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                              State of Vermont
                           Department of Libraries

                                   N E W S

       No. 101, Fall 1995
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                       REGIONAL LIBRARIES SHIFT FOCUS

       Vermont librarians and trustees may be aware that, after a two-year,
  legislatively-mandated study of regional library service, the Department of
  Libraries recommended to continue regional library services to libraries
  and the general public, but, with the State's declining revenue situation,
  not necessarily to keep it the same.  Since the 1993 study report, the
  Board of Libraries and Department staff have been considering the role of
  the regional libraries, particularly in view of developments in services
  and access via Internet and VALS.

       The regional library study, involving librarians, trustees, and the
  general public, showed widespread need for library service that is timely
  and draws upon all currently available resources.  However, public
  libraries in the state do not all use the regional libraries in the same
  way, nor do they view their usefulness equally.

       As new technologies emerge and more information becomes available
  electronically and in other formats, all libraries - including the
  Department of Libraries - will gradually decrease print media holdings in
  order to make information, regardless of format, readily available to their
  users.  Because technology is rapidly changing at the same time that
  resources are declining, we believe that the Department should focus on
  providing services that other libraries in the state cannot individually
  accommodate.

       With these thoughts in mind, we have begun to refocus regional library
  roles.  We have determined that the regional libraries, directly and
  through interlibrary loan, should serve the needs of all Vermonters and
  should fill two primary roles - those of consultants/trainers to local
  public libraries and of information providers to all Vermonters.  The role
  of the regional libraries as sources of bulk loans to local libraries has
  diminished over the past decade and is now secondary.

       Reordered priorities mean change.  Some of the things local librarians
  and trustees using regional library services may notice are:

       1)  more formal and informal opportunities for continuing education
  and skill development.  For example, regional librarians are available to
  conduct mini- workshops on a variety of topics at local libraries and at
  the regional libraries.  We see training as a very important role for the
  Department in the coming years.

       2)  some rearrangement of regional library space to allow more public
  use of information technology.  All five libraries installed new computers
  this summer to offer graphical access to Internet and other electronic
  resources as they become available.

       3)  various efforts to make regional libraries easier for the general
  public to use.  Regional libraries will coordinate opportunities for the
  public to learn more about  available local public and regional library
  services.  This fall, regional libraries will begin experimental evening
  hours.  Check with your regional library for further details.

       4)  a change in regional library collection development to emphasize
  purchase of materials not generally owned by public libraries.  Regional
  library book collections will emphasize nonfiction and literature.  People
  seeking best sellers and other popular titles will be encouraged to use
  local public libraries.  Regional libraries will increase holdings in
  online and computerized information, including CD-ROM.

       While change is difficult for everyone, we believe tough financial
  times and a somewhat uncertain technological future make it necessary for
  us all to choose priorities.  We believe the choices we are making will
  continue to serve the libraries and the public well.  We invite your
  thoughts and comments as we implement these subtle, but important, changes
  in regional library service.

                                           Patricia E. Klinck, State Librarian


                      MAYHEW JOINS BOARD OF LIBRARIES

       The Vermont Board of Libraries welcomed a new member, Randall F.
  Mayhew, of Woodstock, at its June meeting and elected new officers at its
  August meeting.

       Mayhew, a Woodstock area native, was appointed to the Vermont Board of
  Libraries by Governor Howard B. Dean, M.D., in May and attended his first
  meeting in June.  An attorney with Mayhew & Ford, P.C., Mayhew is also an
  adjunct professor at Vermont Law School and a self- employed instructor of
  real estate prelicensing courses.  He holds a B.A. in history from UVM and
  a J.D. from New England School of Law.  Mayhew and his wife Mary have two
  young sons and are active in Woodstock community affairs.  He cites serving
  as Woodstock Village Liaison to the National Park Service Planning Team for
  the Marsh-Billings National Historic Park as among his toughest
  assignments.  Mayhew is also a Town Justice of the Peace, a vestry member
  of St. James Episcopal Church, and a member of the Advisory subcommittee to
  the Central Vermont/New Hampshire Valley Chapter of the American Red Cross.

       At its August meeting, the Board of Libraries elected William Howard
  Schubart III of Shelburne to serve as Chair for the coming year and Reeve
  Lindberg of Passumpsic to serve as Vice Chair.  Special thanks were offered
  Rosemary Rogers of Proctor for serving as Chair for the past two years.  
  Other members of the Board are Judith Dickson of Burlington, Deborah
  Greenwood Fletcher of Enosburg Falls, and Leslie Morris Noyes of North
  Bennington.

                  STANDARDS PROGRAM FEATURES CHOICE IN FY96

       Copies of the Minimum Standards for Vermont Public Libraries,
  application forms, and Public Library Report forms were mailed to all
  public libraries in early September.  Letters about the FY96 standards
  program were also sent to public library trustee chairs.  Libraries must
  apply every year in order to be considered for standards.

