Flyer for Legislative Day — Please Post!

In order to help alert patrons, trustees, friends, and librarians to the Legislative Day for Vermont’s Public Libraries event on January 18th, the VLA Advocacy Committee is asking that everyone please post this flyer in their libraries. If possible, we would love to see them go up in communities outside the library as well. Of course, feel free to encourage your community in other ways as well!

Library Legislative Day Flyer – 98K PDF

If you have any difficulty opening this file, please let me know and I can try to get it to you another way. Thank you so much for your help and see you on the 18th!

Helen Linda

State Librarian Position Input

The VLA and VSLA are hosting three meetings for library staff from all types of Vermont libraries. The purpose of these meetings is to provide input for the State Librarian position search committee. What do we need, hope for or expect from the State Library Leader position?

The first meeting was held at Middlebury College on January 4th, with David Brown, chair of the search committee, and twelve public and academic librarians.

The second meeting will be Thursday, January 17, 10:00 A.M. to noon at Brattleboro’s Brooks Library. All librarians and library board members are invited.

The third meeting will be held at St. Johnsbury Academy on Friday, February 8 (snow date February 15) in the Grace Orcutt Library on the Academy’s grounds at 10:30 A.M. A complimentary box lunch is offered to all who are attending – just let us know if you would like one. I have provided the link to the Academy web site to point you to directions to parking that is behind the gym.

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Book Discussion: Creating the Customer Driven Library

Ever hear about a newer service model, but don’t know much about it? Want to make some changes in service at your library, but not sure how to do it? Need some other librarians to bounce around new customer service ideas with?

Join other librarians for a discussion of “Creating the Customer Driven Library: Building on the Bookstore Model” by Jeannette Woodward at Mid-State Regional Library on March 10 from 9:30-11 a.m. Coffee will be available at 9 a.m.

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Legislative Day for Vermont’s Public Libraries

Legislative Day for Vermont’s Public Libraries
Friday January 18, 2008, 8:30 am – 11:30 am
Statehouse in Montpelier

Come to the Statehouse on January 18th for an important kick-off to our state funding initiative! We will meet in the Card Room, on the second floor. (The Card “Room” is really the hallway before you enter the cafeteria.)

Arrange to meet with your lawmakers and ask them to support state funding for public libraries and the statute that enhances library patron confidentiality. The best way to do this is to contact your lawmakers in advance and set up a time to meet them in the cafeteria. Read More

Next Generation Library Catalogs

Come and hear more about the “next generation” of library catalogs from some folks on the front lines.

This free program is sponsored by the Five College Library Directors, with support from Simmons College G.S.L.I.S. West.

Wednesday, November 7, 2007
1:00 – 4:00pm
University of Massachusetts, Amherst
Campus Center Auditorium

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Bringing Picture Books Alive

Bringing Picture Books Alive; Learn to use music and movement to enhance storytime! October 25, 2007, 9:30am – 3:00pm, Kellogg-Hubbard Library, 135 Main St., Montpelier, VT.

Peter and Mary Alice Amidon will share the many ways of enhancing story time with music, movement, and storytelling in this lively workshop aimed at librarians, teachers, and others that provide book-rich environments for children. For more information about the Amidons, visit their website at This is a rare opportunity to work with these amazing professionals in a hands-on, invigorating workshop.

Cost is $25.00 for VLA members and $35 for non-members. Lunch not included – brown bag your own or eat out in delicious downtown Montpelier!

Contact: Megan Allison,, 223-3794.

Reserve your spot by October 18th, please. Send contact information and a check made out to the Vermont Library Association to:

Megan Allison
PO Box 565
Moretown, VT 05660

VLA Partners with Ken Burns WWII Project

Ken Burns’ epic new series The War is accompanied by an unprecedented national community engagement campaign to collect and preserve the stories of WWII veterans and their families.  VLA has become a partner in this initiative, which involves Read More