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Department of Libraries    NEWS

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James H. Douglas, Governor  •  Sybil Brigham McShane, State Librarian
No. 131 • September 2004


           In the May issue of Opinions, Secretary of State Deborah L. Markowitz issued the following opinion:

           The May issue of Opinions also includes two other opinions that may relate to public librarians and their boards - Emails are subject to the Public Record Law and A public board cannot "recess" its meeting for a brief time in order for board members to leave the room to continue to discuss board business in private.    You may view these and past issues of Opinions  or sign up to receive notification of new issues at the Secretary of State’s website: 


           Representatives of Middlebury’s Ilsley Public Library appeared before the Vermont Board of Libraries at its April 20 meeting to appeal the December decision that the library does not meet standards for FY2004 because it charges borrowers $1 per video circulation.   Historically, the Department of Libraries has defined “basic services” as including all items a public library circulates (e.g., print and nonprint materials), reference service, interlibrary loan, programming (except for recovery of the cost of materials), and public access computing including internet access.

           State Librarian Sybil Brigham McShane reported that Secretary of State Deborah Markowitz recently stated that, in Vermont, all fees must be specifically authorized in statute.  Neither the library statute nor the statute for municipalities provides for a municipality or its library to charge fees for library services to residents of a library’s legal service area (usually the town or towns supporting it).

Speaking for the Ilsley Library’s board of trustees, Chair Jim Gish said that the decision to charge a fee was made in 1997 in order to meet budget constraints as well as public demand for quality.   In view of Secretary Markowitz’ opinion, Gish stated that the Ilsley board would discuss alternatives to charging fees for videos at the board’s next meeting.  At its June meeting the Ilsley board voted to reduce the loan period for videos and DVDs from 7 days to 1 day and to reduce the late fee from 50 cents to 25 cents a day, but no longer charge the $1.00 fee.

Following is a list of the 133 libraries meeting minimum standards for Vermont public libraries for FY2004, by town.  Those with an asterisk (*) meet the 1998 version of the standards; others meet the 1986 version.





*Barre & East Barre br.




*Bennington, North




*Brighton/Island Pond
















Derby Line






*Essex Junction



*Fair Haven






*Grand Isle







*Hartford/Quechee & Wilder

Hartford, West





*Hyde Park

*Jericho/Underhill & Jericho Town



*Londonderry, South




Middletown Springs





Newbury (Tenney)

*Newbury/Wells River

New Haven



*North Hero




















*St. Albans

St. Johnsbury



*South Burlington

South Hero







*Thetford & Post Mills











*Waterbury & Wby Ctr branch




West Rutland












           The Vermont Board of Libraries held its last two meetings in public libraries to hear the concerns of local librarians and trustees and to view their libraries first-hand.   The Board’s June 22 meeting was held at the Rutland Free Library, in part to hold a public hearing on two petitions for geographic names and also to say goodbye to long-time Board member, Rosemary Rogers of Proctor.  Meeting at the Craftsbury Public Library on August 17, the Board voted to name “(1) the ridge which separates Hubbardton from Pittsford and lies between Grandpa Knob and Biddie Knob the ‘Pittsford Ridge’ and (2) the 2006 ft. elevation on this ridge in the town of Hubbardton ‘Griswold Peak’.”  It had had to defer this decision until August because it had not heard from  the Town of Pittsford whether it agreed to the naming. 

            At the June 22 meeting, Nancy Price Graff read a resolution thanking Rogers of Proctor, for her 14 years of service on the Board, a  much longer term than the usual two five year terms because of various vacancies.  Rogers served as chair of the board and also  on the 1993 and the 1998 standards revision committees.   She also, Graff noted, drove some 13,440 miles over the course of her term. 

