Monthly Archives: September 2019

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Creative Commons Search Engine

Did you know? This past spring, Creative Commons launched a search engine that indexes over 300 million public domain images. These are images from 19 image collections and they include works from the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Cleveland Museum of Art, Flickr, and even some CC0 3D designs from Thingiverse.

All of these images are in the public domain or released under Creative Commons licenses, which means they are free to use in a non-commercial setting. It also means they have the licensing information readily available to quick copy and paste.

Click here to start searching.

“UnknownFlower”by ksoon71 is licensed under CC BY-NC 2.0

IQ Smart Parent (6 – 30 minute programs)

IQ: SMARTPARENT equips parents and caregivers with the knowledge and tools they need to successfully guide their children in the use of digital media and technology. The three-part series addresses children’s media consumption – from helping them discern between fiction and reality to safeguarding their online identities. Host Angela Santomero created and executive produced the acclaimed children’s television series Blue’s Clue on Nick Jr., and Super Why! and Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood on PBS KIDS. Santomero also hosts PBS’ The Parent Show at and writes a personal blog about parenting at

airs Mondays at 2 a.m. beginning 9/2

#402 – On this episode of iQ: smartparent, discover family past times that do double-duty: they’re fun and educational. Experts from Adventure Outdoors and the after-school program Brashear Kids demonstrate how to turn an ordinary scavenger hunt into a high-tech adventure with the hot new hobby called geocaching and they show how geocaching and GPS technology can be used in the classroom to support STEM learning. Two young people from Brashear Kids provide a demonstration of geocaching in the studio. Then, an educator from the Allegheny Intermediate Unit reveals ways families can get creative with science experiments with arts and crafts supplies they already have lying around the house. Finally, the Education Coordinator of the youth makerspace Digital Harbor Foundation of Baltimore provides tips for families to make the most out of a visit to a makerspace, including suggestions for inter-generational maker collaborations.

#403 – In this episode of iQ: smartparent, the topicis social and emotional learning. The goal is to help children build the confidence they need to succeed in the classroom and in life. An expert from the nationally renowned Fred Rogers Center explains ways to use digital media for social and emotional learning, based on the teachings of iconic children’s television host Fred Rogers of Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood. Another guest from the Pittsburgh Association for the Education of Young Children explains how teachers are being trained to incorporate digital media in social and emotional learning initiatives in the classroom. We also welcome an expert from Common Sense Media, an independent nonprofit organization offering reviews and resources to help children and families navigate the world of media and technology. This guest gives guidelines for families to evaluate and choose the best apps to boost social awareness skills. Finally, we meet two inspiring teachers who created a culturally relevant STEM/STEAM curriculum to engage underserved middle-school aged girls in math and science. Called “Sisters eS.T.E.A.M.,” this program demonstrates the link between self-esteem and academic achievement and after hearing from the teachers, the young women of Sisters eS.T.E.A.M. appear in the studio to perform a motivational exercise that’s part of their science curriculum.

#404 – In this episode of iQ: smartparent, math matters in the digital age. Today’s classrooms are undergoing a high-tech revolution and experts explain ways parents can help their children make math make sense. Matt Larson, President of the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics and co-author of the book Balancing the Equation: A Guide to School Mathematics for Educators and Parents, discusses math literacy, Common Core math standards, tips for parents to talk to teachers about mathematics education methods in the classroom, and appropriate ways to assist children with their math homework. Megan Cicconi, a math teacher representing the computer science/coding advocacy group, discusses the need for coding skills in the 21st century, and ways to structure computer science education to complement mathematics education. And, guest Betsy Stein of the Boys &Girls Club of Western Pennsylvania presents a fun family activity to practice mathematics skills using sports statistics. In addition, this episode includes two field packages showing innovative ways to build mathematics skills using hands-on science projects.

#405 – In this episode of iQ: smartparent, experts explain the range of resources available at libraries, in person and online, demonstrating the many ways that libraries are transforming lives and serving as the new “community living room.” Guest Felton Thomas, Jr., President of the Public Library Association, a branch of the American Library Association, explains services offered in libraries, including ones to build skills in education, employment, entrepreneurship, empowerment, and engagement. Another guest, Marie Belle Vargas, is a Library Media Specialist at PS1x Cortlandt School in the South Bronx of New York, and the winner of the 2016 Common Sense Media Award for Educator of the Year. She explains the innovative ways she’s turned her school library into a true community resource, offering parents as well as students in a socioeconomically challenged neighborhood a range of activities to build technology, literacy, language, and hands-on science skills. And, Mary Francis Cooper of the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh provides tips for using online library resources for everything from homework help to personal research and adult education. In addition, this episode includes two field packages. One explains digital badging and the other illustrates ways that libraries are using gaming to draw teens into their local libraries.

