SAYL Mail – November 10th

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November 10th – In This Issue…

SAYL News in Brief

ESSA and School Libraries (American Libraries)

“…with the American Library Association’s (ALA) Office for Government Relations beating the drum, the American Association of School Librarians (AASL) calling school affiliates in each state to action, and ALA members making sure their voices are heard on the Hill—was loud and clear: School librarians ensure student success.”

[su_frame]Learn how the implementation of the Every Student Succeeds Act will impact Alaska. Join AkASL for a complimentary online workshop on November 11, 2016 from 4:00pm to 5:30pm presented with the American Association of School Librarians and the American Library Association. More information on how to join us. All are welcome![/su_frame]

Obituary: Natalie Babbitt (Publisher’s Weekly)

“Esteemed author and artist Natalie Babbitt, whose 1975 novel Tuck Everlasting remains a lauded work of the modern children’s literature canon, died of lung cancer on October 31 in her home in Hamden, Ct. She was 84.”

Teaching Digital Citizenship in the School Library (KQ)

Robots, Early Learning on the Rise: What’s Trending in Kids’ Books (SLJ)

No More ‘Shhhhh’: School Libraries Are No Longer Silent and Strict (KY3)

Scholarship, Grant, and Award Opportunities

Closing November 30th – Capstone Interactive eBook Matching Grants.  Double your Capstone ebook purchasing power. $750-$5,000.

Closing December 1st – Frances Henne/YALSA/VOYA Grant Application.  $1000 towards research project responding to the YALSA Research Agenda.

Closing December 12th – Laura Bush Foundation for America’s Libraries. For first-time recipients.  Staffed, designated, and established school libraries with at least 85% Free/Reduced Lunch are eligible. Up to $7,000

Closing December 23rdFollett Challenge.  $8,000 – 60,000 for For an essay and a video demonstrating how an educational program from your school or school district is preparing children to meet the demands of the 21st century.

Applications Open for the 2017 AASL Awards.  12 grants and awards, ranging from $1,250 to $10,000 to “recognize excellence and showcase best practices in the school library field in categories that include collaboration, leadership and innovation.”  National School Library Program of the Year closes January 1st. All other applications or nominations close February 1st.

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

Employment Opportunities

Media Specialist (District) – North Slope Borough

Librarian (K-6) – Ravenwood Elementary, Anchorage

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

Early Literacy Outreach Librarian – Anchorage Public Library

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.

Monday, November 14th, 11am – Visible Learning for Literacy (edWeb)

Monday, November 14th, noon – Big6 Information and Technology Skills: Essential and Relevant (edWeb)

Tuesday, November 15th, 10amEngaging Reluctant and Struggling Readers in Your Library (Booklist)

Tuesday, November 15th, 11am – Behind the Books: SLJ In Conversation with Top Children’s Book Editors (LJ/SLJ)

Tuesday, November 15th, 2pm – Making Your Classroom a Digital Learning Hub with Google Classroom (edWeb)

Wednesday, November 16th, 1pm – Building a Digital Collection (edWeb)

Wednesday, November 16th, 3pm – Read Aloud for Middle Graders (AASL)

Thursday, November 17th, 12:30pm – pyro-TECH: School Libraries, IGNITE! (Wyoming State Libraries)

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.

[su_frame]Learn how the implementation of the Every Student Succeeds Act will impact Alaska. Join us for a complimentary online workshop on November 11, 2016 from 4:00pm to 5:30pm presented with the American Association of School Librarians and the American Library Association. For more information on how to join us, click on the link below. All are welcome![/su_frame]

10/28 –  I’ve been teaching some phonics basics for kids who are really behind in reading classes. I created this video for one of my students, and I thought I’d share it here, just in case other librarians would find it useful:

10/30 – Interesting twist! [Kid Needs Permission Slip to Read ‘Fahrenheit 451,’ His Dad’s Response Is Brilliant]

10/31 – The summary of the AkASL October meeting is now posted!

11/7- Great collection of books

11/8 – [Growing Understanding of Genre Through a Poem Reading Frenzy]


November is Native American Heritage MonthNational Family Literacy MonthPicture Book Month, and National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo)

November 7th – 11th is National Young Readers Week

November 19th is International Games Day

November 24th is Thanksgiving Day.  State Library is Closed.

December 2nd is World Computer Literacy Day

December 5th – 11th is Computer Science Education Week and Hour of Code

December 10th is Dewey Decimal System Day

phoneSomething You’d Like to See in SAYL Mail?

To share news, success stories, resources, and opportunities, please contact Jared Shucha. The next issue will be November 22nd.  To get SAYL Mail updates sent to your inbox, request a subscription to the AkASL listserv and ask a colleague to do the same!