           April 20 was the first Board of Libraries meeting for Rogers’ replacement, Ali White of Derby.  Having moved from Montpelier to her former vacation home in Derby a year ago, White has been developing programs and leading book discussions for the Vermont Humanities Council.  Prior to moving, she had served as program director at the Kellogg-Hubbard Library in Montpelier and, before that, as technical services librarian at the Aldrich Public Library in Barre.  While trustee chair of the Montpelier library, White served  on the Vermont Library Trustees’ Association Steering Committee and as a speaker at its annual conferences.  She has also served on the Vermont Library Association’s Personnel and Government Relations Committees. 

           The Board’s August 17 meeting, held in idyllic Craftsbury, featured a tour of the new library and a discussion of the Vermont Library Association’s Government Relations Committee’s activities for the coming year with committee chair and Craftsbury librarian Linda Wells.  Wells’ trustees also discussed the financial realities of operating a beautiful new building, three times the size of the former library, with public interest and use higher than ever. 

           The next Board of Libraries meeting will be in its usual site, Midstate Regional Library, Berlin, on Tuesday, October 12, 2004, at 10:30 am.  At that time, the Board will hold a public hearing for naming a new highway in Bennington and will elect officers for 2004-05.  Board members include Joan Rahe, Chair (Bennington); John Rosenthal, Vice Chair (Charlotte); David E. L. Brown (Peacham); Susan Bruce (St. Albans); Nancy Price Graff (Montpelier); Laura Lewis (Guilford); and Ali White (Derby).


           Lawrence Webster of Bennington has joined the Department of Libraries staff as Midstate Regional Consultant, serving libraries in Rutland, Addison, and Chittenden Counties.  Currently based at the Midstate Regional Library in Berlin, she will soon be working out of an office in Rutland.  Webster is busy meeting librarians and trustees and looks forward to offering miniworkshops and other activities in the western part of the state. 

           A Woodstock, NY, native, Webster most recently lived in Tallahassee, FL, where she was an independent public library consultant specializing in communications, public relations, Friends, board development, and strategic planning.  Past positions include Communications Coordinator for the College Center for Library Automation, Library Program Specialist/Development Consultant for the State Library of Florida, and Public Services Librarian for the Venice (FL) Public Library.   A graduate of the University of Colorado, Webster holds an M.L.S. from the State University of New York at Albany and an M.A. in American Religious History from Florida State University.


At the annual meeting of the Certification Board in March, it was voted to award certificates of public librarianship to fourteen candidates.  Congratulations to:

Mary Brough, Proctor Free Library

Colleen Bushway, Grand Isle Free Library

Megan Carder, Stowe Free Library

Cheryl Cox, Springfield Town Library

Deb Frisco, Hancock Free Library

Alice Harwood, Rockingham Free Library, Bellows Falls

Linda Kaiser, Waterbury Public Library

Connie Koeller, Cabot Library

Linda Labriola, Quechee Public Library

Roberta Martin, Grafton Public Library

Susan Pierce, Brownell Library, Essex Junction

Tony Pikramenos, Reading Public Library

Bonnie Stewart, Maclure Library, Pittsford

Jill Tofferi, Fletcher Memorial Library,Ludlow

These librarians, who have each completed a minimum of 150 credit hours of workshops, received their certificates at the Vermont Library Conference on May 25 at the Wyndham Hotel in Burlington. Members of the certification board are Sybil B. McShane, State Librarian; Amanda Weisenfeld, trustee, St. Johnsbury Athenaeum; Ellen Hall, President, Vermont Library Association; Sue Barden, Director, Carpenter-Carse Library, Hinesburg, and Grace Greene, Continuing Education Coordinator, Chair.


           Jane Carol Heiser, Associate Deputy Director for State Programs, and Laurie Brooks, Program Officer, of the federal Institute for Museum and Library Services (IMLS) visited the Vermont Department of Libraries and libraries in the state in early August.  The Department receives a substantial portion of its annual budget from federal Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) funds administered by IMLS.  Most of the services the Department offers are statewide programs, and federal funds are involved in whole or in part in them. 

