State of Vermont
                           Department of Libraries

                                   N E W S

No. 109, Spring 1998

                      NEW STATE LIBRARIAN SETTLES IN

Winter, generally a busy time for any State Librarian, has been even more so
for Sybil Brigham McShane, who assumed her new post in November.  Working
with the Legislature, implementing a reorganization of Department of
Libraries staff, and learning details of the new job have been, during the
interim, folded into her former position which is still unfilled.  A
supplemental budget request for FY98, an operating budget request for FY99,
and a capital construction request for an upgrade to the Vermont Automated
Libraries System (VALS) have taken McShane at the State House frequently for
hearings with various legislative committees.
Announcements concerning the appointment of several key positions, including 
Director of Library and Information Services and Head of Law Information
Services, are expected shortly.   All of the Department's professional
positions are currently being reviewed for pay equity by the Vermont
Department of Personnel.  When this process is complete, a new Technology
Librarian to manage VALS will also be recruited and hired.  The search for
Library Technology Consultant has been reopened. 

McShane has also been attending regional meetings with librarians and
trustees to hear their opinions about the direction the Department and all
Vermont libraries should be heading.  New federal legislation and funding
broaden the types of libraries that the Department can serve directly. 
Previously, the Library Services and Construction Act mandated that the
Department focus primarily on public library service.  The new Library
Services and Technology Act, from which the Department receives over 20% of
its annual operating funds, emphasizes building linkages among all types of
libraries.  McShane hopes that the area meetings will generate ideas for
reallocation of Department funds and for future initiatives.  So far, she has
attended meetings of librarians in Chittenden and part of Caledonia Counties
as well as the Vermont Library Assn. Public Library Section and quarterly
public library directors' meetings.  She will be attending all five of the
trustees programs at the Town Officers Educational Conferences in April and
also welcomes comments and suggestions from all Vermont librarians and
trustees via phone, email (sybil@dol.state.vt.us), and mail.

                       117 LIBRARIES MEET STANDARDS

The Vermont Board of Libraries met February 17, 1998, to finalize the list of
libraries determined in December as meeting standards for FY98.   State
Librarian Sybil Brigham McShane noted that, while libraries could meet either
the 1986 or the 1993 versions of the standards, this year again saw a great
increase in libraries meeting the 1993 set which are currently under review
by a committee (see article elsewhere in this News).  The number meeting the
1993 set has risen from 25 libraries in 1995-96 to 58.

Several libraries meet standards that did not last year, including the
Georgia Public Library which had not met standards for many years.  Other
libraries achieving standards that did not meet them last year were those in
Barnet and Derby Line.  It was uncorrectly reported in the last News that the
library in Fairfield did not meet standards last year.

Following is the final list of towns whose libraries meet standards (the 58
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                   Derby Line
*Dorset                  *Dover                  Enosburg    
Essex                    *Essex Junction         *Fairfax
*Fairfield               Fair Haven              Fairlee
Franklin                 *Grand Isle             *Greensboro
Groton                   *Hartford, *Quechee, *West Hartford, 
                         *White River Jct., and *Wilder
Hartland                 Hinesburg               Hyde Park
Lincoln                  South Londonderry       *Lyndonville
*Marshfield              *Middlebury             *Middletown Springs
Milton                   *Montpelier             *Morristown
  River                  New Haven               Newport
*Northfield              *North Hero             *Norwich
Pawlet                   Peacham                 *Pittsford
Plainfield               Poultney                Proctor
Putney                   *Randolph               Reading
*Readsboro               *Richford               *Richmond
Rochester                *Rockingham             *South Royalton
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             Wardsboro
*Warren                  Waterbury and Waterbury Center
Weathersfield            Westford                West Rutland
Whitingham               Williamstown            *Williston
Wilmington               *Windsor                Winooski
Wolcott                  *Woodstock


