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New Titles in Learn360

Learn360 updates its content on an ongoing basis. About once a month, we import these new titles into our Safari MONTAGE catalog.

Here, we will highlight some of these new titles for you. This month, Learn360 added almost 350 new titles from eight different publishers. We’ve created some playlists to help you better navigate these titles:

Featured Playlists at the High School Level:

Applied Pyschology

Behind the Scenes of Respectful Relationships

Working in the Hospitality Industry

BBC WorldWide Learning (Middle/High School Level)


Featured Playlists at the Elementary Level:

Hooked on Phonics Level 2

Hooked on Phonics Level 3

Hooked on Phonics Level 4

Hooked on Phonics Level 5

Hooked on Phonics Level 6

Hooked on Phonics Level 7

Hooked on Phonics Level 8


Featured Professional Playlists:

Inside Writing Communities


Resources through SLS

Did you know that Monroe One BOCES School Library System offers librarians a chance to try out different learning kits?

We offer these through a program called We Buy It, You Try It. Over the course of the next few days/weeks, we’ll use this blog platform to highlight some of our learning kits and show you how to borrow them.

*Some of these may require training in advance, so be sure you contact Liesl to schedule some time together, or attend one of our regularly held workshops if available.

A list of kits is available in our SLS LibGuide on a page called “Physical Library” under the Home tab. This page lists our kits, as well as the kits available through the Model Schools service.

Some things to know:

  • All of our districts are able to borrow the Model Schools kits. These are available to teachers and librarians alike, as Model Schools serves all educators in the building.
  • Our SLS kits are only available to school librarians. We purchase these for research and development purposes specifically for librarians. We lend these so that librarians can test out a kit before deciding to spend their library budget on it. We also hope that it will encourage collaboration between teachers and librarians.
  • Instructions for borrowing these kits are at the bottom of the LibGuide page.
  • If you have something you’d like to try that we don’t have, let us know. While we can’t promise, we may be able to purchase it.
  • If you have any technical difficulties, contact Liesl or Sally.

Lazy People Saving the World

The UN has a series of Sustainable Development Goals for the health of our future. These include:

  1. No Poverty
  2. Zero Hunger
  3. Good Health and Well-Being
  4. Quality Education
  5. Gender Equality
  6. Clean Water and Sanitation
  7. Affordable and Clean Energy
  8. Decent Work and Economic Growth
  9. Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure
  10. Reduced Inequalities
  11. Sustainable Cities and Communities
  12. Responsible Consumption and Production
  13. Climate Action
  14. Life Below Water
  15. Life on Land
  16. Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions
  17. Partnerships

To meet these goals, they have developed a number of plans. These include the ActNow Campaign – supporting climate action, the Be the Change Initiative – which includes a Be the Change Challenge Toolkit, and, my personal favorite, the Lazy Person’s Guide to Saving the World. This guide lays out four different levels of action.

Level 1: Things you can do from your couch.

Level 2: Things you can do at home

Level 3: Things you can do outside your house

Level 4: Things you can do at work

To see details of what you can do at each of these levels, check out their website, or download and print out the .pdf.

12/5 Council Highlights

On Thursday of last week, our School Library Council and Communication Coordinators met for our quarterly liaison meeting. Here are the highlights:

Library Automation/Follett: Sally updated Five Systems in August and will update again over February break. The export uses server resources, so she can’t do this while school is in session. She has also imported the student pictures for all schools except Webster and East Rochester.

Arts in Ed: If you have decided on an author, illustrator or storyteller for this school year, please submit your Celebrities in the Schools form to Wendy Petry as soon as possible.

Authors are often sending contracts to schools for visits. Please read any contract carefully and sign it if you feel your school can follow the requests lined out. Their contract usually contains a list of requirements for their visit, covering class size limits, availability of books, and any needs for the day of the event.

BOCES generally does not sign author contracts because we send out a contract from our office with the arrangements for initial payment, hotel stay and reimbursement of expenses. Outside of these arrangements, the school will provide what is requested during an author visit.  The author’s representative can provide specifics on what is needed.  You can always touch base with our office if you have questions or want to discuss what is requested.

Electronic Databases: Barb is in the process of obtaining statistics for many of our purchased databases and will hopefully send them out by the end of the month. Stats will cover July through November.

Upcoming PD: Liesl presented a list of upcoming workshops. She also reported on our “We Buy It, You Try It” kits and how to request them. See the attached documents for the listings and instructions.

Multimedia: Safari has changed its reporting process on the backend. This is why Sally has been unable to pull reports this year. We met Friday morning to learn their new process and you should receive statistics again soon. The beginning of this year will be grouped together, but after that it will be pulled monthly.

Directors Report: Katie reported that MyOn is leaving SCORE, so this will no longer be available through Library Database Purchasing. She also reported on the SLS Mini-Grants that were awarded and the purchasing caveats for Overdrive ebooks and audiobooks. She clarified for us that the MacMillan lending model that has been so widely publicized does not currently affect school library purchases. It only affects public library purchases. Also, SORA is the preferred ebook reader for our Overdrive collection. The only ebooks we currently can’t access through SORA are the old ebooks we purchased as .pdf files. If you want training on SORA or to discuss an Advantage collection, Katie can come out to talk with you.