           The Department submits a 5-year plan to IMLS to receive the funds ( and its annual report describes various programs and funds expended in Federal Fiscal Year 2002 (  Basically, the department has allocated LSTA funds to the following programs that year:

Administration of LSTA


Basic Telecommunications Grants - Year 2                                 


Reference & Interlibrary Loan Services                                      


Reference & Interlibrary Loan Services - DOL/UVM Access Office


Special Services to the Visually & Physically Handicapped & State-Supported Institutions   


Statewide Library Development - Children’s Services                      


Statewide Library Development - Continuing Education                      


Statewide Library Development - Regional Library Services           


Technical Services Unit - Card/MARC/Union Catalog Service           


Vermont Automated Libraries System & Services (VALS)                      


           State Librarian Sybil Brigham McShane showed what federal dollars actually do for Vermont libraries, beginning with a grantwriting workshop offered at the Quechee Library which was built in part with federal funds.  Visits were also made to the libraries in Williston and Northfield, which had also received federal funds for construction before those funds were no longer available.  Heiser and Brooks toured the Midstate Regional Library, the Special Services Unit, the Department’s Central office, and the DOL-UVM Access Office and stopped to discuss issues and concerns with staff.  After a final stop at Burlington’s Fletcher Free Library, a recipient of connectivity and advanced technology grants, the visitors headed back to Washington, loaded with handouts and materials picked up along the way.


           Vermont public library statistics bear out what local librarians were feeling:  public libraries were much busier in 2002-2003!  Grant funds for collections and technology helped to increase holdings for books, audio-visual materials, and public access to electronic resources.  The number of programs, program attendance, and outreach services also rose in part due to various grant programs.   Several libraries also expanded or renovated their space, creating new space for browsing, programs, and collections.

State totals

2002-2003 (last year)





Annual circulation

4,019,492  (7% increase)


Number of visits

2,884,475 (7% increase)


Number of reference transactions

449,167 (23% increase)


Number of interlibrary loans received

40,512 (7% increase)


Number of programs offered

15,462 (14% increase)


Program attendance

258,927 (19% increase)


No. of volunteer hrs. in a typical week

3,181 (9% increase)



Income/expenditures (not including grant funds):

  Local tax income

$10,423,088 (9% increase)


  Income from other local sources

$3, 890,699 (0.6% increase)


  Total local income

$14,313,787 (7% increase)


  Expended on salaries

$7,998,588 (10% increase)


  Expended on collections

$2,127,221 (8% increase)


  Total operating expenses

$14,867,564 (6.5% increase)




  number of books (volumes)

2,627,755 (4% increase)


  number of audio materials

90,122 (8% increase)


  number of videotapes

84,396 (17% increase)


  number of periodical subscriptions

7,287 (7% decrease)



Total deliveries to individual homes

3,470 (5% decrease)


Total deliveries to day care centers

4,979 (9% decrease)


Total deliveries to other sites

4,561 (37% increase)



Number of personal computers owned

1,048 (15% increase)


Number of PCs available for public

705 (12% increase)


144 public libraries (75%) offer the public direct access to the internet, and 71% of those offer high speed access.


           Department of Libraries regional libraries recently added book boxes with graphic novels to their circulating collections.  Book Boxes are circulating collections designed to target special populations and interests.  Each collection of 30-50 titles as well as informational handouts can be mailed as a set to libraries.  Regional librarians hope that the boxes will serve as starter collections, helping local librarians measure interest in the subjects.  The four-month loan period should give local libraries enough time to test the appeal.

           Chosen by Northeast Regional Librarian Michael Roche, the graphic novel book boxes contain representative samples of manga and anime as well as comics and other graphic novels for a variety of ages, both young adult and adult.  Each book box comes with a list of its contents, and a handout offering a brief history of graphic novels, a glossary, guides for collection development, and suggested websites for more information.

