Advocating for LGBTQIA+ Youth

Jodie Patterson is an author, activist, beautyexplorer and mother of 5. She holds the position ofChair of the Human Rights Campaign FoundationBoard, our nation’s largest LGBT organization. Shespeaks on topics of radical parenting, identity, andgender. This talk will center on her work as anauthor as it pertains to LGBTQIA+ youth advocacyas well as understanding their experiences.

We hope you will join us to hear from author and advocate Jodie Patterson on Thursday, April 14th at 2PM. This meeting will be held in person in the SCLS Auditorium.

Please see the attached flyer for more details.

Thank you and be well,

-The LILPA Board

April SSD Earth Day program

Friday, April 22, 2:00 – 3:30 PM, via  Zoom


The Support Staff Division will be hosting an Earth Day program featuring gardening and seed libraries. It will on Friday, April 25th on Zoom in place of our monthly meeting from 2-3:30 pm.  Some of your favorite library from member libraries will be speaking about programs already in place at various libraries throughout Suffolk County to share the benefits and lessons learned of the seed libraries in our communities. We hope SSD members and non-members alike will join us. Each attendee will receive a special box with seeds, and surprises after the program through system to thank you for supporting us and these ideas.

More information to follow.

A message from the SCLA President.


In order to have more autonomy over our membership, financials, and CEU opportunities SCLA is actively looking to separate from NYLA. SCLA believes in being a resource for all members, and we believe that we will be able to do that more efficiently being our own organization. This will be a long process and the SCLA Board will keep our members informed along the way. Please see the below information regarding membership.

Additionally, please feel free to reach out to me at with any other questions.

I look forward to the new future of SCLA.


Carisse Mitchell
SCLA President 2022


SCLA Membership

Hello SCLA members present and future,

As we start our transition from NYLA, we would like to offer you a ‘trial’ membership at SCLA.
Please fill out the attached Google Form, so you can be part of all that SCLA has to offer.
If you have any membership questions at all, please email or you can reach me at
Thank you, and we look forward to having you as part of the SCLA membership!
Angela Breslin 
Head of Children & Family Services
SCLA Membership Chair
Direct Line: 631-227-3866
Fax: 631-567-5137
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Reminder: Health Concerns Committee General Meeting – Thursday, March 10 at 3pm

Just a reminder that the Health Concerns Committee is always happy to have new members! Join us for the first  general meeting of the year tomorrow, Thursday, March 10 at 3pm! We will be meeting via Zoom. Email me at for the details!
Stephanie DiChiara
Adult Services & Local History Librarian
Sayville Library
88 Greene Avenue
Sayville, NY 11782
631.589.4440 x363
Health Concerns Committee Co-Chairperson, SCLA - RASD

Long Island Library Conference postponed until 2023

When we were last in touch with you, we were hoping to see you on Thursday, May 12th of 2022 at our annual conference.  Unfortunately, it doesn’t look like we will be able to hold our conference in person in a way that will keep our attendees and vendors safe during the continuing COVID pandemic.  Because of this, the Long Island Library Committee, a joint committee of the Nassau County Library Association and The Suffolk County Library Association, has made the difficult decision to postpone the conference until May 11th of 2023.

While it may seem premature to be making the decision not to hold the conference in May, please understand that the planning required to put together our annual event takes over 10 months.

Aside from outstanding programs, the Long Island Library Conference is known for providing the  opportunity to connect with current and past colleagues, to network, and to establish or strengthen relationships with vendors – all of which our attendees enjoy doing in person.

In addition, the interactive nature of our conference floor makes it almost impossible for us to provide a virtual experience that would come even close to the quality to which you have become accustomed.

We would rather postpone the conference until the following year, giving the public health situation more time to improve, so that we can bring you the quality programs, networking opportunities, and vendors you deserve – in person.

Again, we appreciate your loyalty, and are grateful to you for standing with us during this difficult and uncertain time in all our lives. We sincerely hope to see you all, up close and in person, on May 11, 2023.

~The Long Island Library Conference Committee