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Chappaqua Children's Book Festival - Oct 3

posted Sep 30, 2015, 11:06 AM by SLMSSENY Board

SLMSSENY Mixer - Oct 9, 2015

posted Sep 25, 2015, 6:20 PM by SLMSSENY Board

Do you feel like this?


Do you want to feel as blissed out as this Chihuahua after a long week?



Then Come to SLMSSENY’s Margarita Mixer!  


It’ll cure all ills, including: draggin’ wagon, hunger pangs and ennui!  


Come mingle with colleagues while enjoying a delicious Mexican meal that you don’t have to prepare yourself.


Where: Maya Café & Cantina, 448 Route 9, Fishkill, NY  12524    (845) 896-4042,  


When: Friday, October 9th, 3 pm-ish, or right after Fall Into Books (which is taking place at the Ramada Inn just north of Maya Café, on the same side of Route 9.)   You don’t have to go to FIB to attend the mixer.


Cost: Pay your own way.


This is a social event for the School Library Media Specialists of Southeastern New York’s (SLMSSENY’s) members, and non-members alike, all are welcome!


RSVPs are appreciated, but not required.  RSVP to Livia Sabourin at


See you there!


BookFest @ Bank Street - Oct 24, 2015

posted Sep 25, 2015, 6:16 PM by SLMSSENY Board   [ updated Sep 25, 2015, 6:16 PM ]

You are invited to attend:


BookFest @ Bank Street

BookFest @ Bank Street will take place on Saturday, October 24, 2015 here at Bank Street College. We are very excited about our line-up this year and hope you will join us!

2015 BookFest @ Bank Street Schedule
Saturday, October 24, 2015

9:00am - Arrive, register, and drink coffee

9:30 - Welcome

9:35 - 10:15am - "Teachers as Writers": Adam Gidwitz, Bank Street GS '08, A Tale Dark and GrimmElizabeth Bluemle, Bank Street GS '98, Tap! Tap! Boom! Boom!, and Cynthia Weill, Columbia Teachers College, Bank Street Writers Lab, Opuestos/Opposites.
Moderator: Leonard S. Marcus, children's literature scholar and Honorary Degree holder from Bank Street College of Education

10:15 - 11:00am - "Artists and Mentors: Bookmaking 101": Christopher Myers (Jake Makes the World; My Pen), Shadra Strickland (Bird; Please, Louise), Raúl Colón (Draw!), and Sara Varon(Robot Dreams; Bake Sale).
Moderator: Joe Rogers, Jr., Founder & Facilitator of Total Equity Now

11:00 - 11:15am - Break

11:15 - 12:15pm - "Young Women in the (Plot) Driver's Seat": Laura Amy Schlitz (The Hired Girl), Jeanne Birdsall (The Penderwicks in Spring), Kat Yeh (The Truth about Twinkie Pie), andLiz Kessler (Emily Windsnap and the Ship of Lost)
Moderator: Monica Edinger, The Dalton School

12:15 - 1:15pm - Book Discussions (DISCUSSION GROUP LEADERS AND BOOK LIST)

1:15 - 2:00pm - Lunch and Book Autographing

2:05 - 3:00pm - Tim Wynne-Jones (The Emperor of Anyplace), Beth Kephart (One
Thing Stolen), Daniel José Older (Shadowshaper)
Moderator: Vicky Smith, reviews editor, Kirkus Reviews

3:00 - 3:30pm - Closing keynote: Rita Williams-Garcia (Gone Crazy in Alabama)

3:30 - 4:00pm - Autographing in the lobby - books for sale from the Bank Street Book Store team

Registration Fee: $75

Register Here


Bank Street College
Tabas Auditorium
610 W 112 St
NY, NY 10025

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Vera Williams Exhibit - Oct 9-31, 2015

posted Sep 25, 2015, 6:11 PM by SLMSSENY Board   [ updated Sep 25, 2015, 6:13 PM ]

‘Art, Pleasure, Politics and Making a Living: 
60 Years of Vera B. Williams’ Works’

in the Loft Gallery


WHAT:           “Art, Pleasure, Politics and Making a Living: 60 Years of Vera B. Williams’ Works”

WHEN:           October 9 –31, 2015

                        Opening reception from 7 – 9 p.m. on Friday, October 9, 2015

WHERE:         Loft Gallery, Delaware Arts Center, 37 Main St, Narrowsburg, NY

COST:             Free and open to the public


A retrospective exhibit of drawings, paintings, and graphics titled “Art, Pleasure, Politics and Making a Living: 60 Years of Vera B. Williams’ Works” opens with a reception on Friday, October 9 from 7 to 9 p.m. in the Loft Gallery at the Delaware Arts Center in Narrowsburg, NY. The exhibit is being staged in conjunction with the Delaware Valley Arts Alliance’s 40th Anniversary Gala onOctober 17, where Williams is being honored with a Lifetime Achievement award.


