End of May through mid-June 2020 Professional Development

Our Professional Development Chair Gina Locurcio has put together a list of professional development webinars for the end of May through mid-June 2020

Wednesday, May 27 • 5PM EST
How Are the Children? What Parents and Caregivers Need to Cope With Home-based Learning (edWeb)
Sign up for the recording HERE!
Registration to attend the live presentation is now full but you can sign up to receive an email with the recording link.
In this edWebinar, we will discuss the challenges faced by parents as the nation moves to home-based schooling. We will explore the importance of developing and nurturing social and emotional learning at home in order to create a sense of safety and security as children and adults make dramatic changes to everyday living. Free resources will be made available throughout this edWebinar to help students, parents/caregivers, and educators keep the learning journey moving forward to the best of everyone’s abilities.

 

Thursday, May 28 • 3PM EST
Build Your Digital Summer Reading Program: Tips to Create Great Engagement and Avoid Learning Loss (edWeb)
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This edWebinar will look at ways that teachers can customize digital summer reading programs for every student, measure their progress, and connect them to reading and to each other. We’ll look at best practices from around the country, explore the role of ebooks and how they are changing the definition of engagement, and highlight tech-based strategies teachers can use to foster genuine excitement for even the most reluctant readers.

 

Tuesday, June 2 • 2PM EST
Summertime D.I.Y.: Crafts & Gardening Titles and Tips (Booklist)
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Summer is the perfect time for starting a new project or finally getting to that DIY fix. Whether they’re lifelong gardeners, expert makers, or simply looking for a new hobby, your patrons will be delighted by the new crafts and gardening books highlighted in this free, hour-long webinar.

 

Wednesday, June 3 • 2PM EST
Supporting Learning from Home for Students with Autism and Other Developmental Disabilities** (edWeb)
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In this edWebinar, we will discuss how to support synchronous remote learning for students with autism and other developmental disabilities through evidenced-based practices. Participants will learn about strategies and tools to use during virtual instruction in order to teach language, academics, play, and social skills for preK through post-secondary students. We will also discuss ways to support families in navigating home routines with free visual supports and resources.
**Geared towards teachers but I think it would be beneficial for librarians as well

 

Thursday, June 4 • 2PM EST
Fall 2020 Book Buzz (SLJ)
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Summer will be over before we know it! Join this powerhouse panel of publishing insiders for a lively conversation highlighting inspiring titles that are sure to become favorites.

 

Thursday, June 11 • 2PM EST
Strategies to Increase Adult Book Titles for Teens (YALSA)
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Join recent Alex Awards Committee members in a discussion of adult books for teens! Find out why certain titles rise above the rest, and how that plays into a strong collection that is equitable, diverse and inclusive, as well as appealing.
Free for YALSA Members
Non-members: $29/each webinar or $59/annual webinar subscription

 

Thursday, June 11 • 3PM EST
Libraries Prepare to Answer Civil Legal Questions in Times of Crisis (WebJunction)
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With the economy staggering, unemployment soaring to unprecedented heights, and families reeling from weeks of confinement and uncertainty, people are turning to their libraries for help. Many of the issues people are struggling with involve civil legal information; questions related to unemployment, debt/money issues, foreclosures and evictions, or family stressors are all on the rise due to the COVID-19 pandemic. In this webinar, two law librarians highlight the most common civil legal issues they are seeing, provide guidance on key ways for public libraries to respond to civil legal needs, and discuss best practices for online reference services.

 

Tuesday, June 16 • 2PM EST
Getting Started with Virtual Storytimes (WebJunction)
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This comprehensive introduction to virtual storytimes will include book selection and copyright, technology and social media tools, strategies for accessibility and inclusion, early literacy activities, and ideas for promotion. Learn lessons on how to create a dynamic and engaging online presence and building a rapport with your virtual audience.

RECORDINGS

Innovation in Uncertainty: How librarians step up, support students, and find solutions (Junior Library Guild)
In light of COVID-19 concerns, lockdowns and school closures, it can be hard to know how to move forward. With the innovation and commitment you’re known for, you and all librarians have stepped up with incredible solutions to help others in this unprecedented time. Join us as JLG’s resident librarian, Angela Christianson, sits down with librarians Suzanna Panter (NBCT, M.Ed, Program Manager), Maria Petropulos (District Library Media Coordinator), Emmanuel Faulkner (Educational Specialist II), and Rachel Altobelli (Director of Library Services and Instructional Materials) to chat about their challenges and solutions during the closures to their plans for when things resume
Recording to be posted HERE!

