Department of Libraries   NEWS

 

109 State St., Montpelier, VT  05609 • (802) 828-3261 • http://www.libraries.vermont.gov


James H. Douglas, Governor  •  Sybil Brigham McShane, State Librarian
No. 135 • June 2006

  LIBRARIES RECEIVE RESOURCE SHARING GRANTS

             The Department of Libraries awarded about $35,000 in Resources Sharing Supplemental Grants this spring to 108 public libraries and three state college libraries using the statewide interlibrary loan network.  Funds for the program came from the Department’s federal Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), which also supports the Department’s DOL-UVM Access Office, regional libraries, central interlibrary loan services, PUBcat/MARC services, and the Vermont Automated Libraries System (VALS).  In order to be eligible, public libraries needed to meet the minimum standards for Vermont public libraries.

           Each public library’s grant amount was based on the number of interlibrary loan requests it received via the VALS Web2 online catalog during FY2005 (July 1, 2004-June 30, 2005)  at the rate of $1.00 per interlibrary loan request received, with a minimum grant of $50.  Grants may be spent on postage, collection development, or other activities that improve library participation in the resource sharing network.  Grants may not be used to purchase computers for internet access or for internet access unless the library agrees to meet the Children’s Internet Protection Act (CIPA).  Libraries accepting grants should plan to spend the funds within one year of receipt and display the IMLS sign.

           “Vermont libraries have a long tradition of resource sharing,” State Librarian Sybil Brigham McShane said, “with the origins of our state union catalog (VUC) dating back to the Depression-era Works Progress Administration.”  This is the second year the grants have been available, and McShane hopes to continue the program next year, providing federal funds are available.

  PUBLIC LIBRARY USE UP STATEWIDE

           Vermont public library statistics bear out what local librarians were feeling:  public libraries were busier in 2004-2005!  Grant funds for programs, audio-visual materials, and technology helped to increase circulation and program attendance.  Expanded outreach services including new bookmobiles also increased deliveries to individual homes, day care providers, and other community locations. 

           All who enjoy reading and feel more people should will be gratified to know that Vermont public library circulation was up 5% over 2003-04, to a total of 4,355,338, which is 6.99 per capita, based on the state’s estimated 2004 population of 621,394.  Burlington’s Fletcher Free Library had the highest total circulation (358,490) while Killington’s had the highest circulation per capita (26.84).  Brattleboro’s Brooks Memorial Library received the most items on interlibrary loan (1,404) while the Essex Free Library supplied the highest number of interlibrary loan items (1,580).  Even more exciting is

that 13% more Vermonters visited their libraries in 2004-05 – a total of 3,296,033, or 5.29 per capita.   The Fletcher Free Library was again the leader in the total number of visits (237,205), but Middlebury’s Ilsley Public Library led the way in per capita visits (23.74).   A whopping 295,581 Vermonters of all ages attended 18,040 programs, 8% increases in both numbers.   Lyndonville’s Cobleigh Public Library had the highest program attendance (14,446).

           Local public library tax support increased 8% also to a total of $12,070,484, or $19.39 per capita.  Killington’s Sherburne Memorial Library received the highest per capita tax support at $159.66, while at least eight libraries received no tax support at all.  Public libraries also received $4,458,901 from other local sources (primarily interest on investments and local fund raising efforts) and  $1,819,190 from grant sources (primarily the Vermont Public Library Foundation/Freeman Foundation grants administered by the Department of Libraries). 

Local public library expenditures increased 5.5% to $16,488,156, or $26.41 per capita.  Public libraries spent a little less on library materials ($2,010,285, a 2% decrease), but more on staff salaries ($8,934,558, a 7% increase).   Killington’s library spent the most per capita on its collection at $19.12.

GEISZLER FILLS RUTLAND OFFICE

           Based in the Department of Libraries Rutland office, Robert Geiszler began work as the consultant to local libraries in Chittenden, Addison, and Rutland Counties on February 6.  Rob comes to the Department from Florida, where most recently he served as a reference librarian at the Seminole Library, which is a combined college and public library.  Prior to the public and college library merger, Rob also managed the public library’s information technology.