#406 – In this episode of iQ: smartparent, all parents hope to be role models for their kids – but when it comes to media habits, kids are paying attention to how mom and dad use media and the habits they’re picking up from you aren’t always good. Clinical psychologist and nationally renowned author Catherine Steiner-Adair, discusses her book The Big Disconnect: Protecting Childhood and Family Relationships in the Digital Age. She reveals ways to alter tech so it serves as a complement to daily life and learning, rather than a barrier to authentic family moments. Then, Dr. James Huguley, an assistant professor at the University of Pittsburgh’s School of Social Work and Center on Race and Social Problems, discusses ways for families of color to help their children interpret negative and stereotypical portrayals of minorities in the media. And, Shelley Pasnik, Director of The Center For Children and Technology and author of the PBS Parent’s Guide to Children and Media, explains healthy ways for parents to join their children in media consumption and media-making to promote thoughtful use of digital technology. In addition, this episode includes a field package featuring a pediatrician from Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh and a researcher from the University of Pittsburgh who explain the significant ways in which digital devices contribute to sleep disruption, and the impact it’s having on young people’s physical and emotional health.




Sauti: Refugee Girls Speak

A documentary that profiles five teenaged girls in a Ugandan refugee settlement. With tenacity, tenderness and imagination, they approach their uncertain futures to create new lives of their own choosing. The film, told in the voices of the refugee girls, witnesses the power of girls struggling for agency and self-determination against the odds, and inspires audiences to reframe their ideas about the daily realities, hopes, and dreams of refugees. airs 9/19 at 4 a.m.



Shanghai 1937:  Where World War II Began

When did World War II begin? Americans might say December 7, 1941-the day the Japanese Imperial navy attacked the American naval base at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. For Europeans, it was September 1, 1939 when Nazi Germany invaded Poland. But in China, people will tell you a different date-August 13, 1937, the start of the Battle of Shanghai. That day, after what is called the “century of humiliation,” including six years of repeated “incidents” initiated by the Japanese military, China at last “stood up.” Shanghai was the most international city in Asia, with a large foreign population, so at the time of the military conflict, it was headline news around the world. Based on the book Shanghai 1937: Stalingrad on the Yangtzeby Danish author Peter Harmsen, SHANGHAI 1937: WHERE WORLD WAR II BEGAN introduces key figures in the conflict, chronicles how the battle unfolded over the course of three months, and explores the aftermath and years of war that followed. SHANGHAI 1937 incorporates rarely seen archival footage as well as interviews with author Peter Harmsen, military historian Edward Drea and professor of modern Chinese history Hans Van DeVen, in addition to two Chinese experts on this subject: Su Zhiliang, Ph.D. of Shanghai Normal University, and Ma Zhendu, director of the Second Historical Archives of China. The film also includes vivid recollections of men and women, such as Ronald Morris, Liliane Willens and Patricia D. Silver, who experienced these events as foreign children living in Shanghai.

 airs 9/12 at 4 a.m.



Thinking Money: The Psychology Behind Our Best and Worst Financial Decisions

leads viewers on an exploration of how and why people spend, save (or don’t), and think about money. The United States is heading into a retirement crisis, led by debt-ridden Baby Boomers whose diminishing savings will not match their increasing longevity. To help Americans address this challenge, host David Coyne – a Washington, D.C.-based actor and comedian – travels the country and meets original thinkers mixing economics with psychology. Their enlightening and often amusing experiments into financial behavior illuminate how both the human brain and the marketplace can trick people into spending money.

airs 9/10 at 4 a.m.



Craft in America

Craft in America visits America’s premier craft artists in their studios to witness the creation of handmade objects and into homes, businesses and public spaces where functional art is employed and celebrated. Using archival footage and interviews with some of the top artists in the country, the three-part series showcases the breadth and beauty of handmade objects in our culture. airs Mondays – Fridays at 5 p.m.

#202 – airs 9/6 at 5 p.m. – “Process” looks at what inspires a person to choose a career in craft and demonstrates how they go about acquiring the knowledge and necessary skills. This episode also reveals

#402 – airs 9/12 at 5 p.m. – This episode explores America as a crossroads: a land where craft evolves from global influences, a place of exciting intersections between modern technology and the handmade.

#503 – airs 9/17 at 5 p.m. – “Industry” explores the business of the handmade, going into workshops where artists are crafting the future and making contributions to the local and national economies. The program highlights the important connection between the consumer and the maker and explores the value of exquisitely crafted handmade objects in today’s creative economy.

#601 – airs 9/18 at 5 p.m. – “Service,” part of the PBS veteran’s initiative Stories of Service, is the story of craft and the military. From the origins of the Army Arts & Crafts Program and the G.I. Bill to contemporary soldiers and veterans, “Service” documents the power of the handmade to inspire, motivate and heal. Featured artists are Eugene Burks, Jr., Pam DeLuco, Judas Recendez, Ehren Tool and Peter Voulkos.