Vera B. Williams is an American children’s writer, illustrator, and activist.  Her best-known work, “A Chair for My Mother,” has won multiple awards including two Caldecott Honors. It was recently chosen as one of the best 100 books of the past century by the New York Public Library, the first of a series of four books featuring a waitress and family with a “Bread and Roses” theme reflecting her childhood in the great depression. Published, as were all her books, by Greenwillow Books.


For her lifetime contribution as a children’s illustrator, Williams was U.S. nominee in 2004 for the biennial, international Hans Christian Andersen Award, the highest recognition available to creators of children’s books. Additionally, she was awarded the 2009 NSK Neustadt Prize for Children’s Literature.


Vera Baker Williams was born on Hollywood, CA in 1927 and later her family moved here and there in the Bronx, NY. Encouraged by their parents, she and her sister explored the arts at the neighborhood Bronx House, then studied at The High School of Music & Art. She went on to the experimental Black Mountain College in North Carolina, where she graduated in Graphic Arts in 1949.


Williams was one of the founders and a long time resident of the Gate Hill Cooperative Community, where her three children grew up. She was also very busy in the progressive school movement. She helped to start an alternative school in New York and then Ontario, Canada throughout the 1960s and 1970s. She had long been eager to write and illustrate books for children and got her chance to illustrate “Hooray For Me” through her friend, Remy Charlip. At the time she was living on a houseboat in Vancouver, British Columbia.


Williams has long supported nonviolent and nuclear disarmament causes. In 1981, she spent a month in Alderson Federal Prison camp following an arrest at a women’s peaceful blockade of the Pentagon. She served on the executive committee of the War Resisters League from 1984 to 1987.


Today, Williams lives in New York City and Narrowsburg, NY and remains active in local groups such as OWN (Older Womens’ Network) and participated in the 2007 PEN World Voices literary festival. She has been a part of the Upper Delaware Writers Collective. Her book, “Amber was Brave Essie was Smart,” is a narrative in poetry.


This retrospective exhibition covers over 50 years of work by the author, artist, and activist, and will include drawings, paintings, book illustrations, and political art.


The Loft Gallery is located at the Delaware Arts Center at 37 Main Street, Second Floor, Narrowsburg, NY, and is open Tuesdaythrough Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.For more information call 845-252-7576 or visit


Portrait of Vera B. Williams, 1996

“Celebration, Double Page Spread” from “Music, Music, for Everyone,” 1984, watercolor on paper

War Resisters League Calendar, title page, 1989, watercolor on paper

Fall Into Books 2015

posted Aug 31, 2015, 9:47 AM by SLMSSENY Board

The 17th Annual Fall Into Books Children's & Teen Literature Conference will be held on Friday, October 9, 2015 at the Ramada Fishkill, 542 Route 9, Fishkill, NY 12524.

Special guests include Jennifer Hubert Swan ( and Brian Floca (

Registration information can be found at:

Registration $65 - postmarked by September 12, 2015.

Please share this with anyone you think would be interested in attending.

Librarian Book Club - Jan 2015

posted Jan 14, 2015, 7:18 AM by SLMSSENY Board   [ updated Jan 14, 2015, 12:05 PM ]

Our next meeting will be on

Thursday, January 29 at 4:30 pm 

at Elements on Mamaroneck Ave in White Plains.

We will discuss Searching for Sarah Rector by Tonya Bolden and The Crossover by Kwame Alexander.

Please feel free to forward this to anyone you may know who might be interested in joining us. Newcomers are always welcome!

Not just for YA Book Club

posted Jan 14, 2015, 7:14 AM by SLMSSENY Board   [ updated Jan 14, 2015, 7:14 AM ]

Join us on Friday February 13, 2015 at 6:30pm
1 North Broadway White Plains, NY 10601

For an open discussion group for adults who read (YA) Young Adult Literature.  Come join us to talk about our featured book, YA buzz, and also bring reading suggestions for possible featured books for future meetings.

