Vermont Dept. of Libraries News, No. 122, July, 2001
State of Vermont
Department of Libraries
N E W S
No. 122, July 2001
JEFFORDS ANNOUNCES MOBILE LIBRARY LITERACY GRANT RECIPIENTS
U.S. Senator Jim Jeffords, I-Vt., announced on June 28, 2001, that Newport,
Colchester, Lyndonville, Montpelier, and Brattleboro will each benefit from
grants that will enable them to develop "mobile library literacy" projects
and expand services already in place. This funding was secured by Jeffords
through the federal Institute for Museum and Library Services (IMLS) and
distributed by the Department of Libraries.
"These grants will allow reading, a keystone of education and personal
enrichment, to become more accessible in Vermont than ever before," said
Jeffords. "Books can transport children to anywhere they want to go and
these improved literacy services will transport everything a library offers
to wherever it's needed."
"We hope that 'mobile library literacy' will increase these local libraries'
effectiveness in meeting the challenge of serving Vermonters in this most
rural state in the nation," said Vermont State Librarian Sybil Brigham
McShane. The grant recipients are:
· Goodrich Memorial Library, Newport - $239,000 for a bookmobile,
staff, books, audio and visual media, computer, and software in cooperation
with several other area public libraries, literacy and educational
organizations, and a bank
· Burnham Memorial Library, Colchester - $220,000 for a new bookmobile,
librarian, and materials (including foreign language instruction) in
cooperation with local literacy and refugee resettlement organizations
· Cobleigh Public Library, Lyndonville - $184,000 for a new bookmobile,
staff, and literacy trainer to expand its program for seven towns year-round
· Kellogg-Hubbard Library, Montpelier - $215,000 for a bookmobile and
materials to be delivered in cooperation with U-32 High School to six towns
· Windham Southeast Supervisory Union, Brattleboro - $56,000 for staff,
materials, and expansion of the current project to year-round status, with
special emphasis on serving seniors and teens county-wide
Each recipient will use its funding individually, according to its
communities needs. Four of the recipients in Newport, Colchester,
Lyndonville, and Montpelier will purchase new bookmobiles, which bring books
and other literacy services to areas otherwise underserved by libraries, and
add improvements to their present projects. The fifth recipient, in
Brattleboro, will use its grant to increase its current project. The average
cost of a bookmobile is $100,000. At the end of July, each grant recipient
will develop an outcome and evaluation plan to help assess the results of the
The Mobile Library Literacy Project was first proposed by Senator Jeffords in
June, 1999, as a way "to bring the local library - and all it has to offer -
to the people[and] extend the walls of the library beyond their actual
boundaries and welcome all Vermonters to be part of the learning community."
State Librarian Sybil Brigham McShane then wrote a successful proposal to
IMLS which awarded the grant as a means to discover if mobile library service
is a viable means of serving rural and suburban populations in the 21st
century. The project seeks to provide answers to what the optimal service
area/size is for mobile services in a rural state and to demonstrate that
small public libraries can successfully and cost effectively provide and
sustain such services when partnered with other local and regional
organizations and institutions. Amy Howlett, Southeast Regional Librarian,
will serve as project consultant, helping the grantees with implementation
and, later, dissemination of information to Vermont and other libraries.
BROWNELL LIBRARY RECEIVES FIRST VPLF GRANT
The Freeman family, on behalf of the Freeman Foundation, and State Librarian
Sybil Brigham McShane, on behalf of the Vermont Public Library Foundation
(VPLF), awarded a public library incentive grant of $142,941 to the Brownell
Library at a ceremony on May 22, 2001, in Essex Junction. The library will
use the funds to enhance its renovation and expansion project already
underway. The VPLF grant will allow the library to add a community room to
provide space for a variety of children's and adult programming, as well as
provide for an interior staircase and window retrofitting. The Brownell
Library is eligible to apply for up to $399,312 during the two year incentive
grant program and expects to apply the remainder of the funds to furnishing
the library after construction.