           Other book boxes available for loan from either the Midstate (828-2320) or Northeast (748-3428) Regional Libraries are:



           Each year, the Department of Libraries asks public libraries to report their successes along with annual statistics.  This fall’s report from Carol Scott, librarian of the Fair Haven Free Library, was particularly outstanding and bears out the idea that not all successes are measured by numbers:

Thank you, Carol, and all smalltown librarians who do so much!

by Marjorie D. Zunder, Director of Library and Information Services

Vermont Interlibrary Loan Handbook on the Web…
A new edition of the Vermont Interlibrary Loan Handbook is available at the temporary url:  Highlights include how to use Web2 blank forms for periodical article requests, policies for borrowing from Vermont colleges and links to the national library directory and the online form for borrowing out of state.

New in the DOLcat Library Science collection…
Ask for these on interlibrary loan:

Basic Business Library:  Core Resources, 4th ed.   Greenwood Press, 2002
Bibliography of current print business resources.  Articles on business librarianship.  Websites for business publishers and government sponsored business resources.


Building a Successful Customer-Service Culture.  Facet, 2002
Essays on working with patrons, measuring success, improving public relations for the library as a whole, collaborating with other organizations.  British authors.

Consumer Health Information Sourcebook, 7th ed.  Greenwood Press, 2003
Guide to more than 2,000 popular health-information resources in print and electronic formats.  Sources to cover broad topics as well as specific diseases and conditions.


Cooperative Efforts of Libraries.  Haworth Information Press, 2002
Guide to overcoming economic and geographic boundaries and improving services through cooperative action.


Encyclopedia of Library and Information Science, 2nd ed.  Marcel Dekker, 2003

Documents the state of library and information science in the 21st century and provides an archive for the history of the field.


Expectations of Librarians in the 21st Century.  Greenwood Press, 2003.

Edited by Karl Bridges, a librarian at the University of Vermont, this contains short, thoughtful articles combining library philosophy and practical advice, written by public and academic librarians.


Managing Media Services:  Theory and Practice, 2nd ed.  Libraries Unlimited, 2000.

Working with non-print library materials.


New Technologies and Reference Services.  Haworth Information Press, 2000.

Trends in reference service such as converting from print to electronic formats, new continuing education needs, changing methods for educating library users.


PC Help Desk in a Book: the Do-It-Yourself Guide to PC Troubleshooting and Repair.  Que, 2003.

Problem-solving flowcharts to diagnose your ailing PC.


Running a Successful Library Card Campaign: a How-to-do it Manual.  Neal-Schuman, 2002.

Handbook for campaigns to enroll more patrons and increase library use in public libraries of all sizes.


Virtual Reference Librarian’s Handbook.  Neal-Schuman, 2003.

Guide to the skills, resources and policies needed for virtual reference service.

New in DOLcat for Nonprofits...

Bookkeeping Basics:  What Every Nonprofit Bookkeeper Needs to Know.  Wilder, 2003.

Step-by-step instructions, detailed examples and handy reproducible forms for the novice.


Starting and Running a Nonprofit Organization, 2nd ed.  University of Minnesota Press, 1996.

All phases of creating and operating a new nonprofit.


collected by Amy Howlett, Southeast Regional Consultant
Department of Libraries, 1 Hospital Court, Bellows Falls, VT 05101

Looking for new links to the community? Borrow a Good Idea from another Vermont library.



…An updated Vermont Library Directory is now available online at the Department of Libraries website in both HTML and PDF formats:  Listings include librarians’ and trustee chairs’ names, library addresses, library phone numbers, email addresses, and VUC symbols.  In addition, libraries may download mailing labels for academic, public, and school libraries.

   …The annual compilation of Vermont public libraries is now available as a Supplement to the Biennial Report of the Vermont Department of Libraries, online in Excel file and pdf formats ( or hardcopy by request from the Department of Libraries central office, 828-3261, email

   …Two excellent pamphlets from the Vermont Institute for Government – Changing the World:  A Guide to Public Meetings and Born to Chair – relate to boards and public board meetings of all kinds.  Free from VIG, c/o UVM Extension Service, 617 Comstock Rd., Ste. 5, Berlin, VT  05602-9194, 223-2389.

