Vermont Dept. of Libraries News, No. 117, Summer 2000

                              State of Vermont
                           Department of Libraries

                                   N E W S

No. 117, Summer 2000


       At the June 20, 2000, meeting of the Vermont Board of Libraries, State
  Librarian Sybil Brigham McShane reviewed the 2000 session of the Vermont
  General Assembly as it related to the Department and to public libraries. 
  Besides passage of the Department's budget, legislation relating to
  libraries focussed on authorization for the Department to create a
  nonprofit foundation, funding of public library construction projects, and
  a change in the maximum number of trustees for incorporated public

       Noting that some corporations and foundations are permitted to give
  funds only to nonprofit organizations with 501(c)(3) tax exempt status,
  McShane said that some donors had approached the Department in the past
  about developing grant programs for public libraries.  The nonprofit
  foundation that the Department has been authorized to establish will allow
  the agency to respond to organizations that want to give funds to local
  public libraries but do not want to develop their own grant application
  processes.  The Department would be excluded from receiving funds
  distributed by the new foundation and is authorized to spend up to $5,000
  each year to administer it.  McShane emphasized that the foundation will
  not compete with local libraries' fundraising efforts but, rather, should
  result in new grant opportunities for Vermont public libraries.

       Eleven public library construction projects were given a boost through
  the state's capital construction budget for the fourth year.  Libraries
  receiving funds are Barnet Public Library; Lawrence Memorial Library,
  Bristol; Island Pond Public Library; Tenney Memorial Library, Newbury;
  Reading Public Library; Richmond Free Library; Ainsworth Public Library,
  Williamstown; Norman Williams Public Library, Woodstock; Goodrich Memorial
  Library, Newport; Brownell Library, Essex Junction; and Peacham Library.

       The General Assembly also amended 22 V.S.A.,  104 to read:

          The trustees, managers or directors of such corporation
          shall compose its members and shall not be more than 15 nor
          less than five in number.

       The change relates to incorporated public libraries only.  The number
  of trustees for a municipal public library was left unchanged at "not less
  than five trustees" (22 V.S.A.  143).

       At the June Board of Libraries meeting, the Board also discussed a
  variety of geographic name changes and a draft of  the Department's
  Internet Use Policy and Guidelines, to be adopted after review by the
  office of the Attorney General. 


       State Librarian Sybil Brigham McShane attended Library Legislative Day
  in Washington, DC, on May 1-2, along with Vermont Library Assn. Government
  Relations Chair Pat Hazlehurst.  The annual event, organized by the
  American Library Association's Office of Government Relations and the Chief
  Officers of State Library Agencies (COSLA), promotes understanding between
  federal agencies and lawmakers and the library community.  More than 500
  people from every state except Hawaii attended.

       During this year's Legislative Day, McShane and Hazlehurst met with
  Vermont Senators Leahy and Jeffords to discuss reauthorization of the
  federal Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) and the impact of other
  federal funding and programs on Vermont libraries of all types.  They
  particularly noted the positive impact of E-rate discounts on
  telecommunications services for libraries.  Other issues discussed by state
  delegations through the day were the reauthorization of the Elementary and
  Secondary Education Act (ESEA), database protection, and the need for local
  control over federal filtering mandates.   The event concluded with
  debriefing sessions for state coordinators followed by a Congressional
  reception. A report of the day appears at the ALA Washington Office
  website:  Next year's National Library
  Legislative Day will be held May 7-8, 2001.  

       U.S. Senator James Jeffords and Governor Howard Dean announced federal
  funding of the Vermont Mobile Library Literacy Project on April 10 in the
  Pavilion Auditorium, Montpelier.  A group of third graders from Montpelier
  Elementary School joined librarians and trustees concerned about delivering
  library materials to those unable to access local libraries.  The brief
  presentation was highlighted by a joint reading (and a little singing) by
  Jeffords and Dean of Joseph Had A Little Overcoat, this year's Newbery
  Award winning picture book.   Afterwards, participants were invited to tour
  the Windham County Reads bookmobile and the Cobleigh Public Library
  (Lyndonville) "Books on Wheels" van.

       Designed to "promote access to books, reading programs, and
  information through technology," the project will be in the form of a
  non-competitive National Leadership Grant of $948,796 to the Department of
  Libraries overseen by the Institute for Museum and Library Services.  The
  Department will develop a program to provide grants to local libraries
  working with coalitions of school districts, schools, and other community
  organizations to provide mobile library services on a county, school
  district, or regional basis.  The grants will be flexible, but the emphasis
  will be on partnerships, service to all age groups, and sustainability
  beyond the two year grant period.

       State Librarian Sybil Brigham McShane noted that in federal FY1996
  (the last year for which statistics are available), Vermont was the only
  state in the nation where no public library maintained a bookmobile. 
  Nationally about 10% of public libraries do so.  Since 1996, local Vermont
  libraries and/or community organizations in Starksboro, Waterbury,
  Lyndonville, Williston, Windham County, and elsewhere have experimented
  with bookmobiles, especially in the summer.  

