Spotlight Librarians- November 2019

Sorry our Spotlight Information hasn’t come out in a timely fashion on our website.  But that doesn’t mean that NYCSLA librarians aren’t amazing.  Here is our amazing November Spotlight– Cheryl Wolf!! November Spotlight

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Next Meeting – Tuesday, December 10th!

See below and RSVP here! We hope you can make it!

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Our October Spotlight Librarian – Ellen Frank of Flushing High School Campus!

Congratulations, Ellen!

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September’s Spotlight Librarian – Kyra Wolf of MS 88, Peter Rouget

Congratulations to our September Spotlight Librarian, Kyra Wolf!


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Learn about coding at our next meeting on Thursday, May 9th!

Join us* for this 2-hour training on Google’s CS First platform to gain the confidence and ability to bring coding and Computer Science to your students. CS First is a free, easy-to-use computer science curriculum that is designed to engage a diverse student population in grades 4-8 (ages 9-14). During this training, you will use modular videos to teach kids foundational computer science concepts and coding basics with Scratch, a block-based coding tool. Whether you have never felt like a “techy” or you would like to build upon prior skills, we encourage you to attend! Refreshments will be served.

*Note: This session is for NYCSLA members only. Non-members who are interested in attending should reach out to

Bring your own laptop or use one from the school’s library.

About our instructor:

Tom Bijesse is the Senior Learning Design Manager at Mouse. He is a former NYCDOE Computer Science teacher with a passion for digital creation. Tom has led Computer Science Professional Development courses to over 500 teachers and librarians across three countries utilizing a variety of curricula. As a member of the Mouse learning design team, Tom works directly with educators, administrators, and school districts to design a custom learning plan to suit their specific needs and goals.

This program is eligible for 2.5 hours of CTLE credit in Content and Pedagogy.

The New York City Department of Education is recognized by the New York State Education Department’s Office of Teaching Initiatives as an approved sponsor of CTLE for Professional Classroom Teachers, School Leaders and Level III Teaching Assistants.


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Next NYCSLA Meeting: December 13th!

It was wonderful seeing everyone at the New York City School Library Conference on Tuesday, November 6th! Many of you stopped by the table to say hi, pick up your NYCSLA t-shirts, and renew your membership or join. Thanks for a stellar day!

Our next NYCSLA meeting will be held on Thursday, December 13th at The High School of Environmental Studies at 444 W 56th St. NYCSLA’s treasurer, Jenna DeGrace, will host our meeting in her school’s library.

For this meeting, The Hudson Valley Library Association (HVLA) will join us. We’ll have four 10-minute presentations throughout the evening. Two will be done by HVLA members and two from NYCSLA members. We’ll send out a presentation proposal soon to members, seeking out individuals who would like to share any interesting programs or projects they’re working on.

For this meeting, we’ll also have a cookie exchange! Let’s get in the holiday spirit! Please bring two dozen cookies and a container.

Look for more information soon in an email.


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Craft Afternoon!

Thursday, November 29, 2018
For HVLA and NYSCLA members only

Bring a craft project you’re working on or start a craft project (materials provided)

Sign up here

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First Meeting of 2018-2019

We are having our first meeting on Wednesday, October 10th at 4:15 PM.  Our meeting will take place at Raise New York, located at 416 3rd Avenue, Manhattan.

This meeting will be both a social/networking event, and a general meeting for NYCSLA business.  We have a few minor changes to the by-laws to propose, as well as discussion of this year’s NYCSLA election.

NYCSLA will provide some snacks, and drinks will be available for purchase.

If you are not a NYCSLA member, or are ready to renew your membership for this year, go to and fill out the membership form.

This year, all paying members will receive a NYCSLA t-shirt!  I will bring your t-shirt to the first meeting if you fill out your application by 10/7.  All this with your membership for just $30!

To RSVP for the meeting, send an email to, that way we can give a head count to the venue.  We hope to see you all there!

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Top School Librarians to Follow in New York

We’re gearing up for the NYLA SSL Annual Conference this week in Long Island and we hope you are too! If you’re #NotAtSSL2018 and you’d like to follow along with what’s happening, make sure to check out the official NYLA SSL Instagram: @slmsboard, and the Conference 2018 Twitter page: @ssl2018.

New to Twitter or Instagram? Thinking about getting started? We’ve made a list of the top school librarians to follow in New York state. These school librarians continually post articles, share photos of their libraries, highlight activities, and much more! Make a Twitter or Instagram account now to share what’s happening in your library and check out the neat things happening across the state!

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Drag Queen Story Hour! May 12th!

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Please join us for Drag Queen Story Hour for HVLA members and NYCDOE librarians (NYCSLA) on Saturday, May 12th from 2-4 pm at Caveat. HVLA and NYCSLA librarians and other school faculty/staff members and their children are invited! (No need to have children to attend.)

This will be an opportunity to experience Drag Queen Story Hour, to speak with librarians and teachers who have hosted the event in their schools, and to enjoy a fabulous afternoon of drinks, snacks, stories, crafts, conversation and drag! Plus, Greenlight Bookstore will be selling beautiful books!

Did you know DQSH events are complimentary for public schools?

This program is eligible for 2 hours of CTLE credit in Content. The New York City Department of Education is recognized by the New York State Education Department’s Office of Teaching Initiatives as an approved sponsor of CTLE for Professional Classroom Teachers, School Leaders and Level III Teaching Assistants.

Need more of a reason to attend? First:SecondMacMillian KidsEnchanted LionFeminist PressSez MeReflection Press and Penguin Random House are offering fabulous, complimentary raffle prizes!

This event is a collaboration between The Hudson Valley Library Association (HVLA)The New York City School Librarians’ Association (NYCSLA), and Drag Queen Story Hour (DQSH).

Space is limited.



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