           Lest anyone think that Rob is a stranger to cold weather, he was an attorney in Burlington for a number of years before moving to Florida, working in real estate, and attending Florida State University’s Graduate School of Library and Information Science.  Besides his MLS, he also holds a degree in physics from the State University of New York at New Paltz and a law degree from Franklin Pierce College in New Hampshire.  He holds a commercial pilot’s license, and, together with his wife and cats, lives in Rutland Town.

DEPARTMENT NEGOTIATES MOVIE LICENSE

Vermont public libraries will be showing movies with a shared statewide public performance license from Movie Licensing USA during the year beginning June 1, 2006.  State Librarian Sybil McShane announced the free license on May 25, with an online link to download the agreement at:   http://www.libraries.vermont.gov/libraries/misc/movielicensepl.pdf.    In order to make use of the license, a public library must print and sign the document and mail it to the Vermont Department of Libraries.

There will be no cost to public libraries during the first year of the contract, and during years two and three, the cost per library will be nominal (under $50). Libraries which have already paid Movie Licensing USA for a license will receive reimbursement from the company for the period overlapping with the free statewide license.  Libraries must meet the statutory definition of a public library in order to be eligible.

As with most movie licenses, there are a few restrictions to use.  These include showing “home use only” films only on library property, not charging admission, and not advertising the movie title in local newspapers, radio, television, or library websites.  Libraries may advertise movie titles on posters in the library and in library newsletters, including those on their websites.

The Movie Licensing USA website http://www.movlic.com/library/library.html has some great features for public libraries. Check out the FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions) for copyright questions, take a look at the new releases covered by the license, or use your new performance license ID to download posters of popular films.

For public libraries new to the idea of movie programs, the Department will provide a basic discussion of issues at miniworkshops to be held at 9:30 am on Tuesday, June 20 at the Fletcher Memorial Library, Ludlow, or on Tuesday, July 11, at Midstate Regional Library, Berlin.  Amy Howlett will review the license and its restrictions, and present information on programming ideas, equipment, and publicity.  Each workshop is limited to 20 participants. To register please send an e-mail to amy.howlett@dol.state.vt.us or telephone (802) 463-0142.

25 LIBRARIANS ACHIEVE CERTIFICATION

           The Department of Libraries is pleased congratulate the following individuals who have met all of the requirements for Certification as Public Librarians.  All have received at least 150 continuing education credits and were awarded the certificates by Mara Siegel, Continuing Education Coordinator, at the annual Vermont Library Conference in May:
 

Susannah Blachly

Jaquith Public Library

Betty Daly

Pawlet Public Library

Susan D'Amico

Roxbury Free Library

Jennifer Donaldson

formerly of the Abbott Mem. Library, S. Pomfret

Ann Doubleday

Burnham Memorial Library, Colchester

Jeanne Engel

Johnson Public Library

Dawn Fairbanks

Waterbury Public Library

Sue Furry-Irish

Pierson Library, Shelburne

Deborah Gadwah-Lambert

Alice Ward Memorial Library, Canaan

Linda Hall

Pownal Public Library

Dawn Hancy

Ainsworth Public Library, Williamstown

Connie Harr

Brownell Library, Essex Junction

Nadine Hodgdon

West Hartford Public Library

Robert Joly

Woodbury Community Library

Becky Manahan

St. Albans Free Library

Irene Mann

Bradford Public Library

Melissa McKinstry

Haston Library, Franklin

Amanda Perry

Winooski Memorial Library

Leslie Rowell

Greensboro Free Library

Amron Skowronski

formerly of the Westford Library

Michelle Stinson

Fletcher Memorial Library, Ludlow

Sue Tillotson

Enosburgh Public Library

Sherry Tolle

Barnet Public Library

Renee Ursitti

Platt Memorial Library, Shoreham

Emily Zollo

Cobleigh Public Library and Jaquith Public Library

 

TASK FORCES EXPLORE CONTRACTS

           State Librarian Sybil Brigham McShane named several task forces to work this spring on contracts affecting statewide library services.   Three groups have been working to explore options and library interest in statewide movie licensing (see above), electronic databases, and downloadable audiobooks.  Here is the latest news on the latter two:

VERMONT ONLINE LIBRARY (VOL) CHANGES

           Mara Siegel, the Department of Libraries Continuing Education Coordinator, reports that users may have noticed a couple of new entries on the welcome screen for the Vermont Online Library (VOL). At the top is Thompson Gale Powersearch and at the bottom is the Gale Virtual Reference Library.

