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3 Weeks Left for Submissions for the 13th Annual Digies Digital Media Arts Festival

We are very excited for another year of celebrating student achievements in digital media arts. Submissions are open until April 1st and are online at http://digies.org. If you need an account to submit on behalf of a student, please contact Brian Mayer at bmayer@gvboces.org.

As a reminder, the DIGIES is a FREE, digital arts festival that celebrates youth achievements in digital arts, media and production. Submissions are open to school age children and young adults, from Pre-Kindergarten until 12th grade and are accepted through schools, arts councils or public libraries.

If you are in a school district, please take a moment to share the attached materials with your arts and technology teachers as well as students who you know are doing work on their own.

Submissions are open to both school projects and personal work. If you have digital artists, photographers, musicians or content creators then this is a great way to recognize and celebrate the work they are doing.

Submissions do not need to have been created special for the Digies and anything made from April 2nd of last year until April 1st of this year are welcome. The Digies will be celebrated on the evening of May 16th.

2019 ALA Annual Conference Info

Registration is now open for the 2019 ALA Annual Conference. This year’s conference will be held in Washington, D.C. from June 20-25. A preliminary schedule of conference programs will be available in April 2019.

ALA Annual Conference registration includes:

  • 500+ educational programs, discussions, and workshops on key topics
  • World-renowned speakers and experts
  • Pre-conferences for in-depth professional development
  • Entrance to the exhibits where 800+ exhibitors at 1,500 stands highlight new and favorite products, titles, and services—one-stop shopping for everything your library needs
  • The opportunity for you to present a paper or poster
  • Meetings and events such as Opening and Closing General Sessions and ALA President’s Program
  • Dozens of social and fun events
  • Access to the International Visitor’s Center and Internet Café and WIFI—online access so you can stay in touch
  • A free ticket to the popular International Librarians Reception (for full conference registrants)
  • and more.

You can register online at: http://2019.alaannual.org/registration/register-now

 

Kathleen Odean Dates Scheduled

Save the dates!
Kathleen Odean will be in town May 2nd and 3rd with her well-loved best books program. May 2nd will be the Best Books for Children program, and May 3rd will be the Best Books for Young Adults program. Exact times and locations are TBD.  Further info will be forthcoming as Katie makes the arrangements with Kathleen.

Free 90-Second Newbery Tickets Available NOW

The 90-Second Newbery Festival is coming to the Eisenhart Auditorium of the Rochester Museum & Science Center on March 17th. Yes, it’s St. Patrick’s Day, but it’s only about an hour, and it’s hosted by James Kennedy (author of The Order of Odd-Fish) and Bruce Coville (author of My Teacher is an Alien, Space Station Ice 3, and more).

It’s a really entertaining show, perfect for the whole family, and it’s FREE!

Register Now

The show starts at 2 pm. Hope to see you there!

2019 Youth Media Awards-January 28th

The Youth Media Awards will be announced at ALA Midwinter on January 28th at 8:00 am Pacific Time (11:00 am Eastern). These include The Newbery, Caldecott, Printz, and Coretta Scott King Book Awards.

These awards are selected by committees composed of librarians and other literature and media experts, and are recognized worldwide for the quality of writing and artwork they represent.

Fans can follow the 2019 results in real-time via a live webcast, sponsored by Baker and Taylor, or follow #alayma on social media.

Donalyn Miller (Book Whisperer) in Rochester

Donalyn Miller is presenting TWO free sessions on May 28th at the Monroe County Central Library (Downtown). This is sponsored by Scholastic and done in collaboration with Monroe County Library System and Monroe 2-Orleans BOCES School Library System

SESSION 1: Access to Books: Game Changer for Kids 9:30 AM – 11:30 AM

Children with meaningful access to books achieve at higher levels and experience greater engagement with reading. In this session, examine the current research on book access in schools, libraries, and homes; discuss intellectual and cultural access concerns including diversity and leveling; and explore resources and strategies for developing and sustaining high-quality classroom library collections that support students’ reading lives. Information based on Game Changer! Book Access for All Kids, published November 2018.

