Educator Newsletter January 2023

Welcome to the Sno-Isle Libraries January Educator Newsletter! In this issue, you will find information about resources for Black History Month, teen mental health, and more. If you have any questions or would like to partner with us, please reach out to your local librarian or contact us using the School Support Form

Black History Month Resources

Prepare to celebrate and honor Black History Month with booklists and online resources. 

Booklists for Kids: 
Black History Month: Picture Books 
Black History Month: Easy Nonfiction 

Booklists for Teens: 
Black History, Black Futures: Teen Nonfiction 
Black History Month: Teen Fiction 

Online Resources: 
Black Freedom Struggle - Browse primary source documents from time periods in U.S. history that mark the opposition African Americans have faced on the road to freedom. 

Gale in Context: Biography - Access biographical information on people from throughout history, around the world, and across all disciplines and subjects. 

Upcoming Events for You and Your Students

College Preparation for High School Students 
Saturday, January 21 
2:00 PM to 3:00 PM
Online Event

Get help applying for college and college funds! The session will provide information for students on how to fill out FAFSA and WAFSA forms. Presented by Andrea Main of Main Education Consulting. Registration required. 

Educator Workshop: Library Support for English Language Learners 
Thursday, February 9 
4:30 PM to 6:00 PM
Online event

Learn about tools and resources available to support students who are English language learners and their families. For educators of all grade levels. Washington state clock hours (1.5) are available for this class. Registration required. 

Educator Workshop: Library Resources for Teacher Development
Tuesday, April 18
4:30 PM – 5:30 PM
Online event
Learn how Sno-Isle Libraries' free online courses and resources can support your professional continuing education and develop your educational technology skills. For educators of all grade levels. Washington state clock hours (1.0) are available for this class. Registration required.

Teen Mental Health Resources

Educators know being a teen can be stressful. Now more than ever, teens are experiencing heightened levels of anxiety and depression. To help teens and the people who care about them (like you!), Sno-Isle Libraries has compiled a set of booklists and community resources.

If you don’t see what you’re looking for, reach out to connect with a librarian. 

Picture Books that Talk: Easy MP3

To support our youngest customers in their literacy journey, Sno-Isle Libraries has launched a new physical audiobook format called Easy MP3 readalongs!  Easy MP3 books give new readers an edge with vocabulary development, phonics, and comprehension — plus deeper engagement with every book.

The picture books have a built-in speaker for readers to listen out loud or use headphones. There is no need for any additional equipment or a Wi-Fi connection — kids can simply press play and read along with their favorite books.

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