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A Brief History of SALS--font edition

Our Previous Font
We started using the Trajan font in 2008

The SALS Logo is written in the Trajan font and it turns out this is a really popular font. Originally designed in the late 80s from a font on Roman Columns and used in a lot of movie posters. Originally Trajan was used in epic movies where the protagonist overcomes some grand obstacle. But because of its overwhelming popularity, it has now been relegated to B movies, Horror films, and straight to DVD movies.

This YouTube clip gives a brief history of the Trajan font.


Does your library hold an annual "Teacher's Nite Out" event?

If you do please let me know jscott@sals.edu

YALSA July 2018 Webinar: Youth Engagement & Leadership

July 12th 2:00 – 3:00pm

YALSA is hosting free live monthly webinars. Each one is facilitated by knowledgeable youth development experts and library staff and focus on a different competency in YALSA’s brand new Teen Services Competencies for Library Staff.

All free webinars are held from 2:00 – 3:00pm, eastern, the second Thursday of the month. These webinars are free and open to any interested individual, regardless of job or membership status.

Art Resources Transfer's 2018 Poulin box set is now available!

This email was passed along to me and so I now pass it along to you.

The Poulin Project provides New York state libraries, schools, and alternative education centers with free box sets of contemporary literature from small presses around the state.

If you would like to receive a box set, please enter your name and shipping address via this sign up form here.

Sets include 50 titles, recommended for an audience with a reading comprehension level of high school students or above. Our many contributing publishers this year include New Directions, Litmus Press, Verso Books, and Fence Books. Please note we are limited to distributing 50 sets to New York State institutions only, and you can expect its shipment between August and September.

The Poulin Project is a NYSCA-funded initiative dedicated to expanding access to the arts and literacy. The project supports New York State independent publishers by introducing works by hundreds of contemporary writers and poets to new audiences, and enables public libraries to diversify their collections. You can read more about the program and view the list of last year's publishers on our website.

A.R.T. also provides public institutions with free art books through our D.U.C. Library Program. If you are not already a participant, we encourage you to place your order of free art books here.

Summer Reading: what's on the horizon

  • 2019: Theme/Space; Slogan/”A Universe of Stories” Artist/Leeza Hernandez
  • 2020: Theme/Fairytales, Mythology, Fantasy; Slogan/”Imagine Your Story” Artist/LeUyen Pham
  • 2021: Theme/Animals; Slogan/”Tails and Tales” Artist/Salina Yoon
  • 2022: Theme/World-Social Justice-Unity-Kindness-Inclusion-Change-Diversity-Equity-Make a difference-Embrace different cultures; Slogan/”All Together Now” Artist/Sophie Blackall

Why have Technology in the Children’s Area?

This article by the ALSC Blog points out some excellent reasons why we have technology in the children's section of the library. We always had this debate at my library about "why we have computers in the kids' area?"

Yes, some children are simply playing. Yes, some children have access to all this at home. The point is – many children do not.

Google AIY Kit

I've been wanting to get a few of these for months now

The Vault

YSS Empowerment, Advocacy & Leadership Academy

Due tomorrow June 30th.

Apply now! They have scholarships available, if you have any questions let me know.

This 7 month program is specifically designed for YS Providers who are interested in developing their leadership skills for personal and professional advancement.

  • 3 Full Day in-person Workshops
  • 4 Live 90 minute Webinars
  • 24 Hours of Continuing Education

YSS Empowerment, Advocacy and Leadership Academy (EALA) Scholarship

The Youth Services Section of NYLA is offering two scholarships for the 2018-19 Empowerment, Advocacy & Leadership Academy (EALA). This program is geared toward individuals who want to develop their personal skills in leadership and advocacy. This award covers the $349 tuition cost only for two members of NYLA/YSS. Travel and lodging are not included in the scholarship.

A Call for Book Donations--Washington County

I was recently contacted the Policy Council for Head Start for Washington County:

Currently each Head Start Center has a red book shelf that holds books that each student can take home to keep. Our shelves are running empty and we could really use donations of gently used books to fill our shelves. We are looking to partner with organizations in our communities to keep our book shelves

If you are interested in reaching out to them please let me know jscott@sals.edu


This year as a component of Summer Reading at New York Libraries, the State Education Department and myON are partnering to bring thousands of FREE enhanced digital books to children and their families all around the state! The partnership runs all summer long through September 30, 2018

The New York State Library, myON, the 23 public library systems and the 41 school library systems began rolling out special 2018 Summer login information for use by students and families to local school districts and local public libraries in May. Public libraries or school districts that have not yet received login information are encouraged to contact their library system director.


The myON Digital Library provides young readers with more than 6,000 fiction and nonfiction e-books, covering a broad range of topics and themes. Unlimited 24/7 access is offered, online and offline. Flexible supports include professionally recorded audio, text highlighting, an embedded dictionary and a zoom feature to support independent reading. (These features enable families to read together, even if there isn’t a proficient adult reader in the household).

Resources and tips for parents and educators include on-demand videos, tip sheets, strategies and more to support meaningful family literacy experiences.

Readers can access the myON Digital Library and its special features online from any web-enabled device and offline using the free myON app. Families can download up to 20 books at a time for reading offline. myON logins may be used anytime and anywhere — at school, at the library, at home or on the road.


Students who already have a myON login will continue to use that login to access the myON Digital Library and continue reading throughout the summer. myON is providing special Summer 2018 logins for all other children and families so all of New York’s children from birth and beyond can read anytime and anywhere through September 2018.

  • Each school district, New York City Borough, and each of the 23 public library systems has a unique Summer 2018 login.
  • Families with young children, home-schooled students, charter school students, nonpublic school students, caregivers and others will use their public library login.
  • A state-level login is also available on the Summer Reading at New York Libraries site at http://www.summerreadingnys.org/ and the DayByDayNY (http://daybydayny.org/) and DayByDayNYSP in Spanish (http://daybydaynysp.org/) early literacy sites. Students who use Talking Book and Braille Library services may also participate in Summer Reading and access myON digital books at http://www.nysl.nysed.gov/tbbl/summer.htm
Ghosts, Zombies, and all things Bermuda Triangle

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

Feel free to advertise (give out the login info) on your website, on all your social media, and in your library.

Explore Earth: Our Changing Planet

Crandall Public Library is one of fourteen sites nationwide chosen to display Explore Earth: Our Changing Planet, a national traveling exhibition exploring a global view of our changing environment, from June 2 to July 27, 2018.

Explore Earth: Our Changing Planet was organized by Space Science Institute’s National Center for Interactive Learning, the American Library Association Public Programs Office, the Lunar and Planetary Institute and the After-school Alliance. This project was made possible through the support of a grant from the National Science Foundation.

Congratulations to Pam Frazier and the Crandall Public Library!

Cardboard Boat Race

The time has arrived. By Friday, June 22nd we would like at least 9 libraries to commit to having a boat in the race. The cost for each entry is $40--payment isn't due until the day of the race.


The state has announced their OnLine Registration Software for this summer. I haven't tried the software yet, but I'll give it a go this week and report back.

See the Summer Reading at New York Libraries site at http://www.nysl.nysed.gov/libdev/summer/readsquared.htm for information and to submit a request for a READsquared site for your library.

Training sessions are scheduled as follows and will all be recorded for viewing again at a later date, or for those who are unable to attend. Library staff will be able to select a training session when signing up through the READsquared portal at the link above.

Created By
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