SAYL Mail April 9, 2021

SAYL Mail    School and Youth Librarians Newsletter   April 9, 2021

“ASK!”    We are well in to School Library Month and if you have time to read one article, here it is. Carolyn Foote who writes the blog Not So Distant Future discusses the importance of defining what we need and our call to action. Take a look at the 16 ideas for defining your “ask” and how you can give people options for how they can support your program and how you can focus your messaging.



While we don’t have a timeline as of yet, the Alaska State Library will be receiving federal funding which will be distributed through the grant process to public, school and academic libraries. Meanwhile school districts will also receive funding and purchases will have to follow the state procurement process. STAY TUNED!!

It’s always a good idea to know what purchases to consider when making your needs known to administrators. Check out some ideas at the Connect+Collect blog. Read more


Upcoming event

Tuesday, Apr 13 (3-4 pm)

AASL Town Hall: Leading Learning (American Association for School Librarians)

What began as an event to build community during the uncertainty of the COVID-19 pandemic has evolved into a monthly opportunity for school library professionals to network and brainstorm around a central theme. During the town halls, participants will share successes, solicit ideas, and strategize the best ways to meet the needs of you and your learners. Join AASL Leadership and peers across the country in an open conversation focused on leading learning in your school and community.

For more information and to register


Deadline: Friday April 16th

Travel Grants Available for first time AASL National Conference Attendees

For more information and application


Alaskan Picture Books cleared for Read Aloud

If you are interested in reading these Alaska Northwest Books titles on video or on the radio, you are welcome to do so for the entire 2021 year.

  1. Dream Flights on Arctic Nights (also first book that will be launched on ASD’s Tales on Trails program)
  2. Pedro’s Pan
  3. Chia and the Fox Man : An Alaskan Dena’ina Fable
  4. How Raven Got His Crooked Nose : An Alaskan Dena’ina Fable
  5. Itchy Little Musk Ox

And if you do, please send us the link(s) so we can listen/watch, too, and let our authors know. For future permissions after 2021 on these books, or to request other books, please contact Alaska Northwest Books/West Margin Press publisher,


Resource reminder

Book Links is available for free.” Both Booklist subscribers and non-subscribers can now access Book Links and its full range of classroom friendly content, 100%free. Start reading the newest issue of book links digital.” Newest issue  Also check out their Quick Tips for Schools and Libraries Newsletter


Upcoming webinars

Tuesday, Apr 13 (10am-noon)

Social Media 101: Keys to Reaching Your Entire School Community (School Library Journal)

Now, even as schools transition back to in-person instruction, social media remains a vital channel for getting the word out – especially when it comes to your school library! But navigating all the different platforms and finding the right voice for each can be challenging – which is why we’re here to help! In this webinar, Caroline Carr, a Library Media Specialist and bona fide Twitter expert will join Christina Samek, Outreach Specialist and social media graphics whiz from OverDrive to lead a crash course on how to become your best social media self. Attendees will walk away ready and excited to take to the web and put what they’ve learned into practice in their own districts – you won’t want to miss it!

For mor e information and to register

Tuesday, Apr 13 (10-11 am)

Booklist Middle-Grade Panel (Booklist)

Booklist is celebrating all things middle grade with a special author panel on Tuesday, April 13 at 1 PM CT! Join us as we chat with Sharon Draper, author of OUT OF MY HEART (Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing); Barbara Dee, author of VIOLETS ARE BLUE (Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing); Kelly Jones, author of HAPPILY FOR NOW (Random House Children’s Books); and Kwame Mbalia, editor of BLACK BOY JOY: 17 STORIES CELEBRATING BLACK BOYHOOD (Random House Children’s Books). Moderated by Books for Youth senior editor Julia Smith. For more information and to register


Tuesday, April 13 (11am-Noon)

Inspiring Reading and Learning All Year Long with Amazing Programs, Advocacy and Ideas

In this webinar join Shannon McClintock Miller, as she talks with fellow teacher librarians and instructional technology specialists from two different school districts about how they inspire reading and learning all year long with amazing programs, advocacy, and ideas. You will learn about dynamic reading promotions, diverse student challenges, social media advocacy, collaboration within the school community and public libraries, and more.  For more information and to register


Wednesday, Apr 14 (10-11am)

Books That Heal for Children and Young Adults (Library Journal)

This presentation will offer thoughtful discussion about the healing power of stories, and the messages they teach our youth for coping. It will provide examples of titles, for both children and young adults, that afford a variety of mental health benefits, supporting issues of trauma, self-esteem, identity, loss, anxiety, etc. Librarians have long championed literacy and the power of reading for our youth. Following this presentation, participants will have tangible ideas and language to use as they continue their advocacy for young readers. For more information and to register


Wednesday, Apr 14 (11am-noon)

Story Time STEM with Steve Spangler: Strategies for Connecting Amazing Science with Great Children’s Literature (

This edWebinar is for early childhood educators who are looking to use popular pieces of children’s literature to help young learners strengthen their critical-thinking skills and increase their sense of wonder, discovery, and exploration. Story Time STEM gives you the teaching tools, ideas, and strategies you’ll need to explore creative ways to teach STEM through the medium of children’s literature.

