SAYL Mail for September 25, 2020

SAYL Mail School and Youth Librarian newsletter            September 25, 2020


Alaska Association of School Librarians is interested in learning about the state of school libraries during COVID. Your answers are appreciated. All survey answers are anonymous unless you choose to answer contact questions at the bottom of the survey. Please take a few minutes to fill out the survey. Thank You. Survey Form


September 29th  4:00pm         AkASL Town Hall Meeting   All library staff working in Alaska school libraries welcome. An opportunity to share information on how we are doing.  ZOOM link




Oct 15   Encourage Teens to Vote I the Teen’s Top 10   VIDEO     VOTE

Oct 21   ASTE submission for proposals   Information  2021 Conference Feb 13-16


Reading and Resources


From Reactive to Proactive (americanlibraries) Youth services require clarity and flexibility during periods of uncertainty. “Being proactive can take more time than being reactive, but it will enable you to build services that support a community’s changing needs.”


Booklist: Youth Fiction about COVID-19 ( ) Features 10 picture books published this year dealing with various aspects of daily life, schooling, friendship and resilience during the pandemic.


Don’t Touch: Contactless services for libraries (americanlibrariesmagazine) Reviews three appsthat help to reduce face-to-face interactions from curbside pickups to integrating printer payment.


Activities to Support Social-Emotional Learning in the Library ( Long list of activities for weaving social emotional learning into your library program.


PD/CE Opportunities (free)


Sept 28  8:00am

Hi-Lo: Take Two! 1 hr. REGISTER

New and upcoming hi-lo titles. Designed to engage struggling teen readers.

Register to view later.


Sept 28  10:00am

Middle Grade Titles for Fall 1 hr. REGISTER

Publishers showcase a variety of new Fall middle grade titles. Register to view later.


Sept 29  Noon

Digital Learning App Smash for Future Ready Librarians 1 hr.  REGISTER

Twenty Future Ready Librarians will share 20 digital tools and how to use them in face to face, virtual and blended learning environments. Register to view later.


Sept 30   9am

Connect through a Community Read 1 hr. REGISTER

Join school librarians and a panel of authors as they discuss participation in community reads programs and the best practices for establishing your own event. Register to view later.


Oct 2  8:00am

Stress Management for Students ( 30 minutes    REGISTER

Topics include: 1. Best practices for avoiding stress 2. Wellness strategies to cope with stress 3. How to make stress your friend 4. How time management and organization can relieve stress 5. Leveraging support resources. Register to view later.


Oct 14 1:00pm

Teaching Disinformation in 2020: CIA Tips for Students and Educators  1 hr.

REGISTER  Learn how to tell if a bot or a troll is behind the online content you see and what to do about it. Plus, dive into the information landscape surrounding the 2020 elections and political campaigns.


Oct 21 1:00pm

Virtual Libraries for Remote Learning ( ) 1 hr. REGISTER Michelle Luhtala will discuss strategies and feature learning tools for remote learning.