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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 (www.diversebooks.org/our-programs/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.

Information and registration at: https://rrlc.org/event-details/we-need-diverse-libraries-diversifying-your-bookshelves-for-young-readers-and-teens/

 

Tech Camp 2019 – Call for Proposals

The Call for Proposals is open for 2019 Tech Camp. If you have a great idea, please put in a proposal to present by clicking: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLScXal1j8KQTBHUKH3tFfJooUzxtJiOovswfaawDVjf0uw22DQ/viewform 

Tech Camp will be held at Monroe 2 BOCES ESC Building on August 21st. We are looking for sessions on various topics. All sessions will be 45 minutes long.

Example presentation topics:
· Creating Websites from Scratch (HTML, CSS, JavaScript)
· Digital Citizenship
· Escape Rooms / Mystery Boxes
· Student Data Privacy
· Genrefication
· Moving from a Fixed Schedule to a Flexible Schedule
· Schools and Public Libraries Working Together
· Mindfulness in the Library
· Diversity Audits / Creating Diverse Collections
· Library Redesign
· Creating Inclusive Libraries (LGBTQ, ELL, Students with Disabilities, etc.)
· Emotional Social Learning
· Coding for Girls
· Sustainable Libraries
· ISTE Standards in Libraries

Review of proposals will begin immediately, and the deadline to submit is FRIDAY JUNE 28TH.

We Need Diverse Libraries Event

This coming September, RRLC is hosting an event titled, “We Need Diverse Libraries: Diversifying Your Bookshelves for Young Readers…”. If you’re looking to diversify your collection, this is a can’t miss event. Presented by We Need Diverse Books (diversebooks.org), the event will review why a diverse collection is important, what the benefits are, and what the studies show. They will provide a comprehensive title list from board books to YA titles, and they will organize a panel with local authors.

The event will be held Tuesday, September 24, 2019 from 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm at the Henrietta Public Library. Registration is free for RRLC members (this includes all of Monroe 1 and 2 BOCES districts, all Genesee Valley BOCES districts, and more).

Click here for more information and to register.

Tech Camp 2019: Teaching Students to Think in a Media-Saturated World

Registration for RRLC’s annual Library Tech Camp (August 21st) is open and it promises to be an interesting and engaging day of learning. The keynote will be “Analysis, Reason and Reflection: Teaching Students to Think in a Media-Saturated World” by Chris Sperry from Project Look Sharp.

Project Look Sharp is an outreach program at Ithaca College that provides training and materials for K-16 educators to integrate media literacy and critical thinking into their existing curriculum. They excel at not only getting educators to think through the information and messages that come from 24/7 media access, but also how to turn-key those media literacy skills to students.

Chris Sperry has taught middle and high school social studies, English and media studies for over 30 years. He is the author of numerous curriculum kits related to global studies and U.S. history and articles about integrating media literacy and critical thinking into the curriculum. He is the recipient of the National Council for the Social Studies 2008 Award for Global Understanding, and the 2005 National PTA and Cable Leaders in Learning Award for Media Literacy.

On top of the keynote, the RRLC Tech Camp will feature breakout sessions by local librarians and educators on technological trends and instructional practices. There will also be a vendor fair, which we encourage you to attend.

Register here

Rochester Teen Film Festival

Calling all Teen Film-makers!

The deadline for the Rochester Teen Film Festival is coming up on June 10th!

WXXI Public Broadcasting Council and the Little Theatre are proud to sponsor the 2019 Rochester Teen Film Festival, a collaborative, juried media competition for youth in the Rochester region.

The festival is set for Thursday, August 8, 2019 at 5:30 p.m., when the finalists’ films will be shown at the Little Theatre in downtown Rochester.

GUIDELINES:

  • Films and videos are created by high school teens
  • All genres are welcome
  • Videos must be appropriate for school-based audiences
  • Videos cannot exceed 10 minutes

The purpose of the festival is to honor the work of urban, suburban and rural teen filmmakers and give young people an authentic opportunity to participate in a real film festival. All submissions are judged by a jury and finalists have been elected to have their films shown at the Little Theatre.

This year, young filmmakers will again have a chance to earn the Philip Seymour Hoffman Award, which honors the life and legacy of the late Academy Award-winning actor and Fairport, N.Y. native. The annual award is given to the teen whose film is chosen by the judges as “Best of Fest” and was established in association with the Hoffman family.

To find the online entry form, and to see some films of past finalists, check out the website: www.wxxi.org/teenfilmfestival

The Summer of Space

This year, on July 20th, we will celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Moon Landing. WXXI is celebrating with a series of programs all about space.

Wednesday, June 5th and Friday, June 7th: “Chasing the Moon” (Watch the preview)

Tuesday, July 9th: American Experience “Space Men” 

Tuesday, July 16th: NOVA “Apollo’s Daring Mission”

Wednesday, July 17th: NOVA “First Man on the Moon”

Tuesday, July 23rd: “A Year in Space”

Tuesday, July 30th: “Beyond a Year in Space”

Wednesday, July 31st: “The Farthest–Voyager in Space”

Pulitzer Prizes Awarded

On April 15th, while we were on break, the Pulitzer Prizes were awarded. To view the announcement, visit the Pulitzer website. Below is the list of winners for each category in the Letters, Drama & Music section.

Fiction

Drama

History

Biography

Poetry

  • Be With, by Forrest Gander (Winner)
  • feeld, by Jos Charles (Finalist)
  • Like, by A.E. Stallings (Finalist)

General NonFiction

Music

  • p r i s m, by Ellen Reid (Winner)
  • Still, by James Romig (Finalist)
  • Sustain, by Andrew Norman (Finalist)