SSD of SCLA – Library Tours!

Join us on a road trip around Suffolk County! 

Discover and learn as we tour Libraries, collections, share history and speak to Directors and colleagues about new and upcoming services that will benefit our members.

Our first stop will be the Emma S. Clark Memorial Library.

Follow the link on the flyer to register.  Free for all!

Wednesday, May 15th 2:30-4:00pm

Coffee/Tea will be provided.

Register here

Every Book Their Reader: Materials Challenges and Trauma

Zoom event. Register Here.

Date: Tuesday, April 30, 2024

2:30 PM – 3:30 PM

Free for SCLA Members / $5 for non-members
Professional Development will be awarded!

Since 2021, public and school libraries have become the front lines of a cultural war. Regardless of the political tendency of the local area, material challenges have been submitted against libraries nationwide. 

When library workers handle material challenges, under the principle of intellectual freedom, they have often faced retaliatory actions from political groups, such as online attacks on them organized by political groups and budget cuts targeting the libraries. These challenges may create stress and trauma for library workers, both in the action of the banning, and the anticipation of it. 

For librarians experiencing trauma or at higher risk of exposure to traumatic events, this session aims to illustrate a library trauma cycle within the context of material challenges. It highlights how library workers face an increased likelihood of trauma when material challenges are prevailing in the nation and how the internalization of trauma occurs within the context of the library and its community. 

The session then suggests possible interventions to halt the library trauma cycle, calling for action from library administrators and board members.

SSD Library of Things Tour: Sayvillle Public Library, Wednesday, April 10, 2024

SSD Library of Things Tour at the Sayville Public Library

Location: Sayville Library 88 Greene Ave, Sayville, NY 11782

Date: Wednesday, April 10, 2024

Time: 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM

Join Morgan Tamburro, Head of Patron Services of the Sayville Library as they demonstrate their robust collection of materials that circulate for their members. Bring your questions and your ideas.Register Here

SCLA Mixer

SCLA hosted our joint Spring Mix and Mingle networking event with PLDA and CLASC on Thursday, March 28.  We had over 65 professionals join us at James Joyce in Patchogue for food, drinks, raffles and fun.  It was a rewarding experience for all!  A big thank you to PLDA, CLASC, our Division Presidents and the SCLA Executive Board for making this event a true success.  We look forward to future collaborations and networking opportunities.

Long Island Reads

Reader & Book Discussion Guide

Are you running a book discussion of Better Living Through Birding at your Library or book club? Find helpful tips to enhance your reading and book club experiences with our 2024 LI Reads Better Living Through Birding Reader’s Guide.

Long Island Reads will honor Christian Cooper in person and online at an award ceremony on April 21, 2024 at the Plainview-Old Bethpage Public Library.

Pride & Programming Workshop

Pride & Programming Workshop

Join us on Thursday, March 21st for a workshop about creating Pride month programs for all ages! Share ideas, find resources, and learn about LILPA’s Programming Database

  1. Pride & Programming Workshop
    1. We will be holding a Pride & Programming Workshop on Thursday, March 21st from 10-11am via Zoom. Register here 
    2. This workshop will include a discussion of Pride month programs, resources for programming, and a review of LILPA’s Queer Programming Database. All are welcome!  
    3. We will send out confirmation emails to registrants with the Zoom information early next week

CATS/EETC Presents: Supporting Staff Through Changing Tech Trends With James Hutter

Supporting Staff Through Changing Tech Trends With James HutterJoin The East End Tech Coalition (EETC) in welcoming James Hutter, Co-Chair of the NCLA Computers & Technology Committee and Assistant Director of the Port Washington Public Library, as he shares tips for helping library staff to embrace new technologies. As we all know, change is a difficult but necessary part of working in libraries. With libraries constantly looking for ways to stay modern, introducing new technologies can often be a challenge. James will share ideas on how to prepare staff for change, train staff in new technologies, and how to deploy tech for public or staff use.


SCLS – Auditorium
627 Sunrise Hwy, Bellport, NY 11713


Tuesday,  March 5th @ 10am


All members of SCLA, its divisions, library personnel and those who are interested in joining SCLA are welcome! 

For more information on CATS, its programs, and its committees — click here!

**Membership to SCLA or CATS (and its committees) is NOT required to attend. All are welcome! Entrance is free to all.  CEUs will be recorded based on attendance of the program. 

Click here to register

Long Island Library Conference 2024

Registration for the 2024 Long Island Library Conference is open! The conference will be held on Thursday, May 9, 2024 at the Melville Marriott. This year, registrations will be once again processed through Eventbrite. Registration will close on April 30, 2024.

Register here

Program Schedule

Please review these updated registration policies and procedures:


NCLA/SCLA Members: $80

Non-Members: $95

Student: $50

Day-Of: $150

Attendees registering as NCLA/SCLA members must input their membership numbers while registering. Membership will be verified. Questions regarding membership should be directed to NCLA and SCLA.

Payment must be made by April 30. Those who do not pay by April 30 will not be registered. Anyone who wishes to register or pay on May 1 or later can do so on the day of the conference and will be charged the Day-Of rate of $150. Day-Of payments must be made by credit card.

Group Registration:

Registering multiple attendees at once is possible.

Payment Options:

Cash, check, credit, PayPal, Google Pay, and invoice payments can be made.


Payment is non-refundable, but registrations can be transferred to someone else.

Questions? Email and visit for more information.

DASL Annual Luncheon

DASL Annual Luncheon

What do you get if you combine “The Coroner” with Picasso?

Danielle Grattadaurio, the only Suffolk Police Department Forensic Artist!!!

Please join us for the DASL Annual Luncheon

When: February 28, 2024 at 2:00 p.m.

Where: Carnival Restaurant, 4900 Nesconset Highway,. Port Jefferson Station, NY, 11776
(631) 473-9772

R.S.V.P. : by February 21st to

$15 for lunch and presentation (you can’t beat that combination)

You can pay at the door. Please make checks payable to SCLA Bruce Seger
DASL President
(631) 851-6583

[SCLA] PLDA, SCLA & CLASC Spring Mix & Mingle @ James Joyce in Patchogue 3/28

Mark Your Calendars! Spring Mix & Mingle Awaits on March 28th!

Dust off your business cards and get ready to connect, collaborate, and celebrate at the PLDA, SCLA & CLASC Spring Mix & Mingle – the networking event designed to ignite your professional spirit! 

Here’s what you get:

  • Opportunities to mingle with like-minded library pros from across the county.
  • Unlimited cocktail food.
  • Exchange ideas, share challenges, and build valuable connections.
  • Take part in awesome raffle prizes 
  • Enjoy private access to the cash bar, staffed by the mixer’s designated bartender. 

This is your chance to:

  • Expand your professional network and meet inspiring colleagues. 
  • Discover new career opportunities and level up your skill set.
  • Exchange best practices and innovative ideas to transform your library.
  • Build meaningful connections that can support your professional journey.
  • Have a blast celebrating with your colleagues.

Join us on:

Date: Thursday, March 28, 2024

Time: 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM

Location: James Joyce Restaurant & Pub | 49 South Ocean Ave Patchogue, NY 11772


  • Association Members: $10
  • Non-Members & Guests: $25
Click here to register

P.S. Spread the word! Share this event with your library crew and let’s make it an unforgettable night!

Anthony Giansante (he/him)

Head of Emerging Technologies
SCLA Vice President
John Jermain Memorial Library
201 Main St 
Sag Harbor, NY 11963
(631) 725-0049