ESRT: Events


2018 NYLA Annual Conference

Serving Refugees: Working Together as a Community
Date: Friday, November 9, 2018 at 8:30 am
Speakers: Evanna DiSalvo, Maplewood Community Library
Maplewood Community Library collaborates with various community partners that serve refugees. Learn about the many programs and services that are available in the Rochester area for that vulnerable population.


Literacy Success for the Entire Family
Date: Saturday, November 10, 2018 at 9:30 am
Speakers: Wilma Glover-Koomson, Haverstraw King's Daughters Public Library & Rosa Diaz, Lincoln Branch, Rochester Library
Most ESL programs follow universal-type curicula that does not always meet the economic and cultural needs of experiences of the individual. Explore hands-on, and effective programs that engage parents and children.
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Wall Art: Brought to You by the Friends
Date: Friday, November 9, 2018 at 8:30 am
Speakers: Patricia Loughan, Friends of the Plattsburgh Public Library; Bruce Tehan, Arnett Branch Library & Richmond Futch Jr., Arnett Branch Library
What a difference a mural can make, especially when it is designed and created together with your community! The Plattsburgh Public Library and the Arnett Branch of the Rochester Public Library teamed up with numerous artists in their respective communities, embarking on extensive public wall art projects that solicited both ideas and labor from their patrons. The results are dazzling and a testament to the power of creativity and vision.

Collaborating with Outside Art, an organization workiong to make Plattsburgh and arts destination, the Friends of PPL helped faciliate the volunteer effort to make ceramic tiles by hand to create the "Read and Grow! Dream Garden" mural based on a children's book. This vast undertaking has been a catalyst to move the library toward the concept of a make maker space. For an indoor mural, Arnett Branch patrons gave suggestions as to destinations when asked "where will the library take you?" Muralist Richmond Futch Jr. and two other Rochester artists also tackled the challenge of the building's concrete facade, bringing colorful book panels to life.




2017 NYLA Annual Conference


Cross-cultural Communication & Multicultural Competencies
Date: Thursday, November 9, 2017 at 11:30 am
Speakers: Bernadette Lopez-Fitzsimmons, Manhattan College
Emergent bilinguals (EBs), English Language Learners (ELLs), and International Students (ISs) have become a presence in libraries.  Adopting multicultural competencies can facilitate providing effective library services to this diverse population.


New Americans and U.S. Citizenship
Date: Thursday, November 9, 2017 at 4:15 pm
Speakers: Evanna M DiSalvo, Maplewood Community Library & Janice Owen, USCIS
Public libraries can be a key place for immigrants to find the information, support and encouragement they need to begin their path towards U.S. citizenship. We can play a critical role in avoiding confusion about the process by which refugees and immigrants can become citizens.


Immigration Assistance @ Your Library
Date: Friday, November 10, 2017 at 3:00 pm
Speaker: Janice Owen, US Citizenship and Immigration Services
The current immigration climate (detentions, deportations, DACA, etc.) has made it more confusing for the immigrant and for the information providers, such as libraries to offer the relevant and valuable information necessary for legalization.  Libraries that provide immigration classes and assistance are at a loss as to the kind of materials and resource to give to patrons who seek assistance now.




2016 NYLA Annual Conference


Unpleasant Everyday Language, Microaggression
Speakers: Wilma Kakie Glover-Koomson, Haverstraw King's Daughters Public Library & Manuel Figueroa, Queens Library
Not meant to offend, we experience microaggressive language on a regular basis at the Library. It often results in unintended, uncomfortable, misunderstood, and grudging but offended reactions by the recipient. How does this impact service?
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How Do I Say That?
Speakers: Sonia Wagner, LCSW, Mental Health Association of Rockland County, Inc. & Christy Blanchette, Valley Cottage Library
This workshop will equip front-line staff with helpful solutions for serving patrons with mental illness appropriately and sensitively.  As libraries are evolving into community places, library staff are being increasingly challenged to assist patrons who are struggling emotionally.  
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September Membership Meeting at The Hispanic Society of America


ESRT at the Hispanic Society of AmericaThe Hispanic Society of America was founded in 1904 by Archer Milton Huntington (1870-1955) with the object of establishing a free, public museum and reference library for the study of the art and culture of the Spain, Portugal, Latin America, and the Philippines. The collections of the Hispanic Society are unparalleled in their scope and quality outside of Spain, addressing nearly every aspect of culture in Spain, as well as a large part of Portugal and Latin America, into the 20th century.  With more than 900 paintings and 6,000 watercolors and drawings, the Hispanic Society offers a comprehensive survey of Spanish painting and drawing, including masterworks by El Greco, Velázquez, Goya, and Sorolla.

Thank you to Brigid Cahalan for arranging the visit, to our host and to our colleagues from REFORMA who joined us.

Take a look at the REFORMA Photo Gallery of the event.




2015 NYLA Annual Conference


Fifty Shades of Brown
Speaker:  Wilma Kakie Glover-Koomson; Haverstraw King’s Daughters Public Library
This program offered participants the knowledge to better understand the different needs, cultures, practices, and histories. Language, literary works from these diverse cultures, audio and visual (movies and art) materials requirements, display of materials, and the planning of literacy programs as well as scheduling of library programs that meet the needs of this diverse group were discussed during the session.
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Multimedia Suggested List


Getting International Language Materials Your Customers Want!
Speakers: Fred Gitner - Queens Library & Irina Kuharets - Finkelstein Memorial Library
Where to find print, multimedia and e-Materials in the languages you need in order to provide the best customer service to your linguistically diverse populations? This program covered the various demands, type of formats (incl. e-books, e-magazines, etc.), language learning materials (ESOL & International Languages), and sources for materials (incl. best experiences in obtaining available materials).
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Joint Meeting: D&O-NJLA + ESRT-NYLA

Participants (from left to right):

First Row: Tara Murphy, Galina Chernykh, Mimi Lee, Kate Baker, Judith Lin Hunt, Andrew Luck, Enola Romano
Second Row: Selina Sharmin, Manny Figueroa, Adrinana Blancarte-Hayward, Christal Blue, Jen Schuerman, Maria Gagliardi, Jill D’Amico, Paulette Doe Williams, Irina A. Kuharets, Kathleen Mollica, Brigid Cahalan
Third Row: Doreen Sullivan, Fred J. Gitner, Selwa Shamy, Robert Barbanell, Louisa Bann, Jeff Cupo, Allan Kleiman, Wilma Glover-Koomson


Thank you to NJ State Library, NJLA and Montclair Public Library for hosting the event. Have a look at the highlights and some great photos.