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SLS Update 12/02/2016

1.      Digies Conference Day

The Genesee Valley BOCES School Library System will be holding their annual Digies Conference Day on December 19 at GCC in Batavia.  Topics include Makerspaces, coding, digital game design, green screens, digital painting, and infographics.  Attached is additional information.  This event is targeted to both classroom teachers and librarians. 


2.      NYS Archives Student Research Contest

The New York State Archives invites students statewide to enter the 27th Annual Student Research Awards Contest. The contest is open to all New York State students in grades 4-12 who use historical records in their research projects. The deadline for entries is July 1, 2017. Three awards will be presented in the fall of 2017.

·         For additional information on the NYS Archives please visit:

·         For additional information on the Student Research Contest please visit:


3.      2017 NYLA/SSL Conference

Please save the dates of May 4-6 for the NYLA/SSL Conference which will be held in Buffalo!  This conference is put on for NYS School Librarians and designed for NYS School Librarians.  Attached is additional information. 

Speakers include:

·         Gene Luen Yang, author of American Born Chinese and the current National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature

·         Gordon Korman, 2017 Knickerbocker Author Award Recipient

·         Kristina Holzweiss, 2015 SLJ School Librarian of the Year


4.      3 Apples Award

Launched in 2007, The 3 Apples Book Award is awarded annually in three different categories: Young Reader, Children, and Teen.  The award was developed to encourage the joys of reading for pleasure. What makes the award unique is that titles are culled and nominated entirely by kids, for kids. School and Children’s Librarians from across the state oversee the process, but the titles chosen are generated entirely by participating youth.

Children in UPK - 2nd grade (ages 4-7), grades 3-6 (ages 8-12), and grades 7-12 (ages 13-18) have nominated their favorite book titles, creating a statewide ballot of the top 15 titles in each category – brochures are attached for you to duplicate and share freely in your libraries! After reading or listening to at least three of the nominated titles, children and teens will vote in April 2017 for their top choice. Ballots will be made available and publicized beforehand for libraries to print out. Only librarians will have access to the Google Form where you will collate and enter the ballots received at your library.

·         Attached is additional information

·         Please visit the website for more information:


5.      PebbleGo Next Trail

We have a trial for PebbleGo Next. 

·         This is for Intermediate age students

·         There are three modules: States, Science, and American Indians

·         To access the trial:  Username: frosty  Password: snowman


6.      News in YOUR Library

If you have news to share of something interesting, innovative, fun, exciting… taking place in your library please let us know!  We would love to highlight all the great things taking place in our school libraries!  Examples may include:

·         Blind Date with a Book.  This is where you wrap up a book and only include a few tags and genre info- have kids check them out and be surprised by a good book they may not have read.  Don’t forget the barcode on the back of the book so you can check it out!

·         Author Visit.  Do you want to share an author visit and the exciting things taking place in the school to support this?

·         Family Literacy Night.  Do you have an evening where students and families come to the library that is centered on literacy?

·         Data Wall.  Do you have a wall where you share library data- such as types of inquiry or Common Core research projects?

·         New Makerspace Materials.  Has your library purchased new equipment/tools/technology for students and teachers to use in the library for a Makerspace?

·         New Furniture.  Do you have new tables that are beyond amazing that you think others would be interested in knowing about?

·         Student Book Club.  Did you start a student book club where the kids come to the library to discuss and read?

·         Team Planning.  Are you now part of a grade level planning team where you use the classroom’s curriculum to teach library skills?

·         The sky is the limit!  Karen, Lindsay, Cathy and I are very fortunate to have the opportunities to visit our school libraries and see/hear about the amazing things YOU are all doing.  We would love to share with our region all the great, exciting and fun activates taking place.  So please take a moment to keep us posted so we can share and promote the work you do for our students and teachers!


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