Tuesday, October 16, 2018

The Fall Literature Conference is Almost Here!

This is a reminder that the conference will take place on Thursday, October 18, 2018 from 8:30 am-3:30 pm. The conference will be at the Radisson Hotel, Long Island, 110 Vanderbilt Motor Parkway, Hauppauge, NY 11788. Directions to the venue are listed below.

CLASC will be holding a drive for the Pajama Program Organization and collecting new pajamas and new books. Please remember all pajamas and books must be new and pajamas must be sets. We accept all sizes newborn to adult 3X. If you can, please remember to "tuck in a teen" they are often forgotten. If you would like to participate in the drive, please bring your donation with you the day of our event. There will be a collection box available for all donations.

Radisson Hotel Long Island, Hauppauge
From the East: Long Island Expressway West (I-495 W) to exit 53 toward Bayshore/ Kings Park. Merge onto Long Island Expressway North Service Road. Take the Wicks Ramp and turn right onto Motor Parkway. Turn left at Thomas Street. Turn left and destination will be on the right.

From the West: Long Island Expressway East (I-495 E) to exit 53 toward Bayshore/ Kings Park/Sagtikos State Parkway. Merge onto Long Island Expressway South Service Rd. Keep left to stay on Long Island Expressway South Service Road. Take the Wicks Rd. ramp. Turn left onto Wicks Road (signs for Express Dr. S). Turn right onto Motor Parkway. Turn left at Thomas Street. Turn left and destination will be on the right.

Monday, September 17, 2018

Last Day to Early Bird Register - Fall Literature Conference

There are only a few more weeks left until the Fall Literature Conference and today is the last day for early bird registration! If you haven't registered and want to lock in that early bird discount, please do so by the end of today! For more information about the conference,  please click here. We can't wait to see you there!

Tuesday, September 11, 2018

Fall Literature Conference - Early Bird Registration Ends in Six Days

Just a friendly reminder that there are only six more days to early bird register for the Fall Literature Conference! Early Bird Registration ends Monday, September 17th, so if you haven't registered, do it asap! Please click here for more information. We hope to see you there!

Wednesday, September 5, 2018

September 2018 Trumpet

Good morning! The September 2018 issue of The Trumpet is now available! Please click here to view it. Happy reading!

Tuesday, September 4, 2018

Reminder: Fall Literature Conference Early Bird Registration

September is finally here, which means you only have a couple more weeks to early bird register for the Fall Literature Conference! Early Bird Registration ends Monday, September 17th, so if you haven't registered, do it asap! Please click here for more information.

Thursday, August 23, 2018

New Book Seminars are Back!

Fall is just around the corner, and so is the return of the new book seminars by CLASC!

To get things rolling, we will be discussing the graphic novel Mr. Wolf's Class, by Aron Nels Steinke, and will be kicking off the discussion with a chat with the author! Please bring questions and comments about Mr. Wolf's Class, as well as a recently published book to flash talk for the group.

Join us at the Smithtown Library's Kings Park Building on September 24th @ 9:30 am.

You do not need to be a member of CLASC to attend. Please RSVP by September 17th to ekanelos@smithlib.org.

For more information, please click here to view the flyer.

Tuesday, August 21, 2018

Entry Level Librarian Civil Service Exam Program

If you are planning on taking the Civil Service Entry Level Librarian and/or Children's Entry Level Librarian Exams this fall, CLASC and SCLA are hosting a program to help you prepare for these tests.

Cheryl Caniano of Suffolk County Civil Service will present strategies for test-taking success on Wednesday, October 10 from 6:00 pm to 7:45 pm at Sachem Public Library in Holbrook. Light dinner will be served at 6:00, Cheryl's presentation will begin at 6:30.

You do not need to be a member of CLASC or SCLA to attend. Non-members are asked to contribute $5 cash at the door, the event is free for CLASC and SCLA members.

