30 September 2008

Workshop - Records Management for Nonprofits

Date: Tuesday, October 21, 2008
Time: 9:00 AM - noon
Place: Capital District Library Council
Cost: $5
Presenter: C. Raymond LaFever, NYS Archives


Managing records in your not-for-profit organization can appear to be something that takes you away from your core mission, but well managed records actually can help you better carry out your organization's goals. (Note: This workshop is about dealing with your organization's OWN records (e.g. annual reports, membership correspondence, personnel records, event flyers, board meeting minutes), not historical records collected BY your organization.)

This presentation will include:
-What are records?
-Why do they need to be managed?
-Setting up a good filing system.
-Identifying which copy is the copy of record.
-Knowing when to retire your records.
-When and how to destroy records you know longer need.
-How to manage and preserve your historical records.

To register, send your name, institutional affiliation (if any), telephone number & email address, along with a check for $5.00 made out to CDLC to:
Susan D'Entremont
Regional Archivist
Capital District Library Council
28 Essex St, Albany, NY 12206

Registration deadline is October 17, 2008.

28 September 2008

Webcast - Capturing Struggling and Reluctant Readers

Date: Wednesday, October 8, 2008
Time: 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM

This informative webcast will bring together a panel of experts in reading, media center services, and children’s literacy, including school librarians, educators, and a representative from Capstone Press and Stone Arch Books to cover a range of processes, programs, and ideas that can bolster reading skills, comprehension, and literacy in the K-6 library and classroom.

Attendees will learn best practices to engage struggling and reluctant readers, discover multi-level reading resources for classroom and school library integration, and pick up techniques and programming ideas that will encourage the use of fiction and nonfiction. Time will be reserved for Q&A at the end of the webcast.

Who should attend: School librarians and library media specialists working with grades K-6, classroom teachers and reading specialists, and public librarians involved in children’s literacy programming and collection development. Register today at www.slj.com/reading. (Not available on the 8th? Register anyway, as the event will be archived and will be available for viewing for the next 12 months.)

27 September 2008

PLS Seeking Volunteers

Are you going to the NYLA conference in Saratoga this year? If so, consider volunteering a couple of hours of your time to help staff the PLS booth on Thursday November 6 or Friday November 7. This is a great way to meet new people, catch up with colleagues, and get more involved in NYLA, all at the same time! Please contact Virginia Papandrea at vpapandrea@rcls.org if you would like to volunteer.

26 September 2008

Friday Afternoon Giveaways

It's a rainy Friday afternoon, and seems like a good time to start a Friday Afternoon Giveaway!

Of course we have rules. You can only win once a month (luckily there are only four more days in September.) And you must be from an MVLS member library to win. Email Sue (srokos@mvls.info) with your answers!

1. Brand spanking just received copy of Diary of a Wimpy Kid Do-It-Yourself Book - This one won't go into the preview collections, because, well, it shouldn't go onto your library shelves. It's billed as an interactive journal - containing three sections with word balloons, mini-quizzes and more, some color cartoons, and then empty notebook lined pages. The first to name the wimpy kid and his best friend will be the winner. Did you know, there's a contest for your would-be comic artists - print off a flier at www.wimpykid.com/contest and publicize for ages 6-16! That comic contest winner will receive a visit to their library from Jeff Kinney.

2. Arc time. We have 15 of them to give away for sharing with tweens and teens at your library. The lot goes to whomever can tell me what arc stands for.

3. For the grownups. Louis L'Amour: A Memoir: Education of a Wandering Man with introduction by Daniel J. Boorstin, reissued 2008, orginially 1989, with 25 bookmarks designed to celebrate the Louis L'Amour Centennial all year long, AND a flier telling us how to use the works of Louis with reluctant readers. To the first person who can tell me the year Louis died.

4. For Madonna fans. To the first person who asks, The English Roses: Hooray for the Holidays, which includes collectible myenglishroses.net membership card!

