SAYL Mail – January 21st

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January 21st – In This Issue…

Fhoki Kayamori "Children, of Various Ages, Standing for Group Portrait Outside of School House, in Winter." (Yakutat) ASL-PCA-55

Fhoki Kayamori “Children, of Various Ages, Standing for Group Portrait Outside of School House, in Winter.” (Yakutat) ASL-PCA-55

SAYL News in Brief

School Librarians’ Monthly Chat

Interested in a chat with your fellow Alaskan school librarians?  A monthly opportunity to meet with school library staff across the state to discuss ideas, inspirations, and special topics will be offered after normal school hours. Please use this survey to provide the day of the week and time that works best for you.

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AkLA Registration is open!

Scholastic Yanks Controversial Picture Book [SLJ]

“In a highly unusual move, Scholastic, Inc. has pulled a picture book from distribution less than two weeks after its publication.”

New Alaska Fiction: The Smell of Other People’s Houses [Publisher’s Weekly]

“Set in Fairbanks, Alaska, in the 1970s, this lyrical debut follows four teens whose stories gradually converge through a well-plotted series of loves, tragedies, and adventures…”

You Too Can Host an Author/Illustrator Visit! Part 1 of 4 [Knowledge Quest]

SLJ Reviews of 2016 Youth Media Award–Winning and Honor Books

Everything You Need to Know About the New SAT [New York Times]

2016 Popular Paperbacks for Young Adults [YALSA]

Scholarship, Grant, and Award Opportunities

Closing January 31st – The Coretta Scott King Book Awards Donation Grant. 60-100 titles by African American authors and illustrators for collection development in latchkey, preschool programs, faith-based reading projects, homeless shelters, charter schools and underfunded libraries.

Closing February 1st – AASL Awards season is open.  Ten awards open to school libraries and related programs/faculty ranging from $1,250 to $10,000.

newClosing February 8th – PBS LearningMedia Digital Innovators. One Lead Digital Innovator from each state will receive three day expense-paid trip to the national ISTE conference and a Samsung tablet computer.

Closing February 12th – The Lemony Snicket Prize for Noble Librarians Faced With Adversity.  “$3,000 check + $1,000 travel, along with an odd, symbolic object from his private stash, and a certificate, which may or may not be suitable for framing.”

Closing February 29th – 
The Annual ISTE Awards recognize exceptional educators and leaders who are paving the way for connected learning.”  Six juried and two non-juried awards for outstanding leadership in the digital age.  Up to $1,500 award, plus travel award, conference registration, and association membership fees.

Closing March 1st – 
Pat Carterette Professional Development Grant.  Up to $1,000 to attend a continuing education event in 2016-17.

newClosing March 31stEzra Jack Keats Foundation Mini-Grant.  Up to $500 for an innovative and creative program which bridges disciplines and grade levels, PK-12.

newClosing May 2ndNational Book Foundation’s Innovations in Reading Prize.  $10,000 to an individual/institution/partnership “that has developed innovative means of creating and sustaining a lifelong love of reading”.

Training and Continuing Education Opportunities

Opportunities not fitting your schedule?  Many of these webinars will later be available as archives.

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Tuesday, January 26th, 3pm – David Wiesner’s Spot: Not the Same Old Story [AASL]

Tuesday, January 26th, 3pm
Common Core ELA [TeachersFirst]

Wednesday, January 27th, 11amGetting started with Robotics [ISTE and SLJ]

AASL_BestApp 2016Thursday, January 28th, 3pm – Uncover the Unimaginable Fun of Grammar and Emotions With “The UnStealer!” [AASL]

BL-AASL-logoWednesday, February 3rd, 1pm – Exploring the Engineering is Elementary Website to Enhance Your Engineering Curriculum [AASL]

February 11th, 10:30 am – noon
– Letting Go of Legacy Services: Weeding Materials and Programs Workshop [ALA] $55

Wednesday, February 17th, 11am –  Using Technology to Engage the Reluctant Reader [ISTE]

[su_frame]Concurrent sessions recorded during the AASL 17th National Conference & Exhibition are now available [AASL membership required][/su_frame]

[Additional and up-to-date Library Development Training and Continuing Education Calendar]

As Seen on Alaska School Librarians Facebook

A roundup of resources shared and questions asked on the Alaska School Librarians Facebook group.  This is intended to give readers the chance to access resources at work if Facebook is filtered.  Only timely questions, announcements, and links to non-Facebook resources are listed here.


From Sara Juday
Coordinating Board Member
Alaska Center for the Book

Dear librarians!

The Alaska Center for the Books hopes you can encourage students and writers of all ages to submit their best writing in the Annual Creative Writing Contest sponsored by the University of Alaska Anchorage and Alaska Dispatch News.

The deadline for this year’s contest is February 12, 2016. For full prize listings, contest rules, electronic submission instructions and the entry form visit:

Attached is a pdf of a poster you can use and share with others.

This contest offers such a great opportunity for students to really focus on the process of writing and editing a piece for possible publication.

Winning entries are awarded cash prizes, announced in the Alaska Dispatch News and selected entries are published in the Alaska Dispatch News print and electronic editions and posted on the online edition of the newspaper and on LitSite Alaska (

Questions can be emailed to

1/11 – A shiny, brand new Newbery winner at AkLA! Thanks, Spirit of Reading!

1/14 – Guess what? There is still some grant money to be given away. Applications will be taken through Thursday, Jan. 21, 2016. Visit the AkASL PD Travel Grant page, the link to the application is near the bottom of the page.

1/20 – I’m doing a unit on Feed by M.T. Anderson and want to show a short video that explores the affect of advertising on teens. Anybody got a favorite?


February is African American History Month, and Teen Dating Violence Prevention Month.


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