For more information and to register


Wednesday, April 14 (10-11 am)

Literacy: A Social Justice Issue

“The link between academic failure and delinquency, violence, and crime is welded in reading failure.” The national reading crisis is much larger than poor grades and missing assignments. The effects it has on students last a lifetime. When reading deficits are identified early, they can be remediated with instruction rather than accommodations. Too often, however, struggling readers are unidentified and left behind, and the ramifications are manifold. This presentation will feature a principal, teacher, and parent who will share their journeys and how they advocate leaving no student behind due to inadequate instruction.

For more information and to register


Thursday, April 15 (8-9 am)

Creating Future Ready Schools Workshop (Future Ready Schools/Alliance for Excellent Education) The Creating Future Ready Schools® Workshop will dive deeply into the Future Ready Framework, the five-step planning process, and the tools and resources available to you and your district to create an innovative learning environment for students. For more information and to register


Thursday, Apr 15 (10-11 am)

What’s Ahead for Hybrid Learning: Putting Best Practices in Motion (Education Week)

This webinar will review best practices for hybrid learning on challenges such as concurrent teaching, scheduling, relationship building, equitable learning environments, and use of technology, with a special look at how to make the shift from mostly hybrid to fully in-person instruction, and from fully remote to hybrid, as smooth as possible. For more information and to register


Thursday, Apr 15 (11am-noon)

Literature as a Lens: Using Texts to Broaden Students’ Perspectives (Saddleback Educational Publishing)

Are you working to build an inclusive literacy classroom for all students? In this FREE one-hour webinar, we will discuss potential challenges that might exist as teachers try to diversify their classroom literature. We will review strategies for incorporating diverse texts and examine a planning tool that can help teachers to create inclusive reading experiences for students. For more information and to register


Monday, Apr 19 (10-11 am)

Getting Your Citizen Science Project Off the Ground (SciStarter)

Looking for a way to engage students in environmental education that works equally well in a virtual or in-person format? NEEF will teach educators about citizen science through a webinar co-hosted with SciStarter, an online citizen science hub. The webinar will walk viewers through the process of creating, developing, and implementing a citizen science project.   For more information and to register


Wednesday, Apr 21 (8-8:30 am)

Behind the Book Author Takeover STUDENT EDITION with Max Brallier (Follett)

Don’t miss this Student Edition takeover with Max Brallier, bestselling author of The Last Kids on Earth books, which is also now available on Netflix.   For more information and to register


Wednesday, Apr 21 (10-11 am)

Uplifting Native Voices: Carole Lindstrom and Michaela Goade discuss “We Are Water Protectors” (Mackin)

Ahead of Earth Day on April 22nd, Carole Lindstrom and Michaela Goade share the story behind their groundbreaking, award-winning, and New York Times bestselling picture book We Are Water Protectors. Hear from Carole about how the Dakota Access Pipeline protests at Standing Rock inspired this picture book and about how illustrating this book helped Caldecott Medal Winner Michaela Goade see art as activism.  For more information and to register


Wednesday, Apr 21 (Noon-1pm)

Teaching Poetry: Audio Recordings of Poetry and Literature from the Library of Congress (Library of Congress)

Join us as we continue our celebration of Poetry Month with the Library of Congress. In this session, Library of Congress experts will share two core resources for educators wishing to use audio recordings in their work with students: Archive of Recorded Poetry and Literature and Poetry of America.

For more information and to register


Saturday, Apr 24 (7-8 am)

Tech for Girls: The Science of Taste (PACER Center)

Join us in this virtual Tech for Girls workshop for two hands-on experiments to explore how your senses work together to help you taste and enjoy food. Needed supplies: 1 apple, cotton ball, vanilla extract, one small pack of jelly beans (with at least 3 different flavors), 3 small bowls or cups, one kitchen towel.

For more information and to register


Thursday, Apr 29 (10-11 am)

Rising to the Engagement Challenge: Inspiring Reading Strategies to Offset Learning Loss (Education Week)

As the access and equity divide in reading continues to grow, it is critical that we provide students with an antidote for online learning burnout. Our current circumstances have had an impact on students’ learning not only in terms of content and academic skills, but also in authentic student engagement. How can schools re-engage learners and bring joy back into learning? Join Curriculum Associates’ Elizabeth Bassford, Glendaliz Martinez Almonte, and Jamie Richard for a collaborative conversation exploring high-impact strategies to re-energize your students and your classroom community.

For more information and to register




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