent a wide range of student experiences.

Breakout Sessions:
We’re also looking for breakout sessions on all topics related to student success, such as:

  • First generation college students
  • Scaffolding instructional sessions for classes with a range of research skill levels
  • Teaching strategies
  • How college culture and research/classroom learning come together
  • Student resilience & self-advocacy
  • Preparing for college level writing in all its modalities
  • Crosswalking information literacy standards and frameworks (AASL & ACRL)
  • Helping English language learners achieve success
  • Thinking inclusively & universal design
  • Information literacy and its connection to critical thinking
  • Digital citizenship
  • Supporting the whole student (social emotional learning)
  • How public libraries support high school & college students


Use this form to submit your idea for a poster session or breakout session (or both!). Please submit one form for each session that you want to present if proposing multiple sessions.

Deadline to submit is Friday, March 15th. Accepted session will be notified no later than Friday, March 29th.

A full conference program will be available the week of April 11th.


Registration is also open for this full-day conference where you’ll have the opportunity to learn from your colleagues as we talk about ways to help our students successfully transition from high school to college. This conference will feature breakouts, panels, and poster sessions, with plenty of time for one-on-one conversations and making connections with educators from around the region.

*Registration is hosted by Monroe 2-Orleans BOCES MyLearningPlan. If registering from an institution not listed under District/Institution please select “Other, Not on List” and then type in the institution under Building/Division. – If you have any questions, contact Jim Belair (