Advocacy Day 2015 , February 25th

Advocacy Day Event Flyer 2015

Advocacy Day Event Flyer 2015


It’s time for NCLA’s annual Advocacy Day bus trip to Albany!  We need as many library advocates as possible to communicate to our legislators the importance of libraries in New York State.    We encourage all library staff, administrators, trustees, Friends groups and members of the public to attend.

In traveling to Albany you’ll spend a memorable day with your colleagues.  You will begin your trip on a luxury motor coach.  Bring a beverage of your choice and we’ll provide the bagels with all the trimmings.  During the trip you will be given briefing packets and backup information regarding the legislative issues important to Long Island libraries.  Sandwiches and beverages will be served on the trip back.  You’ll be surrounded with lively conversation, camaraderie and a sense of achievement.

This year NCLA is only sponsoring ONE bus to Albany. It will be departing on Wednesday, February 25 at 6:30 a.m. from the NLS parking lot. For any questions call Ken Bellafiore at the Freeport Memorial Library, 516 379‐3274.  Spaces are limited so register early!

To register please send the attached form to Roseanne Dorfman c/o Nassau Library System or email with “Advocacy Day” in the subject line. This trip is free.

Eleventh Annual Freedom to Read Contest

Eleventh Annual Freedom to Read Contest

Eleventh Annual Freedom to Read Contest

The Intellectual Freedom Committee of the Nassau County Library Association presents the Eleventh Annual “Freedom to Read” Essay and Art Contest.

Entries must be received by April 1, 2015

Pick an Important Action Taken by a Character in a Story or Movie. What would YOU have done? Why?

You may enter one or both parts of the contest:
• Write a one page essay
• Create an original picture or design
(Copies or tracings of book covers will not be accepted)

Winners to be posted May 11, 2015 on the Nassau County Library Association homepage & the Intellectual Freedom Committee
of Nassau County Library Association Facebook Page

Reception at the Levittown Public Library on Thursday, May 21, 2015 at 7:30 p.m.
Age group winners will receive a Barnes and Noble gift card.

All essays and artwork become the property of the Committee.
Please contact Ellen Berman (516)766-6257 x17 with any additional questions

Attach a copy of the entry form to each Essay or Art Contest entry and send to:

Ellen Berman, c/o Rockville Centre Public Library
221. N. Village Ave./Rockville Centre, NY 11570

New York Islander’s Game, March 29th

Islanders Event Flyer

New York Islander’s Game, March 29th

New York Islanders Game!!!!!!

Come join us on Sunday March 29, 2015 for a N.Y. Islanders vs. Detroit Red Wings game at 5:00 pm.

Tickets are for upper level seats, scrumptious buffet before the game at the Marriott Hotel next door and a “Rock the Barn” t-shirt. Please specify if you want a: Medium, Large or Extra Large sized shirt.

Cost: $75 per ticket. Part of the cost helps to support NCLA!!!

If you are interested please let me know by March 1st, money for the tickets needs to be sent to me at the Seaford Public Library by March 15th. The number of seats available is limited so the first 25 people who respond will get a ticket!!!!!

Checks are to be made to: Nassau County Library Association

Hope to see as many NCLA colleagues, friends and family as possible. If you cannot bring your friends and family then bring someone else’s friends and family!

Go Islanders and Go NCLA!!!!

Frank McKenna,
Director, Seaford Public Library
2334 Jackson Avenue
Seaford, NY 11783
tel: 516-221-1334

Support Staff Division Open House Event, March 24th

2015 Support Staff Open House Event Flyer

2015 Support Staff Open House Event Flyer.

Join your colleagues for a fun evening with vocalist Jim Papa. He’ll have you dancing with a medley of Elvis and Oldies from the 50’s and 60’s

The library will be “All Shook Up” as you enjoy hearing “Teddy Bear,” “Don’t Be Cruel,” “The Wonder of You” and many more!
A tour of the Uniondale Library will be followed by hot buffet dinner and homemade desserts made by our board members with an evening of music.

Date: Tuesday, March 24, 2015
Time: 6:00 P.M. (tour begins at 5:30 P.M.)
Place: Uniondale Public Library, 400 Uniondale Ave, Uniondale 11553

NCLA Members: $20.00 Non-Members: $30.00
RSVP by 3/18/2015 to Lucy Heredia, Uniondale Public Library (516) 489-2220 ext. 226.
Free Raffles! and 50/50!

Please see attached event flyer for more details and to register!

Workshop on the NYS Deferred Compensation Plan, January 30th

NYS Deferred Compensation Plans Event Flyer.

NYS Deferred Compensations Plan Event Flyer.

Join the Support Staff at a workshop with Bertrand Thomas from NYS Deferred Compensation Plan as he highlights WHY putting away money in a tax-deferred account can offer several benefits.

