Teen/Family Best Buy grants $5,000-$7,000

Through the Community Grants Program, each Best Buy territory across the United States annually selects non-profit organizations that apply for grants to support programs and services that provide opportunities for young teens related to education, life skills, leadership skills or relationship development. This year, Best Buy Children’s Foundation will give $1 million through the Community Grants Program.

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Position cuts at the Department of Libraries and Regional Library Closings

To: Vermont Library Community

I regretfully announce that, as a result of mandated budget and position cuts, the Department of Libraries is eliminating four positions: (1) full time clerk at Midstate Regional Library (previously announced); (2) full time clerk at the Special Services Unit/Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped; (3) full time clerk at the Northeast Regional Library; and (4) full time secretary position in the Law and Documents Division.

As a result of these cuts, I have made the decision to end services at the Regional Libraries as follows:

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Urgent Call to Action! Ask your Senators to Support Library Funding!

Please contact your Senators and ask them to sign the “Dear Colleague” letter being circulated by Senators Jack Reed (D-RI) and Olympia Snowe (R-ME) in support of funding for the Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) and the Improving Literacy Through School Libraries Program.

Take Action

The deadline to sign the letter is Tuesday May 5! LSTA and Improving Literacy Through School Libraries are two of the most important federal programs for libraries today. The letter will not be taken seriously, and it will appear as if Members of Congress do not care about libraries if we don’t have 60 signers on the letter. Programs that don’t have a vocal support network are in danger of being cut.

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“Tango” tops challenged books list for third consecutive year

The Office for Intellectual Freedom has released our list of the Top Ten Most Frequently Challenged Books of 2008. The list is available below and on the OIF website and you can find more information in the ALA press release about the 2008 list.

The children’s book, “And Tango Makes Three,” by Justin Richardson and Peter Parnell, remains at the top of the list for the third year in a row. “Tango” still faces frequent challenges for reasons that include religious viewpoint, homosexuality, and age appropriateness.

OIF received a total of 513 challenges in 2008, up from 420 total challenges in 2007. For every challenge reported to OIF, however, we estimate that there are 4 or 5 challenges that go unreported.

“Tango” tops challenged books list for third consecutive year

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Attention Poetry Lovers!

Just a reminder of the St. Johnsbury Athenaeum’s very special event in celebration of National Library Week. Poet Galway Kinnell will be reading from his work on Thursday, April 16th at 7:00 P.M. The reading will take place at South Congregational Church, Main Street, St. Johnsbury, a block from the Athenaeum. Reception and book signing will follow the reading at the Athenaeum. For more information call us at 802-748-8291.

In honor of the occasion, Elements, our wonderful local restaurant, will extend their hours of service until 9:30 P.M. to accommodate poetry lovers who would like to end their evening with a delicious meal. Call them for reservations at 748-8400.

Lisa von Kann, Library Director
St. Johnsbury Athenaeum
1171 Main Street
St. Johnsbury, VT 05819
(802) 748-8291, ext. 301

WCAX–Vermont libraries helping in hard times

In case you missed it when it aired (finally!) on WCAX last Tuesday night and Wednesday morning… We have the interview with a Williston library patron who used our library regularly after losing his job. Martha Reid and I are also interviewed. Go to our website www.williston.lib.vt.us , you’ll find it on the right side of the front page. It is also available at www.wcax.com under the video gallery, “More Vermonters Check Out Libraries.”

Marti Fiske
President, Public Libraries Section – VLA
Director, Dorothy Alling Memorial Library
21 Library Lane
Williston, VT 05495

Check Out the Parks Free!

State Parks and the Department of Libraries have created a free day pass for every public library in Vermont, granting free admission to Vermont state parks. Passes will be mailed to public libraries before opening day for the parks, which is May 25, 2009. Each library can set its own policies around circulation and use. For the full press release, http://governor.vermont.gov/tools/index.php?topic=GovPressReleases&id=3405&v=Article.

Amy Howlett
Vermont Department of Libraries

New England Carnegies Website

Hello from Central Massachusetts —

I’m pleased to announce that updates and additions have been made to the “New England Carnegies” web site at http://www.necarnegies.com.

The site was launched in 2006 in order to honor the 85 public library buildings that Andrew Carnegie funded in New England. A page for each library contains a brief history, an historic postcard image, and contemporary photos. Visitors can take a virtual tour that leads them across the six states.

Now the 10 academic Carnegie libraries of the region have been added as well. That list includes the former library building at Norwich University.

Also added are the texts of historic newspaper accounts of Andrew and Louise Carnegie’s visit to Worcester, Mass., in 1913. Andrew participated in laying the cornerstones for the three branch libraries that day.

The web site is maintained by Corinne H. Smith, cataloging and reference librarian at Anna Maria College, Paxton, Mass.; csmith@annamaria.edu.


Corinne H. Smith, cataloging & reference librarian
Mondor-Eagan Library
Anna Maria College
Paxton, Mass.