 

 

Links of the Month – March 2020

A selection of links to articles, book-lists, and more that were tweeted during the month of March.

Every month you will find a collection of selected links here on the blog in case you missed seeing them on Facebook and/or Twitter or would just like an easy way to find them.

Quarantine Time:

Articles, Podcasts & Videos:

Awards:

  • None this month

Book-lists

Crafts & Programming:

Joint YASD Meeting – Serving Teens with Special Needs

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On Thursday, February 27th, Nassau County YASD held its annual joint meeting with Suffolk County YASD. This year was Nassau’s turns to host, and the program was held at the Massapequa Public Library – Bar Harbour Building. YASD President Lisa Zuena selected the topic of Serving Teens with Special Needs and put together a panel of librarians and teachers who work with that group. The panel featured Christa Lucarelli, Assistant Director of the Farmingdale Public Library, Michael Ambrosio, Special Needs Coordinator at the Oceanside Library, Kristina Holzweiss, Educational Technology Enrichment Specialist from the Syosset High School Innovation Lab, and Evangeline King, School Media Specialist & Kathleen Wegner, Special Education Teacher, from the Massapequa High School Ames Campus. Each panelist gave a presentation of what they do in their library or school.

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Evangeline King & Kathleen Wegner from Massapequa High School Ames Campus spoke first. They shared what they do with their teens and how we can provide for them in our libraries. They also shared how disabilities can present themselves so we can be aware of when we are communicating with a teen with special needs. Many people with special needs have sensory disorders, and they suggested having sensory-friendly programming to serve this population. Librarians could hold a program just for these teens or simply adapting one already in place.
An example is a sensory-friendly movie where we keep the attendance small, volume not too high, and lights either on low or on. Visuals were another example shared that can be useful in both or teen areas and programming. Having a picture board allows non-verbal or those who have difficulty with verbalization to communicate what they want or need. They can point to a picture of a computer or board game when they want to use one in our teen areas. Having one in programs allows them to ask for supplies such as glue or red paint. Having instructions with pictures can also make things easier for teens with special needs. Evangeline and Kathleen also stressed two other important things when working with teens with special needs. These factors are talking to the teen, NOT the adult or helper with them, and treating them as a teen, NOT a child. Even if that patron wants to take out Sesame Street DVDs to watch at home, treat them as you would your typical teens.

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Next up was Kristina Holzweiss, Educational Technology Enrichment Specialist from the Syosset High School Innovation Lab. Kristina spoke about the tools and resources we can have in a library for teens with special needs. These in a C-Pen reader that is used to highlight text that is then read aloud. Also Read & Write for Google Chrome/Snapverter and Microsoft Immersive Reader, which also teens with reading. Code Jumper was a STEM tool we can also have in our libraries. It is a coding tool that is easy to use by teens with special needs. Kristina also suggested having supplies in clear bins or with pictures of what’s inside on them so teens can easily see what each container has in them. Having self-regulation opportunities is another positive tool to have.

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At the Farmingdale Public Library, Assistant Director Christa Lucarelli has a successful and popular program called Triple P, which stands for Peer Pal Program. This program, which means every Monday night from September through May, pairs a teen with special needs with two typical teens who help, hang out and spend time with them during the program. The teen volunteers are interviewed by Christa to ensure they are signing up for the right reasons and attend training before the program starts. She also tries to make pairs with similar interests. Every week there are activities such as board games and coloring, as well as larger weekly programs. These more extensive programs have included Mad Science, Karaoke, Soccer Stars, Green Meadows Farm, and Bingo. The teen with special needs and their buddies do together whatever they choose to do. While the program is a lot of work, those who participate enjoy it, and many form bonds that go beyond their Monday nights together.