Thomson Gale PowerSearch provides a new method for searching the VOL databases. With Powersearch you can now search across multiple databases simultaneously. This new search option offers many helpful features including tabs dividing the results into material types (academic journals, magazines, reference, news, multimedia), citation generation in different formats, a "breadcrumb trail" that shows the path the search has taken, letting you easily return to your previous step, and improved e-mail functionality.

The Gale Virtual Reference Library is a searchable or browsable electronic reference book collection. The multi-volume full-text sources include subject encyclopedias and guides, covering humanities, business, medicine, social sciences, and science. Included among the titles are:  Encyclopedia of Small Business, Gale Encyclopedia of Alternative Medicine, Encyclopedia of Espionage, Intelligence, and Security, World of Earth Science, Encyclopedia of Population, Fashion, Costume, and Culture: Clothing, Headwear, Body Decorations, and Footwear through the Ages.

TOP TRENDS AFFECTING LIBRARIES

OCLC Abstracts published an article about top technology trends affecting libraries in the October 31, 2005 issue—http://www5.oclc.org/downloads/design/abstracts/   The article summarized top technology trends identified in the report “The Future of Libraries: Beginning the Great Transformation,” published by the DaVinci Institute, a nonprofit futurist think tank. The trends identified are:

Along with the trends identified above, the DaVinci Institute made four recommendations:

The entire report is available online at http://www.davinciinstitute.com/page.php

PUBLIC LIBRARY REFERENCE LIBRARIANS MEET

Vermont 211 and Go Local Vermont captured the attention of librarians gathered for the April meeting of the Public Library Reference Librarians (PLRL) at Sherburne Memorial Library, Killington.  Amy Howlett, library consultant at the Department of Libraries, shared her experience with planning for Vermont 211, a new health and human services information and referral program.

Like 9-1-1, 211 is an easy phone number connecting you with immediate human contact.  Vermont 211 callers receive information about government programs, community-based organizations, support groups, volunteer opportunities, donation programs and other local resources.  The service is available M-Th 8-8, and F 8-4:30.  In her presentation, Howlett urged librarians to use Vermont 211 for questions in their libraries and to encourage patrons to call directly.  For more detail, see http://www.vermont211.org

Go Local Vermont, strictly web-based, focuses on health-related resources.  Dana Medical Library, University of Vermont, is developing this grant-funded database that links with other state Go Local web sites from http://medlineplus.com.   The link is under “other resources” on the MedlinePlus homepage.    When completed, Go Local Vermont database users will find lists of Vermont nursing homes and support groups, nearby clinical trials and other services for disease and health issues.  To see a completely operational Go Local database, try the Massachusetts version http://apps.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/local/massachusetts/homepage.cfm?areaid=10

PLRL will meet again in the fall at the Richmond Free Library.  Organizer Marjorie Zunder, Director of Library and Information Services will announce the exact date and program via VALS email soon.  For more information, contact her at 828-3261.


  FOR FUTURE REFERENCE
by Marjorie D. Zunder, Director of Library and Information Services
828-3261; marj.zunder@dol.state.vt.us


Borrowing multiple copies…

           Planning library book discussion programs for the fall?  There are many options for obtaining multiple copies of titles.  DOLcat lists multiple copies of young adult books.  Find these with a call number search for “discussion book.”  In addition:

Vermont Interlibrary Loan Handbook…

           The new Vermont Interlibrary Loan Handbook is available on the Dept. of Libraries web site under “Librarians’ Resources.”  At “Librarians’ Resources,” choose “DOL publications – other.”  The web address is http://www.libraries.vermont.gov/libraries/ill/tp.htm.   The new publication mentions a list of Vermont college libraries email addresses, but states that the list is only available in its print version.  For a copy of the list of Vermont college email addresses, contact Marj Zunder, mailto: marj.zunder@dol.state.vt.us.

