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Summer Reading Program

Summer is here and all the fun that comes with it like camping, s'mores, Summer Reading Reports, and swimming...

The survey in the link below will give you an idea of what you need to keep track of for the state report.

The major change from last years report is the addition of new questions about Learning Encouragement and Self-Directed Learning (passive programs). This year there are also several helpful definitions (For example: the difference between Self-Directed Programs and Active Programs)

Learning encouragement program: continuous throughout the summer, encouraging participation in and reporting learning activities (ex.- a summer passport that encourages museum visits or a bingo card that includes activities).

Self-directed programs: self-directed activities are arranged and set out by the library staff

  1. for a limited time (ex.- weekly, monthly),
  2. for younger children, are interactive with a caregiver,
  3. are calculated by individual participation. (count children and caregivers)

It does not include setting out coloring pages or displays. Activities/crafts included in a scheduled program such as storytime are not counted separately.

Example – a STEM activity set out for one month and participated in by 18 children and 10 caregivers = 1 program with 28 in attendance.

Remember to keep the answers to these questions for the end of the year 2018 Annual Report!

News of the Week

YSS Empowerment, Advocacy & Leadership Academy

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.

Welcome to NEW Statewide New York State Performers & Programs Database


The NY State Performers & Programs Database is back up after being hacked a few months ago.

Looks the same as the old one to me ^.^


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

The Vault


The New York State Library has purchased access to the MyOn collection of over 6,000 interactive children's ebooks for all NYS residents for the summer months (May-Sept 2018).

And this morning I took a look at the scary stories. Camping season is on it's way and everyone loves a good scary story.

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.

  • 06/19/2018 10:30 AM EDT

SALS System Use and Satisfaction Survey 2017

This survey contains a variety of questions to gather data to determine the use, value and satisfaction of SALS current services and possible future services.

Feel free to skip questions when you have no knowledge of or opinions about those services. Questions marked with an asterisk must be answered.

It should take less than 10 minutes to complete.

Video of the Week

Hit Like a Girl Contest 2018

While I was under the weather this week this 8 year old's drum solo brought a real smile to my face--hope it brings one to you as well. ^.^ Have a nice week.

My name is Yoyoka Soma. I am 8 year old Japanese drummer.


When I was a just small baby, my parents had a home studio and there were various kinds of instruments. My parents were performing music activities as amateur singer-songwriters and they cradled me with their music. When I listened to their songs and guitar performances, I was eager to join them and couldn’t stop beating out a rhythm. That was why I started playing the drums. The drum was the first instrument in which I felt an interest in my life. My parents’ music peers often visited us to play together. I was glued to the powerful and dynamic performances by the drummers. At age 2, I was playing the drums as if I were playing with toys. At age 4, I started performing at concerts. At age 5, my family band “Kaneaiyoyoka” was formed by my parents. We have released 2 self-produced CD albums so far. Not only the drums, I also play the keyboard and perform as a vocalist. I compose lyrics and music as well.

My favorite drummers are John Bonham, Chris Coleman and Benny Greb.

As a drummer, I enjoy being groove, tones and try to support vocalists carefully. My dream is to be the best drummer in the world. In addition, I want to be an artist who can do anything: playing all instruments, recording music, mixing the sound and designing the CD album jackets. As I am aiming at overseas activities, I am studying English conversation. I want to become friends with people all over the world through my musical activities!

As HLAG is a contest only for women, I definitely can’t lose it. I want to be the best female drummer. Thanks to the great support by my family and fans, I can continue the practice and other musical activities. I want to show the best result of my daily practice and come out on top of this contest!

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