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.