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Start your engines…(or…boat motors?)

For many of you summer reading has launched or is just about to – I salute you as you dive into the headlong rush of keeping kids, teens and adults learning, reading and having fun this summer! Please keep sending me your events calendars and storytime schedules so I can add them to our combined regional calendar – and if you have something you’re really excited about and proud of, please invite me to come see it!

Storywalks are popping up all around our region! Thank you to everyone who has shared their details with me for the online map – I’m doing my best to keep it as up to date as possible!

Free Eclipse Glasses!

The Space Science Institute/STAR Net Library Network is once again making eclipse glasses and resources available to libraries for the two solar eclipses coming to North America in 2023 and 2024. 

See this link on the SEAL page (Solar Activities for Libraries) for more information and to register NOW for FREE eclipse glasses for your public library: https://www.starnetlibraries.org/about/our-projects/solar-eclipse-activities-libraries-seal/  

There’s also a link on the SEAL page for library staff to register to join the eclipse community to share ideas, get updates, and ask questions.

BIPOC Mental Health Month

Mental Health America is back with a new toolkit for the month of July, this time focused on the specific mental health concerns of communities of color. Download the toolkit to equip yourself and your community with resources! https://mhanational.org/BIPOC-mental-health-month

Talking is Teaching – Oceans of Possibilities Tie-Ins!

It’s been a few months since Talking is Teaching released a new content bundle, so let’s reach back into the vault and dig out a few that you can use to help parents engage their littles in this year’s summer reading theme!

Let’s Talk About Water

Let’s Talk About Nature

The Return of Battle of the Books!

The Battle of the Books committee has met once, and we are deep into pulling together a list of suggested middle grade books for our 22/23 battle! If you’re interested in joining the committee, it’s not too late! We still need people willing to suggest titles that they’ve read and can endorse, to write questions and to vet questions. The commitment is super flexible, so if you’re at all interested please let me know and I’ll make sure you’re looped in!

Speaking of BoB, I’ve been trying to add some middle grade titles into my TBR mix and I’ve hit on a few winners! Onyeka and the Academy of the Sun by Tola Okogwu is my current in-progress, and it’s such fun! Onyeka lives in London and spends her days battling her uncontrollable hair, until it comes to life and helps her save her best friend… Suddenly she’s grappling with newfound superpowers, and she and her mother set off to Nigeria to find her missing father and to learn to train her powers at the Academy of the Sun! If you can’t get enough of X-Men, this is a new spin on mutants with powers!

I also just wrapped up Insignificant Events in the Life of a Cactus. Aven is unstoppable – she plays soccer and guitar, she loves her friends, and she’s an irrepressible storyteller. She would be impressive even if she were an average kid, but Aven was born without arms. One day she learns that her family is moving from Kansas to Arizona to run an Old West-themed amusement park. Aven faces this challenge with her trademark wit and confidence, but there are clues that the park may have lurking secrets. A quick read with a great narrator on audio, and an absolute joy!

Just For Fun

A few of the great summer reading ideas I’ve seen in my travels!

A few drops of dish soap turn dollar store tempera paint into window paint that doesn’t flake! Kids in Lyons Falls get to color in an octopus sucker each week that they read!
Colorful beach towels make a super cute and on-theme way to give each family their own space for storytime!

RA for your Holiday

Has Christmas come early? No? Then why has NPR released Books We Love already? We can’t know, and it doesn’t matter. What does matter is that now you have a diverse, robust (sortable!) list of book recommendations to share with patrons, just in time for summer reading! Huzzah!

In other summer reading news, we’ve got picks from Parade and Shondaland, and we’ve also got the #BookTokChallenge! Here’s more on that:

“Starting today through August 31, we’re encouraging people to discover and read new books and authors and then share their reactions with the TikTok community using #BookTokChallenge… With nearly 11M videos and reaching over 60B views globally to date, #BookTok is the go-to hashtag for books, reading, writing and everything in between and it’s just one delightful corner of TikTok that has led to a widespread cultural impact off platform.” A great way to engage teens this summer!

We’ve gotten an update from OverDrive about transitioning patrons over to the Libby app:

Starting the week of July 25, users of the legacy OverDrive app will receive an in-app message that the legacy OverDrive app will be discontinued in early 2023 and encouraging them to switch to the Libby app.

