Be the Illustrator!

Artist/Author Kyra Teis will lead us in an interactive collage and painting session. She will teach us about the art of picture book illustrations, and guide us in making our own collages and painted pictures on canvas

Thursday, October 29th , 2015 6 – 8:30 p.m.

Event Location:

Niskayuna Fire District 2

2772 Troy-Schenectady Rd (Route 7) Niskayuna NY 12309

Please park in the rear of the building and enter through the back door.

An Italian buffet will be served at 6:00 p.m. Program will begin at 6:30 p.m.

Please bring old magazines (nature and garden magazines are best) to use for your art. Other supplies will be provided

This event is sponsored by Jim Hopper, Regional Representative for Gumdrop Books

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Kyra Teis’ books, and new titles from Gumdrop, will be on display and available for purchase.

To register, download the registration form and return it with payment to Mindy Holland.

Registration deadline is October 22nd

ENYSLMA members $10.00   Non-ENYSLMA members $20.00

 Please make checks payable to ENYSLMA

Earn 2 professional credit hours!

Summer Book Discussion: Harper Lee’s Go Set a Watchman

For decades, many readers yearned for more writing from Harper Lee, and now the 55-year wait is almost over. In July, Lee’s novel, Go Set a Watchman, is set for release. ENYSLMA will mark the event with a book discussion at the Amsterdam Free Library on August 6.

Harper Lee wrote Go Set a Watchman before the classic To Kill a Mockingbird. However, it is set 20 years later, with the spotlight still set on the famous Finch family, friends and neighbors. An adult Scout returns home from working in New York City and faces personal as well as political and social issues of the 1950s.

Is Go Set a Watchman a companion novel? A sequel? Join us and discuss it.

The book discussion, accompanied by light refreshments including Southern teacakes and lemon iced tea, is from 4-6 p.m. Afterwards, participants may opt to head over to the Raindancer Restaurant for dinner to continue the discussion and socialize. Dinner is at your own expense.

The event is free and open to ENYSLMA members and their guests. Please contact Jeff Selby  to register and indicate if you are attending only the discussion or the discussion and dinner.


August 6, 2015

Amsterdam Free Library – YA Room

28 Church Street

Library tour begins at 3:30 p.m./Discussion from 4-6 p.m.

See library website for directions and parking.

Earn two professional development credit hours.

Building Enthusiasm for Reading

Eastern New York School Library Media Association, Albany City Area Reading Council, Iroquois Reading Council, Schoharie Reading Council and The Children’s Literature Connection present:

Building Enthusiasm for Reading:

Tools for the librarian, reading teacher, classroom teacher and administrator

with Dr. Steven Layne

Cover - Igniting a Passion for Reading                     SteveLayne Pub Shot 3 Color

Tuesday, March 10, 2015
The Century House
997 New Loudon Road, Latham, NY 12110
4:00-8:00 p.m.

Find out how to build enthusiasm for reading in your classroom, library and school.

Our presenter will be Dr. Steven Layne, Professor of Literacy Education at Judson University in Elgin, IL. He is a passionate, dynamic speaker and a self-proclaimed “reading arsonist.”
His newest book, In Defense of Read-Aloud, and his other titles will be available for purchase
and signing.

  • Professional development certificates (4 hours) will be provided
  • Each attendee will receive a door prize
  • Don’t miss this chance for classroom teachers, librarians, reading teachers and administrators to join together for an evening of literary conversation

Member rate is $36. Members can invite guests at the member rate.
Non-member rate is $40.

Dinner choices include:

  • Pork Center Cut Steak
  • Chicken Dijon
  • Pan Roasted Polenta Cake with Grilled Mixed Vegetable

Reservations required by March 1st. For more information and registration, download the registration form.


Summer Reading HEROES

ENYSLMA invites Public Librarians & School Librarians

Get ready for 2015 Summer Reading!

The theme will be HEROES!

  • Children: Every Hero Has a Story
  • Teens: Unmask!
  • Adults: Escape the Ordinary

Public librarians & School librarians – together can be a dynamic duo!

