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Monroe One BOCES SLS Need-to-Know News

The SLS MiniGrant deadline is this Friday, October 4th!

Each applicant may request up to $1,200 in grant funds. The awards will be announced on October 15th and must be completed by March 23rd, 2020.

Allowable mini-grant projects include:

  • Collection Development
  • Innovative Projects
  • Professional Development Programs

For more information about the grant application and process, please visit our website:


The Re-imagined ESIFC

There is still room to register for the Re-Imagining Information Fluency and Standards Alignment for our Students.

As school librarians, we know we must teach our students the skills they need to succeed in the ever-changing and complex information environment. The Empire State Information Fluency Continuum (ESIFC) has been re-imagined to provide a guide for that teaching; it is a comprehensive PD-12 continuum of the skills, responsibilities, and dispositions that will enable our students to flourish, both personally and academically. The skills of the ESIFC will align with the expectations of various national and New York State standards documents, including NextGen science standards, New York’s Social Studies and ELA standards, and AASL and ISTE standards.

In this workshop, we will explore the new ESIFC and translate it into action. You will discover essential skills of inquiry, multiple literacies, design thinking, social responsibility, and even student agency. Most importantly, you will be able to collaborate with colleagues to develop personalized approaches, lessons, formative assessments, and strategies to transform teaching and learning in your school.

The event will be held on October 10th, 2019.


***Reminder: Our SLS Council meeting will be held on Thursday, October 3rd from 2:30 pm – 4:00 pm.


Children’s Book Festival Author Julie Berry

Check out Julie Berry at the upcoming Children’s Book Festival held annually at MCC in Henrietta.

Julie is the author of the 2017 Printz Honor and Los Angeles Times Book Prize shortlisted novel The Passion of Dolssa (available in the Monroe One Overdrive Collection as an ebook), the Carnegie and Edgar shortlisted All the Truth That’s In Me (available in the Monroe One Overdrive Collection as an ebook), The Odyssey Honor Title The Scandalous Sisterhood of Prickwillow Place, and The Emperor’s Ostrich. Her new young adult novel, Lovely War, has received four starred reviews, and her first picture books will release in fall 2019.

There are lots of resources about Julie Berry, including interviews, book lists, and audio excerpts on If you do not remember our password, please contact me. She also published this video on YouTube outlining the historical backdrop for The Passion of Dolssa.

Julie is available to schedule school visits on October 31st and November 1st (Grades K-3 or 6-12). For details contact Wendy Petry.

Above, the trailer for The Scandalous Sisterhood of Prickwillow Place.

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: (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.

Apply for these Library Grants Before it’s Too Late!

#1 Harold Hacker Fund – Applications Due Monday, September 30th, 2019

It’s time for the annual grant opportunity created to honor Harold Hacker, founder of NY library systems, of the Pioneer Library System, the Monroe County Library System, and the Rochester Regional Library Council.

Harold believed in collaboration and innovation. The Harold Hacker Fund for the Advancement of Libraries, offered through the Friends & Foundation of the Rochester Public Library (FFRPL) and the Rochester Regional Library Council, is looking for proposals that measure up to those ideals.

For the 2019-20 grant cycle, funding is available for projects that meet the stated funding areas:

  1. To further education and professional development for librarians and library staff throughout the five-county region served by Rochester Regional Library Council.
  2. To further innovative library projects and programs at RRLC member libraries and the Monroe County Library and Pioneer Library Systems and their member libraries.

All RRLC member libraries and library systems, all PLS libraries and all MCLS libraries are eligible. Click the link above to open the application page.


#2 Monroe One BOCES SLS MiniGrants – Applications Due Friday, October 4th, 2019

The Monroe One BOCES School Library System Council has approved funding to provide mini-grants to member school librarians*. Available funding for 2019-20 mini-grants is $20,000.  Each applicant may request up to $1,200 in grant funds for use in a collection development initiative, an innovative instructional or extracurricular project, or professional development.

Allowable mini-grant projects include:

·       Collection Development

·       Innovative Projects

·       Professional Development Programs

*All grant applicants must be certified NYS School Library Media Specialists

Click the link above to open the application page.

Featured Resources: Author Grace Lin

Today we feature Caldecott Honor Book author, Grace Lin, and highlight the many resources we have for her.

In a video interview by Reading Rockets in Safari Montage, Grace talks about her childhood as a young Chinese-American girl in upstate NY where she was in the minority among mostly caucasian kids. She discusses how she tended to forget that she is Asian, and to the chagrin of her mother, had no interest in her Chinese heritage. She discusses how she thinks her books can be both “windows and mirrors” for students.

