31 December 2007

Who's Using Libraries?

You might be surprised........

27 December 2007

Grant Opportunity - MVLS Community Connections Grants

MVLS is happy to offer 2008 Community Connections Grants to our member libraries. The purpose of the grant is to develop or enhance library services for people in the categories mentioned below in Fulton, Montgomery, Schenectady, and Schoharie Counties. It also serves to initiate or strengthen cooperation between member libraries and community agencies.

Libraries may request up to $1000. A total of $4000 is available for the program. This competitive grant may be used to provide equipment, materials, or programs for people comprising the following categories:
- older adults;
- people with visual, mental, or physical disabilities;
- geographically isolated people;
- educationally disadvantaged people;
- people who are unemployed and in need of job placement;
- those confined to an institution;
- members of ethnic or minority groups in need of special services.

The deadline to apply is Wednesday, January 23. Please contact Lois Gordon with questions.

Cobleskill's Renovation Almost Complete!

Check out a nice article about Cobleskill's renovation project. (from the Times Journal)

YSS Spring Conference Scholarship

Dying to go to the YSS Spring Conference, but lacking the funds? Here's your chance! The YSS Spring Conference Scholarship is awarded to encourage continuing education in the field of youth services. It is available for YSS/NYLA members who are currently working library professionals, paraprofessionals, matriculated graduate library students, or others involved in fields related to youth services (storytelling, writing, illustrating). The scholarship covers the basic conference registration fee and lodging and travel expenses up to $250.00. The deadline to apply has been extended until February 1, 2008.

Grant Opportunity - Dollar General Youth Literacy Grants Program

The Dollar General Youth Literacy Grants provide funding to schools, public libraries and nonprofit organizations to help with the implementation or expansion of literacy programs for students who are below grade level or experiencing difficulty reading. Applying organizations must be located within 20 miles of a Dollar General store. The 2008 application deadline is February 5.

Workshop - Mock Caldecott and Mock Newbery Awards

Date: Rescheduled - Wednesday, January 2, 2008
Time: 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Place: Upper Hudson Library System

See the previous blog post for all the information and titles!

NYSALB 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 next spring.

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 or mail it to Karen Achilles, 4477 Snug Harbor, Geneva NY 14456. The deadline for submission of this prestigious annual award is February 15, 2008.

13 December 2007

If you liked The Kite Runner....

To coincide with the December 14 release of "The Kite Runner," the film adaptation of Khaled Hosseini's best-selling novel, the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA), the fastest-growing division of the American Library Association (ALA), created a list of companion titles.

"The Kite Runner" details the friendship between two Afghani boys against the backdrop of the extraordinary events that have taken place in Afghanistan in the past twenty years. "The Kite Runner" was named one of YALSA's 2004 Alex Award winners, which honor adult books with specific teen appeal. Given the book's popularity among young adults, YALSA's Booklist Taskforce created a list of ten similar books to recommend to teens. Check out the list here.

12 December 2007

New in the Professional Collection

Just added:

Going Places with Youth Outreach: Smart Marketing Strategies for Your Library
by Angela B. Pfeil

Preschool Favorites: 35 Storytimes Kids Will Love
by Diane Briggs

Human Resources for Results: The Right Person for the Right Job
by Jeanne Goodrich and Paula M. Singer

Mark Your Calendars......

MVLS is pleased to announce that the 2008 Annual Dinner will be held on Wednesday, May 7 at the Arkell Museum (Canajoharie Library). Mark your calendars and plan to attend.