New book lender list…

           The list of Vermont public libraries willing to lend their new books in included in the revised Vermont Interlibrary Loan Handbook mentioned above.  The web address for the list is http://www.libraries.vermont.gov/libraries/ILL/list.htm#lis.

Disaster planning…

The damage to libraries during the hurricanes has inspired librarians to rethink their disaster planning.   For a guide to disaster planning, see the New England Document Conservation Center technical leaflet at http://www.nedcc.org/plam3/tleaf33.htm.   The Department of Libraries will also be sponsoring a workshop on the subject on Friday, July 7, in Randolph.  See “Coming Events” for further details.


NEW ONLINE DDC TOOLS AVAILABLE

For those struggling to find Dewey Decimal classification numbers, the task is now easier with several new online tools including conversion tables (Library of Congress classification to Dewey) and the Dewey Browser.   Traditional tools as well as new state of the art tools described are found on the "Cataloging and Classification Tips: Hints and Shortcuts" web page http://www.libraries.vermont.gov/www/html/tsu/catalogingshortcuts.htm    

Several quick and effective ways to find good Dewey Decimal or Library of Congress classification are as follows:

--Lorraine Lanius, Head
Technical Services Unit


  AVAILABLE…

Resources…

              …Statistics of Vermont Public Libraries covering 2004-05, with entire spreadsheet available in Excel format and spreadsheets broken down by population available as .pdf files -   at the Department of Libraries website – http://www.libraries.vermont.gov/libraries/stats/plstats.html,   Custom reports are also available from Marianne Kotch, 828-2320, email marianne.kotch@dol.state.vt.us.

              …A free online calendar of art exhibits, readings, and cultural events awaits your library listings at www.VermontArtsCalendar.org .  This statewide database is a project of the Vermont Arts Council and the Vermont Dept. of Tourism & Marketing.  

              …Timeline for USA PATRIOT Act reauthorization, offering details of efforts to amend portions relating to libraries, by Vermont ALA Councilor Trina Magi – at the Vermont Library Association’s website – http://www.vermontlibraries.org under “publications.”

           …The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Document Center has more than 7,400 documents related to the historic law at http://www.adaportal.org.   There are also links to a variety of related resources.

              …Online discussion forum for librarians with questions about copyright – http://www.librarycopyright.net - 48 hour turnaround response time, bibliography, and FAQs.

              …New edition of an internet blocking software study, comparing various filtering software available, and making recommendations about their use - http://www.fepproject.org/policyreports/filters2.pdf.

              …A brochure with updated information on the USA PATRIOT Act from the Colorado Association of Libraries which welcomes other libraries to reproduce it for patrons -  http://www.cal-webs.org/brochure_patriot_act.pdf.

              …Susan Clark, author with Frank Bryan of All Those In Favor, a book about Vermont town meeting, is still available to present programs on the topic of “Rediscovering the Secrets of Town Meeting and Community.”  Contact her at 223-5824 or email sclark@sover.ne t.

              Life in Lamoille County: A Lamoille County History Video.  During the Fall 2005 semester, students from Senator/Professor Bill Doyle's Vermont History and Government class worked with producer Vince Franke to bring history alive with this production, interviewing elders in Lamoille County, using their words and photographs to bring the history of the county to life.  Available in VHS or DVD format from the Johnson State College Bookstore, 635-2503 or email:  jsc@bkstr.com.  Price:  $15.00.

Continuing Education…

              …A wide variety of free, online courses are available through WebJunction ( http://vt.webjunction.org ) - learn to create a website, use Microsoft© Excel, and much more – sign up for free and explore online discussion groups, too.

              …Self-paced, introductory online course on the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and its legal requirements, basic principles, and core concepts – free at http://www.adabasics.org.

Vermont Directory of Foundations, 2006 Edition - all updated, many new listings, with notes and guidance from the foundations themselves - $50 includes postage and handling from CPG Enterprises, Inc., PO Box 199, Shaftsbury,  VT  05262.    D ownload an order form at www.cpgfundraising.com , and send it with your check or simply send a check with your name, organization name and address on a separate sheet. 

Websites to Explore…

           …Compare your library’s statistics with those in the entire country, in New England, in selected states, or by population or other variable at http://nces.ed.gov/surveys/libraries/compare/index.asp?LibraryType=Public.