Check out her full book list and find teaching resources for them at our account. (Contact me if you don’t remember how to log in).

Also, check out the Monroe One BOCES Overdrive/SORA account for audio versions of Where the Mountain Meets the Moon, and Ling & Ting: Twice as Silly. (Again, contact us if you need help logging in or navigating SORA.)

National Book Award LongList for Young People’s Literature Announced

The National Book Award LongList for Young People’s Literature has been announced. The list includes the following 10 books. Finalists will be announced October 8th, and the winner will be announced November 20th.


Click the links for each book to see more about each one.

Upcoming Workshops

Here is the list of fall workshops starting in October. Please review and register!

Getting Started with LibGuides – October 1st, 3:30-4:30 pm (Liesl Toates)

LibGuides is an online platform that allows librarians to curate knowledge and information, and share it with your students, teachers and parents. Get started with your free LibGuide account (provided by Monroe One BOCES SLS), and learn how you can use this amazing tool in your school library.


Minecraft Education – October 11th, 8:00 am – 3:00 pm (NYSCATE – Antonio Scordo)

Minecraft: Education Edition is an open world game that promotes creativity, collaboration, and problem solving in an immersive environment where the only limit is your imagination. During this 1-day, in-person Teacher Academy, you will receive an overview of Minecraft: Education Edition, learn to play the game, and create curriculum and classroom resources you can take back to your classroom and continue your journey.


Digital Tools & Content for Your Classroom *WEBINAR* – October 16, 3:00 – 4:00 pm (Liesl Toates & Mark D’Annunzio)

Monroe One BOCES Multimedia Service offers a wide variety of content and tools to enhance your teaching. We’ll explain how to access them and highlight our newest content in this hour long webinar update. This workshop is designed for teachers and librarians who participate in the Monroe One BOCES Multimedia Service.


Develop Creative Thinking and Collaboration with BreakoutEDU – October 17th, 8:30 am – 3:00 pm (Doreen Pietrantoni & Parker Ormerod)

Have you heard of BreakoutEDU? If not, this is the workshop for you! Come and explore the possibilities of creating an engaging, interactive learning experience for your classroom. Students will be excited to learn through discovery and an inquiry-based experiences. Come and learn how to shift learning into the 21st century!


Video Production Tips for the Classroom – October 30, 3:30 – 5:00 pm (Mark D’Annunzio)

This workshop was designed from my experience as an educational Videographer/Editor. This workshop will cover the basics of video production such as proper interview setup, green screen technology and basic production tips that teachers and students will benefit from. Please note that I will be demonstrating these techniques with an iPad. However, these tips and tricks can be utilized when recording on any video camera.


Intermediate LibGuides – November 5th, 3:30 – 4:30 pm (Liesl Toates)

For those librarians who have a basic understanding of how to use LibGuides, we are offering this intermediate level workshop. Attendees will learn some of the tips and tricks for refining and beautifying their LibGuides.


Library Makers – Curricular Connections with Sphero – December 10th, 3:30 – 5:00 pm (Liesl Toates)

Sphero is a little round robot that’s not only fun, but can be used effectively in education. In this 1.5 hour hands-on workshop, attendees will learn to control Sphero, code with Sphero, and practice and discuss ways to use it to strengthen curricular concepts.


Create Forms & Surveys in LibWizard – December 19th, 3:30 – 4:30 pm (Liesl Toates)

Learn to create forms and surveys using LibWizard. These forms and surveys can be used directly through your LibGuide account or embedded elsewhere. This feature makes it easy to collect data or create sign-ups.


Digital Age Students – Creating a Culture of Digital Citizens (Webinar and Online Course) – January 13th, 4:00 – 5:00 pm (Doreen Pietrantoni & Parker Ormerod)

Create a classroom/building/district culture of digital citizens who can make critical decisions in the digital world. Attendees will kick off their professional learning experience during a 1 hour Webinar and complete coursework (discussions, readings, and final artifact) in an Online Course. Course runs from January 13, 2020 – February 14, 2020.


Featured Media: LOST IN THE LIBRARY eBook

LOST IN THE LIBRARY, by Josh Funk, is a beautiful picture book that tells the story of the two stone lions in front of the Stephen Schwarzman branch of the New York Public Library. The two stone statues are called “Patience” and “Fortitude”. One night, Patience goes missing, and Fortitude discerns that his best friend has gone into the huge library.

Available in our Monroe One SORA/Overdrive collection as an ebook, this story not only tells the reader about the history and collection inside of the flagship branch of the New York Public Library, it also conveys the importance of friends to each and every one of us.

A simple activity kit is available on Josh Funk’s website.