       The Vermont Board of Libraries approved revised minimum standards in
  late 1993, but the new standards are still undergoing the Legislative
  Administrative Rules process.  Therefore, the Board of Libraries has
  extended the transition period and will allow public libraries to apply for
  either the 1986 or the 1993 standards again this year.  Libraries meeting
  standards are eligible to use the Vermont Centralized Card/MARC Service
  free of charge.

       The timetable for this year's standards program is as follows:

Sept. 26, 9:30 am - a special help session to assist librarians with
  application forms and any questions regarding the 1986 or 1993 standards
  will be held at Midstate Regional Library, Berlin, with Marianne Kotch.

Oct. 15 - compliance date for standards so noted

Nov. 1 - application deadline (postmark date)

Dec. 12 - Board of Libraries meets to determine which libraries meet standards

Dec. 30 - Dept. of Libraries notifies all applicants if they meet
  standards or not

Jan. 20, 1996 - Deadline for receipt of appeals

Feb. 20, 1996 - Board of Libraries holds public hearing on appeals and
  makes final decision.

       Anyone wishing extra forms or with questions concerning standards
  should call Marianne Kotch at the Department of Libraries, 828-2320.

                    TWO LIBRARIES WIN CONSTRUCTION GRANTS

       The Vermont Board of Libraries awarded two Library Services and
  Construction Act (LSCA) Title II grants to libraries in Fair Haven and
  Townshend at its June meeting.  The Fair Haven Free Library will add
  substantial accessible space to the rear of its Carnegie building with its
  grant.  Calling the library a "jewel," State Librarian Patricia E. Klinck
  noted that the library submitted an excellent application this year, after
  being turned down last year.

       The Townshend Public Library will install a wheelchair-accessible lift
  to its basement children's room with its grant.  The library received an
  LSCA Ti. II grant several years ago to add a meeting room.

                 BOARD APPROVES COMMUNITY LIBRARY GUIDELINES

       At its August meeting, the Vermont Board of Libraries approved
  proposed "Guidelines for Community Libraries," designed to offer concrete
  suggestions for providing unified service in space combining public library
  and school library functions.  There are currently 15 public libraries
  housed in school spaces, and 13 of these consider themselves combined, or
  "community," libraries.

       Recognizing that "combining two types of libraries which serve
  different needs in different ways can be more difficult than concentrating
  on one or the other," the Department of Libraries staff began drafting the
  guidelines early this year with help from community librarians, trustees,
  and school administrators.  In March, State Librarian Patricia E. Klinck
  and Development and Adult Services Consultant Marianne Kotch met with
  trustees and librarians of community libraries to discuss the draft
  guidelines and other issues of concern.  A final draft was submitted to the
  Board of Libraries in June.

       The guidelines are organized under the Principles for Vermont Public
  Library Service, 1993, from which the Minimum Standards for Vermont Public
  Libraries derive.  They cover such things as hours of service and staffing
  as well as the formation of an Executive Committee (or "Super Board"),
  funding, collection development, space utilization, and access.  Copies of
  the guidelines are available from Marianne Kotch at 828-3261.

                       FOREIGN LIBRARIANS TOUR VERMONT

       For the fourth year in a row, a group of 24 library professionals from
  around the world stopped in Vermont in June as part of a U.S. Information
  Agency International Visitor project, American Libraries.  The program
  offers the visitors opportunities to explore the changing role of
  information managers in the modern world with professional counterparts in
  this country.

       Arriving in Burlington on Sunday, June 11, the visitors went
  sightseeing by walking from the Ramada Inn to Lake Champlain.  On Monday,
  Department of Libraries staff members took them for a tour of the
  University of Vermont's Bailey-Howe and Dana Medical Libraries in the
  morning and for tours of local public and college libraries in the
  afternoon.  An evening gathering at State Librarian Patricia Klinck's home
  capped the long day.  On Tuesday, participants came to the Midstate
  Regional Library for a discussion of the Vermont Automated Libraries System
  (VALS) and library networking in a rural environment with Sybil McShane and
  Klinck. 

       Tour participants came to Vermont after a week at the Library of
  Congress in Washington, D.C.  The next stops on their month-long journey
  were Austin, Texas (or Tulsa, Oklahoma, or Denver, Colorado, depending on
  specific interests); Seattle, Washington; and the American Library
  Association conference in Chicago.  The Vermont part of the trip was an
  opportunity, they said, to meet American librarians "up close and personal"
  and to get a first-hand look at how technology can link various libraries
  and make library resources accessible to rural users.  

       The Department of Libraries would like to thank all the Vermont
  librarians who greeted the visitors and made them feel at home in local
  libraries.  Countries represented in this year's tour were Bahrain, Brazil,
  Burma, Cote D'Ivoire, Egypt, Estonia, Greece, India, Italy, Pakistan, Peru,
  Phillippines, Israel, Portugal, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, Sweden, Turkey,
  Uganda, and West Bank.

