SAYL Mail April 30, 2021

SAYL Mail    School and Youth Librarians Newsletter   April 30, 2021

This will be the last SAYL Mail for a while. I am retiring from the state library as of today. I’m looking forward to retirement 2.0 but those who know me are probably placing bets on where I’ll be working next…even if volunteering 😉


Thank You to all the Alaska school librarians who continue to inspire me with your stories and hard work despite budget cuts, earthquakes and pandemics. “You rock!” is an understatement.


A few notes:

Don’t forget to register and download free YA audiobooks through the summer via Audio SYNC.  Season 2021 started yesterday with two titles; Come on In:15 Stories about Immigration and Finding Home, edited by Amielynn Abellera et al.  AND Illegal: Disappeared #2 by Francisco X. Stork.



Also for summer reading check the AKASL Battle of the Books Website for the 21-22 reading list.



And last but not least, don’t forget the Read More Alaska Summer Reading Challenges for All Ages


School Librarians, you are in the final stretch of another marathon school year….


Check out the Knowledge Quest article:  Celebrate Your Influence!

In this article school administrators from several states (including Alaska!) participated in the AASL School Leader Collaborative. Read what these administrators had to say about the strong work of our school librarians.


And finally two free opportunities for school librarians from AASL:

May 4, 2021  3:00 pm          Watch Party: Representation Matters


“Want to ensure your collection supports equitable access for all? A lot has changed in the past five years! Join the AASL Professional Learning Committee as they view a 2015 AASL webinar! During the watch party, attendees will learn strategies to explain the rationale and vital role of LGBTQ-inclusive curriculum to move your school library practice forward. Presenter Luke-Elizabeth Gartley will be online to share new insights and updated resources, as well as answer questions. This webinar, which is usually available to AASL members only, will be offered for free for this event! The AASL Professional Learning Committee will provide a playlist of related webinars, so attendees can continue the watch party on their own.”

Attendance during the watch party is complimentary and open to all.
As an attendee, you will receive follow-up correspondence from AASL specifically related to this watch party (including, but not limited to, instructions for accessing both the live event and its archived recording) as well as information about other upcoming AASL eLearning.


May 18, 2021 3:00 pm

AASL Townhall: Reflections and Plans for the Future; Our Pandemic Year





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