State Librarian Sybil Brigham McShane recently appointed a committee to
revise the minimum standards for Vermont public libraries.  The Board of
Libraries last approved a revision of the standards in 1993 and sent them to
the Legislative Administrative Rules Committee for approval.  More pressing
legislative matters arose during this period, and, in the interim, local
libraries have been allowed to meet either the 1986 or the 1993 version of
the standards.  When approved by this committee, the standards hold the force
of law, which the 1986 version does, but, McShane said, "five years is a long
time in a changing information environment."
The committee will work on a "fast track" in hopes of submitting a final
draft to the Board of Libraries for discussion at its October meeting.  The
process will include reviewing the 1993 version of the standards, talking
with librarians and trustees, and developing a new draft to be distributed
for comment and public hearings.  The committee's work will be coordinated by
Marianne Kotch, Director of Public Library Support Services.  Committee
members include Glenna Copeland (trustee, Waterbury Public Library), Randy
Mayhew (member, Vermont Board of Libraries), John Rosenthal (trustee chair,
Charlotte Library), Jeanne Walsh (director, Dover Free Library), and Linda
Williamson (director, Hartland Public Library).  


There hasn't been a day this winter that we haven't heard someone use the
term "e-rate."  All public libraries have been urged to explore and apply for
telecommunications discounts from the federal Schools and Libraries
Corporation.   In January, the Department of Libraries and the Vermont
Library Association's Government Relations Committee held five meetings
around the state to help libraries fill out application forms.  We covered
how and what to fill in the blanks, along with more high-level,
forward-thinking issues such as various methods of high speed access to the
Internet and developing internal networks.  Many libraries are finding that
they can have two or more phone lines for the price of one under this
discount program.   Some libraries are also finding it advantageous to work
with local schools to acquire more sophisticated connections.

After the meetings, DOL consultants offered one-on-one sessions and
phone/e-mail help as librarians assessed their options, worked on technology
plans, and attempted, with mixed success, to use the SLC website for online
applications.  Form 470 is due at the SLC within 75 days of the website's
appearance at the beginning of February.  28 days after posting on the SLC
website, libraries may select a vendor from any bids received and may enter
contracts.  Then Form 471, applying for the actual discount, can be

Technology plans should be submitted to State Librarian Sybil Brigham McShane
for approval prior to filling out Form 486 which certifies that the library
has begun receiving the services.  However, the SLC does not require a
technology plan if a library is only applying for voice phone service, even
if two or more voice lines are requested, including some for dial access to
the internet.  The Department is still encouraging all libraries to develop
technology plans in order to meet the increasingly sophisticated demands of
library users.  We have been distributing one from Michigan as a model, but
there are several sites on the world wide web that can help librarians and
trustees develop such plans.  There is still time to explore the e-rate and
its advantages for your library.  For information and help, please contact
your regional librarian.

                  NEW CDs EXPAND RESOURCES AT  REF & LAW

With no little trepidation, the Department of Libraries Reference & Law unit
took a step further toward replacing some of its paper resources with compact
discs when we installed three new items:  Business Organizations with Tax
Planning, Bankruptcy Library (both from Matthew Bender), and Environmental
Reporter (from the Bureau of National Affairs).  All are accessible on the
new Windows -based PC recently set up in the library at 109 State St.,
Montpelier.  The first two products have all state and federal statutes
relevant to their respective subject areas.  Both are full-text searchable,
with practice forms and hints, and are easily navigable by anyone with some
Windows  experience. 
The Environmental Reporter is especially friendly.  Large buttons labeled
with words instead of icons make navigation and tasks quicker.  As above, it
includes all relevant federal and state statutes, as well as all Vermont
regulations having to do with the environment.  Short of spending time in an
expensive online database, until now, these regulations have only been
available in the Code of Vermont Rules (also at R&L) which lacks organization
and is scantily indexed.   Full-text capabilities on this CD-ROM make
locating Vermont regulations much easier.

Although all three CD-ROMs are aimed at attorneys as users, their versatility
enables the lay public or the librarian to overcome the "legalese" which
often acts as a barrier to accessing legal information.  So, for all those
questions regarding bankruptcy and family law, trustees and debtors, business
bankruptcy workouts, IRS regulations and rules, or water pollution, solid
waste, hazardous materials, air quality, sewage, sludge, lead contamination
or related subjects, try R&L via interlibrary loan (email:  DOL_ILL) first
(after consulting with an attorney)!