                                COMING EVENTS

       Tues., Sept. 12, 9:00 am - Children's Materials Review Session,
  Midstate Regional Library, Berlin. Repeats: Wed., 9/13 (SWRL); Thurs., 9/14
  (SERL); Tues., 9/19 (NERL); and Wed., 9/20 (NWRL and SBCL).  Contact: Grace
  W. Greene, 828-3261.

       Wed., Sept. 13, 9:45 am - Vermont Library Association Board meeting,
  Vermont Technical College Library.  Contact:  Albert Joy, 656-8350.

       Fri., Sept. 15, 9:30 am - "Understanding MARC" workshop, Northeast
  Regional Library, St. Johnsbury.  Contact: Grace W. Greene, 828-3261.

       Thurs., Sept. 21, 9:30 am - "Publicity and Display" workshop,
  Southeast Regional Library, Dummerston.  Contact: Grace W. Greene,
  828-3261.

       Sun.-Sat., Sept. 24-Oct. 1 - Banned Books Week.  Contact:  American
  Library Assn., 1-800-545-2433.

       Mon., Sept. 25, 9:00 am - Central Vermont Librarians Assn. meeting,
  Waterbury Town Library, Waterbury Center.  Topic for discussion:  Staff
  development.  Contact:  Bobbee Hirsch, 244-7036.

       Tues., Sept. 26, 9:30 am - Minimum Standards for Vermont Public
  Libraries "Help" session with Marianne Kotch, Midstate Regional Library,
  Berlin.  Call 828-2320 for information.

       Sun.-Tues., Oct. 1-3 - New England Library Association annual
  conference.  "On the Edge", Providence convention Center, Providence, R.I. 
  Contact: Carolyn Noah, Central Massachusetts Regional Library System, (508)
  799-1697.

       Thurs., Oct. 5, 9:30 am - "VALS Update" workshop, Midstate Regional
  Library, Berlin.  Repeats: Thurs., Oct. 12.  Contact Grace W. Greene,
  828-3261.

       Fri.-Sun., Oct. 6-8 - 23rd Annual National Storytelling Festival,
  Jonesborough, Tenn.  Contact: National Storytelling Festival, P.O. Box 309,
  Jonesborough, Tenn. 37659, 1-800-525-4514.  Fee:  $80.

       Tues., Oct. 17, 10:30 am - Vermont Board of Libraries meeting,
  Midstate Regional Library, Berlin.  Contact:  Patricia E. Klinck, 828-3265.

       Thurs., Oct. 19, 9:30 am - Vermont Library Association fall meeting. 
  "Cooperate-Collaborate-Advocate", Kreitzberg Library, Norwich University,
  Northfield.

       Sat., Oct. 21 - Keene (NH) State College Children's Literature
  Festival, featuring Eileen Christelow, Barbara Reid, Jerry Spinelli, and
  others.  Contact:  Dr. David E. White, Keene State College, 229 Main St.,
  Keene, NH  03435-2611.

       Thurs., Oct. 26, 9:30 am - "VALS Refresher" workshop, Midstate
  Regional Library, Berlin.  Contact: Grace W. Greene, 828-3261.  

       Thurs., Nov. 2, 2 pm - Smith Lecture, DOL annual lecture on children's
  literature.  Speaker: Virginia Euwer Wolff.  Place: Pavilion Auditorium,
  109 State St., Pavilion Office Bldg., Montpelier, VT.  Contact: Grace W.
  Greene, 828-3261.

       Sat., Nov. 4, 9:30 am - Annual Vermont Library Association Public
  Library Section/Vermont Library Trustees Association joint conference,
  Capitol Plaza Hotel, Montpelier.  Topic:  Intellectual freedom.  Contact: 
  Marianne Kotch (828-2320) or Jeanne Walsh (348-7488).  Registration fee,
  including lunch:  $15.

       Sun.-Tues., Nov. 5-7 - New England Reading Association Annual
  Conference, Burlington.  Contact: Judith Hillman, 654-2412.  Fee:  $35-88.

       Wed., Nov. 8, 9:45 am - Vermont Library Association board meeting,
  Vermont Technical College Library.  Contact:  Albert Joy, 656-8350.

       Fri., Nov. 10 - State Holiday.  Department of Libraries Central
  Offices and Regional Libraries closed.

       Fri., Nov. 17, 9:00 am - Seventh Annual Vermont Mock Caldecott Award
  Day, co-sponsored by the Dept. of Education, Dept. of Libraries, and VEMA -
  Vermont Technical College Old Dorm Lounge, Randolph.  Contact:  Leda
  Schubert, 828-3111.

