SAYL Mail for October 30, 2020

SAYL Mail   School and Youth Librarians Newsletter   October 30, 2020


AASL Town Hall   November 18, 2020    3:00 PM

“Join us for a conversation with the AASL School Leader Collaborative. The superintendent and principals in the Collaborative will share their perspectives about the leadership of school librarians in these pandemic learning conditions and answer questions about how to best approach your administrator as we go through this school year and plan for the next one”.   REGISTER


PD Grants for School Librarians 

In response to Covid-19, FY21, PD grants will be limited to attendance at virtual conferences or workshops only. Grants are for $300 and school librarians and associates or aides are eligible. PD grants will be approved until the grant funds allocated for each fiscal year have been exhausted. For details of the guidelines, application form and final report form go to:


2021 ASTE Conference   (Alaska Society for Technology in Education)   February 12-16, 2021

REGISTER  $ 75.00 registration for members, $25.00 for membership.


Knowledge Quest articles of current interest

10/30    Turn to Your School Librarian for Leadership in Online Learning

Learn how school librarians have found new ways to engage students and more about the four factors of online instruction.

10/29    Educating Stakeholders about the AASL Standards and the School Librarian’s Role at a Grassroots Level

Read about Vermont School Library Association’s grassroots campaign to build resources for targeted stakeholder groups.


10/28    Teaching in the Shadow of COVID

School librarians have identified 10 things that have changed and describe 10 ways they have adapted to these changes.


10/27    Simplifying Library Resources

What resources do you include on your school library webpage?


10/23   Promoting Reading during Virtual Learning

Features a variety of ways to promote reading including curbside pickup, using Book Creator for previewing books and genres online, virtual book tastings and First Chapter Fridays.

10/22    Rethinking the Notion of a School Library in a Time of Crisis

A recent recipient of the Frances Henne award describes how she has demonstrated that virtual school libraries can be relevant and responsive by keeping patrons first and harnessing needed resources.


AASL Complimentary Resources Clearinghouse

Features free resources from well know publishers


Free Online PD/CE opportunities for November


LibraryCon Live! 2020 (Nov 5). Library Journal and School Library Journal. Join Library Journal and School Library Journal for our fourth annual LibraryCon Live! We’re excited to offer a day-long celebration of fandom-beloved stories and characters, featuring the creators behind mind-bending speculative fiction, innovative comics, and fan-favorite graphic novels. All sessions and author chats will be available for viewing on-demand within an hour of their initial broadcast, and the entire event will be available on-demand until February 5, 2021.For more information and to register, visit:


Archived webinars

Intro to Podcasting (Podcasting 101, Part 1) (Wyoming State Library). Learn about how to start your own podcast for your museum or library and find a whole new audience outside your walls for your programs and collections. Cameron Green, technical producer of the Cheyenne Frontier Days Old West Museum’s “Saddle Lore,” will discuss the basic technology needs for starting and web hosting your podcast. Skye Cranney, cohost of the Idaho State Historical Society’s “Behind Gray Walls,” will discuss how to build consistent content. Learn about budget, technology, production, and more in this informative session, the first of a two-part series.


Helping Students Succeed During COVID-19 (Infopeople). This webinar will examine how public libraries across the country are helping students, their parents, and teachers succeed in the new world of distance learning. We will look at popular educational websites and reading resources as well as examples of videos designed to help Spanish-language speakers access the library’s resources. We will also discuss how one library continues to provide class visits during stay-at-home and will learn about “pandemic pods.” We will even share how some libraries are helping families deal with food insecurity due to school closures.


