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How to make the most of READsquared….All Year Long!

Date and time: Wednesday, November 6th, 1:30-2:30 PM
Sponsored by: New York State Library
Kimberly DeRemer, READsquared Support Specialist
Barry Young, President, READsquared
Cost: FREE

Please join us for an informative webinar about making the most of your READsquared product year-round!

Who should attend: Libraries that used READsquared for their Summer Reading program will learn about the next steps to wrap up after Summer Reading and move forward. Find out what your library can do to maximize the use of the READsquared product for other seasonal reading programs! Learn about useful reports and activity-based programs.

Are you a library that has not signed up yet for a FREE READsquared account? Participants will be able to get more information on the features and flexibility of READsquared to help them decide about READsquared before Summer Reading 2020. There will also be an opportunity to ask questions at the end of the webinar.
The webinar will be recorded and archived for later viewing.

Registration: here

READsquared is an online reading program solution offered by the New York State Library at NO COST to public libraries statewide! The powerful application offers customization and configuration of CSLP-themed summer reading programs and other reading and learning programs, as well as readers’ advisory tools for all ages and all reading levels. READsquared can help libraries of any size brand their reading programs and increase registration and participation of individuals, families, and groups through activities, book lists, challenges, and more.

STAR Net’s newest webinar

Join STAR Net’s newest webinar tomorrow to learn how you can apply various hands-on STEM activities and programming ideas to teach your patrons all about the planet Mars! These fun new resources are sure to be excellent additions for your library’s summer reading program! The webinar will take place Thursday, May 2nd, at 4:00PM Eastern Time. You can click on the link below to register and to find more information:

Growing Summer Meals with Innovative Community Partnerships

Tuesday March 5, 2019
1:00 – 2:00 PM EST

Register Here!

Learn how schools and organizations in low-income communities may be eligible to offer free, nutritious meals and/or snacks through the Summer Food Service Program (SFSP), and how sponsors across New York State are growing participation through community partnerships.

More than 1.1 million New York State students rely on healthy school meals to fuel their learning; however, when the school year ends, access to nutritious meals becomes limited. Statewide, fewer than one-third of children who eat free or reduced-price school lunch have access to summer meals through SFSP.

Across the state, community groups, school districts, and anti-hunger organizations are working in partnership with the New York State Education Department (NYSED), the agency that administers SFSP in our state, to raise awareness of and increase access to summer meals.

In this webinar, you will hear tips for success and innovative strategies from two current SFSP sponsors — a school district and a YMCA — each working with local partners such as libraries, parks, municipalities, and housing communities to expand the reach of their programs; a co-chair of a regional summer meals coalition of sponsors and partners; and a Child Nutrition representative from NYSED.

Join us and learn ways to engage your community to promote and serve summer meals in 2019 and beyond.

Planning a Night Sky Viewing at Your Library

February 20, 2019 at 2:00 p.m. MT – REGISTER HERE:

A Night Sky Viewing is a great way to bring local science enthusiasts and library patrons together for an astronomy-based community event. Before your library launches a Night Sky Viewing or Star Party this year, there are a few things to know that can help take your event into orbit! We’ll take a look at the best practices for finding and working with an astronomy club, how to choose the right activities and promotional strategy, and other tips and tricks for keeping everyone warm, happy, and awe-inspired!

o Archived recordings, slides, and links can be found at:

Craft, Engineer and Make & Take Activities for “A Universe of Stories”

STAR Net is hosting a new webinar in January entitled “Craft, Engineer, and Make & Take Activities for “A Universe of Stories” to talk about the many easy and fun ways you can incorporate hands-on space science and STEM-related activities into your library’s 2019 Summer reading program. Registration for this webinar is already full, but you’ll still be able to view the webinar via the STAR Net Youtube live page! The webinar takes place Thursday, January 17th, at 4pm, so be sure to mark your calendar and take advantage of this great learning opportunity! Click on the link below to find more information about viewing the webinar:

Resource Overview for “A Universe of Stories”

Tuesday, December 18, 2018 at 4:00 p.m. (EDT), 3:00 p.m. (CDT), 2:00 p.m. (MDT), 1:00 p.m. (PDT)

Looking for activities, websites, how-to videos, training, and more for the 2019 Summer Reading Theme? Join the STAR Library Network for an overview of vetted, free resources available through NASA, the STAR Library Network, and the STEM Activity Clearinghouse. Presenters will walk you through how to find, access, and sort through – remember, availability doesn’t always equal accessibility! – these resources and offer guidance on how your library can best utilize them!

Register here!

Join us for “Ready to Read! Board Books, Picture Books, & Middle Grade Novels”

A free webinar from Booklist invites you to “explore new titles for grades PreS – 8: from board books to picture books, to middle-grade novels.” The webinar will take place on Tuesday April 24th at 2:00PM Eastern Time (1:00PM Central) and runs for one hour. Booklist promises, “you’ll leave with new titles to inspire young readers.” Check out this page for more information:

Beyond Bilingual: Making Storytimes ELL-Friendly Webinar

There are over 200 languages spoken in New York State and libraries are seeing a growing number of immigrant families at their programs. What do you do when storytime leaders and storytime families don’t speak the same language? Learn how Brooklyn Public Library has developed simple strategies and techniques to make storytimes for young children friendly to parents and children who are English Language Learners by creating visual schedules, incorporating simple props, using translated resources, using Plain Language, and more! Discover how to incorporate multilingual content into your programs even if you do not speak the language of your families. Hear about BPL’s lessons-learned about presenting storytimes in over ten languages throughout the borough.

Wednesday, May 16
2:00 PM – 3:00 PM

To Be Well Read, You Must Be Well Fed: Bringing Summer Nutrition to Kids Where they Learn and Play

On Wednesday February 28, 2018 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM EST Learn about the Summer Food Service Program and how organizations in low-income communities where young people gather may be eligible to offer free, nutritious meals and/or snacks through the Summer Food Service Program (SFSP).

Making sure all children have access to food in the summer is important to their health, wellbeing and academic success. On an average school day, more than one million low-income students eat healthy school lunches; however, only 30% had access to the USDA’s summer nutrition programs. In most upstate communities, these meals reach even less youth in eligible areas.

Community groups are participating with local anti-hunger organizations and school districts to raise awareness of summer meals. Many even provide summer meals alongside enrichment programming.

In this webinar, you will hear tips for success from a sponsoring school district, a community based non-profit, a library that serves meals, and state agency representatives. Join us and learn more ways to engage your community in promoting and serving summer meals at new locations in underserved areas this summer.

Register Here

After registering, you will receive a conformation email containing information about joining the webinar.

New York State Library

Summer Reading at New York Libraries is funded in part through the Federal Library Services and Technology Act, with funds awarded to the New York State Library by the Federal Institute of Museum and Library Services. The New York State Library is a program of the Office of Cultural Education in the New York State Education Department.