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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Join Us For a Book Repair Workshop with Kapco!

Join the Office of Library Services, NYC School Library Association, and Kapco for a hands-on workshop designed to demonstrate quick and easy techniques for extending shelf life of your school library’s collection. Prevention is the key, but specific, common repairs (re-inserting loose pages, broken spines, torn header caps, ripped and torn pages) will also be addressed.

Each participant is asked to bring: one or two paperback books, preferably new or like-new, to demonstrate covering techniques; a hardbound book with a book jacket to demonstrate application of book jacket covers; a stapled book or magazine; one hardbound book that needs repair and a “naked” hardbound book (i.e., a hardbound book that does NOT have a book jacket cover).

Each participant will be provided with a FREE sample packet of materials!

There will also be a drawing for a Deluxe Paperback Protection Kit, as well as other giveaways!

Register HERE:

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Ring in the New Year with NYCSLA!

Please join us on Wednesday, January 11th, at 4:30pm at The Malt House in Greenwich Village for an evening filled with food, drinks, networking, and fun! Our annual Holiday/New Year Party will be sponsored by Bound to Stay Bound Books.


All NYCSLA members are invited to attend.

It isn’t too late to join! If you’d like to be part of an organization that champions New York City school library professionals, please join us! Please bring cash or a check made out for $25 to cover the annual dues.



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First Meeting of 2016-2017

NYCSLA had a very successful first meeting on October 6th at Proper West in Midtown, Manhattan. In addition to the fun we had catching up with each other and sharing new ideas, we were joined by representatives from MyLibraryNYC and Monica Burns, who is the author of the blog,

We hope to see many more members at our second meeting/holiday party, which will be held the first week in January. We will send out an email in December with information regarding the date and venue.

It isn’t too late to join! Check out our Membership page to learn more!

Congratulations to Barbara Hull, our Demco gift card winner!    IMG_2168.JPG




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