              Unshelved:   The Library Comic Strip is available daily at http://www.overduemedia.com and you can subscribe to a daily, free chuckle via email.

              …Free interactive website development for libraries with budgets under $1 million are available at http://www.EngagedPatron.org .   Interactive services such as blogs, RSS feeds, etc.  are hosted at the EngagedPatron website run by a librarian who is currently working on a readers’ advisory tool for online book discussions.

              …America’s Bookshelf is an online book club designed for sharing titles.  For $3.50 a book and a $12 annual fee, members can list books they would like to loan and then borrow books from the list at http://americasbookshelf.com.


*COMING EVENTS*

Tues., June 20, 2006, 10:30 am – Vermont Board of Libraries meeting, Hartland Public Library, 153 Rte. 5, Hartland.  Contact:  Sybil Brigham McShane, 828-3265.

Tues., June 20, 9:30 am – Movie License miniworkshop, Fletcher Memorial Library, Ludlow.  Repeats Tues., July 11, 9:30 am, Midstate Regional Library, Berlin.  Contact:  Amy Howlett, 463-0142, amy.howlett@dol.state.vt.us.

Thurs., June 22, 9:30 am – Filing without tears workshop, Northeast Regional Library, St. Johnsbury.  Repeats Thurs., June 29, 9:30 am, Gilbert Hart Library, Wallingford.  Contact:   Mara Siegel, 828-3261, mara.siegel@dol.state.vt.us.  

Thurs., June 22-Wed., June 28 – American Library Assn. annual conference, New Orleans.  For program information and registration information contact http://www.ala.org.

Tues., July 4, 2005 – State holiday – Department of Libraries central office and regional libraries closed.

Thurs., July 6, 9:30 am – Grantwriting workshop, Sherburne Memorial Library, Killington.  Continues Thurs., July 20.  Contact:  Mara Siegel, 828-3261, mara.siegel@dol.state.vt.us.

Fri., July 7, 9:30 am – Emergency preparedness workshop, Vermont Technical College, Randolph Center.  Contact:  Mara Siegel, 828-3261, mara.siegel@dol.state.vt.us.

Thurs., July 13, 9:30 am – Young adult services workshop, Aldrich Public Library, Barre.  Contact:  Mara Siegel, 828-3261, mara.siegel@dol.state.vt.us.

Fri., July 14, 9:30 am – Legal reference workshop, Vermont Technical College, Randolph Center.  Contact:  Mara Siegel, 828-3261, mara.siegel@dol.state.vt.us.  

Fri., July 14, 9:30 am – Vermont Library Association board meeting and retreat, Sherburne Memorial Library, Killington.  Contact:  Lisa Von Kann, 748-8291, lvkann@stjathenaeum.org.

Fri., July 28, 9:30 am – First Amendment workshop, Brown Public Library, Northfield.  Contact:  Mara Siegel, 828-3261, mara.siegel@dol.state.vt.us.  

Sun., July 30-Fri., Aug. 4 – Children’s Literature New England, St. Michael’s College, Colchester.  Contact:  Martha Walke, 765-4935.

Mon, Aug. 1, 9:30 am – Copyright workshop, Northeast Regional Library, St. Johnsbury.  Contact:  Mara Siegel, 828-3261, mara.siegel@dol.state.vt.us.  

Tues., Aug. 15, 10:30 am – Vermont Board of Libraries meeting, Midstate Regional Library, Berlin.  Contact:  Sybil Brigham McShane, 828-3265.

Tues., Aug. 16 - State holiday – Department of Libraries central office and regional libraries closed.

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

Thurs., Sept. 7, 9:30 am – Collection development workshop, Midstate Regional Library, Berlin.   Continues Fri., Sept. 8 and Mon.-Wed., Sept. 11-13.  Repeats Wed., Sept. 20-22, 25-26, Hartland Public Library.   Contact:  Mara Siegel, 828-3261, mara.siegel@dol.state.vt.us.   

Thurs., Sept. 28 – Storytelling workshop, Norwich Public Library.  Contact:  Mara Siegel, 828-3261, mara.siegel@dol.state.vt.us.