• The New York State Deferred Compensation Plan is a 457(b) retirement plan created for New York State employees, and employees of participating agencies.
• Retirement can last a long time. Your pension and Social Security benefits may be your primary retirement income source, but might not be enough . . . preparing for retirement through the Plan may help overcome any retirement income gap and provide additional financial security.
• See how your investment can potentially due to the power of time and compounding.

Date: Friday, January 30th 2015
Time: 9:00-10:00 a.m.

Location: Syosset Public Library
225 South Oyster Bay Road
Syosset, N.Y. 11791
Room B/C

Light Refreshment will be served.

RSVP BY: January 26, 2015 – -516-921-7161,ext. 235 or via NLS bins.

Please click here to see event flyer.

Nassau and Suffolk YASD Annual Joint Meeting, February 19th

YASD Annual Joint Meeting Flyer.

YASD Annual Joint Meeting Flyer.

Join us for the Nassau and Suffolk YASD Annual Joint Meeting!
Thursday, February 19th
9:30 – 12 p.m.
Levittown Public Library
1 Bluegrass Lane
Levittown, NY 11756

Is There an Expiration Date in Teen Services?

The common stereotype of young adult librarians is that they can easily relate to their patrons because they’re not much older than teens themselves. But is this true? Can you continue to work with teens in libraries into your forties, fifties, and beyond? Whether you’re just embarking on your journey as a young adult librarian or are a seasoned pro, bring your own experiences to this interactive workshop where we’ll explore how to keep up with constantly shifting teen culture, what career progression for young adult librarians might be like, and how to build teen services from year to year.

CEUs will be awarded.
A light breakfast will be served.

Gretchen Kolderup, manager of Young Adult Education and Engagement at the New York Public Library, will discuss with us how to keep teen services fresh and exciting.

$20 for members of NCLA, SCLA, and library students.
Non-member fee is $30. Please make checks payable to NCLA.

Please see attached flyer to register for NCLA/SCLA YASD Joint Meeting.

Please return event flyer by February 12th to Rhonda Todtman, Peninsula Public Library, 280 Central Ave, Lawrence, NY 11559 (516) 239-3262

Video Game Roundtable Discussion and Demo, February 4th

Flyer for Video Game Group Discussion and Demo.

Flyer for Video Game Group Discussion and Demo.

NCLA Pop Culture Committee Presents:

Video Game Roundtable Discussion and Demo

Whether You are an Expert or Beginner with Video Games, all Librarians are Welcome!

Wednesday, February 4, 2015 from 9:30AM-12:00PM
at the Garden City Public Library

Roundtable Discussion:

Bring your questions and/or share your experience and ideas on the following topics:

  • Collection Development: Learn about the Best Games, Game Genres, Review Sites, Content Ratings, and more!
  • Lending Games: Share Your Library’s Practices, Procedures, and Policies!
  • General Gaming News: What Systems are Hot? What Games are Hot?
  • Tournaments and Programming: Share Programming Ideas for Children, Teens, and Adults!
  • Video Games and Literacy: How Can Video Games Boost Literacy? What are the Benefits of Gaming?

Librarians will get the opportunity to demo games on the latest systems, including:

  • Nintendo 3DS
  • Nintendo Wii U
  • PlayStation 3
  • PlayStation 4
  • PlayStation Vita
  • Xbox 360
  • iPad
  • PC

Librarians, especially those with limited to no gaming experience, will get the chance to see what video games are all about!

$5 for NCLA members, $15 for non-members.

Make Checks Payable to NCLA.

CEUs will be awarded.

Registration is required. Register no later than Wednesday, January 28, 2015.

Fill out the attached event flyer and send it along with a check to:
The Garden City Public Library, attn: Laura Giunta

For questions, please contact Laura Giunta at or at 516-742-8405 x216.

NCLA Through the Years: A Short Video

NCLA Through the Years is a short video created to commemorate the 80th Anniversary of the Nassau County Library Association. Christina Rivera, Special Projects Librarian at LILRC, was kind enough to put this together for us . . .

If you’d like to find out more about the history of NCLA, then please check here.

Privacy at Risk: What you Can Do to Protect Your Library and Educate Your Users, December 8th

surveillance_cameraOn Monday, December 8th, the Intellectual Freedom Committee and the Computers & Technology Committee will hold a joint program in the Nassau Library System meeting room from 9 am to 1 2pm. The program is entitled, Privacy at Risk: What You Can Do to Protect Your Library and Educate Your Users.

CEU credits offered are 0.3 along with certificates (refreshments, too!)

$10 per person for NCLA, SCLA and affiliated groups; $20 all others.

To sign up in advance,  contact Jeff Feinsilver by voicemail (516) 686-1153, phone by  (516) 686-7657,7658 or through his email at

Public Speaking for Chickens, November 18th

Public Speaking for Chickens Flyer.