   …Rachel Gordon of - - has partnered with Sarah Johnson to create a new career development weblog for librarians and information professionals. Beyond the Job ( contains calls for papers, conference information, career and job advice, and other professional development links and resources.


   …The Vermont Library Association recently entered into an agreement with Drexel University’s School of Library and Information Science to provide VLA members discounts to online courses.  Visit Drexel’s website at

   …The Graduate School of Library and Information Science of Simmons College offers a variety of workshops and courses online and at its Mt. Holyoke Campus.    See the listing at


     …The National Education Association’s website includes an area dedicated to monthly thematic reading ideas, some of which are highly suitable to public libraries:

   Occupational Outlook Handbook online:

   …Advice for handling CDs and DVDs published by the Convergent Information Systems Division of the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST):


for a monthly, online updated list of library-related events in Vermont, see



Thurs., Sept. 2, 10:00 am – Vermont Library Assn. Government Relations and Intellectual Freedom Committees meeting, Midstate Regional Library, Berlin.  Contact:  Linda Wells, 586-9683,


Mon., Sept. 6 – State holiday.  Department of Libraries central office and regional libraries closed.


Wed., Sept. 8, 9:30 am – Collection Development workshop, Midstate Regional Library, Berlin.  Continues Sept. 9, 10, 13, 14; repeats Sept. 22, 23, 24, 27, 28, Fletcher Memorial Library, Ludlow.  Contact:  Grace W. Greene, 828-6954,


Fri., Sept. 17, 9:30 am – Children’s Literacy Foundation (CLiF) conference, Briggs Opera House, White River Junction.  Contact:  CLiF, 244-0944,


Mon., Sept. 20, 9:30 am – Island Librarians meeting, Alburg Public Library.  Contact:  Marybelle Singer, 796-6077,


Tues., Sept. 21, 9:00 am – Chittenden County Librarians meeting, Jericho Town Library.  Contact:  Emilie Alexander, 899-4686,


Sun.-Tues., Sept. 26-28 – New England Library Assn. (NELA) annual conference, Manchester, NH.  Contact:  Charlotte Maison, 253-6145,  Or check online at


Mon., Oct. 4, 9:30 am – Young Adults Program Swap, Milton Public Library.  Contact:  Grace W. Greene, 828-6954,


Tues., Oct. 5, 9:30 am – Introduction to the Grants Collection miniworkshop, Department of Libraries, Montpelier.  Repeats Wed., Oct. 6.  Contact:  Marjorie Zunder, 828-3261,


Tues., Oct. 5, 9:30 am – Franklin-Grand Isle Librarians meeting, Bent Northrup Community Library, Fairfield.  Contact:  Marianne Kotch, 828-2320,


Thurs., Oct. 7, 9:30 am – Public Library Directors quarterly forum, Aldrich Public Library, Barre.  Contact:  Marianne Kotch, 828-2320,


Tues., Oct. 12, 10:30 am – Vermont Board of Libraries meeting, Midstate Regional Library, Berlin.  Contact: Sybil Brigham McShane, 828-3265,


by Grace W. Greene, Children's Services Consultant

Telling Tales” off to Fabulous Start!

On Wednesday, June 9, the 2004 statewide summer reading program had a spectacular beginning.  State Librarian Sybil McShane, Governor Douglas, illustrator Harry Bliss and 500 children met on the statehouse lawn to celebrate reading, tails and tales.  Co-sponsored by the Department of Libraries and Vermont Public Radio, this program featured Bill Harley, host of Camel’s Hump Radio, who entertained the crowd with stories and songs.  Anyone who heard him at the Vermont Library Conference knows just how entertaining he can be!  Every child received a bookmark, a reading record and a Beanie Baby™ donated by Ty, Inc. 


