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.