Excellence in Library Service Award 2021

Click here for the application.

Purpose: The ELSA is designed to recognize dedication to public service demonstrated by any staff member of a public, school, special or academic library. We welcome nominations submitted by any employee of a Suffolk County library or any Suffolk County library patron.

Eligibility: Pages, clerks, librarians and trainees, as well as office, custodial and security staff from any Suffolk County library are eligible.

To Qualify: The nominee must work at least 17 hours per week and have worked a minimum of one year in his/her current position. People who have been nominated in the past may be nominated again.

Criteria: Outstanding public service may be demonstrated by fostering team spirit, exemplary job performance, promoting goodwill among patrons and staff, or an innovative approach to one’s work.

Nominations must be submitted by July 31, 2021

SCLA Game Night

Join SCLA members for another fun and exciting game night on Monday March 29 @ 6:30 pm.   As always, bring your favorite snacks and beverages.  Looking forward to seeing everyone!
Register here.

Andrea Malchiodi

Youth Services/Family Engagement Coordinator
Lindenhurst Memorial Library
1 Lee Avenue Lindenhurst, NY 11757
631-957-7755 ext. 131

LGBT 101

LGBT 101
February 16th @ 2PM
Presented by The LGBT Network
This professional yet fun and interactive educational workshop is designed to increase understanding as a tool to decrease the bullying of LGBT and other youth in schools.  The LGBT Network’s workshop uses activities and ongoing dialogue and Q&A to facilitate conversations and foster understanding.

The program covers the topics of sexual orientation, gender identity, and experiences of LGBT people.  The program also provides definitions & understanding of LGBTQIA+ terms.

Register here.

All departments are welcome!

History of LGBTQ Romances LILPA

History of LGBTQ Romances

Thursday, February 11th 11AM

The course of true love never did run smoothly, especially when it comes to LGBTQ+ romance novels.

Join Queens College Professor Emeritus Mary k. Chelton as she takes a fascinating look at the evolution of the romance novel genre, which has only recently begun to embrace a more inclusive perspective.

Register here

The Long Island Library Pride Alliance Committee is charged with providing guidance and direction to Long Island library professionals in Nassau and Suffolk County about LGBTQIA+ information and/or services.

SCLA’s Virtual Game Night!

Let’s make some weird memories!!! Join us on Wednesday, January 13th at 6:30 pm for some laugh out loud fun.
Kick back with your favorite drink and snacks while playing with library friends throughout the county.  Show us the weirdest item you have in your house (oh, I have so many) and you may win a prize!Just fill out the registration form to receive your invite to the PARTY! And don’t forget to tell your friends.  The more people that play, the better.

Andrea Malchiodi

Youth Services/Family Engagement Coordinator

Lindenhurst Memorial Library

1 Lee Avenue Lindenhurst, NY 11757

631-957-7755 ext. 131


LILPA’s Coming Out Meet Up – Oct. 8th


Good afternoon,

Please join us for Long Island Library Pride Alliance’s first meeting! Meet the co-chairs, hear about our goals, and play a virtual “escape the closet” game. All are welcome! For more information, including how to register, see the attached flyer.

Register here

Thank you and be well,


Derek Ivie
SCLA Co-chair
Long Island Library Pride Alliance (LILPA)

2020 SCLA Scholarship: Preparing New Librarians

The Suffolk County Library Association offers an academic scholarship to assist an outstanding library school student in subsidizing the cost of their library school education, and to promote the profession by supporting an excellent student pursuing a Library or Information Science Master’s Degree in Suffolk County.
Completed application and all supplemental materials are due to the Scholarship Committee Chairperson by September 1st.
For more information, please visit the SCLA website’s Awards page, or contact me with any questions.
Thank you.
Emma Lodato
Children’s Librarian
Bayport-Blue Point Public Library
203 Blue Point Ave.
Blue Point, NY  11715

Happy Pride from the NCLA/SCLA Long Island Library Pride Alliance (LILPA)!

Happy Pride from the NCLA/SCLA Long Island Library Pride Alliance (LILPA)!

At this moment in time, it is more important than ever for queer members of the library community and our allies to stand together and fight for intersectional justice – particularly for our colleagues of color. We have come so far, which is reason to celebrate; but we have a long way to go, and there’s still work to be done. And that is precisely why LILPA was created.

We’re a new joint-county committee that is dedicated to serving both Long Island library professionals and users of libraries, who share an interest in LGBTQIA+ information and/or services. One of our primary goals is to help ensure that libraries have the resources necessary to meet the needs of their queer patrons (regardless of age) and staff members. In doing so, we also hope to provide a forum for discussion, as well as an environment for advocacy and education, regarding the needs of queer library workers and the queer community at large. In addition, we will work to support the free and open access to information, without censorship, for queer individuals and their allies. As we move forward, we’ll be working on resource and book lists, workshops, and other outlets to aid with these goals.

June is indeed Pride month, so let’s start now and continue showing our pride as we confront injustice for all marginalized communities! Please reach out to one the co-chairs below for more information about membership and opportunities for involvement. We hope you’ll join us as we celebrate our past, fight for equity in the present, and work towards a better future.

Valerie Acklin                                                 Derek Ivie

valerieacklin@gmail.com                                  derek@suffolknet.org

Jody Ruggiero                                               Nola Thacker

Jruggiero@levittownpl.org                               nolareads@gmail.com           

Co-Chairs/NCLA                                             Co-Chairs/SCLA

A Message from the SCLA Executive Board

In this difficult time, the Suffolk County Library (SCLA) stands firmly with the Black community, as well as the American Library Association (ALA) and countless other professional library associations, in denouncing the senseless loss of Mr. George Floyd and all forms of racism, discrimination, and oppresion.

Our commitment to intellectual freedom and charge of providing full access to knowledge to all members of our communities regardless of race, color, religion, age, ability, gender identity, or sexual orientation is sacrosanct. But there is still much work to be done in the way of forging an all-inclusive society that is not only just non-racist, but staunchly anti-racist.

We must provide the tools for library staff to advocate to the best of our abilities. We must effect change and foster environments where all members of our communities feel accepted, safe and welcomed. As public service information professionals, we have an ongoing responsibility to educate ourselves on how to better understand, represent, and ally ourselves with our diverse colleagues and communities, for that diversity is amongst our greatest strengths. The members of SCLA stand in solidarity, committed to doing our part to make this possible.

Signed,   The Suffolk County Library Association Executive Board 


SCLA’s Virtual Trivia Afternoon

Hi Everyone,
We miss you! At our last SCLA executive board meeting, we had a long discussion about networking night and what to do.  Since a traditional networking night is out of the question this year, we thought it would be fun to get together in a non-traditional way, so we put together a trivia afternoon.  A chance to see our library friends and get those competitive juices flowing!
Test your knowledge, grab your favorite snacks and have some fun from home! After registering, you will be emailed a link to join the event.  Click here to register!  We look forward to seeing you!
If you have any questions, feel free to email me individually.

Andrea Malchiodi

Youth Services/Family Engagement Coordinator

Lindenhurst Memorial Library

1 Lee Avenue Lindenhurst, NY 11757

631-957-7755 ext 141