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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NYCSLA Learning Café

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Join NYCSLA on Wednesday, February 7th at 4:15 PM for an afternoon of learning and networking, all in an amazing café setting!  Come learn about creating a mindful library, as well as how to celebrate School Library Month in April, all while enjoying coffee, tea, and pastries.
We will be meeting at Ground Central Coffee Shop located at 888 8th Avenue in Manhattan.  When you purchase a beverage during our meeting, NYCSLA will buy you a pastry!
This is a BYOD meeting, where you’ll be able to follow along with the presentation using your own device.  There is free wifi provided at Ground Central.
If you plan to attend, please RSVP to  We hope to see you there!
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Check Out These NYCSLA Members at NYC’s 2017 Annual Fall Conference!

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The 2017 Annual Fall Conference is right around the corner and The New York City School Library Association is excited to announce that quite a few of our members have been selected to present.

This year’s conference, Schools Libraries Equal Equity, will be held at CitiField on Tuesday, November 14th. Each year, the New York City Department of Education’s Office of Library Services coordinates a fabulous event, featuring prominent speakers, numerous vendors, and concurrent sessions. This year, four of our members will be presenting.

If you’re planning on attending this year’s annual conference, check out these concurrent sessions by NYCSLA officers and members:

Kristen Falco, NYCSLA President:

Workshop title: It’s Like I’m Really There! Using Virtual Reality to Show Students the World

Learn to use Virtual Reality headsets along with Google Expeditions and View Master Experience Packs to get students excited about learning! Take your students all over the world with teacher-led and self-led tours of famous places, historical sites, underwater sites, and even outer space. In this session, you’ll learn about how to purchase and set up your VR headsets, how to put together and manage them as part of your library’s collection, and get hands-on experience trying the Virtual Reality programs for yourself.

Michele Kirschenbaum, NYCSLA Membership Chair:

Workshop title: It’s Time to Be a Citation Nation

With fake news and “alternative facts” flooding our everyday lives, how do we teach our students to check up on facts and information, but also teach them to be ethical and responsible researchers themselves? The answer: Citations! Learn how to teach your students the citation process in an innovative way with the help of technology tools and online resources.


Andrea Swenson, NYCSLA Member:

Workshop title: LGBTQ and You

ALL kids at ALL ages need to be exposed to positive representations of LGBTQ people in the books they encounter in the school library. Do you have any LGBTQ materials on your shelves? Do you have selection guidelines for LGBTQ-themed materials in your collection development policy? How do you deal with challenges to LGBTQ-themed materials? How do you reach out to LGBTQ students in your school while protecting their privacy? If you’ve ever wondered about the answers to these questions, then this panel is for you!

Lisa Egan, NYCSLA Member:

Workshop title: Obstacles = Opportunities in Urban School Librarianship

The greatest city in the world can provide unique opportunities and challenges for urban school librarians. Learn strategies for flipping obstacles in your school into triumphs and workarounds to help your library program thrive!

Jillian Ehlers, NYCSLA Member:

“Every April school librarians are encouraged to host activities to help their school and local community celebrate the essential role that strong school library programs play in transforming learning.” How can you showcase all of your hard work while celebrating your school library? Find out how to celebrate School Library Month 2018! Discuss how to enhance awareness and appreciation for your school library. Learn about AASL’s School Library Month and how to access and utilize its programs and resources. Join this session to make an impact on your school community during School Library Month 2018!

Click here for more information on this year’s annual fall conference. To follow along via Twitter, use the hashtag #nycsls17

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Join us for our first meeting of 2017-2018!

Welcome back to another school year in New York City! Our first NYCSLA meeting will take place at Proper West in Midtown Manhattan on Thursday, October 12th at 4:30pm.


Come meet other NYCSLA members, enjoy snacks and food (provided by NYCSLA), and hear about upcoming events.

Looking to join NYCSLA for the first time? Need to renew your membership for the 2017-2018 school year? Click on “Membership” at the top of the page to learn more and register.

And for a limited time… introducing the new NYCSLA t-shirts! Only $12. Order by October 20th!


We’re looking forward to seeing you this Thursday!

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End of Year Celebration Recap

We had a great time celebrating this year’s accomplishments at Clinton Hall in downtown Manhattan. Thank you to everyone who made it to event! Congratulations to our library trivia winner, Barbara Hull!

We’ve already started planning for next school year’s events!  If you haven’t filled out our end of year survey yet, please take a moment to share your thoughts:

Have a wonderful summer!

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End of Year Celebration!

Happy almost June!  As the school year comes to an end, NYCSLA wants to celebrate a great year!  This year, we had a 35% increase in membership, were able to provide travel assistance to this year’s NYLA-SSL scholarship winners, and hosted several great professional meetings and networking events.  In celebration of all of these accomplishments (including just making it through another year!) we invite you to our end-of-year happy hour celebration.
NYCSLA End-of-Year Party
When: Wednesday, June 14th, 4PM
Where: Clinton Hall, 90 Washington St., Manhattan
RSVP to:
The first 15 people to RSVP will receive a drink on us!  Clinton Hall is an outdoor covered venue, so we will be on rain or shine.  We will have fun, food, and library themed games!  We will also be giving away some great prizes (gift cards!).  We know that the end of the year is busy, but we hope to see you at our favorite event of the year!
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