       The projects visited day care centers, summer recreation sites and
  parks, mobile home parks, housing projects, senior housing, general stores,
  and others.  At the stops, books were loaned, story hours given, reference
  questions answered, and interlibrary loan requests taken.  Many other
  public libraries maintain year-round delivery to shut-ins, day care
  facilities, senior meal sites, etc.  These efforts have been staffed by
  local librarians, library trustees, volunteers, Department of Libraries
  staff, and AmeriCorps/VISTA members.

       McShane also noted that, when aggregated by state, the nation's public
  library statistics for 1994 indicate that circulation of children's print
  and non-print materials is associated with higher performance on the
  National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) reading test.  The
  Colorado Library Research Service found in 1997 the same performance
  relationship to be true for public library circulation statistics and the
  reading test scores in that state.  McShane's preliminary, informal work
  with Vermont statistics indicates that the correlation may also be true
  here.  "Given such statistics," she said, "extending the reach of the local
  library through mobile services can only be to the benefit of Vermont's
  citizens and help establish the habit for lifelong learning."

       The last bookmobiles in Vermont were operated by the Department of
  Libraries and phased out in 1972-74 due to an aging fleet that was gas
  inefficient.  The Mobile Library Literacy Project will not be operated by
  the state agency and staffed by state employees.  Rather, it will involve
  local efforts that are scaled to fit the particular needs of the counties,
  school districts, or other service areas funded.  Public libraries should
  expect to receive application forms for the Mobile Library Literacy grants
  this summer.


       The Department of Libraries is offering two technology grants for
  public libraries meeting Minimum Standards for Vermont Public Libraries
  this summer:

       *      In cooperation with the IBM Corporation, the
       Department recently announced Public Access Computer grants
       which will make available up to 20 computer workstations for
       public access to the Vermont Automated Libraries System
       (VALS), the internet, and other electronic resources.  

       *      The Department also a number of Internet Connectivity
       grants which will, in conjunction with "e-rate" discounts,
       assist libraries in covering the cost of high speed internet
       access for a period of three years.   Both of these grants
       are funded under the Library Services and Technology Act
       (LSTA) in accordance with the  Statewide Plan for Library
       Development and Information Access in Vermont FY2000 - FY2004
       (April 1, 1999).  The IBM Corporation is generously assisting
       the Department with the Public Access Computer Grant program.

  Each grant must be applied for separately.  Public libraries that are
  interested in applying for either (or both) grant(s) and meet the
  eligibility requirements should complete and return the appropriate
  application form(s) postmarked no later than JULY 31, 2000.  The two types
  of grant applications will be considered separately and a library may be
  awarded either one or both grants.

       Application forms were mailed to public libraries and are also
  available for downloading at the Department's web site.  If you have access
  to Microsoft Word and/or Microsoft Excel, you can fill out the forms in
  those applications by downloading the application forms at the following

  The web page may also be reached by clicking on the "Librarians Resources"
  link on the Department's homepage ( and then
  clicking on the "DOL Grant Applications" link.  Librarians who  choose to
  download the forms and fill them out electronically are asked to hold onto
  and refer to the printed version that they will receive in the mail to make
  certain they have completed all of the correct forms for the grant(s). 
  Completed application forms should be printed and mailed (with appropriate
  signatures and attachments) to the Department.  Any questions about these
  grant programs or about the information being requested in the application
  may be directed to Sheila Kearns, Information Technology Manager, 828-3261.

                      NEW BOOK BOXES CATER TO ALL AGES

       Department of Libraries staff recently put together another series of
  book box collections, which are already proving popular in libraries around
  the state.  Two of the new collections are "sequels":  Inspirational II,
  which includes some "Soup for the Soul" guides and other nonfiction titles
  along with new Christian fiction; and Young Adult II, which features
  several graphic novels as well as a new group of YA fiction.   Two more
  collections serve young readers:  Early Readers, a set of series and
  individual titles for children just beginning to read; and Transitional
  Readers, a set of short, easy chapter books to help children make the
  transition to longer novels.  Finally, a Fantasy & Science Fiction
  collection will help libraries serve patrons who prefer to be out of this

       Meanwhile, the titles in the first series of book boxes -- Young
  Adult, Inspirational, Adult New Reader, and Babies & Toddlers -- continue
  to circulate well in local communities.  We hope that these temporary
  "starter" collections are helping libraries measure the need for titles and
  series targeted to special populations and reading interests.   We have
  heard from a few librarians who see great demand and plan to buy several of
  the titles on our book lists to serve local readers.

       The book boxes each include a collection of 30-50 paperback books, as
  well as informational handouts to help you locate titles or plan programs
  to serve the target population.  Regional libraries will mail them to
  public libraries to circulate for the same 4-month loan period as books
  selected at regional libraries.  Contact your regional librarian at any
  time to reserve a book box.  Most of the book boxes do have waiting lists,
  but we'll be happy to help you during the waiting period by sending book
  lists or a collection of books from the regional library that serves the
  same patrons.  We are also planning to develop more book boxes and would
  love your feedback and suggestions.

  				     -- Paula Davidson
  				        Midstate Regional Librarian


       The Department of Libraries recently awarded Elva Sophronia Smith
  Grants to six libraries for outreach projects for children.  The libraries
  and their projects are as follows:

  * Alice Ward Memorial Library, Canaan - for new picture books to use in a
  project to encourage home childcare providers to read to their children.