Register by email to Kristen Todd Wurm at todd-wurmkristen@mcplibrary.org. Please click here for additional information.

Friday, August 17, 2018

Reminder: Early Bird Registration Fall Literature Conference

The Fall Literature Conference will be here before we know it and it's still not too late to early bird register! Early bird registration ends Monday, September 17th, so please submit your registration forms asap! If you need a registration form or more information about the conference, please click here. We hope to see you there!

Monday, July 16, 2018

September 2018 Trumpet Submissions

While enjoying warm summer days, CLASC is asking you to think about the September issue of the Trumpet! Email Jackie DeStefano at jads4624@gmail.com with any "Banner Programs," "Heard it in the J-Room" stories, "Best Thing I Read in a Children's Book," and articles about ALA, Book Expo, or any other event members would like to share. Please send any submissions by Friday, August 17th. We look forward to hearing from you!

Friday, June 22, 2018

Brooklyn Book Festival's Children's Day with CLASC Members!

Save the Date: Saturday, September 15, 2018
Attend Brooklyn Book Festival's Children's Day with CLASC Members!

CLASC is organizing a trip to the Brooklyn Book Festival.
If you've ever thought about going to this FREE, yes FREE, star-studded event but didn't want to go it alone, now you don't have to!

All you'll pay for is your train fare to Brooklyn. The group will meet at the Ronkonkoma LIRR station (or Huntington LIRR station if that's more centrally located for those attending) and take the LIRR to and from Brooklyn. Easy!

Here is more information about the Festival:

The Brooklyn Book Festival is one of America's premier book festivals and the largest free literary event in New York City. Presenting an array of national and international literary stars and emerging authors, the Festival includes a week of Bookend Events throughout New York City, a lively Children's Day and a celebratory Festival Day with more than 300 authors plus 250 booksellers filling a vibrant outdoor Literary Marketplace. This hip, smart, diverse gathering attracts thousands of book lovers of all ages.


If you're interested in attending, please email Marybeth Kozikowski (Sachem) at marybethkozikowski@sachemlibrary.org by August 31st. 

Monday, May 21, 2018

Professional Development Opportunity for CLASC Members

Take Advantage of a Prestigious Professional Development Opportunity for CLASC Members!

If you enjoyed the recent Long Island Library Conference, or you have ever thought to yourself, "I have a great program that I'd like to present at a conference," CLASC would like to hear from you. 

CLASC members are invited to submit proposals which feature unique, forward-thinking, replicable programs and services for youth which you have successfully offered at your library. The winning proposal will be sponsored by CLASC for the member(s) to present at the Long Island Library Conference on Thursday, May 9, 2019. 

Program Title:

Program Description (75 words or less):

Brief Outline of Program (100 words or less; what specifically will be presented):

Presenter(s) and Library Employer(s):

Program Arranger Name:

Program Arranger Contact Phone and Email:

Program's Goals and Learning Outcomes (Outcomes should be clear, concise and measurable): 

Describe the Target Audience:

Tech Requirements:
LILC Conference provides screen, audio. Presenter provides their own laptop, video cable. 

Cost for Program Incurred by CLASC:

Program Length: 60 min (including closing Q&A)

Program Proposal must be submitted to the CLASC Board no later than September 1, 2018.

Submit by email to marybeth.kozikowski@sachemlibrary.org

Applicants will be notified by email regarding their application on October 1, 2018. 

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Early Bird Registration- 2018 Fall Literature Conference

You can now early bird register for the Fall Literature Conference! It's going to be on Thursday, October 18th, 2018 at the Radisson Hotel in Hauppauge. Please click here for more information. We hope to see you there!

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

CLASC Dinner Reminder and Menu

The 2018 Annual CLASC Membership Meeting and Dinner is almost here! Please click here for some reminders for this Thursday, April 19th. Want to preview the dinner selections? Click here to see the menu. We look forward to seeing you Thursday evening!