                                   --Paul Donovan
                                     Senior Reference Librarian


The Dept. of Libraries video collection, formerly the Audio Visual Services
Unit,  is now maintained by  the Midstate Regional Library.  Videos circulate
for 45 days to all types of libraries in the state.  Loans are not made
directly to individuals.  Public and school libraries may request videos by
using the "R" command on the VALS system; LIB commands will not be honored,
nor will electronic mail to AVSU.  Libraries not connected to VALS may
request videos by sending paper interlibrary loan forms to their regional
libraries.    College and special libraries may request videos by sending
messages to DOL_ILL on the VALS system.   

Public and school libraries may also borrow collections of videos for 45 days
if they select their own at MRL.   It is important to remember that the
default charge for an overdue or lost video is $100.  A library can easily
jeopardize its ability to borrow anything on interlibrary loan if it has
several overdue videos.

Videos are listed in DOLCAT along with books, but it is sometimes difficult
to search for subjects.  Suppose you are searching for videos on whales.  Try

     s=whales|m=gm  ("whales" is the subject, "m" stands for "media", and 
                     "gm" stands for "general media")

It is important to note that the Department of Libraries is currently
purchasing only new children's videos.  All adult video purchasing was
curtailed several years ago.  There are some excellent adult video series
available such as "The Jewel in the Crown," but the selection of adult videos
is somewhat limited.   To broaden the selection of videos available via
interlibrary loan, you may have to search some of the other VALS databases. 
For more information about the video collection or for borrowing help, call
MRL at 828-2320.

                      GET YOUR NEIGHBORHOOD READING!

The Vermont Center for the Book recently held a workshop to promote its
"Neighborhood Reading Program" and other informal reading discussion
possibilities to public libraries.  VCB's Nick Boke spoke about the evolution
of reading discussion programs in public libraries, putting the more informal
(i.e., without the traditional scholar)  Neighborhood Reading programs in
context.  Libraries and community groups can borrow multiple copies of a wide
range of titles from VCB for programs, the structure of which can be tailored
to the audiences.  

Using Ray Bradbury's Fahrenheit 451, Boke demonstrated skills necessary for
leading a discussion and asked participants to share their experiences with
reading discussion programs without scholars.  Programs of this sort have
been popular from Alburg to Newfane, in- and outside of the libraries.  VCB
reports shipping about 5 sets of books to Vermont communities each work. 
Librarians in Franklin and Grand Isle Counties are also circulating among
themselves small collections of popular titles sure to provoke discussion
such as The Shipping News by Annie Proulx.   

Noting that there are four adult book discussion groups besides the
Athenaeum's in St. Johnsbury, librarian Lisa Von Kann told about her
once-a-month book programs, some of which are scholar-led, and some more
informal.    Some of Von Kann's programs involve everyone's having read the
same book, while others may simply be a discussion of a particular type of
book such as cookbooks.  Local authors have also been guest speakers.

Book discussion programs need not be limited to adults.  With the help of two
teens and their mother, Dorothy Taranowski, St. Johnsbury's children's
librarian, discussed her very successful young adult-parent reading
discussion program.  Dorothy borrowed books from the Department of Libraries
which has a number of titles to lend in bulk.  Contact Grace Greene at
828-3261 for a list and details.

VCB's $10 booklet, "Let's Get Together," describes the Neighborhood Reading
Program and the books available.  Your library may want to have more than one
copy in order to satisfy local book groups and to plan library programs.  For
more information about Neighborhood Reading, call VCB at 875-2751.  For
online, ongoing discussion of good books and reading, check out VCB's website
.  You'll find a "Cyberhood" reading area as well as
information about the Red Clover Award, Mother Goose programs, and more.

If your library audiences want scholars, you should also contact the Vermont
Council on the Humanities (888-3183) for information on its reading
discussion programs and special speakers programs.  Grant funds can be
arranged with the VCH staff.

                        1996-97 STATISTICAL ROUNDUP

The annual supplement to the Biennial Report of the Vermont Department of
Libraries, with statistics of local public libraries for the fiscal year
ending between December 31, 1996, and June 30, 1997, is ready for
distribution.  To receive your copy, call Mary Moore at the Department
(828-3261) or send an email message to dol_central@dol.state.vt.us.