  * New Haven Community Library -  for outreach to home childcare providers.

  * Brandon Free Public Library -  for books for the town bookmobile run by
  the Early Literacy Collaborative of Brandon, and for related programming.

  * Goodrich Memorial Library, Newport - for five Outreach Boxes containing
  30 books each, and for a presenter to conduct storytimes at childcare

  * Brown Public Library, Northfield -  to conduct a summer reading program
  at the community park for participants of the Northfield Kids Summer

  * Carpenter-Carse Library, Hinesburg - to take a traveling library to three
  mobile home parks where they will also read stories for six weeks in the

       All of the winning entries showed evidence of strong community
  cooperation and collaboration, great enthusiasm and a definite need. 
  Committee members were Paige McIntire, trustee, Kellogg-Hubbard Library,
  Montpelier;  Teri Austin, Children's Librarian, Sherburne Memorial Library;
  Sherrie Simmons, Librarian, Charlotte Library; Marianne Kotch, Director of
  Public Library Support Services, Department of Libraries; and Chair, Grace
  W. Greene, Children's Services Consultant, Department of Libraries.


       At its annual meeting in March, the Vermont Certification Board voted
  to award certification to the following 15 public librarians who were
  recognized at the annual Vermont Library Conference in May:

  Jane Bouchard                 Swanton Public Library
  Gloria Bunnell                Alice M. Ward Memorial Library, Canaan
  Jennifer Cary			Windsor Public Library
  Deborah Doyle                 Waterbury Village Public Library
  Rebecca Lafferty		Peacham Library
  Lyn Lauffer			Haston Library, Franklin
  Robin Sales			formerly at Cutler Memorial Library,
  Martha Simmons		Winooski Memorial Library
  Sherrie Simmons		Charlotte Library
  Susan Smolen			formerly at Hancock Public Library
  Alice Thompson		formerly at Blake Memorial Library, 
                                East Corinth
  Eleaner Tufano		Shrewsbury Library, Cuttingsville
  Susan Webster			Georgia Public Library
  Barbara Whitehill		Dailey Memorial Library, Derby
  Cathrine Wilken		Guilford Free Library

                       FRIENDS SHARE IDEAS, EXPERTISE

       Forty librarians and Friends of the Library group members converged on
  Northfield in early April for a day of sharing at the first-ever statewide
  Day for Friends.  Display tables and easels lined the walls of the Brown
  Public Library's new meeting room, where the library's Friends supplied
  coffee and muffins.  Kay Schlueter, president of the Friends of the Brown,
  welcomed the group and told of a recently successful program with author
  Archer Mayor that drew about 100 people from as far away as Burlington.  

       A morning panel featured  librarians and Friends from small, medium,
  and large libraries.  Karen Lane, director of the Aldrich Public Library in
  Barre, told a little of the history of the Aldrich Friends group, while
  Friends president Lynn Nuissl said that the aim of her group is "to do good
  and have a good time."  Barre's group raises $6,000 each year via various
  activities for programs and materials at Aldrich.  

       Robin Dion and Robin Sales of Plainfield's Cutler Memorial Library
  noted that consistency and visibility are the keys to building and
  maintaining membership.  Their annual perennial sale raises $1,400 and is
  just one means of supporting library materials and  events such as "Where
  in the World?" and "Neighbor to Neighbor," two ongoing programs
  highlighting members of the community and what they do.  

       Carol Scott, librarian in Fair Haven, agreed that "when you build
  community, good things happen."  The annual Friends Holiday Open House
  culminates a year of monthly programs for all ages.  Friends Chair Terry
  Demasi displayed the library's newsletter  and showed popular handcrafted
  angels sold the past three years.  Other topics addressed by the six
  panelists included membership dues, publicity, relationships with trustees
  and staff, decision making, and size.  Many of the Friends represented
  noted a reliance on a smallish core group which involves others as needed.

       After lunch and a tour of the renovated and enlarged library,
  participants were free to visit eight "Talk Tables" and discuss starting
  and reviving Friends, developing a newsletter, applying for 501(c)(3)
  status, programming, non-booksale fundraising, and selling books. 
  Excellent ideas were offered by discussion facilitators and participants
  alike, and networks were created.  Perhaps the most enticing fundraising
  idea of the day was shared by Alma Beals of Bellows Falls who displayed a
  blanket arranged for and sold by the Friends.  The blanket had pictures of
  notable town landmarks woven in and sold for $49.50, of which $20 went to
  the Friends.  The risk of paying in advance for 150 afghans paid off as all
  were sold.


       Members of the Vermont press offered ideas for "using the media to
  tell your library's story" at trustees workshops during this spring's five
  Town Officers Educational Conferences.  "Use all media available to you,
  said Kevin O'Connor of the Rutland Herald who joined Rutland Free Library
  Director Paula Baker at the Rutland area program.  O'Connor noted that the
  free weekly papers generally run things as written and may reach different
  people than dailies.

