27 December 2006

Dance Program Held at Amsterdam

The Amsterdam Free Library hosted a Homespun Community Dance program on December 27. Peter Davis, Paul Rosenberg, and George Wilson led the group. Here, an enthusiastic group of participants warms up prior to performing a folk dance.
The event was funded by "Families Sing, a collaborative project of the Mohawk Valley Library System and the Amsterdam Free Library, supported by Federal Library Services Technology Act funds, awarded to the NYS Library by the Federal Institute of Museum Library Services.

21 December 2006

Fun Had by All at STJ Christmas Party

The fall session of the toddler time and story hour programs at the Margaret Reaney Memorial Library in St. Johnsville drew to a close with a Christmas party on Sunday, December 17. 41 adults and children gathered at the library in the late afternoon for Christmas carolling throughout the neighborhood. After the carolling, everyone returned to the library to make glitter pinecone decorations and pinecone birdfeeders, and enjoy some juice and cookies. Library Director Dawn Capece then read the story The Silver Christmas Tree by Pat Hutchins. The party concluded with a visit by Santa Claus himself! At left, a young patron works on his glitter pinecone ornament.

11 December 2006

CPH to hold Garage Sale

The Clifton Park-Halfmoon Library will hold a garage sale on Saturday, December 16 from 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM at the library's former location, 47 Clifton Country Road. Tables, chairs, and office items (like file cabinets) from the former library will be available for purchase. All items must be taken at the time of sale, and cash or checks will be accepted.

06 December 2006

Grant Opportunity - Arthur's 10th Anniversary Literacy Initiative

In the spring of 2006, Arthur marked a milestone that few children’s—or adult—series ever attain: ten seasons on the air! To celebrate the occasion, the WGBH Educational Foundation is pleased to launch Arthur’s 10th Anniversary Literacy Initiative, a new outreach effort targeting public libraries.

WGBH will award grants in the amount of $1,000 each to 15 public libraries, asking them to design projects using the Arthur resources and targeting parents and children, including soon-to-be as well as independent readers. We seek libraries that represent diversity in size, location, and population served (with an emphasis on reaching at-risk audiences), and will also consider the creativity of their approach and the strength of their community partners (including local PBS stations), which will be essential to access families not currently served by the library.

We invite you to apply for an Arthur’s 10th Anniversary Literacy Initiative grant. Applications can be found online and are due by Monday, December 18, 2006. If you have questions on the grant application, please feel free to contact Natalie Hebshie, Arthur Outreach Coordinator, at 617-300-3639 or by e-mail at natalie_hebshie@wgbh.org.

04 December 2006

Grant Opportunity - MVLS Community Connections Grants

Community Connections grants of up to $1000 each are available to MVLS member libraries. This competitive grant may be used to provide equipment, materials or programs to people in the following categories: older adults; people with physical, mental or visual disabilities; geographically isolated, educationally disadvantaged; unemployed and in need of job placement; those confined to an institution; and members of ethnic or minority groups in need of special services. Libraries will need to target one of these outreach populations and partner with at least one community agency to provide programs, materials, or equipment. Complete information on this grant program is available of the MVLS web site. The grant period runs from February 5, 2007 to October 5, 2007. Completed applications are due to MVLS no later than 4:30 PM on January 20, 2007.

27 November 2006

Grant to Gloversville Library Aids in Cemetery Project

Finding a particular gravesite can be difficult. Not only do memories fade, but cemeteries change. New markers and gravesites are added, landscapes shift, roads disappear, and whole new areas are added. So where can you go for help? Until recently, finding help locating a gravesite in the old section of the Prospect Hill Cemetery (Gloversville) was particularly difficult because the Cemetery Association records were kept in a house on Kingsboro Avenue, Gloversville which burned in the early 1900’s. But help is on the way.

The Gloversville Public Library approached Senator Hugh Farley with a request to underwrite the efforts of Mr. Davis Bixby, a Broadalbin resident, to disseminate his record of over 155,000 tombstones in cemeteries in Fulton County. The $2,500 grant will facilitate the dissemination of Bixby’s indexes by providing funding for supplies such as binders, ink, and paper.

Bixby began in Broadalbin recording Providence cemetery where his son is buried. Because he had a friend buried in Union Hill cemetery, he decided to “do a few on that side” as well. That was fourteen years ago.

