Summer Reading and the Teen Video Challenge for 2018

The New York State Library is pleased and excited to announce the details of the 2018 Teen Video Challenge to help promote Summer Reading at New York Libraries! This challenge gives teens, aged 13-18, the opportunity to work with their local public library to encourage the use of public libraries and create a short video promoting the Summer Reading Program and the 2018 slogan of “Libraries Rock!”

Video submissions from teens are due to their local libraries by February 21, 2018.  Entries are then submitted to the New York State Library for judging, and one winning video will be chosen from each participating state.  Winning videos are sent to the national Collaborative Summer Library Program (CSLP) and will be featured on the State Library and national CSLP sites all summer long.  Winners from each state will receive a $100 cash prize and the sponsoring public library receives a $50 gift certificate from CSLP and Upstart!

Detailed information including entry forms, timeline, and the attached promotional flyer may be found at http://www.summerreadingnys.org/teens/teens-video-challenge/

We look forward to many creative entries this year.  Please help spread the word to the teens in your schools and communities and encourage them to participate in the Teen Video Challenge and in the Summer Reading at New York Libraries program through their local public library.

Questions about the Teen Video Challenge should be directed to Sharon Phillips, Summer Reading Program Coordinator, at Sharon.Phillips@nysed.gov or 518-486-4863.  Thank you for your assistance and support!

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Teen Video Challenge competition for 2018 Summer Reading Program

The New York State Library is pleased and excited to announce the details of the 2018 Teen Video Challenge to help promote Summer Reading at New York Libraries! This challenge gives teens, aged 13-18, the opportunity to work with their local public library to encourage the use of public libraries and create a short video promoting the Summer Reading Program and the 2018 slogan of “Libraries Rock!”

Video submissions from teens are due to their local libraries by February 21, 2018.  Entries are then submitted to the New York State Library for judging, and one winning video will be chosen from each participating state.  Winning videos are sent to the national Collaborative Summer Library Program (CSLP) and will be featured on the State Library and national CSLP sites all summer long.  Winners from each state will receive a $100 cash prize and the sponsoring public library receives a $50 gift certificate from CSLP and Upstart!

Detailed information including entry forms, timeline, and the attached promotional flyer may be found at Summer Reading Teen Video Challenge.

We look forward to many creative entries this year.  Please help spread the word to the teens in your communities and encourage them to participate.  Questions about the Teen Video Challenge should be directed to Sharon Phillips, Summer Reading Program Coordinator.

BARD (Braille and Audio Reading Download)

Digital books and magazines from the National Library Service (NLS) in Washington, D.C. are available for download from the NLS BARD main page.  You can listen to your downloaded books on the digital player that TBBL provides, or, for even more flexibility, you can get the free BARD Mobile app, for either iOS/Apple or Android devices, and listen to your books via your smartphone or tablet. BARD Express, a program that makes downloading easier, is also available to all BARD members.

There are more than 80,000 digital books and over 60 magazines available for download from this site, and new titles are constantly being added. Digital braille books can also be downloaded via BARD.

Don’t forget about the Talking Book and Braille Library available through the New York State Library. The New York State Talking Book and Braille Library (TBBL) lends audio and braille books and magazines to eligible residents of upstate New York who have a qualifying print disability.

Brooklyn Public Library launches online information literacy course for K-12 educators

Check out an exciting new project from Brooklyn Public Library. The Teacher Lab online course introduces K-12 educators to essential library, research and information literacy skills … for themselves as well as for their classrooms. This free course is an orientation to using a library & archive, educational databases, open web resources and more, and includes lessons about evaluating resources, writing citations and annotations, teaching with text sets and the cycle of research and inquiry as laid out in the NYS Information Fluency Continuum. Educators leave with many new skills and a much better understanding of why true collaboration with a librarian is necessary in order to help students navigate today’s world of information.
Course graduates are eligible to earn 12 CTLE credits – please share with the educators in your communities. We can offer standard professional development certificates as well. Feel free to enroll and take a look around. Enrollees have free access to all course lessons and are not obligated to complete any coursework.