       Both O'Connor and Jim Falzarano of the Barre-Montpelier Times-Argus
  urged librarians and trustees to get to know the staff of their local
  papers and to direct news to those individuals.  Often there are different
  editors for the editorial page, news, the calendar section, and the
  bulletin board; send copies of notices of events at least two weeks in
  advance to each relevant editor to make sure that items are listed. 
  Because some newspapers welcome news via e-mail while others are not yet
  ready to receive it in this manner, check with your local paper to find out
  whether they want e-mail and/or FAX.  

       Clear black and white photos, particularly those featuring children
  doing things, are welcome, but staff photographers will cover library
  events if possible.  Remember that other community events may pre-empt a
  library photo, however.  Anything you can do to make the newspaper's job
  easier will be to your advantage. While both Falzarano and O'Connor
  explained that the size of a newspaper is determined by its advertising
  volume, O'Connor noted that when there are more ads, such as during the
  holidays, there may be more room for library news.

       Falzarano emphasized that because "literacy matters" to newspapers,
  they are predisposed to including library and literacy-related news.   Keep
  language fresh, short, and to the point, he suggested, and remember that
  Letters to the Editor can be effective ways of getting the word out. 
  Falzarano also mentioned that he had been a member of  the Montpelier
  library's Centennial celebration committee and that involving news people
  on library committees is a good way to maintain a solid relationship. 
  O'Connor suggested sending library newsletters to the newspapers as another
  way to keep in touch.

                       PLANNERS  FOLLOW VARIOUS ROUTES

       "Planning is the process of solving tomorrow's problems today," says
  psychologist Val Farmer, PhD, and about 25 Vermont public libraries are or
  have been doing just that.  They are involved in formal long range planning
  efforts based on the American Library Association publication Planning for
  Results:  A Library Transformation Process (by Ethel Himmel and William
  Wilson, 1999).  Public libraries in Colchester and Waitsfield have already
  submitted drafts for peer review under the Department of Libraries
  "Envisioning Excellence" program.   These libraries realize that it is not
  enough simply to think about the future; librarians, trustees, and the
  communities they serve must reach consensus about future services and
  priorities and write them down so that they really get done.  It's easy to
  study and discuss; it's much harder to actually do.  

       Planning can help you sort through all the possibilities that present
  themselves and choose those that work for your library.  Engaging in long
  range planning can help you put together a concrete snapshot of the people
  who live in your town, their needs for library services, and how well your
  library is currently performing.  Local community meetings, along with
  planning committee discussion, community demographics, and library
  statistics, can provide you with data to analyze and share with trustees,
  community members, and local officials. 

       While Planning for Results offers a step-by-step approach, planners
  are encouraged to diverge from the manual and complete steps that feel
  comfortable and useful to their own situations.  For example, some library
  planning committees include community members representing various current
  and potential user groups, while others consist only of trustees and
  library staff.  Some libraries have conducted surveys to determine
  community members' satisfaction with services and to glean suggestions for
  the future; others have relied on focussed community discussions to help
  them identify strengths, weaknesses, and possible service priorities for
  the future.  One of the first steps in the process, development of a
  Community Vision Statement, has been skipped by some libraries, but Peter
  Blodgett of Thetford's Latham Memorial and George Peabody Libraries feels
  that this step offered his two planning committees a place to start and
  become cohesive.  Planning for Results is designed to be used flexibly
  because every community and library situation is different.

       Currently, librarians, trustees, and planning committee members from
  about 20 Vermont libraries attend one of two monthly support groups based
  on Planning for Results.  Meeting regularly keeps enthusiasm high, helps
  answer many questions along the way, and offers a chance to learn and
  discuss with peers.  Many of the participants have completed community and
  library scans and are currently reviewing Service Responses in preparation
  for development of Mission Statements.  This summer, they will work with
  their planning committees to finalize goals so that by fall they will be
  ready to write measurable objectives and outline activities (strategies)
  that will help them meet those goals.  A solid overall plan of service can
  serve as a springboard for development of a Technology Plan, necessary for
  some e-rate funding.

       The Department of Libraries will be beginning another Planning for
  Results group this fall.  If your library is interested in participating,
  please call me at 828-2320 or email me at  
   				--Marianne Kotch
  				  Director, Public Library Support Services


                            FOR FUTURE REFERENCE
                            by Marjorie D. Zunder
                 Director, Library and Information Services

                  Vermont Interlibrary Loan Advisory Group

       Patterned after the Childrens' Services Advisory Group (CSAG), Vermont
  interlibrary loan now has its own committee for planning and coordination. 
  Members of the Vermont Interlibrary Loan Advisory Group (ILLAG) are:  Chris
  Burchstead, Rockingham Free Library; Jean Fournier, Lyndon State College;
  Kristen Hindes, St. Michael's College; Jill Markolf, Warren Public Library;
  Caroline Marotti, Rutland Free Library; Vicky Palmer, U-32 High School;
  Angus Robertson, UVM; and Marjorie Zunder, DOL ILL.  These members have
  agreed to serve for two years, meeting twice each year.   The first ILLAG
  meeting focused on suggestions from the group for possible changes to
  Vermont interlibrary loan and revision of training materials used at the
  DOL interlibrary loan workshops.  ILLAG is scheduled to meet next on
  September 14, 2000.  

  ALA interlibrary loan forms on the web . . .

