Happy Friday! If you’ve wrapped up summer reading in your library, give yourself a pat on the back – and if your programs are still going, the finish line is in sight! North Country families have had access to some incredible opportunities for learning and fun because of your hard work! 

Summer Reading Reporting

Once your program has wrapped up, please enter your statistics and notes into the Summer Reading Survey. I will compile the data for the entire system and submit it to the state. Please respond by September 16th. If you have questions please let me know!

Free Author Festival

If you’re free tomorrow and looking for some bookish fun, the Adirondack Family Book Festival is free and would make a great day trip!

Free Posters Available for Your Library!

Free “Get Caught Reading” posters are available from Every Child a Reader. Each school or library can request up to five.

Future Summer Reading Themes and Slogans – Share Your Opinion!

The State Library is soliciting feedback on possible 2025 Summer Reading slogans and 2026 Summer Reading themes. Your input will help inform New York’s votes at the CSLP Annual Meeting. The survey is open through August 25th:  

Teens Fighting Censorship

If you need a smile, check out this story of teens pushing back against censorship, advocating for their right to read and starting banned book clubs. After working with teens for 8 years, my mantra is: Trust kids. Listen to kids. Empower kids, then get out of their way!

The Impact of Baby Storytime

Whether your library already offers a baby storytime, or you’re considering starting one, here’s a collection of resources to deepen your knowledge and focus your practice. In conversation with parents, keep it simple! Just emphasize that talking, reading and singing with their babies helps get them ready to read!

Kids and YA RA Hooray!

Publishers Weekly has new kids and YA titles to round out your August:

Putting together a display of books for back to school? ALSC has a list of inclusive picture book titles to help everyone get ready for September!

Teen Librarian Toolbox has some forthcoming middle grade and YA novels to put on your radar (and maybe your TBR list!)

PD Corner

As promised, here is the recording of the METRO Library Council’s session with Kelly Jensen: Empower Your Library Against Book Bans. I found it extremely informative and helpful in understanding the forces that are currently driving challenges in libraries.

From Diversity to Inclusion: How to Audit Your Collection and Why 

Date: Wednesday, August 24, 2022 

Time: 2:00pm 

Kym will share what a diversity audit is, why we should audit our collections, why the structure of the publishing industry may make it difficult to cultivate inclusivity, and most importantly, why it’s important to build collections that are diverse AND inclusive. 


Getting Started with Libby 

Date: Thursday, August 25, 2022 

Time: 11:00am 

Join OverDrive’s training team for this live session to learn how easy it is to get your patrons started with Libby, the library reading app.  


Summer Reading Wrap-Up and Celebration

Date: Tuesday, October 4, 2022

Time: 2pm

Whether you had a successful 2022 program or you’ve been tasked with running Summer Reading for the first time next year, join this virtual session to debrief with your colleagues! With an eye toward 2023, we’ll talk about what we learned, what worked and what to avoid. We’ll share our favorite partnerships, activities, programs and tips for success. Come prepared to talk about your biggest wins and your burning questions. We’ll celebrate another year of summer reading in the bag and set ourselves up for a great 2023!


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