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Michael Ambrosio is the Special Needs Coordinator at the Oceanside Library, meaning the bulk of his job is doing programming for patrons with special needs. His programming started just as a sensory-friendly movie and has grown into multiple programs with a bi-monthly flyer. His programs include retro video games, Next Chapter Book Club with Literacy Nassau, different theme bingo nights, and special needs yoga. Autism Awareness Concerts are another program Michael has had, which includes the band Columbus Avenue whose drummer has autism. What Michael does is put on programming that any other programmer would do just with patrons with special needs in mind.

Our panelists did such a fantastic job presenting, but sadly, we did not get to the panel portion of the program. Many questions were asked during the presentations, and contact information provided for further questioning. If you are on the NCLA or Youth Services Listserv, Lisa has sent out an e-mail with each presentation for you to check out yourself. 

A huge thank you to all of our panelists, as well as Lisa, for putting together an excellent program.

Mock Printz 2020

Thursday, January 16th was the annual Mock Printz Workshop with Nassau and Suffolk Libraries. Many Teen/Young Adult Librarians, including members of the YASD board were in attendance. This year was Nassau’s turn to host and the event took place at the beautiful Farmingdale Public Library.

“The Michael L. Printz Award recognizes the best titles in young adult literature in a given calendar year.” (source) To find out more about the award please click here.

This year’s nominees were:

  • With the Fire on High by Elizabeth Acevedo
  • Shout by Laurie Halse Anderson
  • Lovely War by Julie Berry
  • Pet by Akwaeke Emezi
  • Patron Saints of Nothing by Randy Rigby
  • Thirteen Doorways, Wolves Behind Them All by Laura Ruby
  • Laura Dean Keeps Breaking Up with Me by Mariko Tamaki
  • On the Come Up by Angie Thomas

Five of these years nominees were introduced by Nassau Librarians, each making the case for why that book should be selected the winner. They were:

  • Kaye of Mineola Library introduced Laura Dean Keeps Breaking Up
  • Pam of Syosset Library introduced On the Come Up
  • Amanda of Uniondale Library introduced Thirteen Doorways, Wolves Behind Them All
  • James of Uniondale Library introduced Pet
  • Syntychia of Uniondale Library introduced With the Fire on High

Valeria of Bellmore Memorial Library Jodi of Levittown Public Library were group leaders this year and led the discussion for four of the titles

After all the titles were discussed, voting took place. The voting procedure involved everyone selecting their top three choices with different point values. One book was the clear winner with 100 points and one title was a clear honor. There were three titles with enough votes as possible honors and during the revote, two or the three were given the honor.

The 2020 Mock Printz Honors are:

The 2020 Mock Printz Winner is:

 

Shout out to
RENEE MCGRATH, MANAGER OF YOUTH SERVICES, NLS
DEREK IVIE, YOUTH SERVICES COORDINATOR, SCLS
for putting together a wonderful Mock Printz Workshop.
Thanks for all that you do!

February 2020 Joint Meeting

The NCLA Young Adult Services Division (YASD) is hosting our annual Joint Meeting with SCLA on Thursday, February 27th, 2020 at 9:30 a.m. at the Massapequa Public Library’s Bar Harbour building. We will be having a panel of public and school librarians and a public school teacher to discuss how to best serve our teens with special needs.

Please click here to print out the registration form.

YASD Joint Meeting Feb 2020

Power Partnerships: When School and Public Libraries Unite

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On Friday, June 14th YASD held its annual June Brunch. This year our brunch included a panel of four Librarians from Syosset. The panel consisted of three librarians from a public school setting: Syosset High School Education Technology Specialist Kristina Holzweiss, School Media Specialist Lynn Ortlieb and School Media Specialist Sarah Wasser, along with the Head of Teen Services from Syosset Public Library Sharon Long. The four did a wonderful job of presenting now only what they do but how they work together and ways that all school and public librarians can work together.

Syosset Public Library puts on SY-Con every other year and Sharon makes sure to get the school librarians involved. This included having Lynn be a judge for the cosplay contest. Sharon believes it is great to invite the school librarians and get them involved in large library programs. 

Together these awesome librarians are also planning an un-convention called Cardigan Camp where school and public librarians can come together to discuss the library world, what they have done, and what they will like to do. As it is an un-convention, the exact topics will be decided that day by those who attend.