       Thurs. & Fri., Nov. 23 & 24 - State Holiday.  Department of Libraries
  Central Offices and Regional Libraries closed.

       Tues., Nov. 28, 9:00 am - Children's Materials Review Session,
  Midstate Regional Library, Berlin.  Repeats: Wed., 11/29 (SWRL); Thurs.,
  11/30 (SERL); Tues., 12/5 (NERL); Thurs., 12/7 (NWRL and SBCL).  Contact:
  Grace W. Greene, 828-3261.



                                  RESOURCES

       ..."Speakers Bureau Catalogue" - a yearly publication of the Vermont
  Council on the Humanities - directory of speakers programs and application
  information.  Contact: Vermont Council on the Humanities, P.O. Box 58, Hyde
  Park, VT 05655-0058, 802-888-3183, (fax) 802-888-1236.

       ..."Consumer Information Catalog" - catalog of free and low-cost
  publications for consumers. Multiple copies available from Consumer
  Information Center, P.O. Box 100, Pueblo, Colorado 81002.  

       ..."Censorship in Schools and Libraries" - library exhibit on
  censorship for Banned Books Week or other times.  Cost: $35 (includes
  mailing).  Contact: Donald Parker, Long Island Coalition Against
  Censorship, P.O. Box 296, Port Washington, NY 11050, 516-944-9799.

       ..."History of the Town of Montpelier, Vermont" by D.P. Thompson, 1860
  (facsimile reprint).  Available at $23.00 plus $3.23 s & h, VHS members
  receive 10% discount. Contact: VHS Bookshop, 109 State St., Montpelier, VT
  05609-0901, 828-2291.

       ..."Historic Roots" - new magazine about Vermont history for new adult
  readers.  Funded by the Vt. Historical Society, Vt. Council on the
  Humanities and Vt. Community Foundation.  Contact Ann E. Cooper, Editor,
  802-388-6802.

       ..."Window on the World of Family Literacy" - magazine published by
  the National Center on Family Literacy focusing on family literacy issues. 
  To subscribe write to NCAL, Waterfront Plaza, Suite 200, Dept. W, 325 W.
  Main St., Louisville, KY 40202-4251.

       ...Vermont Commission on National and Community Service Mailing List
  supported by the Corp. for National and Community Service...Learn and Serve
  Vermont, AmeriCorps*USA and AmeriCorps*VISTA, and the National Senior
  Service Corps Programs.  Contact the Vermont Commission, 802-828-4982 for a
  copy of their newsletter.
 
                             CONTINUING EDUCATION

       ...St. Michael's College Center for Organizational Development
  "Nonprofit Management Certification Program".  Program offers sessions
  dealing with issues, concerns and trends facing the nonprofit sector. 
  Contact:  Joanne LaBrake, Center for Organizational Development, St.
  Michael's College, Winooski Park, Colchester, VT 05439, 802-654- 2314.

                      HOW DO VERMONT LIBRARIES STACK UP?

       Vermont ranked fourth in the nation in number of interlibrary loans
  received by public libraries, according to recent data for FY93 issued by
  the U.S. Department of Education National Center for Education Statistics
  (NCES).  The Department of Libraries submits Vermont's public library data
  to the Federal-State Cooperative System for Public Library Data each year. 
  Other interesting facts about the state's rankings include:

       * While Vermont ranks 36th in the number of paid full-time equivalent
  librarians with Master's degrees from library programs accredited by the
  American Library Association, with a total of 33.63 FTE, the state ranks
  11th in the total number of paid FTE librarans (119.07).  Nonetheless,
  Vermont ranked 33rd in total staff expenditures (wages and employee
  benefits), with a per capita expense of $9.68, as compared to a national
  average of $12.51 per capita. 

       * Vermont ranked 37th in per capita tax support received by public
  libraries.  Vermont public libraries which received tax support in FY93
  averaged $10.75 per capita, while the national average was $16.11.  

       * On the other hand, Vermont public libraries continued to rank third
  in the nation in income from other sources, including interest on
  endowments, gifts, and local fundraising.  $4.75 per capita was received,
  as opposed to the national average of $1.73.  Only public libraries in New
  York and Maine received more "other" income.

       * Vermont also ranked 33rd in total expenditures on collections, with
  a per capita amount of $2.36, as compared to a national average of $2.87
  per capita.  However, Vermont public libraries continued to hold the third
  largest number of book and serial volumes, with a per capita total of 4.75,
  as compared to 2.68 items per capita nationally.  Maine and Wyoming public
  libraries own slightly more items per capita.

       * The 8,929 public libraries in the United States circulated 1.5
  billion items in FY93, or 6.47 per capita.  Despite Vermont's higher than
  average per capita circulation of 7.17, the state's public library
  circulation still ranked 22nd in the nation. 


