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Summer Reading Workshop

Join your youth services colleagues @ SALS on the morning of Thursday, March 5th from 9:30-Noon for some Summer Reading Workshop fun!

The morning will be allocated to working with peers on summer programming ideas and previous successes, there will be a couple of guest speakers, and you can test out all the new Early Literacy STEAM Kits that will be available to borrow (Fun is guaranteed).

Baby Sensory Play! Workshop

Join us @ SALS March 10th 10:00-12:00 For a free fun hands-on workshop.

Babies not included.

Engage your littlest patrons with a program that incorporates the Early Literacy Skill of play. Play is an important part of child development, specifically early literacy. This program will provide participants with instructions on how to implement a sensory program on any budget. Participants will know how to turn a dollar store pool noodle into several early literacy activities, as well as hands-on sensory stations will be explored.

The goal of this program is to educate participants on the importance of play as an early literacy skill and will include hands-on learning through a variety of sensory play stations. Attendees will leave with the knowledge on how to replicate a similar program on any size budget as well as how to turn a basic dollar store pool noodle into several simple sensory activities for baby. Participants will also make a sensory play item to take with them!

Jennifer Preisser

I am a Children’s Librarian at the Greece Public Library in Rochester, New York. My expertise is Early Literacy Programming with a particular focus on children aged from birth-5 years old. I am passionate and committed to the value and impact play and literacy provide and enjoy investigating new program ideas that focus on these rewarding principles.

“Baby Sensory Play” is one of the programming fruits of that effort and I have been fortunate to deliver presentations at a number of professional library conferences and share my experiences with other library professionals.

Advocacy Guide

the 2020 advocacy guide has been updated and is available on the SALS' website and through the link below.

The 2020 Legislative Priorities include:

  • Increasing State Library Aid to $200M to Reflect Resources & Services Provided
  • Fund the New York State Library Construction Aid Program at $75M
  • Equal Access to School Libraries and Librarians
  • Trustee Training
  • Access to eBooks

Report to the Community

Here is my first draft for the 2019 reports to the community. If you are interested in having me make one of these for your library please let me know. I would be happy to help. If you don't have a list of improvements we can substitute something else--like news items or whatever you'd like.

Overdrive Hold re-delivery

Hold redelivery is scheduled to go live the week of March 2, 2020. At that time, hold redelivery will replace auto-checkout for all new and existing holds.

As previously shared, hold redelivery will give your users more flexibility to manage their holds and allow them to suspend a hold even after it’s made available to them, while maintaining their place on the wait list. By enabling users to pass books they don’t have time to read on to the next person in line, hold redelivery will help your library connect more readers to the right book, at the right time. Please review the below summary for important details about this change.

How will it work?

Libby notifications will alert users when their holds become available. We will also add a “Notifications” section to your OverDrive website and the OverDrive app. After receiving notification that a hold is available, users can:

  1. Borrow the title within 3 days. If your library has a different hold pick-up setting, OverDrive will automatically update it to 3 days.
  2. Suspend the hold by selecting “deliver later.” This option passes the book to the next person in line while maintaining the user’s place on the wait list. After the suspension period (set by the user), the user will be able to borrow the book when the next copy is available.
  3. Cancel the hold.

Continuing Education Opportunities

YSS Spring Conference

Are you interested in attending? Interested in not having to pay?

Check out our Continuing Education grant here https://salsblog.sals.edu/about-us/grant-recipients/

Submit before Feb 28th

  • Friday May 15, 2020
  • 1000 Islands Harbor Hotel
  • Clayton, NY
  • Keynote: Ellen Oh

We can offer your library $1,000 in funds that can be used to pay for registration costs, accommodations, and mileage!

In some instances, the library will require coverage staff in order for a staff member to attend a Challenge Grant-funded event. Libraries with 4 FTE or fewer, as reported on their Annual Report, may use grant funds to pay for coverage staff at a reimbursement rate of$12/hour.

What's New in YA Lit & How to Use It In Your Program (Grades 6-12)

  • 1 Day Event: March 30, 2020
  • Cost of Attendance: $279.00 per person
  • Event Hours: 8:30 a.m. – 3:15 p.m.
  • Check-In: 8:00 a.m. – 8:30 a.m.
  • Event Location: ALBANY

Again Check out the SALS Continuing Education Grant for assistance in funding.

  • Specifically Designed for Secondary Teachers, School Librarians and Public Librarians
  • A comprehensive overview of the best, new books for young adults published in the past year
  • Practical, ready-to-use ideas for selecting and utilizing the best, new young adult literature across your curriculum
  • Learn about new nonfiction titles that support your state standards for using informational text with students
  • An extensive young adult literature resource handbook filled with annotated booklists, ready-to-use ideas, themes, activities, and more valuable and practical ideas


Registration is open for April 23rd is now open!

Created By
Jack Scott


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