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.