Tuesday, December 15, 2020

Stump the Librarian Trivia Winner December 2020

Congratulations to our Stump the Librarian winner for the December 2020 Trumpet: Wendy Johnson of the Smithtown Library - Commack Building! The answer to our Stumper was: Cozy. Thank you to everyone that participated.

December 2020 Trumpet

Good afternoon! Please click here to view the December 2020 issue of the Trumpet. We hope that everyone has a happy and healthy holiday season!

Friday, December 4, 2020

Free Virtual Children's Program Links of Interest

Check out these free virtual family programs from Martha Hamilton and Mitch Weiss from Beauty and the Beast Storytelling. They are also authors of the Noodleheads series with Tedd Arnold. Martha and Mitch have given public librarians permission to share these virtual program links for patrons to enjoy from home. Feel free to use them and enjoy!

Story Gifts: Free Virtual Performances

Having spent the past forty years as visiting storytellers/authors, we feel immense gratitude to everyone who welcomed us into their schools and libraries. We’d like to offer “story gifts” as a way of saying thanks and bringing some cheer during these challenging times. Teachers and parents, we applaud your herculean efforts, and hope these stories will help, even in a small way, to get your children—and you--to the other side of this universal nightmare.  We have created two free virtual performances, one for kindergarten--second graders, and one for third--fifth graders. These are also perfect for families enjoying together at homeHere are the links:

Feel free to share with other teachers, parents, or anyone who loves stories.

Free Ready to Go Author Visits: 
More storytelling gifts for the classroom—or living room
We are also the authors of more than twenty-five books and are not retiring from writing. Our Noodleheads series with Tedd Arnold, creator of the Fly Guy series, won a Theodor Geisel (Dr. Seuss) Honor Award and a Notable Book of the Year Award from the American Library Association. It also won the Aesop Prize from the American Folklore Society, which predicted that this series of early-reader graphic novels for ages 5-9 is "going to be a hit!” The fifth book, Noodleheads Lucky Daywas just released.  

Each book in the 
Noodleheads series was inspired by several world folktales about fools. We are creating videos for each book in which we tell the old folktales, read part of the book, explain some of the idioms that the characters, Mac and Mac, take literally, and encourage children to create their own stories. These videos are free, virtual Ready to Go Author Visits. They help children understand that world folktales transcend barriers of time, country, and cultures. As long as people have been around they’ve done foolish things—and made up stories to laugh at their own foolishness. The books delight children with wordplay, jokes, and slapstick humor, while at the same time encouraging critical thinking and inviting kids to use their noodles--spotting the holes in Mac and Mac's grand plans, and anticipating how things will go awry.

Links for the Author Visits we’ve done so far:
Noodlehead Nightmares Author Visit
Noodleheads Lucky Day Author Visit

NoodleheadsBooks.com includes these videos, teacher guides, an event kit, games, writing prompts, and lots of fun information on all things Noodlehead.

It’s official! We’re retiring from school visits after forty years of telling stories together. 
January 1, 2021 marks the fortieth anniversary of our meeting at a New Year’s Day brunch. We told our first story together less than three weeks later. We had planned to make the 2020/2021 school year our last but the pandemic came along and changed everything. It seems unlikely that schools will be having live performances/workshops during this school year, so we have decided to retire from school visits.  We are sad not to be able to say goodbye at several schools where we have worked for many years but are pleased that we had the time to create these videos.
We’d love to hear from you!
Our retirement is bittersweet. What a fun job we had--looking out at a sea of uplifted faces with slack-jawed looks of wonder never got old. Other aspects of our job did—such as driving on icy roads, packing and unpacking, setting an alarm for the wee hours, etc. If we performed or did residencies at your school or library, or you've used our books, we'd love to hear from you.

You can find us on the Web at: Beauty & the Beast Storytellers
On Facebook at:
On Instagram at:
 Two Noodleheads 

We are developing a mailing list and plan to send out an infrequent newsletter such as this when we create new videos or publish new books. If you do not wish to receive these emails, just reply with "Unsubscribe” as your subject heading.

With gratitude,
Mitch and Martha

Tuesday, November 3, 2020

CLASC Virtual Semi-Annual Membership Meeting RSVP Date Extended Until Friday, November 13th

There is still time to RSVP for the CLASC Virtual Semi-Annual Membership Meeting! The RSVP date has now been extended to Friday, November 13th. Please email joanneb@commackpubliclibrary.org to RSVP by this date and click here for more details about this exciting virtual event. We hope you can join us!