Reports from around the table:

  • Pittsford Elementary librarians have been taking a deep dive into the standards and selecting focus standards
  • Irondequoit Public Library has a new Director. He was at Gates prior.
  • Howard Enis says thank you to the five systems team because he has been borrowing a ton of books through ILL for 9th grade. FRES had Nikki Grimes for an author visit, and a book fair. Twelve Corners will be redesigning this summer.
  • East Rochester had a book fair as well. They also had a wonderful free author visit by local author Kathy Foster.
  • Rush Henrietta is updating the districts ICT scope and sequence (which is the integration of tech skills). They are working on identifying places they can build in research through common learning experiences.
  • Ana Canino-Fluitt was recently elected to NYLA council and got to attend her first council meeting. Next month is advocacy season. It’s great to have someone who can provide this level of insight into NYLA at our table.
  • East Irondequoit HS has had ongoing dialogue with Irondequoit Public Library Y/A librarian. Has been a great experience.

Don’t forget to do your HOUR OF CODE this week!

Hour of Code is Next Week!

Next week is this year’s Hour of Code celebration. Do you have a plan for your students?

Hour of Code is a week-long celebration of computer science, encouraging people to take one hour out of their week, to try learning a little bit of code. The celebration was developed to demystify coding, and to show that anyone can learn the basic underlying principles of it.

Here are a handful resources for you to use with your students:

Hour of Code Activities


Tynker for Schools (paid curriculum)

Swift Playgrounds (Apple App): Student Guide / Teacher Guide

And Finally…


Tuesday, December 10th!

Reminder – Council Meeting

SLS Council/Communications Meeting

There is a School Library System Council/Communication Coordinators Meeting tomorrow – Thursday, December 5th. The meeting will be held at 15 Linden Park in Room 2B from 2:30 to 4:00 pm.

We will have highlights for you in this blog on Monday.

We are looking forward to seeing our council members!

For more information about Council, see our webpage.

UN International Day of Persons with Disabilities

Today is the annual observance of the International Day of Persons with Disabilities. Proclaimed in 1992, the goal of this day is to promote the rights and well-being of persons with disabilities in society.

For more information, see the UN International Day of Persons with Disabilities website:

Share these videos with your students:

NOVA scienceNOW: Marine Geologist Sang-Mook Lee

Sang-Mook Lee, a professor of marine geology and geophysics at Seoul National University, is paralyzed from the neck down. But that hasn’t stopped him: he continues to teach and pursue his research on tectonic plates and the formation of the world’s oceans. Outside his academic work, he also has launched a new career teaching others with disabilities and advocating for the rights of disabled people.

Helen Keller

(1880 – 1968) A severe illness as an infant left Helen Keller blind and deaf, but she refused to let these disabilities prevent her from making her mark and becoming one of the most remarkable women in history. She proved to the world that strength, determination and patience can make any obstacle surmountable, and her success as a scholar and lecturer inspired many. Part of the American Women of Achievement Video Collection, paying tribute to the lives and accomplishments of American women, past and present.

Exploring Our Nation: Equal Protection and Extending Rights

”Exploring Our Nation” discusses topics in United States history related to the founding of the country, the U.S. government and the U.S. Constitution. This clip features a discussion of equal protection in the United States from Reconstruction to the present.

Extraordinary Women: Maria Montessori

In a remarkable life spanning eight decades, Maria Montessori challenged convention to pioneer a radical new system of education that focused on the child as an independent learner and spread to all corners of the world, affecting the schooling of millions. As a young woman in 19th-century Italy, Montessori defied social convention to study medicine and become one of Europe’s first female doctors. She campaigned tirelessly for the rights of women, children and the disadvantaged. In the 1930s, Montessori was forced to flee her homeland when she dared confront Mussolini. Her works were later burned by Hitler and she became a nomad, traveling the world and spreading a message of peace through education. Featuring archival footage, interviews and dramatic re-enactments, ”Extraordinary Women” reveals the stories of exceptional women who overcame all adversities to emerge as icons of the 20th century.

There’s still time to register for…

Coding with Sphero

December 10th – 3:30 pm – 5:00 pm at Monroe One BOCES

Teaming up with Lindsay Neumire from Monroe 2-Orleans BOCES, this workshop is open to librarians of both regions. Sphero is a little round robot that’s not only fun to play with, but can be used effectively to teach coding concepts, math, and more! In this 1.5 hour hands-on workshop, attendees will learn to control Sphero, code with Sphero, and practice and discuss ways to use it to strengthen curricular concepts. This workshop is for School Librarians. Teachers may attend if they attend with their School Librarian with the intent to collaborate in the future.

Monroe One has a classroom set of Spheros for you to try out in your library available after the workshop.

Register here:



The Digies Conference

December 13th – 8:30 am – 3:00 pm at Genesee Community College, Conable Technology Building

Explore the media arts and career ecosystem emerging around esports with Dr. Andrew Peterson, Faculty Advisor for Ferris State (MI) ESports. Concurrent sessions include:

  • Getting Started with Esports
  • Photo 101: F-stops and more
  • Careers with Drones
  • More to be announced…

Register here:


For more Professional Development Opportunities, check our Calendar of Events.