Public Speaking for Chickens Flyer.

Public Speaking for Chickens!

Tuesday, November 18, 2014
9:30am – 12:30pm
Location: Farmingdale Public Library
Fee: FREE for NCLA Members, $5.00 for Non-NCLA Members
Speaker: Kate Beckman, M.A. Director, Communications Lab – Nassau Community College

Do you have trouble speaking in front of groups?
If so, come to our Public Speaking for Chickens workshop.

Kate Beckman will give you some helpful tips to gelp your get over your fear of public speaking. Learn how to get your audience’s attention, what you should avoid, and much more.

Please RSVP by November 1.

Registration Form is Attached.

Emerging Technologies in the Modern Academic Library, October 17th

Annual Joint Conference Flyer.

Annual Joint Conference Flyer.

Emerging Technologies in the Modern Academic Library
Date: Friday, October 17, 2014
Time: 9:30am – 2:30pm
Place: Suffolk Community College – Grant Campus
Cost: $30 for NCLA/SCLA members, $40 for non-members

This year’s joint annual conference will be co-hosted by the Academic and Special Libraries Division (ASLD) of NCLA, the Division of Academic and Special Libraries (DASL) of SCLA and the Suffolk Community College Grant Campus Library.

It will feature three speakers, Prof. Kimberly Mullins of LIU Post, Prof. William Caniano of Hofstra University, and Prof. Laura Pope Robbins of Dowling College.

Please see the attached flyer for more details and to sign up.

RASD Annual Author Breakfast, October 21st

RASD author breakfast flyer.

RASD author breakfast flyer.

RASD Author Breakfast featuring Stephan Talty
NCLA Members $35
Non-Members $45

His first work of fiction, a crime novel called Black Irish, introduced the Harvard Educated detective, Absalom Kearney, and marked the beginning of a new crime series.  The second in the series, Hangman, was published earlier this year.

Talty is also the co-author of the New York Times best selling account, A Captain’s Duty, with Captain Richard Phillips, the hero of the Maersk Alabama Hijacking.  The book was made into a film starring Tom Hanks.

Click here for more details and for event flyer.

New York Comic Con Trip, October 9th

New York Comic Con Trip 2014

New York Comic Con Trip 2014

Join the NCLA Pop Culture Committee on Thursday, October 9, for breakfast in the city and then head over to the Javits Center together for New York Comic Con!From 10:00AM-11:00AM, the NCLA Pop Culture Committee will Meet-Up for Breakfast at Starbucks, 600 8th Avenue, NY 10018 (on the corner of 39th Street and 8th Avenue).New York Comic Con at the Javits Center begins at 12:00PM!

The ALA panel “Saving Indecent Comics” will be held on Thursday, October 9 from 3:15PM-4:00PM in Room 1A01.
The NCLA/SCLA panel “Why Should I Let My Child Read Comics?” will be held on Thursday, October 9 from 6:15PM-7:00PM in Room 1A01.

While Professional Registration is SOLD OUT, Single Day Thursday Tickets are still available for $35:

Remember that Thursday tickets can and most likely will sell out before the day of the event, so please register as soon as you can!
No registration is required to meet-up with the NCLA Pop Culture Committee for breakfast (attendees will pay for their own breakfast).
Please see the attached flyer for more details, and please share with the staff at your library.

Nassau County Legislative Breakfast, Friday, September 19th, 8:30 a.m.

Join Library Trustees, fellow Directors, Staff and Friends to thank hometown legislators for their support of Long Island Libraries at the Nassau County Legislative Breakfast.

Location:        Freeport Memorial Library
144 W. Merrick Road
Freeport, NY  11520-3726

The deadline to register is quickly approaching!

Please note the following:

The Village of Freeport Board of Trustees have graciously waived the metered parking fees in the rear of the building until 12 noon on Friday September 19.  No need to plug the meters.

Enter from the north side municipal parking lot (the rear of building).                    

R.S.V.P.  – Register Today!

Lost in Translation: When Novels Become Graphic, September 17th

Lost in Translation

Please click on accompanying flyer for more information on this program or to sign up!”

Lost in Translation: When Novels Become Graphic, is a literature workshop comparing children’s and young adult books with their graphic novel adaptations.

Wednesday, September 17, 2014
from 10 am — 12 pm
at the Garden City Public Library

$5 for NCLA members
$15 for non-members

Make Checks Payable to NCLA
CEUs will be awarded.

Registration is required. Register no later than Wednesday, September 10, 2014.

Please click on accompanying flyer for more information and to sign up!

Support Staff Trip to Culinary Institute of America (September 4th, 2014)

NCLA Support Staff Bus Trip to the Culinary Institute of America

Click here for event details and to sign up!

The NCLA Support Staff Division invites you to attend their bus trip to the Culinary Institute of America in New Hyde Park on September 4th, 2014.

