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14th Annual Cardboard Boat Race

Saturday, August, 11th

Join your fellow libraries in creating the ultimate Summer STEAM project... A library themed cardboard boat race.

Held every year at Fort Hardy Park in Schuylerville, the Cardboard Boat Race is a fun and creative community day on the Hudson River. You are invited to base a boat design off this year's Summer Reading Program theme. Compete against your fellow libraries for the coveted awards: 1st, 2nd, 3rd place awards for speed, the Titanic Award, Most Enthusiastic Crew, Overall best in Show

Escape Room

Remembrance of an Escape Room

For those of you that were unable to attend I'll try and hit some of the key points from the workshop, but those of you who were able to attend will understand that this document can't possibly equate to the actual experience we were able to be a part of.

Jono and Billy created an escape room for our group that took them about an hour of prep-time and was created for under $30. In fact they still had a fair amount of painters tape leftover.


  • Painters tape green and red
  • paper plates
  • blindfolds
  • walkie-talkies
  • markers


Jono created a document that listed:

  • goals
  • Critical Vocabulary
  • a Room Template
  • Handyman Randy;s pedagogical Approach to Game Mastering
  • and finally a template of the room we participated in.

Breakout edu came up a few time and is a great resource/template for either using their escape room ideas or using their ideas to create something of your own. The Breakout edu kits I've used have several locked that can be taken apart to create your very own customized lock. They came with combinations of arrows, letters to make short words, numbers, and symbols. They also had several different size containers, a usb(we came up with some cool ways to use this)

myON Partnership

In partnership with and in support of Summer Reading at New York Libraries, myON will be providing free, unlimited 24/7 access to myON's Digital Library and Middle School Classics for children from Birth through Grade 8. Access will be available from May through September 2018 for students and families with young children through both their schools and public libraries.

To login go to www.myon.com and click the myOn Login button.

  • School Name: Southern Adirondack Library System
  • For PreK - Grade 5: Username: salsstudent1 PW: read
  • For Grades 6-8: Username: salsstudent6 PW: read

Takeaways from Ready to Ready Summit


The Kids’ Well-being Indicators Clearinghouse (KWIC) is a tool to gather, plot and monitor New York State children’s health, education and well-being indicator data in order to improve outcomes for children and families.

Rubber Ducky Club

This was one of the highlights of the day. It plays off of the 1,000 books before Kindergarten but instead of parents or guardians thinking my preschooler doesn't even know how to read. They focus on activities.

Rubber Ducky Club is a special program at Bethlehem Public Library that encourages preschoolers to complete 1,000 early literacy activities before kindergarten.

Rubber Ducky Club is all about creating special moments with your child while encouraging a love of language and books. It may be a while before your child is starting kindergarten, but he or she is already developing the skills to be successful in learning to read, write and be successful in school. Plus, spending time creating these special moments with your child is FUN! This is a wonderful program for children from birth up to kindergarten.


Math and Science Story Time

This was such a cool idea--STEAM programming for kids under 5 yrs. The MASST program is a library-based story and activity series for young children and their families. MASST was developed in partnership between the National Institute for Early Education Research and the New Brunswick Free Public Library. The program aims to get children excited about science, technology, engineering, and math, engage children and their families and teachers with age-appropriate books and educational resources, and increase the reach of public libraries, especially with respect to the Spanish-speaking community.MASST can be delivered in Spanish, English, or both.

I learned my new favorite word, "subitizing."

  • to perceive the number of (a group of items) at a glance and without counting: the maximum number of items that can be subitized is about five

Something like this.

Picture the dots on a pair of dice.

Happy Mother's Day

Have a great weekend ^.^
Created By
Jack Scott


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