Vermont public library use and support showed healthy increases in the
1996-97 fiscal year.  Total circulation in the state's 200 public libraries
rose 5% over the previous year, and total library income ($10,433,433) and
expenditures ($9,663,331) rose 8% and 6%, respectively, in the same year. 
Public libraries were busy in other ways, as the following totals show:

          Annual circulation                    3,637,887
          Number of visits                      1,881,124
          Number of reference transactions        298,275
          Number of interlibrary loans received    44,072
          Number of programs offered                9,277
          Program attendance                      160,491
          Number of registered borrowers          277,182
          Number of volunteer hours (typical week)  3,026

This year, we also collected information about library outreach efforts. 
Public libraries made a total of 5,170 deliveries of materials to
individuals' homes, 1,085 deliveries to day care providers, and 2,442
deliveries to other sites such as senior meal sites and nursing homes.  We
also collected data about computers owned and usage.   Public libraries
report owning 400 personal computers (PCs), of which 207 are available for
public use.  Usage figures are impressive:

          Number of CD-ROM users              89,959
          Number of Internet users            67,263
          Number of personal computing users  29,346
For those who enjoy superlatives, here are a few:

* Libraries with the highest total circulation:  Burlington - 218,523;
Montpelier - 205,890; Rutland - 186,890; Brattleboro - 171,567

*Libraries with the highest circulation per capita:  Sherburne - 28.23;
Greensboro - 24.93; Orleans - 22.81; Essex Junction - 20.00

*Libraries with the highest total number of visits:  Burlington - 193,700;
Rutland - 160,106; Essex Junction - 120,068
*Libraries with the  highest visits per capita:   Sherburne - 29.16;
Readsboro - 25.25; Stowe - 22.72; Fairfax - 21.41

*Libraries open the most hours weekly:  Burlington - 64.75;  Brattleboro -
62; Barre and Rutland - 61 

*Libraries with the highest per capita tax support:   Sherburne - $108.22;
Dover - $67.65; Essex Junction - $42.91; Fairfax - $40.40       

For more information about the statistics contact Marianne Kotch, Director,
Public Library Support Services, 828-2320.


The 1997 public library reports submitted in November revealed a number of
exciting changes and activities in local libraries:

New buildings were reported in Georgia, Charlotte, Hinesburg, and
Jericho/Underhill, while renovations occurred in Fairlee, Tinmouth, and
Jamaica.  Danville's Pope Memorial Library reported new wheelchair access,
nicely landscaped.  Building plans were drawn up in Norwich, Waterbury,
Williston, Northfield, Wilmington, and Bristol.  Several libraries, including
those in North Bennington, Pomfret, and Townshend, expanded or changed their
hours to be more convenient to the public.  The Royalton Memorial Library
closed its Royalton village branch, while the Wilder Library became a branch
of neighboring libraries in White River Junction and Quechee.

Several libraries reported receiving grants to enhance their services, with
area Success by Six being a benefactor in Bakersfield, Georgia, Franklin, and
Island Pond.  Lyndonville's Cobleigh Public Library is one of only five
libraries nationwide to participate in a grant to the national advocacy
group, Libraries for the Future, to promote family reading.  The Tunbridge
Public Library received a grant from the Libri Foundation.   Several
libraries also engaged in local fundraising efforts, including Colchester's
effort to raise funds for an automated library system.  Stowe Free Library
reported very positive responses from the public with its new automated

The Brownell Library, Essex Junction, and the Kellogg-Hubbard Library,
Montpelier, each celebrated its centennial, while East Craftsbury's John
Woodruff Simpson Memorial Library is only 75 years young.  Special programs
were held at these libraries in celebration.  Other special programs and
services of note were:

- a library-sponsored trip to Italy culminating an "Italian Renaissance"
reading discussion program in Montpelier
- unusual workshops for children in Greensboro covering such topics as
hunting, mountain biking, etc., as well as kindergarten enrichment programs
twice a week

- a perennial swap and book sale held to kick off the Dorothy Canfield Fisher
Award reading program in Readsboro

