June 13, 2016

If you haven't already heard, the Department of Libraries has purchased (with the help of the Institute of Museum and Library Sciences) a subscription to Universal Class, an online learning portal offering courses in subjects from Therapeutic Bathing (yeah, we know) to Intro to JavaScript. Anyone with a library card in the state of Vermont can use it. Yes, anyone.

Some public libraries are already advertising Universal Class to their patrons, but information will be sent to all Vermont public libraries this summer.

Using the department link, signing up for Universal Class is super easy.  Once you have an account, you are free to take any class you'd like. You can "audit" a class, which means no assignments or exams, but no grade, certificate, or Continuing Education Units (CEUs) at the end. Taking a class traditionally (or, as you would other online courses) means doing short assignments and exams, and receiving feedback from classmates and instructors. You will receive a certificate of completion at the end and CEUs, a record of which is available on your Universal Class account.

Classes range from the very basic to moderately challenging. There are time estimates for each course, but that will vary on your writing and reading speed.

Right now I am taking "Effective Email Communication in the Workplace" as an introduction to using the Universal Class system. This is the sort of undertaking that is ongoing- maybe a few lessons every once in awhile when things are slow. You can take as long as you need to finish a class, so there's no need to stress. This is continuing education in its purest form.

After perusing the entire Universal Class catalog, I've listed the courses I thought would be most useful to youth services librarians. Taking a class is the best way to learn about the service, and you will be better prepared to share it with your colleagues and patrons. If you're psyched about one of these courses, go online, check it out, and then browse the whole catalog. Have fun!

Direct Service To Children

  • Building Children's Reading Skills
  • How to Teach Reading Fundamentals
  • Behavior Management 101

Understanding Your Patrons

  • Early Childhood Development 101
  • Autism 101
  • Bullying in Elementary School
  • Middle and High School Bullying
  • Understanding Learning Styles

Expanding Your Library

  • Fundraising 101
  • How to Write a Grant Proposal
  • How to Write Effective Policies and Procedures

...and so many more!

June 6, 2016

We Need Diverse Books- A Social Cognition Approach

Presented by Sharon Colvin, Youth Services Consultant


We Need Diverse Books - June 3 Webinar

Webinar Slides


May 18, 2016

This year's ceremony, honoring El Deafo author Cece Bell, will be held on Wednesday, June 15 at Montpelier High School. The event will take place from 6-8pm. Please go here to RSVP!

April 14, 2016

The Dorothy Canfield Fisher Book Award has brand new spine labels thanks to our young logo contest winner!  They're beautiful and shiny and they're for sale through the Friends of Dorothy Canfield Fisher!

$3 for 30 labels, $6 for 60 labels, $9 for 90 labels, etc.

Please make checks out to The Friends of Dorothy Canfield Fisher (sending cash in the mail is a bad idea!)
Send your check to:

Friends of Dorothy Canfield Fisher
c/o Megan Sutton, Treasurer
337 Oxbow Lane
Weybridge, VT 05753

If you have any questions about spine labels, please send them to Jennifer Johnson via email: The Children's Book Exhibit Center will no longer be taking orders for Dorothy's List* spine labels.

*The CBEC will still take orders for Red Clover and Green Mountain Book Award labels. Please submit an order form and these will be mailed to you ASAP.