       ALA interlibrary loan forms are available through the Internet. 
  Vermont public and school libraries use ALA interlibrary loan forms to
  borrow from out of state libraries.  Library supply vendors, such as
  Gaylord and Brodart, sell these as a three part, carbon-backed form.  If
  you prefer an online format, try You can view the form in
  either of two ways, as a Microsoft Word 6.0 document or as an Adobe Acrobat
  document.  If you have questions, please contact Marjorie Zunder, or 828-3261.

  Public Library Reference Librarians' meeting . . .

       Reference librarians from Vermont public libraries are enthusiastic
  about a new forum for exchanging ideas.   The Public Library Reference
  Librarians (PLRL, pronounced "plural") met for the second time in April,
  2000, at Rutland Free Library.  Everyone was eager to talk about technology
  and electronic sources.  Two low-tech suggestions from the group are to
  leave "post-its" inside the cover of reference books for notes and to keep
  a record of interesting and/or difficult reference questions for future
  articles or interviews.  PLRL plans to meet next in October.  


                        News from Technical Services
                             by Lorraine Lanius
                        Head, Technical Services Unit

  PUBCAT symbols . . .

       Many librarians may have noticed new and unusual PUBCAT symbols the
  past few months.  OCLC is running out of letter combinations and has
  started using numbers more frequently.  Formerly, OCLC symbols that were
  assigned to public libraries started with VS or VT.  The new symbols have
  numbers in the second digit place.  For example, the symbol for the
  Woodbury Community Library is V6SK.  The five CatExpress libraries also
  have unusual looking symbols.  Each of these libraries now has two symbols.
  Brooks Memorial Library (Brattleboro)	VSNO    BSYA
  Fletcher Free Library (Burlington)    VSNU	F3LA
  Brownell Library (Essex Jct.)    	VSOE    B2LA
  Ilsley Library (Middlebury)    	VSOY    I8PA
  Rutland Free Library 	 		VSPU    RUTA
  Authority Records Available Online at DRA's Web Site . . 

  DRA (Data Research Associates) provides online access to authority records
  found in the Library of Congress authority file.   Authority records can
  now be searched at the DRA website under the URL:

  Y2K Changes in Library of Congress Control Numbers . . .

       Beginning in 2001 the Library of Congress will expand the first
  portion of the Library of Congress Control number to differentiate
  millennia.  For those libraries using catalog cards, the Library of
  Congress control number is found on the bottom right corner of the cards. 
  In the automated catalog, these numbers are found in the 010 field. 
  Previously, LC included just the last two digits of the year (exp.
  90-56734).  Once the changes are implemented the numbers will have all four
  digits in a year (exp. 2001-58932).  The changes won't have a significant
  effect on card libraries, but automated libraries should check with their
  vendors to make sure the integrated library systems will be able to
  accommodate the extra digits in MARC records.


                                COMING EVENTS

       Tues., June 29, 9:30 am  - "Basic Internet" workshop, Fair Haven
  Graded School.  Repeats Tues., July 6, Lyndon State College.  Contact: 
  Grace W. Greene, 828-3261.

       Tues., July 4 - State holiday.  Department of Libraries central
  offices and regional libraries closed.

       Fri., July 7-Tues., July 11 - American Library Assn. annual
  conference, Chicago, IL  Contact:   ALA, 1-800-545-2433.

       Tues., July 11, 9:30 am - "When Customer Service Gets Tough" workshop,
  Norwich Public Library.  Repeats Thurs., July 13, Dorothy Alling Memorial
  Library, Williston.  Contact:  Grace W. Greene, 828-3261.

       Mon., July 17, 9:00 am - "Disaster Preparedness and Response" workshop
  sponsored by Vermont Historical Records Advisory Board, Windsor House,
  Windsor.  Fee:  $25.  Registration deadline:  July 11.  For more
  information and registration form:  

  Repeats Tues., July 18, Alexander Twilight Hall Auditorium, Middlebury 

       Thurs., July 20, 9:30 am - Vermont Library Association board meeting,
  Midstate Regional Library, Berlin.  Contact:  Kathy Naftaly, 773-1860.

       Mon., July 31 - application deadline for Department of Libraries
  FY2000/FY2001 Public Access Computer Grants for Public Libraries and
  Internet Connectivity Grants for Public Libraries.  Contact:  Sheila
  Kearns, 828-3261.

       Tues., Aug. 8, 9:30 am - "The Automation Experience" workshop, Milton
  Public Library.  Contact:  Grace W. Greene, 828-3261.

       Mon., Aug. 14, 9:30 am - Franklin-Grand Isle Librarians meeting,
  Fairfax Community Library.  Guest speaker:  Ginger Lee, Vermont Council on
  the Humanities.  Contact:  Sharon Horr, 849-6607.

       Tues., Aug. 15, 10:30 am - Vermont Board of Libraries meeting,
  Midstate Reigonal Library, Berlin.  Contact:  Sybil Brigham McShane,

       Wed., Aug. 16 - State holiday.  Department of Libraries central
  offices and regional libraries closed.

       Thurs., Aug. 17-Wed., Aug. 23, 9:30 am - "Collection Development"
  workshop (5 days), Midstate Regional Library, Berlin.  Contact:  Grace W.
  Greene, 828-3261.

