31 October 2008

Free Books Available

The Distribution to Underserved Communities Library Program (DUC) distributes books on contemporary art and culture free of charge (free shipping, too!) to rural and inner-city libraries, schools and alternative reading centers nationwide. The DUC offers books, educational guides, posters, videos, CDs, DVDs and interactive materials about contemporary art, architecture, art history and cultural issues from museums, publishers and individual artists and writers. For public schools and libraries in NY State, The Poulin Project offers contemporary literature and poetry from NY based indepedent publishers. Visit the DUC web site at www.ducprogram.org to find desctiptions of the books offered and instructions as to how to place your order.

30 October 2008

Getting Ready for National Gaming Day

Is your library participating in National Gaming Day on November 15? Scott Nicholson, professor of information studies at the Syracuse University Library Game Lab, has prepared a tutorial video (18:24) for librarians to help plan for the occasion. Hasbro is sending a copy of Pictureka to all public libraries in the United States, and he demonstrates how to play it in this video. He also talks about other board games to consider and video game tournaments for the occasion. Lots of other gaming resources are listed on this page, too!

Congratulations Fort Plain!!

The Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor Commission recently awarded the Fort Plain Free Library an Honorable Mention for the 2008 Erie Canalway Heritage Award of Excellence. The award honors and celebrates significant places of the Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor and recognizes excellence in the implementation of the Erie Canalway Preservation andManagement Plan.

The 2008 Jury selected the library for Phase I of renovation and restoration to the facility, enabling it to serve as a welcome and visitor center for Erie Canalway Trail users, boaters, and other visitors to FortPlain. The jury commended the library for providing an “anchor” for the community as a central meeting place with “something for everyone,” including traditional library users, genealogical researchers, cyclists, boaters, and other travelers; preserving and showcasing the community and canal history of Fort Plain; contributing to local and regional economic and recreational revitalization plans; forging partnerships with neighboring towns to further expand visitor services; and inspiring renewed community pride.

2008 Erie Canalway Heritage Award of Excellence recipients included Canal Place in Little Falls and the School Street Hydroelectric Facility, Brookfield Renewable Power, in Cohoes. Historic Palmyra’s William Phelps General Store and Home in Palmyra also received an honorable mention. More information on both the Canalway and the Award of Excellence is available at http://www.eriecanalway.org/.

24 October 2008

Sunny Friday Afternoon Giveaway - Batter Up!

Yes it's that time again. Sue's got lots of new picture books with BATS in them! Both kinds! Let me tell you something about them, then you pick and tell me what your library would like to own (giveaway open to all MVLS member libraries.)

Swinging for the Fences, Hank Aaron and Me by Mike Leonetti, illustrations by David Kim
Inspirational baseball story - Mark, a little leaguer meets Hank Aaron, follows his advice and path to greatness beating Babe Ruth's records. Includes factual postscript.

Lots of pictures help introduce the baseball artifacts at the Smithsonian. Great for the junior baseball historian and the browser! Remember those baby shoes that your mother bronzed in your honor? Check out the baseball bronzings here.

Campy: The Story of Roy Campanella by David A. Adler, illustrated by Gordon C. James
I didn't realize that Roy Campanella was the first black man to integrate Major League baseball, and that he became a quadriplegic after a career ending car crash. An inspirational story.

The Longest Season by Cal Ripken, Jr., illustrated by Ron Mazellan
Wow. Losing 21 games in a row in 1988. Cal Ripken, Jr. was there, and describes how they kept going.

Hey Batta Batta Swing! The Wild Old Days of Baseball by Sally cook and James Charlton, illustrated by Ross MacDonald
Lots of facts and stories and explanations of why are told in clips give the crazy history of baseball. Retro 1930 style comic illustrations help to give a wacky historic feel.

Pitching in for Eubie by Jerdine Nolen, illustrated by E. B. Lewis
Pitching. Eubie "pitches" in to help her sister get to college. A heartwarming tale of a family working together, warmly illustrated by noted Coretta Scott King award winner, E.B. Lewis.

Bat's Big Game retold by Margaret Read MacDonald, illustrated by Eugenia Nobati.
Aesop's story about the game between the Animals and the Birds is retold through a game of soccer, with, what else, a bat who learns a lesson about team spirit in this retelling.

Big Brown Bat by Rick Chrustowski
A baby brown bat's story is told in this lovely picture book, perfect for sharing with older preschoolers and early elementary kids interested in how bats grow.

Email Sue, srokos@mvls.info and let us know!

21 October 2008

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, 2008. Procedures for applying can be found here.

20 October 2008

Grant Opportunity - Hudson-Fulton-Champlain Quadricentennial

The New York Council for the Humanities is pleased to announce a host of special programs and initiatives in conjunction with the upcoming Hudson-Fulton-Champlain Quadricentennial (known as "the 400th") including:

Mini Grants of up to $2500 for the planning and execution of public programs related to the 400th.

Reading Between the Lines reading and discussion series focused on 400th-related themes.

Speakers in the Humanities 400th lectures available to New York State groups for a nominal fee.

To learn more about the 400th and the Council's key role in its celebration visit the 400th website.

Council 400th programming is supported by a "We The People" grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities.

