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                              State of Vermont
                           Department of Libraries

                                   N E W S


No. 106, Spring 1997
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                           STATE FILES LSTA PLAN

The Department of Libraries recently submitted its five year Library Services
and Technology Act (LSTA) state plan to the federal Institute of Museums and
Library Services.  Under the new federal law, in order to be eligible for
federal funding, each state library agency must submit a plan that specifies
how it will meet the LSTA priorities.  Copies of the Vermont plan are
available from State Librarian Patricia E. Klinck, 828-3265, or via the
Internet at .

The LSTA priorities differ from the former federal Library Services and
Construction Act which emphasized public library service in rural and
unserved areas and specific client groups.  LSTA's priorities are:

Establishing or enhancing electronic linkages among or between libraries

Linking libraries electronically with educational, social or information
services

Assisting libraries in accessing information through electronic networks

Encouraging libraries in different areas, and encouraging different types of
libraries to establish consortia and share resources

Paying costs for libraries to acquire or share computer systems and
telecommunications technologies

Targeting library and information services to people of diverse geographic,
cultural, and socioeconomic backgrounds; individuals with disabilities;
people with limited functional literacy or information skills; persons having
difficulty using a library; and underserved urban and rural communities,
including children (from birth through age 17) from families with  incomes
below the poverty line.

Klinck stated that the Department's activities have been emphasizing the LSTA
priorities for several years.    That's what the Vermont Automated Libraries
System is all about - networking, electronic access to information, resource
sharing,  she said.   We believe we should be providing services and
resources that no library in the state can provide alone.   The Department of
Libraries receives about 22% of its operating budget each year from federal
funds.

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                         BIENNIAL REPORT AVAILABLE

By the end of April, most Vermont libraries should have received the
fourteenth Biennial Report of the Vermont Department of Libraries which is 
bound with the Vermont Library Directory, 1997.  This publication,previously
issued as a 6" x 9" booklet, is now in an 8 1/2" x 11" format so that
librarians may take it apart, punch holes in it, put it in a binder(s),
and/or photocopy part of it more easily.  It is not subject to copyright
restrictions, and we encourage anyone to photocopy any sections for their
use.

The Biennial Report covers the period from July 1, 1994, through June 30,
1996, and includes lists of Board of Libraries members and Department of
Libraries staff, the State Librarian's report, and Department financial and
service statistics for the biennium.  Also included are statistics of local
public libraries and those of other types of libraries - school, college,
special, institutional - for the fiscal year ending between December 31,
1995, and June 30, 1996.  Many librarians and trustees use the statistics for
long range planning and budgeting.

The Vermont Library Directory, 1997 lists 573 libraries of all types that
participate in the Vermont Resources Sharing Network by contributing
regularly to the Vermont Union Catalog (VUC).  It is not a comprehensive list
of libraries in the state.  Arranged alphabetically by the township in which
libraries are physically located, the Directory also includes lists of
libraries by type and of VUC symbols used for interlibrary loan.   Entries
are updates through this newsletter, and the Directory is also available at
the Department of Libraries World Wide Web site .


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                 DISCOUNTS FOR TELECOMMUNICATIONS POSSIBLE

Over the past year, the Department of Libraries, the Board of Libraries,  and
the Vermont Library Association have been staying on top of an important
issue for public libraries offering public access to the Internet:  potential
discounts on telecommunications rates.  The federal Telecommunications Act of
1996 included a provision for discounts for libraries, schools, and hospitals
and charged the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) with the task of
developing procedures and eligibility requirements.  State Librarian Patricia
E. Klinck and Vermont Library Association President Pat Hazlehurst wrote
letters detailing Vermont libraries  need for discounts to the state Public
Service Board which relayed their concerns to the FCC.  

The FCC is expected to publish its ruling on May 8, and state Public Service
Board Chair Richard Sedano will discuss it at the annual Vermont Library
Conference on Thursday, May 15, at 10:30 a.m.  Vermont librarians who wish to
discuss applying for discounts should attend the VLA Public Library Section
meeting that day at 8:30 a.m.