And finally, 5. In 1974, the National Council for the Social Studies (NCSS) created the Carter G. Woodson Book Award to “encourage the writing, publishing, and dissemination of outstanding social science books for young readers that treat topics related to ethnic minorities and relations sensitively and accurately.” We found two winners for 2008 on our preview shelf, Sophisticated Ladies: The Great Women of Jazz by Leslie Gourse, illustrated by Martin French, and Louis Sockalexis: Native American Baseball Pioneer by Bill Wise, illustrated by Bill Farnsworth. Tell me who Carter was and they are yours!

24 September 2008

Three Apples Book Award - New Cycle Begins Now!

The 3 Apples Children's and Teen Choice Book Award cycle has been changed to coincide with the school year. Between now and October 20th, please have your students nominate their favorite book. ANY book can be nominated – even one that was nominated last year. Rest assured that any previous winner is not eligible to win again. Children ages 8-12 and/or in Grades 3–6 will nominate titles for the Children’s Choice Award. Teens ages 13+ and in Grades 7-12 will nominate titles for the Teen Choice Award.

Watch the delivery for a 3 Apples packet which includes: Instruction letter, Children's Poster, 3 sheets of nomination forms for children , Teen Poster, 3 sheets of nomination forms for teens

Please enter your nominations on the website before midnight on October 31st. The password is included in the instruction letter. Voting will close at 11:59 PM on the 31st.

After the 15 nominations for each award are announced in November by the Youth Services Section (YSS) of NYLA, MVLS will have two 3 Apples sites available on our online book tracking system. The 3 Apples Book Tracker will link the titles to the Polaris Catalog, and allow students to keep track of the titles they read as well as review them online.

Be sure to share this information with your colleagues at school!

23 September 2008

Banned Books Week

Is your library celebrating Banned Books Week, taking place this year from September 27 through October 4? Check out ALA's site for ideas on how your library can participate and support freedom to read.

22 September 2008

Free Early Literacy Handouts

Washington Learning Systems in Seattle has posted a new set of free parent-child early literacy materials, titled "On the Go". These materials include 14 activities designed to be used outside the home: in the car, while walking, during bus rides, etc. The activities encourage early language and literacy development from birth through preschool. They are appropriate for children with disabilities as well as children who are developing typically. The new materials are designed to encourage parents to interact with their children while they are "On the Go" to facilitate language, early literacy, and positive parent-child interactions. The materials include 14 activities as well as accompanying hints for each of the activities about how to modify the activities to meet the specific developmental needs of the child.

To download materials go to http://www.walearning.com/ and click on the purple button that says "Free Parent Education Handouts" on the home page. Look for the "On the Go" file to download the materials in PDF format.

21 September 2008

Start a Science Club at Your Library with Free Resources From PBS

Create some science buzz at your library by offering hands-on activities from the PBS kids show FETCH! with Ruff Ruffman. The FREE Ruff Guide to Science will help you draw kids (ages 8-10) to your library for six science activities and a game that introduces them to exciting careers in science. This resource, designed with librarians in mind, includes tips on recruiting kids from your community (and managing the lengthy wait list), leader notes, kid direction sheets that can be photocopied, membership cards to start a weekly FETCH Club, and a list of related science books (selected by librarians) to feature so as to increase the circulation of your science collection. No television viewing is required and all activities use easy-to-find, inexpensive materials that wonÕt break your budget. This resource is especially of value to librarians working in public libraries, but could be equally useful at schools where librarians and science teachers collaborate.

To order your FREE copy to be mailed in fall 2008, send an e-mail to fetchnews@wgbh.org including your name, organization, mailing address (please indicate work or home address), email, and phone number.

19 September 2008

Free David Macaulay Webcast

MacArthur genius and Caldecott Medalist David Macaulay is beloved by teachers, librarians, and readers around the world for his ability to explain just about anything. Now he has turned his attention to the most complicated structure of all: the human body. Register today to watch David talk with middle-school students about his new book, The Way We Work: Getting to Know the Amazing Human Body (available 10/07/2008). Participants viewing the webcast online can email questions for him to answer in real time. Macaulay will also discuss how he creates his books, his career, and other popular titles including The New Way Things Work, Mosque, Cathedral, and Black and White. The webcast will be held on Tuesday, October 7, at 10:00 AM, and is free. To register, and for more information on David Macaulay and his books, visit www.thewayweworkbook.com. After registration, you will receive guidelines for hosting and viewing the webcast.