                           TECHNICAL SERVICES NEWS

       Public libraries that want to expedite withdrawal of their library
  holdings from PUBCAT are asked to separate PUBCAT withdrawal cards from
  catalog cards obtained from sources other than the Card/MARC Service. 
  PUBCAT cards are: 1) OCLC cards with "MARG", "CATH", or "LORR" on the
  bottom line  2) Brodart cards obtained through the Card/MARC Service. 
  Non-PUBCAT cards are generally any old cataloging cards or commercially
  produced cards not obtained from the Card/MARC Service.  Libraries are not
  required to separate the cards unless they want faster processing of the
  withdrawals.  If a library chooses to separate the cards, the packs should
  be labeled "PUBCAT withdrawals" and "Non-PUBCAT withdrawals".

                          Lorraine Lanius, Head, Technical Services Unit  

                            1996 SMITH GRANTS...

       For the second year in a row, the Department of Libraries Smith Grant
  money will be devoted to early childhood services.  Last year the grant
  program was specifically for babies and toddlers; this year we have
  expanded it to include preschoolers.  There is $4,000 set aside for Smith
  Grants this year; libraries may apply for all or part of this money.  The
  target group may be the whole range of children birth-5 years or any subset
  thereof.  A substantial part of the money requested should be for library
  materials.  Preference will be given to applications which focus on
  outreach, building coalitions and training area professionals.  Support for
  modified Beginning With Mother Goose programs from the Vermont Center For
  The Book will be part of the award.  Applications are available by request. 
  Contact Christine Coolidge at 828-3261 or Email CBEC.  Deadline is January
  15, 1996. 

                        MATERIALS REVIEW SESSIONS...

       Anyone who selects books for children or young adults should plan to
  attend the Materials Review Sessions cosponsored by the Department of
  Libraries and the Department of Education.  The programs, which begin at
  9:00 a.m. (except for South Burlington) and last 3-3 1/2 hours, feature
  oral reviews by Grace W. Greene, of the Department of Libraries and Leda
  Schubert, School Library Media Specialist, Department of Education.  Books
  for all levels (preschool - high school) are reviewed.  In addition to oral
  reviews, we also take books reviewed by our volunteer reviewers and
  nonfiction recommended by the review media.  The sessions are free and do
  not require registration.  Look for the fall schedule in the "Coming
  Events" section of this News.

                  BABIES NEED BOOKS BROCHURE FOR DOCTORS...

       The Vermont Center For The Book is distributing thousands of copies of
  a new Babies Need Books brochure to over 600 physicians around the state. 
  Delivery is being made by RSVP volunteers so there will be personal contact
  with the health care professionals.  The brochure explains why reading is
  so important for babies and toddlers and contains recommended booklists
  that Virginia Golodetz and I compiled.  Artwork is by Vermont illustrator
  Wendy Watson.  For copies of the brochure call the VCB at (802) 875-2751.

                                 DCF NEWS...

       ...COMMITTEE OPENING - If you love to read children's books, have we
  got the job for you!  Next year, (beginning in March) there will be one
  opening on the Dorothy Canfield Fisher Committee.  If you live or work in
  Vermont, and are interested in reading 300-500 books a year; participating
  in animated and sometimes heated discussions, and working with a terrific,
  dedicated group, apply to be a member by sending a letter of interest, a
  brief resume and two reviews, one positive and one negative of any
  children's books of your choosing to: Grace W. Greene, Children's Services
  Consultant, Vermont Department of Libraries, Pavilion Building, 109 State
  St., Montpelier, VT 05609.  Applications must be postmarked by October 1. 
  Terms are for 3 years.  Questions?  Call me at 828-3261.

       ...MARJORIE GILLAM LAVALLA GRANT - Thanks to the Marjorie Gillam
  Lavalla fund which was created to honor a former chair of the Dorothy
  Canfield Fisher Committee, the DCF Committee is again sponsoring a small
  competitive grant round.  Any school or public library that has ideas for
  innovative ways to promote the DCF program this year, should request an
  application from Christine Coolidge, (802) 828-3261, email CBEC or from
  Leda Schubert, (802) 828-3111, or email DOE_SCHUBERT.  The total to be
  given is $500.00.  Deadline for application is October 1.

       ...DCF BOOKTALKS TO BE ON ETV AGAIN!  Vermont ETV Learning Services is
  again sponsoring an opportunity for Vermont students to create video
  booktalks of DCF books.  Students in public libraries and schools across
  the state will be videotaped booktalking the 30 titles on this year's list. 
  The videotape will then be shown on Vermont ETV in the winter and early
  spring to help generate enthusiasm for next April's voting.  All public
  libraries and schools should have received application information directly
  from Vermont ETV.  The application deadline is October 3, 1995.  For more
  information, contact Scott Campitelli or Barb Nash at (802) 655-4800 or
  1-800-639-3351.