The Department will coordinate the application process for local public
libraries.  Because it appears that discounts will be awarded on a first-come
basis, a questionnaire will be sent to all libraries soon after the May 8
ruling, and the turn-around time will be short.  Public librarians wishing to
certify eligibility for telecommunications discounts for their libraries
should watch their mail and respond promptly.  Otherwise, Klinck fears,  they
will miss the boat. 

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                       113 LIBRARIES MEET STANDARDS

The Vermont Board of Libraries met February 18, 1997, to consider appeals
from libraries determined in December as not meeting standards for FY97.  One
appeal was granted and the others denied.  State Librarian Patricia E. Klinck
noted that, while libraries could meet either the 1986 or the 1993 versions
of the standards, this year saw a great increase - from 25 to 43 - in
libraries meeting the 1993 set.  Adopted by the Board of Libraries in 1993,
this revision has been submitted to the Legislative Administrative Rules
Committee for which approval is expected prior to next fall's round of
standards applications.  Libraries needing help in meeting the new set of
standards should contact their regional librarian or Marianne Kotch at
828-2320.

Following is the final list of towns whose libraries meet standards (the 43
meeting the 1993 version are noted with an *):

Alburg                       Arlington                     *Bakersfield
Barnet                       Barre and East Barre branch   *Barton
Barton/Orleans               Bennington                    North Bennington
Bradford                     Brandon                       *Brattleboro
Brighton/Island Pond         Bristol                       Burlington
Cabot                        *Canaan                       Castleton
Cavendish                    Chelsea                       *Chester
*Colchester                  *Craftsbury                   Danville
Derby                        Dorset                        *Dover
Enosburg                     Essex                         *Essex Junction
*Fairfax                     Fairfield                     *Fair Haven
Fairlee                      Franklin                      Grafton
Grand Isle                   *Greensboro                   Groton
*Hartford, Quechee,
 West Hartford, 
 White River Jct.,
 and Wilder br.             Hartland                       Hinesburg
*Hyde Park                  Lincoln                        South Londonderry
*Lyndonville                Marshfield                     *Middlebury
Milton                      *Montpelier                    *Morristown
*Newbury/Well River         Newbury                        New Haven
Newport                     *Northfield                    North Hero
*Norwich                    *Pawlet                        Pittsford
Plainfield                  Poultney                       Proctor
Putney                      *Randolph                      Reading
*Readsboro                  Richford                       *Richmond
Rochester                   *Rockingham                    *South Royalton and
                                                           Royalton branch 
Rutland                     *St. Albans                    *Shelburne
*Sherburne                  *South Burlington              South Hero
Springfield                 *Stamford                      Stowe
Strafford                   Swanton                        Thetford and
                                                           Post Mills
Townshend                   *North Troy                    Tunbridge
Underhill/Jericho           Vergennes                      *Vernon
*Waitsfield                 Wallingford                    *Warren
Waterbury and
 Waterbury Center           Weathersfield                  *Westford
West Rutland                Whitingham                     Williamstown
*Williston                  Wilmington                     *Windsor
Winooski                    Woodstock

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                 REGIONAL LIBRARY CONSOLIDATION CONTINUES
     
Work continues on the consolidation of the Department of Libraries regional
library service.  At the Northwest Regional Library, area school, public, and
institutional libraries have all had a chance to take permanent collections
of books.  Recently, book dealers were offered an opportunity to bid on the
remaining volumes.  The French language collection owned by NWRL is now
available at the Midstate Regional Library for interlibrary loan as well as
bulk loans by libraries.  It includes popular works in translation and in the
original French by such authors as Agatha Christie and Georges Simenon, as
well as classic titles including those by Moliere, Camus, and Sartre.  It is
expected that equipment will be moved out of NWRL in early June so that the
building will be empty by June 30.

At the Southwest Regional Library in Rutland, regional libraries have had a
chance to go through the collection and move items that may be needed for
interlibrary loan.  A lottery has been held for public libraries in the
region to come and take permanent collections of up to 1,000 books.  After
the public libraries are finished, the process will be opened to school and
institutional libraries.  Marianne Kotch, Regional Libraries Services
Coordinator, will be contacting those libraries soon.  The final date for
SWRL is projected at October 31.

At this time, the closing of the Southeast Regional Library in Dummerston is
still undecided.  However, closing in 2000 had been projected prior to the
legislative session.  If you have any questions about regional library
consolidation, contact Kotch at 828-2320.