You can find an archived webinar about helping patrons transition to Libby here, and I’ll be sending an email with more details to all member library staff early next week.

Just a reminder that the ESLN webinar about collection development and materials challenges is coming up on July 19 at 10am. Sign up here!

Finally, #FridayReads: I have been gathering up holds like I’m about to be snowed in. I don’t understand it, but I’m going with it. I’m currently in the middle of This Time Tomorrow, by Emma Straub, and have got a tiny mountain of fiction on the nightstand to follow it up. In my earbuds is Rogues: True Stories of Grifters, Killers, Rebels and Crooks, by Patrick Redden Keefe. I’ve spent the entire spring watching all ten seasons of Call the Midwife on Netflix, and now I’m feeling a) like I need more dresses, and b) like I need more stories about feminism, community, and accessible, compassionate healthcare. Happy reading/listening/viewing!

RA for your Friday

First things first! Based on requests from public libraries across the state, the Empire State Library Network and PULISDO partnered on the creation of an annotated 2022 Public Library Collection Management Policy Template & Guide. Ask the Lawyer‘s Stephanie Cole Adams will be presenting a one-hour webinar on July 19 at 10am about using this resource to update or adopt policies to be ready for materials challenges…and more. Sign up today! (Be sure to choose NNYLN as your ESLN Council.)

Speaking of webinars! Don’t forget that Booklist regularly offers free webinars – and you can view them live or on-demand. Hat tip to Becky Spratford of the RA for All blog, who reminds us:

“I know there are so many virtual options these days, but I will say from experience, these Booklist webinars are geared toward you, the busy library worker. Access is always free and with the on demand archive feature, super easy.

We’ve got (printable!) July lists from Library Reads and Indie Next.

Remember your nonfiction readers this summer with this list of 29 Works of Nonfiction You Need to Read This Summer. Too much for your budget? You can always request adult nonfiction purchases here, thanks to Central Book Aid.

Looking for a display idea? Look no further than our newest federal holiday with these Juneteenth reading lists from Goodreads and Book Riot.

Finally #FridayReads: Do I need to finish a quilt this weekend? Yes. Should I get out and remove the weeds that are not only taking over my yard but also providing way, WAY too much cover for the local groundhog population? Absolutely. And yet, I think we all know how this ends. Especially if the new Emma Straub comes to me in today’s delivery… Happy reading!

YOUTH SERVICES ROUNDUP

Summer’s coming…can you feel it? The school year is wrapping up, kids are getting excited, families are planning their activities and the weather is teasing us with intermittent sunshine. If you haven’t reached out to your local school to share information about your summer reading program, now’s your last chance! See if there’s a school picnic, field day or fun day that you could attend to meet kids, offer to Zoom with classes, or send flyers for teachers to send home with students. If you’re out and about promoting summer reading, be sure to borrow one of our brand new outreach kits, stocked with directories, pens and Strong Libraries Strong Communities tablecloths!

On Monday I participated in the first Watertown Rapids STEAM Education Day – in spite of the rain, hundreds of 5th and 6th graders took in a baseball game and visited with representatives from local businesses and organizations sharing information about unique careers in science, technology, engineering, arts and math! My focus was on ensuring that kids know that their cards work system-wide, not just at their home libraries, and that our librarians are highly educated, creative problem solvers with unique services at every location! The kids were really engaged in talking about all the ways libraries connect to STEAM (until a groundhog popped up behind me and totally stole the show)!

Grant Opportunity Coming Soon!

This year’s state budget authorized the release of $150k from the Love Your Library Fund to library systems to support this year’s Summer Reading programs! NCLS will be offering minigrants to support libraries booking performers, authors, musicians and cultural presentations. Keep an eye out for the application in the coming days, and begin brainstorming and pricing out possible performers!

Happy Pride!