17 September 2008

Best Small Library in America Award

Library Journal's annual award for the Best Small Library in America, co-sponsored by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, was founded to encourage and showcase the exemplary work of these libraries. Now in its fifth year, the award honors the public library that most profoundly demonstrates outstanding service to populations of 25,000 or less.

The winning library will receive a $15,000 cash award, a feature story in the February 1, 2009, Library Journal, membership and conference costs for two library representatives to attend the Public Library Association Biannual Conference in 2010 in Portland, OR, and a gala reception at the conference. Starting with the 2009 award year, two finalist libraries will be awarded with membership and conference costs for two library representatives to attend the PLA conference and the gala reception in 2010, and they will be given special mention in Library Journal.

Visit the award website for complete submission guidelines and eligibility requirements. All submissions must be postmarked by November 3, 2008.

16 September 2008

Workshop - By the Book: RA in a 2.0 World

Date: Friday, November 14, 2008
Time: 8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Place: Albany Public Library
Presenters: Nora Rawlinson and Jessamyn West
Cost: $50 (includes breakfast and lunch) ; $25 for students (student ID required)


Join Albany Public Library as we celebrate our fifth annual By the Book Readers’ Advisory Conference! This year, we’re looking forward as we explore readers’ advisory in a Library 2.0 world. If you’ve heard a lot of about Library 2.0 and would like to learn more about it and how it relates to readers’ advisory, please join us.
Our featured speakers will be Nora Rawlinson and Jessamyn West. Ms. Rawlinson is the co-founder and editor of Early Word, The Publisher Librarian Connection (http://www.earlyword.com), a website and blog aimed at collection development for public libraries. Ms. West is a consulting librarian whose work focuses on technology issues and how they relate to libraries. With an exciting sequence of programs for professional and paraprofessional staff scheduled, APL’s By the Book event is designed to give attendees real-world readers’ advisory tips and techniques that they can implement in their libraries.

A complete conference agenda and registration forms can be found on the APL website. Registrations must be received by Wednesday, November 5.

15 September 2008

Grant Opportunity - Verizon Foundation

The mission of the Verizon Foundation is to improve lives through literacy, knowledge, and a readiness for the 21st Century. The Foundation's funding priorities include: supporting literacy and K-12 education for children and adults, preventing domestic violence and helping victims gain independence, improving healthcare through technology, and educating parents and children about Internet safety. Grants generally range from $5,000 to $10,000. Online applications may be submitted from January 1 through November 1, annually. Visit the Foundation's website to learn more about the Foundation's grant guidelines and application process.

14 September 2008

Children's Literature Connection Fall Symposium - The Art of the Book

Date: Saturday, October 25, 2008
Time: 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Place: Hudson Valley Community College
Cost: $95 for CLC members; $120 for nonmembers (includes lunch)


The Children's Literature Connection, the English Department at Hudson Valley Community College and the Greater Capital Region Teacher's Center are pleased to present "The Art of the Book", our Fall Symposium. This year The Art of the Book, will encourage attendees to consider the many facets of the creative and practical creation of the literature we love, and utilize, so well.

To help bring that task off with skill and style, we are privileged to have as our main presenters Caldecott winning author/illustrator Mordecai Gerstein, author/poet and teacher guide creator Tracie Vaughn Zimmer, book publicist Jennifer Brown, and Matt McElligott, instructor of illustration, who will speak about the design, editing, dissemination and use of the book.

For more information, please contact Meg Seinberg-Hughes, CLC Co-President/Registrar at megrarian@hotmail.com or call 861-8076.

12 September 2008

SCP Featured in Schenectady Gazette Article

The Sunday, September 7 Schenectady Gazette newspaper featured a 1/3 page article on SCP reference librarian Bob Sullivan and the Schenectady Digital History Archive, a local history website he maintains. The article is on page 5 of section G, the Arts and Entertainment section. If you have the paper, be sure to check it out! And you can access the Schenectady Digital History Archive at http://www.schenectadyhistory.org/.