To complete the record of gravesites in Saratoga County, Bixby merged his findings with records completed in 1878 by Cornelius Emerson Durkee which he found in the Saratoga Library. He included Durkee’s record of any stone that he could no longer find. The Saratoga index, housed with the Saratoga County historian, stretches over four feet. The master index of these records is stored in the Gloversville Public Library as well. It includes the 17 townships and the city of Saratoga which alone has over 20,000 stones. Bixby spent over $5,000 of his own money simply on the cost of commuting the 345 days it took to complete the records for Saratoga County.

Most days of late, Bixby can be found in the Prospect Hill Cemetery videotaping each stone. His method is both to film and to describe each stone. He completed 70+ tapes of the new and old sections. He will then transcribe the data into his computer this winter. The grant funding will provide binders containing both the old and new sections for the Gloversville and Johnstown public libraries, the Gloversville City archives, the Fulton County Historian and the Fulton County Museum.

The records are grouped by cemetery and organized alphabetically by last name on the tombstone. Each entry includes the transcription on the stone and its location.

Binders for the cemeteries in the city of Johnstown, towns of Broadalbin, Mayfield, and Northampton are available for public use at the Gloversville Public Library. The Johnstown Public Library and Johnstown City Historian also have binders with the cemeteries in Johnstown.

After completing Prospect Hill Cemetery, Mr. Bixby intends to add Gloversville's Jewish cemetery and Revolutionary War cemetery before widening his research to include the entire Town of Johnstown.

23 November 2006

STJ Pie Sale a Successful Fundraiser

STJ Pie SaleTrustees Charles Welden and Paul Flanders hosted a "day before Thanksgiving" pie sale to benefit the Margaret Reaney Memorial Library at the St. Johnsville Branch of NBT Bank. With a large variety of pies donated from several library supporters, the annual event raised almost $300. Welden and Flanders have been welcoming pie buyers for the last several years and will return to the bank next month for a Christmas cookie sale, December 15 and 16 and again in February for a Valentine's Day Totally Chocolate bake sale. Here, Weldon (left) and Flanders are shown with their tasty treats.

20 November 2006

MVLS Libraries at NYLA

MVLS Libraries were well represented at the recent NYLA conference, held in Saratoga Springs. Here, Gloversville Public Library Director Barbara Madonna speaks about Gloversville's successful rechartering effort at the "One Person Makes a Difference" program; Northville Public Library Director Michael Burnett checks out the trade show; MVLS Adult and Outreach Specialist Lois Gordon presents a poster session on the LSTA-funded "Remember the Past, Plan for the Future" project.

Barbara MadonnaMichael BurnettLois Gordon

16 November 2006

Help Break a World Record!

Join schools, libraries and other organizations across the nation to help break the World Record for the most people reading the same passage simultaneously in multiple locations.

On Wednesday, December 13, 2006, at 12 noon (EST), you are invited to join students, educators, librarians and fans of Charlotte's Web to gather in schools, hospitals, libraries and community centers to read a passage from E.B. White's classic tale of friendship, kindness, selfless giving and miracles. It is our hope that "Break a World Reading Record with Charlotte's Web" will introduce this wonderful story to a new generation and reintroduce the story to fans who haven't read it since childhood.

Go to the Walden Media website to find out how to participate today! Also available online are detailed instructions, a Charlotte's Web Reading Record event guide, reproducible activity sheets, registration forms, an Educator Guide, coloring sheets, fun activities and comprehensive information and tips to join this national attempt! Charlotte's Web opens in theaters nationwide on December 20, 2006.

News from Families Sing

The Fort Plain Free Library had 87 people of all ages in attendance at their Families Sing performance featuring local musical group Stone Soup. The November 2 concert included attendance by a number of older people who thanked library director Laura Flynn for making the concert possible. The group Stone Soup is truly talented—with a very enjoyable folk sound. Stone Soup returned last night, November 15, to accompany the kids at the public library/school cooperative event. The Fort Plain High School auditorium holds 400, last night there were maybe a dozen empty seats for the Families Sing concert. The kids were great, school coordinator Kate worked up a cohesive, informative, very fun program and Stone Soup played along for every tune. Everyone had a fantastic time. Families Sing was a terrific opportunity for the library and community. (Laura reports a video was made and she will also make available their how-to program notes!)