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They also encouraged visits and meetings between the public and school librarians. Public Librarians should invite School Librarians to visit their space and vice versa. Every year, Sharon, Lynn, Sarah and Kristina get together to discuss the school summer reading lists as well, making a great partnership between those assigning the assignment and those who will be helping the teens find their books for it.

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Kristina also shared about the important of social media as a way to reach our patrons and share what we have to offer. In her e-mail signature she uses GIF made on EZGIF as a moving banner to help advertise. She also shared the QUIK APP to make presentations to share for class visits, PTA meetings and more.

Sharon, Lynn, Sarah and Kristina were all amazing panelists who definitely seem to enjoy working well together. The YASD Board Members and Committee Chairs are so grateful they were able to spend their Friday morning with us.

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April Professional Development

Thank you to Meghan Fangmann for curating these webinars and articles!

Webinars

Booklist

https://www.booklistonline.com/webinars

Other Webinars: 

5:00pm

The Power of Manga, Comics, & Graphic Novels through the Lens of the AASL Standards Frameworks for Learners (American Association of School Librarians)

When: Wed, April 3, 5pm – 6pm

Description: Wednesday, Apr 3 (5-6 pm)
The Power of Manga, Comics, & Graphic Novels through the Lens of the AASL Standards Frameworks for Learners (American Association of School Librarians)

Using the lens of the AASL Standards Frameworks for Learners, we will examine the role of manga, comics, and graphic novels to promote literacy and learning. Participants will not only learn about the power of these genres but they will also be exposed to the language of the AASL Shared Foundations.
For more information and to register, visit: http://www.ala.org/aasl/ecollab/upcoming

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1:00pm

 Celebrating Diversity & Multiculturalism through Crafts (Infopeople)

When: Thu, April 4, 1pm – 2pm

Description: Thursday, Apr 4 (1-2 pm)
Celebrating Diversity & Multiculturalism through Crafts (Infopeople)

In this webinar, we will define diversity and multiculturalism, cultural appropriateness, and highlight crafts and activities that will help teach children to respect and celebrate the differences in all people. By merging diversity and equity into our library programming we can build cultural relevance into any craft program.
For more information and to register, visit: https://infopeople.org/training/view/webinar

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12:00pm

Social Media and Volunteer Engagement (VolunteerMatch)

When: Tue, April 16, 12pm – 1pm

Description: Tuesday, Apr 16 (12-1 pm)
Social Media and Volunteer Engagement (VolunteerMatch)

Volunteer engagement is changing. What do you need to know about social media as a volunteer program manager? How can you use social media to promote your volunteer opportunities and recruit volunteers? This webinar will offer an introduction to including social media in your volunteer recruitment and retention plans. You’ll see examples of Twitter, Facebook and YouTube pages, as well as blogs that other nonprofits have successfully used to draw attention to their organizations and volunteer opportunities. You’ll also learn about the social media tools available as part of your VolunteerMatch account that can help you promote your volunteer opportunity on other social networking sites.
To register, visit: http://learn.volunteermatch.org/training-topics

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12:00pm

YA/Teen Book Buzz Spring 2019 (School Library Journal)

When: Tue, April 23, 12pm – 1pm

Description: Tuesday, Apr 23 (12-1 pm)
YA/Teen Book Buzz Spring 2019 (School Library Journal)

Get ahead of the curve and discover the latest and greatest hot reads during SLJ’s 2019 Teen Book Buzz webcast! Join us in conversation with publishing insiders to learn about their most buzz-worthy titles coming out this spring. You’ll hear about some can’t miss new reads, from a dystopian novel where girls are bannished to the woods for their 16th year to an historical verse retelling of the last day of Joan of Arc’s life. Tackling everything from romance to gender indentity to fantasy, these selections are loaded with teen appeal. Don’t miss out!