Monsters: New Picture Books Boys will Adore

Don't be scared to check out these new monsterish picture books, half of which are written by guys named Rex and half that are Rex-less.

Frankenstein Takes the Cake Which is Full of Funny Stuff Like Rotting Heads and Giant Gorillas and Zombies Dressed as Little Girls and Edgar Allan Poe. the Book, We Mean - Not the Cake by Adam Rex makes the perfect autumn wedding present for your librarian friends (especially because writing the title in the thank you note leaves little room to say anything else!). Well, the title says it all. Check out the headless horseman log. Check out the Peanuts and Poe satires. Filled with ghoulish poetry, cartoons, pictures, line drawing, paintings, you name it. Leave this one on the table for your teens to find. They and adults will appreciate it the most!

But for preschool and early grade school boys? Introduce parody to them through Goodnight Goon: A Petrifying Parody, by Michael Rex. About as terrifying as the original, this bright and colorful story will be great read aloud for storytime! Remember to read with your calming inflections.

Then check out Monsters on Machines by Deb Lund, illustrated by Robert Neubecker. Another great one for storytime with bright, large and LOUD pictures. These monsters are using their machines carefully though, note the earplugs on the bulldozer driver.

And finally, local author Karen Magnuson Beil's new picture book Jack's House is finally out. Mike Wohnoutka uses large, bright acrylics to illustrate the tale, which is a clever retelling of the classic cumulative story using, what else, trucks and vans. Yes, they look monsterous big, and boys will love hearing this great read-aloud told from the perspective of the real builder, Max the Dog.

Check them out! They are rotating now in the newest preview collection.

11 September 2008

The Disconnected

Are any of these people in your library? Take a look at this article from Library Journal.

10 September 2008

Grant Opportunity - Great Stories CLUB

The Great Stories CLUB is a reading and discussion program that targets underserved, troubled teen populations. The program reaches teens through books that are relevant to their lives, inviting them to read and keep the books, and encourages them to consider and discuss each title with a group of their peers. Its ultimate goal is to inspire young adults who face difficult situations to take control of their lives by embracing the power of reading. The program is built on partnerships between libraries and a variety of organizations that serve troubled teens, including juvenile justice facilities, drug rehabilitation centers, nonprofits serving teen parents, alternative high schools, agencies serving teenaged foster children, shelters serving homeless and runaway youth, and other agencies.

Applications for the current round of grants will be accepted online from September 9 through November 14, 2008. Award notification will take place on December 15, 2008; 230 grants will be awarded. Visit the Great Stories CLUB website for guidelines and application information.

The Great Stories CLUB is organized by the American Library Association Public Programs Office (PPO), in cooperation with the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA). Major funding for the Great Stories CLUB has been provided by Oprah’s Angel Network.

Teen Read Week

Has your library registered for Teen Read Week? It's not too late! Register your library by the deadline (Friday, September 12) and you'll be eligible to receive freebies, plus you'll have access to ideas for program planning, publicity, suggested reading lists and more. This year's theme is "Books with Bite @ your library." Teen Read Week 2008 is celebrated from October 12-18.

More on National Gaming Day

Information on ALA's first National Gaming Day was posted previously (read the post here.) What wasn't mentioned was how to register your library to participate! Visit this link, complete a quick online survey, and you'll be all set. Happy gaming!

09 September 2008

Summer Reading Program Evaluations are due September 15!!

With the warm weather, it's hard to believe that summer programs are finally over! Please take a few moments, while it's still fresh in your mind, to complete our summer reading program evaluation and send, email or fax to Sue. (Don't have a form?? Contact Sue.) We really do listen to all your comments, suggestions, and feedback, so please tell us what you think! Plus, everyone who turns in an evaluation on time will be entered into a drawing of music and art related books to support next summer's program, Be Creative@your library (children) and Express Yourself@your library (Teens). Thanks for your help, and good luck!