The Johnstown Public Library had their music night at the Pleasant Avenue School Monday night, November 13 and they did a great job. Attendance was 150-175, with a lot of Moms and Dads with the kids. The Pleasant Ave staff came up with great games and activities which kept everyone hopping all night. Children’s Coordinator Valerie Rogers reported seeing a lot of smiling faces walking out of the school.

The Children’s Department of the Amsterdam Free Library and St. Mary’s Institute together presented a Family Music Night at St. Mary’s last Thursday, November 9 at 6:30 PM. Sally Romano, Amsterdam Free Library Children’s Coordinator, reported a fun and special evening which featured musical activities and interactive fun for children in Kindergarten through 8th grade and their families. As you can see from the picture, a fun time was had by all!

All Families Sing programs are collaborative projects of the Mohawk Valley Library System and member libraries and are supported by Federal Library Services & Technology Act funds, awarded to the NYS Library by the Federal Institute of Museum & Library Services.

15 November 2006

New Professional Collection Titles Available

Just added to the MVLS Professional Collection:

Outstanding Library Service to Children: Putting the Core Competencies to Work
by Rosanne Cerny et al: ALA, 2006

Dynamic Youth Services through Outcome-Based Planning and Evaluation
by Eliza T. Dresang et al: ALA, 2006

Sizzling Summer Reading Programs for Young Adults, 2nd Edition
by Katherine L. Kan: ALA, 2006

Technology Made Simple: An Improvement Guide for Small and Medium Libraries
by Kimberly Bolan and Robert Cullin: ALA, 2007

Check one out today!!

Summer Reading 2007

The 2007 Summer Reading Program Manuals are here!

New York State has joined the 41 state Collaborative Summer Library Program. In a nutshell, we’ll have the same program, with even more materials due to the buying power from 41 states. Plus, children and teens traveling throughout the United States will more than likely encounter the same theme and summer reading pitch outside of our area, for even more summer reading encouragement!

AND, for our first year with the collaborative, Hudson Valley local author/illustrator Mark Teague has designed a dog-gone great children’s program titled :Get a Clue @ Your Library.

YNK @ Your Library (You Never Know) is ready to go for your teen population.

Manuals are being sent to your library through the delivery. Also on its way is a catalog from Highsmith with all the summer items you could possibly want for your summer program!

Early birds can place an order by December 1, 2006, and receive by March 1, 2007. Two other dates, January 1 and April 1, 2007, will get you your materials by April 1 and May 15, 2007.

A website of planning information regarding this year’s program may be found at www.cslpreads.org. In addition, NYS will be developing a website for kids and teens.

Mark your calendar now for our three system Summer Reading Program Workshop, scheduled for Thursday, March 1, 2007 at the William K. Sanford Town Public Library in Colonie!

Please call or email Sue with any questions, ideas, and plans for 2007!

14 November 2006

Grant Opportunity - RBDB Program

The Capital District Library Council is inviting applications for grants to be funded by the Regional Bibliographic Databases Program (RBDB). Funding this year will be awarded in the following categories:
  • Retrospective conversion projects for records already in MARC format.
  • Special cataloging conversion projects of any type (such as maps, manuscripts, or other special collections).
  • Metadata - projects that enhance existing data (ie table of contents, book reviews); projects that describe textual or non-textual objects (ie electronic documants or archival materials) that could be used in future digitization projects.

All materials cataloged for the grant must be completed in MARC format or follow other acceptable regional/national standards. The data must also be included in a catalog connected to CaDiLaC Online or be included in CDLC's partial Union Catalog. Libraries can apply for grants at a maximum of $2500 per category. All MVLS member libraries are eligible to apply - contact Lois Gordon at MVLS for an application form. Projects are for calendar year 2007, and the application deadline is December 10, 2006. Please contact Sue Rahn at CDLC (438-2500 or srahn@cdlc.org) if you have any questions about the application process.

13 November 2006

Adult Literacy Library Services Grant Applications Available

The 2007-2009 Adult Literacy Library Services grant applications are now available online from the Division of Library Development. The deadline is March 15, 2007. This two-year grant is available to public libraries and library systems and will cover the period from June 1, 2007-June 30, 2009. Projects must serve people age 16 and up who are not attending school full time, and must be jointly planned and coordinated with an organization operating an adult literacy program. The range of funding for each of the two years is $10,000-$20,000. The purpose of the grant is to to help public libraries and public library systems develop or expand adult literacy services in collaboration with a local literacy provider.

