Sparking Motivation and Engaging Readers

Albany City Area Reading Council, Iroquois Reading Council, Eastern New York School Library Media Association, and the Children’s Literature Connection invite you to

Sparking Motivation and Engaging Readers
March 9, 2016, 4:30 – 7:30 PM
Century House, Latham, NY


  • Eric Devine, author of young adult fiction, including Press Play and Tap Out

  • Lois Minor Huey, children’s author of books focused on history including ICK! YUCK! EEW! Our Gross American History

  • Amy Merrill, Binghamton School District School Librarian and Literacy Specialist

  • Scott Jarzombek, Executive Director, Albany Public Library

    Professional development certificates will be provided.
    For more information:

Reservations are required by February, 26th. Please reserve your spot today by returning the downloadable form.

Be an Author: A Beginner’s Workshop for School Librarians

Be an Author: A Beginner’s Workshop for School Librarians

Thursday, January 21, 2016              6-8:30 p.m.

This is not your usual meet-the-author event. At this program, you are the focus of the workshop. Learn how to take your ideas and experience to start the process of becoming an author. Discover how to find support for your writing: work with copy editors, agents and editors, or perhaps go in the the self-publishing direction.

Our presenters:

Nancy Castaldo is the author of: The Race Around the World; Sniffer Dogs; Polar Bear Rescue; Leap into Space, and other non-fiction books for upper elementary/middle school. Nancy is the Regional Advisor for SCBWI (Society  for Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators) of Eastern New York. Website:

Lois Miner Huey is a teacher, writer and archaeologist. She is the author of: Forgotten Bones: Uncovering a Slave Cemetery; Ick! Yuck! EEW! Our Gross American History; Voices of World War II, and other non-fiction books for children and Young Adults. She is the shop talk coordinator for SCBWI. Website:

Event location:

Draper Middle School, 2070 Curry Road, Rotterdam. The middle school is on Mohonasen High School campus, first building on the right.

Earn 2 professional credit hours.

ENYSLMA members $15.00/Non-members $25

A buffet dinner will be served at 6:00 p.m. Program will begin at 6:30 p.m.

To register, complete the registration form and return it with your check made payable to ENYSLMA by January 14, 2015.


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.