Brownell's was the first grant to be awarded as part of the $10 million
public library incentive grant funded by the Freeman Foundation to improve
library effectiveness and community outreach throughout the state. The VPLF
will receive the funds over a two year period to supplement local, state, and
federal funding for Vermont's public libraries.
The deadline for Year One applications was June 15, 2001, and about 190
public libraries were eligible to apply for funds up to 50% of their total
operating income. The minimum grant will be $5,000 and the maximum will be
$250,000 in each of the two years. A third year of funding based on the
increase in local, state, and federal funds raised by each library during the
grant period is also under consideration.
Other libraries receiving VPLF grants so far are:
· Jaquith Public Library, Marshfield - for library automation and
expanded hours of service
· Mount Holly Town Library - to hire the library's first paid librarian
· Norman Williams Public Library, Woodstock - to expand reference
service and public access computing
Members of the VPLF board include McShane, who serves as President; Joan Rahe
of Bennington, Vice President; Marianne Kotch, Department of Libraries
Director of Public Library Support Services, Secretary/Treasurer; John E.
Fothergill, former trustee, Kellogg-Hubbard Library, Montpelier; and Bonnie
Stewart, President of the Vermont Library Association's Public Library
Section. McShane expects that all VPLF grants for Year One will be awarded
by late September, 2001. Year Two grants will be awarded after January 1,
BOARD DISCUSSES GEOGRAPHIC NAMES
The Vermont Board of Libraries, which is charged by statute to name roads and
geographic locations in the state, has been actively addressing requests over
the last few months. At its June 19, 2001, meeting, it voted unanimously to
name Route 7A from East Dorset to Bennington the "Korean War Veterans
Memorial Highway." Several representatives of the Veterans of Foreign Wars
testified in behalf of the request, noting that the road covers terrain very
reminiscent of the Korean landscape on which they served and that 2000-2003
is the 50th anniversary of what has been called by some "The Forgotten War."
At its June meeting, the Board also discussed but did not come to a final
conclusion about the naming of a previously unnamed bay on Lake Champlain in
the town of Charlotte. Residents of the area petitioned the Board and a
representative attended the April meeting, requesting that the Board name the
bay so that emergency and rescue workers might have an easier time finding
it. They suggested the name "Twilight Bay" in honor of Alexander Twilight.
The Board will continue its discussion of this potential name at its August
21 meeting which is to be held in the Rutland Free Library's Nella Grimm Fox
Room. The meeting has been moved from its usual location in Berlin so that
the Board may hold a public hearing on the naming of Route 109 in Proctor the
Crowley Brothers Memorial Highway. The meeting will begin at 10:30 am.
DEPARTMENT PLANS AUTOMATION WORKSHOPS, DEMOS
Because many medium-to-large-sized public libraries recently submitted
Vermont Public Library Incentive grant proposals for library automation, the
Department is planning a series of five continuing education sessions in
August to help librarians gather information and plan their projects. Sheila
Kearns, Information Technology Manager, is coordinating the workshops and
demonstrations which will be based on a detailed document which identifies
the information public libraries will need to support their request for grant
The workshop sessions will address the crucial elements of the automation
process and the evaluation of integrated library automation systems and will
offer a series of vendor demonstrations followed by a final question and
answer session. The sessions will be held Tues.-Thurs., August 21-23 at the
Midstate Regional Library, Berlin, and Tues. and Wed., Aug. 28 and 29 at the
Sherburne Memorial Library, Killington. Any library director currently
contemplating an automation project is urged to attend. For more
information, call Kearns at 828-3261.
FOR FUTURE REFERENCE...
by Marjorie D. Zunder
Director, Library and Information Services
Interlibrary Loan Tips...
· Regional libraries help non-VALS public and school libraries with
interlibrary loan. When a regional library ILL request includes another
library's name or VUC symbol, mail the ILL material there. When only MRL or
NERL are mentioned, mail the ILL material to the regional library. When you
send interlibrary loan replies to the regional libraries, please include the
regional library request number and the author or main entry for the material
you are sending. For example:
M-6-31-C39 Smith Sent
· The University of Vermont Bailey/Howe Library does not circulate books
from its "popular reading" collection. Other books in the "main" collection
circulate three months after they are added to the library.