Target Audience: classroom teachers, librarians, K-12 reading specialists, administrators, literacy coaches

To Register: https://www.mylearningplan.com/WebReg/ActivityProfile.asp?I=3020602&D=18636

SESSION 2: Invest in Children’s Reading Lives All Year 4:00 PM – 5:30 PM

The institutional emphasis on standardized testing places students’ reading test scores in front of children’s reading lives. Extensive research proves that children with positive reading identities and the opportunity to read independently at school and home achieve at higher levels on reading tests. In this presentation, Donalyn Miller, describes the factors that engage children with reading both at school and home—ensuring both their academic success and their lifelong reading habits.

Target Audience: classroom teachers, librarians, K-12 reading specialists, administrators, literacy coaches

To Register: https://www.mylearningplan.com/WebReg/ActivityProfile.asp?I=3020612&D=18636

To learn more about Donalyn Miller: https://bookwhisperer.com/

2019 NYLA/SSL Conference

Save the date for the 2019 NYLA/SSL School Librarian Conference, which will be May 30-June 1, 2019 in Syracuse, NY. Keynotes this year will include, Julie Smith (Media Goddess), Allison Zmuda (Librarians as Learning Specialist), Donalyn Miller (The Book Whisperer), Liv Van Ledtje (LivBits), and Newbery Award Winning Author Matt de la Peña.

For more information and to register, see the conference site: https://sites.google.com/view/nyla-ssl2019/home

The DIGIES Festival is Open for Submissions

Have your students been coding, creating podcasts or videos, or drawing digitally? Maybe they would want to submit their work to this years Digies Festival.

The DIGIES is entering its 13th year. The DIGIES is an annual digital media conference and festival run by the Genesee Valley Educational Partnership. It recognizes student potential in an annual festival format. The festival celebrates student work in four categories: Audio, Graphic Arts, Interactive Media, and Video.

Submissions are open to school age children and young adults, from Pre-Kindergarten until 12th grade and are accepted through schools, arts councils or public libraries. All submissions are submitted digitally online by a teacher, librarian, arts council member or school staff member. Submissions are separated into four grade level areas: PK-3, 4-6, 7-9 and 10-12.

All entries need to be submitted online through the Media Festival website:
• Requests for a login to submit work can be initiated by emailing Brian Mayer at bmayer@gvboces.org.
• Submission are accepted from educators, librarians or program supervisors.

For more information on the Digies, see their website at: www.digies.org

Submission Deadline for 90-Second Newbery Film Festival

The 90-Second Newbery Film Festival is an annual video contest in which young filmmakers create weird short movies that tell the entire stories of Newbery-winning books in about a minute and a half.

Every year, they show the best movies we receive at special-event screenings in Rochester New York City, Chicago, San Francisco, Minneapolis, Salt Lake City, San Antonio, Boston, Tacoma, and other cities—co-hosted by festival founder James Kennedy (author of the young-adult fantasy The Order of Odd-Fish) and other award-winning children’s authors. This year, James will be co-hosting with Bruce Coville.

The national deadline for the 8th Annual 90-Second Newbery is January 11.

Who can make movies for this film festival?

It’s a big range: elementary schoolers, junior high kids, high schoolers, even college students. Adult help OK!

This is a fun project that will get your students reading Newbery winners, give students an excuse to mess around with video equipment, and learn and/or practice everything from close reading to scriptwriting, storyboarding to directing, and cinematography to video editing!

If you can’t get a project done in time, start reading now for next year, and attend this year’s festival to see what it’s all about. The festival will be held in Rochester on March 17th at 2pm in the theater Eisenhart Auditorium of the Rochester Museum & Science Center (657 East Ave).

More information can be found under the reading tab of our SLS LibGuide, or at the 90-Second Newbery festival web site.

Three Apples Book Award Nominations

The finalists for the 2019 Three Apples Book Awards were announced. The list can be found here.

The Three Apples Book Awards were developed to encourage reading for pleasure by the Section for School Librarians and Youth Services Sections of the New York Library Association. The voting is open to students in grades UPK-12 and is broken into three categories: Young Readers – Grades PK-2; Children – Grades 3-6; and Teens – Grades 6-12.

Students nominate their favorite books in September and October. From this list, students are encouraged to READ! READ!! READ!!! and then vote for their favorites in April. Ballots will be available at school and public libraries. Only students who have read or listened to at least 3 titles from the list are eligible to vote.

For more information about the Three Apples Book Awards go to: www.nyla.org