November Offerings


Tuesday, Nov 3 (10-11 am)        Reading Graphic (Booklist)


Representatives from Etch, an imprint of Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, and Fantagraphics Books will showcase a mix of forthcoming children’s, middle-grade, YA, and adult graphic novel releases. Attendees will also hear from expert Moni Barrette, member-at-large of the Graphic Novels and Comics Round Table of the American Library Association, about developing your library’s graphic novel collections and resources. REGISTER



Thursday, Nov 5 (10-11 am) ALA’s Sara Jaffarian Award Presents: Junior Ambassadors (Programming Librarian)

Media specialist/school librarian Anne Amrhein will guide participants through the creation of the Junior Ambassador program based on the UN’s goals and youth book club, the global learning goals the program achieved, and the future of the program. REGISTER



Thursday, Nov 5 (noon-1:00pm) Behind the Book Author Takeover with Mariama J. Lockington (Follett)

Mariama Lockington will explore her highly reviewed debut novel, For Black Girls Like Me, an #ownvoices novel about a Black girl adopted into a white family, and her search for her voice and sense of belonging. REGISTER


Saturday, Nov 7 (7-11 am)) Future Ready Librarians Summits: Leading from the Library Through Uncertain Times (Future Ready Librarians)

A series of FREE, virtual, interactive, high-quality professional learning experiences for librarians who are interested in learning, growing and expanding their professional practice through collaboration and networking with like-minded colleagues from across the country. Both summits (Nov 7/Nov 21) this fall will focus on Collaborative Leadership with an emphasis on leading beyond the library during uncertainty. REGISTER



Tuesday, Nov 10 (8-9 am) Behind the Book Author Takeover STUDENT EDITION with Stuart Gibbs (Follett)

Don’t miss this Student Edition takeover when Stuart Gibbs will talk all things Spy School covering the inspiration for the series and then telling students more about the behind the scenes research that took place for the latest installment, Spy School Revolution. REGISTER


Tuesday, Nov 10 (10-11 pm) Winter Young Reader Announcements (Booklist)

Featuring representatives from Simon & Schuster, Abrams, Charlesbridge, and Penguin Random House Canada to hear about upcoming winter titles perfect for preschool through early elementary school readers.  REGISTER



Wednesday, Nov 11 (10-11 am) Lifting Voices: From Cover to Cover: Crafting Identity in Graphic Novels (Mackin)

This diverse panel of talented authors and artists will delve into the creation of stories in both fantastic and contemporary worlds that include multifaceted characters and realistic portrayals of identity and friendship. We’ll look at the different education and career paths of each Graphix creator, and how their various directions and cultural backgrounds have influenced their craft and led them to where they are today. REGISTER



Wednesday, Nov 11 (10-11am) Create Better Blended Learning Faster Using Campaign Design (InSync Training)

“Blended learning” doesn’t sound as exciting as current trends like curation, microlearning, augmented reality, or gamification. But a strong blended learning design approach is necessary to make sense of the many instructional strategies, techniques, and technologies in our learning ecosystems. Organizations also need to maximize their investment in learning and support learners at every moment of learning need. REGISTER



Wednesday, Nov 11 (11am-Noon)) Teaching Digital Citizenship Through SEL Skill Building (

If we want our students to be safe and savvy digital citizens, we have to do more than just give them information. Social-emotional learning (SEL) can help develop the skills students need to be empowered digital citizens. It also addresses the person behind the screen and the “whys” of digital behavior. This edWebinar, informed by thousands of direct hours teaching K-12 students digital citizenship, narrows down the most important SEL skills for digital citizenship. It also shares practical ideas and real-life examples to effectively teach those skills to multiple age groups. Participants will leave with activities and ideas they can use immediately in their classroom and learn more about a different approach to digital citizenship education. REGISTER



Wednesday, Nov 11 (Noon-1:00 pm) Behind the Book Author Takeover with Tony DiTerlizzi (Follett)

Tony shares the inspirational story of how his fifth-grade teacher changed his life and discusses the impact public schools played on his developing talent as a young, imaginative artist.



