SAYL Mail October 16, 2020

SAYL Mail      School and Youth Librarian’s Newsletter   October 16, 2020

Around the State

Congratulations to AkASL school librarian awardees. 2020 School Librarians of the Year are Lisa Whip from West Homer Elementary and Shelly Logsdon from Wasilla High School. “For excellence in providing essential information and technology services to students and staff, while supporting the school’s curriculum. In addition, they have provided creative programs for encouraging and fostering lifelong reading and learning in their students.” Teresa Youngren-Brown received the School Library Staff Award. She is from Kenai Middle School and Kenai Central High School “for providing amazing support to the students and staff of those schools” Also Caitlin Jacobson of Ketchikan High School was awarded the 2020 Linda K. Barrett Service Award for outstanding service to the school library profession. Congratulations to all awardees for strong work in challenging times!!

Welcome back to school library land! Christine Osciak is the new school librarian at Anderson Elementary School on Eielson Air Force Base in the Fairbanks North Star Borough School District.

Elizabeth Nicolai of Anchorage Public Library Youth services shared a new list “Books by Native Authors” featuring some new books from 2020-21  Book List

Reminder: Interested in a 1 hour online workshop on Connected Learning and/ Computational Thinking? Contact Christine Osciak or myself for more information. We’d love the opportunity to get together and talk about how this fits in with what you do for

YRCA 2022 Nominations are open! The Young Reader’s Choice Award has been sponsored by the Pacific Northwest Library Association since 1940. It is the longest running children’s choice book award. Nominations can be submitted between October 15-November15, 2020. Nominees must have been published in 2019 to qualify. Go to the YRCA website for information and winner titles from past years.

Spooky Breakouts and Games for 2020 ( technotes) Games that can be played virtually or in the classroom. Solve the Trick or Treat breakout, make your own copy of “would you rather?” play Halloween Charades and more.

Discover Autumn Themed Choice Boards ( technotes) Learn how to create your own choice board for students. Give students some fun learning choices. Check out Sharon McClintock Miller’s board and a Fall Reading Choice Board.

Stranger Library Reading Challenge (Knowledge Quest) a high school librarian shares her ideas for celebrating and motivating reading by creating a virtual library display and reading challenge.


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