       Thurs., Aug. 17, 9:00 am - "Caring for Photographs" workshop sponsored
  by Vermont Historical Records Advisory Board, St. Johnsbury Academy.  Fee: 
  $25.  Registration deadline:  August 10.   For more information and
  registration form:

       Mon., Sept. 4 - State holiday.  Department of Libraries central
  offices and regional libraries closed.

       Fri., Sept. 8, 9:30 am - Public Library Directors' Quarterly Forum,
  Midstate Regional Library, Berlin.  Topic:  policies for working with
  difficult and dangerous customers.  Contact:  Marianne Kotch, 828-2320.

       Tues. Sept. 12 & 19, 9:30 am - "Surfer's Advisory" workshop, Sherburne
  Memorial Library, Killington.  Repeats Thurs., Sept. 14 & 21, Cobleigh
  Public Library, Lyndonville.

       Tues., Sept. 12, 9:30 am - Planning for Results group meeting, Essex
  Free Library.  Repeats:  Wed., Sept. 13, Whiting Library, Chester. 
  Contact:  Marianne Kotch, 828-2320.

       Thurs., Sept. 14, 9:30 am - Children's librarians' meeting to plan
  Summer 2001 statewide reading program, Midstate Regional Library, Berlin. 
  Contact:  Grace W. Greene, 828-3261.

       Tues., Sept. 19, 9:00 am - Chittenden County Librarians meeting,
  Dorothy Alling Memorial Library, Williston.  Contact:  Rickie Emerson,

       Thurs., Sept. 21, 9:30 am - Vermont Library Association board meeting,
  Midstate Regional Library, Berlin.  Contact:  Kathy Naftaly, 773-1860.

       Sat.-Fri., Sept. 23-30 - "Banned Books Week."  Contact ALA,

       Tues., Sept. 26, 9:30 am - Central Vermont Librarians Assn. (CEVLA)
  meeting, Fairlee Public Library.  Topic for discussion:  outreach. 
  Contact:  Debra Edmands, 333-4716.

       Sun.-Tues., Oct. 1-3 - New England Library Assn. annual conference,
  Worcester, MA.  Contact:  Mary Ann Rupert, (603) 673-3923.

       Wed., Oct. 4, 9:30 am-12:30 pm - "Booktalking" workshop, Midstate
  Regional Library, Berlin.  Continues Wed., Oct. 11.  Contact:  Grace W.
  Greene, 828-3261.

       Tues., Oct. 17, 10:30 am - Vermont Board of Libraries meeting, Dept.
  of Libraries central office, 109 State St., Montpelier.  Contact:  Sybil
  Brigham McShane, 828-3265.

       Tues., Oct. 17, 9:30 am - "VALS Update," Midstate Regional Library
  Berlin.  Repeats Wed., Oct. 18.  Contact:  Grace W. Greene, 828-3261.

       Tues., Oct. 24, 9:00 am - Children's Materials Review Session,
  Midstate Regional Library, Berlin.  Repeats Wed., 10/24 (Milton Public
  Library), Thurs., 10/26 (Sherburne Memorial Library), Wed., 11/1
  (Butterfield Library, Westminster), and Thurs., 11/2 (NERL, St. Johnsbury). 
  Contact:  Grace W. Greene, 828-3261.

                                  AVAILABLE . . .
   Resources . . .

       ..."Soliciting Appropriations from Outlying Towns," a handout with
  suggestions and samples from Vermont public libraries that have obtained
  tax funding from surrounding communities - free from Marianne Kotch,

       ...Groups rates for health insurance from Blue Cross/Blue Shield for
  Vermont nonprofit organizations through the Vermont Nonprofit Insurance
  Trust and the Vermont Alliance of Nonprofit Organizations, 862-0292, or
  John Gutman of VNIT, 985-1538.

       ...Information about the federal Family and Medical Leave Act at a
  website established by the US Department of Labor -  Includes a factsheet, compliance guide,
  full text of the law, regulations, and a poster.

       ...The Vermont Ecumenical Council and Bible Society is extending an
  offer of a free study Bible (or another Bible of choice) to Vermont
  libraries.  VEC will provide Bibles to at least the first 20 libraries who
  respond, and may be able to give more.  The Charles H. Greenleaf Trust
  provides the funding.  If your library would like a Bible, please call
  Betsy Wackernagel of the VEC at 802/864-7723 or e-mail

       ..."Beyond Difference:  A Bibliography," created by the Vermont Center
  for the Book to accompany its new reading discussion program - free from
  VCB, 875-2751.
       ..."Vermont Directory of Foundations," listing foundations
  incorporated in the state and 175 out-of-state foundations that support
  Vermont causes and groups - $40 from CPG Ent., PO Box 199, Shaftsbury 
  05262, 862-0327.  CPG also publishes a variety of other fundraising
  publications and a bimonthly newsletter edited by Christine Graham.

