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SLS Update 10/27/2014



1.       We wanted to point out Fall Time and Halloween eBooks that may be of interest.  All of these are available via your Follett Destiny Catalog or the BOCES 2 eBook site.  Note- they range from K-12 and all are unlimited simultaneous access.

·         Cox, Judy. Pick a pumpkin, Mrs. Millie. Tarrytown, NY : Marshall Cavendish, 2012-.  Silly teacher Mrs. Millie gets her words wrong when the class goes on a field trip to a pumpkin patch.

·         Gantos, Jack. Rotten Ralph's trick or treat. Boston : Houghton Mifflin, c1986.

·         Hahn, Mary Downing. All the lovely bad ones : a ghost story. New York : Clarion Books, c2008.

·         Hahn, Mary Downing. The ghost of Crutchfield Hall. Boston : Clarion Books, c2010.

·         Hawk, Fran. Count down to fall. Mt. Pleasant, SC : Sylvan Dell Pub., c2009.  Uses bright illustrations and a simple rhyming text to count down from ten to one with autumn leaves and pine cones.

·         Hicks, Terry Allan. Why do leaves change color? 1st ed. New York : Marshall Cavendish Benchmark, 2010.  A sign of the times -- All about leaves -- The colors of life -- A leaf dies, a tree lives. Provides comprehensive information on the process of how and why leaves change color.

·         Short stories for students : presenting analysis, context, and criticism on commonly studied short stories. Detroit, Mich. : Gale Group, 2000.  Lots of Ghosts Stories, Poe and Washington Irving items included in the series

·         James, Henry, 1843-1916. The turn of the screw. [Burnsville, Minn. : Mackin Classics, 2012?].  A young governess is sent to care for two beautiful orphans in a country house, but the spirits of the dead servants who had cared for the children previously, return to haunt them.

·         Loewen, Nancy, 1964-. Share a scare : writing your own scary story. Minneapolis, MN : Picture Window Books, 2012.  Provides tips and ideas on how to write a scary story.

·         An eyeball in my garden : and other spine-tingling poems. Tarrytown, NY : Marshall Cavendish, 2012-.  A collection of forty-four poems about spooky topics.

·         Washington Irving, 1783-1859. The Legend of Sleepy Hollow from Project Gutenberg. Project Gutenberg.

·         Wright, Maureen, 1961-. Sneeze, Big Bear, sneeze. Tarrytown, NY : Marshall Cavendish, 2011-.  Big Bear thinks that his tremendous sneezes are causing the leaves and apples to fall off the trees and the geese to fly away, but when the wind finally convinces him otherwise, he knows what to do.

2.       Save the Date- May 21stDr. Barbara Stripling will be coming to Monroe 2 Orleans BOCES to provide a full day workshop on the Inquiry Model.  This event is geared towards teacher / librarians collaboration.  Stay tuned for more information!

3.       The State Board of Education for Michigan passed a resolution in support of school librarians and are taking it to their state legislative committee to add School Librarians as one of Michigan’s “Best Practices Funding” items.  Attached is a press release from MAME (Michigan Association of Media Education).

4.       New York State, as part of Summer Reading at New York Libraries, is very pleased to participate in the Teen Video Challenge for the fifth year.  Teens are directed to submit entry forms to their local library by February 25, 2015.  All information and forms for the competition, including "Information and Timeline for Public Libraries' are available on the Summer Reading at New York Libraries website at,

5.       WXXI Information

·         Attached are November’s Off-Air highlights for WXXI

·         Attached is the 2014-2015 Community Cinema flyer

·         Attached is a release form for Homework Hotline.  They are actively seeking students to be taped doing book reviews to include on the televised show.

6.       The NY State Library just announced the NovelNY Databases- things are staying the same!  All schools and patrons in NY have access to the following:

·         Barring unforeseen circumstances and/or cuts in funding, the following database will be available through July 31, 2016:

                                                               i.      Opposing Viewpoints in Context (Gale Cengage Learning)

·         Barring unforeseen circumstances and/or cuts in funding, the following databases will be available through June 30, 2017:

                                                               i.      Academic OneFile (Gale Cengage Learning)

                                                              ii.      Business Insights: Essentials (Gale Cengage Learning)

                                                            iii.      eLibrary Elementary (ProQuest)

                                                            iv.      Gannett Newsstand Complete (ProQuest)

                                                              v.      General OneFile (Gale Cengage Learning)

                                                            vi.      Health Reference Center Academic (Gale Cengage Learning)

                                                           vii.      InfoTrac Newsstand (Gale Cengage Learning)

                                                         viii.      Kids InfoBits (Gale Cengage Learning)

                                                            ix.      National Newspaper Index (Gale Cengage Learning)

                                                              x.      New York State Newspapers (Gale Cengage Learning)

                                                            xi.      Scholastic GO! (includes Encyclopedia Americana, The New Book of Knowledge, Grolier Multimedia Encyclopedia, La Nueva Enciclopedia Cumbre, Amazing Animals of the World, The New Book of Popular Science, America the Beautiful, and Lands and Peoples) (Scholastic)

·         Descriptions of the databases are available at

7.       Reminder, if you have any suggestions for Capstone or Abdo eBook purchases, please send them to Patti Rose by this Friday.

8.       State Library has arranged with OCLC to provide free access to WebJunction’s self-paced courses for all library workers, volunteers and students in New York State.  The State Library has designated WebJunction as an approved provider of professional development required to maintain active New York State public librarian certification.  The free access is open now at

·         Note- many of these are more for Public Librarians than schools, but they do have some interesting sounding ones on topics such as Maker Spaces.

9.       Attached is information for the upcoming Wayne Finger Lakes Library Leadership Academy, being held December 11 in Newark.  The registration deadline is November 21st.  This is a great conference and they have an exciting line up of presenters planned!

10.   SSL has several scholarships available that will pay for conference attendance, purchase materials for your library, honor an administrator who advocates for the library and to assist with graduate school costs!  The application deadline is December 15. For more information, please contact Dawn Pressimone.

·         Beatrice E. Griggs Elementary Administrator's Award

·         Beatrice E. Griggs Scholarship 

·         NYLA SSL Secondary Administrator's Award

·         NYLA/SSL Scholarship Award Sponsored by Follett 

·         Robert E. Barron Cultural Media Award 

·         NYLA/SSL Conference Awards Sponsored by Gale 

·         Laura Wedge Conference Award




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

Cell: (585) 465-9906


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