Monthly Archives: June 2019

23 posts

Second Opinion – CPR in America

90% of people who suffer out-of-hospital cardiac arrests die. Receiving immediate CPR can double or triple a person’s chance of survival. But 70% of Americans feel helpless because they don’t know CPR or they’re afraid of hurting the victim. CPR IN AMERICA aims to change that. Second Opinion has partnered with the American Heart Association to produce a special with one key goal…to teach all of America Hands-Only CPR! The special will be released in coordination with the brand-new CPR guidelines that will be released amidst great publicity on Thursday, October, 15, 2015. This groundbreaking special will include documentary-style patient stories, a studio audience of survivors and rescuers, interviews with doctors who were involved in drafting the new guidelines, and easy to follow Hands-Only CPR demonstrations.

Airs 6/21 at 2-3 a.m.

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Moscone:  A Legacy of Change

This documentary chronicles the life of George Moscone, California legislator and mayor of San Francisco, whose life was cut tragically short by an assassin’s bullet 40 years ago this November. We’ll look at how Moscone changed the face of progressive politics both locally and nationally with his campaigns on behalf of racial equality, fair labor practices, and civil rights, especially for the LGBTQ community.  Besides family members and lifelong friends, interviews include U.S. Senator Dianne Feinstein, House Minority Speaker Nancy Pelosi, and former S.F. Mayor and California State Senate President Pro Tem Willie Brown.

Airs 6/19 at 1-2 a.m.

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Rivers of Life


  • #101 The Nile: Rivers of Life – The Nile is the world’s longest river. From elephants and leopards to extreme kayakers and ancient wonders, its great length provides a lifeline for Africa’s wildest beasts and for some of the world’s most incredible cultures.

Airs 6/19 at 8 p.m.

  • #102 The Amazon: Rivers of Life – The Amazon, the greatest river system on Earth, amasses one-fifth of Earth’s freshwater as it flows east from the Andes to the Atlantic. Boiling streams, crystal clear lagoons, pink river dolphins and a strange new reef are some of its many secret and extreme worlds.

Airs 6/26 at 8 p.m.


Hitler’s Holocaust Railways

Chris Tarrant (Chris Tarrant: Extreme Railways) explores the darkest chapter of rail history in HITLER’S HOLOCAUST RAILWAYS. As Tarrant examines the Nazi’s scheme to build the world’s most powerful railway leading up to World War II, he meets with Holocaust survivors to hear their stories.

Airs 6/17 at 9 p.m. (repeats 6/23 at 8 p.m.)

American Masters


  • Terrence McNally: Every Act of Life – Playwright, librettist, scriptwriter and outspoken LGBTQ activist Terrence McNally has long believed in the power of the arts to transform society and make a difference. The new documentary American Masters – Terrence McNally: Every Act of Life, premiering nationwide

Friday, June 14 at 9 p.m. on WXXI in honor of LGBT Pride Month, lifts the curtain on the life, career and inspirations of the complicated and brilliant Emmy- and four-time Tony Award-winning writer.

  • Loretta Lynn: Still a Mountain Girl explores Lynn’s hard-fought road to stardom, her struggles to balance her marriage to Oliver “Doolittle” Lynn and six children with her music career, her friendships and collaborations with Spacek, Patsy Cline, Conway Twitty, Johnny Cash, June Carter Cash and music producer Owen Bradley, along with her life on the road, her Nashville and Hurricane Mills communities, her songwriting inspirations and her music’s lasting impact on her peers and fans.

Airs 6/16 at 11 p.m.

  • Robert Shaw: Man of Many Voices – Trace the journey of one of America’s greatest choral music conductors. With no formal training, Robert Shaw was legendary for his interpretations of classical music’s choral masterpieces and inspired generations of musicians with the power of music.

Airs 6/21 at 9 p.m.

  • Itzhak – airs 6/28 at 9 p.m. – description above under Dialogue for Disability.