With grant funds, you may purchase
* literacy-related library materials
* project equipment
* project personnel
* supplies
* contracted services (planning, publications, project assistance)
* evaluation and reports to foster replication

Funds may not be used
* to replace funds for existing programs
* for building modification or construction
* for overhead and administrative costs

For full information on this grant program, see the Division of Library Development website.

Family Literacy Library Services Grant Applications Available

The 2007-2009 Family Literacy Library Services grant applications are now available online from the Division of Library Development. The deadline is March 15, 2007. This two-year grant is available to public libraries and library systems and will cover the period from June 1, 2007-June 30, 2009. Projects must include components for families, including parents and/or caregivers and young people, ages birth to 18. The range of funding for each of the two years is $10,000-$50,000. The purpose of the grant is to enable public libraries and their community partners to offer programs, services and materials to encourage family literacy activities, help families use the public library as an integral part of their student's academic success and develop models for planning, evaluation and community needs assessment.

With grant funds, you may purchase
* library materials for children and/or parents
* project equipment
* project personnel
* supplies
* contracted services (planning, publications, project assistance)
* evaluation and reports to foster replication

Funds may not be used
* to replace funds for existing programs
* for building modification or construction
* for overhead and administrative costs

For full information on this grant program, see the Division of Library Development website.

Children's Book Week Starts Today

The 87th Annual celebration of Children's Book Week begins today. This year's theme, More Books, Please!, features artwork by several notable illustrators, and encourages children and the adults who care for them to spread the joy of reading by spending some time with a book each day. Visit the Children's Book Council website for ideas on how you can participate in this yearly event.

Win Free Books

Library Journal has teamed up with Adams Media and About.com to offer autographed copies of the first four books in the new About.com How-To series to 25 lucky librarians. Enter to win here.

08 November 2006

Workshop - Teen Services

Full information on the Teen Services workshop to be held December 6 in Saratoga can now be found here.

07 November 2006

NetLibrary Training Scheduled

MVLS will begin offering NetLibrary downloadable audiobooks to the public on January 1, 2007. In preparation, we will be offering several training sessions for library staff. It's important for staff to be familiar with NetLibrary, so they will be able to field questions from the public as they arise. The first training session will be on Monday, November 20 at 2:30 PM at MVLS. Please let Sharon (ext. 229) know ASAP if you can attend this session. Up to 7 libraries can be accommodated.

30 October 2006

Workshop - Lifelong Access

Date: Monday, December 4, 2006
Place: The Crossings of Colonie, 580 Albany Shaker Road
Time: 10:00 AM - 2:30 PM
No charge, Lunch provided, Registration required

Lifelong Access Workshop

Want to learn about new and innovative ways to reach and serve baby boomers and active older adults in your community?

Looking for an opportunity to network with other librarians and local organizations that work with these populations?

THEN WE HAVE THE WORKSHOP FOR YOU! The Americans for Libraries Council (ALC), in partnership with the Albany Guardian Society and New York State Library, invites public library staff, students, and trustees from the Capital Region and surrounding areas to attend the Lifelong Access Workshop. This unique training opportunity is part of ALC’s National Lifelong Access Libraries Initiative.

Emphasizing the power of collaborations with local organizations that work with baby boomers and active older adults, the workshop will include the following sessions:

Introduction to Lifelong Access: Gloria Coles, Lifelong Access National Director

Lifelong Access in Action: Innovative Partnerships Between Libraries and Local Organizations, Lifelong Access Fellows

Creativity and Aging Programming in Libraries: A Connection to Healthy Living in Older Adults, Carolyn Zablotny, Associate Executive Director, Elders Share the Arts

World Café Activity (optional)Elissa Kane, Director of Development, Albany Public Library

SPACE IS LIMITED, SO REGISTER TODAY! Send an email with your name, library, address, and phone number to Amanda Latreille at alatreil@mail.nysed.gov. The registration deadline is November 27, 2006. To learn more, visit the Lifelong Access Libraries website at www.lifelonglibraries.org.

24 October 2006

Win a Trip to D.C. with David Baldacci!

