29 October 2007

Pied Piper Award

The Pied Piper Award, administered by the Youth Services Section of NYLA, recognizes excellence in the creation of promotional materials for a library program, or the creation of an individual program that promotes service to the young people of New York State Libraries. Submissions for the 2008 award must have been created between January 1 and December 1, 2007, and the application must be received by December 5, 2007.

26 October 2007

Grant Opportunity - Conservation/Preservation Grants

The New York State Program for the Conservation and Preservation of Library Research materials provides $500,000 each year for preserving materials in the collections of libraries, archives, historical societies and similar agencies. There is a strong competition for the $500,000. The grant awards in 2008/09 will be limited to a minimum of $1,500 and a maximum of $30,000.

Applications must be received in the NYSL's Division of Library Development office by 5:00 PM on Friday, December 7, 2007. Questions about the program can be directed to Barbara Lilley, 518-486-4864, blilley@mail.nysed.gov.

25 October 2007

Grant Opportunity - Speakers in the Humanities

Launched in 1983, the Speakers in the Humanities program brings the best in humanities scholarship to thousands of people at hundreds of cultural organizations in virtually every corner of New York. To host a lecture in your town, just select a topic, contact the Speaker, and apply for funding through the Council. Speakers events must be open to the public and free of charge. If your application is successful, the Council covers the cost of the Speaker’s honorarium and travel expenses. Newly added are lecture topics supporting the National Endowment for the Humanities We the People initiative (see this previous post for information on applying for the We the People Bookshelf Grant.) Speakers in the Humanities applications for the 2008 calendar year are currently being accepted.

Grant Opportunity - Alibris Collection Award

The Alibris Collection Award is an annual grant of up to $3000 worth of books to an academic, public, special, or K-12 library supporting specific collection development projects that advance the mission, priority areas, and goals of the selected library.

The purpose of the Award is to help provide materials for libraries with replacement projects, retrospective collection development projects, or routine collection building needs.

Applications are due by December 1, 2007. Procedures for applying can be found here.

Baker & Taylor Young Author Writing Contest

Baker & Taylor is launching a writing contest for kids ages 12 and under to create an original story based on our famous cat mascots, Baker and Taylor! Here’s the best part: The winner of the writing contest will have their story published! Red Cygnet Press, our publisher partner in the contest, will use the winning Baker & Taylor entry and will pair your story with illustrations by a “rising star” illustrator that they will identify to create a picture book for children ages 3 – 7. The finished product will be published by Red Cygnet Press and distributed through Baker & Taylor like any other picture book you’d find in a bookstore or library.

Full details on this contest and a printable contest flyer are available on the B&T website.

23 October 2007

MVLS/SALS Polaris Users Group

The MVLS/SALS Polaris Users Group (SMUG) will meet on Monday, November 5, 9:30 AM, at the Johnstown Public Library. Please RSVP to Deb Callery (518-762-8317) at Johnstown if you plan to attend.

12 October 2007

Workshop - Gaming in the Library

Date: Thursday, November 1
Time: Coffee at 9:00 AM; workshop 9:30 AM to 11:30 AM
Place: MVLS Service Center
Presenter: trevor Oakley, Teen Services Librarian, Guilderland Public Library

Let's talk Gaming in the library! Come learn what games are (electronic and non), the importance of games and how to use them in your library, and how to add games to your library's collections. RSVP to Sue Rokos by October 30.

More Congratulations!

Congratulation to Barb Madonna, Director of the Gloversville Public Library. Barb was recently elected Secretary of the Public Libraries Section of NYLA.

10 October 2007


Congratulations to MVLS' Lois Gordon, who has been selected as a 2007 Dewey Fellow representing the Public Libraries Section of NYLA.

Dewey Fellowships are awarded to three NYLA members, selected by designated Section, to attend the NYLA Annual Conference. Dewey Fellows are chosen on the basis of the following criteria:
1) five or more years of experience as a librarian,
2) record of accomplishment in the library profession, and
3) involvement in activities to advance the library community.

The Dewey Fellowship pays for up to $1250 of the cost of attendance of the 2007 NYLA Annual Conference. Additionally, each Dewey Fellow will receive a $100 Gift Certificate for use at the NYLA store, and will be acknowledged on NYLA's website, at the Annual Conference and in the NYLA Bulletin.

02 October 2007

Fall Festival of Books

The Children's Literature Connection and the English Department of Hudson Valley Community College present The Fall Festival of Books, Saturday October 20 from 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM, at HVCC Bulmer Telecommunications Center, 80 Vandenburgh Avenue, Troy.

The Fall Festival of Books is C.L.C.'s 4th annual greeting/selling/autographing celebration of children’s literature. School and public librarians, educators and the general public are invited to meet authors and illustrators, buy their books and chat as books are autographed. Professionals are encouraged to speak with authors about school visits, and hear about exciting upcoming projects. It’s a great time to think about unique holiday gifts too.
This year, for the first time, the authors will have the opportunity to showcase their work via individual presentations. This year we are happy to announce that our authors will include:
Sylvie Kantorovitz (Wickstrom), Matt McElligott, Karen Beil, Kyra Teis, Alexandra Siy, Rose Kent, Eric Luper, Thomas Styles, Marlene Newman, Liza Frenette, Daniel Mahoney, Peter Marino, and Bob Hervey.

In addition, we are pleased to announce a fantastic door prize! Attendees qualify for a free author visit from award winning writer Jennifer Armstrong.
This is a free event, no registration is required. Free parking is available. Directions to HVCC’’s Bulmer Telecommunications Center are available here.

This event is sponsored by the CLC and the HVCC English Department.

For more Fall Festival info, visit www.childrensliteratureconnection.org Or e-mail Janice Toomajian (jwt@nycap.rr.com)or Meg Seinberg-Hughes (megrarian@hotmail.com).