30 December 2008

Workshop - Using Logic Models to Plan Programs and Write Grants

Date: Friday, January 30, 2009
Time: 9:00 AM - noon OR 1:30 PM - 4:30 PM
Place: Holiday Inn, 232 Broadway, Saratoga Springs
Presenter: Paul Mastrodonato, Nonprofit Works
Cost: $50 per person, includes materials, refreshments, and parking

This workshop offers a step-by-step process — from program design to evaluation — that can help your organization better plan its operations, and develop winning strategies to show agencies and funders why your organization deserves their support. Administrators, program directors, grantwriters and volunteers will find this course useful. Participants receive a logic model template in electronic format.

Topics include
- Getting your team to use a shared platform to plan and manage programs and projects
- Creating and stating a program’s outcomes, budget, activities and evaluation plan
- Communicating cost-benefit scenarios and your financial needs in meaningful ways
- Making the case for grants and other funding requests

Cost: $50 per person, includes materials, refreshments, and parking (inquire about group discounts)

Instructor: Nonprofit Works President, Paul Mastrodonato, has helped organizations plan programs and seek funding from foundations, corporations, and government agencies for over 13 years.

Space is limited and pre-registration is required.

29 December 2008

NYLA Legislative Alert - 2009-10 Executive Budget Recap

The 2009-10 Executive Budget proposes a $18 million or 18% cut in Library Aid. This would bring Library Aid down to 1993 levels and is on top of two cuts (3%) in 2008 which reduced Library Aid from $102 million to $98.5 million. (This basically a repackaing of the same cut proposed on November 18th by the Division of Budget, that the Library Rally and other advocacy efforts help prevent.) In particular regarding Public Library Construction Aid, the $800,000 line item was eliminated, but the $14 million in borrowed funding for library construction remains intact. NYLA is working with Division of Library Development and the American Library Association to insure that a federal stimulus package for public works projects includes funds for libraries.

NYLA will be updating its Talking Points and 2009 Budget Priorities for use by library advocates in their meetings with legislators. An updated History of Library Aid, Library Circulation and Visitation Charts are already up on the NYLA website.

In addition, NYLA is looking for examples of how libraries have helped people find jobs, create new businesses, etc. NYLA would like to know if your library has a business or employment center (physical space dedicated for such use) or job assistance program, etc. Contact NYLA Exutive Director Michael Borges at director@nyla.org if you have information to share.

21 December 2008

Teen Tech Week Mini Grants

Through funding from Verizon Communications, Inc., the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA), a division of ALA, will award up to 20 mini grants, consisting of $450 in cash and a Teen Tech Week prize pack, to members offering inventive activities, resources and programming for Teen Tech Week, March 8-14, 2009.

Visit www.ala.org/teentechweek to read the official rules and download the application form. This contest is open only to YALSA members. Applicants for the TTW Mini Grants must submit the official application form to the YALSA office at yalsa@ala.org by January 19, 2009. Winners will be notified the week of February 9, 2008. In addition to $450 cash for the winners’ TTW plans, they’ll receive a prize pack featuring Teen Tech Week items.

19 December 2008

Final Reading! for Mock Newbery, Caldecott, and Printz Awards

At the Upper Hudson Library System January 9th YSAC meeting, to which our member libraries are invited, there will be a discussion of potential Caldecott, Newbery, and Printz award books. It won’t be quite the same as a Mock Caldecott and Mock Newbery of previous years, but the better part of the meeting to discuss the Newbery, Caldecott and Printz contenders and do a straw vote to come up with our winners. Interested MVLS library staff are welcome to attend and help vote too!

Whether or not you can attend, you may want to prepare for the awards (announced January 26, 2009) by reading as many of the books as you can, which will alert you to the top books of the year and help with readers' advisory in your libraries. Mary Fellows, UHLS Youth Services Manager invites you to feel free to bring to the meeting other books that you think *should* be on the list. Although the committees consider all eligible books, Mary and I needed to limit our list to a manageable number and it’s been difficult, although we haven't come to fisticuffs over the lists!

So here are the Newbery, Caldecott and Printz lists.

Newbery contenders to be discussed:
1. Savvy by Ingrid Law
2. Shooting the Moon by Frances O’Roark Dowell
3. Waiting for Normal by Leslie Connor
4. The Underneath by Kathi Appelt
5. Chains by Laurie Halse Anderson
6. Bird Lake Moon by Kevin Henkes
7. The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman
8. The Willoughbys by Lois Lowry
9. Keeping Score by Linda Sue Park
10. The Trouble Begins at 8 by Sid Fleischman

Caldecott contenders to be discussed:

1. In a Blue Room by Jim Averbeck, Ill. by Tricia Tusa
2. Little Yellow Leaf by Carin Berger
3. A River of Words by Jennifer Bryant
4. Tadpole Rex by Kurt Cyrus
5. A Couple of Boys Have the Best Week Ever by Marla Frazee
6. The Day Leo Said I Hate You by Robie H. Harris, Ill. by Molly Bang
7. Old Bear by Kevin Henkes
8. That Book Woman by Heather Henson, Ill. by David Small
9. Abe Lincoln Crosses a Creek : A Tall, Thin Tale by Deborah Hopkinson, Ill. by John Hendrix
10. Twelve Terrible Things by Marty Kelley
11. What to do about Alice? : How Alice Roosevelt Broke the Rules, Charmed the World, and Drove Her Father Teddy Crazy! by Barbara Kerley, Ill. by Edwin Fotheringham,
12. We are the Ship by Kadir Nelson
13. Bear's Picture by Daniel Pinkwater, Ill. by D.B. Johnson
14. Lady Liberty: A Biography by Doreen Rappaport, Ill. by Matt Tavares
15. Wabi Sabi by Mark Reibstein, Ill. by Ed Young
16. Silent Music by James Rumford
17. Dinosaur vs. Bedtime by Bob Shea
18. How I Learned Geography by Uri Shulevitz
19. Sandy's Circus by Tanya Lee Stone, Ill. by Boris Kulikov
20. The House in the Night by Susan Marie Swanson

