31 January 2007

2007-08 Executive Budget Update

Michael Borges, Executive Director of NYLA, has shared the following information regarding the 2007-08 Executive Budget:

"In addition to continuing the $19.7 million Library Aid increase we received last year ($2.7 million in 2000 Census funding, $3 million for library systems and $14 million in public library construction), the 2007-08 Executive Budget also includes other items of interest to the library community including:

Library Materials Aid - increase of $650,000 to $19.8 million - raising per pupil reimbursement to $6.25 for school libraries to purchase books.

Adult Literacy Education (ALE) - increase of $1 million to $5.32 million for community organizations and libraries to provide adult education services.

School Aid - Increase of $1.4 billion to school districts

SUNY - State General Fund support increased by $143 million
Community Colleges - State General Fund support increased by $20 million
CUNY - State General Fund support increased by $6.3 million

The Executive Budget also includes $50 million for implemenation of a Universal Broadband Initiative which potentially could benefit libraries.

These funding levels provide a positive beginning to our advocacy efforts on behalf of all libraries and we look forward to working with the state Legislature in building upon these investments."

Free College of DuPage Teleconference

The New York State Library's Division of Library Development has arranged a statewide license with the College of DuPage to provide free access to exciting new professional development teleconferences for library staff and trustees. The next teleconference in this series, Soaring to Excellence- Next Gen Librarianship: Where do we Go from Here?, will be broadcast from noon to 1:30 PM on Friday, February 9. For more information and to register for the teleconference, visit the NYS Division of Library Development's web site.

30 January 2007

The Cat in the Hat turns 50!!

Happy Birthday to the Cat in the Hat!! What can you do to celebrate? Join in the 10th Annual NEA Read Across America Day on March 2. The site has lots of ideas for how your library can participate in this annual event. Also on this site, you can send a birthday card to the Cat in the Hat. For each card received, Random House will donate one book to First Book, a national nonprofit with a single mission: to give children from low-income families the opportunity to read and own their first new books.

If any MVLS library that would like to borrow our Cat in the Hat for the week of March 2nd, let Sue know by February 5. We will have a drawing if more than one library requests him. (We even have a birthday hat for him to wear!)

29 January 2007

STJ Book Club Throws a Luau!

The Peanut Butter and Jelly Book Club at the Margaret Reaney Memorial Library in St. Johnsville took a break from the cold weather at a mid-winter luau! Members dressed in Hawaiian shirts and leis, enjoyed refreshments, hula-hoops, and, of course, great books.

22 January 2007

Amazon.com "Wish for Lit" Contest

Amazon.com has announced the “Wish for Lit” contest that will give over $20,000 in Amazon.com products to 3 winning libraries in the United States. One library will be selected in each of the three categories: K-12, Academic, and Public. Each winning library will receive a $5,000 gift certificate for Amazon.com products, as well as up to $2,000 of Amazon.com products that are on the library’s Amazon.com Wish List. To apply, simply create a Library Wish List and fill out the brief application form. The three winners will be selected by a panel of 5 judges selected by the American Library Association Chapter Relations Committee. Deadline: February 16th, 2007

17 January 2007

Fundraising Opportunity

The Great Escape and Splashwater Kingdom in Lake George are offering a unique fundraising opportunity for non-profit groups. Spring Spin, held over Memorial Day weekend, gives ticketholders a full day of rides, shows and attractions for the best price of the season! Your organization sells tickets for $19.99, and keeps $5 from each ticket sold. There is no cost for organizations to participate. Full details of this program can be found at the Spring Spin website.

11 January 2007

Display Materials Available

In March 2007, libraries will celebrate the spirit of Sisters in Crime's 20th anniversary/birthday celebration year with special displays. Your library can receive a packet of display materials including poster, bookmarks, pencils, author booklet, crime scene tape, and more!

Request a Packet by filling out the form here. The packets will be sent out in February 2007 and libraries are welcome to use the materials as part of summer reading programs as well.

Free Online Training Available from NYSL and NYLA

The New York State Library and the New York Library Association have partnered together to provide online training covering a variety of library-related skills thanks to a grant from the Gates Library Foundation.

The online courses from WebJunction and ElementK are free for public library staff in New York. Course topics include Microsoft Office applications like Excel, Access and PowerPoint, business skills, computer networking, web development, and more. Visit the NYLA website to learn more about this new initiative.

05 January 2007

Applications Being Accepted for Velma Moore Award

The Velma Moore Award was established in 1962 to honor the memory of Velma Moore who worked as a very effective library activist from 1947 to her death in 1961. The award carries a $750 stipend to be donated to the library or library service of the award winner's choice. The award will be presented at the NYSALB Trustees Institute, May 4th and 5th, 2007 at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, New York-LaGuardia.

Think about library community volunteers, library staffers, in fact anyone whom you believe has made an important difference to our library community, or who has traveled that extra mile to make things significantly better and/or more effective for our libraries. Submit a one page nomination letter with relevant information that describes the individual's commitment to library service. Include his or her name, phone number, and email address and send to the Velma Moore Award Committee at kls823@rochester.rr.com. You may call Karen Achilles at 315-789-2399 for further information. The deadline for submission of this prestigious annual award is February 22, 2007.

03 January 2007

Grant Opportunity - Stewart's Shops Holiday Match

Stewart's Shops matches individual donations made at their stores between Thanksgiving and Christmas, and distributes funds to local nonprofit agencies. Organizations that benefit children are eligible to apply for funds. An application can be downloaded at the Stewart's Shops web site. All applications must be postmarked by January 31, 2007.