ENYSLMA Archives


March 24, 2022 - rescheduled Dhonielle Clayton program, in virtual format.(CTLE credit) 

January 20, 2022 - A conversion about the Newbery & other Youth Media Awards. (CTLE credit) 

Midwinter Event - Tour Fort Crailo & the Schuyler Mansion

Saturday, Febuary 2nd at 9:00
For details see the flyer here.

Albany Book Fesitval

September 29, 2018

University at Albany Uptown Campus

See Flyer Here

Picture Book Craft with Elizabeth Zunon

An evening of dinner conversation and crafts! A literary makerspace.

January 17, 2018
6:00-8:00 PM
6021 State Farm Road
Guilderland, NY


Evening with Lois Lowry

Friday, November 10, 2017 
Dinner at 5:00 pm at the City Line Bar and Grill, 1200 Western Ave, Albany (everyone pays for their own meal). Then we will all head to hear Lois Lowry at 7:00 pm in Page Hall at 175 Western Ave. (More information about this event can be found on the flyer on page 3 of the new edition of our Newsletter.


Sparking Motivation and Engaging Readers

March 9, 2016, 4:30-7:30 PM
Century House, Latham, NY

Sponsored by: Albany City Area Reading Council, Iroquois Reading Council, Eastern New York School Library Media Association, and the Children’s Literature Connection


  1. Eric Devine, author of young adult fiction, including Press Play and Tap Out
  2. Lois Minor Huey, children’s author of books focused on history including ICK! YUCK! EEW! Our Gross American History
  3. Amy Merrill, Binghamton School District School Librarian and Literacy Specialist
  4. Scott Jarzombek, Executive Director, Albany Public Library

Be an Author: A Beginner’s Workshop for School Librarians

January 21, 2016 6:00-8:30 p.m.
Draper Middle School, Rotterdam, NY

This is not your usual meet-the-author event. At this program, you are the focus of the workshop. Learn how to take your ideas and experience to start the process of becoming an author. Discover how to find support for your writing: work with copy editors, agents and editors, or perhaps go in the the self-publishing direction.

Nancy Castaldo
is the author of: The Race Around the World; Sniffer Dogs; Polar Bear Rescue; Leap into Space, and other non-fiction books for upper elementary/middle school. Nancy is the Regional Advisor for SCBWI (Society  for Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators) of Eastern New York.
Website: nancycastaldo.com

Lois Miner Huey is a teacher, writer and archaeologist. She is the author of: Forgotten Bones: Uncovering a Slave Cemetery; Ick! Yuck! EEW! Our Gross American History; Voices of World War II, and other non-fiction books for children and Young Adults. She is the shop talk coordinator for SCBWI.

A Great Night with Kyra Teis

November 6, 2015
Niskayuna Fire District 2, Niskayuna, NY

Sponsor: Gumdrop Books

Artist/Author Kyra Teis will lead us in an interactive collage and painting session. She will teach us about the art of picture book illustrations, and guide us in making our own collages and painted pictures on canvas



Summer Book Discussion: Harper Lee’s Go Set a Watchman

August 6, 2015
Amsterdam Free Library, Amsterdam, NY

For decades, many readers yearned for more writing from Harper Lee, and now the 55-year wait is almost over. In July, Lee’s novel, Go Set a Watchman, is set for release. ENYSLMA will mark the event with a book discussion at the Amsterdam Free Library on August 6.

Harper Lee wrote Go Set a Watchman before the classic To Kill a Mockingbird. However, it is set 20 years later, with the spotlight still set on the famous Finch family, friends and neighbors. An adult Scout returns home from working in New York City and faces personal as well as political and social issues of the 1950s.

Is Go Set a Watchman a companion novel? A sequel? Join us and discuss it.
The book discussion, accompanied by light refreshments including Southern teacakes and lemon iced tea, is from 4-6 p.m. Afterwards, participants may opt to head over to the Raindancer Restaurant for dinner to continue the discussion and socialize. Dinner is at your own expense.

The event is free and open to ENYSLMA members and their guests. Please contact Jeff Selby  to register and indicate if you are attending only the discussion or the discussion and dinner.

Building Enthusiasm for Reading

March 10, 2015
The Century House, Latham, NY

Sponsors: Eastern New York School Library Media Association, Albany City Area Reading Council, Iroquois Reading Council, Schoharie Reading Council and The Children’s Literature Connection

Find out how to build enthusiasm for reading in your classroom, library and school.

Our presenter will be Dr. Steven Layne, Professor of Literacy Education at Judson University in Elgin, IL. He is a passionate, dynamic speaker and a self-proclaimed “reading arsonist.”
His newest book, In Defense of Read-Aloud, and his other titles will be available for purchase
and signing.




Summer Reading HEROES

January 25, 2015
Ambition Café, Schenectady, NY

The theme will be HEROES!

  1. Children: Every Hero Has a Story
  2. Teens: Unmask!
  3. Adults: Escape the Ordinary

Public librarians & School librarians – together can be a dynamic duo!

  1. Socialize with colleagues
  2. Learn about the NY State 2015 Summer Reading theme
  3. Share your ideas for summer reading
  4. School librarians, please invite a public librarian
  5. Enjoy hors d’oeuvres provided by ENYSLMA;  dinner and drinks available for an additional charge