DCF Conference…

The second annual DCF conference was held at the Lake Morey Resort in Fairlee on May 7, 2004. There were160 public and school librarians, classroom teachers, reading teachers, professors of children’s literature and reading consultants in attendance. Young adult author Virginia Euwer Wolff inspired everyone in her keynote speech with her intelligence, insights and love of reading and language. There were 14 workshops to choose from, ranging from creative dramatics with DCF books, to booktalking, to using nonfiction trade books in the classroom. The endnote was delivered by New Hampshire librarian Michael Sullivan, author of Connecting Boys With Books, who gave us grim statistics about boys and reading, and then gave suggestions to counteract the problems.


              The conference committee included Cathy Branon, St. Albans Town Educational Center; Joanna Rudge Long, DCF Committee; Thom McAllister, Moretown Elementary School; Merlyn Miller, Burr and Burton Academy, Leda Schubert, DCF Committee; Suzy Shedd: Patty Thomas, Derby Elementary School;  Sandy Zelazo, St. Albans Town Educational Center and Grace Greene, DOL. Thanks go to the Vermont Educational Media Association, Vermont Library Association, VT-NEA, and the Department of Education for their financial contributions, and to the Vermont Center for the Book and Vermont Public Radio for door prizes. In addition, the Vermont Association of Middle Level Educators and the Vermont Council on Reading were co-sponsors. The Department of Libraries did the organizing and coordinating.   The third annual conference is planned for May 6, 2005.


DCF Winner…

Jerry Spinelli won the 2004 Dorothy Canfield Fisher Award for Loser, (HarperCollins, 2002), a funny and touching story about a child branded a loser by his classmates who never sees himself that way. Mr. Spinelli will not be able to come to Vermont this spring, but we are hoping that we can arrange a time for  this fall.   A total of 5,262 children in grades 4-8 voted for this year’s award. The top 10 books this year are:



Spinelli, Jerry



Farmer, Nancy

The House of the Scorpion


Bauer, Marion Dane

Runt: A Novel


Hiaasen, Carl



Ferris, Jean

Once Upon a Marigold


Gaiman, Neil



Martin, Ann M.

A Corner of the Universe


Paterson, Katherine

The Same Stuff as Stars


Vande Velde, Vivian

Heir Apparent



Crispin: The Cross of Lead

Red Clover Award…

Vermont’s picture book award, the Red Clover Award, was won by Kate and Jim McMullan for I Stink (Joanna Cotler Books, 2002), a very funny book about a garbage truck with an attitude. The list in order of voting is as follows:



McMullan, Kate and Jim

I Stink


Tchana, Katrin

Sense Pass King


Shannon, David

Duck on a Bike


Kalman, Maira



Paye. Won-Ldy

Head, Body, Legs


Ryan, Pam Munoz

When Marian Sang


Kinsey-Warnock, Natalie

From Dawn Till Dusk


Karas, Brian



Greenberg and Jordan

Action Jackson


Gerstein, Mordicai

What Charlie Heard

There was a total of 24,489 votes cast.   The Red Clover conference will be held at the Lake Morey Resort in Fairlee, Vermont of September 30, 2004. Both Kate and Jim McMullan will be there to accept their award. 

Boston Globe-Horn Book Awards...

The 2004 Boston Globe-Horn Book awards were recently announced. The awards will be presented at the Boston Athenaeum on Friday, October 15.  This year’s winners are:

Picture book:

The Man Who Walked Between the Towers by Mordicai Gerstein (Roaring Brook)

Fiction and poetry:

The Fire-Eaters by David Almond (Delacorte)


An American Plague by Jim Murphy (Clarion)

The judges also selected two honor books in each category:

Picture Book:

The Shape Game by Anthony Browne (FSG)    


Snow Music by Lynne Rae Perkins (Greenwillow)

Fiction and poetry:

God Went to Beauty School by Cynthia Rylant  (HarperTempest)


The Amulet of Samarkand: The Bartimaeus Trilogy, Book One by Jonathan Stroud (Hyperion)


Surprising Sharks written by Nicola Davies and illustrated by James Croft (Candlewick)


The Man Who Went to the Far Side of the Moon: The Story of Apollo 11 Astronaut Michael Collins by Bea Uusma Schffert (Chronicle)



Materials Review Sessions:  Two Live Sessions again!...

