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SLS Update 1/7/2013



1.        We have two additional titles now available from the Capstone Interactive Library

·         Samuel Morse and the Telegraph

·         Exploring the Ecosystems with Max Axiom, Super Scientist

2.       February is Love Your Library Month.  With that being said…an idea….have a white board or large pieces of paper placed by the entrance to your library.  Encourage teachers and students to write why they love their school library.  This can be a great advocacy and promotions item for your library.  Note, I am aware of the potential for negative comments…you know your school…

·         April 14-20 is National Library Week.  Typically we are on spring break that week, but not this year.  I wanted to send out the date so you could long range plan.

3.       Reminder, please make sure to sign up for the January 22 All Librarian Meeting being held at BOCES.  If you have any questions or concerns, please let Jim Belair know.

4.       Reminder for the secondary librarians- if you have not already responded to the Doodle Poll around the Democrat and Chronicle, please do so.

5.       An interesting article from the School Library Journal: One Librarian’s Success Story with Common Core:

6.       The Teen Book Festival is sponsoring a contest for teens to design a t-shirt for the 2014 TBF.  Attached is information.

7.       We have received several posters for the New York State Archives’ Student Research Award Contest.  If you would like a poster, please let Patti Rose know (  This contest encourages students in grades 4-12 to explore the wealth of historical records found in the state archives, libraries and other community organizations.  For more information on the contest, please visit:

8.       Genesee Valley BOCES SLS is sponsoring a Digital Media Festival (it is called The Digies).  There are multiple categories and age groups.  For more information, please see the attached Digies document.

9.       The New York State Library has released two summer reading partner manuals

·         The “2013 School Library Partner Manual” contains complete information for school libraries and schools to partner with a public library, or public library system, to help all students gain the full advantage of summer reading. It also includes full resource lists for books, recordings, and websites related to the 2013 theme, Underground, and slogans, “Dig into Reading” (children) and “Beneath the Surface” (teens).

·         The “2013 Early Literacy Partner Manual” contains complete information for child care providers and schools to partner with a public library, or public library system, to help children and young families gain the early literacy skills needed for children to succeed in school in the years ahead. It also has early literacy resource lists for books, recordings, and websites related to the 2013 theme, Underground, and slogans, “Dig into Reading.”

·          For more information, please visit: , click on Downloadable Materials and scroll to the bottom of the page.

10.   Grolier is hosting customized NOVELNY training sessions to help inform NOVELNY users about Grolier Online's program features and how to incorporate Grolier Online into schools and public libraries. In this training they will focus on the five new online resources that are available via NOVELNY. The five new online resources are Amazing Animals of the World, America the Beautiful, The New Book of Popular Science, Lands and Peoples, and La Nueva Enciclopedia Cumbre.  Every School Library in the state has access to these databases!

·         January 9:

·         January 22:

11.   There is a new petition circulating to ask President Obama to mandate a full time certified librarian in every school.  To view the petition, please visit:

12.   Madison Oneida BOCES SLS (Verona, outside of Syracuse) is offering a free mini workshop on January 17 on Preventing Challenging Behavior in the Library by Clarifying Expectations, Rules and Routines.  Please see the attached document for more information.




Jim Belair
Monroe 2-Orleans BOCES
School Library System Director
3625 Buffalo Rd
Rochester, NY 14624
(585) 349-9099

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