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SLS Update 03/18/2016



1.       This Tuesday our SLS Council will be voting on our DRAFT 2016-2021 SLS 5 Year Plan of Service.  If you have any feedback, questions, or suggestions please let either myself or your district’s SLS Council Representative know.

2.       Attention Destiny Users:  Please use the email address for all questions and support issues regarding Destiny.  This email will be directed to both Karen Mitchell and Cathy Hoose so that we may address your concerns as soon as possible. 

3.       Some great sites to check out regarding the IFC and their alignments to various skills






4.       Attached is information for the EMTA Media Literacy grant.  The deadline is May 20.  To date, only 4 people have applied.  This grant will award two $1,000 grants.  For more information, please visit:

5.       Recently, Holley JR/SR High School Library hosted a legislative visit with Assemblymen Stephen Hawley.  To read more about the visit:

6.       WXXI Updates:

·         March Educators Newsletter

·         Attached are April Off Air recordings

                                                               i.      There is a really interesting one on April 4 highlighting the garment industry that took place in Rochester, NY

·         WXXI is hosting a STEM Exploration Day at their studios on April 16 from 10am-2pm.  Attached is more information

·         Dinosaur Train is holding an Autism Awareness Screening at the WXXI Studies on April 2.  This event is designed for young kids to sing and dance along with the show.  More info is attached.

·         WXXI is in need of a few more book reviews for this year’s Homework Hotline.  Also, they are looking for any schools that would be interested for next year.  Attached is more information.

7.       All our schools have access to Soundzabound for background music and sound effects.  Here are some examples of it being used:

·         Elementary School Videos

                                                               i.      Advertisement for the school:

                                                             ii.      Newscast:

                                                           iii.      Animation:

·          Middle School Videos

                                                               i.      Touring Valdosta Middle School:

                                                             ii.      Short Film – Running Late:

·          High School Videos

                                                               i.      Advice To Incoming Freshman:

                                                             ii.      KIRV Newscast:

                                                           iii.      Excellent Newscast:

                                                           iv.      New Beginnings:

                                                             v.      Drunk Driving SkillsUSA Contest Winner:

                                                           vi.      Bullying:

                                                         vii.      Making A Difference – Johnathan Daniel’s 50th Anniversary:

                                                       viii.      Family Renewal Center:

8.       Congrats to Hilton QUEST elementary school and Stephanie Harney…and thank you to all who helped!  They were chosen as a semi-finalist for the Follett Challenge and won $30,000 in free books for their school!  Attached is a press release.

9.       Capstone has partnered with DC Super Heroes to create Dewey Signs for your library!  With a one-click download and print-ready format, each Dewey PDF features a different a DC Super Hero or Super-Villain like BATMAN, SUPERMAN, Wonder Woman, and more. Download yours and label your library today!  Attached is an example for the 500s.

10.   On April 5th, RASL presents Jason Poole -Webster Public Library- speaking on his wealth of knowledge about Graphic Novels and their increasing impact in libraries today. Join us at St John Fisher College at 4:30 in the Lavery Library lower level gallery.  Please see attached for more information, college map/ parking pass and membership form if you are interested in becoming a RASL member.  Please RSVP  by April 1st. 

11.   HFL HS will Host Celebrated Journalist and Author Greg Toppo, Wednesday, March 23rd, 7:30pm, HS AuditoriumHe will present findings and commentary from his 2015 book, The Game Believes in You: How Digital Play Can Make Our Kids Smarter. Concerned about the declining reading habits of young Americans, Greg set out to research something that was increasingly interesting to them: video games. But his discovery and conclusions may surprise you.  Keith Devlin, Stanford mathematician and frequent NPR contributor, writes, "I think this will turn out to be the most influential book on video game learning since James Paul Gee's 2003 classic What Video Games Have to Teach Us About Learning and Literacy."  Greg was a teacher in NM before moving on to a career in journalism. He served as the Associated Press K-12 Education writer for years then jumped to USA Today. Among other accomplishments there he co-lead the team that investigated and exposed cheating at the administrative level in U.S. public schools nationwide.  Greg will present to our any/all community members from 7:30 pm – 8:30 pm in the HS auditorium. It is a free event. Contact Brett Daggs, HS Librarian,, 624-7074 for further details.




Jim Belair
Coordinator – School Library Systems
Monroe 2 Orleans BOCES
Desk: (585) 349-9099
Cell: (585) 465-9906
Fax: (585) 349-9090



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