Wednesday, October 7, 2020

COVID-19 Children's Book Resources from Northwell Health

Please follow the link below for access to free children's books in PDF format from the perspective of a child learning about COVID-19, as well as a newly released title about a child returning back to school. Both books are written by Northwell Health physician Dr. Lauren Block and her husband, Adam Block. Please feel free to share with your colleagues and patrons.  

Background from Dr. Block: 

As primary care physician in the Division of General Internal Medicine at Northwell, I am happy to share the children’s book I wrote with my husband on the science behind the COVID-19 pandemic. Kelly Stays Home: The Science of Coronavirus is available as a free PDF at http://www.kellystayshome.com with versions for big kids age 7-11 and little kids age 4-6. Discover along with eight-year-old Kelly the science behind the COVID-19 illness, viral transmission, basic epidemiology, and social distancing needed to protect your kids and community. Learn how viruses spread, how vaccines work, and what herd immunity is. Parents will learn how families can advocate for diagnosis, treatment, and help the less fortunate during the pandemic. Hope you and your families enjoy and please share with colleagues, friends, and patients.

Thursday, October 1, 2020

Full-Time Children's Librarian - East Hampton Library

 Please click here for information about a Full-Time Children's Librarian job at the East Hampton Library. Interested candidates should submit a resume and cover letter by October 14th, 2020.   

Wednesday, September 23, 2020

Accepting Applications for the 2020 Amy Wahl Scholarship

Good afternoon! We are now accepting applications for our 2020 Amy Wahl Scholarship for professional development. Please click here for more information about this scholarship award.

Please submit completed applications, letters of recommendation, and personal statements no later than November 1st, 2020. Candidates will be selected by a committee of CLASC members and the recipient of this scholarship will be announced at the CLASC Virtual Semi-Annual Membership Meeting on November 18th, 2020. 

Monday, September 21, 2020

September 2020 Trumpet and COVID-19 Library Survey

Please click here for the September 2020 edition of the Trumpet. 

CLASC would also like to gather information about the services your library offered during COVID-19, so we are asking CLASC members to take part in a short survey. Please click on the following link to fill it out: https://forms.gle/6PAWo8Uy3U6JuN6A8. Thank you in advance for participating!

Tuesday, September 1, 2020

Job Posting: Children's Librarian at the Quogue Library

Please click here to view a job posting for a Children's Librarian position at the Quogue Library. Application is open until September 14th, 2020.

Friday, August 28, 2020

Learn More About Our Upcoming Literature Conference Presenters and Discussion Groups

Excited for the virtual Fall Literature Conference? We can't wait! Please click our "events" tab above to learn more about our presenters and to reserve your book copies today for your discussion groups.

CLASC November 2020 Virtual Semi-Annual Membership Meeting

Please click here for details about our virtual CLASC Semi-Annual Membership Meeting on Wednesday, November 18th at 3:00 pm on Zoom. See below for information about becoming one of our panelists!

Take Advantage of a Professional Development Opportunity for CLASC Members!

Become a panelist at our Semi-Annual Membership Meeting hosted virtually on Zoom on Wednesday, November 18 at 3:00pm!

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 during the COVID-19 pandemic.


Program Description:   


Presenter(s) and Library Employer(s):


Program Arranger Contact Phone and Email:


Program Proposals must be submitted to the CLASC Board no later than Wednesday, September 30. 


Submit by email to joanneb@commackpubliclibrary.org 


Be sure to include “November Fall Membership Meeting” in the subject heading.

Children's Librarian's Association of Suffolk County


Friday, August 14, 2020

Call for Submissions: September 2020 Trumpet

 While it has been One Crazy Summer,  CLASC is currently looking for members to contribute any Member News, Professional Highlights, Heard it in the J-Room, Best Thing I Read in a Children's Book, and recommendations for programmers/vendors, both local and out of state, for the September Trumpet. We are also looking for members to share experiences (in words or pictures) from the time spent working from home. Submissions can be sent to jads4624@gmail.com by August 31st.

Monday, August 10, 2020

Save the Date: 2020 VIRTUAL Fall Literature Conference on Thursday, October 15th

 Please save the date and click here to view our attached brochure featuring registration and programming details for the 2020 CLASC Fall Literature Conference. It will be held virtually on Thursday, October 15th from 9:30 am - 4:00 pm. This year will feature keynote presentations from Thanhhà Lai and Kyle Lukoff. We hope to see you there!  

