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SLS News Archive: 2019.02.07

SLS NewsBlast 2019.02.07

SLS NewsBlast 2019.02.07​

Upcoming Professional Learning Opportunities


Follett Destiny

Over the February break we will be upgrading to Follett Destiny version 16.5.  Sally Bailey will be presenting a “What's New in Follett Destiny version 16.5” class on Monday, March 4 from 3:30 to 4:30 in A13.  Register at


Kathleen Odean

Kathleen will be returning to present her popular “Best New Books” workshops to librarians serving the Monroe 1 and Monroe 2-Orleans School Library System service areas (public librarians serving those areas are welcome to attend).

Best Books for Children (K-5) will take place on Thursday, May 2, 2019, from 8:30-3:30    at Monroe One BOCES (15 Linden Park).  For more information and to register go to

Best Books for Young Adults (6-12) will take place on Friday, May 3, 2019, from 8:30-3:30 at Monroe 2-Orleans BOCES (Big Ridge Road, Spencerport).  For more information and to register go to


Donalyn Miller is coming to Rochester!

Donalyn Miller (aka The Book Whisperer) is presenting TWO free sessions on May 28, 2019 at the Monroe County Central Library (Downtown).  This opportunity is sponsored by Scholastic in collaboration with Monroe County Library System and Monroe 2-Orleans BOCES School Library System and all are invited to attend.

SESSION 1: Access to Books: Game Changer for Kids  9:30 AM – 11:30 AM

  • Children with meaningful access to books achieve at higher levels and experience greater engagement with reading. In this session, examine the current research on book access in schools, libraries, and homes; discuss intellectual and cultural access concerns including diversity and leveling; and explore resources and strategies for developing and sustaining high-quality classroom library collections that support students’ reading lives. Information based on Game Changer! Book Access for All Kids, published November 2018.
  • Target Audience: classroom teachers, librarians, K-12 reading specialists, administrators, literacy coaches
  • To Register:

SESSION 2: Invest in Children’s Reading Lives All Year 4:00 PM – 5:30 PM

  • The institutional emphasis on standardized testing places students’ reading test scores in front of children’s reading lives. Extensive research proves that children with positive reading identities and the opportunity to read independently at school and home achieve at higher levels on reading tests. In this presentation, Donalyn Miller, describes the factors that engage children with reading both at school and home—ensuring both their academic success and their lifelong reading habits.
  • Target Audience: classroom teachers, librarians, K-12 reading specialists, administrators, literacy coaches
  • To Register:

To learn more about Donalyn Miller:


High School to College

High School to College: Supporting Student Success - May 2 Join us for this full-day conference where you’ll have the opportunity to learn from your colleagues as we talk about ways to help our students successfully transition from high school to college. (Registration is hosted by Monroe 2-Orleans BOCES).  A separate call for proposals was sent to all Monroe One school librarians serving students in Grades 7-12.


Summer Tech Camp for Librarians - Save the Date

The 5 Systems and RRLC will again host a two-day regional event this summer.  We hope that you will consider attending and presenting.  Please mark your calendars for Tuesday/Wednesday, August 20-21, 2019, at BOCES 2 in Spencerport.  More information and a call for proposals to come!


SSL Conference 

This year’s New York Library Association/Section of School Librarians (NYLA/SSL) conference will be held in Syracuse, May 30-June 1 and the conference program looks fantastic!  For information/registration, go to   


Rochester Regional Library Council

In addition to the many collaborative events the School Library Systems hold with RRLC, the Council offers a wealth of other outstanding professional learning opportunities that may be of interest to you.  Please see their current offerings at


2019 3 Apples Book Award

Perma-Bound graciously printed promotional posters for each of the three 2019 3 Apples Book Award categories.  We will be sending these out to each of you in the next week.  You will be receiving posters for each grade band your school serves (for example, if you have K-5 students you will receive the K-3 poster and the 4-6 poster).  Sixth grade students can vote in either or both the Children’s Category/Teen Category.  For more information, go to:  


Your Monroe One BOCES Library Services Team