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As of November 19th every library in the system now has access to Britannica ImageQuest. This is an image resource that provides rights cleared images. Your library may use this images for your website, your flyers, and your signage.

If you would like access to the site, please ask your director. An email was sent out in November to all member libraries with info on how to create an account for your library. If you need it resent please let me know.

Website Hours and Google Business Profile

If your library has different hours for the summer and winter season be sure to check your Google Business Profile (The side panel that appears when running a google search) and double check the correct hours are being displayed.

Governor's Youth Council

The Governor's Youth Council is going to be an excellent opportunity for our young people to voice their needs and concerns at the state level. A representative from every County in New York State will be selected.

This means we have to show them the path to get there... The link below contains all of the information about the Council, as well as, the application. The deadline for submitting an application has been extended to 12/23/19. Please forward this to youth organizations, school groups or clubs, even personal connections that you have to kids that want to help make a difference! Contact the Youth Bureau with any questions.

WordPress Update to 5.3

  • The final WordPress update of 2019 was released in mid November. The new release is supposed to offer improved usability in the block editor.
  • The most important thing to note a few sites have noticed that their Event Calendar has gone awry. If you notice this don't panic, just let me know--it is an easy fix.
  • Also with the update any site using the Time.ly event calendar may notice that you must create an account with time.ly to update your calendar. Please do this.

Citizen Science

For those that we able to attend NYLA there were some really great sessions. I was able to attend the Citizen Science session during which NNLM provided a wealth of resources.

What is Citizen Science? It's the involvement of the public in scientific research--something like firefly counts, finding new stars in the night sky, or even identifying the secret lives of mice.

If your library is interested in participating in citizen science here are some smashing resources


The zooniverse website hosts hundreds of active projects, from finding and counting Orangutan nests from drone images to coloring in mitochondria in cell images



Scistarter has thousands of projects ranging from online projects, app based projects, to physical kits that are mailed out. Scistarter allows you to search for projects by age group, location, and by word tags



The New York State Library is pleased to offer READsquared at NO COST to public libraries statewide!

READsquared is an online reading program solution. This powerful application offers customization and configuration of CSLP-themed summer reading programs and other reading and learning programs, as well as readers’ advisory tools for all ages and all reading levels.

READsquared can help libraries of any size brand their reading programs and increase registration and participation of individuals, families, and groups through activities, book lists, challenges, and more. The product offers a variety of features to meet each library’s unique needs.

For those interested in learning more about ReadSquared there was a recent webinar that is available here: https://recordings.join.me/h7DX4k82r0KngkEKFYmcuQ

If you have questions let me know.


Teen suicides are increasing at an alarming pace, outstripping all other age groups, a new report says

Suicide death rates among teenagers and young adults have increased at an alarming pace in the past decade, according to a new government report. While suicide has steadily become more common across the population, the increase among youths has outpaced all other age groups.

For many years, suicide among youths was relatively rare and its frequency relatively stable. But from 2007 to 2017, the number of suicides among people ages 10 to 24 suddenly increased 56 percent — from 6.8 deaths per 100,000 people to 10.6, the new report shows.

Suicide has become the second-most common cause of death among teenagers and young adults, overtaking homicides and outpaced only by accidents.

Big Brothers, Big Sister of the Capital Region

*Information passed along from the Saratoga Co Youth Bureau*

Attached is information regarding mentoring programs offered through Big Brothers, Big Sisters of the Capital Region. They are currently seeking adult male mentors to fill the needs of a waiting list in Saratoga County and are always accepting referrals for youth in need of mentoring. "Would like to help change a child's life and your own for the better?"

Contact Jennifer at 518-862-1250 ext. 105

You can also check out their website at https://www.bbbs.org/

Continuing Education Opportunities

Full STREAM Ahead: How to take Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) to the next level with maker kits

STEM introduced children to multiple areas of science. STEAM brought art into the mix. STREAM takes all areas including reading and writing and stresses the importance of cross curriculum education. All correlations should be natural and we will work on the kits that can be adapted to be used with multi-age groups.

This is a six week Moodle course run asynchronously, meaning you will never need to login to a class on a certain date/time. The winter offering of this course will begin the week of January 6, 2020.

  • Class size is limited to 30 students.
  • ALSC Personal Member: $115
  • ALA Personal Member: $165
  • Nonmember: $185

*If you are interested in attending this class you can be sponsored with funds from the Family Literacy Fund just let me know that you're interested*

Weekend Project

Update you car's windscreen wipers so they go to the beat of the music you're listening to--so satisfying.

Created By
Jack Scott


Created with an image by Aaron Burden - "Macro view of frozen winter ball"