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

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.

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.

[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

Homelessness and Libraries – Thursday, February 29

Join SCLA and the Long Island Coalition for the Homeless for a presentation on Homelessness on Long Island and the impact it has on Libraries and Library staff. Support staff from the LICH will share tips, advice and resources for Librarians to use on a daily basis.

Register here

Free for SCLA members and guests.
Professional Development Hours will be awarded and light refreshments will be served.
**We will be collecting food for AGAPE MEALS FOR KIDS**
Please consider bringing a non-perishable food item to the event

Colleen Navins
Head of Teen Services
The Smithtown Library
1 North Country Road
Smithtown, NY 11787
(631) 360-2480, ext. 123

SCLA – RASD Health Concerns Committee Breakfast on November 15

The Health Concerns Committee Breakfast is a few weeks away!

Join us for breakfast and a great presentation!

Register at:

Health Concerns Committee
Reference and Adult Services Division of SCLA
Annual Breakfast!Caregivers: Information & Resources from the Parker Jewish Institute

Presented By Joann CaramanicoWednesday, November 15, 9:30am
SCLS Auditorium – 627 Sunrise Hwy, Bellport

Join us for breakfast and a special presentation by Joann Caramanico of Parker Jewish Institute. Joann will be there to speak about their program “Willing Hearts Helpful Hands Alzheimer’s Caregiver Grant Initiative” and the services their organization can offer for libraries and their patrons.

Register at: hour of professional development will be credited to attendees

Contact: Stephanie DiChiara ~ or Michelle Rung ~ with any questions!

Leveled Up Librarians

Monday, November 13
10:00am-12:00pm @ SCLS

Free for SCLA members
$5 for non-members


Join fellow Librarians and level up your mindfulness and communication game! This workshop will offer guided meditation, followed by a presentation on Technical Communication in today’s workplace. Light refreshments will be provided. Professional Development hours will be awarded. Please bring a non-perishable food item for Long Island Cares, Inc.

Mentorship Program – PLDA SCLA CLASC

Are you looking to advance your career to the administration level?

Then this program might be for you!

Please find a flyer attached advertising the new Mentorship Program sponsored by PLDA, CLASC & SCLA. This program will pair a librarian looking to advance their career with an established Library Director.

If you’re interested in participating in this exciting opportunity, please fill out the form linked at the bottom of the flyer by October 16.

Please email with any questions.

Thank you!

Carisse Mitchell

SCLA President 2024