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                        LIBRARIANS TO BE CERTIFIED

At its annual meeting in March, the Certification Board voted to award
certification to the following librarians who will be recognized at the
annual Vermont Library Conference in May:

 Linda Braginton, Vergennes
 Helen Bushey, Bakersfield
 Dan Cohen, Greensboro
 Kathy Davalos, McIndoe Falls
 Bernadette DuTremble, White River Jct.
*Sjaane Gordon, Hartford
*Devik Hemmings, Windsor
 Cindy Karasinski, Barton
 Jean Mendel, Jericho
 Janis Minshull, Lyndonville
 Tammy Snide, Springfield
*Kathleen Todd, Middlebury

*Provisional certification awarded, pending completion of workshops or
courses by May 14, 1997.

In other action, the board clarified its intent concerning the new technology
requirement which goes into effect for candidates being certified in 1998 or
later.  The requirement is for 10 credits, at least half of which must be for
library information technology (e.g. Internet, VALS, Netscape).  The Board
acknowledges the importance  of basic computer literacy in running a library,
but will only grant a maximum of five credits for any such course or
workshop.  Under this system, a candidate might take 30 contact hours on word
processing, for instance, but would be granted only five credits.

Members of the Certification Board are Patricia Klinck, State Librarian; Bob
Johnson, Trustee, Waterbury Public Libraries; Pat Hazelhurst, President VLA;
Kathie Ludwig, Norman Williams Public Library, Woodstock; and Grace W.
Greene, Continuing Education Coordinator, Chair.

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                        1995-96 STATISTICAL ROUNDUP

Vermont public library use and support showed healthy increases in the
1995-96 fiscal year.  Total circulation in the state's 201 public libraries
rose 5% over the previous year, and total library income ($9,455,571) and
expenditures ($9,057,969) rose 6% and 8%, respectively, in the same year. 
Public libraries were busy in other ways as the following totals show:

          Annual circulation                      3,479,152
          Number of visits                        2,037,132
          Number of reference transactions          277,571
          Number of interlibrary loans received      46,523  (a 3% increase)
          Number of programs offered                  8,408
          Program attendance                        144,233
          Number of registered borrowers            249,149
          Number of volunteer hours in a typical week 2,727

     For those who enjoy superlatives, here are a few:

Library with the highest total circulation:   Montpelier - 211,012
Library with the highest circulation per capita:  Sherburne - 25.60
Library with the highest total number of visits:  Burlington - 178,801
Library with the  highest visits per capita:  Brandon - 26.73
Library with the largest book collection:  Burlington - 119,840 volumes
Library with the highest per capita tax support:  Sherburne -  $80.75
Library with the highest program attendance:  Burlington - 12,824

More of these numbers are included in the Biennial Report of the Vermont
Department of Libraries which should be distributed to all libraries by the
end of April and in the supplement to the Biennial Report available from
Marianne Kotch, Regional Libraries Services Coordinator, 828-2320 or email
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                          TOECs INSPIRE TRUSTEES

Trustees from around the state brushed up on various skills, exchanged ideas,
and discussed important issues at this spring's Town Officers Educational
Conferences, held in Brattleboro, Winooski, Lyndonville, Rutland, and
Fairlee.  Planned by the Steering Committee of the Vermont Library Trustees
Association with help from the Department of Libraries, the workshops
featured trustees, town officials, and librarians speaking about community
involvement, staff salaries and benefits, policymaking, and setting
priorities in a time of change.

Speaking in Winooski, Lyndonville librarian Pat Hazlehurst described steadily
growing collaborative literacy and lifelong learning efforts in her community
and the library's involvement in community events ( we have a float in every
parade ) and activities ( The Chamber of Commerce always meets at the library
).  Essex Junction Friends of the Library member Dottie Bergendahl told of
her 200-member group's activities in providing  icing on the cake  for their
library:  programs, equipment, computers, books, general support.  During the
next workshop, Essex  Junction Village Manager Charles Safford reviewed
trustees  role in managing the library and setting the tone for service.  
Most people are inherently motivated,  he said,  and want interesting work.  
Nevertheless, he felt that they deserve fair pay and frequent, sincere  thank
yous  for jobs well done.

