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The mission of the Orange-Ulster BOCES School Library System is to provide leadership and assistance to all school library media centers with attention to instructional support, staff development, and service to members within the Orange-Ulster BOCES region.

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zoozicalLocal Students Celebrate the "Unlimited Possibilities" of Libraries and Books at the 2015 Great New York Read Aloud

The OU BOCES School Library System celebrated National Library Week at its annual Great New York Read Aloud (GNYRA). Students from local elementary, middle and high schools took part in the Read Aloud during National Library Week and School Library Media Month...Read More




Shashwat Patel of Monroe-Woodbury Middle School Wins Orange County Spelling Bee

Shashwat Patel, a 7th grade student who attends Monroe-Woodbury Middle School, was named the Grand Champion at the annual Orange County Spelling Bee. The Times Herald Record sponsors the Orange County winner to compete in the National Scripps Spelling Bee in May. Shashwat was congratulated by Barry Lewis, the Executive Editor of the Times Herald Record...Read More








************** SUNY ORANGE 2015 ALA Notable Children's Book Banquet ***************

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booksOU BOCES School Library System Holds Mock Book Awards

The 9th Annual Mock Book Awards, recently held at the Ramapo Catskill Library System in Middletown, brought together thirty Library Media Specialists from local school districts to discuss and rate school-aged books which they read from a large selection of quality children's literature published in 2014...Read More





fall into books16th Annual Fall into Books Conference Celebrates Libraries, Reading and Books

The 16th Annual Fall Into Books Literature Conference was held in October at the Ramada Fishkill. School and public librarians attended this event, which was highlighted by book discussion groups, author presentations and outstanding speakers...Read More


back packSchool Library System Encourages Reading with Parents as Reading Buddies Summer Program 16th Annual Fall into Books Conference Celebrates Libraries, Reading and Books

The Orange-Ulster BOCES Division of Instructional Support Services (ISS) has initiated a program to encourage a life-long interest in reading through the Parents as Reading Buddies Summer Program. Reading events will be held throughout the summer at the ISS library in the Regional Education Center at Arden Hill in Goshen. The program was kicked off with an open house on July 1st featuring books, songs and an opportunity for participants to check out books for the summer...Read More




James HylandSchool Librarians Celebrate Excellence at End-of-Year Dinner

Orange-Ulster Librarians celebrated their second annual end-of-the-year dinner by honoring several special guests including James Hyland who is "retiring" as the Orange-Ulster BOCES Spelling Bee Pronouncer of nearly 30 years...Read More





centerpieceLibrarians Celebrate Libraries and Learning with Rip Van Winkle Award

School librarians the Orange-Ulster region recently participated in their annual School Library Media Specialists of Southeastern NY Rip Van Winkle Award event where children's book illustrator Ed Young was honored... Read More


mock book awardsOrange and Sullivan School Library Services Co-Sponsor 8th Annual Mock Book Awards Local

The 8th Annual Mock Book Awards, held on January 22nd at Sullivan BOCES in Liberty, NY brought thirty Library Media Specialists together to discuss and rate school-aged books which participants have read from a large selection of quality children's literature published in 2013...Read More


animotoTech Tools for Digital Story Telling

Click Here to view an animoto clip created at the recent Tech Tools for Digital Story Telling workshop sponsored by the School Library System. Storytelling is at the heart of so many learning activities - Library media specialists and classroom teachers recently learned to incorporate digital stories into curricula to engage students simultaneously in reading, writing, speaking, listening, and critical thinking.


ALA meeting


Click Here for information about and to register for the upcoming American Library Association's Mid Winter Meeting and Exhibits

January 24 - 28, 2014




Fall into BooksFall into Books Library Conference Brings Together Librarians from Mid-Hudson Region

The 15th Annual Fall Into Books Children's and Teen Literature Conference took place in October. The conference was sponsored by Orange-Ulster, Dutchess, Rockland, Sullivan and Ulster BOCES School Library Systems as well as the Ramapo Catskill Library System and the Mid-Hudson Library Systems...Read More



Ken BonneySchool Library Services Presents Horizon User Training to Local Librarians

OU BOCES Library Services hosted an all-day Horizon User Training at the BOCES Harriman Learning Center in Harriman. This dynamic, hands-on workshop focused on the day-to-day operation of the Horizon database and how librarians can help students access information through its multi-faceted search engine...Read More

nonfiction workshopSchool Library Services Presents Workshop on Best Common Core Nonfiction Books for Grades 6-12

Orange-Ulster BOCES School Library Services, in partnership with Rockland BOCES, recently hosted a "Best Common Core Nonfiction Books for Grades 6-12" workshop for educators in Orange & Rockland Counties...Read More


Rising to Challenge AASL 16th Annual Conference and Exhibition - November 14-17

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School Librarians Celebrate Successful Year and Honor Retiring Librarians

Orange-Ulster BOCES School Library Services recently held its first annual School Library Dinner, which provided a wonderful opportunity for component school librarians to meet informally and to share news and ideas while honoring the librarians who are retiring from our school districts this year...Read More

Children's Nonfiction ConferenceChildren’s Non-fiction Conference at SUNY New Paltz

• What is new in children's nonfiction publishing;
• How you can use your talent to create books, e-books, apps, and other educational materials;
• Get ideas for school and library nonfiction presentations
• How to sell and market yourself and your nonfiction ideas with digital technology and social media;
• Applying your expertise in fiction to a new genre: nonfiction;
• The Common Core Standards and how your nonfiction books... Read More and Download the Application


Read AloudLocal Students Celebrate Books and Reading at the Great New York Read Aloud

The Orange-Ulster BOCES School Library System, part of the Division of Instructional Support Services, celebrated National Library Week at its annual Great New York Read Aloud with readings by elementary school students from local districts. Libraries and schools throughout NY State have sponsored Read Alouds during National Library Week and School Library Media Month for the past 23 years..Read More


Library ConferenceSchool Librarians Explore Their Roles as Educational Leaders During School Librarian Leadership Forum

The advent of new technologies, the availability of Web 2.0 Tools, more choices in non-fiction print holdings, many digital online resources and the changes in how teachers teach and students learn have all greatly expanded school librarian roles and responsibilities...Read More

Star LabStarLab Brings Solar System Into Local Classrooms

Orange-Ulster BOCES School Library Services recently held a free StarLab Training for local teachers. StarLab is an inflatable, dome-shaped portable planetarium with eleven projection cylinders that create vivid images of the stars, planets, and other objects visible in the night sky...Read More


Michael JamesMichael James of Cornwall Wins Orange County Spelling Bee

Cornwall MS student Michael James, a seventh grader, outlasted all other competitors in a grueling 32-round spelling bee held at Orange-Ulster BOCES in March. The annual Orange County Spelling Bee is organized each year by Orange-Ulster BOCES School Library Services and sponsored by the Times Herald Record. Michael won the chance to compete in the Scripps National Spelling Bee in Washington, DC ...Read More