- Whitingham library's participation in "Old Home Days" and a series of local
history reminiscence evenings in Wardsboro

- "Welcome Baby" bags distributed in Huntington

- new delivery programs to day cares and shut ins in Georgia and South

- a cooperative effort to make high school library resources available after
school and evenings in Springfield, sponsored by the Town Library, the High
School, and Community College of Vermont

- community arts and crafts shows at Bondville's expanded Winhall Memorial



...Nonprofit management and leadership workshops through TAP-VT, a program of
the Vermont Community Fdn., 388-3355.  This spring's lineup covers topics
such as grant writing, board development, personnel, and fundraising, all at
reasonable prices.  Call VCF for a complete list.


...The Department of Libraries now has an updated Volume 19 of the VERMONT
ACTS, which is available at no cost to libraries and tow clerks that request
it in writing.  Due to a limited supply, the offer for the updated version is
made only to those who currently have the 1986 version.  Write D. Matheson,
Dept. of Libraries, 109 State St., Montpelier, VT  05609.

...Winter, 1998, American Library Assn. Graphics Catalog, featuring posters
and other items to spice up your library's observance of National Library
Week.  Call ALA at 1-800-545-2433, ext. 7, for your copy of the catalog.

...Fleming Museum School Programs and education kits, covering a variety of 
topics such as mummies, Africa, papermaking, and clothing accessories.  Call
the Fleming's Education Dept. at 656-0750 for details.

...Vermont Telecommunications Relay Service, a free service allowing people
who use standard telephones to communicate with people who use
text-telephones (TTY). 24 hours a day, VTRS provides links to deaf and other
people with hearing and speaking difficulties.  Voice users may call
1-800-253-0195 to use the service.  A regular newsletter, brochure, and other
materials are available from VTRS Outreach Program, Chace Mill, One Mill St.,
Box A-11, Third Floor, Burlington  05401. GRANTS...

...The National Endowment for the Humanities Office of Challenge Grants has a
special initiative for public libraries, offering awards of up to $150,000 to
create endowments to support humanities program.


We recently changed the way we distribute this newsletter to trustee chairs
around the state.  Rather than keep and update a  mailing list of all trustee
chairs and their home addresses, we are simply mailing the News to chairs in
care of their libraries.  We appreciate librarians' assistance in making sure
that their trustee chairs receive it, and we encourage you to copy the
newsletter for other board and library staff members.

News is published four times each year by the Vermont Department of Libraries
and is distributed to all Vermont libraries, trustee chairs, state
legislators, and others who care about Vermont libraries.   News is available
upon request in Braille, in large print, or on disk.  Call 828-3261. Editor: 
Marianne Kotch 


Fri., March 13, 1998, 9:00 am - "Profound Encounters:  What's Literature For,
Anyway, Part II,"  Ascutney Mountain Resort,  sponsored by the Vermont Center
for the Book, 875-2751.  Fee:  $45.

Sat., Mar. 21, 9:00 am - "Celebrating our Common Wealth," SCBWI New England
conference, Sheraton Tara, Framingham, MA.  Fee:  $75-85.  Contact Lynn
Vergo, SCBWI conference registrar, 43 Smithurst Dr., Holliston, MA  01746.

Wed., Mar. 25, 9:30 am - "Books Ahoy!" summer reading workshop, Midstate
Regional Library, Berlin.  Repeats Mon, 3/30, Springfield Town Library. 
Contact Grace Greene, 828-3261.

Mon., Mar. 30, 9:30 am - "Cataloging and Organization of Library Materials,"
Midstate Regional Library, Berlin.  Continues daily through April 3.  Contact
Grace Greene, 828-3261.

Mon., Mar. 30, 9:30 am - Central Vermont Librarians Assn. mtg., Stowe Free
Library.  Topic for discussion:  children's books.  Contact Betty Howlett,

Wed., April 1, 8:30 am - Workshops for public library trustees as part of the
annual spring Town Officers Educational Conferences, Mount Snow.  Repeats: 
Wed., 4/8 - Lyndon State College, Mon., 4/13 - St. Michael's College,
Colchester; Thurs., 4/16 - Lake Morey Inn, Fairlee; Tues., 4/21, Rutland
Holiday Inn.  Fee:  $22.  Contact UVM Extension Service, 223-2389.

