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Advocacy

NYLA Library Advocacy Day is Tuesday, February 25th. On this day, library advocates from across New York State will converge on Albany to voice their support for funding and policies that benefit libraries.

In preparation, the Northern NY Library Network is hosting an informational webinar this Thursday, January 30th covering the basics of legislative visits in New York state.

Webinar:

Primer on Legislative Visits
Jan 30, 2020
1:00 PM Eastern Time
Register (free)

The presenter will be Jery Huntley, who worked as Chuck Schumer’s legislative director in the New York State Assembly beginning in 1978 and continued on his staff through his campaign for Congress, then became his legislative assistant for special projects in Washington, DC.

Ms. Huntley was also a teacher and school library media specialist in New York State. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in education (1971) and a Master of Library Science (1972) from SUNY Albany.

To get the basics on advocacy day, including information on security, hotels, and directions click here!

11th Annual Greater Rochester Teen Read – 2020

The 2020 Greater Rochester Teen Read featured author has been announced! 

The MCLS Young Adult Librarians are hosting the Eleventh Annual Greater Rochester Teen Read in 2020! They will be bringing Ruta Sepetys to Rochester to talk about her best-selling novel, Between Shades of Gray, and her latest novel, The Fountains of Silence.

Ruta Sepetys is an internationally acclaimed, #1 New York Times bestselling author of historical fiction published in over sixty countries and forty languages. Sepetys is considered a “crossover” novelist as her books are read by both students and adults worldwide. Winner of the Carnegie Medal, Ruta is renowned for giving voice to underrepresented history and those who experienced it. Her books have won or been shortlisted for over forty book prizes, are included on over thirty state reading lists, and are currently in development for film and television.

She will be available for school visits during the week of October 5-9, 2020. For information about bringing Ruta to your school, please contact Wendy Petry and mention that she will be here for the Greater Rochester Teen Read.

Previous GRTR authors have included Terry Trueman, Linda Sue Park, Vivian Vande Velde, A. S. King, Charles Benoit, Eoin Colfer, Jonathan Stroud, Jason Reynolds, Brendan Kiely, Paul Griffin, Laurie Halse Anderson, and Greg Neri. They presented their books at MCLS libraries, schools, and teen centers.

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

Code.org

Scratch

Tynker for Schools (paid curriculum)

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

And Finally…

REGISTER FOR OUR SPHERO WORKSHOP

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.

Reimagining Library Spaces

Genesee Valley Educational Partnership is working on a program for the 5 systems region called “Reimagining Library Spaces”. This program will be led by Diana Rendina, a Library Media Specialist at Tampa Preparatory School, an independent 6-12 school in Tampa, Florida. She an author, and the creator of the Renovated Learning blog. This workshop will focus on transforming your library space.

Many school libraries still look like they did fifty years ago. But our libraries are no longer quiet dusty book repositories. Librarians are leading the way in technology use and modern pedagogy in our schools – now we need to update our spaces to match.

In this workshop, you will get ideas and inspiration for transforming the physical space of your libraries to make them innovative, student-friendly learning environments. We’ll talk about how to apply learning space design theory to renovate your library. You’ll learn how to survey your students, create a focus group, and use design thinking to brainstorm ideas for your space. We’ll spend time brainstorming our spaces and making plans for the future. Participants will be able to explain why changes to the physical space are needed and will learn strategies that they can apply immediately, no matter what their budget. This workshop will leave you feeling empowered to make the changes that are needed in our library spaces.

The date for this workshop is March 20, 2020.

Click to register

 

Children’s Book Festival Author Alyssa Satin Capucilli

Check out Alyssa Satin Capucilli at the upcoming Children’s Book Festival held annually at MCC in Henrietta.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The books above are available in the Monroe One Overdrive account.

Alyssa Satin Capucilli is the author of over 100 books including Biscuit, the popular bestseller used to launch the My First I Can Read Series from HarperCollins. With over twenty-eight million books in print, Biscuit has been deemed a modern classic and has been translated into numerous languages worldwide. Other works include the Katy Duck series, the My First non-fiction photo series and numerous picture books.

There are lots of resources about Alyssa Satin Capucilli, including interviews, a book list, and audio excerpts on teachingbooks.net. If you do not remember our password, please contact me.

Alyssa is available to schedule school visits November 1st (Primary Grades). For details contact Wendy Petry.

 

 

Reflections on RRLC’s “We Need Diverse Libraries”

“Imagine a world where everyone could see themselves in the pages of a book.”

These were the first words of the presentation last Tuesday by We Need Diverse Books. They then asked us to close our eyes for a minute and think about what that would look like. What would you see or hear, and what would that mean for everyone?

The responses from the audience were, “More possibilities would be open to people”; “There would be more avid readers”; “People would know that their narratives are important as well, regardless of their abilities, of what they looked like, or who they were”; “There would be more diversity in careers, in life in general”; “We would see an increase in overall well-being”. It sounds Utopian, doesn’t it? This is within reach.

It can still be difficult to find great books that tell diverse stories, but it is not impossible. The folks at We Need Diverse Books have made it their mission to help us accomplish this goal. If you know where to look it will make your life easier. Some publishers offering diverse reads are:

On their diversebooks.org website is a listing of sites that provide diverse book lists. Under the Resources tab on their site, they also include a book talking kit.

Most helpfully, they have also created an app, currently accessible through your browser, called OurStory, which highlights books with diverse content and by content creators from marginalized communities. It is basically a database designed for you to find books for your libraries.

Look at our Libguide for more resources on diversifying your collection. *The page is currently under construction, so please continue to check back frequently.* Which reminds me: Diversifying your collection is an ongoing process. We live in a constant state of growth and change. Informally audit your collection and add to it frequently.

Children’s Book Festival Authors

The Rochester Children’s Book Festival is coming up on November 2nd, 2019. Some of the out-of-town authors are interested in doing local school visits.

These are:

  • Julie Berry (Available October 31 and November 1)
  • Laurie Calkhoven (Available October 31 and November 1)
  • Alyssa Satin Capucilli (Available November 1)
  • Peter Catalanotto (Available October 31 and November 1)
  • Matt Chandler (Available October 31, November 1, November 4 and  November 5)
  • Jerry Craft (Available November 4 and November 5)
  • Nikki Grimes (Available October 31)
  • London Ladd (Available October 31 and November 1)
  • Mark Shulman (Available October 31, November 1, November 4 and November 5)

Contact Wendy Petry for more information. A full list of authors with new releases is at the festival website: rcbfestival.com. (We will feature some of these authors in future posts).

The festival will be held at Monroe Community College R. Thomas Flynn Campus Center, 1000 East Henrietta Road (Park in Lot M) from 10:00 am – 2:00 pm.