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

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!

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!)

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!

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:

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. 


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 


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.


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! 


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:



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.


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