June is celebrated as Pride Month – an opportunity to learn about LGBTQ+ history, to promote inclusion and acceptance, and to encourage joy in all identities. ALA’s GLBT Book Month has been rebranded as Rainbow Book Month and specifically highlights literature that reflects the experiences of all in the LGBTQ+ community. Information and resources for Rainbow Book Month are here: https://www.ala.org/news/rainbow-book-month The ALSC blog also has a youth-focused round up of great resources for Pride month, serving up display ideas, a diverse book finder, lists of award winners and suggestions for storytimes: https://www.alsc.ala.org/blog/2022/05/pride-month-at-your-library/

There have been reports, including in Upstate New York, of an organized campaign to vandalize displays and challenge inclusive titles. See ALA’s statement here: https://www.oif.ala.org/oif/fight-censorship-keeping-pride-books-on-display/

Connecting with Teens

The Youth Services Shout-Out blog has some awesome resources to help you refresh your teen services. They link to a free recording of a workshop presented by Kelsey Bogan called The Trending Library: Engaging Teens in the Library. They also address BookTok. TikTok is where teens are spending lots of their time – and getting a lot of their book recommendations. Even if you’re not on the app yourself, you should stay current on what’s trending, and thankfully there are helpful resources linked in this post that will help! http://yssevents.blogspot.com/2022/06/booktok-resources-teen-services-webinar.html

Promoting Summer Reading Regionally

Remember to submit the details of your upcoming Storywalks here so I can add them to our community map! https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSe4zMhrPRhVeJVzIS1ZFp6X-UlXEUhsPFQRHY2Czk9gscsk3A/viewform?usp=sf_link

Our combined summer events calendar is starting to fill up! Thank you to everyone who shared your summer reading schedules already! I’ve taken a first pass through everyone’s calendars and Facebook pages and pulled as much as I could find – if you add events please shoot me an email and let me know where I can find them! 

As an aside, I have discovered that if your library uses the calendar function in WordPress, I can very easily copy your event details to our Google Calendar. If you’d like to improve your library’s website or have questions about the best and easiest ways to maintain it, come to our Websites 101 class on July 28th! Register here: https://ncls.libcal.com/event/9274925

Have a great weekend!

RA for your Friday

First things first! New Book Club in a Bag titles are now available!

The Guncle, by Steven Rowley

Somebody’s Daughter, by Ashley C. Ford

Slow Horses, by Mick Herron

Just a quick note for those who are new to the system that NCLS loans books exclusively for local book clubs to use for their discussions. Books are checked out in a sturdy canvas bag containing 12 paperback copies of each title and a printed list of discussion questions. Bags are checked out for six weeks, and they can be picked up and returned at any NCLS member library. Please remember to scan the bags in when they are received – and check them out to patrons promptly – so that the hold doesn’t linger in holds limbo for all eternity.

You can find all our book club titles right here, and you can find printable bookmarks here. NCLS has social media posts on the new titles today, so please like and share!

I’ve made my first pie of the season and have already given up on the weeds in my garden. It’s officially summer! We’ve got summer picks from USA Today, People, and NPR, who are sharing their favorite picks from each of the 50 states (plus DC and Puerto Rico.) Want to chime in? You can do that here.

And now for some June news.

We’ve got picks from Amazon, Barnes & Noble, the LA Times, Bustle, Shondaland, and The Millions. For all you genre fans, we’ve got romance from SBTB, fantasy from Paste, sci fi and fantasy from Lit Hub, and of course, crime reads from Crime Reads.

In other June news, it’s Audiobook Month! AudioFile is here with their June Earphones Award winners, and Book Riot has rounded up the best audiobooks of 2022 so far. The RA for All blog goes deeper on how to use AudioFile and Book Riot to find great picks for patrons and reminds us:

“Audio books are an excellent option that some readers may not think about. And they are the perfect choice for people who don’t think they have time to read.”

If you’ve got patrons looking for Stranger Things readalikes to tide them over to the July 1 release of the rest of season 4, check out these lists from Book Riot, Epic Reads, Books Are Our Superpower, and the Central Rappahannock Regional Library. (And if you’ve got Opinions about season 4, let’s talk.)

There’s still time to sign up for this afternoon’s book sharing session, Friday Reads, at 3pm. Join your fellow North Country library staff for a virtual discussion about what’s flying off the shelves at your library, what you just finished and loved (or what you just finished that you know someone ELSE would love), what author or series you’ve just discovered, and more!

Finally, #FridayReads: I’ve been tag-teaming fiction and nonfiction this week, bouncing back and forth between Last Summer at the Golden Hotel and Animal, Vegetable, Miracle, the latter of which is almost, ALMOST enough for me to attempt another vegetable garden. (Still not over that deer that ate my apple tree. Still. Six years later.) In my earbuds is In Defense of Witches, which comes on the heels of Pandora’s Jar. Happy reading/listening!