                           PARENTING COLLECTION...

       Recently several people have asked me what my philosophy about
  parenting shelves is.  Frankly, I had never spent enough time thinking
  about parenting shelves to develop a philosophy!  However, after thinking
  about the issues, reading some in the literature, and talking to many
  people, I have come up with some guidelines.

       To have or not to have...Like many location issues there's neither a
  right nor a wrong to having a parenting  collection.  Establishing a
  collection of books for parents in the children's room will make it easier
  for some and harder for others.  Parents who accompany their children to
  the children's room may be delighted to find books about their children as
  well as for their children, but parents browsing in the adult stacks may be
  confused about the whereabouts of child development books, for instance. 
  If you do have a parenting shelf, be sure the catalog indicates the proper
  location for these books and that there are signs and possibly "fake books"
  in the adult ranges to direct the patrons to the children's room.  Remember
  that there are always new patrons who don't know the layout of your library
  as well as patrons who never ask for help.

       If you decide to have a parenting collection, you should include only
  books which are written for adults.  Topics can include everything from
  child development to children's reading to ideas for children's parties. 
  Books with advice for parents on how to tell children about death, divorce
  and other family matters belong in this collection.  Books which are
  written for children about the same issues should be in the children's
  section.  For example, THE GRIEVING CHILD: A PARENT'S GUIDE by Helen
  Fitzgerald (Simon & Schuster, 1992) should be in the parenting collection;
  Mr. Rogers' WHEN A PET DIES (Putnam, 1988) should be in juvenile
  nonfiction, and POPPA'S CHAIR by Karen Hesse (Macmillan, 1993) belongs in
  picture books.

       Some librarians put children's books on "sensitive issues" in the
  parenting collection, because they feel these books would benefit from
  adult discussion.  They're right that the child would understand more after
  discussing these books with an adult, but that applies to every other book
  in the collection, too.  As one librarian said to me "You may as well call
  the entire children's collection the parenting collection because every
  book in this room would benefit from a parent/child discussion."

       Putting children's books in the parenting section rather than on the
  children's shelves is not recommended for several reasons:

       * This automatically labels everything on this shelf as "sensitive,"
  "dangerous," or just somehow different.  This  is a violation of the A.L.A.
  Bill of Rights.  It is also unfair to a child who sees his own family
  situation only on the sensitive issues shelf and never with regular picture
  books.

       * No one is qualified to decide which books need parental intervention
  or explanation except the parents themselves.  An atheist might want Bible
  stories on the shelf.  A conservative Christian might want anything to do
  with witches or ghosts on the shelf.  Making this determination is a
  violation of the rights of the child and of the parent.  Librarians may not
  act in loco parentis.  It is the parents and only the parents who may
  decide for their children and only their children which ones should be
  discussed.
     
       * From a practical point of view, this further divides the collection,
  making it more difficult to locate specific titles.

       * Every book could benefit from discussion between parent and child. 
  Librarians should be encouraging parents to discuss all books with their
  children, not deciding for the parents which ones need discussion.


          PROGRAMS FOR PARENTS AND DAY CARE TEACHERS ON READING...

       All of us who work with children and books spend a lot of time on
  programming for children, but sometimes we forget that often the most
  effective way to reach children is through their parents, day care
  providers and teachers.  If the adults who see them every day don't
  understand the importance of reading, or don't know what the library has to
  offer, chances are you aren't reaching those children.  So, part of our
  mission as children's librarians is to do programs for adults about
  children and reading.  How do you get an audience?  Go to where the adults
  already are:  PTA's, daycare centers, service clubs, church groups, and
  parent/child centers.  You can try having a general program in the library,
  but chances are the audience size will be small and the people there will
  already be committed to reading.  A way to insure attendance is to have a
  "carrot" for those who come.  Free books are a possibility; credits
  (through the state for recertification) bring in home daycare providers.

       What do you say once you have them there?  A few years ago I made up
  an outline of a talk, "Reading Aloud: A Program For Parents and Teachers"
  and recently I updated it.  Request a copy (free), and adapt to your needs. 
  The Department of Libraries also has an excellent 30 minute videotape you
  can borrow called "Parents, Kids and Books."  The videotape shows children
  and adults enjoying books and, in a low key manner, stresses the importance
  of reading in a young child's life.

       Besides the talk outline, we can also send you multiple copies of our
  Reading Aloud brochure and the two recently updated bibliographies for: 1)
  babies and toddlers and 2) preschoolers.  Just let us know how we can help!
        
                          PERFORMERS' DIRECTORY...

