SAYL Mail – March 31st

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March 31st – In This Issue…

SAYL News in Brief

School Library Month is the American Association of School Librarians’ celebration of school librarians and their programs. Every April school librarians are encouraged to host activities to help their school and local community celebrate the essential role that strong school library programs play in transforming learning…”

Library Leadership: “Lead the Change” Three Cities Tour in Alaska (Alaska State Library)

During the week of May 9th, 2016 David Bendekovic will facilitate three What 21st Century Library Leaders Know and Do: Observations, Insights, and Valuable Lessons Learned full-day workshops in three cities in Alaska: Anchorage, Fairbanks, and Juneau.  “What 21st Century Library Leaders Know and Do utilizes a flipped learning approach, dynamic presentations, videos, guest speakers, group and table conversations, and individual and collaborative exercises to reinforce learning…”

How This School Library Increased Student Use by 1,000 Percent (Cult of Pedagogy)

“To adapt to changing student needs, some school libraries are reinventing themselves as makerspaces, but this Ohio library took a slightly different approach. Now they’re seeing incredible results.”

Now Available: A Library of Opportunity (White House)

“Open eBooks is now available to millions of students offering unprecedented access to thousands of digital books”

Matt de la Peña on Diversity in Children’s Literature (Chicago Review of Books)

1000 Black Girl Books Resource Guide (GrassROOTS Community Foundation)

School Library Services Are the Focus of Audit Request (California Senate)

Children’s/Teen Choice Book Award Ballots Close April 25th (CC Book Awards)

Teachers, Get Ready for Summer Reading! (Scholastic)

Scholarship, Grant, and Award Opportunities

newOngoing: Paul G. Allen Family Foundation Pacific Northwest Libraries Program.  Grants for priority areas and initiatives of “Encouraging Children to Read” and “Making Connections”.

Ongoing – Alaska Association of School Librarians Professional Development Grants

Out-of-state travel: 80 days prior to conference
[su_frame]Deadline is April 5th to apply for a grant for ALA Annual Conference, June 23-28 and for ISTE Annual Conference, June 26-29.[/su_frame]
Deadline is May 16th for PNLA Conference, August 3-5
In-state travel: 60 days prior to conference
Online events: 40 days prior to event

Closing April 14th
NEA Challenge America Grant.  $10,000 (minimum $10,000 match required) for programs that “extend the reach of the arts to underserved populations.”

Closing April 15th – Snapdragon Book Foundation Grant.  $500 – $20,000 to improve school libraries for disadvantaged children (primarily project-based collection development).

Closing April 15th
Great Stories Club.  “Libraries selected to participate in the Great Stories Club “Change” series will receive copies of three theme-related books to use in reading and discussion groups of 6 to 10 people; travel and lodging support to attend a national orientation workshop in June 2016 ; and a variety of programming support materials”

Closing May 2nd
National 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”.

newClosing May 2nd – FTRF and GSLIS at Illinois  Intellectual Freedom Course and Scholarship Opportunities.  $700 towards 2-credit course on intellectual freedom, August 23 – October 11.  Open to LIS students.

Closing May 6th – 
Sara Jaffarian School Library Program Award for Exemplary Humanities Programming.  $5000 to a “school library that has conducted an exemplary program or program series in the humanities during the prior school year.”

newClosing May 20thSLJ School Librarian of the Year Nominations.  $2,500 cash award, plus $2,500 worth of print and digital materials from Scholastic Library Publishing.

newClosing May 31st – James Patterson and Scholastic Reading Club.  $1000 to $10,000 for enhancements to school libraries.

newClosing June 31st – Capstone Interactive eBook Matching Grants.  Double your Capstone ebook purchasing power. $750-$5,000.

Closing September 1st
– ALAN Cart/Campbell Grant for Librarians.  $500 and registration fees to attend Assembly on Literature for Adolescents of the NCTE.

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

Employment Opportunities

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

Training and Continuing Education Opportunities

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.