16 October 2008

Workshop - Storytime Skills

Date: Friday, November 14, 2008
Time: 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Place: William K. Sanford Town Library, Colonie
Cost: Free for MVLS and UHLS library staff and volunteers / $15 all others

All thumbs with finger puppets? Flannelboard technique just doesn’t stick? Come develop new storytime techniques, hone your existing skills, or gather fresh ways to use your expertise. Upper Hudson Library System and Mohawk Valley Library System bring the best outside and inside presenters together to demonstrate, teach, coach and facilitate sharing of key storytime skills. A must for anyone with minimal storytime training!

As a special feature, author/illustrator Jeff Mack (Hush Little Polar Bear, Rub-a-Dub-Sub, Boo Bunny, Hurry! Hurry!) will join us for the last hour with a presentation on picture books. Books will be available for signing.
Complete information is available here ; registration deadline is November 10.

15 October 2008

Webinar - The Everywhere Library : Strategies for Connecting with Busy Communities

Date: Wednesday, October 29, 2008
Time: 2:00 PM

To become ingrained in the daily fabric of the community, libraries today must reach out and be visible where patrons live, work and play. Join this one-hour, interactive Webcast to learn about strategies and best practices for bringing the library to the community. Services to commuters, partnerships with local businesses, and virtual library services will all be discussed in this dynamic webcast. Registration is required, but the webcast is free. To sign up, visit www.libraryjournal.com/polaris.

14 October 2008

CALA Selling Raffle Tickets

The Capital Area Library Assistants group of CDLC is selling raffle tickets for a chance to win a free class of your choice (subject to availability) from Microknowledge, Inc. of Latham, NY ($200 value!). All proceeds from the sale of raffle tickets will go towards the cost of hosting the New York State Library Assistants Association Conference in Troy, NY, June 10-12, 2009.

Microknowledge offers a wide variety of courses in programs and applications such as Microsoft Word, Outlook, Excel, Power Point, Access, Publisher; Visio, Photoshop, Vista, XP, Crystal Reports, Dreamweaver, XML, XHTML and many more. For more information on course offerings at Microknowledge, please visit their website at http://www.microknowledge.com/.

Tickets may be purchased by cash or check (payable to NYSLAA). Tickets will be on sale through November 17, 2008. The drawing will be held at the CALA Fall Workshop (held at CDLC). You need not be present to win. Tickets are $5 each, 3 for $10, or 8 for $20.

If you are interested in purchasing raffle tickets, please contact Michele Matthews at prendm@rpi.edu.

07 October 2008


We as adults will get to vote November 4 for President. Why not give kids a chance to vote for their favorite storybook characters this month too? Pick some story characters as your candidates, make a poster, set up a display with your bookmates and/or books (remember I've an office full of bookmates (stuffed storybook characters) that am willing to loan for any displays), put a box and some voting forms, and let kids vote! You could even ask them to show their library card in order to vote. Present your results on November 4. Thanks to the Cloquet Public Library blog for the inspiration!

Today's SLJ Curriculum Connections talks about great election read alouds that we can present to our young patrons through storytimes and displays this month. Check that out too.

Finally, be one of the first six MVLS libraries to respond to this piece via email (srokos@mvls.info) and I'll send you one of the following from our review selections:

Presidents' Day by Anne Rockwell; pictures by Lizzy Rockwell
Grace for President by Kelly DiPucchio; pictures by LeUyen Pham
Duck for President, by Doreen Cronin, illustred by Betsy Lewin
Otto Runs for President by Rosemary Wells
What To Do About Alice? by Barbara Kerley, illustrated by Edwin Fotheringham (Alice Roosevelt that is...)
La Rue for Mayor: Letter from the Campaign Trail by Mark Teague

06 October 2008

New in the Professional Collection

Even More Great Ideas for Libraries and Friends
by Sally Gardner Reed

01 October 2008

Friends of Libraries Week - Win Money for your Friends Group

The Library Friends Roundtable of the New York Library Association – Empire Friends – won the Friends of Libraries USA (FOLUSA) award for the best State Friends celebration of National Friends of Library Week 2007! The Empire Friends will use their award to “pay it forward” and offer $100 awards for the best Friends group celebration of National Friends of Libraries Week 2008 in New York State. National Friends of Libraries Week 2008 will be October 19-25. There will be three awards of $100 each for the best celebration by a small Friends group affiliated with a public library (fewer than 300 members), a large Friends group (more than 300 members), and a non-public library Friends group (school, college, university, or special library Friends).

Application details and forms can be found on the Empire Friends web site. All applications must be postmarked or emailed by November 14, 2008.

Grant Opportunity - Book Discussions for Kids and Parents

Together—Book Talk for Kids and Parents is the New York Council for the Humanities’ exciting new reading and discussion program for families. Parents and their 9-to-11 year old children come together at their local library to discuss important humanities themes through shared reading. This program is available to all New York state public libraries and has been successfully implemented at a wide range of sites throughout the state.

The six 90-minute Together sessions are co-facilitated by a librarian (often the children’s librarian) and a local humanities scholar. Each session promotes lively intergeneration discussion focused on themes of American identity related to picture books and novels. The Council provides copies of the books and a stipend to cover all costs of the Together program.

Applications to host a Together series for Spring 2009 are due November 3, 2008 and are available at www.nyhumanities.org/discussion_groups/. The website guides you through the application process with forms, common questions, and follow-up documents. Please note that funds may not be available to fulfill all requests.