Printz contenders to be discussed:

1. The Adoration of Jenna Fox by Mary E. Pearson
2. The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks by E. Lockhart
3. Graceling by Kristin Cashore
4. Little Brother by Cory Doctorow
5. Nation by Terry Pratchett
6. Paper Towns by John Green

Happy reading!

18 December 2008

NYS Quadricentennial Essay Contest

The New York State Historical Association and the Royal Netherlands Embassy are pleased to present a New York State Quadricentennial Essay Contest for the 2008-2009 school year.

Students in grades 4-12 are invited to celebrate New York States 400th birthday by investigating its early colonial history and developing an engaging historical essay. Students have the opportunity to research early New Yorks Dutch history and write about the Dutch roots of three American cultural traditions: religious tolerance, freedom of speech, and New York as a center of world trade.

Libraries will be interested in supporting students' research by gaining knowledge of the topics, collaborating with social studies teachers, displaying reference materials related to the topic, and lending their wealth of research expertise to each child's success.

The deadline for competition submissions is March 1, 2009.

For more information, including contest and submission guidelines, visit http://www.nysha.org/nysha/for_teachers and click on Contests in the left-hand menu. Questions? Please contact the Office of Statewide Programs at 607-547-1534 or statwideprograms@nysha.org.

03 December 2008

Calling All Referenda...

If you held a public library operating or budget referenda between December 1, 2007 and November 30, 2008, win or lose, let Library Journal know for the annual roundup in the March 15, 2009 issue. Fill out the online survey or print and send a pdf version by December 22: Referenda for Library Operating Funds, libraryoperating.notlong.com; Referenda for Library Building Funds, librarybuildings.notlong.com.
(from Library Hotline 12/01/08)

01 December 2008

WrestleMania Reading Challenge Program

Now that summer reading programs are over, you might be looking for a hook to keep your kids reading during the school year. The WrestleMania Reading Challenge, sponsored by World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) could be just the thing for your tweens and teens, grades 5-12. YALSA has put together a terrific toolkit to make it easy for you, and fun for your readers.

Registration for the WrestleMania Reading Challenge is open via the Teen Read Week Web site's registration page. All libraries who register by July 31, 2009 will receive a free promotional poster to hang in their library featuring WWE Superstars Layla, Matt Hardy, Mr. Kennedy, and MVP. Readers are challenged to complete ten titles in their free time between Oct. 12, 2008 and Jan. 12, 2009, and must keep a log, which is part of the toolkit. When a reader submits a completed log, he/she will get a free subscription to the new WWE Kids Magazine. There is also a bookmark design contest, and winners at the local level will win a DVD from WWE. Fifteen regional bookmark winners (five each from grade categories 5 and 6, 7 and 8, and 9-12) will win $2,000 for their library and a trip to Houston to see WrestleMania 25. The grades 7 and 8 and 9-12 regional winners will also get the chance to compete to be the WrestleMania Reading Challenge National Champion. Check the Teen Read Week site for complete information.

Creation of a NYS History Reading List

The New York State Library is looking for input from local school and public librarians who work with youth for the creation of New York State history reading lists for pre-schoolers and school age children and teens. The reading list will be used as part of the 2009 Statewide Summer Reading Program and will be available to libraries and families statewide through the official SSRP web site.

The New York State Library's Statewide Summer Reading Program (SSRP), the Youth Services Section of the New York Library Association (YSS), and the School Library Media Section of the New York Library Association (SLMS) are partnering with Explore 400 (Hudson-Fulton-Champlain Quadricentennial) to compile reading lists for children and teens that celebrate New York States history and culture. The reading lists will expand on all Explore 400 themes and, under the title of Explore New York, will cover historic connections statewide.

In addition to the reading lists, an addendum is being added to the official CSLP Summer Reading Program manual in New York State. This addendum will include ideas for incorporating New York State history into local Summer Reading Programs. The addition to the manual will be available both electronically and in print from the New York State Library.

Both the reading list and the addendum provide exciting opportunities to combine a unique statewide component with the 2009 SSRP themes of Express Yourself and Creativity.

The New York State Library thanks Starr LaTronica, Youth Services Manager at the Four County Library System, for introducing this project to both the YSS and SLMS Boards and gaining their enthusiastic support.

The creation of this list provides an opportunity for youth services librarians and school library media specialists to collaborate. Please volunteer to lend your expertise to this project which will encourage children to read interesting and fun books related to the 400 year history of New York.

To volunteer please send an e-mail with your contact information to: Karen Balsen, Coordinator of the NYSSRP (KBALSEN@mail.nysed.gov) and Lisa Pipia, Student Assistant in the Division of Library Development (LPIPIA@mail.nysed.gov)

We will get back to you with all the tools needed to get started sharing ideas, titles, and expertise.