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

April 4th, 4pmEducate & Engage: The Parent-Teacher Conference (TL Virtual Cafe)

Tuesday, April 5th, noon – The Big6 Curriculum: Essential & Practical (edWeb)

Wednesday, April 6th, 11am – Engaging Students and Staff with Digital Content (SLJ)

Wednesday, April 6th, noonUniversal Design for Learning in Action – Ensuring Every Student Can Create and Collaborate (edWeb)

Wednesday, April 6th, 3pmTV on a Dime: Creating a Library TV Studio (AASL)

Thursday, April 7th, 10amStorymakers 1: Pre-Planning Your Digital Story from Concept to Storyboard (TechSoup)

Tuesday, April 12th, 10am –  Great Middle-Grade Reads (Booklist)

Tuesday, April 12th, 11:30 – noon – Enhancing Summer Reading Programs (

Tuesday, April 12th, 11am – Behind the Scenes: SLJ In Conversation with Top Children’s Book Editors

Wednesday, April 13th, 5:30 – 6am – Enhancing Summer Reading Programs (

BL-AASL-logoWednesday, April 13th, 3pm – Personalized Learning with Gooru (AASL)

Beginning May 16th:  New on the Job (School Librarians).  Six week asynchronous course.  $250, includes text.  (ALA)  Apply for an AkASL PD Grant for this course by April 6th

July 25th – 29th – School-Public Cooperative Library (SPCL) Training, UAF (LINK FIXED)

logo_3SPCL is an intensive weeklong workshop providing management and foundational library skills to non-certified school library assistants and public library directors without a Master’s degree in Library Science.

October 19th – 21st –  ALA and Harwood Institute 2016 Public Innovators Lab for Libraries.  $1,495 first team member/$995 additional team members.  Apply for an AkASL PD Grant for this conference by August 1st.

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

AkASL Puffin


The latest from the newsletter of the Alaska Association of School Librarians, The Puffin.  To submit an article, please contact The Puffin editor, Cayla Armatti.

Author Meet Greet, AASL 2015

A Perfect Match: Just Right Books for Beginning Readers: AASL 2015

Makerspaces and Libraries: How to Bring Some STEAM into Your Program: AASL 2015

Taking Note at the AASL Keynote Address: AASL 2015

Librarians 2.0: AASL 2015

Why You Should Go to AASL in 2017?

The Harry Potter Alliance Organizes in Columbus!

Melissa Stewart and “Getting Ready for Research: Building Skills in K-3”

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.

3/19 – Some good information, even if it is a blatant pitch for using Bing. Provides some talking points for keeping librarians. After all, THIS is what we do.

3/21 – Looking for the next Alaska Spirit of Reading author. Only 2 of 11 participants have been women, so that is a big consideration. Diversity and inclusion is always a goal – so kids see themselves in what they read. Other things the program considers:

2016/2017 battle author?
recognizable name, but modest cost?
books ranging from elementary to high school?
if no range of books, are the books geared to the middle grades?
books available, relatively inexpensive?
available in the spring?

The SOR program does not have a focus on Alaskan authors, but is happy when they are in the diverse mix!

Thanks for any suggestions.
Kari Sagel

3/22 – Need inspiration? Check out this new author driven PSA for school libraries.

3/25 – Scholastic is looking for the next School Librarian of the Year.

Check out more information about this wonderful honor here….and how you nominate teacher librarians in your life.

3/30 – [James Patterson and Scholastic Renew Pledge to Help Save School Libraries]


4SLM2016_poster_light_160 2April is School Library MonthNational Poetry Month, Drop Everything and Read monthNational Financial Literacy Month

April 10th – 16th – National Library Week

April 12th –  D.E.A.R – Drop Everything and Read day
National Library Workers Day 

April 12th is Beverly Cleary’s 100th birthday!  Celebrate with program ideas from the 100 Years of Beverly Cleary website.

April 13th – National Bookmobile Day

April 23rd – 30th –  Money Smart Week and  Preservation Week

April 30th –  El Día de Los Niños/El Día de Los Libros (Children’s Day/Book Day)

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