#902 – airs 9/26 at 5 p.m. – Travel to and from the U.S. and Mexico to explore the people, history, traditions and crafts, noting how aesthetics cross from one country to another and back again in an organic and ongoing cultural exchange.




Library News of the Week 9/10/19

Among all of the news in libraries this week, these three items stood out the most:

NYLA Conference Registration is open for the 2019 NYLA Annual Conference and Trade Show. It will be held in Saratoga Springs, NY from November 13-16. Filmmaker Astra Taylor will keynote, speaking about the nature of democracy. For more information, visit:

AASL Conference If NYLA isn’t your thing, and you’re able to get there, the AASL Conference is open for registration as well. Held November 14-16 in Louisville, this conference features three keynote speakers and over 150 concurrent sessions specific to school librarians. Also note: a complimentary administrator registration is available with every full conference registration. For more information, visit:

Library Card Sign-up Month September is Library Card Sign-up Month (since 1987). ALA and libraries unite in a national effort to ensure every child signs-up for their own library card. Find out more and download the press kit at: Note: your students can use their new public library cards with their SORA accounts to enhance their ebook and audiobook options.


SLS NewsBlast 2019.09.09

Welcome Back!  Happy 2019-20 School Year!

We hope that you’ve successfully navigated the first days of the new school year and that everything in your school library is off to a wonderful start.  We extend a special welcome to three school librarians who are new to the Monroe One BOCES region:

Melissa Bohrer, Ivan Green Primary School, East Irondequoit

Jenn Costello, Laurelton-Pardee Intermediate School, East Irondequoit

Becky Hibbert, East Irondequoit Middle School, East Irondequoit

SLS Mini-Grants
  • The Monroe One BOCES School Library System is pleased to announce that $20,000 in funding is available mini-grants this year.  Certified school librarians in our SLS member schools of up to $1,200 for mini-grants for collection development, innovative projects, or professional development.
  • Please click on the SLS Mini-Grant page to learn more.  The individual documents are linked here as follows AnnouncementApplicationFrequently Asked Questions (FAQ), and Evaluation Rubric and also at the right-hand side of the SLS Mini-Grant page. Contact Katie Bertrand at if you need more information.
Re-imagined Empire State Information Fluency Continuum (ESIFC)

The School Library Systems Association (SLSA) and the New York Library Association Section of School Librarians (NYLA/SSL) have recently completed a year-long, joint effort, working with Dr. Barbara Stripling, to Re-Imagine the Empire State Information Fluency Continuum (ESIFC).  The entire Re-Imagined ESIFC can now be found at this libguide.  Each of your school libraries should have an ESIFC Binder with the original version which was released/provided in 2013.   Please hold on to those binders.  In mid-October, your SLS will provide the new print version, which you can insert into your existing binders.  If you do not currently have an original ESIFC binder, please email us at and we will try to find a replacement for you.  See the next item for a professional development opportunity related to the Re-Imagined ESIFC,

Upcoming Professional Development
  • Using Graphic Novels, Graphic Nonfiction, and Graphic Biographies in the Classroom with G. (Greg) Neri, will take place on Monday, October 7, 2019, at the School of the Arts, 45 Prince St. Rochester, from 6:30-8:00 pm.  This workshop, intended for librarians and teachers is presented jointly by the Monroe One, Monroe 2 Orleans, and City of Rochester School Library Systems in cooperation with the Monroe County Library Systems and Friends & Foundation of the Rochester Public Library. Click on the workshop title for complete information and to register.  (Read on for more about G. Neri, and opportunities for students)
  • Re-Imagining Information Fluency and Standards Alignment for our Students with Dr. Barbara Stripling will take place on October 10, 2019, at Monroe One BOCES, 15 Linden Park, Room 2AB, 9:30am-3:00pm.  Please click on the workshop title for a complete description and registration information.  Those attending will receive their new print copy of the Reimagined ESIFC at this time.  Please bring your emptied binders.
Speaking of G. Neri

The 10th Annual Greater Rochester Teen Read takes place October 7-11, 2019 and G. Neri is the featured author.  For more information about the Teen Read and opportunities for your students, please see the attached brochure and poster.

Please don’t hesitate to reach out to us if you have questions or need assistance. Click HERE for our Monroe One SLS Staff Contacts.  If you’re ever uncertain who to, email and your question will be directed to the appropriate staff member.   

Wishing you a wonderful, rewarding 2019-20 School Year!

Your Monroe One BOCES Library Services Team

Re-Evolution: The Cuban Dream

Diving into the streets of Havana, RE-EVOLUTION: THE CUBAN DREAM introduces a social worker, an ethnographer, and three artists. Their stories provide unique perspectives on how Cuba is shaped by an ongoing culture of revolution that is more nuanced than meets the eye.  This program is the first in an eventual four-part series which will explore pillars of Cuban society that are drastically evolving today.

airs 9/13 at 10:30 p.m.