  . . . Continuing Education

       ... A staff assessment tool for core competencies  in technology
  developed by the Kansas City Public Library for a presentation at the
  Public Library Assn. conference - at

       ... InstantWeb's Online Computing Dictionary, offering understandable
  definitions of acronyms, jargon, tools, networking, and other words
  connected with computing - at

  . . . Grants

       ... Collections Surveys and Arrangement and Description matching
  grants from the Vermont Historical Records Advisory Board (VHRAB) to help
  libraries and other organizations organize and preserve manuscripts, land
  records, vital statistics, oral and video history tapes, maps, scrapbooks,
  photographs, and other historical materials.  Application deadlines are the
  first work day of each month.  Contact VHRAB Grants Coordinator Michael
  Sherman, 223-2632, or the VHRAB website
  ( for more details


                             YOUTH SERVICES NEWS
             by Grace W. Greene, Children's Services Consultant


       On July 1 the first babies will be eligible for their Born to Read
  packets - a fabulous gift provided by the Vermont Business Roundtable, to
  all Vermont babies born this year.  Babies will receive the totebags from
  their doctors at their six month well baby visit.  In the bag will be:

  * THE VERY BUSY SPIDER by Eric Carle
  * CLAP HANDS by Helen Oxenbury
  * PUSSYCAT PUSSYCAT illustrated by Rosemary Wells
  * WHERE THE WILD THINGS ARE by Maurice Sendak
  * an audiotape of James Earl Jones reading WHERE THE WILD THINGS ARE
  * a videotape on reading to babies
  * a booklet containing suggestions of how to choose books for children
  birth - five with suggestions of good books for each year and a coupon to
  take to the public library for a copy of Rosemary Wells MAX'S BATH.

       Librarians from 117 libraries attended the Born to Read workshops in
  May, and at those workshops, were given: 

  * their allotment of MAX'S BATH
  * three copies of the giant pop-up book, TWO TINY BEARS MAKE A BIG MOVE 
  by Maria Mudd Ruth
  * the Born to Read video
  * a Born to Read poster

       The Department of Libraries supplied the board books;  all other
  materials were donated by the Roundtable.  Libraries which did not attend
  the workshops will all be sent one book and handouts at the end of June. 
  Anyone who needs more information or materials, please contact me at
  (802)828-3261 or email at 

       Now, it is up to each library to make this program work!  Tell
  everyone you know about it, starting with other staff, trustees and
  volunteers; feature it in newsletters and press releases;  mention it at
  every program you do.  Be sure to contact local doctors who do six month
  well baby visits.  If they are involved, ask them to talk up the public
  library component.  If they are not involved, explain the program, urge
  them to participate, and contact the project director, Cynthia Tokos
  Pristow at , phone (802)828-3261 223-4884, to sign
  them up.

       This is a great time to upgrade your collection for babies and
  toddlers, to begin a storytime for babies and to increase your
  collaboration and outreach efforts.  If you need any help, please ask. 
  Born to Read is an important program that can really make a difference, by
  getting people into the library who never normally go.  Sign these
  newcomers up for cards, show them your materials for young children, and
  tell them about your programs and series.  Make them as comfortable and
  welcome as possible.  Your short term goal is to make them want to return; 
  your long term goal is simply to change the world!

       The first season of the new children's book program, Camel's Hump
  Radio, is well underway.  One week in June listeners were treated to a
  taste of a different book every night, and now the programs are being aired
  throughout the summer on Saturday mornings at 7:30 on all Vermont Public
  Radio stations.  Each program is hosted by Philip Baruth and features music
  and information related to the chosen book, as well as a well chosen
  excerpt.  Listeners are urged to get the book to complete the reading
  experience.  This is a great way to encourage family read-alouds!  Buy
  extra copies of the books in paperback, put them on display, and urge your
  patrons to read them aloud.  There is also a Camel's Hump website through which lists related titles, puzzles and recipes.  Here is the
  remaining summer schedule:

  Author              Title                    Date          Read by

  Kenneth Grahame     THE WIND IN THE WILLOWS  July 1,Aug 26 Deborah Lubar,
  J. R. R. Tolkien    THE HOBBIT               July 8        Philip Baruth, 
                                                             novelist and host
  Farley Mowat        OWLS IN THE FAMILY       July 15       Eveleen Cecchini, 
                                                             raptor expert
  Louis Sachar        HOLES                    July 22       Cornelius Hogan,
  			                                     former Sec., AHS
  Roald Dahl          CHARLIE & THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY July 29	Madeleine
                                                                Kamman, chef
  Esther Forbes       JOHNNY TREMAIN           August 5      Chris Bohjalian, 
  F.A. Worsley        SHACKLETON'S BOAT JOURNEY August 12    Bill Barber &
                                                             Jay Klinck, polar
  Rudyard Kipling     PUCK OF POOK'S HILL       August 19    Tony Barrand,


       Don't miss the annual gathering to plan summer reading programs and
  network with other children's librarians!  This year the meeting will be on
  Thursday, September 14 at 9:30 a.m. at the Midstate Regional Library in
  Berlin.  At that time we will refine plans for our outdoor adventure theme
  for 2001, and choose a theme for 2002.  Anyone who works with children in a
  public library is invited to attend.