Thurs., April 2 - International Children's Book Day.  Contact USBBY, (302)
731-1600, ext. 229.

Fri., April 4 - "Perspectives in Children's Literature" conference, Univ. of
Massachusetts, Amherst.  Fee:  $55.  Contact Karin D. Dean, (413) 545-4325.

Thurs., April 16, 10:00 am - Children's Services (CSAG) mtg., Kellogg-Hubbard
Library, Montpelier.  Topic for discussion:  computer policies.  Contact
Grace Greene, 828-3261.

Fri., April 17, 9:30 am - Public Library Directors quarterly forum, Midstate
Regional Library, Berlin.  Contact:  Hilari Farrington, 253-4808.

Sun., Apr. 19-Sat., Apr. 25 - National Library Week.  Theme:  "Global Reach,
Local Touch." Contact American Library Assn., 1-800-545-2433.  

- Week of the Young Child.  Contact Natl. Assn. for the Education of Young
Children, (202) 232-8777.

- National Volunteer Recognition Week.  Contact your local office of RSVP.

- Reading is Fun Week.  Contact Reading is Fundamental, (202) 287-3220.

Mon., April 27, 9:30 am - "Cataloging and Organization of Library Materials,"
Southeast Regional Library, Dummerston.  Continues daily through May 1. 
Contact Grace Greene, 828-3261.

Tues., April 28, 9:00 am - Children's Materials Review Session, Midstate
Regional Library, Berlin.  Repeats Tues., 4/29 - Milton Public Library;
Tues., 5/5 - NERL, St. Johnsbury; Wed., 5/6 - Rutland Free Library; Thurs.,
5/7 - SERL, Dummerston.   Contact Grace Greene, 828-3261.

Tues., April 28, 10:30 am - Vermont Board of Libraries meeting, State
Librarian's Office, Department of Libraries, Montpelier.  Contact:  Sybil
Brigham McShane, 828-3265.

Tues., May 5, 9:30 am - "Internet Reference" workshop, University of Vermont. 

Tues., 5/12.  Repeats:  Thurs., 5/14 and Thurs., 5/21 - North Country High
School, Newport.  Contact Grace Greene, 828-3261.

Thurs., May 14, 9:30 am - Vermont Library Assn. board mtg., Vermont Technical
College library, Randolph Center.  Contact Lyman Ross, 656-2020.

Wed., May 27 & Thurs., May 28 - Annual Vermont Library Conference, Radisson
Hotel, Burlington.  Contact Mary Jane Marold, 223-3338.

Fri., May 29 - State holiday.  Department of Libraries central office and
regional libraries closed.

Mon., June 1 - "Digital Reality:  Managing Electronic Resources" conference,
Best Western Hotel, Marlborough, MA, sponsored by NELINET.   Contact NELINET
via web access

Wed., June 3, 9:30 am - "Internet Reference" workshop, Castleton State
College.  Continues Wed,. 6/17.  Repeats: Wed., 7/15 and Wed., 7/29 - Vermont
Technical College, Randolph.  Contact Grace Greene, 828-3261.

Mon., June 8, 9:30 am - "Collection Development" workshop, Northeast Regional
Library, St. Johnsbury.  Continues daily through 6/12.  Repeats 6/15-19 -
Ilsley Library, Middlebury.  Contact Grace Greene, 828-3261.

Tues., June 16, 10:30 am - Vermont Board of Libraries mtg., Midstate Regional
Library, Berlin.  Contact Sybil Brigham McShane, 828-3265.

                            YOUTH SERVICES NEWS

         Grace W. Greene, Children's Services Consultant, 828-3261


All public libraries should receive the summer packet of materials by the end
of March.  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.  Thanks to a collaboration with the St. Johnsbury Athenaeum, we
have several excellent new young adult titles.

The summer manual, BOOKS AHOY!,  with hundreds of ideas for a wet and wild

An order form for all the free summer materials.  Deadline for ordering:
April 24.  All materials will be mailed to you by the end of May.  

