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Uninvited: NY Invasive Species Documentary

A new documentary called “Uninvited: The Spread of Invasive Species” came out in November 2021. It was produced by the NYS Department of Conservation (DEC) and tells the story of invasive species in NYS. This compelling documentary describes the impact that invasive species have on the state, and also provides ways for people to combat this persistent problem.

It runs about 52 minutes, and can be found along with educational resources at the WXXI website at Invasive Species Education Resources | WXXI, or on YouTube (Scroll down for resources and information)


NY DEC Invasive Species Curriculum
Curriculum provided by the NYS DEC for MS and HS students.

NY Invasive Species Research Institute
Housed at Cornell University, this research institute coordinates invasive species research to help prevent and manage the impact of invasive species in New York State.

NY iMapInvasives
NY iMapInvasives is an online, collaborative, GIS-based database and mapping tool that serves as the official invasive species database for New York State.

NY DEC Nuisance & Invasive Species
Information from the NYDEC on nuisance & invasive species

NY Invasive Species Information
NY Invasive Species Information Clearinghouse

US Dept of Agriculture National Invasive Species Information Center
Provides selected New York resources from agencies and organizations with an interest in the prevention, control, or eradication of invasive species.

NYS Library 2017 Exhibit Invasive Species
Highlights resources available in their collection.


Middle School Life Science and Earth Science

MS-LS2-4: Construct an argument supported by empirical evidence that changes to physical or biological components of an ecosystem affect populations.

MS-LS2-5: Evaluate competing design solutions for maintaining biodiversity and protecting ecosystem stability.

MS-ESS3-3: Apply scientific principles to design a method for monitoring and minimizing a human impact on the environment.

High School Life Sciences

HS-LS2-2: Use mathematical representations to support and revise explanations based on evidence about factors affecting biodiversity and populations in ecosystems of different scales.

HS-LS2-7: Design, evaluate, and refine a solution for reducing the impacts of human activities on the environment and biodiversity.

HS-LS4-5: Evaluate the evidence supporting claims that changes in environmental conditions may result in: (1) increases in the number of individuals of some species, (2) the emergence of new species over time, and (3) the extinction of other species.

Media Literacy Week 2020

This year’s Media Literacy Week is October 26 – 30th. This yearly event is hosted by the National Association for Media Literacy Education (NAMLE), and aims to highlight the power of media literacy education and its essential role in education all across the country.

This year, the theme will celebrate one of the five components of media literacy’s definition each day of the week: Access, Analyze, Evaluate, Create, and Act.

Click this link to see the theme home page:

#MediaLitWk on Twitter has lots of great info and ideas.

2020-2021 School Year

What a crazy return to school! We are seeing all sorts of models working throughout our region, and while it can sometimes be frustrating, remember it is also worthwhile. All of your hard work is already making a difference in the lives of your students.

Some information you should know about our SLS this year…

  • If you have Follett questions, please contact Liesl. Sally is out for a few weeks.
  • You can start requesting off-air recording again. Luke is hard at work listing the WXXI programming on our Off-Air page.
  • We are working to create a LibGuide listing all of our ebooks that can be checked out by unlimited students at the same time. This LibGuide can be found here:

We are here to support you. Please reach out if you need anything!

Frederick Douglass Newspapers Digital Collection from Library of Congress

The Library of Congress has digitized a number of its collections, making it accessible to the public at all times. These are great ways to get primary source documents into the hands of your students. Being in Rochester, today we highlight the collection of newspapers edited by Frederick Douglass.

These three papers were:

The North Star (Rochester, N.Y.), 1847-1851

Frederick Douglass’ Paper (Rochester, N.Y.), 1851-1860

New National Era (Washington, D.C.), 1870-1874


Frederick Douglass Digital Collection from the Library of Congress

The Library of Congress has digitized a number of its collections, making it accessible to the public at all times. Being in Rochester, today we highlight the collection of papers from abolitionist, Frederick Douglass. Frederick Douglass escaped from slavery and went on to become one of the most famous public speakers in the United States. The papers in this collection span the years of 1862 to 1865.

