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Free webinar to help libraries anticipate patron questions about 2020 Census

The American Library Association (ALA) will hold a free webinar for library staff, “Responding Online to the 2020 Census: What Libraries Need to Know,” on January 30, 2020, at 2:00 p.m. Eastern Time. This webinar will orient library staff to the 2020 Census questionnaire, the online response system, other options for responding, common questions, and tips for libraries. Presenters will include representatives from libraries, ALA, and the U.S. Census Bureau.

Youth Services Lunch Meeting

Our next lunch meeting is scheduled for Thursday, January 16th from 11:50 to 1pm. Please Bring a Lunch ^.^

Overdrive 2019


In 2019 we had over 206,000 e-checkout. Roughly 23,000 more checkouts than in 2018.

Unique Users:

We had over 9,700 unique users. Roughly 700 more than in 2018.

Top 10 Checkouts

  1. A Dangerous Act of Kindness; LP Fergusson; Canelo; ebook; 235 checkouts
  2. The Silent Patient; Alex Michaelides; Celadon Books; ebook; 191 checkouts
  3. The Lost Girls of Paris: A Novel; Pam Jenoff; Park Row Books; ebook; 170 checkouts
  4. The Christmas Scorpion; Jack Reacher; Lee Child; Random House; ebook; 151
  5. An Anonymous Girl: A Novel; Greer Hendricks; Macmillan Audio; audio book; 139 checkouts
  6. An Anonymous Girl: A Novel; Greer Hendricks; Little, Brown and Co; ebook; 138 checkouts
  7. The Silent Patient; Alex Michaelides; MacMillan Audio; audio book; 135 checkouts
  8. Summer of '69; Elin Hilderbrand; Little, Brown and Co; ebook; 133 checkouts
  9. One Day in December; Josie Silver; Crown/Archetype; ebook; 131 checkouts
  10. One Day in December; Josie Silver; Penguin Random House Audio; audio book; 126 Checkouts

Continuing Education Opportunities

Engaging Families with Nature-Based Library Programming

This Webinar will be presented by staff from Saratoga Springs!

This webinar is free to members of NYLA YSS section and with a small fee for others.

  • Tuesday, January 28
  • 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Learn about ways to engage children and their families in nature based library programs as we discuss programs and partnerships that get library patrons outside of traditional library based programs and into the community. Discover how programs like snowshoeing owl prowls and frog watches connect families with nature and how these programs are collaborations with outside organizations. Also learn how to get your library patrons to enjoy the great outdoors with lending items like bird watching backpacks, family outdoor game lending libraries and more.

Learning Objectives:

  • Discover how nature-based programming can enhance your library programming
  • Learn about the value of collaborations with outside organizations to provide programs for your patrons
  • Find out about ways to broaden your collection with nature-based lending library items



  • Jen Ogrodowski: Head of Youth Services - Saratoga Springs (NY) Public Library
  • Laura Clark: Youth Services Librarian - Saratoga Springs (NY) Public Library
  • Carol Anne Geary: Youth/Teen Services Librarian - Saratoga Springs (NY) Public Library

Summer Reading Workshop MVLS & Upper Hudson

Provided by the Mohawk and Upper Hudson Library Systems

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


Created with images by Crawford Jolly - "untitled image" • Aliis Sinisalu - "kindle and coffee"