A booklet and application form for the Books Ahoy! performances.  Thirty
libraries, chosen from all those which have submitted forms by April 17, 1998
will each receive $100.00 towards a performance this summer.


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,
three grants totalling $2,473 were awarded to the Fletcher Free Library,
Burlington  - $973 for a multicultural book discussion/lunch group; Pope
Memorial Library, Danville - $500 for books and videos; and Sheldon
Elementary School - $1000 to create a play based on a work of literature. 
The typical grant will be in the $500-1000 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, PO Box 30,
Middlebury, VT 05753, (802) 388-3355.  Deadline for application is May 1,
1998, with a decision by the end of June.


The Ezra Jack Keats Foundation announces that $30,000 in minigrants will be
awarded in December 1998 for innovative and imaginative programs in public
libraries and public school libraries designed to combat illiteracy. 
Minigrants of $500 are available to public libraries and of $250 to public
school libraries.  The deadline for submission of proposals is September 15,
1998.  Requests for applications for proposals should be accompanied by a
self-addressed stamped envelope.  Write to Deborah Pope, Executive Director,
Ezra Jack Keats Foundation, 450 14th St., Brooklyn, NY 11215.

...PACKETS - The new Dorothy Canfield Fisher/Red Clover packets will be
mailed to all Vermont schools and public libraries in March.  Included will
be the DCF master list for 1998-99, DCF voting form for 1998, and the Red
Clover master list for 1998-99.  Please let us know if you are missing

...DCF COMMITTEE OPENING - There will be one opening for the DCF committee
for a three year term beginning in 1999.  If you live or work in Vermont, and
are interested in reading 300-400 children's books per year, participating in
great discussion 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 childrens books of your choosing to:  Grace
W. Greene,  Children's Services Consultant, Vermont Department of Libraries,
109 State Street, Montpelier, VT 05609.  Deadline is October 2, 1998.  Please
get the word out to interested teachers, parents, etc.

...RED CLOVER MATERIALS - Manuals for the Red Clover program, as well as 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.


As most of you read on e-mail, we have decided to reduce the number of
materials review sessions per year from three to two.  Not only does this
make life easier for Leda Schubert and me, but the e-mail messages I received
in response to my informal survey were two to one in favor of reducing the
number.  So, we will have one spring session and one fall one.  Check the
"Coming Events" section for spring dates.  The fall, 1998 dates are:
     Tuesday, October 27 - Northeast Regional Library, St. Johnsbury
     Wednesday, October 28 - Rutland Free Library
     Thursday, October 29 - Southeast Regional Library, Dummerston
     Wednesday, November 4 - Midstate Regional Library, Berlin
     Thursday, November 5 - Milton Public Library

All sessions are free, do not require registration, and begin at 9:00 a.m. 
We review books for all age levels: birth - young adult.

COMPUTER POLICY DISCUSSION - Change of location ...

The discussion on policies relating to use of computers by the public will be
held at the Kellogg-Hubbard Library in Montpelier instead of the Midstate
Regional Library, Berlin, on Thursday, April 16 at 10:00 a.m.  Anyone working
with children and computers is welcome to attend.  This is not a workshop,
but rather a sharing of ideas.  Please let me know if you plan to attend. 
(E-mail:   ggreene@dol.state.vt.us or call (802) 828-3261).

                               109 STATE ST.
                           MONTPELIER, VT  05609

Sybil Brigham McShane, State Librarian . . . . . . . . . 828-3265
Library and Information Services Division
      Marjorie D. Zunder, Head, Reference and Law Services828-3261
      Paul Donovan, Senior Reference Librarian . . . . . 828-3261
      Lorraine Lanius, Head, Technical Services Unit . . 828-3261
      S. Francis Woods, Special Services Consultant. . . 828-3273
Public Library Support Services Division
    Marianne Kotch, Director . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 828-2320
      Grace Greene, Children's Services Consultant . . . 828-3261
      James Nolte, Midstate Regional Library (Berlin). . 828-2320
      Michael Roche, Northeast Regional Library (St. Johnsbury)748-3428
      Amy Howlett, Southeast Regional Library (Dummerston)257-2810

NEWS is a federal-state program under the Library Services and Technology