       The 1995-96 edition of Programs For Children: A Directory of Programs
  and Speakers should be rolling off the press soon.  This is a nearly 100
  page compendium of people who do programs for kids and who like to/want to
  perform in libraries.  All public libraries will receive one in the mail;
  anyone else can send $5.00 plus .25 tax (or if your organization is a
  501(c)3, send $5.00 plus your tax exempt number) to:  Christine Coolidge,
  Vermont Department of Libraries, Pavilion Building, 109 State St.,
  Montpelier, Vermont 05609.  Checks should be made out to The Vermont
  Department of Libraries.  Please note that this is a listing as received
  from the performers themselves, not a juried or screened list.  Before
  hiring someone you should always check with previous sites to determine
  suitability for your library.

                 INTERNET TIPS FOR CHILDREN'S LIBRARIANS...

       Most of us are still novices at using the Internet, but there are many
  important resources of use to children's librarians, and I plan to pass on
  some tips in each newsletter.  When you find something useful, please let
  me know so I can share the information with your colleagues.

       The first thing that most people use on the Internet is e-mail.  This
  electronic mail system allows you to communicate almost instantly with
  people all over the world.  Most of you have been using e-mail to send
  messages to people within Vermont for several years now, but only a few of
  you have discovered that writing to people outside of VALS is just as easy. 
  All you need is their e-mail address.  Then, at the mail prompt, type
  "send" and at the "to" prompt, type SMTP%"address".  The % and the
  quotation marks are essential.  Example:  SMTP%"ggreene@DOL.STATE.VT.US".

       One way to keep in touch with like-minded colleagues is to join a
  listserv.  This is a group of people with a common interest who form an
  electronic discussion group.  There are several listservs that are of
  interest to children's librarians, the most practical being PUBYAC.  PUBYAC
  is for public children's and young adult librarians and covers all aspects
  of service.  Recent discussions have centered on tips for planning a new
  children's room, programming for young adults and censorship issues.  This
  is also used as a forum for tracking down "stumpers" - reference questions
  that are hard to answer.  One of the best things about this listserv is
  that it is moderated.  That means that someone screens out irrelevant
  messages and compiles the rest into one daily list that is sent to your
  mailbox.  You can then choose just to read the messages, or to be an active
  participant.  Once you join, you will automatically receive directions on
  how to use the service.  To subscribe to PUBYAC, send a message to: 
  LISTSERV@ nysernet.org and leave the subject line blank.  The message is:
  subscribe PUBYAC Jane Doe (use your name here).

       Two listservs about children's literature are: 1) CHILDLIT: Children's
  Literature: Criticism and theory.  To subscribe, send e-mail to
  listserv@rutvm1.rutgers.edu and 2) KIDLIT-L list (children and youth
  literature list).  To subscribe send e-mail to
  LISTSERV@BINGVMB.CC.BINGHAMTON.EDU.  Follow above instructions for format. 
  Have fun!  One caveat is that these can take a lot of your time.  You need
  to learn to read only the messages that are relevant.  Most listservs
  archive the discussions, so you can go back and look something up later.

                              MOCK CALDECOTT...

       For the 7th year in a row the Department of Education and the
  Department of Libraries are cosponsoring a day long picture book evaluation
  program.  In the morning, Melody Allen, the Youth Services Consultant in
  Rhode Island and Virginia Golodetz, Vermont's own children's literature
  expert, will explain how the Caldecott committee works, as well as the
  criteria they use for evaluating a picture book.  In the afternoon we will
  divide up into groups to select our favorite picture books of 1995. 
  Participants will receive a list of picture books to evaluate upon
  registration.  Please send in the form in this newsletter to attend.

                             ATTEND A.L.A. FREE!

       The Association for Library Service to Children/Econo-Clad Literature
  Program Award Committee is now accepting applications for this award which
  provides a grant of $1,000.00 to support an ALSC member's attendance at the
  ALA Annual Conference in New York, July, 1996.  The award is given to a
  children's librarian who has developed and implemented a unique reading or
  literature program for children (infants through age 13) that brings
  children and books together to develop life-long reading habits.  Deadline
  for entries: December 1, 1995.  Application forms are available from ALA,
  ALSC Office, 50 E. Huron St., Chicago, IL 60611.
 
                            BOOK ESSAY CONTEST...

       Students in grades 6-12 are eligible to enter the "Letters About
  Literature Essay Contest," co-sponsored by Weekly Reader's READ magazine
  and the Center For the Book at the Library of Congress.  Entries should
  take the form of a letter to the author of a book about which the student
  has strong feelings.  Letters should be 1,000 words or fewer and should
  explain what the book "taught you about yourself."  Grand prize is a five
  day, all expenses paid, 4 night trip for the winner and a parent to
  Washington DC.  Next level is 9 prizes of $100.00.  There will also be
  state level prizes.  Entries are due by December 8 to:  Vermont Center For
  the Book, P. O. Box 441, Main St., Chester, VT 05143.  Call VCB at (802)
  875-2751 for entry forms or more information.

                      CE OPPORTUNITIES AT THE FLYNN...

