SAYL Mail – January 26th

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January 26th- In This Issue…

Fhoki Kayamori. “Children, of various ages, standing for group portrait outside of school house, in winter. (Yakutat)” ASL-P55-736

SAYL News in Brief

Winners of the 2017 Youth Media Awards (School Library Journal)

APALA, Bloomer, YALSA Awards Announced (School Library Journal)

Could ESSA Spark a School Library Renaissance? (Publisher’s Weekly)

School Libraries and Their Influence on School Culture (Knowledge Quest)

Carla Hayden Thinks Libraries Are a Key to Freedom (New York Times)

Books for the Alaska State Museum’s Discovery Room (Since You Asked)

Scholarship, Grant, and Award Opportunities

For the complete record of scholarships, grants, and other award opportunities posted in SAYL Mail, visit the SGA Archives.

Closing February 1stALSC Bookapalooza program.  Winners receive “a collection of materials to be used in a way that creatively enhances their library service to children and families.”

Closing February 28th
–  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 February 28th – 
El Día de Los Niños/El Día de Los Libros (Children’s Day/Book Day) $500 in selected multicultural children’s books for libraries hosting a Día program.

Closing March 17th – Library of Congress 2017 Summer Teacher Institutes  Professional development materials and instruction awarded at no cost.

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

For the complete record of scholarships, grants, and other award opportunities posted in SAYL Mail, visit the SGA Archives.

Employment Opportunities

Library Media Specialist  – K-12, Chevak

Library Aide – PK – 5, Mt. View Elementary, Kenai

Media Specialist (District) – K-12, North Slope Borough

Additional and up-to-date information at Alaska Teacher Placement

Training and Continuing Education Opportunities

[su_frame]Ongoing: Free subscription to ABC-CLIO School Library Connection and reVIEWs+ Online Professional Development Suite.[/su_frame]

Webinars are no cost and run approximately one hour unless otherwise noted. Opportunities not fitting your schedule?  Many of these webinars will later be available as archives.

Tuesday, January 31st, 10 am – Get Kids Coding (Book List)

Tuesday, January 31, 10 am – Increasing Student Achievement Through Engaging Digital Curriculum (Education Week)

Thursday, February 2nd – Creativity and Library Leadership: Moving the Next Gen Library Forward (BookList)

Monday, February 6th – Passion in your Future Ready Library (TL Virtual Cafe)

Tuesday, February 7th – Full STEAM Ahead (Book List)

Wednesday, February 8th – Transform Your Children’s Library Into an Interactive STEAM Learning Environment (Demco)

Saturday, February 11th – Best Ways to Use Chromebooks in Your Classroom: Tips, Tricks, and Ideas (Simple K12)

Tuesday, February 14th – Teaching Tolerance (Book List)

Additional and up-to-date opportunities at the Library Development Training and Continuing Education Calendar

As Seen on Alaska School Librarians Facebook

Alaska_School_LibrariansA 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.

1/17 – An inspirational video about library’s social mission.

1/18 – Thank you to those who responded. I am still looking for a few more responses. Whether you are certified or not, if you work in a school library that serves secondary students, I would love your input. The survey only takes 15 minutes. Thanks!

1/21 – Have any of you tried this? [Blind Date with a Book] How did it turn out?

1/22 – Good stuff here! [How to Build Audiences to Effectively Engage Your Library Community]

1/22 – Just realized that with the disappearance of various .gov websites as well as the threats towards the Fourth Estate by the President and the rise of “alternative facts,” we can’t really trust .gov sources as reliable research resource. Adjust your lesson plans accordingly.

1/25 – Still counting down to an extended due date for Pat on the Back award nominations! So you still have time to give a Pat on the Back Award to that person (or people) who have supported your school library program. We have extended the deadline to the 27th. Just takes a few minutes to show your love an appreciation.


January 27th is Multicultural Children’s Book Day

February is African American History MonthTeen Dating Violence Awareness Month, and Library Lover’s Month

February 14th is Valentine’s Day and International Book Giving Day

February 16th is World Read Aloud Day

February 20th is President’s Day.  State Library is Closed.

February 23rd is Digital Learning Day

phoneSomething You’d Like to See in SAYL Mail?

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