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Listing of Monroe One BOCES School Library System's member libraries.

Neighboring Library Systems


Genesee Valley BOCES serves 22 rural districts between Rochester and Buffalo.


Monroe 2-Orleans BOCES serves 9 districts on the west side of Rochster, NY.


The Rochester City School district serves approximately 32,000 students in over 80 schools in the city of Rochester.


Wayne-Finger Lakes BOCES serves 25 districts between Rochester and Syracuse including, in large part, the Finger Lakes.

Save the date: NYLA-SSL Conference 2024

NYLA-SSL has announced the dates and location for its 2024 conference:

May 16-18, 2024 at the Lake Placid Conference Center, Lake Placid, NY

More Information will be forthcoming.

This year's NYReads! collection

Monroe One BOCES SLS has purchased additional audiobooks and ebooks for simultaneous use. These titles will be available for one year, and potentially more. This collection holds over 600 elementary titles, and over 170 titles at the secondary level.

Simultaneous use (AKA "Always Available") ebooks/audiobooks are those that can be borrowed by more than one person at a time, so if you want your whole class to read the same book at the same time, this is a perfect solution.

SLS NewsBlast 2024.03.14

                 SLS NewsBlast 2024.03.14

Greetings, and happy nearly March Madness! ☘️

Upcoming Region-Wide Professional Development

  • Spring into Books - April 26, 2024.  Join elementary librarian Stacey Rattner and high school librarian Alicia Abdul in learning about and discussing books for our students. The best of 2023 as well as 2024 titles will be shared with a half day dedicated to each level including middle grade in both. They will add bursts of conversation around enticing readers, activities, and events to plan, and even talking about our own reading lives. Booklists will be provided.  Flyer and registration information are attached.
  • Summer Library Conference:  Celebrating Books, Education, & Readership – August 21, 2024, at St. John Fisher University.  The full agenda is a work in progress.  An informational flyer, that will be updated as the agenda is finalized, and registration information is attached.  Also please consider volunteering to present a 40-minute session.  You can submit a Request for Proposal here.

Upcoming Professional Learning (from the SLS team – linked to My Learning Plan):

Other Events and Resources of Interest:

  • Media Literacy Virtual Assembly for HS Students - It isn’t too late to participate in the Media Literacy Virtual Assembly for HS Students presented by Julie Smith and sponsored by The New York State Educational Media Technology Association, the week of March18-22, 2024.  The focus is on media literacy and what students SHOULD be doing online. This opportunity is free for all students in NY State. (See attached flyer for more information.) To register: Media Literacy Virtual Assembly Registration (2024).  Please pick which time slot you would like to attend with students.  If you are interested in the recording only, please indicate that.  Note- we have rights to retain the recording for only 30 days.
  • The Digies, an annual media festival run by the School Library System of the Genesee Valley BOCES is open for submissions, but the deadline is fast approaching, on March 28.  The Digies submission site is (the password is: create).  Here are a few things to know about this opportunity:
    • Only faculty and staff can submit to the Digies. Students cannot submit their own work. Same for parents of students unless those parents happen to be employed at the organization to which the student belongs- meaning the student and the parent would have to be in the same school building to qualify in the case of school staff.
    • Only the following three types of organizations can submit student work: schools (including BOCES), public libraries, and arts councils.
    • Entries are open to work created between April 1, 2023 and March 28, 2024. Submissions will close at 4:00pm EST on Thursday, March 28, 2024.
    • For more information about submissions please visit the website
    • Check out the Digies Submission Checklist 2024 for a list of the items you will need before you start.
  • Solar Eclipse Resources
  • America’s Field Trip – The National Library Service (NLS) and the Library of Congress are excited to be participating in America’s Field Trip, part of the official celebration of the nation’s semi quincentennial, the 250th anniversary of the signing of the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776.  This is a nationwide contest designed to engage young people in commemorating the country’s 250th birthday. From now until May 17, 2024, elementary, middle, and high school students are invited to submit artwork, videos, or essays responding to the question “What does America mean to you?” You can find the official submission guidelines at  Additional information is attached.
  • The Greater Rochester Youth (formerly Teen) Read will take place October 21-25, 2024, featuring Veera Hiranandani, author of the Newbery Honor winning book, The Night Diary, and the chapter book series, Phoebe G. Green.  There will be two free programs at MCLS and there may be opportunities to bring the author to your school.  Additional information is attached.
  • The Monroe One BOCES Model Schools Service is offering two workshop opportunities that may be of interest.  They are SEL Sensory Bins (one session remains) and Education Escape Artists.  Flyers that include registration information are attached.

Apologies for the long message and the many links and attachments, but there are just so many good things to share right now!

Your Monroe One School Library Services Team

About the SLS

The Monroe One BOCES School Library System (SLS) supports 10 public school districts and 15 private schools on the east side of Rochester, NY. It is our mission to provide equal access resource sharing to all students, teachers, and staff and to provide professional development and resources for school librarians.

Link to Monroe One BOCES SLS Website

SLS Staff

Katie Bertrand
Director of Library, Media Services & the Arts
Phone 585-249-7219

Liesl Toates
Library Media Specialist
Phone 585-383-2215

Sally Bailey
Library Automation
Phone 585-383-6601

Barbara Born
Electronic Databases
Phone 585-383-6627

Wendy Petry
ILL and Arts in Ed
Phone 585-383-6623

Professional Organizations






Five Systems

Over the course of the summer, the five systems catalog was rebuilt! Check out their new interface here: 

Everyone's accounts should have ported over to the new system, but the passwords did not. Therefore, you will have to click the reset password link and wait for the system to email you.

Watch this video for further information: Five Systems

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