28 February 2007

NYLA Lobby Day - March 13

Join MVLS staff for the annual NYLA Lobby Day, March 13 in Albany. Public Libraries and MVLS would greatly benefit from the legislative agenda proposed by our statewide library organization - a 66% increase in direct aid to libraries; 23% increase to the system; continuation of the $14 million construction grant program. Your help is needed to tell the library story to our state legislators.

The appointment schedule is as follows:
8:30 AM Legislative Breakfast - Meeting Room 6, Empire State Plaza Concourse

10:00 AM Assemblyman Marc Butler - LOB Room 318
11:30 AM Assembly Minority Leader James Tedisco - LOB Room 340
1:00 PM Senator Hugh Farley - LOB Room 412
1:30 PM Senator James Seward - LOB Room 917
2:00 PM Assemblyman Peter Lopez - LOB Room 429
3:00 PM Assemblyman Paul Tonko - LOB Room 713

If you and representatives of your library are planning to attend, please let Kathy Insero (kinsero@mvls.info) know. We will again provide transportation from the MVLS Service Center to Albany. It is critically important that legislators hear from their constituents of the need for this additional money to libraries. Only you can give that perspective.

For specific information on the impact of the NYLA proposal to MVLS libraries, click here. Also, visit NYLA's Advocacy Center for talking points, statistics, and to contact your local officials electronically regarding library funding.

23 February 2007

Nominations for MVLS Awards due March 30

The MVLS Board of Trustees Awards Committee is seeking nominations for two annual awards.

Each year, the MVLS Board of Trustees honors an individual with the Trustees Award for efforts fostering library services in our region. Established in 1975, this award recognizes those in the MVLS library community who have worked to promote library service in Fulton, Montgomery, Schenectady and Schoharie Counties. The Trustees Award includes a frames certificate and citation, and $200 presented to the recipient's affiliated library or system, to be used for the purchase of library materials. Nominations for the Trustees Award are accepted from trustees, system or library staff.

Nominations are also being accepted for the 2007 Library Recognition Award, which honors an MVLS library for "Outstanding Achievement and Excellence". The award recognizes an MVLS member library for one or more of the the following: A new or exiting library program or service demonstrating excellence in service; sustained outreach and/or programming efforts to reach and underserved and/or new customer population; innovative services, methods or approaches to improve library services in their community. The award includes a framed certificate and citation, and $200 to be used for library materials, programmin, or to seed new services or programs. Nominations for the Library Award are accepted from trustees, system or library staff, and members of Friends of the Library.

Nomation forms for both awards can be found on the MVLS website. Awards will be presented at the MVLS Annual Dinner in May. The deadline for nominations for both awards is March 30.

22 February 2007

April is National Poetry Month

April is National Poetry Month. The Academy of American Poets creates and distributes offocial NPM posters, free of charge, to librarians, teachers, and booksellers each year. To request a 2007 poster for your library, complete the brief online form. You can also find tip sheets for librarians, including ideas for in-library displays, community outreach, collection development and programming.

Star Wars Turns 30 in May

To tie in with the 30th Anniversary of Star Wars, Random House has created a free event kit to help booksellers and librarians offer something special. Get your request in by March 1, and you can receive a free event kit containing a commemorative poster, a list of activity ideas, and Yoda “Read, you will” pins. Request your kit here.

Grant Opportunity - Staples Foundation for Learning

The mission of the Staples Foundation for Learning is to provide funding to programs that support or provide job skills and/or education for all people, with a special emphasis on disadvantaged youth. Grants of up to $25,00 are available. Applications must be submitted online, and organizations must hold a 501(c)(3) to apply. The next deadline is April 6.

21 February 2007

Workshop - Something Funny Happened at the Library

Date: Friday, March 23, 2007
Time: 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Place: Upper Hudson Library System
Instructor: Rob Reid

Learn how to make literature come alive for kids! Drawing on his 25 years of experience, Rob Reid will present a smorgasboard of stories, songs, poetry, wordplay and more, all designed to make kids laugh and excite them about reading at the same time. Register for this workshop with Mary Fellows at UHLS. Full information here.

20 February 2007

Grant Opportunity - The Big Read

The Big Read is an initiative of the National Endowment for the Arts, designed to restore reading to the center of American culture. The NEA presents The Big Read in partnership with the Institute of Museum and Library Services and in cooperation with Arts Midwest. The Big Read brings together partners across the country to encourage reading for pleasure and enlightenment.

