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.