SAYL Mail February 21, 2020

SAYL Mail   School and Youth Librarians Newsletter

February 21, 2020

Around the State

Good Luck to school librarians presenting at the ASTE conference in Anchorage. Remember that the AKASL Battle of the Books selections meeting will be held on Saturday Feb 22 @6:00pm at the Captain Cook Hotel Endeavor Room.

Four children’s books, Seasons of Alaska, are being published by Best Beginnings. “The project was created to fill a gap in Alaska children’s literature by providing a heart-warming glimpse into modern rural Alaska life through the eyes of a child.” Read more about these board books


ALA School Librarian’s role in reading

How do librarians in schools support struggling readers?

Why school librarians are the literacy leaders we need


Lilead Leaders Opportunity: New Scholarship

“Lilead Leaders Courses are for school library professionals at any level. Communicating and Coalition-Building for Change will provide participants with the skills and tools to effectively communicate the vision and goals of the library program and to describe how the program connects with the goals and priorities of their schools, districts and or states. It will help them understand stakeholder’s perspectives and how to best address a variety of audiences to gain support and build coalitions outside the school librarianship field.”

You can find the Lilead Leaders scholarship application here for over half off the cost of the course. Make sure you fill out the form before the start of course 3; Communicating and Coalition Building for Change on March 5th for $180 off.  REGISTRATION

School Librarian PD grants available from the Alaska State Library



Apply for a 2020 Ezra Jack Keats mini-grant.

The Ezra jack Keats foundation, dedicated to supporting arts and literacy programs in public schools and libraries across the country is encouraging qualifying educators to apply for the grant. The deadline for submissions is March 31st. Approximately 70 grants m up to $500 each will be awarded to teachers and librarians in public schools and libraries whose proposals relate and imaginative approach to experiential learning. More information


Free Webinars coming up


Wed Feb 26 @ 12pm   Strategies to Engage Young Learners with Informational Text

This edWebinar will share why and how to effectively engage young children with informational text using a variety of resources—including the acclaimed children’s television and video game resources from Molly of DenaliREGISTER HERE

Thurs February 27@ 1pm Time to Scrap the CRAAP Test; Using Formative Assessment

Join Michelle Luhtala as she shares replicable lessons and instructional materials to help learners improve their inquiry skills. REGISTER HERE

Tues March 10 @ 12pm   Design Thinking

Mega Subramanian of the University of Maryland iSchool has her finger on the pulse of library innovation and knows how to make theory accessible. She’ll be talking about design thinking, a series of activities and thinking strategies that you can apply in your library makerspace work or in solving real-world challenges in your library.  REGISTER

Wed March 25@ 1 pm   The Transformative Power of Digital Reading

In this edWebinar, the presenters will challenge participants to see beyond substituting print with PDF text and open doors to engaging interactive reading adventures for learners of all abilities and ages. REGISTER HERE

Wed April 22 @ 1pm  The Transformative Power of Audio Reading

In this edWebinar, Michelle Luhtala will share resources and tools to help participants integrate audio content into their instructional programs. REGISTER HERE


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Janet Madsen, School Library Coordinator, Alaska State Library (907) 465-8187,