April 14-20, 2013
Gov. Peter Shumlin and Vermont State Librarian Martha Reid are encouraging Vermonters to celebrate National Library Week, which will be observed April 14-20, by making a visit to their local library. This year libraries across Vermont and the nation will spread the word that “Communities Matter @ Your Library.” Read more.
At the ALA 2013 Midwinter Meeting the ALA Office for Information Technology Policy released a report that provides a broad overview of digital literacy in the context of school, public, and academic libraries. The report can be found here.
A video released at the American Library Association (ALA) Midwinter Meeting featured FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski who thanked libraries and librarians for their support of digital literacy. An article with further information and the video can be found here.
The Department of Libraries has created this book list to support parents, teachers and other caregivers in helping children cope with their feelings and questions which may arise in the wake of traumatic events, such as the recent tragedy in Sandy Hook, CT. If these books are not available in your local library, you may request them via interlibrary loan.
This week marks the 30th anniversary of Banned Books Week and the Vermont Library Association has produced a video highlighting the ongoing commitment of Vermont libraries to support intellectual freedom and the freedom to read. View the video here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wGWTCYc1p50
To honor this week, plan to attend the Vermont ACLU’s “Evening Without” to hear Vermont writers reading from banned works. The event will take place on October 4 at 7 p.m. in Montpelier. For details, go to: http://www.acluvt.org/news/evening_without.php
To find out more about Banned Books Week, see: http://www.bannedbooksweek.org/about
New report released by Himmel & Wilson, Library Consultants: An Independent Evaluation of Vermont’s Implementation of the Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) Grants to States Program, 2008-2012