Thursday, August 6, 2020

Dan Gutman LIVE with the Islip Public Library Tonight, 8/6

The Islip Public Library is very excited to be offering a virtual visit including all libraries on Thursday, August 6 at 7:30 pm on the Islip Library's facebook page with author, Dan Gutman for grades 1 - 6. Join Dan for a fun interactive adventure in which he'll read one of his picture books, share a chapter of a My Weird School book that has not been published yet, talk about the power of persistence, and answer any questions you may have. You will be able to see this virtual event LIVE with us. https://www.facebook.com/Islip-Public-Library-121297121233720/ 

Have a question for him? Use our flipgrid account and virtually ask a question. 


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Monday, June 15, 2020

*NEW* 2020 Affordable Virtual Activities and Take Home Kits Packet

Good afternoon! As public libraries are in the beginning phases of reopening, we have created a new version of our Affordable Things to Do on Long Island packet, which includes virtual and curbside activities for the whole family. Please click here to view it and use however you like. We hope this packet can be useful to you and your patrons this summer as we adjust to a new normal. Have a great day and enjoy!

Thursday, April 16, 2020

May 2020 CLASC Virtual Book Discussion

Join us for a special virtual book discussion with author Emma Steinkellner on her book The Okay Witch. SCLS has graciously increased the number of copies available on live-brary. If participating, we ask that you return your copy when you finish so we can accommodate as many participants as possible. Participants who rsvp at bit.ly/CLASCMayBkDisc will receive a zoom link to attend approximately 1 day before the event. Please click here for a flyer. Hope to see you there!

Tuesday, April 7, 2020

Virtual Webinars/Program Opportunities for Professional Development

Hi everyone! 

We at CLASC hope this email finds everyone safe and healthy at home. It was suggested by a CLASC member that we share some professional development resources and webinars that we can take advantage of during this period of social distancing. Now is a great time to earn professional development hours! 

Below please find suggestions from CLASC members and board members. 

Do you have more suggestions? Please email us back with any webinars/virtual programs that you have found to be beneficial and we will forward them on to the membership. 

Continuing Education Resources for YS Librarians 

Jester Jim’s tips for making a program video 

Booklist Online

Family Place Libraries 

Ready to Read at NY Libraries 


LILRC Zoom webinars (available live and post)

SLJ Webinars/ Programs 
"The Hottest Graphic Novels of Spring 2020" 
"YA/Teen Book Buzz" 

Canva Design School

Web Junction

Wednesday, April 1, 2020

April 2020 Trumpet

Good afternoon, everyone! Please click here to read the latest issue of the Trumpet. Enjoy and stay safe and healthy!

Don't forget to let CLASC know how you are serving your patrons during the quarantine. Please email your responses to clascinc.org@gmail.com and we will post your answers on our Facebook page. We would love to hear from you!

Thursday, March 19, 2020

How Are You Serving Patrons During the Quarantine?

Good afternoon! As public librarians, we know that patrons can still access the library's resources, even when stuck at home. CLASC wants to hear how you are serving your patrons during the quarantine. Please email your responses to clascinc.org@gmail.com and we will post your answers on our Facebook page! Be well, everyone!

Wednesday, March 18, 2020

Annual CLASC Membership Meeting and Dinner CANCELLED

Good morning, all. Due to the concerns surrounding the growth of COVID-19, our April 21st membership meeting and annual dinner will be CANCELLED. Any members who have already paid for the dinner will be contacted with additional information. Thank you all for understanding and we hope you stay safe and well! 

Friday, March 13, 2020

Call for Submissions: April 2020 Trumpet

Good morning! We are looking for members to contribute to the April 2020 Trumpet. Please think about submitting to our Member News, Professional Highlights, Heard it in the J-Room, Best Thing I Read in a Children's Book, recommendations for programmers/vendors, and Layover at the Library (visit to a library on vacation). Submissions can be sent to jads4624@gmail.com by March 25th.

Thursday, January 30, 2020

Now Accepting Applications for 2020: Barbara Flescher and Amy Wahl Scholarships

Good morning! We are now accepting applications for the 2020 Barbara Flescher Scholarship for library school students! We are also accepting applications for our Amy Wahl Scholarship for professional development. Please click here for more information about both scholarship awards.

Please submit completed applications, letters of recommendation, and personal statements no later than March 25th, 2020 for both scholarships. Candidates will be selected by a committee of CLASC, Inc. members and the recipient of each scholarship will be announced at the CLASC Annual Dinner on April 21st, 2020.