· When you request from Middlebury College or the Vermont State Colleges,
send a separate email message for each requested item. Also, include the
requested item's full call number.
· When you request from DOL_ILL, send as many requests in the same message
as you wish.
· When you need information, but cannot locate a source, send a request for
information to DOL_ILL. Begin with a request number, describe what you need
as fully as possible and say where which sources you have already tried.
· When you need several items from the same library, request them all on the
same day so they can be mailed in the same package.
When you borrow microfilm and your patron makes copies, you do not need to
keep track of these copies for copyright law compliance. Borrowing
microfilm is like borrowing a book. It is the patron's responsibility to
comply with copyright law for any copying.
An updated version of the Basic Reference web site is available at
Vermont public library web sites are alive and well. The Public Library
Reference Librarians' (PLRL) met at the Midstate Regional Library June 12,
2001, to survey a dozen of these library web sites, finding many good ideas.
If your library needs a web site, there are lots of examples to choose from
at http://dol.state.vt.us/www_root/000000/html/plib.html. PLRL will meet
next in early November to discuss cooperative reference purchases, email
reference and how to provide reference service training. Join us!
... Public Library Assn.'s "Top Titles for Adult New Readers" annual list,
offering suggestions for core collections with high appeal in terms of
content, format, and illustrations - in the May/June, 2001, issue of Public
... The National Center for Education Statistics' Academic Library Peer
Comparison Tool, which offers information on any of the approximately 3,600
academic libraries in the U.S. and also allows users to customize a peer
group for comparison purposes. The new application is available at
... BOARD CAFÉ, a newsletter exclusively for members of nonprofit boards of
directors." Short enough to read over a cup of iced coffee," [it] offers a
menu of ideas, opinion, news, and resources to help board members give and
get the most out of board service. Co-published by CompassPoint Nonprofit
Services and the National Center for Nonprofit Boards, you can read it online
... Ezra Jack Keats Foundation minigrants of up to $350 each to public libraries
interested in sponsoring imaginative "programs to excite children about
reading and learning." Deadline: September 15, 2001. For more information
send a stamped, self-addressed envelope to Deborah Pope, Ezra Jack Keats
Fdn., 450 14th St., Brooklyn, NY 11215.
... Only rarely does the annual New England Library Conference come to
Vermont, and this year is our lucky year. NELA will be held at the Sheraton
Burlington Hotel and Conference Center Sunday, Sept. 30 through Tuesday,
October 2 and will feature a host of useful, mind-expanding programs.
Programs for trustees are all planned for Sunday afternoon and evening, while
librarians from libraries of all types will find inspiration and ideas all
three days. A wide array of vendor displays will keep you up to date on
library automation, reference materials, processing supplies, etc. For more
information, contact NELA at (508) 685-5966 or visit http://www.nelibs.org.
... The Vermont Historical Records Advisory Board is sponsoring three one-day
workshops for libraries, historical societies, and museums:
· The Identification and Care of Photographs - September 12, 2001 in
Shelburne and September 13, 2001 in North Bennington
· Digital Archives: An Introductory Workshop - September 19, 2001 in
· Digital Archives: An Intermediate Workshop - October 30, 2001 in
Registration fee is $25/person for each day, with a maximum of 25 people per
workshop. Bring a brown bag lunch. For details, see
http://vermont-archives.org/boards/vhrab/workshops.html. To register contact
Louise Corliss, Vermont State Archives, 828-2863 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Wed., August 1, 9:30 am - "Filing without Tears" workshop, Midstate Regional
Library, Berlin. Repeats: Fri., August 3, 9:30 am, Butterfield Library,
Westminster. Contact: Grace W. Greene, 828-3261.
Tues., Aug. 7, 9:30 am - "Policymaking for Children's Services" workshop,
Norwich Public Library. Contact: Grace W. Greene, 828-3261.
