SAYL Mail – May 11th

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May 11th – In This Issue…

SAYL News in Brief

Brief Reprieve for BrainPop, BrainPop Jr., and Teen Health and Wellness

BrainPop and BrainPop Jr. will continue to be available through SLED until December 1st, 2016.   UPDATE: Teen Health and Wellness will continue to be available through January 15th, 2017. The cut-off date previously listed was June 30th.

How the School Library Saved My Life (Education Week)

“Reading saved me. Not only did the library provide quiet and a safe haven, it also gave me a community of young Emily Dickinsons and Charles Schulzes who loved books as much as I did; a librarian who gave me the opportunity to feel a part of something by inviting me to stamp date-due cards and shelve books and create book displays; and a wider community of fictional friends in books.”

School & Library Spotlight: Two School Librarians Write a Publishing Wishlist (Publishers Weekly)

“The makeup of a family, or possibly how we make families, as well, has changed so much. Picture books that explain those topics are needed and asked for. The first step of a child figuring out who they are is finding out where they came from. That is hard to explain sometimes, and parents, as well as librarians, would love to be able to have material to give them.”

Cultivating a Love of Learning (Edutopia)

Many parents and educators are committed to developing lifelong learners, but what does this mean? How do you know if your child or student is on that track? And how we can cultivate a love of learning?

Why We Shouldn’t Protect Teenagers from Controversial Issues in Fiction (The Guardian)

Classroom Technologies Haven’t Reached Their Potential (Ed Tech)

Three School Library-Based Summer Learning Programs (SLJ)

Scholarship, Grant, and Award Opportunities

Ongoing – Alaska Association of School Librarians Professional Development Grants
Out-of-state travel: 80 days prior to conference
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 May 15th – 2016 Banned Books Week Grants Offered through Freedom to Read Foundation’s Krug Fund.  $1,000 and/or $2,500 in support of activities celebrating Banned Books Week (Sept. 25–Oct. 1, 2016).

Closing 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 23rd – Inspire Collection Development Grants.  Up to $2000 for public middle or high school libraries to update their existing collection or plan a special event in order to enhance student learning.

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

Closing June 1st – 2016 Teen Read Week Activity Grant.  $1000 “to help fund literacies-focused Teen Read Week (October 9-15) programs and activities that are especially geared towards youth who speak English as a second language.”

Closing 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.

May 12th, 11am – 3D Printing @ Your Library: Getting Started (Library Journal)

May 13th, 7am – Kate DiCamillo Virtual Author Event and Live Webcast (Candlewick Press)

May 15th, 1pm30 Apps in 60 Minutes (edWeb)

May 16th, 4pmTL News Night (TL Virtual Cafe)

May 17th, 10am – Youth Announcements: Summer 2016 (BookList)

Beginning May 16th:  New on the Job (School Librarians).  Six week asynchronous course.  $250, includes text.  (ALA)

May 19th, 11am – Young Adult Debut Authors (SLJ)

May 21st: Intellectual Freedom and Minors. $25/20 ALA non/members

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

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.

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.

4/27 – [AASL Position Statements]

4/30 – [Can Reading Make You Happier?]

5/2 – Are you using a great app for instruction? Why not nominate it for AASL Best App consideration?

5/3 – This tweet was one of the “Retweet Tuesday” on Tech & E-Learning News. Worth sharing. [Has the Library Outlived Its Usefulness in the Age of Internet? You’d Be Surprised]

5/5 – Hi all, The Alaska Spirit of Reading program is sad to announce that the program was not funded for the upcoming year. The Alaska Association of School Librarians thanks the Alaska State Library and the Alaska Division of Libraries, Archives and Museums for their support over the last eight years. Special thanks to Patience Federicksen, Sue Sherif, and Alex Pock for their endless willingness to answer questions and provide direction. The program will be looking for alternative funding, so don’t count us out!

5/5 – School libraries: the Spirit of Reading program will be offering out book sets/individual titles over the next week or so. We will ship these to you for your collections. First come, first to receive. Today’s offering:

Lola: a Ghost Story, 2 sets of twenty (or set of 30, set of 10)
Author: J. Torres
Genre/format: ghost story/graphic novel
Level: upper elementary/middle school)
Themes: Phillipines, family, grief, ghosts

5/6 – Anyone going to the Lead the Change workshop on Monday? Wondering what familiar faces I’ll see.

5/8 – I’m checking into maybe having Patricia Polacco come up next school year…ahhhhhhh! I don’t know all the details yet. Would anyone else be interested in having her come to your school or conference? We would be able to split up her travel/hotel expenses.
I’m guessing her honorarium will be $2500 or more. I got that off a site that may or may not be up to date:
While another site makes no mention of the price:

5/9 – [Robbing Peter to Pay Paul]


May is Get Caught Reading Month, Jewish-American History Month, Asian Pacific American Heritage Month

May 21st – National Readathon Day

June is GLBT Book Month, Audiobook Awareness Month

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