YOUTH SERVICES ROUNDUP

We are rocking into the Memorial Day weekend! I spent yesterday repping North Country Libraries at Career Jam and talking up all the amazing things you do for your communities! My goal was to get kids thinking about what librarians do other than just checking books in and out, so I prompted them to explore our new But Wait…There’s More! page and tell me ways libraries help their communities that have nothing to do with books. They were especially impressed by Depauville’s seed library, the fact that you can check out tools at Canton, and that you can take online music lessons through Artistworks! I was surprised to learn that many of them had no idea that their library cards work throughout the system. I wasn’t surprised at all to hear that those who already use their libraries, LOVE their libraries!

Supporting Children When the News is Frightening

Given the events of the past few weeks, you may have parents seeking resources to help them explain the news to their kids. Librarians around our state have shared some lists; here are a couple that may be useful to have on hand:

https://docs.google.com/document/d/1f92CKY6lDRh6JEWRK6q2JCwMyc7lJ6t-TNkVXzeqT4k/edit

https://docs.google.com/document/d/1iiYfpwM2jj4bD3zsg64DsQe2V9U-UN_ZXmOUSR8gXMg/edit?usp=sharing

Free Tools for National Ocean Month!

Did you know that June is National Ocean Month? Lots of resources are available to prime kids for our Oceans of Possibilities summer reading theme! 

From DLD: “As part of your Oceans of Possibilities programming, consider making a big splash in the month of June, which is National Ocean Month. Find lots of free resources to use as you wish for public and school libraries at CSLP partner WorldOceanDay.org. Check out the 2022 Event Planning Toolkit for inspiration, take advantage of the social media toolkit with graphics, and find resources specifically for kids, including posters, coloring pages, and creature cards!   

Whatever your plans are, World Ocean Day is here to support your efforts. Fill out this interest form to get more information.

Since launching global coordination of World Ocean Day 20 years ago, The Ocean Project has been working in partnership with aquariums, zoos, museums, youth leaders, and others in a growing global network – including libraries across the country! Together we can engage the public and unite the world to protect and restore our shared ocean and climate. Learn more.”

Catching up with Lisa Fipps

PW has an extensive interview with Lisa Fipps, author of Starfish. (If you haven’t read it, see if you can pick it up this Memorial Day weekend – it’s a middle grade novel in verse and you’ll zip right through it!) She shares her thoughts on writing, censorship, and her role as a part time marketing director for a library!

https://www.publishersweekly.com/pw/by-topic/childrens/childrens-authors/article/89388-q-a-with-lisa-fipps.html

S’il vous plait…

Remember to submit the details of your upcoming Storywalks here so I can add them to our community map! https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSe4zMhrPRhVeJVzIS1ZFp6X-UlXEUhsPFQRHY2Czk9gscsk3A/viewform?usp=sf_link

Send me your key summer reading events and storytime schedules (or just let me know where you post them) so I can fill in our combined summer reading calendar! I’ve started trolling websites and social media to try to catch event postings, but sending them to me is a surefire way to make sure they’re included!

And finally – if you have a great idea for a summer reading program, craft or decoration, please share! I’d love to brag about you in a future roundup!

Have a great weekend!

RA for your Friday

First things first! We’ve got three brand new Book Club in a Bag titles coming your way next month:

The Guncle, by Steven Rowley

Somebody’s Daughter, by Ashley C. Ford

Slow Horses, by Mick Herron

I’ll let you know as soon as we’ve added those to the catalog, expect them early to mid-June. You can find printable bookmarks here.

Speaking of June, we’ve got lists for Library Reads and Indie Next!

And while we’re on the subject of June, don’t forget to sign up for our next Friday Reads! Join us on June 3 for a virtual discussion about what’s flying off the shelves at your library, what you just finished and loved (or what you just finished that you know someone ELSE would love), what author or series you’ve just discovered, and more!

In even more June news, just a quick reminder that June is Audiobook Month!

Looking for ways to give your backlist more love? As always, the RA for All blog has advice for you (and great display reminders, too):

“Displays are to highlight books patrons would not find on their own. And to that end, ignore newer books. The backlist is where you can find great titles that are lurking in the stacks, languishing without readers…”

Finally, #FridayReads: Once again my nightstand is full to toppling, which is just how I like it. This week, I’m bopping back and forth between The Night Hawks and Breakfast at the Honey Creek Cafe, depending on my mood. Both may have to be preempted for Finlay Donovan Knocks ‘Em Dead, which I just picked off the new releases shelf at a library near me. Order of operations as follows: new library books, older library books, audiobooks, podcasts, BritBox, quilting, baking, mild exercise, books I own. Happy reading!