The collection is organized in the following series:

  • Diary. A single diary that Douglass kept during his tour of Europe and Africa, 1886-87.
  • Family Papers. A highlight is the biography of Anna Murray Douglass, Frederick Douglass’s wife of forty-four years, written by their daughter, Rosetta Douglass Sprague.
  • General Correspondence.  Includes letters Douglass received from prominent reformers and politicians, including Susan B. Anthony, Grover Cleveland, William Lloyd Garrison, Benjamin Harrison, Russell Lant, Gerrit Smith, and Ida B. Wells.
  • Subject File.  Reveals Douglass’s interests in diverse subjects such as politics, racial prejudice, and prison reform.
  • Speech, Article and Book File.  Contains the writings of Douglass and his contemporaries in the abolitionist and women’s rights movements and includes autographed copies of editorials and opinion pieces from Douglass’ antislavery weekly, North Star, and a partial handwritten draft of Douglass’s third autobiography, The Life and Times of Frederick Douglass.
  • Financial Papers.  Includes bank books, receipts, checks, ledgers, contracts, stocks and bonds, and insurance policies.
  • Legal File.  Holds wills, deeds, mortgages, copyrights, lawsuits, and miscellaneous legal documents.
  • Miscellany.  Includes newspaper clippings and photographs.
  • Addition I.  Includes scrapbooks that document Douglass’s role as minister to Haiti and the controversy surrounding his interracial second marriage.

For further reading, our SORA account also has a number of books about the life of Frederick Douglass, a few copies of his autobiography, and a book about his friendship with Abraham Lincoln.

Susan B. Anthony Digital Collection from the Library of Congress

The Library of Congress has digitized a number of its collections, making it accessible to the public at all times. Being in Rochester, today we highlight the collection of papers from suffragist, Susan B. Anthony. The papers in this collection span the years of 1846 – 1934.

A finding aid (PDF and HTML) to the Susan B. Anthony Papers is available online with links to the digital content on this site.

The collection is arranged in five series (though the last one is not available digitally as of yet):

Rochester Teen Film Festival


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

Complete information on the festival can be found here: 

ENTRIES DUE: June 12, 2020.

Submissions for This Year Will Be Active Soon.



WXXI Public Broadcasting Council and the Little Theatre are proud to sponsor the 2020 Rochester Teen Film Festival, a collaborative, juried media competition for youth (13-18 years old) in the Rochester region.

The festival is set for Thursday, August 6, 2020 at 5:30 p.m

The finalists’ films will be shown at the Little Theatre in downtown Rochester. Printable Poster -Download Here.  Ticket information will be available closer to August.


  • 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.

Monroe One SLS Webinars week of April 13-17

We hope you’re all staying healthy. The following is the list of webinars offered for librarians and educators in the Monroe One BOCES region, with links to register:


Accessing the Monroe One BOCES Overdrive Collection with SORA

Monday April 13, 2020  |  2:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Register in MLP:


School Librarian Meetup

Tuesday April 14, 2020  |  1:00 pm – 2:30 pm

Register here:


Video Resources in SAFARI Montage

Wednesday April 15, 2020  |  1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

Register in MLP:


Getting Started with LibGuides (FOR LIBRARIANS ONLY)

Friday April 17, 2020  |  10:00 am – 11:00 am

Register in MLP:


LibGuides User Group (FOR LIBRARIANS ONLY)

Friday April 17, 2020  |  1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

Register in MLP:


April is School Library Month!

If you’d like to find and print advocacy materials, check out the AASL advocacy website for School Library Month.

Historical information about the celebration: 

The AASL efforts for a national School Library Month were spearheaded by Lucille Thomas, chair of the School Library Media Month Committee. Thomas was appointed by President Judy King in 1983. AASL officials, local and national dignitaries got the month off to a rousing start on April 1, 1985 with a ceremony on the west steps of the U.S. Capitol. Senator Daniel Patrick Moynihan (D-N.Y.) delivered the keynote address. Moynihan told the school librarians in the audience, “I want to thank you for what you do. I hope you know how important your work is. You change lives for the better. You touch people while they can still be touched.”

In 2010, the name of the celebration was changed to School Library Month after the Board of Directors voted to readopt the professional title school librarian, from the former school library media specialist.

Information about the Digies

We received updated information about the Digies Festival:

There have been many questions about the status of the Digies Digital Media Festival. Due to the current circumstances we have extended the deadline for submissions to Friday, May 1st. If further adjustments are required we will make them near that date.

The in-person festival, originally scheduled for May 21st, has been cancelled due to necessary constraints from the venue. We are continuing to look at options on how to celebrate the work of students.

In the meantime, keep those submissions coming!