NOTE:   Miniworkshops are available on demand, either in your library or at a central location in your area, for librarians, trustees and library staff members.  For details, please contact your regional consultant. 


YOUTH SERVICES NEWS
by Grace W. Greene, Children's Services Consultant
828-6954; grace.greene@dol.state.vt.us


Vermont Joins National Consortium for Summer Reading Programs…

The Department of Libraries has recently joined the Collaborative Summer Library Program, http://www.cslpreads.org/, a growing group of states that plan and create summer reading materials together. Grace Greene and Hannah Peacock, the CAYAL president, attended the annual meeting in Princeton, NJ, in April to learn about the program and help make decisions about future programs. This program will make planning and implementation much easier for Vermont librarians, because:

The Department of Libraries will continue to pay for basic materials (reading records, posters, bookmarks), but libraries will have the option to buy other materials such as banners, buttons and theme-related incentives. Because of the huge buying power of this collaborative, materials are at rock-bottom prices, which will help stretch your summer dollar.

In the fall I will send out more information about how the whole program will work in Vermont. Next summer’s theme is mystery with the slogan, “Get a Clue at Your Library” and the theme for 2008 is bugs. CSLP creates separate artwork and manuals for children and young adults, so we will continue to promote summer programs for all ages.

Teen Summer Program…

For the second year Vermont has created a young adult summer reading program, this one called “Library Quest.” Many teens love fantasy - both books and role playing games - so this should be a popular topic. We have secured three great prizes this summer:  two iPods, one donated by Small Dog Electronics in Waitsfield and one donated by the Upstream Group in Charlotte. In addition, there is a one-week cartooning course from the Center for Cartoon Studies in White River Junction to be held in June, 2007. Check your young adult summer manual for further details about how to win the prizes and how to get kids involved.

Green Mountain Book Award…

High school students across Vermont selected The First Part Last by Angela Johnson as the winner of the first GMBA award.  Johnson will receive a Vermont-themed ceramic plate created by artist Katherine Washburn from Waterbury.   High school and public librarians expressed enthusiasm about the program, saying that the books were out constantly and that they heard teens excitedly discussing the titles. Some teachers used the books in the classroom, and both school and public libraries had book discussions with the GMBA titles. A great start for the new program!

Summer is a great time to get kids reading the books on the new GMBA list.  Purchase as many titles as you can, and borrow others from your Regional Library. We have purchased at least 20 copies of each title to make it easier for people to have access to them. You may request multiple copies for a particular month by contacting the Midstate Regional Library at 828-2320. The Northeast Regional Library has sets of the entire list. Contact them at 748-3428.  For the list, visit: http://www.libraries.vermont.gov/libraries/gmba/gmba.htm.   If you haven't yet gotten bookmarks, posters and handbooks, please request them from grace.greene@dol.state.vt.us.

Dorothy Canfield Fisher Award News…
…2006 winner

  Mary Downing Hahn won the Dorothy Canfield Fisher Award for the third time (the others were for Wait Till Helen Comes in 1988 and Time for Andrew in 1996) for The Old Willis Place (Clarion, 2004). She came to a ceremony in her honor on May 25 at Vermont Technical College. Approximately 500 children, teachers and librarians attended. In addition to the presentation of the award and Hahn’s speech, there was a skit based on The Old Willis Place performed by students from the Sherburne Elementary School in Killington under the direction of librarian Eileen Vaughn.

A total of 4,600 children in grades 4-8 voted for this year’s award. The top 10 books this year are:
 

Hahn, Mary Downing

The Old Willis Place

Barry, Dave & Pearson, R.

Peter and the Starcatchers

Creech, Sharon

Heartbeat

Choldenko, Gennifer

Al Capone Does My Shirts

Kadohata, Cynthia.

Kira-Kira

Philbrick, Rodman

The Young Man and the Sea

Van Leeuwen, Jean

Cabin on Trouble Creek

Grover, Lorie Ann.

On Pointe

Morris, Gerald

The Princess, the Crone, and the Dung-Cart Knight

Pinkwater, Daniel

Looking for Bobowicz

…New posters and award medals

There are brand new bright blue and purple posters made with the new DCF logo and gold stickers to affix to the jackets of the winning books. If you would like some of these, please request them from Jenn Weed at 828-3261; cbec@dol.state.vt.us . There are no new bookmarks this year, but we will create ones with the nominees next year.

