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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

Teen Book Festival Call for Volunteers

The Greater Rochester Teen Book Fest is scheduled for May 19th, 2018 from 8:30 am to 5:00 pm. This free festival is geared towards teens grades 6-12 and will be held at Nazareth College: 4525 East Avenue, Rochester, NY 14618.

They are currently calling for volunteers – they need a total of around 350! If you’re interested in getting involved, sign up to volunteer here.

For information about the authors click here.

Best New Children’s Books for Grades K-5 with Kathleen Odean

In this engaging workshop, Kathleen Odean will introduce outstanding books published during the last year for students in kindergarten through fifth grade. She will present excellent new picture books, easy readers, fiction, nonfiction, biography, and poetry. They will include read-alouds, independent reading titles, and books for reading clubs and discussion groups. The workshop will offer practical ideas for promoting the books and integrating them into classrooms. Participants will learn about resources, websites, display ideas, and extension activities to use with these and other books. Each participant will receive an extensive handout of resource lists and curriculum-related booklists. The day will also incorporate time to share ideas with each other.

Registration is limited to school and public librarians and teachers in the Monroe #1 BOCES Region.

Event Date: May 16, 2018 from 8:30 am – 3:00 pm
Location: Monroe One BOCES, 15 Linden Park, Rochester, NY 14625
Cost: FREE

Registration is limited to school and public librarians and teachers in the Monroe #1 and Monroe 2 BOCES service areas.
Registration: Monroe #1 My Learning Plan
Food: Lunch is on your own

12th Annual Digies

The Annual Digital Media Festival (Digies) submission deadline is coming up on April 1st. Celebrate the great work of your students by submitting to the Digies! There are four categories to the festival: Audio, Graphic Arts, Interactive Media and Video. Submit your student work into one of four grade levels: K-2, 3-6, 7-9 or 10-12.

Student work is judged by Professors at colleges and universities from around the United States and by people in media professions. The first, second and third place winners receive a certificate and medal. Winners will be notified that they have placed, and are encouraged to attend the festival, where they will find out which place they won. The festival will be held in the theater at the Strong National Museum of Play on Wednesday, May 16th.

Entries into the festival are due on April 1st and are all submitted digitally. Submissions must be done by a teacher or librarian, and must be K-12 appropriate.

Many of your students are already creating this type of project either with you, in the classroom, or at home. Entries must have been created anytime between April 2, 2017 and April 1, 2018 and must be submitted by a teacher, librarian or other educator. For more information on the festival, for past examples, and submission guidelines, please visit: www.digies.org