YOUTH SERVICES ROUNDUP

Happy Tuesday! We are well into Mental Health Awareness Month, and today I’m sharing some ideas and resources to support your own mental health and the wellness of the young people you serve. This month is all about encouraging conversations, sharing facts and ending stigma. As a librarian you can model healthy emotions and make sure your patrons have access to accurate mental health information. If you or a patron you encounter needs more assistance, there are lots of wonderful resources available, and we’ve rounded up some of them on our Mental Health Libguide:  https://ncls.libguides.com/mentalhealth/home

May’s Talking is Teaching theme is Worries – perfect for Mental Health Awareness Month! Download the newest content pack here:

https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/18lg-2MqlE-b8Mi1iWU__V0d0AqX_zhso?usp=sharing

Mental health and wellness for children starts with teaching them to identify and articulate the feelings that come with the ups and downs of life. Picture books are perhaps our best tools for allowing children to understand and name their feelings. Check out this Publisher’s Weekly article for some examples of how librarians have used picture books in storytimes to promote social emotional learning (SEL):

https://www.publishersweekly.com/pw/by-topic/childrens/childrens-industry-news/article/89239-read-alouds-that-rock-sel-storytimes.html

Here’s a simple craft that could easily be incorporated into an SEL storytime!

PD Corner

TODAY – Hot Summer Picture Books 

Date: Tuesday, May 17, 2022

Time: 2:00pm 

Looking for the hottest upcoming summer picture books? Look no further. With their wit, whimsy, and ability to spark the imagination, picture books remain a constant source of inspiration for readers of all ages. Join Booklist’s Books for Youth senior editor Julia Smith in this free, hour-long webinar on Tuesday, May 17 at 2 p.m. ET / 1 p.m. CT featuring representatives from Charlesbridge, Abrams Books, Clavis Publishing, Penguin Random House Library Marketing, and Holiday House! 

Register: https://ala-events.zoom.us/webinar/register/3616510930984/WN_9GflcJSeTp6k_36DJUCwog 

TODAY – Introduction to Creating a Library Makerspace 

Date: Tuesday, May 17, 2022

Time: 2:00pm 

Creating a makerspace in your library can be a rewarding adventure for your patrons allowing them to learn about and work with new pieces of technology. However, it doesn’t come without its challenges. Join Jordan Smith, the manager of Buffalo and Erie County Library’s popular Launch Pad Makerspace, who will discuss the many considerations that go into developing a library makerspace. Jordan will cover topics such as selection of the items, funding and promotion of the space. There will also be discussion on things to avoid and surprises that came up along the journey. Participants will be able to ask any burning questions on building makerspaces in their own libraries. 

Register: https://wnylrc.org/workshops/454

Beginning Readers 101: Emergent Literacy Made Easy (Online)

Date: Wednesday May 18

Time: 11:00am

Are you lost in the sea of differing publisher leveling schemes, differing vocabulary standards, and the generally vast range of reading abilities at work in the Beginning Reader area of your collection? You’re not alone! The world of Early Readers is often as frustrating for parents as it is for us professionals.

In this interactive webinar program, Jill Burket Ragase will give you a variety of tools that you will be able to use to:

-Understand the challenges of the Emergent Reader market from the perspectives of publisher, buyer, and reader.

-Understand the leveling and coding systems used by several popular publishers and series.

-Improve your collection variety and depth

-Improve your shelving and reader’s advisory knowledge for emergent readers

Beginning Reader collections can be challenging both in terms of collection development and customer service. We will also discuss tips and tricks to help frustrated parents get their children on the road to independent reading.

You also still have time to check out the recordings from Jill’s previous sessions:

BOARD BOOKS 101 (AVAILABLE UNTIL 6/17)

STORYTIME STARTERS (AVAILABLE UNTIL 5/20)

Mental Health Awareness: Depression Relief

Date: Friday, May 20

Time: 10:00am

In this presentation we will seek to better understand what depression is and how it impacts our lives. Coping skills will also be introduced for better management of mental wellness.