…2006 DCF Conference

The fourth annual DCF conference was held at Stoweflake in Stowe on May 4, 2006. There were more than175 public and school librarians, classroom teachers, reading teachers, professors of children’s literature and reading consultants in attendance. Jack Gantos, the keynote speaker, was incredible-both very funny and full of very helpful advice about teaching writing. Workshops ranged from how to read a graphic novel, to an overview of the new DCF list, to art and creative dramatics with DCF books. Miriam Benson, a reading specialist from Derby, ended the conference with a thoughtful talk on her reading life.

The conference committee included  Denise Dalmasse, U32, East Montpelier; Joanna Rudge Long, formerly of the DCF Committee; Thom McAllister, Moretown Elementary School; Merlyn Miller, Burr and Burton Academy; Leda Schubert, DCF Committee; Suzy Shedd, Groton Public Library; Patty Thomas, Derby Elementary School;  Sandy Zelazo, St. Albans Town Educational Center; and Grace Greene, Dept. of Libraries. 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.

Save the date!  The fifth annual conference is planned for Friday, May 4, 2007, at the Lake Morey Resort in Fairlee. Newbery medalist Karen Hesse will be the keynote speaker.

Red Clover Award…
…Winner

Vermont’s picture book award, the Red Clover Award, was won this year by Mo Willems for Knuffle Bunny (Hyperion, 2004), a funny and touching book about a toddler who leaves her stuffed animal at the Laundromat and then cannot communicate her loss. A total of 29,247 children in grades K-4 voted for this year’s award-the largest number ever!  The tally is as follows:

1 - Knuffle Bunny

12,175

2 - Impudent Rooster

5,181

3 – Kitten’s First Full Moon

4,461

4 – Actual Size

2,964

5 – If Not for the Cat

1,225

6 – Miss Bridie Chose a Shovel

1,129

7 – The Red Book

703

8 – Mr. George Baker

576

9 – Going North

548

10 – Skin Again

285

Total Votes

29,247

…Conference
The Red Clover conference will be held at the Lake Morey Resort in Fairlee, Vermont on Wednesday, October 11, 2006. Both Natalie Kinsey-Warnock and Emily Arnold McCully, creators of Nora’s Ark, a book on the new list, will be speaking. The Vermont Center for the Book will send out registration materials at the beginning of the school year.

Materials Review Sessions…

If you select children’s and/or young adult books for your library, plan to attend our Materials Review sessions to learn about the best of the new titles for young people, birth through high school. You will hear reviews and examine books to decide which are best for your library. We begin with a live session in Northfield, and then do one more live presentation, this fall 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 and the reviews 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 consultant will be at each of the three videotape locations to facilitate the program.  Theschedule is as follows:
 

All programs begin at 9:00 a.m.  There is a formal part to the program and then time to examine the books. Can’t attend any of these sessions? Ask to borrow a videotape or DVD and watch in the comfort of your own home!

GET ACTIVE @ your library® during Teen Read Week 2006…

What is Teen Read Week? It's programming and reading and ways to increase adolescent literacy all rolled up into a weeklong celebration. 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 15-21, 2006. You can join hundreds of other libraries, schools and bookstores that are encouraging teens to celebrate this year's theme, "GET ACTIVE @ your library®."  The “get active” theme encourages teens to use the resources at their library to lead an active life.

Teen Read Week is also a perfect time to highlight Vermont’s high school award, the Green Mountain Book Award. Two of the titles definitely fit the “active” lifestyle criterion. Swimming to Antarctica by Lynne Cox is about a long distance swimmer, and Between a Rock and a Hard Place by Aron Ralston is about a rock climber.  There are many ways for teens and their librarians to GET ACTIVE @ your library®, and ALA has posted ideas on dance, yoga, open mic night and many more at: http://www.ala.org/ala/yalsa/teenreading/trw/trw2006/programs.htm.   Teen Read Week is a national adolescent literacy initiative of the Young Adult Library Services Association, a division of the American Library Association. For further information, see the YALSA site: www.ala.org/teenread.

 


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