Safe Haven

In 1944, 982 refugees from 18 European countries were brought to the United States as guests of President Franklin Roosevelt.   FDR agreed to admit this small token group in lieu of a much larger plan to create many safe havens all over the country and bring in possibly hundreds of thousands of refugees. The camp was Fort Ontario Army Camp in Oswego, NY. Through interviews with former refugees and archival footage, Safe Haven, tells the story of America’s only refugee shelter for Holocaust victims. Robert Clary, a former refugee, hosts.

Airs 6/12 at 4-5 a.m.





Considering Matthew Shepard

In October of 1998, Matthew Shepard was beaten, tortured, and left to die. Twenty years later his legacy is remembered in a unique production that uses music, poetry and interviews and to explore a pivotal time in our history. When a hate crime is committed, what does it mean to be a victim, a parent, a community member, a perpetrator? How do we learn to be compassionate and find hope in hopeless situations? As a response to this hate crime, Matthew’s story is placed into the context of a passion story presented as a three-part oratorio, bringing new depth to a harrowing story of loss and highlighting the role of art and how we react to tragedy. At the heart of this production is the renowned composer Craig Hella Johnson and the Grammy Award-winning choral group Conspirare. We follow the creative process as their art is used to explore how music can be a healing force and lift up voices that are rarely heard.

Airs 6/12 at 2-3 a.m. (6/26 at 4-5 a.m.)



Reflections on the 2019 NYLA-SSL Conference

June 1st marked the start of Pride month, and a central theme around the NYLA-SSL conference fit the bill perfectly: “How can we represent a diversity of people in our school library collections?” Students come in all shapes, colors, sizes, sexes, genders, religions, ideals, backgrounds, thoughts, emotions, you-name-its. In 1990 Dr. Rudine Simms Bishop coined the phrase “Windows, mirrors, and sliding glass doors” to refer to how children need to not only see themselves in books, but also learn about people who may be different than them. Developing a diverse collection that speaks to students in this way is an important part of our work.

Keynote speakers Dhonielle Clayton, author and COO of We Need Diverse Books; Newbery award winning author Matt de la Peña, and Knickerbocker award winning fantasy author Tamora Pierce, all spoke to this theme in their keynote speeches.

Out of all of them, Dhonielle Clayton gave us the most practical knowledge. She gives 5 main pieces of advice for diversifying your collection:

  1. Don’t rely only on big review outlets. Read the titles that they don’t highlight, and decide for yourself if the books are worth buying.
  2. Read widely. Read everything. Not just the titles that are pushed out to you.
  3. Seek balance! In displays don’t highlight just one story (and she didn’t mention this, but if you’ve never seen it, check out this amazing Ted talk “The danger of a single story” by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie).
  4. To help us in our selection process, We Need Diverse Books has developed an app called OurStory ( The app lists “diverse” books that have been reviewed and tagged by librarians.
  5. Finally, Dhonielle stressed one of the most important point in this discussion: when highlighting diverse books, don’t highlight them for their diversity. Putting together a collection of books to highlight diversity, only segregates them further. Focus on their themes and storylines. For example, at Valentines Day when you’re putting together a display of books on love, just make sure you include books about all kinds of love. If highlighting fantasy books, display books by all kinds of authors with all kinds of characters.

We Need Diverse Books will be brought to the Rochester area on September 24th (1pm-4pm) by RRLC and if you haven’t already registered, please do so. This event is filling up quickly.

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Summer PD

Summer is just around the corner! We have some great workshops coming up. Check them out and get registered!


Tuesday, July 23, 2019, 8:30 am to 3:00 pm

Create and Code Interactive Stories with Twine

Combine coding and writing with this interactive story-telling program. In Twine you can teach your students coding concepts, while writing an interactive story (similar to a choose your own adventure). Twine provides an avenue to build rich narratives, while learning accessible, natural-language based coding. This workshop will be hands-on, with participants practicing key coding concepts and learning the foundations of creating interactive story games. In the end, attendees will have created a playable Interactive Story game.