In discussing the process of setting priorities for libraries, Middlebury
librarian David Clark defined a successful library as  one that people use.  
He offered the following quiz for trustees:

1.  what's the publication date of your most recent purchase on used cars?
2.  how old is your encyclopedia?
3.  would anyone want to use your travel guide on Boston?
4.  does your library look like a used bookstore or does it look freshly 
    stocked?
5.  do you have any sense of the turnover of your stock?  how often does it
turn over, on average, every year?  how many new items do you add every year? 
how many items do you withdraw?
6.  do you know the philosophy of your collection development?  have you
signed on to it?  does it support your priorities?
7.  what's the percentage breakdown of your collection?  juvenile, adult,
print, books-on-tape, magazines, etc.?
8.  what's the educational level of your librarian?
9.  do you have an idea of the tools and resources available to you as a
trustee to do your job?
10.  do you have a sense of the resources in your community (e.g., high
school, bookstores, computer clubs, etc.)?
11.  what do people ask for that you don t have?

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              66% OF VERMONT HOUSEHOLDS USE PUBLIC LIBRARIES

Sixty-six percent of Vermont households used their local public libraries in
the past year, according to a recently released study by the National Center
for Education Statistics.  Forty- seven percent had used their library in the
month before the NCES interview of some 55,000 American households.  The
Vermont numbers are slightly higher than the national average for the study
which found that 44% of U.S. households included individuals who had used
public library services in the month prior and 65% of households used public
library services in the past year.  In addition, this estimate of public
library use is not dissimilar from previous national studies conducted in
1992 and 1995.

The NCES study found that, nationwide, public library use was more common in
households with children under 18 than in households without children. 
Whereas 61 percent of households with children used public libraries in the
past month, only 35 percent of households without children did so.  When the
entire past year is taken into account, households with children again showed
substantially higher rates of use than households without children (82%
versus 54%).  

To assess public library use, respondents were asked a series of six
questions meant to cover all the important ways in which a public library
might be used.  Taken together, these six items define  public library use 
in the NCES study.  The most common way of using public library services in
the past month was to go to a library to borrow or drop off books or tapes
(36%).  About half as many households (81%) reported visiting a library for
other purposes such as a lecture or storyhour or to use library equipment. 
About 14% of households call a library for information (other than hours of
operation or directions).  Small percentages of households reported using a
computer to link to a library (4%), having materials mailed or delivered
(2%), or visiting a bookmobile (2%).  

Respondents were also asked why they had used public library services, and
the highest percentage (32%) reported using libraries for enjoyment or
hobbies, including borrowing books and tapes or attending activities.  20%
said they used libraries for getting information for personal use such as
consumer or health issues, investments, etc., and 19% reported using library
services or materials for school or class assignments.  Fewer households
reported using public library services to keep up to date at a job (8%), to
attend a program for children (4%), or to work with a tutor or take a class
to learn to read (1%).

Copies of the survey results are available from Marianne Kotch, Regional
Libraries Services Coordinator, 828-2320 or email .
     
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                           FOR FUTURE REFERENCE
                   News from Reference and Law Services

JOB LISTINGS...

Considering a job change?  You may sign up to receive notices of current
library job ads from across New England.  These ads come via email from
NELINET, the New England office of OCLC.  Sign up by contacting Michelle
Hough at DOL_ILL_MAIL or 828-3261.  She will forward the job ads as they are
received.  You may discontinue this service at any time.  

CONFERENCE NOTICES...

Time to get out and get learning?  Reference and Law Services receives and
files a wide variety of conference and workshop notices from library
organizations.  Request information on the conferences of particular library
organizations or learning opportunities related to particular topics. 
Contact Michelle Hough at DOL_ILL_MAIL or 828-3261.  Be forewarned that
conferences/workshops may involve fees.

BOOK REVIEWS...

Can't decide which to buy?  Request reviews of the titles you are interested
in through interlibrary loan.  Reference and Law Services includes a large
number of library science periodicals, many containing reviews.  You may also
ask for titles suggestions on a specific topic along with reviews.  Contact
Marjorie Zunder, mzunder@dol.state.vt.us or 828-3261, if you have questions.

