Sharper Training Solutions on behalf of SSD and CATS, presents: An Introduction to Canva

Sharper Training Solutions on behalf of SSD and CATS, present this program:

An Introduction to Canva

Register here

Date: Wednesday, August 14th

Time: 10 am – 12 pm

Format: Virtual

Members: Free

Guests: $5

Canva is an online design and visual communication platform that serves as a popular tool to create library marketing. Flyers, brochures, business cards, and more, are able to be designed, downloaded, and printed.

In this class, learn how to create beautiful designs and professional graphics with Canva. Whether it is a photo editor, create picture collage, logo, invitation or poster, Canva makes online graphic design easy.

Prerequisite – basic computer skills

This program will not be recorded.

Come and design with us.

If you are interested in learn more about the Support Staff Division or the Computer and Technical Services Division of the Suffolk County Library Association, please visit our membership page.

SCLA: Illuminate Your Library: A Tech Talk on Creating Holiday Light Shows with Chris DeCristofaro

Illuminate Your Library: A Tech Talk on Creating Holiday Light Shows with Chris DeCristofaro

Discover the magic of holiday lights shows for your library with this engaging professional development class led by Chris DeCristofaro, Department Head of Digital Services at the Sachem Public Library. Dive into the planning of a light show including preparation, organizing, marketing and building the show and how it can fit your library space. Chris will go over hardware, software and event planning based upon his team’s experience at Sachem. Become empowered to bring joy and wonder to your library community during any holiday season by attending this overview of light shows with Chris. 

Refreshments will be provided. CEUs will be awarded. 

  • Tuesday, July 16, 2024
  • 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM
  • SCLS 627 Sunrise Hwy, Bellport, NY 11713

*Click here to register. 

Steve Alcalde

Head of Computer and Technology Services
Rogers Memorial Library
Southampton, NY 11968

631.283.0774 ex.510

MOSAICs Annual Breakfast: Programming To Promote Diversity

On Thursday June 20th the MOSAIC committee of RASD will be hosting our Annual Breakfast at the Suffolk Cooperative Library System. This year’s topic will be Programming to Promote Diversity. Award-winning Author, Poet, Educator, Cultural Programmer Adriana Devers uses the power of words to promote the diverse voices of Long Island. She will provide inspiration and knowledge on how libraries can diversify their programming with innovative ideas to engage new patrons, enhance diversity and expand inclusion. Devers will inspire us to uplift, and celebrate our unique communities, while addressing social issues that continue to affect society at large.

This program will start at 9:30am with a delicious breakfast and networking. This program is sponsored by Reference & Adult Service Division (RASD) of the Suffolk County Library Association and is FREE to attend.

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Contact Amber Gagliardi, MOSAIC Chair with any questions.

Warm Wishes,
Amber K. Gagliardi
Middle Country Public Library
101 Eastwood Blvd Centereach NY 11720
631-585-9393 ext. 274

YASD – Teens are Alright!

Join us on Zoom for Teens are Alright: Providing Staff with Skills to Engage Teen Patrons with Support and Respect on Thursday, May 23rd at 10:00 am!

Teen librarians know three key things about their teens. They are loud, they are messy, and they are AWESOME!

Join Katelyn Hara-Moss Head of Reference Services at Central Islip Public Library and Heather Massa Head of Adult & Teen Services at East Rockaway Public Library to learn how to improve staff responses to teen patrons, communicate effectively with coworkers that are not teen librarians, and address rowdy teens in the library positively.

Because remember, today’s teens are tomorrow’s library voters!

Registration is open! Sign up by clicking here. We hope to see you there!

Ashley Sabatino
Teen Services Program Coordinator
Longwood Public Library 
631-924-6400 ext. 292

Technical Services Roundtable – Monday- April 29, 2024 – SCLS – 10 am 12 pm

Here is a reminder for the next Technical Services Roundtable!!!

What: The Technical Services Roundtable Meeting

When: Monday, April 29, 2024

Where: Suffolk Cooperative Library System (Auditorium)

Time: 10 am – 12 pm

Everyone involved in technical services duties can benefit from the Technical Services Roundtable by sharing strategies, techniques, and procedures related to ordering, cataloging, and securing library materials. This open forum is a great place to share victories, stories, and unique tricks!

Sign-up is here:

We would appreciate it if you would print and post the attached flyer on your staff bulletin board. 

We look forward to seeing you for a very engaging morning!!!

Kind regards,


Robert G. Johnson
CATS division – President
Manager of Information and Technology Services
Emma S. Clark Memorial Library
120 Main Street
Setauket, NY 11733
631.941.4080 x.132

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.