30 September 2010

Teen Read Week

Join libraries around the world who will celebrate Teen Read Week 2010, October 17-23! Want some help enticing teens with new books that will enthrall them? Add these fresh new titles to your Teen Read Week displays!

Deborah Wiles's Countdown (2 copies)
Lucy Christopher's Stolen (3 copies)
Scholastic's Ultimate Guide to Football (2 copies)

I also have these advance reader's copies that would make fine Teen Read Week raffles or giveaways.

Erin Bow's Plain Kate (3 copies)
Blue Balliett's The Danger Box (3 copies)
Matthew Kirby's The Clockwork Three (3 copies)
Michelle Zink's Guardian of the Gate (2 copies)
Carlos Ruiz Zafon's The Prince of Mist (1)
Jackson Pearce's Sisters Red (1)
Sydney Salter's Swoon at Your Own Risk (1)
Adam Rex's Fat Vampire (1)
N.H.Senzai's Shooting Kabul (1)
Janni Lee Simner's Thief Eyes (1)
Leah Cypess's Mistwood (1)
Karen Healey's Guardian of the Dead (1)

And while not teen I have these children's advance reader's copies to give away:

Cynthia Lord's Touch Blue (2 copies
Sherri Winston's President of the Whole Fifth Grade (1)
Allen Williams' The Witches' Kitchen (1)

Just email Sue (srokos@mvls.info) and I'll divide them up and send them out to you!

Workshop - 2011-2012 Conservation/Preservation Grant Application Workshop

Date: Friday, October 29, 2010
Time: 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Place: Capital District Library Council
Cost: Free

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 2011-2012 applications.

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.

Register for this workshop online at http://www.nysl.nysed.gov/libdev/cp/workshop.htm

22 September 2010

Workshop - Book Repair

Date: Thursday, November 18, 2010
Time: 9:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Place: Rotterdam Branch Library
Presenter: Kary Barth, Regional Sales Manager, Kapco Library Products

This workshop is designed to demonstrate quick and easy techniques for extending shelf life on general circulating materials. Prevention is the key, but we will be addressing specific, common repairs: re-inserting loose pages, broken spines, torn header caps, ripped and torn pages. The workshop will be hands-on, and is appropriate for library staff or volunteers that want to extend the life of their collections.

Each participant is asked to bring:
- one or two paperback books, preferably new or new-like, to demonstrate covering techniques ;
- a hardbound book with a book jacket to demonstrate application of book jacket covers ;
- a stapled book or magazine ;
- one hardbound book that needs repair ;
- a “naked” hardbound book; i.e., a hardbound book that does NOT have a book jacket cover ;
- a pair of scissors.

Each participant will be provided with a free sample packet of materials.

Attendance is limited to 25 people. Please register using this online form (complete one form per attendee.)

16 September 2010

Grant Opportunity - Walgreens Corporate Contribution Program

The Walgreens Corporate Contribution Program supports nonprofit organizations in local Walgreens communities throughout the United States and Puerto Rico. Walgreens provides grants to organizations that focus on: access to health and wellness in their communities, pharmacy education programs and mentoring initiatives, civic and community outreach, and emergency and disaster relief. Health is the company's major area of focus, with priority given to programs that address the health needs of community residents. The company also accepts sponsorship or promotional marketing requests. Online applications may be submitted throughout the year. Visit the company’s website for application procedure information.

13 September 2010

Grant Opportunity - Great Stories CLUB Grants

The ALA Public Programs Office and the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) announced the theme and book titles for the fourth round of Great Stories CLUB grants. Electronic applications for the reading and discussion series will be accepted Sept. 13 through Nov. 19 at www.ala.org/greatstories. Funding was provided for this program by Oprah's Angel Network.

The Great Stories CLUB is a reading and discussion program that targets underserved, troubled teen populations through books that are relevant to their lives. All types of libraries (public, school, academic and special) located within or working in partnership with facilities serving troubled teens in the United States and its territories are eligible to apply for a Great Stories Club grant. Potential organizations for Great Stories CLUB partnership include 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. Complete details of the program as well as the book titles selected for this year's theme can be found at www.ala.org/greatstories.

12 September 2010

Grant Opportunity - Better World Books/NCFL Libraries and Families Award

Applications for the 2011 Better World Books/NCFL Libraries and Families Award are now available! Through this opportunity, NCFL and Better World Books will reward and enhance existing family programming and expand literacy-building practices of families in library settings. The three $10,000 grants awarded each year will connect more families to their local libraries and expand their literacy efforts in new and innovative ways.

The deadline to apply is midnight EST on November 12, 2010. One winner will be chosen from each of the three following categories: local Friends of the Library programs, public/academic libraries and urban libraries. The winners also will receive scholarships to NCFL’s 2011 National Conference on Family Literacy which will take place April 3-5, 2011 in Louisville, KY.

Click here to apply now!

08 September 2010

NOVELny Training

The New York State Library is pleased to announce online training sessions ("webinars") relating to the database titles recently added to the NOVELny statewide database program. These sessions will be conducted by a trainer from Cengage-Gale. They are offered at no charge to all types of libraries and will last approximately one hour.

The following sessions have been scheduled:

"An Introduction to Searching on Cengage-Gale," with emphasis on the Academic OneFile, General OneFile, and Health Reference Center Academic databases:

Friday, August 20, 11:00 am ET.
Monday, September 20, 12:00 noon ET.
Monday, September 20, 4:00 pm ET.

Instructions for participating in any of these webinars is available at: http://novelnewyork.org/galeinstruct.htm. No pre-registration is required.

07 September 2010

Webinar - Using Technology to Move Your Small/Rural Library Forward

Date: Tuesday, September 21, 2010
Time: 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Place: Online
Cost: Free

Feel overwhelmed with new technology? Not sure how your small or rural library can take advantage of new and not-so-new technology? Don’t feel you have time to keep up with keeping up? Then this webinar is for you. Presenters will discuss best practices for using technology to keep your library connected and up to date. They will also share some of the latest and greatest sites and technology best suited for a small or rural library. You’ll also receive some expert guidance to better evaluate and assess these tools for your library system and your customers, with a focus on small and rural library environments.

Registration is required. Sign up online here.

01 September 2010

Webinar - The Rural Library Trustee : Roles, Responsibilities, and Relationships

Date: Tuesday, September 14, 2010
Time: 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Place: Online
Cost: Free

How do library trustees get trained? How are director and trustee roles defined to ensure a healthy library organization? How are trustee relationships cultivated both in and outside the library circle? Join us on September 14, 2 pm Eastern, for a webinar exploring these and other questions related to library trustees that will provide you with practical ideas and tactical strategies to support and advocate for your library organization as a trustee, or library director in a small or rural community.

Registration is required. Sign up online at this link.