If you select children’s and/or young adult books for your library, then plan to attend our Materials Review sessions to learn about the best of the new titles for children birth through young adult. At these programs you can hear reviews and examine the books to decide what is best for your library. We will continue to do Materials Review as we did last year, beginning with a live session in Northfield, and then doing one more live presentation, this time at the Northeast Regional Library in St. Johnsbury. RETN (Regional Educational Technology Network) will videotape the Northfield presentation, and that videotape will be shown in the other three locations.   The books, with the reviews inserted in them, will accompany the videotape, so whichever site you choose you will have access to all the books. In addition to the books that I review orally, there will be many nonfiction books recommended by the review media, and books recommended by volunteer reviewers. A regional librarian will be at each of the three videotape locations to facilitate the program.  The schedule is as follows:


Brown Public Library, Northfield

Tuesday, October 19  -  LIVE!

Northeast Regional Library, St. Johnsbury

Wednesday, October 20  -  LIVE!

Milton Public Library

Thursday, October 28

Sherburne Memorial Library, Killington

Tuesday, November 2

Kurn Hattin, Westminster West*

Thursday, November 4

All programs will begin at 9:00 a.m.  There will be a formal part to the program and then plenty of time to examine the books.

*Directions to the Kurn Hattin School: Take exit 5 from I-91 (the Westminster/ Rockingham exit). Just down the hill from the exit, take the first right onto the Westminster Heights Road. Travel two miles. Just before the campus, the road goes over route 91. Take the first entrance on your right, "Kurn Hattin Home," drive up the hill and park in the Upper Parking Lot. The program will be in the Mayo Center, with coffee and snacks available in the lobby just inside the main entrance.

IT'S ALIVE! @ your library® during Teen Read Week 2004...

What is big and read and is for 12 to 18-year-olds?  It is the intersection of horror, suspense, black and white movies from the '50s, and even modern concepts like genetic engineering.  It's programming and reading and ways to increase adolescent literacy all rolled up into a weeklong celebration known as Teen Read Week.  Teens will be reading for the fun of it as public libraries and school library media centers across the country celebrate Teen Read Week, October 17 - 23, 2004.  They join hundreds of other libraries, schools and bookstores that are encouraging teens to celebrate this year's theme, "IT'S ALIVE! @ your library®." 

There are many ways for teens and their librarians to discover that It's ALIVE! @ your library®:

Teen Read Week is the national adolescent literacy initiative of the Young Adult Library Services Association, a division of the American Library Association.  An updated sponsors and supporting organizations list can be found at the YALSA site,  

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. NEWS is supported in part by the Institute of Museum and Library Services, a federal agency, through the Library Services and Technology Act.   Editor: Marianne Kotch, (802) 828-2320,

  Department of Libraries, 109 State Street, Montpelier, VT 05609-0601

Sybil Brigham McShane, State Librarian -


Library and Information Services Division
Marjorie D. Zunder, Director -
  Paul Donovan, Law Librarian -
  Lorraine Lanius, Head, Technical Services Unit -
  S. Francis Woods, Special Services Consultant (828-3273) -
  Mara Siegel, DOL-UVM Access Office/Lib. Training. Cons.(828-2320) -


Public Library Support Services Division
Marianne Kotch, Director -
  Grace W. Greene, Chil. Svcs. Cons./Cont. Ed. Coord. (828-6954) -
  Amy Howlett, Southeast Regional Consultant (463-0143) -
  Michael Roche, Northeast Regional Librarian (748-3428) -
Lawrence Webster, Midstate Regional Consultant (828-2320) - 


Vermont Automated Libraries System
Sheila M. Kearns, Information Technology Manager -
  Robert Longe, Information Technology Specialist -