SAYL Mail for March 13, 2020

SAYL Mail School and Youth Librarians Newsletter

March 13, 2020

Covid-19 related resources

  • Education Companies Offering Free Subscriptions due to School Closings  see resources
  • High-quality Sites and Apps That Are Supporting School Closures free resources
  • What Kids Want To Know About Coronavirus: An Original Comic : Goats and Soda : NPR

Article and podcast

  • Access to Brain POP resources

From Martha Ketsdever, Brain POP associate

“Whether educators are discussing COVID-19 with their students or preparing for school closures, their BrainPOP subscription is a valuable online tool to support their classroom needs. The following resources may be helpful to share with educators in Alaska.”

Sign-up for our webinar “Distance Learning with BrainPOP” on Monday, March 16th (If educators are not able to attend, please register and the webinar recording will be emailed to them)

Use the BrainPOP At-home Connection Page to extend BrainPOP learning at-home.

Check out the below resources to guide your teaching on COVID-19

COVID-19 Lesson Plan
Mindfulness Lesson
Colds and Flu Lesson


ALA K-8 Libraries invited to apply for $5,000 award recognizing outstanding programming

Attention teachers, librarians, and literacy advocates! From March 9 to March 20, 2020, WNDB will accept applications to receive one of 10 mini-grants ($250 each) for schools, libraries, and other educational institutions within the United States to celebrate Children’s Day, Book Day. WNDB is excited to provide additional financial resources to literacy advocates who are taking part in the 24th anniversary of Children’s Day, Book Day.

The mini-grant application will open on Monday, March 9 at 9:00 AM (Eastern) and close on Friday, March 20 at 11:59 PM (Eastern). Our team will email winners by March 27. Funds can be used to support Children’s Day, Book Day celebrations that will take place from April 1 to April 30.

Jason Reynolds

The Library of Congress’ partner, Every Child a Reader, is currently accepting proposal submissions from libraries, schools, community centers, and organizations interested in hosting an event with Jason Reynolds, the 7th National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature.

Reynolds will travel to rural/small underserved communities across the country during his two-year term to have meaningful discussions with young people. Through his platform, “GRAB THE MIC: Tell Your Story, he will connect with, listen to, and empower students to share their stories and start their journey as storytellers.

Organizations are encouraged to put together proposals that support and align with Reynolds’ platform and the mission of the program. 

To learn more about the National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature program click here. To learn more about Reynolds’ tenure as Ambassador click here.

Submit your proposal here:

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