       Need some help selecting books for children and young adults?  Then
  plan to attend the materials review sessions co-sponsored by the Department
  of Libraries and the Department of Education.  Each time, we orally review
  about 150 books, and also take hundreds of others recommended by our
  volunteer reviewers and the review media.  It's also a fabulous way to hear
  the latest news and to network!  The dates for the fall are listed in the
  "Coming Events" section of this newsletter (p. 10).   Each session begins
  at 9:00 a.m. and lasts about four hours.  Bring a lunch so you aren't
  starving by the end!


       Winner  - The winner of the 2000 Dorothy Canfield Fisher Award is
  Louis Sachar for HOLES (FSG, 1998), the 1999 Newbery Medal book. 
  Unfortunately, because of his busy schedule, Mr. Sachar is unable to come
  to Vermont this year, but wrote a letter to the children and autographed a
  bookplate for each participating school and public library.   The top ten
  books this year were:

       AUTHOR                   TITLE                             VOTES

  1.   Sachar, Louis            HOLES				  1137
  2.   Haddix, Margaret Peterson  AMONG THE HIDDEN                 287
  3.   Avi                      POPPY AND RYE                      286
  4.   Warner, Sally            SORT OF FOREVER                    219
  5.   Gantos, Jack             JOEY PIGZA SWALLOWED THE KEY       212
  6.   Fletcher, Susan          SHADOW SPINNER                     173
  7.   Holt, Kimberly Willis    MY LOUISIANA SKY                   167
  8.   Philbrick, Rodman        MAX THE MIGHTY                     166
  9.   Mazer, Harry             THE WILD KID                       152
  10. Gauthier, Gail            A YEAR WITH BUTCH AND SPIKE        142

       Lavalla Grants - Marjorie Gillam Lavalla grants in amounts up to
  $500.00 will again be available to schools and libraries.  The committee is
  looking for projects to promote the Dorothy Canfield Fisher program in
  libraries, schools and communities.  Money can be used only for books, but
  the books can be from this year's list, past Dorothy Canfield Fisher lists
  or supplemental titles.  Request an application from Pam Scott at (802)
  828-3261 or email .  Deadline:  October 14, 2000.

       Manual - The Dorothy Canfield Fisher committee will update the manual
  over the summer to include books on this year's list.  It will not be
  mailed out in hard copy, but will be available to download through the
  Dorothy Canfield Fisher website:


       More than 25,000 children in grades K - 4 voted for the Red Clover
  award this year, and chose TEN MINUTES TILL BEDTIME by Peggy Rathmann
  (Putnam, 1999) as their favorite.  The books in order of their popularity

  Rathmann, Peggy.  TEN MINUTES TILL BEDTIME.  (5,608)
  Scieszka, Jon.  SQUIDS WILL BE SQUIDS.  (4,386)
  Bodkin, Odds.  THE CRANE WIFE.  (3,072)
  Gerstein, Mordicai.  THE WILD BOY. (2,662)
  Martin, Jacqueline Briggs.  SNOWFLAKE BENTLEY.  (2007)
  Kvasnosky. Laura McGee.  ZELDA AND IVY.  (1,905)
  Feiffer, Jules.  I LOST MY BEAR.  (1,860)
  Steig, William.  PETE'S A PIZZA. (1,734)
  Mathers, Petra.  LOTTIE'S NEW BEACH TOWEL.  (708)
  Shulevitz, Uri.  SNOW.  (391)

       The annual Red Clover conference will be held on Tuesday, October 3 at
  the Lake Morey Inn in Fairlee.  Peggy Rathmann will be there to receive her
  award and to deliver a speech.  As usual,  there will also be many great
  workshops.  Registration information will be available later in the summer.


       The annual Mock Caldecott program will be held on Friday, November 17
  at the Vermont Technical College in Randolph.  Author/illustrator Eileen
  Christelow will be the featured speaker.  Eileen will speak in the morning,
  and the afternoon will be spent choosing our favorite picture book of 2000. 
  Registration information will be available in September. Call Pamela Scott
  at (802) 828-3261 or email if you would like to have a
  registration form sent to you.


                              STATE OF VERMONT
                          AGENCY OF ADMINISTRATION
                           DEPARTMENT OF LIBRARIES

Sybil Brigham McShane, State Librarian . . . . . . . . . 828-3265

Library & Information Services Division
    Marjorie D. Zunder, Director . . . . . . . . . . . . 828-3261
      Paul Donovan, Head, Law & Documents Unit . . . . . 828-3261
      Lorraine Lanius, Head, Technical Services Unit . . 828-3261
      S. Francis Woods, Head, Special Services Unit. . . 828-3273

Public Library Support Services Division
    Marianne Kotch, Director . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 828-2320
      Grace Greene, Children's Services Consultant . . . 828-3261
      Paula Davidson, Midstate Regional Library (Berlin) 828-2320
      Michael Roche, Northeast Regional Library (St. Johnsbury)748-3428
      Amy Howlett, Southeast Regional Library (Dummerston)257-2810

Vermont Automated Libraries System (VALS)
    Sheila M. Kearns, Information Technology Manager . . 828-3261
      Robert Longe, Information Technology Specialist  . 828-3261

                          Editor:  Marianne Kotch

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                      Howard B. Dean, M.D., Governor
                  Sybil Brigham McShane, State Librarian

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