Join us on Sunday, January 25, 2015 from 5-8 p.m. at Ambition Café to brainstorm superhero ways to promote summer reading

  • Socialize with colleagues
  • Learn about the NY State 2015 Summer Reading theme
  • Share your ideas for summer reading
  • School librarians, please invite a public librarian
  • Enjoy hors d’oeuvres provided by ENYSLMA;  dinner and drinks available for an additional charge

Librarians are Superheroes!
Who’s your sidekick?

Earn one hour of professional development credit.

Ambition Café is located at 154 Jay Street, Schenectady, NY 12305 Tel. 518.382.9277
Park near Schenectady City Hall or Proctor’s Theater – Jay Street is for pedestrians only.
Ambition is opening just for us. So please register on My Learning Plan or e-mail Mindy Holland at

Space is limited. RSVP by Friday, January 16.

Snow date – February 1 – anyone who registers will be notified of a date change.

Private Tour of the New York State Cultural Arts Center & Dinner

ENYSLMA Private Tour of the New York State Cultural Arts Center & Dinner

Ever been to the New York State Archives?

Want to know more about the NYS Museum?

Ever wonder what the NYS library can do for you and your students?

Start the new school year by socializing and learning with fellow school librarians at the N.Y.S. Cultural Arts Center!


ENYSLMA (Eastern N.Y. School Library Media Association) invites you to join us Saturday, September 27, 2014 for an exclusive tour of the New York State Library, Museum, and Archives. Meet at 1:00 p.m. in the lobby. (222 Madison Ave, Albany) Earn 3 professional credit hours.

After we have a 4:30 p.m. reservation at the Olde English Pub & Pantry at Quackenbush Square (683 Broadway, Albany). This is one of the oldest buildings in Albany. Dinner buffet, in a private room, will include: onion soup, salad, black bean sliders, pork sliders, fish & chips and dessert. Dinner $25 per person (This price is subsidized for ENYSLMA members, non-members please add $10) Cash bar.

To be added to the event guest list, please mail the library and archives invite form along with a check to Mindy Holland, ENYSLMA Vice President. Payment must be received by Sept.12. The tour is free, but we must know who is attending. You may attend just the tour or just the dinner – please make this clear in your RSVP.

ENYSLMA Skypes with author Chris Garbenstein


limoncelloJoin your fellow School Librarians for a fun summer evening. We’ll Skype with Chris Garbenstein,  the author of Escape from Mr. Lemoncello’s Library.

Join us on July 24th at 4:00 for a book discussion, trivia game with prizes and a literary scavenger hunt. At 5:00 we will Skype with the author. An Italian dinner buffet will be served at 5:45. After dinner stay for playing the games we brought.

July 24th – 4:00-8:00 pm

Draper Middle School Library

2070 Curry Road

Rotterdam, NY 12303

Registration information is available on the flyer. Reservations must be postmarked by July 7, 2014.

This event is open to all ENYSLMA (Eastern NY School Library Media Association) members and their guests.  Member pricing is $20 for the evening. Non-members please add $10 or plan to join that evening.

2 Professional Development credit hours will be given



Digital Literacy: Using Technology Presentation Tools in Literacy

 Iroquois Reading Council,  Albany City Area Reading Council,  ENYSLMA, and The Children’s Literature Connection & New York News Publishers Association invite you to attend an  evening with colleagues, educators and librarians.

Digital  Literacy: Using Technology Presentation Tools  in Literacy

Presenters and Special Guests include:
* Matthew McElligott, author and illustrator of “Benjamin Franklinstein Meets Thomas Deadison,” “Bean 13,” “Lion’s Share” and “Even Aliens Need Snacks”
* Arthur Gonzalez, young adult author of “The Photo Traveler”
* Mary Boyd Ratzer and Paige Jaeger, authors of “RX for the Common Core”
* Lisa Michaels presenting Digital Literacies as a Vehicle for Developing Vocabulary
* Mary Miller, Education Services Director of the New York News Publishers Association, presenting Newspapers In Education & Multimedia Literacy

Guest speakers will address the connection between technology and literacy. Presenters will engage our audience with interactive, practical strategies and a toolkit for Implementing Inquiry Learning.

Tuesday,  March 11, 2014
The Century House
997 New Loudon Road, Latham, NY 12110
4:00-8:00 p.m.
Professional development certificates will be provided as well as door prizes for all.
Please join us for a great evening of literary conversation!

Reservations are required by Saturday, March 1

Download the registration form here.