Warner Books is holding a very cool contest to promote David Baldacci ’s new murder mystery, The Collectors, which finds a corpse turning up in the Library of Congress’s (LC) rare books room. To fully exploit the magnificent and unique setting, the publisher will select two grand prize winners to receive a personal tour of the facility by the mystery author and LC’s in-house historian, John Cole. The tour will include the Rare Books and Special Collection Division, Conservation, the refurbished Jefferson Building, the office of the First Librarian of Congress, which now serves as a private foreign dignitaries’ office, and several exhibition halls. Baldacci also will take the winners to lunch at the DC hotspot, The Monocle. Second prize is an iPod Nano loaded with with the complete audiobook library of Baldacci's titles. Enter here by November 17.

Foreign Language Titles Available

Novelists, Inc., an organization of 600+ authors in various genres, is collecting information from libraries interested in adding foreign language translations to their collections. If you are interested making your library's name and contact information available to Novelists, Inc, and possibly receiving foreign language translations from a variety of fiction authors, send the following information to Binnie Syril Braunstein at bsbgc@aol.com: Your name, the name and address of your library, the name of a library contact (if other than you), and the foreign languages that your library is interested in collecting. There is no charge for the books, though some authors may request reimbursement for shipping costs. More information is available in the Fiction-L Archives.

23 October 2006

Workshop - Collection Evaluation

Date: Wednesday, November 29, 2006
Time: 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Place: William K. Sanford Town Library, Colonie

METHODS NOT MADNESS: Evaluating Collections

Don't let collection management drive you mad. Join us for a workshop (lunch included!) on evaluating collections -- large and small, print and electronic.

The program will include presentations by:
Elaine Baker, Assistant Director, Southern Adirondack Library System: "Collection analysis and the planning process OR Who's gonna read that biography of Zsa Zsa Gabor?"

Gregg R.J. Kiehl, Circulation/ILL Librarian, Van Wagenen Library, SUNY Cobleskill: "Achieving clarity: Assessing your collection by understanding your user"

Ethel LaPier, Head of Branch Services, Albany Public Library: "Evaluating library collections for deaccessioning"

Andrew White, Associate Director, Health Sciences Library, Stony BrookUniversity: "Measuring the value of virtual collections with e-metrics"

Cost: $15.00 per person includes lunch and coffee break. Registration deadline is November 17.

For full information and to register, see the CDLC calendar.

Workshop - Using Microsoft Publisher

Date: Wednesday, November 15, 2006
Time: 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Place: Voorhees Computing Center, on the RPI campus, Troy
Instructor: Polly-Alida Farrington

Please join us for an informative, hands-on workshop that will show you how to get the most from Microsoft’s desktop publishing application, Microsoft Publisher (version 3.0). This workshop is perfect for anyone interested in learning how to produce professional looking documents for your library, and beyond! Space is limited to 30 participants and advance registration (by November 10) is required to secure your seat. A registration fee of $15 is payable at the door. Parking is available on campus for an additional fee. Complete info is available on the CDLC calendar.

19 October 2006

Workshop - Welcoming Authors to Your Library

Date: Thursday, November 9, 2006
Time: 9:30 AM
Place: MVLS

Join us as Margaret Garrett, Assistant Director of the Guilderland Public Library, explains the nuts and bolts of organizing an author visit. See the MVLS website for more information.

16 October 2006

Workshop - Teen Services

Date: Wednesday, December 6, 2006
Time: 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Place: Saratoga Springs Public Library

(Hip) Hop on Pop: A Teen Services Workshop

New Jersey teen services expert Kimberly Paone joins us for a three-system workshop. Teen culture, programming, materials, and marketing are the topics for the day. The workshop is free, and lunch is on your own. Come get in the groove of services to teens! For more information or to register, contact Sue at srokos@mvls.info.

13 October 2006

Author Laura Lippman in Johnstown

Bestselling author Laura Lippman will be promoting her latest Tess Monaghan mystery, No Good Deeds, at Mysteries on Main Street at the St. Johns Episcopal Church, 1 North Market Street in Johnstown, on Thursday, October 26 at 7:00 PM. Call 736-2665 for information. Information about No Good Deeds can be found here.