For more information and to register, visit: https://www.slj.com/?subpage=Events

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12:00pm

Helping Children Succeed Through Family Engagement (Education Week)
When
Tue, April 23, 12pm – 1pm
Description
Tuesday, Apr 23 (12-1 pm)
Helping Children Succeed Through Family Engagement (Education Week)
Research shows that when parents are engaged in their children’s learning, students succeed. Educators often need support in helping families integrate into local school communities, where they can learn about the education practices and policies that impact their children. The challenge is figuring out the best methods for building these relationships.  In this free webinar, learn about the five high-leverage areas identified in the report: attendance, data sharing, academic and social development, digital media, and transition points. 
For more information and to register, visit: https://www.edweek.org/ew/marketplace/webinars/webinars.html

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Don’t #%?$ My Graphic Novels: Conquering Challenges and Protecting the Right to Read (American Association of School Librarians)

When
Wed, April 24, 5pm – 6pm
Description
Wednesday, Apr 24 (5-6 pm)
Don’t #%?$ My Graphic Novels: Conquering Challenges and Protecting the Right to Read (American Association of School Librarians)
In 2018, 38% of reported book challenges took place in schools. Among the challenged works were those in illustrated format, including Persepolis, Drama, This One Summer, Captain Underpants, Bad Kitty, and Bone. As we celebrate School Library Month, join us in advocating for and defending books that incorporate art with Bad Kitty author and illustrator Nick Bruel and librarians Mariela Siegert, Martha Hickson, and Suzanna Panter.
For more information and to register, visit: http://www.ala.org/aasl/ecollab/upcoming

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Mock Printz 2019

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Yesterday (January 18th) was the annual Mock Printz Workshop with Nassau and Suffolk Libraries. Many Teen/Young Adult Librarians, including members of the YASD board were in attendance. This year was Suffolk’s turn to host and the event took place at the beautiful Sayville Library. 

“The Michael L. Printz Award recognizes the best titles in young adult literature in a given calendar year.” (source) To find out more about the award please click here.

The nominees this year were:

  • The Astonishing Color of After by Emily X.R. Pan
  • Blood Water Paint by Joy McCullough
  • Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi
  • Dread Nation by Justina Ireland
  • Hey, Kiddo by Jarret J. Krosoczka
  • Illegal by Eoin Colfer
  • The Poet X by Elizabeth Acevedo
  • Sadie by Courtney Summers

Four of these years nominees were introduced by Nassau Librarians, each making the case for why that book should be selected the winner.

  • Briana of Elmont Library introduced The Astonishing Color of After
  • Kaye of Mineola Library introduced Children of Blood and Bone
  • Laura of Garden City Library introduced Dread Nation 
  • Amanda of Uniondale Library introduced Sadie

Following introductions, everyone broke into two small groups to discuss the titles and if they were worthy of being this year’s winners. Two pairs of discussion leaders two took discussing four titles with each group.

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Former NCLA President Laura and current YASD President Janice were discussion leaders. The books they lead the discussion for were Dread Nation, The Astonishing Color of After, Blood Water Paint and Hey, Kiddo.

Suffolk County librarians James (Huntington) and Brian (Patchogue-Medford) were leaders for the other four titles.

After all the titles were discussed, voting took place. The voting procedure involved everyone selecting their top three choices with different point values.

Two titles stood out among them all.

  • The Poet X by Elizabeth Acevedo
  • Sadie by Courtney Summers

The Poet X received five more points than Sadie but Sadie received more votes for 1st place. After a brief discussion and the reminder that part of the qualification that the book should stand the test of time, a vote between those to titles took place.

At the end of the day:

The Poet X by Elizabeth Acevedo

was declared the 2019 Mock Printz winner for Long Island

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Courtney Summers’ Sadie received an Honor, along with Jarret J. Krosoczka’s Hey, Kiddo.

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Shout out to
RENEE MCGRATH, MANAGER OF YOUTH SERVICES, NLS
DEREK IVIE, YOUTH SERVICES COORDINATOR, SCLS
for putting together a wonderful Mock Printz Workshop.
Thanks for all that you do!

 

YASD Joint Meeting

Join us at 10 am on Thursday February 14th, for the joint meeting of Nassau and Suffolk YASD.​ A PoliceSmart Cyberbullying workshop with be presented by Suffolk County Police Officer Nancy Ward.
The meeting is to be held at the Patchogue-Medford Library. Please see the attached flyer for more information.
Please click here in order to register online. A $10 registration fee must also be submitted through the mail.
To fully register through mail please contact Michele Cayea, Suffolk YASD President at mcayea@pmlib.org for a registration form.
We look forward to seeing you there!
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Click Here to Download a PDF version of the above flyer.