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Book Recommendations for New York Teacher sought

Attention all NYLA/SLMS Members:

NYSUT has asked for book recommendations from NYLA/SLMS members that would be included in each edition of New York Teacher.

New York Teacher is NYSUT's statewide, official membership newspaper, published every two weeks during the school year and mailed to the homes of all NYSUT members.

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LISMA’s mini-grants encourage librarians to bring creative ideas to life.  Grants ranging from $100 to $600 support library related projects to benefit students in a variety of disciplines. Click HERE for application

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Congratulations to Filiz Dalpiaz winner of the 2009 LISMA Scholarship

FPM Reads
On November 12th 2009, Holocaust Survivor Marion Blumenthal Lazen, author of the book Four Perfect Pebbles, spoke in the Floral Park Memorial library. This event was part of the annual FPM READS program. Over 100 students, teachers and parents had the opportunity to hear Ms. Lazen unforgettable story describing her experiences growing up in Nazi Germany, eventually getting to Holland where the family became trapped. For the next six and a half years the Blumenthals were forced to live in refugee, transit and prison camps including Westerbork and Bergen-Belsen. Ms. Lazen is an extremely powerful speaker who communicated important messages of tolerance and acceptance into her presentation. The evening was a positive learning experience and made a lasting impression on all who attended
IN THE SPOTLIGHT: Mepham High School Library, Bellmore NY

Lee Krinsky, a '97 Mepham graduate and first-time author returned to his old stomping ground on Oct. 20, 2009.
T he National English Honor Society (NEHS) hosted an author visit in the school library with a book discussion, Q&A,book raffle, and book signing. This event was our best-attended author visit so far with over 130students in attendance. Five students were randomly-selected to receive a paperback copy of Krinsky's novel.

Tragically, like one of the main characters in Krinsky's novel, The Longest Fall, one of the runners from the Wellington C. Mepham High School cross country team died in Krinsky’s junior year. The NEHS presented Krinsky with a check for $100 towards the Troy Depass Scholarship Fund. Each year this fund awards $500 each to a male and female student fromWellington C. Mepham High School. In order to raise additional funds for this scholarship, Krinsky is selling t-shirts with the "Atlantic" logo (the team from the book).

Scholastic Book Fair at Mepham HS Craft Fair at Mepham HS Craft Fair at Mepham HS

Other events at the Mepham Library this year included a Scholastic Book Fair and a Craft Fair. The Book Fair, their third, raised money to purchase books for children’s charities, including Toys for Tots, Kids in Distressed Situations Inc., and National Center for Family Literacy. At the annual Craft Fair, students, faculty and staff learned how to bead, knit, crochet and made wonderful gifts just in time for the holidays. The money raised was given to the Cancer Center for Kids @ Winthrop-Universioty Hospital.

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