Thurs., Aug. 16 - State holiday. Department of Libraries central offices and
regional libraries closed.
Tues., Aug. 21, 10:30 am - Board of Libraries meeting, Fox Room, Rutland Free
Library. Contact: Sybil Brigham McShane, 828-3265.
Tues., Aug. 21, 9:30 am - Automation planning workshop, MRL, Berlin.
Continues Wed. & Thurs., Aug. 22 & 23 at MRL and Tues. & Wed., Aug. 28 & 29
at Sherburne Memorial Library, Killington. Contact: Sheila Kearns,
Mon.-Fri., Aug. 27-31, 9:30 am each day - "Basic Public Library
Administration" workshop, MRL Berlin. Contact: Grace W. Greene, 828-3261.
Mon., Sept. 3 - State holiday. Department of Libraries central offices and
regional libraries closed.
Wed., Sept. 5, 9:30 am - "Picture Book Story Hours" workshop, Aldrich Public
Library, Barre. Continues Fri., 9/7, and Wed., Sept. 12. Contact: Grace W.
Fri., Sept. 7, 9:00 am - "Booked for Breakfast" meeting, Ilsley Public
Library, Middlebury. Contact: Carol Chatfield, 388-4095.
Wed,. Sept. 12, 9:00 am - Chittenden County Librarians meeting, Dorothy
Alling Memorial Library, Williston. Contact: Rickie Emerson, 878-4918.
Thurs., Sept. 13, 10:00 am - Rutland County Librarians meeting, Poultney
Public Library. Contact: Daphne Bartholomew, 287-5556.
Thurs., Sept. 13, 9:30 am - Children's Librarians' Fall Meeting, Midstate
Regional Library, Berlin. Plan next summer's reading program! Contact:
Grace W. Greene, 828-3261.
Fri., Sept. 14, 9:30 am - Public Library Directors Quarterly Forum, MRL,
Berlin. Topics for discussion: ready reference, budgeting. Contact:
Marianne Kotch, 828-2320.
Fri., Sept. 21, 9:30 am - Franklin-Grand Isle Librarians meeting, Haston
Library, Franklin. Contact: Brenda Stanley, 285-6505.
Wed., Sept. 26, 9:30 am - Children's Programming workshop, Brown Public
Library, Northfield. Contact: Grace W. Greene, 828-3261.
Sun.-Tues., Sept. 30-Oct. 2 - New England Library Conference, Sheraton Hotel
and Conference Center, Burlington, VT. Programs, exhibits, and inspiration
for librarians and trustees region-wide. Contact Barry Blaisdell, NELA
executive director, (508) 685-5966, or visit http://www.nelibs.org/
Tues., Oct. 16, 10:30 am - Board of Libraries meeting, MRL, Berlin. Contact:
Sybil Brigham McShane, 828-3265.
Thurs., Oct. 25, 9:30 am - Dorothy Canfield Fisher Award ceremony, Vermont
Technical College, Randolph. Contact: Grace W. Greene, 828-3261.
YOUTH SERVICES NEWS
by Grace W. Greene
Children's Services Consultant
Born to Read...
We are now in the second year of the Born to Read program! As I announced
previously, babies will continue to receive, at their 6 month well baby
visit, a package of materials including a coupon to take to their public
library for a copy of the board book, MAX'S BATH by Rosemary Wells. I hope
all of you are finding it to be a success in your community. Please remember
to keep publicizing the program, and to keep in touch with the local
physicians' offices. I have just sent evaluation forms for this program to
all public libraries. Please fill out the form for the second half of the
first year (January, 2001-June, 2001) and send it back to me by July 31,
2001. The second one is for the entire second year (July, 2001-June, 2002),
and should be used to keep track of books as you give them out. The deadline
for that one isn't until July 15, 2002.
Many librarians have requested second, or even third batches of the free
books. Please let us know when you are running out so we can get more to you
before the next family comes in for their book. A reminder to those towns on
the borders: families who live in Vermont but go to a physician in another
state, are still entitled to the whole packet. If you have such a family in
your community, just send me their name and address, and we will have a
packet shipped right out.
