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April 4, 2016

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April brings big changes to SLS. We moved into our new space last week and are currently getting settled in. We are excited to be hosting the 2016 Annual Administrator/Advocate of the Year luncheon in our new conference area and hope you consider joining us. We will again be honoring our retirees at the luncheon, so if you know of a school librarian colleague who is retiring in your school district this school year please let us know!

April is also poetry month, financial literacy month, and of course, School Librar Month! The 2016 theme for School Library Month is ‘School Libraries Transform Learning.’ There are many resources to help celebrate all of these events. Below are a few to get you started:

We are excited to announce that the National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature, Gene Luen Yang, will be featured at our Fall Conference! Get the date, October 26, 2016, on your calendar now!

There is a unique work opportunity available, with training to increase job readiness. The Onondaga Earth Corps (OEC) is a locally based youth development and employment program focusing on community and environmental stewardship in Syracuse, NY. OEC hires young adults, ages 15 to 25, to educate the community about the benefits of environmental stewardship through completing environmental and neighborhood improvement projects in the City of Syracuse. OEC has a strong experiential learning and service component, and life skills are learned via formal lessons, on-the-job training, and through the Corps experience. Print out a flyer here for seasonal opportunities with deadlines April 11 and June 20th.

Be informed by registering for Driving Connectivity and Access: State K-12 Broadband Leadership on Monday, April 11, 2016 @ 3:00 pm EDT.

Do you want to help pick new titles for our regional OverDrive collection? Please contact Allison Comes and she’ll give you all the details.

Economics is a big part of the Social Studies Framework and one concept that is difficult to teach to younger students. Here is an opportunity for a  free teacher webinar offered on April 13th at 4:00 PM focusing on Teaching Economics Using Children's Literature (grades K-5). Children are never too young to start learning basic economic concepts such as scarcity, saving, and spending. Discover how popular children's books such as Alexander, Who Used to Be Rich Last Sunday, One Hen, Colonial Voices Hear Them Speak, and more can give your classroom an instant economic boost!

NYSCATE awards over $10,000 in grants annually to innovative ideas for their members (membership is free) and their classrooms. Please visit the NYSCATE website for more information. All grant applications are due prior to April 31, 2016.

Don’t forget to check out the CNYSL website to find out about all the local events to increase your opportunities to be part of this wonderful professional learning community! Remember that they are currently accepting nominations for the “Super Librarian Award” also. Nominate a colleague today!

We want to hear from you! If you have an event, workshop, exciting lesson or fun event that would inspire your colleagues, please send us a small blurb to share in the digital newsletter! We would also like to include book recommendations. If you've read a great new book, please send Doreen a recommendation that includes title, author, genre and interest levels along with a short review. We are looking forward to hearing from you!

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