28 May 2009

Daniel W. Casey Library Advocacy Award

This Empire Friends Roundtable of NYLA award honors a volunteer member or group of the library community whose efforts have contributed to the growth of libraries or Friends organizations.

The nomination form can be found at http://www.nyla.org/index.php?page_id=57. Please list all relevant information (nominee and sponsor contact information – including mailing addresses, phone numbers, and email addresses). Describe the individual’s/group’s commitment to library service in detail. Send three copies of the nomination form and relevant supporting materials, press releases, etc. to Judith Kharbas, 53 Bright Oaks Dr., Rochester, NY 14624, or email
jdkharbas@rochester.rr.com by July 24, 2009. (These materials will not be returned). For further information call 585-247-8416 or email jdkharbas@rochester.rr.com. The deadline for nominations in July 24.

21 May 2009

YALSA SummerSlam

Put a little muscle into your summer reading program by signing up for the SummerSlam Reading Jam, a pilot project from YALSA and World Wrestling Entertainment. The first 500 libraries to sign up for the project will receive 25 mini-posters from WWE (each poster is numbered). Pass them out to any patrons between the ages of 10 and 18 who check out at least two books between June 24 and July 16. Two of your patrons could win a trip for two to WWE’s SummerSlam pay-per-view event in L.A. this August, and your library could win $1,000 for materials for the teen and tween collection. Full details, including the official rules and how to register, are available on the YALSA website.

20 May 2009

Grant Opportunity - Bank of America Charitable Foundation

The Bank of America Charitable Foundation works to create neighborhood excellence in the communities served by the bank in the United States, Canada, and the United Kingdom. While local community priorities determine how funding is allocated, grants typically fall into four main categories: Community Development, Education, Health and Human Services, and Arts and Culture. Each of the company's markets, in partnership with local community leaders, sets specific target areas of interest within these major categories. There are no deadlines for grant applications. Visit the company's website to access the priorities for local funding in each region.

Workshop - Play, Move and Sing

Date: Thursday, June 11, 2009
Time: 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Place: MidHudson Library System, Poughkeepsie
Presenter: Sukey Molloy
Cost: $25 for non-MHLS libraries (includes lunch)

This program is good for library staff working with children, ages 1 – 5 who want to take part in a fun, active and thought provoking workshop in action based learning for library and pre-school environment.

The workshop will cover:

  • Creating fun and interactive circle activities
  • Designing developmentally based circle time curriculum
  • Learning terms and facts related to movement and the developing brain
  • Learning new lap rides, finger plays, movement stories
  • Learning how to include rhythm, kinesthetic previews, and visual cues
  • Enhancing story book & felt board activities, and more

Register online for this workshop.

19 May 2009

Webinar - Securing Major Gifts

Polaris Library Systems is hosting a series of free webcast events about fundraising in challenging economic times. Whether you're a seasoned fundraiser or just getting started, this series of 1-hour webcasts provides tips, tools, and techniques to maximize your fundraising efforts in today's economy. Webinars are presented by Ron Barrows, founder and owner of the Barrows Group, a consulting firm specializing in capital campaigns, feasibility studies, and fundraising strategies.

The third webinar in this series, Securing Major Gifts, will be held on Tuesday, June 2, from 2 PM - 3 PM. Register online for this webinar here.

The first two webinars have already taken place. The first, Reevaluating Fundraising in Today's Economy, can be replayed at any time by visiting http://www.polarislibrary.com/. The second, Beyond Governance - Using your Volunteer Board as a Resource, will be available for replaying shortly at the same web link.

18 May 2009

Gaming Survey

Did your public library run a gaming program in 2008 (we know many of you did!)? Did you have Chess, Scrabble, Computer games, Console games or ANY other type of gaming as a library program? Please take a few minutes to share your gaming data with the Library Game Lab at Syracuse University. Data collected from this survey is used to understand how libraries are using gaming, as well as to secure grant funding. The survey (available here) is open until May 31.

PLS Awards

The Public Library Section of NYLA announces the following awards:

NYLA Dewey Fellowship
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
3) involvement in activities to advance the library community.
Dewey Fellowship pays for up to $1250 of the cost of attendance of the 2009 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. Deadline: June 29, 2009

Outstanding Public Library Building Awards
There are two awards of $1000 each ; one award will be given to a construction project in a community serving less than 20,000, one award will go to a project in a community serving over 20,000. The 2009 awards will be given for new construction projects (not building renovations). All projects must have been completed by December 31, 2008 for consideration in the 2009 award cycle. Deadline: June 29, 2009

NYLA Conference Scholarships
NYLA/PLS is pleased to offer two (2) Conference Scholarship awards to encourage public librarians now in the field, or students in library school, to participate in NYLA or PLS activities. Each award maximum is $1300.00, which includes full conference registration, travel or other conference related expenses and membership in NYLA and PLS if the winner is not already a member. Additionally, the winner will be asked to help with staffing at the PLS booth at the conference. The winner(s) is expected to attend the annual conference including the awards ceremony. Award recipients are selected by the PLS Board upon the recommendation of the PLS awards committee. Deadline: June 29, 2009

L. Marion Moshier / Asa Wynkoop Award for Distinguished Librarianship
This award is named in honor of two New York State library pioneers who nurtured the growth of small libraries. This award honors a public library Director who has given outstanding service to a community of 7,500 or less. Award recipients are selected by the PLS Board upon the recommendation of the PLS awards committee. The award includes $1,000, a plaque for the library and inclusion on a plaque to be placed in the NYLA office. Attendance at the NYLA conference is a requirement of acceptance. Deadline: June 29, 2009

Continuing Education / Post MLS Grant for up to $250 toward the cost of participating in continuing education or post-MLS study (four awards per year -- deadlines are June 1, October 1, December 1, and February 1).