10 October 2006

NYSERDA workshop this Friday

Don't forget - a NYSERDA workshop will be held at MVLS this Friday, October 13. See http://www.mvls.info/news/nyserdawksp.pdf for details.

26 September 2006

Readers' Advisory Conference at Albany Public Library

Date: Monday, November 13 - Tuesday, November 14, 2006
Place: Albany Public Library
Albany Public Library is proud to announce its third annual continuing education opportunity, By the Book: Genre and Gender - A Readers’ Advisory Conference. Library professionals, library school students, and support staff are invited to attend featured programs that include readers’ advisory techniques and advice for reaching out to romance fans as well as Gen-X readers and beyond.

A recognized leader in innovative library service, Albany Public Library is pleased to host this annual conference on readers’ advisory services and bring you two notable practitioners of the art of readers’ advisory: Kaite Mediatore Stover, a readers’ services librarian for Kansas City, Kansas Public Library and David Wright, a readers’ services librarian for Seattle Public Library. Both have provided training and workshops to librarians and paraprofessional staff around the country, as well as contributed regularly to professional publications.

On Monday evening, November 13th, guests are invited to attend an exclusive Book Tasting program, APL’s newest, most popular readers’ advisory program for adults. Enjoy an eclectic mix of food and fiction as we sample treats from a local restaurant while we chat about David Kamp's The United States of Arugula: How We Became a Gourmet Nation.

Our Tuesday morning sessions will offer attendees insight into the appeal of the romance genre as well as connecting with Gen X and Y readers in their late teens to mid-thirties. In the afternoon, Kaite Mediatore Stover and David Wright will present a special “He Reads, She Reads” program based on their Library Journal column of the same name.

Attendees will also have the opportunity to participate in two breakout sessions that afternoon, choosing from: Bombs, Bullets, and Beyond: What Men Read; After Booktalking: an alternative programming roundtable; See Jane Read: An Overview of Chick Lit; and tours of APL’s award-winning Cybermobile.

Our flexible and affordable registration options will allow librarians, library school students, and paraprofessional staff of all levels to take away valuable real-world advice from By the Book: Genre and Gender. The conference registration fee is $65 (student rate $25) and includes Book Tasting on 11/13, and breakfast and lunch on 11/14. The registration deadline is Tuesday, Nov. 7, 2006. For more information and registration forms, please visit: http://www.albanypubliclibrary.org/readers/raconf/ Questions? Contact Amy Maurer McLaughlin at mclaughlina@uhls.lib.ny.us or 518-427-4349.

Grant Opportunity

General Mills Sales, Inc. and Hamburger Helper are offering grants of up to $15,000 each month from September 1, 2006 through May 31, 2007. All requests for funding must be sponsored by a municipal or civic organization such as a public library or school.

When evaluating requests, the review committee will favor organizations the meet the following criteria: Demonstrate a need in a community;Illustrate a helpful, creative or innovative concept that meets this need;Clearly identify change/s that can be made as a result of receiving the award.

The online application consists of a 250 word description of the grant project. Applicants can request a one time award for a minimum of $500 and a maximum of $15,000 during any single month. Application info at http://myhometownhelper.com.

20 September 2006

Grant for Author/Illustrator Visit

The Maureen Hayes Author/Illustrator Visit Award was established with funding from Simon and Schuster to honor Maureen Hayes for her life-long efforts to bring together children and authors/illustrators. The Award, administered by the Association for Library Service to Children, pays for the honorarium and travel for a visiting author/illustrator. Maximum amount of the award is $4,000.00. The deadline for submission is December 1. Visit the ALSC website for application materials.

19 September 2006

MVLS Libraries Receive Flood Aid

Two MVLS libraries received aid from the New York Library Association to assist in repairing damage sustained during flooding earlier this year. The Canajoharie Library and Art Gallery and the Fort Plain Free Library each received $1000. The libraries were presented with the funds by NYLA Executive Director Michael Borges on September 14.

13 September 2006

PageTurner Awards

Nominations are being accepted through October 16 for the 2006 James Patterson PageTurner Awards. Bestselling author Patterson has pledged $500,000 in cash awards to honor individuals, schools, libraries and companies who "find original and effective ways to promote the excitement of books and reading."

Libraries are eligible to apply for the $100,000 PageTurner of the Year Award, one of two $50,000 PageTurner Par Excellence Awards, and one of forty $5,000 PageTurner Champion Awards.

