Book Mending Basics

Sign up for the free Book Mending course August 11 from 10 AM to 12 Noon at the Quechee Library. Ellen Allman discusses when to mend and when to discard or send to a professional. Bring books which need repairing and, if you have them, basic book mending materials for discussion. Sign up at Book Mending or use  the Continuing Education Calendar on the DOL website,

Amy Howlett

VT Department of Libraries

NHLA Annual Conference May 13-14

The New Hampshire Library Association welcomes librarians from libraries of all types and sizes in New Hampshire and surrounding areas to the 2010 Annual Spring Conference on May 13th and 14th in Bartlett, NH at the Attitash Grand Summit Hotel and Conference Center.

Each day offers attendees a variety of programs, such as children’s literature, new techologies, information literacy, and legal resources. See the Program pages for a complete listing. Attendees are also invited to join various interest, group, and committee roundtables for networking and discussion with like minded librarians and information professionals.

The Vermont Arts Council announces the FY2011 Grant Deadlines and Grantseeker Workshops

Know WHEN to apply:

Artists: Creation Grants deadline: May 3, 2010
Organizations and Schools: Arts Learning Grants deadline: June 1, 2010
Community Orgs: Community Arts Grants deadline: June 1, 2010

Learn HOW to apply:

The Arts Council has scheduled two workshops to provide information to artists, educators and organizations seeking Arts Council grant funding. The sessions are free of charge and include information on available grants, the application process, and other Council programs.

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New Listserv for Vermont Library Staff

The Vermont Department of Libraries is starting a new listserv for library staff from Vermont libraries. LIBSTAFF supplements other DOL listservs available:

VTYAC            communication for youth service staff in Vermont
LibTrust          communication for public library trustees

Any message sent to LIBSTAFF will automatically be distributed to the entire group.

Want to stay up to date on DOL workshops?
Need access to the newsletter?
Curious about how other library staff do things?

LIBSTAFF is the answer.

To subscribe to LIBSTAFF, send a message with the email account to with the following in the body: subscribe LibStaff FirstName LastName.  The Department of Libraries will send full instructions for using the listserv to the email you use.

Contact with any questions.

Amy Howlett
VT Department of Libraries

VT-French Canadian Genealogical Society Classes

All classes are held at our library Saturdays 10:30 am until noon and are open to the public.

Using Ancestry.Ca – Tom Devarney – Feb 13 
Native Americans – To be announced – Feb 27
Organizing your Genealogy – Sheila Morris – Mar 27
Brick Wall advice – Staff – Apr 10
Civil War Ancestors – Scott Towers – Apr 24 (French-Canadians)
All classes subject to change.  $5 donation appreciated.

Questions? –  Please visit our website Http://, email, or messages can be left at 802-846-7897.
Directions:  Heading east  on Rte. 15 take the  Barnes Ave. entrance to Fort Ethan Allen, turn right on Hegeman Ave. Turn into 3rd driveway on right  (opposite VT State Police Sign) to the Dupont Building.

GoodSearch/GoodShop for Generating Funds

From a post by Teresa F. on the VLA Listserv:

Non-profits across the country are getting donations from web searches made through GoodSearch (a Yahoo search engine)and online purchases made through GoodShop (which connects to regular online retailers). The trick is getting your patrons to go through the GoodSearch/GoodShop sites to search or shop.

A number of Vermont organizations are already listed as beneficiaries. If your organization does not care to be listed, perhaps your own searches and purchases could benefit the charity of your choice. Go to for more information, including coverage of the service by national media, lists of nonprofits currently enrolled, FAQs, etc. The donation check comes just once a year in December, for activity from the previous October through September.

If it were me, I’d change the library default browser to this browser and explain to patrons why to use it…it may even carry over into their home searching.