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In this video Molly Spearman helps us celebrate National School Library Month and congratulates our School Librarian of the Year Pamela Williams! 

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Dr. Karen Gavigan and Keith Curry Lance flesh out more inspiring details in this SLJ piece on our South Carolina School Library Impact Study. Read the whole article here. These points are great to use with your annual report! 

http://www.slj.com/2016/03/literacy/sc-study-shows-link-between-school-librarians-and-higher-test-scores/#comments

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Flood Relief Still Needed

SCASL was able to raise $300 for flood relief for school libraries and the students they serve. We took down the link on our website for flood relief donations, and we posted the application for folks to apply for this amount.  After reading some of the stories in the applications we are getting, we decided to re-post the link for donations and reach out to the community again. 
Here is an excerpt from one of the grant applications: 
"Our school was declared a level 3 disaster. We lost everything and have not returned to our school. The students have been asking when they can check out books again . I am starting over from scratch."
Some of the applicants expressed a desire to use the money to purchase books for students whose families lost everything. Some applicants are still unable to return to their libraries and are in temporary spaces. Almost all of the applicants say they would use the money to purchase books to replace those that were lost or damaged in the flooding. 
If you would like to make a donation, we have re-posted the link - https://goo.gl/rBv0CD
Image: Daniel Oines
Daniel Oines
Our school was declared a level 3 disaster. We lost everything and have not returned to our school.

Did the flooding impact your school library? SCASL has collected $300 in donations to help these school libraries and the students they serve. If you are interested in obtaining these funds for your school library, please fill out the application form below. 

Click here for the link to the application:  https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/J6QG5M9

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assets/2016 - 2017 final nominee lists - pdf.pdf

The book awards nominee lists were released by Committee Chair Julie Hornick on January 11th. 

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If you could recommend a book to K-12 teachers to use to teach civil rights topics to your students what would it be? What book or digital resource would you recommend to help students make sense of the Confederate Flag takedown this summer? Is there a book or resource that you know of that might help students process events such as the Charleston church massacre? 

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SCASL held its first Twitter Chat on Tuesday August 18th. Check out some of the awesome conversation shared by searching the tag #scaslchat. Topics included, new books, green screen, lego stations, book clubs and summer professional development. 

Another chat is planned for mid September. We hope you will participate. Leave a comment if you have suggestions for future chat topics or special guests. 

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Please use this form to get your free t-shirt for brining your administrator at Project Connect.

And don't forget to tweet a selfie with you and your administrator with hashtag #scasl2015!

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Author Alan Gratz, whose book, Prisoner B-3087 appears on our 2015 SC Book Awards List, will be joining us at our SCASL Conference. He just announced that he will be bringing advanced reader copies of two of his books! One of them, Code of Honor, will be unboxed for the first time at SCASL. 

The Dragon Lantern is the second book in the middle grade League of Seven trilogy, about seven super-powered kids who use rayguns and airships and clockwork machine men to battle giant electrical monsters in an alternate 1870s America. The Dragon Lantern debuts in June of this year.
Code of Honor is a contemporary YA thriller about a high school senior who goes on the run from the US government to prove his older brother, a Ranger in the US army, hasn't gone over to al Qaeda in Afghanistan and become a terrorist. Code of Honor debuts in August of this year.
Meet Alan Gratz and learn about his books on Thursday, March 12, 2015 at our SCASL Conference in Columbia, SC.  

Is it worth it to come to conference on Wednesday? We think so! The Conference Planning Committees have worked
hard to make sure there is something for everyone throughout the day on Wednesday. Whether you plan to 
spend the entire day, leave work early, or come after school, the party starts Wednesday! 

Our 2015 SCASL Conference Schedule for Wednesday had been changed. Take a look at some of the exciting new changes that we have made for our first day of conference. The first concurrent session will begin earlier and be followed by an exciting panel discussion - Project Connect SC, sponsored by Follett. Find out more about Project Connect by visiting http://www2.follettlearning.com/projectconnect/  .  You won't want to miss it!

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Please visit the pages below for information on our 2015 SCASL Conference Pre-Con sessions, tours and meals:

Pre-Con Sessions:  https://scasl.memberclicks.net/pre-con-sessions

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Author of Reality Is BrokenWhy Games Make Us Better and How They Can Change the World, Jane McGonigal, gave an excellent presentation at ALA's opening session. Here are some interesting tidbits from her talk:

 

-We play a lot of games. 
-Games are engaging.
- Work and school is not engaging for a large number of people.
- The longer we stay in school the less engaged we become as we go from elementary to high school.
- Ten positive emotions- creativity, contentment awe & wonder, excitement, curiosity, pride, surprise, love, relief, joy
-No matter what is going on the gamer feels these positive emotions
-Engagement in life equals positive emotions which translate to an upward spiral of other positive things 
-Gamers spend 80% of time failing
-"The opposite of play isn't work, it's depression" Brian Sutton-Smith 
-Game play encourages optimism, Competence, Physiological energy
-Game play is the opposite of depression neurologically
-Scans show game play is opposite of neurological depression. 
-Every game gives a goal clearly
-Gaming develops Resilience as gamers are less likely to quit after failure
-There is no such thing as an educational or non educational game. They are ALL educational.
-Games treat depression better than Meds 
Sciencegames.org, foldit, eyewire, block by block, minecraft, Ora saves the forest, Whale song project whale fm, Valley of heroes created by Jane McGonigal   
-Goals are more possible when fueled by positive emotions

"It was libraries that provided me sanctuary and solace."

She volunteered working in the library gluing bindings. "I love the dewey decimal system."

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Be our hero and save the date for the 40th Annual SCASL Conference! 

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