Monday, April 9, 2018

Stump the Librarian Winner April 2018

Congratulations to our Stump the Librarian winner from the April 2018 Trumpet, Christina Heaney of Comsewogue Public Library! Kat Yeh grew up in Westtown, Pennsylvania. Thank you to everyone who participated! 

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Reminder: CLASC Annual Membership Meeting and Dinner 2018

Don't forget - the Annual CLASC Membership Meeting and Dinner is next month! It will be held at a new venue this year, The Stonebridge Country Club in Smithtown on Thursday, April 19th from 6-9 pm. Please click here for more information. We hope to see you there!

Monday, March 19, 2018

March 2018 New Book Seminar CANCELLED

UPDATE: The CLASC New Book Seminar scheduled for Friday, March 23rd at the Sachem Public Library is cancelled and will not be rescheduled at this time.

Thursday, March 8, 2018

New Job Posting: Part-Time Librarian I (Children's Services) Smithtown Library Nesconset Building

There is a Part-Time Children's Librarian I job posting for the Smithtown Library Nesconset Building. Please click here for more information.

Thursday, February 15, 2018

Fran Romer Memorial Booktalk Workshop

Please click here for information about the 2018 Annual Fran Romer Memorial Booktalk Workshop. It will be held on Thursday, March 8th from 10 am-1 pm at the Patchogue Medford's Carnegie Library.

Monday, February 5, 2018

CLASC Call for Nominations

CLASC is calling for nominations for the Executive Board for the 2018-2020 term. The following positions are up for election:

Vice President of Programming
Recording Secretary
Member at Large (Historian)
Member at Large (Literature)

If interested in running for one of these positions or you would like to nominate someone, please click here for more information.

Friday, February 2, 2018

CLASC Interview Skills and Resume Workshop

CLASC is offering an Interview Skills and Resume Workshop. You will here tips from the Department of Labor on resumes, cover letters and interviews. There will also be a Q&A on interview skills with seated Library Directors and Department Heads. Earn 2 C.E.U. credits. Don't miss this opportunity! For more information, please click here.

Thursday, February 1, 2018

Civil Service Upper Level Exam Program CANCELLED

Civil Service Upper Level Exam Program CANCELLED for tonight, February 1 at Sachem Public Library.

New York State Civil Service in Albany announced today that Civil Service employees are expressly forbidden to go over how to fill out any training and experience format test. As of today, February 1, no questions about a training and experience test can be answered by any officer other than New York State Civil Service in Albany.

Suffolk County Civil Service, CLASC and SCLA only learned of this decision an hour ago. With tonight's presenter barred from answering any questions other than the "Frequently Asked Questions" on the Civil Service website, CLASC and SCLA have reluctantly chosen to cancel tonight's program. We are disappointed and appreciate your understanding. Please pass this information along to any friend or coworker you know was planning on attending tonight's program.

Monday, January 29, 2018


Attention all artists, graphic designers, etc. We are looking to redesign our CLASC logo and are currently accepting design submissions! If you or any staff member in your library is interested in revamping our current logo, please send designs to CLASC President Amy Johnston at amy.johnston@sachemlibrary.org. The CLASC board will vote for their favorite submission. We can't wait to hear from you!

Monday, January 22, 2018

2018 Barbara Flescher Scholarship

We are now accepting applications for the 2018 Barbara Flescher Scholarship for Library School Students! For more information and to complete an application, please click the Scholarship heading above. The deadline is March 12th, 2018.

Wednesday, January 3, 2018

Save the Date: January 2018 New Book Seminar

Please join us for a group discussion of titles chosen by Suffolk County librarians as contenders for the 2018 Geisel Medal. Holiday House Publishers Executive Editor Grace Maccarone will join the meeting via Skype to discuss the design of their I Like to Read series and the elements of a quality early reader. No individual flashtalks of new titles in this seminar. Before/after the meeting, we'll tour Commack's newly renovated building.

For more information, please click here. Hope to see you there!