Register: https://ncls.libcal.com/event/8943582

Support Summer Reading with your Gale NOVELny Resources 

Date: Tuesday, May 24, 2022 

Time: 2:00pm 

Your summer reading programs play an important role in encouraging students to keep their skills up and be better prepared for the new school year by engaging literacy skills. Your NOVELny resources can support these programs with additional reading materials to strengthen understanding of texts, engage readers with critical analyses of texts, and foster close reading of text. We’ll explore these ideas and more in this session 

Register: https://cengage.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_7AOwFM-ARM2EyhPBuujnMA

Mental Health Awareness: Take Care After COVID

Date: Friday, May 27

Time: 10:00am

In this presentation we will explore ways to navigate a new normal, at the various stages of the pandemic and what things might look like after. Coping skills will also be introduced for better management of mental wellness.

Register: https://ncls.libcal.com/event/8943605

RA for your Friday

It’s been almost three months since the last time we added new titles to Book Club in a Bag, which means it’s time for some more! Each new batch of titles usually includes one fiction, one nonfiction, and one member library request of either type. We’re always looking for recommendations, so please feel free to send them my way. Titles must be available in paperback; under-the-radar selections a plus. I’ll send promotional stuff once the next three titles have been finalized, but in the meantime, we’ve got ready-to-print bookmarks here.

New month, new lists! We’ve got picks from Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Bustle, Time, Town & Country, Shondaland, and The Millions. For all you genre fans, we’ve got romance from SBTB, fantasy from Paste, sci-fi and fantasy from Lit Hub, and of course, crime reads from CrimeReads.

For those who weren’t able to make it to Fantastic Books and Where to Find Them, I’ve got the video for you right here. And just a reminder, you can find all kinds of resources on our Collection Development and RA Guide.

One thing I mentioned in passing during the class was that we should all aim to have all of our books out in the world being used. Thanks to Becky Spratford for bringing this up in a recent blog post:

“We need to stop thinking of ourselves as the guardians of the books, the gatekeepers, and instead remember that our goal is to do everything we can to get the books out of our buildings, or checked out of our digital collections… If a title is too popular, buy more copies, or, if money is tight, work to create while you wait lists or displays to help people find titles they would like in the meantime.”

In awards news, we’ve got the Agatha Awards, the Edgar Awards, and the LA Times Book Prizes.

Save the date for our next Friday Reads RA session on June 3 at 3pm. It’s a no-pressure discussion about what’s flying off the shelves at your library, what you just finished and loved (or what you just finished that you know someone ELSE would love), what author or series you’ve just discovered – sign up here!

Finally, #FridayReads: I don’t know what it is about springtime that makes the books jump into my hands, but I suspect it’s the possibility of the season. I am a terrible gardener, but maybe THIS is the year that I’ll actually take care of my yard. Maybe THIS is the year I’ll buy a bicycle. Maybe THIS is the year, etc. Likewise, I know I don’t have the time to read everything that I find interesting, but why not just grab everything and see what happens? Right now I’m reading the second Cape Cod Foodie mystery, An Eggnog to Die For, and listening to Ann Patchett’s These Precious Days. Happy reading/listening!

YOUTH SERVICES ROUNDUP

Happy Wednesday! There’s a lot happening in May so let’s jump right in!

Summer Reading and Storywalks

Thank you to everyone who attended youth services workshops in April! All of the resources are available on the Summer Reading Libguide at https://ncls.libguides.com/summerreading

If you have StoryWalks planned for this summer, please fill out this Google form for each one so I can add them to our big map on the public-facing Summer Reading page! https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSe4zMhrPRhVeJVzIS1ZFp6X-UlXEUhsPFQRHY2Czk9gscsk3A/viewform?usp=sf_link

Our public Summer Reading page also has a regional events calendar – to have your events highlighted on it please send me announcements (or a link to where you share events with your community!) https://ncls.libguides.com/more/summer

May is Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month! 

Epic Reads has created this great list of YA books to highlight that will make putting up a display a breeze!

https://www.epicreads.com/blog/books-for-asian-pacific-american-heritage-month/

Available Now – Free Audiobooks all Summer Long!

AudioFile’s annual Sync program has started! All summer, teens can download two free audiobooks a week through Sora. Books must be downloaded during the week they are featured, but they do not expire. They will stay available on the Sora bookshelf until they are deleted by the patron. 