For more than 60 years, the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park has been setting the standard for excellence in professional culinary education. Enjoy a one hour tour of the CIA before sitting down to an exquisite lunch at the institute’s American Bounty Restaurant.

Prior to our visit to the Culinary Institute we will make a stop at Val-Kil to tour the cottage, gardens and new exhibit:

“Eleanor Roosevelt and Val-Kill: Emergence of a Political Leader.”

Click here for event details and to sign up!


Event will take place on Thursday, September 4, 2014

$65.00 (NCLA members)
$75.00 (non-members)


Bus leaves NLS: 900 Jerusalem Ave, Uniondale promptly @ 7:30 a.m. and returns at approximately 5:45 p.m.

The Support Staff will provide a FREE bag filled with a bagel(cream cheese/butter) and a water bottle for the morning ride.

FREE raffles, a 50/50 and delicious snacks will wrap up our trip as we make our way back.

Support Staff Trip to Culinary Institute of America

“Beyond an Apple a Day,” September 5th

Beyond and Apple a Day

Click here for more information on how to sign up for “Beyond an Apple a Day.”

The Health Services Committee Presents:
Beyond an Apple a Day: Providing Consumer Health Information at Your Library

This hands-on class will cover the health information seeking behavior of consumers and the role of the librarian in the provision of health information to the public.  Come learn about the evolution of consumer health, health literacy and the e-patient.  Participants will be equipped with knowledge of top consumer health sites, e-patient resources, and collection development core lists.  We will discuss creative ideas for health information outreach.  The class will wrap up with an opportunity to explore effective marketing approaches and develop an elevator speech.

Presented by Lydia Collins, Consumer Health Coordinator, National Network of Libraries of Medicine, Middle Atlantic Region (NN/LM, MAR)

Friday, September 5, 2014, Farmingdale Public Library
9:30AM: Registration & Refreshments —
10:00AM-12:00PM: Workshop

Please click the accompanying flyer for more information on this program and details on how to sign up.


“The Year Ahead – What’s Next?” – PR/Programming Division, January 22nd

PR Programming Division - What's Next

PR Programming Division Meeting Flyer – The Year Ahead – What’s Next?

What’s happening in 2015?  We’re making plans and want you to be a part of them!  The Performer’s Showcase, the LI Library Conference, and upcoming meetings/speakers are all on the agenda.

Join us for this planning session to share your ideas and suggestions and learn what’s on the horizon for the Programming Division.

Thursday, January 22nd,
9:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Nassau Library System Andrew Geddes Meeting Room

Register no later than January 19th, 2015.
Bagels and refreshments will be served.

Please click here for event flyer.

Send registration to: Roseanne Dorfman at Nassau Library System by either NLS bin, mail c/o NLS – 900 Jerusalem Avenue, Uniondale, NY 1153, or by email:

Annual MSD Brunch and Installation of Officers, December 16th

Flyer for 2014 MSD Brunch.

Flyer for 2014 MSD Brunch.

Annual Media Services Division
Brunch & Installation of Officers –
“POW!” the History of Superhero Movies
Tuesday, December 16, 2014
9:30 a.m.-12:00 noon
Andrew Geddes Meeting Room
Nassau Library System
Film historian/author Clive Young will trace the evolution of superhero movies over the past 80 years, from the Saturday morning serials of yesteryear to the box-office blockbusters of today!   Program will include “family-friendly” clips staring Superman, Batman, Spider-Man, Captain Marvel and other classic characters, plus behind-the-scenes info about various superhero movies.

2 CEU Contact Hours will be awarded to attendees.


$10 for NCLA Members ; $20 for Non-NCLA Members

Please make checks payable to NCLA.   Please click here to see event flyer and to register!
Please return event flyer by Wednesday, December 10, 2014 to Mamie Eng, Henry Waldinger Memorial Library, 60 Verona Place, Valley Stream, NY 11582. For further information, call (516) 825-6422 or e-mail


Author Visit with Marybeth Zeman, December 11th

Flyer for author visit with Marybeth Zeman.

Flyer for author visit with Marybeth Zeman.

The NCLA Outreach committee is pleased to invite you to an author visit with Marybeth Zeman.  The program will take place on Thursday, December 11th at 9:30am at the Nassau Library System.

Ms. Zeman is the author of the critically acclaimed non-fiction book titled Tales of a Jailhouse Librarian: Challenging the Juvenile Justice System One Book at a Time.  Ms. Zeman was a speaker at this year’s Long Island Library Conference and has been the subject of various media outlet reports including Newsday and New York Times.  While all are welcomed, Ms. Zeman’s experiences will be of special interest to librarians serving special populations, working in a public library setting or those who work with young adult patrons.  CEUs will be awarded for attending this program.

To register or to learn more about Ms. Zeman, please visit or see the attached flyer.