Attendees will learn:

  • Foundations of creating interactive story games, regardless of format.
  • Key coding concepts (conditionals, variables, amongst others).
  • How to create and code interactive story games using the Twine Platform, utilizing the Harlowe language.
  • Advice and ideas on how to utilize the tool with students in their libraries.

Register here:


Tuesday, July 30, 2019, 9:00 am to 3:00 pm

Hands-on Circuits in the Library

Build your understanding of the role of circuitry in making, in computing, and in the invention/design process. In this workshop, we will thoroughly move through the basics of circuitry and binary computing. We will build circuits using various materials such as copper tape, LED bulbs, and circuit stickers. We will practice making circuits by sewing with conductive thread and we will build circuits using invention kits.

Once you have a thorough understanding of how circuitry is the foundation of the modern world, you’ll be better able to explain these concepts to your students. You’ll be a better problem-solver and be able to teach your students to be better problem-solvers too. On top of this you’ll have more confidence coming up with fun and interesting projects. This workshop will go from 9am to 3pm with an hour lunch break (lunch not provided). It is designed for librarians. Classroom teachers are welcome to join us if they attend in collaboration with their building librarian.

Register here:


Thursday, August 1, 2019, 9:00 am to 3:00 pm

STEAM and Curriculum Integration with Makey Makey

Students are constantly consuming content and using inventions that are created by others. Makey Makey allows students to create their own content on Scratch and use design thinking to create their own inventions. During this workshop participants will learn the basics of Scratch and using the Makey Makey. Participants will also get hands on examples on how they can integrate Makey Makey into their curriculum. ***All who attend will receive a free Makey Makey***

Register here:


Thursday, August 8, 2019, 8:30 am to 3:00 pm

Creating Engaging Curriculum with iPad Apps

The iPad is full of engaging apps out of the box. Come to this workshop to learning how to create engaging projects aligned to curriculum. Apple Certified Educators will lead the day to provide a hands-on experience and attendees will walk away with products ready to use day 1.

Attendees will:

  • Become Apple Teachers
  • Interact with native Apple Apps
  • Plan projects for new school year
  • Create “Recipe Cards”

Register here:


Tuesday and Wednesday, August 13 and 14, 2019, 8:30 am to 4:30 pm

ISTE Certification for Educators

ISTE is focused on pedagogy, not tools. It’s not about edtech per se, it’s about what you do with the tech to transform learning and improve student outcomes.

For Classroom Educators, Coaches and Library Media Specialists

ISTE Certification helps build a teacher’s professional profile and provides a digital credential to demonstrate mastery and earn recognition for his or her work in using technology to transform learning.

For School & District Leaders

ISTE Certification provides education leaders with a way to identify a school or district’s educators who are leading the way with digital age teaching practices. The certification also provides a vendor-neutral edtech credential that can be used in staff hiring decisions.

Certification Process

Through the ISTE Certification process, educators will participate in an eight week blended learning cohort based on the ISTE Standards and transformative pedagogy. After completing the blended learning course, participants will have six months to apply their learning and compile artifacts and reflections into a competency-based portfolio to earn ISTE Certification. Content will be taught in the following four modules: Designing For Diversity; Personalized Learning & Alternative Assessments; Digital Learning Environments: Design Thinking & Computational Thinking; and The New Digital Citizenship.

Register here:


Wednesday, August 21, 2019, 8:30 am to 3:30 pm

RRLC Annual Librarian Tech Camp

The day will open with a keynote from Project Look Sharp on news and media literacy. Participants will then attend breakout sessions focusing on: digital citizenship, escape rooms, genrefication, student data, school and public library collaboration, mindfulness in the library, diversity audits and diverse collections, library redesign, Social Emotional Learning, website design, coding for girls, library sustainability, ISTE Standards…plus much more! Note- lunch will be provided.

Register here:


We hope to see you there!