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
Reservations are required by February, 26th. Please reserve your spot today by returning the downloadable form.
Our Be an Author: A Beginner’s Workshop for School Librarians evening was another great ENYSLMA program. Thanks to Nancy Castaldo and Lois Huey for an informative presentation.
And thanks to our local authors for the books given to each participant.
Join us next time!
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.
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: nancycastaldo.com.
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: loishuey.com.
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.
If you want to see some of what we do at ENYSLMA, take a look at this photo with all the amazing collages created by ENYSLMA members under the guidance of author/illustrator Kyra Teis.
Sponsored by Gumdrop Books.
So what great things are you doing in YOUR school library?
Come TELL US!
Call for presentations for the 2016 SSL conference to be held in Albany next May is out and we want YOU.
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.
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
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!
Just a reminder that ENYSLMA membership runs in two year cycles and we start again in August 2015.
Please renew your membership in your local professional organization.
Download the membership form here.
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.
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
Tuesday, March 10, 2015
The Century House
997 New Loudon Road, Latham, NY 12110
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
- 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.
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.