MICROFILM FOR LOAN...

Need old Vermont newspapers or Vermont's U.S. Census records for eager
genealogists or historians or anybody else?  Borrow microfilm through
interlibrary loan.   If you already know which you need, you may request a
newspaper by title and year.  You may also ask for any newspaper that is
available for a specific part of the state for particular years.  U.S. Census
records for Vermont are available for 1810 through 1920.  Reference and Law
Services loans its duplicate reels, 4 reels of microfilm per library, for one
month.  If your library does not have the equipment to read and/or print
microfilm, arrange with a nearby school or college for your patron to use the
film there.  Questions?  Contact Meg Page, 828-3261 or DOL_ILL_MAIL.

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                               COMING EVENTS

Sun.-Sat., Apr. 13-19 - National Library Week.  Theme: "Kids Connect at the
Library."  Contact: ALA Public Information Office, 50 E. Huron St., Chicago,
IL 60611-2795, 1-800-545-2433, ext. 6 or http://www.ala.org.

Sun.-Sat., Apr. 13-19 - Week of the Young Child.  Contact: National
Association for the Education of Young Children, 1834 Connecticut Ave., NW,
Washington, DC 20009, (202) 232-8777.

Tues., Apr. 15, 10:30 am - Vermont Board of Libraries meeting, Midstate
Regional Library, Berlin.  Contact: Patricia E. Klinck, 828-3265.

Wed., Apr. 16 - Log On at the Library Day, sponsored by ALA.  Public
awareness campaign to highlight the role of libraries in providing access to
the information highway.  Contact: ALA Public Information Office, 50 E. Huron
St., Chicago, IL 60611-2795, 1-800-545-2433, ext. 6 or http://www.ala.org.

Sat.-Tues., Apr. 19-22 - Public Library Association Spring Symposium,
Chicago, IL, 1-800-545-2433, or http://www.ala.org.

Thurs.-Wed., Apr. 24-30 - National TV Turnoff Week, sponsored by TV-Free
America.  Contact: TV-Free America, 1322 18th St., NW, Ste. 300, Washington,
DC 20036, (202) 887-0438.

Mon.-Fri., Apr. 28-May 2 - 9:30 am - "Reference" workshop, Brooks Mem.
Library, Brattleboro.  Repeats May 5- 9 (Kellogg-Hubbard Library,
Montpelier).  Contact: Grace W. Greene, 828-3261. 

Wed., May 7, 9:45 am - Vermont Library Association Board meeting, Vermont
Technical College Library.  Contact: Pat Hazelhurst, 626-5475.

Wed.-Thurs., May 14-15 - Vermont Library Conference, Radisson Hotel,
Burlington.  Contact: Robin Galbraith, PO Box 116, E. Calais, VT 05650, or
E-mail: LSC_LAUREL@scolar.vsc.edu.

Fri., May 23, 9:30 am - "Understanding MARC" workshop, Milton Public Library. 
Contact: Grace W. Greene, 828-3261.

Fri., May 30 - State holiday. Department of Libraries central office and
regional libraries closed.

Mon.-Fri., June 2-6, 9:30 am - "Basic Public Library Administration"
workshop, Northeast Regional Library, St. Johnsbury.  Contact: Grace W.
Greene, 828-3261.

Wed., June 11, 9:30 am - "Cataloging Update" workshop, Northeast Regional
Library, St. Johnsbury.  Contact: Grace W. Greene, 828-3261.

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

Wed., June 18, 9:30 am - "Issues for Support Staff: an Introduction"
workshop, Midstate Regional Library, Berlin.  Contact: Grace W. Greene,
828-3261.

Fri.-Wed., June 27-July 2, - American Library Association Annual Conference,
San Francisco, CA.  Contact: ALA at 1-800-545-2433, or http://www.ala.org.

Tues., July 1, 9:30 am - "Adult Programming" workshop, Cavendish-Fletcher
Community Library, Proctorsville.  Contact: Grace W. Greene, 828-3261.
 
Fri., July 4 - State holiday. Department of Libraries central office and
regional libraries closed.

Tues., July 15, 9:30 am - "Issues for Support Staff: How Will Automation
Affect Me?" workshop, Midstate Regional Library, Berlin.  Contact: Grace W.
Greene, 828-3261.