Approximately 120 organizations in communities of varying sizes across the country will be selected through this selection cycle to participate in The Big Read from September through December 2007. Each community event will forcus on one of 12 classic titles, lasts approximately one month and includes a kick-off event to launch the program locally, ideally attended by the mayor and other local luminaries; major events devoted specifically to the book (panel discussions, author reading, and the like); events using the book as a point of departure (film screenings, theatrical readings, and so forth); and book discussions in diverse locations and aimed at a wide range of audiences.

The application deadline is April 12, 2007.

Grant Opportunity - Save Our History Grant Program, The History Channel

Through the Save Our History Grant Program, The History Channel will again award $250,000 in grants of up to $10,000 to fund partnerships between history organizations and schools or youth groups on projects that teach students about their local history and actively engage them in its preservation. History museums, historical societies, preservation organizations, historic sites, libraries, archives, government agencies, and other historical organizations are all eligible to apply.

Applications are due June 1st, 2007.

The key to a Save Our History grant project is a partnership between a history organization, museum, historical society, preservation organization, archive, library, or a government agency and a school district, a coalition of schools, one school, or an organization that provides educational programming for children. The collaboration between these partners provides a unique basis for students to experience the history of their community through hands-on preservation based projects.

08 February 2007

Grant opportunity - New York Newspapers Foundation

The Trustees of the New York Newspapers Foundation are seeking applications for funding of literacy development projects, with emphasis on programs assisting non-English speakers and functionally illiterate adults. Recent grants have supported community-wide reading projects, parent-child reading programs and library projects designed to help recent immigrants to develop reading skills.

Organizations wishing to apply for grants from the association and whose work is in keeping with its goals, are encouraged to supply a brief statement describing their work and a project budget to: Diane Kennedy, NewYork Newspapers Foundation, 291 Hudson Ave., Suite A, Albany, NY 12210.

05 February 2007

Cobleskill Moving to Temporary Location

The Community Library in Cobleskill will be closed from Tuesday, February 6 through Monday, February 19 as they move to their temporary location at 149 Barnerville Road. Cobleskill will remain in their temporary home for at least 6 months as their current building undergoes renovations. Services and hours will remain the same at the temporary location, and wireless Internet service will also be available. Regular hours resume in the new location on Tuesday February 20. Visit Cobleskill's web site for full information.

Summer Reading Program Planning Workshop

The 2007 Summer Reading Program Planning Workshop will be held on Thursday, March 1, at the William K. Sanford Town Library in Colonie. Lunch is included with this full-day workshop. Please register by February 22. You need only send in the form; MVLS will cover the cost of attendance for our libraries.

For Dummies 2007 Library Display Contest

Here's a chance to win between 20 and 50 For Dummies books for your library. Build a display between January 25 and March 31, submit photos of your efforts along with an entry form by April 1, and your library could win! Display materials and graphics are available to help you get started. Click here to learn more and to download an entry form.

02 February 2007

2007 Community Connections Grants Announced

MVLS is pleased to announce the following libraries have received funding for the following projects. We would like to congratulate these libraries for the fine examples of programs that will serve people in need of outreach services so well.

Amsterdam Free Library – Amsterdam Reads
Received $550 for books, staff time, and miscellaneous materials to provide 4 programs, 2 each, at Hillcrest Spring and Wilkinson Residential Health Care Facility in conjunction with the one community, one book program Amsterdam Reads. This will serve people who are older adults and those who may have disabilities.

Margaret Reaney Memorial Library, St. Johnsville- A Baker’s Dozen
Received $1000 for books and materials to make baskets with reading materials and journals which will circulate along with ingredients and a recipe for chocolate chip cookies, to members of the St. Johnsville Senior Saints and the Peanut Butter and Jelly Book Club. The purpose is to deepen and strengthen community ties and create an opportunity that nurtures and connects the community after a devastating year of flooding.

Schenectady County Public Library -Library/ Nursing Home Partnership
Received $1000 to serve Baptist Health Nursing and Rehabilitation Center by purchasing a book cart with flat surfaces so a computer can be used by library staff and volunteers offering library services to residents. A brochure promoting the library’s services will be developed, introduced to Baptist staff, and promoted among residents and prospective residents and their families. Since the library serves 17 area nursing homes, the brochure can be modified for use at other locations. Remaining funds will be used to purchase large print books.

Sharon Springs Free Library - All Write
Received $1000 to offer a three session writing conference which includes a journal making workshop. There will be an open mic program following the second writing session. Target populations include older adults, literacy students, and teens. Partial funding for the journal making workshop will be provided by Tri-County Arts Council. Partners for this project are Sharon Springs Arts Council, Sharon Springs Central School, Sharon Joint Youth Commission, Schoharie County Office for the Aging, Tri-County Arts Council, and Schoharie County Literacy Volunteers of America.