Thursday, Nov 12 (10-11 am) Building Literacy in Every Library: How to Develop Fun Programs that Support Reading for School Age Children Pt 2 – Making Connections: How Does Background Knowledge Contribute to Comprehension? (Association for Library Service to Children)

Learn how to implement programs and services that will provide literacy support for early reader’s ages 5-9.  An expert in the field of elementary education will speak about how our personal experiences and prior knowledge help us to understand what we are reading.  We will discuss the many ways readers connect with texts.  This can include relating the text to themselves, comparing similar texts or making connections between the text and the wider world around them.  We’ll share ideas for programs, book recommendations and reader’s advisory that will help connect with children and caregivers on the subject of literacy. REGISTER



Thursday, Nov 12 (10-11:00 am) School, Snacks, Safety, and Sanity: Government Resources for the Smallest Child to the Teen and In-Between (Federal Depository Library Program)

Learn where to find local, state, and Federal resources for and about children. There will be serious information on health and nutrition and help with school. There will also be fun stuff like cool snacks and silly games. Join us for this tour of resources and a few minutes of fun.REGISTER


Thursday, Nov 12 (10-11:30 am) Trauma and Young Children: What Every Early Educator Needs to Know (Early Childhood Investigations)

Early Childhood Educators in every setting are becoming more aware of the presence of trauma and its wide-reaching effect on children. Well, trauma is in the lives of young children…but so are you. Join Sarah Erdman, one of the authors of “Trauma and Young Children: Teaching Strategies to Support and Empower,” to learn the basics of what trauma is and how it can affect children’s ability to learn and thrive. Most importantly, learn trauma sensitive strategies that you can use to support children and families. REGISTER



Friday, Nov 13 (8-9am) HarperCollins Winter 2021 Book Preview (Booklist)

HarperCollins Children’s Books School & Library team will give you a sneak peek at new books by Kevin Henkes, Brian Pinkney, Neal Shusterman, Angie Thomas and many more talented authors and artists! We will also be introducing Heartdrum, our new imprint that uplifts and centers Native voices from across North America, with a LIVE session with imprint co-founders, Cynthia Leitich Smith and Rosemary Brosnan. REGISTER



Sunday, Nov 15 (2-3pm) Programs Aplenty: Virtual Edition! (American Association of School Librarians)

Eager to stay connected with your students and need new ideas for virtual or passive programming? This ISS Web chat will provide activity ideas and relevant resources to do just that! Programs were developed for a high school library audience, but most can easily be adapted for younger students. The session will conclude with a Q&A and time for attendees to share any virtual programming hits of their own. REGISTER



Monday, Nov 16 (3-4 pm) Your State School Librarian Association Matters: A Conversation about Cultivating, Engaging, and Retaining Members (American Association of School Librarians)

How can state professional associations continue to be relevant and necessary to current and potential members? By focusing on engagement through new approaches to member benefits, associations can revitalize and reinvigorate their organization and the membership they serve. In this session, participants will hear and respond to the process one state organization used to acknowledge the voice of its membership by gathering data that supported strategic planning and meaningful organizational change. REGISTER


Wednesday, Nov 18 (10-11:30 am) Citizen Science & Libraries: Create Your Own Air Quality Sensor with (National Network of Libraries of Medicine)

In this event, the team will help us learn about how to contribute to air quality monitoring through citizen science and provide a tutorial about how to make an air quality sensor.

For more information and to register, visit:


Thursday, Nov 19 (Noon-1:00pm)

Building Literacy in Every Library: How to Develop Fun Programs that Support Reading for School Age Children Pt 3 – Curious Readers: Celebrating the Joy of Reading (Association for Library Service to Children)

In this webinar, learn how to implement programs and services that will provide literacy support for early readers ages 5-9.  An expert in the field of elementary education will speak about how our personal experiences and prior knowledge help us to understand what we are reading.  We will discuss the many ways readers connect with texts.  This can include relating the text to themselves, comparing similar texts or making connections between the text and the wider world around them.  We’ll share ideas for programs, book recommendations and reader’s advisory that will help connect with children and caregivers on the subject of literacy. For more information and to register, visit:


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