Children's Librarians Fall Meeting...
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 13 at 9:30 a.m. at the Midstate Regional Library in Berlin. We will
plan our 2002 program, "Travel Far, Pay No Fare," and choose a theme for
2003. Anyone who works with children in a public library is welcome to
attend. The meeting will last until noon, but we invite you to bring a lunch
and continue the sharing while you munch.
Fall Materials Review Sessions...
Need help finding new good books for children and young adults? Then come to
our twice-a-year Materials Review Sessions. These book review programs,
co-sponsored by the Departments of Libraries and Education, feature oral
reviews of books for babies through young adults. In addition to the oral
reviews, there are hundreds of other books for you to examine. The dates and
locations for the next series are:
Tuesday, November 6 Midstate Regional Library, Berlin
Wednesday, Nov. 7 Milton Public Library
Thursday, Nov. 8 Northeast Regional Library, St. Johnsbury
Wednesday, Nov. 14 Sherburne Memorial Library, Killington
Thursday, Nov. 15 Butterfield Library, Westminster
All sessions begin at 9:00 and last approximately 4 hours. No registration is
necessary; just come! If you need directions, give us a call. Please feel
free to take your lunch and eat during or after the program.
Dorothy Canfield Fisher News...
2001 winner: The winner of the 2001 Dorothy Canfield Fisher Award is
Christopher Paul Curtis for BUD, NOT BUDDY (Delacorte, 1999). Mr. Curtis will
be coming to Vermont on Thursday, October 25 to receive his award and speak
to some of his fans. In September, we will send out invitations to all
libraries and schools that voted. The ceremony, to be held in Randolph at the
Vermont Technical College, will include the acceptance speech, a time for
children to ask questions and answers, and a booksale. The top ten books this
AUTHOR TITLE VOTES
1. Curtis, Christopher Paul BUD, NOT BUDDY 434
2. Gantos, Jack JACK ON THE TRACKS 284
3. Anderson, Laurie Halse SPEAK 255
4. Vande Velde, Vivian NEVER TRUST A DEAD MAN 232
5. Bodett, Tom WILLIWAW 215
6. Holm, Jennifer L. OUR ONLY MAY AMELIA 188
7. Holt, Kimberly Willis WHEN ZACHARY BEAVER 171
CAME TO TOWN
8. Cooper, Susan KING OF SHADOWS 161
9. Haas, Jessie UNBROKEN 158
10. Bartlett, Susan SEAL ISLAND SCHOOL 129
DCF Manual: This summer the manual is being updated and revamped. The
biggest change is that we will feature several of the books with
information/activity pages similar to the ones in the Red Clover manual. This
was a suggestion from many of you to make the manual more user-friendly. In
September we will mail a copy of the new manual to all schools and public
libraries. As always, we welcome your feedback and suggestions.
Lavalla Grants: There will be no Lavalla Grants this year, because that money
is being used for the copying and distribution of the new manual. This way
everyone will benefit from this fund, not just a few.
Committee opening: There will be one three-year opening on the DCF committee
beginning in March 2002. Please let interested parents, teachers and
community members know about this opportunity. Applicants should send a
letter of interest, a brief resume and two reviews, one positive, and one
negative, of any children's books of their choosing, to: Grace W. Greene,
Children's Services Consultant, Vermont Department of Libraries, 109 State
Street, Montpelier, VT 05609. Deadline: October 1, 2001.
New bookmarks: We have updated the DCF bookmarks with the two latest winners.
If you would like a bunch for your school or public library, just let us
Red Clover Update...