Please visit the PLS website at http://www.nyla.org/pls for more information and application instructions.

13 May 2009

Wii: Year 2 is Here!

Wiiiiiiii! It’s time for Year 2! Year 2 gives MVLS a $14,730 grant from the Federal Library Services and Technology Act funds, awarded to the New York State Library by the Federal Institute of Museum and Library Services.

The Johnstown Public Library; Northville Public Library; Mt. Pleasant Branch, SCPL; Middleburgh Library; Schoharie Free Library; and Sharon Springs Free Library will be presenting and promoting Wii fun programs for adults aged 55 and older throughout their communities.

The Year 2 introductory grant workshop will be held at the Northville Public Library on Thursday June 11, 2009 from 9:30 AM – 11:30 AM, and any interested parties are welcome to join us. Consultant Trevor Oakley will lead us through set up, playing, troubleshooting and take-down. To RSVP please call or email Sue, 355-2010, ext. 226.

The LSTA grant will support the programming costs for older adults (those 55 years of age and older) by enabling the purchase of Wii consoles, games and digital cameras to photograph all the fun.

The Wii Fun Program, sponsored by the Mohawk Valley Library System and participating libaries, is made possible, in part, with Federal Library Services and Technology Act funds awarded to the New York State Library by the Federal Institute of Museum and Library Services.

Playaway $100,000 Giveaway

Enter now for your chance to win a 15-title Playaway collection with bestselling titles, including new releases! Entries will be accepted beginning May 1st, 2009. Three sets of 15 Playaways will be awarded every day from June 1 to July 10. This Sweepstakes is open to authorized employees of a U.S. Public Library System. One entry per person. Daily winners will be announced June 1st - July 10th at playawaylibrary.com.

12 May 2009

Graphic Novels for Grade School Kids

From Sue:
Summer’s coming and what better time to invest in timely reading materials (read: comics/graphic novels) for the kids (read: boys especially) in your lives (I mean libraries)!

I had a question yesterday about good graphic novels especially for those boys in grades 2-3.

The Graphic Classroom Blog has great lists and descriptions especially appropriate for the grade school classroom, which means it’ll be good for your libraries too. The list is from 2008, so read on for newer titles!

The SLJ blog Good Comics for Kids lists up to date information on all sorts of comics for kids – sign up for the rss feed here too! I am.

And of course, Ingram lists top picks for 2008 and BWI has 279 titles posted. Many of these comics are ageless, get new copies and kids will just start reading them over again. The new Jellaby just came out and I’m sure that kids will want to return to the first one, just as they will with Bone which just put out the final volume nine. Amulet, Book 2 should be out soon too, so be sure to get new copies of book one.

Of course it’s spring, almost summer, 2009! Where to look for reviews of the new stuff? Here’s a review blog from the horse’s, I mean 8 year old boy’s mouth, courtesy of parent - take a look at this one when you’re in need of fresh comics. And don’t forget about PW – (we should have taken a road trip to the Kids Comic Con last month in the Bronx), SLJ, Booklist, Voya – they all have graphic novel reviews too! And let me know when your new comics and graphic novels arrive, Tim and I will be over!

07 May 2009

Adult Programmer's Roundtable

Date: Wednesday, June 10, 2009
Time: 9:30 AM - 11:30 AM
Place: Clifton Park-Halfmoon Public Library

Do you schedule programs for adults at your library? Come to discuss your successes and failures. Share examples of unusual or innovative programs and special events. Bring samples of program publicity and contact information for presenters or perfomeers you've liked.

Register by June 1 with Natalie McDonough (371-8622, nmcdonough@sals.edu).

05 May 2009

Middleburgh Quilt Show

From Sue:

May 2, Saturday morning. Lovely day to drive Middleburgh for the, I hope, first annual Middleburgh Library Quilt Show with accommodating husband. Middleburgh's blog said they'd have 100 quilts for this fund raiser. Where would they put them all??? Quilts were attached to all the shelves, (explaining why the library was closed for the event) and instead of a sea of books, there was a sea of quilts! Quilts were on the end caps, over computers and displays. It was gorgeous. And I found out what former Middleburgh Library Director Mary France is doing with her spare time (see photo!) The children's room had, of course, children's quilts. After perusing the two vendor rooms (after all what is a quilt show without vendors?) We then walked over to the Library's Best House, home of two country doctors in Middleburgh over 100 years http://www.mvls.info/lhg/besthouse/index.html which was filled with antique quilts, an added attraction being a walk through both floors of the house, just gorgeous. What a great way to host a library fund raiser! Now to reserve those quilt books I saw there......