We are now on GOODREADS. Please sign up for an account and join the group online.

FEATURED BOOK for FEBRUARY 2015:   Evil Librarian by Michelle Knudsen

He’s young. He’s hot. He’s also evil. He’s . . . the librarian.

When Cynthia Rothschild’s best friend, Annie, falls head over heels for the new high-school librarian, Cyn can totally see why. He’s really young and super cute and thinks Annie would make an excellent library monitor. But after meeting Mr. Gabriel, Cyn realizes something isn’t quite right. Maybe it’s the creepy look in the librarian’s eyes, or the weird feeling Cyn gets whenever she’s around him. Before long Cyn realizes that Mr. Gabriel is, in fact . . . a demon. Now, in addition to saving the school musical from technical disaster and trying not to make a fool of herself with her own hopeless crush, Cyn has to save her best friend from the clutches of the evil librarian, who also seems to be slowly sucking the life force out of the entire student body! From best-selling author Michelle Knudsen, here is the perfect novel for teens who like their horror served up with a bit of romance, plenty of humor, and some pretty hot guys (of both the good and evil variety).

We will also talk about YA literature (what YA books you are reading other than the group read), pop culture, movies, music, video games, apps, and other YA related topics you would like to bring up.

RSVP to Anne Quick (914) 231-3055 OR Z at 914-375-7967

1 North Broadway  White Plains, New York 10601.

Metered parking available in the One North Broadway (Walmart/Burlington Coat Factory) Garage OR on the street.

Click Here For Event Flyer



Mock Book Awards - Jan 15

posted Dec 9, 2014, 2:14 PM by SLMSSENY Board   [ updated Dec 9, 2014, 2:14 PM ]



Thursday January 15, 2015

Rain/snow date: January 22, 2015



 at the White Plains Public Library, 

100 Martine Avenue

White Plains NY 10601

This event will be open to those working in school, public, academic, & special libraries, 

the book publishing industry, library school students and adults interested in Children’s and Young Adult Literature. This is not an event for Children or Teens.

MORE DETAILS TO FOLLOW SOON, check for updates, including reading lists for all three awards, event timings, networking & discussion information and the event food menu.  Registration link coming soon.


We look forward to seeing you for a friendly gathering full of food, fun, and lively discussions.

For more information you can contact either of the following librarians:

Sarah Rodriguez or

Elizabeth Coppola 

Librarian Book Club

posted Nov 18, 2014, 3:20 PM by SLMSSENY Board   [ updated Nov 18, 2014, 3:21 PM ]

The next Librarian Book Club will be on 

Tuesday, December 9 at 4:30 at Elements on Mamaroneck 

Ave. in White Plains.

We'll be discussing Egg and Spoon by Gregory McGuire and Paper Cowboy by Kristin Levine. I hope we see you there!


posted Nov 18, 2014, 3:13 PM by SLMSSENY Board   [ updated Nov 18, 2014, 3:14 PM ]

Join us on Friday, December 12, 2014 at 6:30pm
1 North Broadway, White Plains, NY 10601
for an open discussion group for adults who read (YA) Young Adult Literature. Come join us to talk about 
our featured book, anything which has the YA buzz and also bring reading suggestions for possible featured 
books for future meetings.
DECEMBER 2014 Featured Book –
by John Corey Whaley
Listen — Travis Coates was alive once and then he wasn’t.
Now he’s alive again. Simple as that.
The in between part is still a little fuzzy, but he can tell you that, at some 
point or another, his head got chopped off and shoved into a freezer in 
Denver, Colorado. Five years later, it was reattached to some other guy’s 
body, and well, here he is. Despite all logic, he’s still 16 and everything and 
everyone around him has changed. That includes his bedroom, his parents, 
his best friend, and his girlfriend. Or maybe she’s not his girlfriend anymore? 
That’s a bit fuzzy too. Looks like if the new Travis and the old Travis are ever 
going to find a way to exist together, then there are going to be a few more 
scars. Oh well, you only live twice…
We will also talk about YA literature (what YA books you are reading other than the group read), pop culture, movies, 
music, video games, apps, teen reading/publishing trends and any other YA related topics you would like to bring up! 

*FIND US ON GOODREADS. Please sign up for an account and join the group online!
RSVP to Anne Quick or Z
LOCATION INFORMATION: PANERA BREAD - 1 North Broadway, White Plains, NY 10601 
Metered parking available in the One North Broadway Garage or on the street.

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