2001 Winner: Almost 25,000 children in grades K-4 voted for the Red Clover
Award this year, and chose BARK, GEORGE by Jules Feiffer (HarperCollins,
1999) as the winner. The totals for each book are as follows:
AUTHOR TITLE VOTES
Feiffer, Jules. BARK, GEORGE 5,506
Fleischman, Paul WESLANDIA 5,285
Stevenson, James. DON'T MAKE ME LAUGH 4,951
Marcellino, Fred. I, CROCODILE 2,480
Aylesworth, Jim. THE FULL BELLY BOWL 2,323
Wiesner, David. SECTOR 7 1,609
Sturges, Philemon. THE LITTLE RED HEN MAKES A PIZZA 929
Taback, Simms. JOSEPH HAD A LITTLE OVERCOAT 887
Theroux, Phyllis. SEREFINA UNDER THE CIRCUMSTANCES 417
Diakite, Baba Wague. THE HATSELLER AND THE MONKEYS 337
Conference: Unfortunately, Mr. Feiffer will be unable to come to Vermont to
receive his award, but the annual conference will feature many ideas for
using the new books and participating in the program. Mark your calendars now
for Monday, September 24th at Lake Morey Inn in Fairlee. The keynote speaker
will be Anita Silvey, author, critic and most recently, publisher of
children's books at Houghton Mifflin. Ms. Silvey will talk about the history
of the picture book, and how to evaluate picture books. The Vermont Center
for the Book will send out conference registration information later this
Committee opening: There is one opening on the Red Clover committee for the
term beginning next year. If you are interested in reading and discussing
picture books, helping to choose the annual list, participating in workshops
and conferences, and working with a fabulous group of people, please submit a
letter of interest, a resume, and two reviews of picture books, one positive
and one negative, to Sally Anderson at the Vermont Center for the Book, 256
Haywood Road, Chester, VT 05143 by December 15. To find out more about the
responsibilities of committee members, consult your Red Clover guide. If you
do not have a guide, contact the Vermont Center for the Book at 875-2751.
Boston Globe-Horn Book Awards...
The winners of this year's Globe/Horn Book awards are as follows:
Fiction and Poetry: Carver: A Life in Poems by Marilyn Nelson (Front
Nonfiction: The Longitude Prize by Joan Dash and illustrated by Dusan
Picture Book: Cold Feet by Cynthia DeFelice and illustrated by Robert
Andrew Parker (DK Ink)
The judges also named two honor books in each category:
Fiction and Poetry: Everything on a Waffle by Polly Horvath (Farrar)Troy
by Adèle Geras (Harcourt)
Nonfiction: Rocks in His Head by Carol Otis Hurst, illustrated by James
Stevenson (Greenwillow)Uncommon Traveler: Mary Kingsley in
Africa, written and illustrated by Don Brown (Houghton)
Picture Book: Five Creatures by Emily Jenkins and illustrated by Tomek
Bogacki (Foster/Farrar)The Stray Dog retold and illustrated
by Marc Simont (HarperCollins)
Vermont Author and Illustrator List...
With the help of many librarians around the state, I have updated the list of
Vermont authors and illustrators of children's books. If you would like a
hard copy, please call or email Jenn Weed at 828-3261; email@example.com.
If your email can accept attachments, and you would like a copy sent
electronically, email me directly.
Teen Read Week, October 14-20...
This year's theme, "Make Reading a Hobbit," celebrates the popularity of
fantasy literature with teens. As part of the week, SEVENTEEN magazine, a
corporate sponsor, will encourage teens to read to younger children.
Librarians are encouraged to participate by planning a teen-led read-aloud on
October 20, preferably during story hours. For more information, see the
Young Adult Library Services Association's Teen Read Week Web site:
The Godfrey Award For Excellence in Public Library Services for Families and
A new award that will promote and recognize excellence in programming for
young children and families has been announced by the School of Library and
Information Studies at Texas Woman's University. The award will be $2,500 and
a sculpture appropriate for public display. Nominated public libraries must
offer a program which features: design specifically to meet the needs of
young children and families; ingenuity, imagination, innovation and
creativity; responsiveness in the number of individuals and/or groups served.
Deadline: August 15, 2001. See:www.libraryschool.net/godfreyaward.htm for
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
VERMONT DEPARTMENT OF LIBRARIES
109 STATE ST.
MONTPELIER, VT 05609
Howard B. Dean, M.D., Governor
Sybil Brigham McShane, State Librarian
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