The application is fairly brief, and must be submitted electronically at http://www.pattersonpageturner.org/.

Win Free Books!

Library Journal and Collins Publishers present the Books on Books Sweepstakes. 100 prizes will be awarded in total. Enter by September 30 at the contest website.

More NY Times Available Full-text

The New York State Library is pleased to announce that an additional five-year backfile of full-text New York Times articles has been added to Thomson-Gale’s InfoTrac Custom Newspapers available through NOVEL. The beginning date for New York Times articles is now January 1, 1995.

07 September 2006

HW Wilson Introduces StandardCatalogs.com

HW Wilson, publisher of standards like Public Library Catalog and Fiction Catalog, have launched StandardCatalogs.com, a free clearinghouse site for public, school and other librarians, with a special emphasis on collection development. The site contains a host of links to "Best of" lists, library-related web sites, awards, and listservs, plus subject guides and professional resources.

Grant Opportunity

We the People Bookshelf is a joint initiative, between the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) and the American Library Association (ALA) Public Programs Office to encourage young people to read and understand classic books in the K-12 reading levels while exploring themes in American history, culture and ideas.

This year's theme is the PURSUIT OF HAPPINESS. A collection of 15 books for young readers will be given to 2,000 libraries across the United States through a competitive grant application. Book titles are noted below. The online application for this new theme will be available September 19, 2006 through January 31, 2007 at http://www.wethepeople.gov/bookshelf.

23 August 2006

2006 Quills Nominees Released

Today Reed Business Information (RBI) and the NBC Universal Television Stations announced the five nominees in each of 19 categories for the 2006 Quill Awards. The Quills celebrate the best books of the year in nineteen popular categories, ranging from romance to biography to graphic novels. Voting is now open and will continue through September 30. Readers can cast their ballots for their favorites among the nominees shortlisted for each category, and choose from the finalists in all genres for the "Book of the Year."

To be considered, books must have been published between July 1, 2005 and June 30, 2006 and meet one of the following criteria: a starred review in Publishers Weekly, a Borders Original Voices title, or an appearance at the top of the Bestseller lists of Publishers Weekly or Borders. An extensive national panel of approximately 6000 invited booksellers and librarians made the nominations. Librarians and booksellers are encouraged to inform the public that they can vote. A PDF of an 8½” x 11” poster is available to be downloaded and printed, and ad banners for library web sites are also available, all at http://www.thequills.org/posters/.

Workshop/Director's Council September 7

The next workshop and Director's Council will be held at the new Sharon Springs Free Library on September 7. The workshop topic is computer troubleshooting. Please register by September 1.

22 August 2006

Black Dog Holding Sweepstakes for Librarians Only

To celebrate the launch of its new Agatha Christie Collection, publisher Black Dog & Leventhal is sponsoring a sweepstakes solely for librarians, with the Grand Prize winner receiving a trip to London. To register for the prize, which includes airfare and a two-night stay as well as an invitation to tea at Brown's Hotel Mayfair with Matthew Prichard, Christie's grandson and chair of Agatha Christie Ltd., go to the publisher's web site and fill out an entry. Besides the Grand Prize, three runners up will receive sets of 24 of the author's novels reprinted by Blackdog. Good Luck! (from Library Journal, 08/23/06)

17 August 2006

StoryLines Tapes and CDs Available

StoryLines, based on a series entitled "Big Sky Radio," which aired in Montana from 1993 to 1995, has recently completed its 6th series. StoryLines has been characterized as "a cross between 'Larry King Live' and college English class." The series' dynamic format combines author interviews and scholarly commentary with listener call-ins. Each program begins with the consideration of a featured book, its historical background and literary significance, using it as a lens to examine the experience of living in each area. Interviews with various guests follow, and then the phone lines are opened to allow listeners to participate in the live, on-air dialog. The discussions are lively and provocative.

StoryLines is broadcast over participating NPR stations nationwide. Each series has had an audience of over 100,000 people. Previous guests have included tribal leaders, historians, literature experts, critics, editors and storytellers, along with many of the writers whose books were being discussed. Libraries can request free tapes or CDs of all six series, while supplies last. Visit http://www.ala.org/ala/ppo/currentprograms/storylines/storylinesamerica.htm to request your copies.