Wed., Fri., Wed., July 16, 18, 23, 9:30 am - "Picture Book Story Hours"
workshop, Southeast Regional Library, Dummerston.  Contact: Grace W. Greene,
828-3261.

Tues., July 22, 9:30 am - "Children and the Internet" workshop, Windsor High
School, Windsor.  Contact: Grace W. Greene, 828-3261.

Sun.-Fri., Aug. 3-8 - Children's Literature New England Summer Institute,
"Looking for the Village: Child and Community," St. Michael's College,
Colchester.  Contact: Martha Walke, Registrar, 2111 N. Brandywine St.,
Arlington, VA 22207, (703) 243-5135.

Tues., Aug. 5, 9:30 - "Group Skills: Talking About Books, Board Meetings, and
Everything in Between" workshop, Midstate Regional Library, Berlin.  Contact:
Grace W. Greene, 828-3261.

Fri., Aug. 15, 9:30 am - State holiday. Department of Libraries central
office and regional libraries closed.

Tues., Aug. 19, 10:30 am - Vermont Board of Libraries meeting, Midstate
Regional Library, Berlin.  Contact: Patricia E. Klinck, 828-3265.

Wed., Aug. 20, 9:30 am - "Issues for Support Staff: What's on VALS?"
workshop, Midstate Regional Library, Berlin.  Contact: Grace W. Greene,
828-3261.

Mon., Sept. 1 - State holiday. Department of Libraries central office and
regional libraries closed.

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                                 RESOURCES

...Historical records grants from VHRAB (Vermont Historical Records Advisory
Board) operating with funds from the National Historical Publications and
Records Commission in Washington, D.C.  Arrangement and Description grants
are available to bring professional archivists to nonprofit organizations to
train in arrangement and cataloging of historical records.  Application
deadline is May 1, 1997.  Consultant grants are available to bring
professional archivists to help survey collections,  create plans to document
and care for records, and create programs to collect, manage and use
historical records.  Application deadline is June 1, 1997.  Grant application
forms and information available from Michael Sherman, VHRAB, 20 College St.,
Montpelier, VT 05602, 223-2632.

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                           SPECIAL SERVICES NEWS


MORE AND BETTER LARGE PRINT DISCARDS...

In the most recent NEWS we reported that we had a huge supply of weeded Large
Print books to give away and since then, several libraries have taken
collections. Now the weeding is almost complete, and again we have huge
numbers that may be yours for the asking. Drop in and make your own
selection, or give us a call and we will be happy to make a selection for
you. Please call  1 (800) 479-1711, or e-mail .

VIDEOS... 

Lots of videos are still being requested through VALS, showing up on our Send
Item List the next day to be mailed to borrowers. For the past two years, or
so, public libraries have been taking advantage of the AVSU open-door policy
to select collections of videos. This means that if a librarian is in the
neighborhood he or she can drop in, browse, and choose a collection.

For those still looking up titles in VALS and  Rbing  the desired items, the
MacArthur series have always presented a problem. There is no simple way to
ensure that you receive an entire series, when that is what you want, or just
episode 7, if you only need that one. Here s what we suggest to make your
meaning clear:

     Find the series you want and RB it.

     Send an e-mail to  to let us know 
     whether you want the complete series or merely part (or parts) of it.

And just a reminder:  Self-addressed labels will help to lighten our load a
bit. If you are a frequent borrower of videos by mail, please send a few of
your library s return address labels.  If you have questions or comments, or
need help finding videos you or your patrons need, call us at (802) 828-3273
and ask for Jennifer or Frank, or e-mail .

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                            YOUTH SERVICES NEWS


REACH FOR THE STARS! READ...

By now all public libraries should have received the summer packet of
materials.  If you have any questions about any of the following, please call
or email:

*  List of paperback books in multiple copy that you can borrow to use for
discussion.  E-mail CBEC@dol.state.vt.us or call 828-3261 with the titles and
dates you want.  Be sure to have alternatives in mind, in case what you want
is booked.

*  The summer manual with hundreds of ideas for a stellar summer.

*  An order form for all the free summer materials.  Deadline for ordering: 
April 25.  All materials will be mailed to you by the end of May. 