       Joan Robinson at the Flynn Theatre, 153 Main St., Burlington, VT
  05401, (802) 863-8778 is the contact person for the following exciting
  opportunities:

       "Bringing Green Gables To Life" - Deepen your readers' understanding
  of characters, settings and plots of classic literature with simple
  creative drama activities structured for students in grades 3-6.  Workshop
  leader Joan Robinson, Flynn's Education Coordinator, draws from her
  experience as a children's librarian at Ilsley Public Library in Middlebury
  and actor/teacher in children's theatre.  This workshop is offered in
  connection with a Flynn Theatre student matinee of "Anne of Green Gables"
  by ArtsPower on November 29, at 9:30 a.m. and 12 noon.  Thursday, November
  2, 4:30-7pm, $18.00 in advance/$20.00 after October 25.

       "Flynn Storytelling Festival" - Enjoy a day of storytelling
  performances and workshops to enhance your appreciation of the art form and
  to inspire your own telling at the first-ever Flynn Theatre Storytelling
  Festival on Sunday, January 21.  The day will begin with performances by
  Vermont storytellers Tim Jennings and Leanne Ponder, Peter Burns, and
  Deborah Lubar, followed by two sessions of workshops.  The day will end
  with performances by Michael Parent, musician/storyteller of French
  Canadian heritage; Gayle Ross, Cherokee storyteller of Native American
  myths and legends; and Jon Spelman, writer and teller of original and
  southern tales.  Sunday, January 21, 1-8:30 p.m. workshops only (2:30 - 6
  p.m.) $25.00; with performances (1-2:15 p.m., 7-8:30 p.m.) $45.00.  EARLY
  REGISTRATION ENCOURAGED.  SPACE IS LIMITED!

       "Fables In A Flash" - Sample tried-and-true techniques which make
  acting out fables and other folklore simple and fun.  Especially for people
  who work with children in pre-K and primary grades, this workshop is
  offered in connection with the Flynn Theatre student matinee of "Tortoise
  and the Hare" presented by Theatre IV on Wednesday, March 6, 9:30 a.m. and
  12 noon. Monday, February 12, 4:30 - 7 p.m., $18.00 in advance/$20.00 after
  February 5.

       USBBY CONFERENCE, "The World At Our Doorstep," International Board on
  Books For Young People, October 5-7, 1995.  This first IBBY regional
  conference in the US will feature literature from different cultures around
  the world and within the U.S..  Speakers include Margaret Mahy, Suzanne
  Fisher Staples, Tololwa Mollel and Sheila Hamanaka.  Cost:  $150.00
  members: $165.00 non-members.  For information call Shirley Tastad at (404)
  651-2510.

                                AVAILABLE...

       ...Revised bibliographies from the Bare Bones Packet, including "Aids
  For Developing A Children's Collection," "A Bare Bones Easy Reader List,"
  "Children's Book Exhibit Center: Bibliographies, Resources, and Traveling
  Exhibits (Travex)," and "Children's Magazines."  Also, bibliographies of
  recommended books for:  a) babies and toddlers and b) preschoolers. 
  Contact Christine Coolidge at 828-3261, or email CBEC for copies of any of
  these.

       ..."Child Safety On the Information Highway" a brochure on the
  Internet for parents.  Contact:  National Center For Missing and Exploited
  Children, 2101 Wilson Boulevard, Suite 550, Arlington, VA 22201-3052. 
  Telephone 1-800-THE- LOST.  First 50 copies free; $0.10/copy after that. 
  Contains rules and guidelines for online safety for children.

       ..."Standards for Public Library Service to children in Massachusetts"
  1995 edition - published by the Massachusetts  Library Association.  $10.00
  from MLA, 707 Turnpike Street, North Andover, MA 10845.  (508) 686-8543.





Patricia E. Klinck, State Librarian. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .828-3265
  Marianne Kotch, Development & Adult Services Consultant. . . . . . . .828-3261
  Grace Greene, Children's Services Consultant . . . . . . . . . . . . .828-3261
Library and Information Services Division
  Sybil B. McShane, Director . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .828-3261
    Marjorie D. Zunder, Head, Reference and Law Services . . . . . . . .828-3261
    Lorraine Lanius, Head, Technical Services Unit . . . . . . . . . . .828-3261
    S. Francis Woods, Special Services Consultant. . . . . . . . . . . .828-3273
    Kent Gray, Midstate Regional Library (Berlin). . . . . . . . . . . .828-2320
    Michael Roche, Northeast Regional Library (St. Johnsbury). . . . . .748-3428
    David S. Clark, Northwest Regional Library (Georgia) . . . . . . . .524-3429
    Amy Howlett/Joan Knight, Southeast Regional Library (Dummerston) . .257-2810
    Carol Chatfield, Southwest Regional Library (Rutland). . . . . . . .786-5879


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