Grant Opportunity

The American Library Association (ALA) Public Programs Office (PPO) and Nextbook, a gateway to Jewish literature, culture and ideas, are pleased to announce two new rounds of grants for Let’s Talk About It: Jewish Literature – Identity and Imagination, a theme-based reading and discussion series. Under the new deadlines, two new themes and increased programming grants are available. Public and academic libraries are eligible to apply.

Based on the “Let’s Talk About It” reading and discussion model pioneered nationally by ALA in 1984, Let’s Talk About It: Jewish Literature features scholar-led, theme-based discussions that explore the best in contemporary and classic Jewish literature. Participating libraries will each host a five-part discussion series featuring one of six themes.

The two new themes are:
Neighbors: The World Next Door
Modern Marvels: Jewish Adventures in the Graphic Novel

Previous themes, which also are included, are
Your Heart’s Desire: Sex and Love in Jewish Literature
Demons, Golems, and Dybbuks: Monsters of the Jewish Imagination
Between Two Worlds: Stories of Estrangement and Homecoming and
A Mind of Her Own: Fathers and Daughters in a Changing World.

Each library selected for the grant project will receive:
A $2,500 grant (increased from $1,500 in the past) to support program costs and scholar honoraria.

Training for the library project director at a national training workshop where they will hear from project scholars, experts, and organizers, and receive a program planning guide, materials and ideas.

Program materials, including introductory literature and essays on each of the books, promotional materials, and selections for additional reading.

Let's Talk About It: Jewish Literature - Identity and Imagination grants will be awarded in two rounds during 2006 and 2007. Libraries that have already received a grant and completed a Let’s Talk About It: Jewish Literature series are eligible to apply for a single-series $2,500 grant or a two-series $5,000 grant under each deadline.

The application deadline for the first round of grants is December 1, 2006.

Let’s Talk About It: Jewish Literature - Identity and Imagination is funded by a multi-year grant from Nextbook. For more information, please visit

Green Buildings Workshop

The Mid-Hudson Library System will host a Green Buildings workshop on Tuesday, September 26 from 10:00 AM to 4:30 PM. Library directors, trustees and facility management personnel are encouraged to attend this full day workshop devoted to increasing awareness and interest in energy conservation and environmentally friendly facility issues.

The workshop will cover:
· Energy Efficiencies
· Renewable Energy
· Facility Maintenance
· Sustainable Design & Building Components (For both new construction and for buildings that are being renovated/expanded)
· Funding "Green" Initiatives

There is a workshop fee of $20, which includes lunch. Register online through the MHLS calendar.

09 August 2006

Free Art Books Available

The Distribution to Underserved Communities Library Program (DUC) distributes books on contemporary art and culture free of charge (free shipping, too!) to rural and inner-city libraries, schools and alternative reading centers nationwide. The DUC offers books, educational guides, posters, videos, CDs, DVDs and interactive materials about contemporary art, architecture, art history and cultural issues from museums, publishers and individual artists and writers. For public schools and libraries in NY State, The Poulin Project offers contemporary literature and poetry from NY based indepedent publishers. Visit the DUC web site at www.ducprogram.org to find desctiptions of the books offered and instructions as to how to place your order.

Free Access to Preschool Time Online

Disney is offering free subscriptions of Preschool Time Online (http://www.preschooltime.com/library) to libraries. Every two weeks, the service offers new games and activities that help teach skills in areas such as letter and number recognition, shape and color identification, centered around stories with themes. They focus on eight skill areas, including reading readiness, thinking skills, imagination and self-expression, motor skills, and computer skills. Request a free subscription by emailing library@preschooltime.com. (from Library Hotline, 07/31/06)

03 August 2006

House Passes Bill Restricting Use of Social Networking Sites in Libraries

Schools and libraries that rely on e-rate funding would be required to prohibit minors from using chat rooms and social-networking sites like MySpace under legislation passed July 26 by the House of Representatives. Read the full article here.

02 August 2006

Grant Opportunity

The Ezra Jack Keats Foundation offers minigrants of $350 to school and public libraries that encourage literacy and creativity in children. Programs relating to the work of Ezra Jack Keats are welcome, but not required. Applications are only available online at http://www.ezra-jack-keats.org/programs/minigrants.htm; they will not be mailed or emailed. The application deadline is September 15.