Leonard Marcus Lecture in Rhode Island

This seems like an interesting event for some adventurous children’s librarians to attend. And if not, the book sounds great:

In conjunction with the current exhibition Building Books: The Art of David Macaulay (description below), we invite you and your colleagues to this lecture Wednesday, January 21, 7pm:

Leonard Marcus Lecture

Noted writer, critic, and historian of children’s literature, Leonard Marcus, on his Minders of Make Believe: Idealists, Entrepreneurs, and the Shaping of American Children’s Literature (2008), the first-ever history of children’s book publishing from colonial times to Harry Potter; co-presented with the Providence Athenaeum. More about Mr. Marcus: http://www.leonardmarcus.com/.

Free and open to the public!

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WebWise Conference on Libraries and Museums in the Digital World

MLS and The Wolfsonian-Florida International University Announce Registration for 2009 WebWise Conference

Washington, DC-The Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) and The Wolfsonian-Florida International University (The Wolfsonian-FIU) announce open registration for the 2009 WebWise Conference on Libraries and Museums in the Digital World. The free conference takes place February 26-27, 2009, at the Hyatt Regency on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., with a pre-conference workshop on February 25. For information on the conference and related events, please go to:  http://webwise2009.fcla.edu.

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Vermont Library Conference Web Site is Up!

Our Vermont Library Conference web site was just posted, thanks to Jessica Allard and Larraby Fellows…Hurrah! Check it out:


We will be adding to the site regularly so come often and invite your friends and co-workers to also check it out.

Send any additions or corrections to Jessica Allard, Larraby Fellows or me.

Barbara Doyle-Wilch

The Big Read–Fahrenheit 451

The Vermont Arts Council is again participating in the project of the National Endowment of the Arts called The Big Read. The book chosen for 2009 is Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury, a searing indictment of censorship. The Council will provide schools and libraries with ten copies of Fahrenheit 451 plus teacher’s guides, audio guides, and a supply of reader’s guides. (If you want to order more copies of the book, the Arts Council has a very affordable source.)

Each school or library can determine how to best use this opportunity and resources. Since the project spans January-May 2009, the book can be integrated into your programming anytime this winter.

For more information, or to sign up see: http://vermontartscouncil.org/Community/TheBigRead/tabid/702/Default.aspx

A tip: the email on the site for the contact person, Lindy Harty, has a period at the end which you have to remove to make the email work.

Theresa Faust adds that the Vermont Department of Libraries has Fahrenheit 451 in both large print and talking book formats!

Jessamyn West adds: “New Hampshire read this book last year. So anyone needing extra copies of the book can go ask a NH library. They made a little blog for the project http://bigreadnh.blogspot.com/

Also Debra Edmands tell me that for either $5 or $10 plus shipping, a library may rent 15 copies of this book for a 2 month period from Talking About Books. See www.talkingaboutbooks.com for more info.

Grace Worcester Greene
Children’s Services Consultant
Vermont Department of Libraries
109 State Street
Montpelier, VT 05609
Fax: 802-828-1481

Boston Fundraising Summit

The Center for Nonprofit Success is pleased to invite you to the Fundraising Summit taking place in Boston, MA on December 9-10, 2008. The Boston Summit features a panel of grantmakers and experienced fundraisers in each of the breakout sessions. The
sessions will explore creative ways to raise money from grants, sponsorships, individual gifts, as well as other funding sources. For charities that are looking for new funding sources, the event is not to be missed.

Please feel free to forward this invitation to fundraisers who may be interested in attending.

Sincerely, Ivor Heyman

Executive Director
Center for Nonprofit Success

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Traveling Doll and Book Exhibit Available to Borrow

Please know that there is a traveling doll and book exhibit available to borrow for free beginning March 2009. This is particularly great for public and school libraries.

It is free to borrow and is sponsored by Region 15 of the United Federation of Doll Clubs (an international non-profit educational organization). Region 15 consists of Massachusetts, Vermont, Maine and New Hampshire. Items in the collection consist of cloth dolls, plush animals and children’s books. Characters from the books are represented by the dolls and animals in the exhibit. It was started in 1999 and has made many stops  in the New England area.

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3M/NMRT Professional Development Grant for ALA Annual Conference

Deadline: December 15, 2008

Members of ALA’s New Members Round Table (NMRT) can apply to receive a grant, sponsored by 3M Library Systems, which will cover expenses to attend the ALA Annual Conference, July 9-15, 2009, in Chicago, IL.

Want to read about the ALA experiences of last year’s winners? Take a look at the August 2008 issue of Footnotes at http://www.ala.org/ala/mgrps/rts/nmrt/news/footnotes/august2008/index.cfm. You will see how professionally rewarding attending an ALA conference can be.

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Shirley Olofson Memorial Award for ALA Annual Conference

Are you looking for funds to help pay for your trip to  ALA Annual 2009 in Chicago? Apply by December 15, 2008 for the Shirley Olofson Memorial Award and you may receive a $1000 check to help defray the cost of attendance!

Applicants must:
1. Be a member of ALA and NMRT
2. Be active in the library profession
3. Show promise or activity in the area of professional development
4. Have valid financial need
5. Have attended no more than five ALA annual conferences

To apply, please visit:

Jane Austen Society Vermont Birthday Tea

Hi all,

I append the information on the JASNA-Vermont Birthday Tea, December 7, 2008, 2-5, at the Champlain College Hauke Conference Center. This is in plain text, no graphics. If anyone would like the flyer in a pdf file or a plain word document for displaying in your library (which we would very much appreciate!), please email me privately and I will forward the attachments to you directly.

If any of you will be in the Burlington area that weekend, we would love to have some of you (and your patrons!) join us … there will be a English Country Dancing with live music, an English Afternoon Tea and as always, good conversation! Regency dress encouraged (not required), dancing strongly encouraged!

If questions, or to RSVP, please contact me at bygone.books@verizon.net or 802-864-0517

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Supporting innovation and investment in the nation’s libraries – Lifelong Access Libraries Leadership Institute

Supporting innovation and investment in the nation’s libraries – Lifelong Access Libraries Leadership Institute
December 1-2, 2008
Newton Free Library, Newton, Massachusetts
Library Services for 50+ Adults are Focus of New England Institute
New York – October 26, 2008

Specialists in the fields of aging, work, intergenerational programming and healthy aging will join Lifelong Access Fellows at a special Institute for New England’s library leaders to be held December 1-2 in Newton, Massachusetts.

Libraries for the Future (http://www.lff.org), a national non-profit dedicated to supporting innovation and investment in public libraries, has announced the following confirmed speakers:

  • Mary Catherine Bateson, Anthropologist and Author
  • Robert Tietze, Director, Philadelphia Experience Corps
  • Diantha Dow Schull, Former Director, Libraries for the Future

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