Free Virtual Conference Opportunity

The Libraries.Today National Forum is coming up beginning on May 16th, and will run for two weeks of virtual programming. While it is geared to school librarians, there are many wonderful speakers and sessions that you may find valuable! Check out the schedule and register at: https://forum.libraries.today/schedule/

PD Corner

Thursday, May 5, 2022, 11:30am Overview of the Performers and Programs Database 

Learn more about this statewide resource that can help your library locate in-person and virtual events and programs to support and enhance Summer Reading and Learning in 2022. Presented by Peter Kowalski, database manager for Performers and Programs. 

Register: https://nyslibrary.libcal.com/event/9025805

Thursday, May 12, 2022, 12pm Fall 2022 Librarian Preview with HarperCollins Childrens Books 

Join us at a FREE WEBINAR for a sneak peek at new picture, middle grade, and YA books coming in 2022 from HarperCollins Children’s Books. You will hear directly from special guests, including award-winning illustrator, ERIC VELASQUEZ (Going Places: Victor Hugo Green and His Glorious Book), bestselling author and The Decemberists’ frontman, COLIN MELOY (The Stars Did Wander Darkling), New York Times bestselling author JODI LYNN ANDERSON (Each Night Was Illuminated)! Plus catch a special message from Dr. Ibram X. Kendi on his remarkable new project honoring the works of Zora Neale Hurston. Don’t miss out on your chance to learn about great new books coming in Fall 2022 from HarperCollins Children’s Books 

Register:https://ala-events.zoom.us/webinar/register/9716503375019/WN_pXS2u0FKShOIhA3kk1JtxA?timezone_id=America%2FNew_York

Friday May 13, 10am Mental Health Awareness: The Many Faces of Anxiety (Online)

May is Mental Health Awareness Month, and NCLS is bringing back Jennifer Frary for another series of talks promoting mental health and wellness! In this presentation we will explore the various ways anxiety shows up in our lives. Coping skills will also be introduced for better management of mental wellness.

Each webinar in the series will include an interactive presentation as well as time for group discussion with your colleagues about the topic.

Register: https://ncls.libcal.com/event/8943575

Tuesday, May 17, 2022, 2pm Hot Summer Picture Books

Looking for the hottest upcoming summer picture books? Look no further. With their wit, whimsy, and ability to spark the imagination, picture books remain a constant source of inspiration for readers of all ages. Join Booklist’s Books for Youth senior editor Julia Smith in this free, hour-long webinar on Tuesday, May 17 at 2 p.m. ET / 1 p.m. CT featuring representatives from Charlesbridge, Abrams Books, Clavis Publishing, Penguin Random House Library Marketing, and Holiday House! 

Register:https://ala-events.zoom.us/webinar/register/3616510930984/WN_9GflcJSeTp6k_36DJUCwog 

Wednesday May 18, 11am Beginning Readers 101: Emergent Literacy Made Easy (Online)

Are you lost in the sea of differing publisher leveling schemes, differing vocabulary standards, and the generally vast range of reading abilities at work in the Beginning Reader area of your collection? You’re not alone! The world of Early Readers is often as frustrating for parents as it is for us professionals.

In this interactive webinar program, Jill Burket Ragase will give you a variety of tools that you will be able to use to:

-Understand the challenges of the Emergent Reader market from the perspectives of publisher, buyer, and reader.

-Understand the leveling and coding systems used by several popular publishers and series.

-Improve your collection variety and depth

-Improve your shelving and reader’s advisory knowledge for emergent readers

Beginning Reader collections can be challenging both in terms of collection development and customer service. We will also discuss tips and tricks to help frustrated parents get their children on the road to independent reading.

You also still have time to check out the recordings from Jill’s previous sessions:

BOARD BOOKS 101 (AVAILABLE UNTIL 6/17)

STORYTIME STARTERS (AVAILABLE UNTIL 5/20)

Wednesday, May 18, 2022, 6pm QPR (Question, Persuade, Refer) Gateway Training 

An excellent training for anyone who interacts with teens. Provides guidance on how to recognize warning signs and how to provide appropriate support and intervention for mental health struggles. Provided by Onondaga Free Library.

Register:https://onlibonondagafree.evanced.info/signup/EventDetails?EventId=10877&backTo=Calendar&startDate=2022/05/01