*  An application for a Smith minigrant.  Deadline:  April 25.

GRANTS FOR YOUNG ADULT BOOKS AND PROGRAMS...

The Vermont Community Foundation recently announced the annual round for the
Paul Post Fund Award, a special grant for young adult services in Vermont
libraries in memory of a 12-year-old who was killed in 1987.  Any public or
school library "with a plan or program to serve its young adult population,
which would normally be grades 6-12" may apply.  The fund is primarily
interested in projects with a program component such as a summer reading
group, an after school discussion group, authors' visits, etc.  Last year, a
record number of 10 grants were awarded.  The programs were as follows:

Belvidere Central School Library - $1000 for book purchases for a new
community library

Bixby Memorial Library - $700 for a middle school program on space

Edmunds Middle School Library - $430 for books

Hunt Middle School Library - $160 for books

Huntington Public Library - $500 for a multi-cultural storytelling/bookmaking
project

Mater Christi School - $500 for the Dorothy Canfield Fisher Book Club Program 

Poultney High School Library - $750 for a drama reading group

Richmond Free Library - $400 to help establish a music club at the library

South Burlington Community Library - $250 for an animation and video
production

Walden Community Library - $630 for a project involving middle school
students and their parents.

                                             Total          $5320

The typical grant will be in the $500-1,000 range.  For an application form
and guidelines, or for further information on what's been funded in the past,
contact Judy Dunning at the Vermont Community Foundation, P. O. Box 30,
Middlebury, VT  05753, 462-3355.  Deadline for application is May 1, 1997,
with a decision by the end of June.

DCF/RED CLOVER NEWS...

...PACKETS - The new Dorothy Canfield Fisher/Red Clover packets were mailed
to all Vermont schools and public libraries at the end of March.  Included
were the DCF master list for 1997-98, DCF voting form for 1997, Red Clover
master list for 1997-98.  Please let us know if you are missing anything.

...RED CLOVER MATERIALS - Manuals for the Red Clover program, as well as
great new Red Clover posters, designed by Vermont illustrator Eileen
Christelow, will be available from the Vermont Center for the Book at the
Vermont Library Conference in May.

...COMMITTEE OPENINGS - If you love to read children's books, have we got the
job for you!  Next year, (beginning in March) there will be two openings on
the Dorothy Canfield Fisher Committee.  If you live or work in Vermont, and
are interested in reading 300-400 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, 109 State St., Montpelier, VT  05609.  Deadline is
October 3.  Terms are 3 years.  Questions?  Call me at 828-3261.  Please get
the word out to interested teachers, parents, etc.

...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 Pam
Scott, (802) 828-3261, email CBEC or from Leda Schubert, (802) 828-3111,
email lschubert@doe.state.vt.us  The total to be given is $500.00.  Deadline
for application is October 1, 1997.

...WEBSITE - The Dorothy Canfield Fisher program has an official website now! 
Maintained by Montpelier teacher Roger Crowley, it has the complete
masterlist, the DCF quiz, information about authors and more. After the
Vermont Library Conference in May, he will also add the booktalks that the
committee gives.  We are very grateful to Roger for his dedication and hard
work.  The URL is: http://plainfield.bypass.com/~union/dcf.html.       

...T-SHIRTS - Not only do we have a website, but we now have t-shirts!  VEMA
and the DCF committee have teamed up to create a fundraiser which will
benefit both organizations.  Celebrate the 40th anniversary of the Dorothy
Canfield Fisher Award by buying t-shirts for all your friends and family. 
They will be available at the Vermont Library Conference from VEMA, for
$10.00 apiece.

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Patricia E. Klinck, State Librarian. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .828-3265

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

Marianne Kotch, Regl. Libs. Svcs. Coord., Midstate Regional Library (Berlin)
                                                                      828-2320
    Grace Greene, Children's Services Consultant . . . . . . . . . . .828-3261
    Michael Roche, Northeast Regional Library (St. Johnsbury). . . . .748-3428
                  , Northwest Regional Library (Georgia) . . . . . . .524-3429
    Amy Howlett, Southeast Regional Library (Dummerston) . . . . . . .257-2810
                   , Southwest Regional Library (Rutland). . . . . . .786-5879




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