Katherine Paterson Day

In conjunction with the Vermont Humanities Council 2010 Vermont Reads program, Barre’s Aldrich Public Library will host “Katherine Paterson Day” on Saturday, May 15 from 1 – 4 pm. The day will feature:

  • Book discussions for adults and kids
  • Dramatic Readings from Paterson’s “The Day of the Pelican” — in which an Albanian family must flee Kosovo to find refuge in Macedonia, then a home in Vermont.
  • Dance performance by the Bosnian Lilies
  • Film presentation “A Parallel World” by Essex filmmaker Mira Niagolova about life in a refugee camp on the Kosovo-Macedonian border
    Family craft activities: bookmarks, buttons, mini-books, balloons!
  • Remarks by Katherine Paterson, Senator Patrick Leahy, Vt Humanities Council Director Peter Gilbert and Mayor Thom Lauzon.
  • Refreshments
  • Free admission

Information: www.aldrich.lib.vt.us or 476-7550

C&SL event: Instruction Update

Announcing an event sponsored by VLA’s College & Special Libraries Section:

Instruction Update

(printable announcement)

Friday, June 4th, 10:00-3:00
(Coffee, etc., 9:30-10:00)
Castleton State College, Castleton, Vermont

  • An opportunity to gather with fellow Vermont instruction librarians and share our experiences with new tools, developments and trends
  • Featuring brief presentations on developments in instruction at various academic libraries, and time for discussion and questions
  • An opportunity to reflect on the academic year behind us, and consider some new ideas for the future

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The first-ever Choose Privacy Week May 2-8, 2010.

I am very excited to announce the first ever “Choose Privacy Week” to be held May 2-8, 2010.   Choose Privacy Week is a new initiative started American Library Association Intellectual Freedom Committee (ALAIFC) and Office for Intellectual Freedom (OIF) to spark a national conversation about privacy.    Libraries are the natural centers for learning and talking about information issues so  they are the perfect place to invite users join the conversation about privacy rights a digital age.

ALA has developed a variety of resources to help libraries reach out to their communities.    The campaign gives libraries the tools they need to educate and engage users, and gives citizens the resources to think critically and make more informed choices about their privacy.  I hope you take time to explore the website www.privacyrevolution.org to learn more about what your library can do to spark thought and discussion around privacy issues today.  Whether you are considering creating a display, sponsoring a contest, hosting a program or workshop, or moderating a community dialogue about privacy, there are tools that can help.  

Help us spread the word about the importance of choosing privacy.  

Gail Weymouth

VLAIFC, chair

IMLS Encourages Participation in America: The Story of Us Contests

The Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), together with HISTORYTM and the President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities, invites libraries and students across the United States to flex their creative muscles and share their passion for American history by participating in HISTORYTM’s America: The Story of Us contests.  For libraries, the contest entails creating a special exhibit or media project about American history that will strengthen their communities’ interest in American history.  Students are asked to create a short video based on any topic related to American history and are encouraged to use the resources of local libraries, historical societies, and archives for information on their own local history or on the American history topic that interests them most.

These contests are exciting opportunities to promote learning about American history and explore our nation’s diverse heritage. IMLS is delighted that HISTORYTM is reaching out to the nation’s libraries to encourage a community dialogue about America’s past.

For more information and to see the flyers about each contest go to http://www.history.com/shows/classroom/articles/classroom-whats-new. Look for the Library Outreach Contest and the Student Video Contest .

National Library Week, April 11-17 (on WCAX)

Ready to promote National Library Week?

Vermont librarians Lorrie Colburn (Fletcher Free Library) and Amy Howlett (VT Department of Libraries) will booktalk some favorites for all ages on Monday, April 12 on “Across the Fence,” WCAX, channel 3, after the noon news. Pull out their titles (bibliography at http://libraries.vermont.gov/libraries/misc ) or feature your own staff picks and public hot titles.

Amy Howlett

Vermont Department of Libraries

2010 Woman’s Day Magazine Library Contest

Libraries have until May 9 to promote Woman’s Day magazine’s newest initiative, “why the library is important to my community.” The American Library Association (ALA) and Woman’s Day are looking for stories that showcase the importance and value of libraries within the communities they serve.

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