Workshop - Family Literacy Programming

Date: Monday, September 29, 2008
Time: 9:30 AM - 3:00 PM
Place: Upper Hudson Library System
Presenter: Sue McCleaf-Nespeca, Kid Lit Plus Consulting
Cost: $30 (includes lunch)


Parents can make a real impact on kids’ adoption of literacy skills - and on how often you see those kids in your library. Learn about incoporating family literacy components - parental presence and involvement, interactive literacy activities, and parent education - into your programming. The focus will be on history and ecology programs. Please contact Mary Fellows at UHLS to register (437-9880 ext 228; mary@uhls.lib.ny.us); the registration deadline is September 24.

This is a project of Upper Hudson Library System, and is supported by Federal Library Services and Technology Act funds, awarded to the New York State Library by the Federal Institute of Museum and Library Services.

Library Journal's Annual Architecture Issue

If you have a building project completed between July 1, 2007 and June 30, 2008, make sure it is included in Library Journal's annual December Architectural Issue. Projects can be submitted online or on paper (online preferred.) Public libraries can complete the online submission form here, or print out a paper form. The deadline to submit your project is October 6.

08 September 2008

Website to Compare Libraries

The Library System Database website was noted in an article in Friday's Times Union newspaper. It is an interesting way to compare some basic statistics about your library with those around you. And.... it's easy to use!

05 September 2008

National Friends of Libraries Week

Friends of Libraries groups now have their very own national week of celebration! FOLUSA is coordinating the third annual national Friends of Libraries Week October 19-25, 2008. The celebration offers a two-fold opportunity to celebrate Friends. Use the time to creatively promote your group in the community, to raise awareness, and to promote membership. This is also an excellent opportunity for your library and Board of Trustees to recognize the Friends for their help and support of the library. Check out this web site for ideas on how you can participate. For more even resources on building and working with Friends groups, see this prior post.

03 September 2008

Grant Opportunity - We the People Bookshelf

The American Library Association and the National Endowment for the Humanities would like to remind school (K-12) and public libraries to apply for the newest We the People Bookshelf. Part of the NEH's We the People initiative, the Bookshelf is a grant program created to encourage young people to read and understand great literature while exploring themes in American history. A record number of 4,000 Bookshelf awards are now available! For the first time, library systems and districts may submit a single application onbehalf of up to 100 sites.

This year’s theme is Picturing America. Public and school (K-12) libraries are invited to apply online from September 2, 2008 through January 30, 2009. In spring 2008, NEH and ALA will select 3,000 libraries to receive the Created Equal Bookshelf. Those selected will be required to use the Bookshelf selections in programs for young readers in their communities. A list of titles included in the Bookshelf and a list of programming ideas are available on the grant website.

02 September 2008

Workshop - Conservation/Preservation Discretionary Grant Writing Workshop

Date: Friday, October 24, 2008
Time: 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Place: Capital District Library Council

Grant Application Workshops will be conducted by the New York State Education Department, New York State Library, Division of Library Development, Conservation/ Preservation Discretionary Grant Program to assist prospective applicants in planning their 2009/2010 applications. The workshop is offered at no cost to participants.

This year the Conservation/Preservation Program will be moving to a web-based application. It is important that applicants attend this workshop to learn more about how this application will work.

The purpose of the New York State Discretionary Grant Program is to encourage the proper care and accessibility of research materials in the State, to promote the use and development of guidelines and standards for conservation/preservation practices, and to support the growth of local and cooperative preservation programs.

The Discretionary Grant Program provides modest financial support for projects that contribute to the preservation of significant research materials in libraries, archives, historical societies and other agencies within the State of New York, whether by conducting surveys, improving collection storage environments, reformatting or treating collections or other preservation activities described in the guidelines.

The workshop will include a review of the general guidelines and a step-by-step review of the instructions for preparing the application. Considerable time will be allowed for questions, and representative examples of successful (and unsuccessful) applications from previous years will be discussed.

Online registration for the workshop, as well as details on the Discretionary Grant program, are available on the NYS Library web site.