New Graded Booklists

My fabulous advisory committee (Cheryl Cox, Kathy Dulac, Amy McMullen, Hannah Peacock, Julie Pickett, Chris Poggi and Nancy Rumery) have updated the graded booklists we have on our website, from Kindergarten through Young Adult. Print them out, and hand them out to your patrons to make their selections just a bit easier.

They are on this page under “Graded booklists.”


Vermont Early Literacy Initiative Newsletter

The third edition of the quarterly VELI newsletter is now up on our website:

Edited by VLA Vice President Debbi Gadwah-Lambert, the director of the Alice Ward library in Canaan,  the newsletter is chock full of ideas for early literacy storytimes, new information on brain development, resources to help you with your early literacy programs and more. This time there are contributions from Beth Reynolds of Norwich, Erna Deutsch of Essex Junction and Jill Coffrin of Williston.

The Draw of Darkness in Young Adult Fiction

Check out today’s Vermont Edition program (VPR) that will be repeated again this evening at 7 p.m. Podcast available at:

Today’s topic is “The Draw of Darkness in Young Adult Fiction” and Grace Greene (DOL’s Youth Services Consultant), Janet Ketterer (Mark Skinner Library, Manchester), and Uma Krishnaswami, author and teacher at the Montpelier’s College of Fine Arts, did an outstanding job. Lots of interest via phone calls and web postings at VPR.

DCF & Red Clover Winners Have Been Chosen

Drum roll , please…

The 2012 Dorothy Canfield Fisher Award has been won by Raina Telgemeier for Smile! It is too soon to know about the ceremony, but I will certainly keep you informed.

Born Yesterday written by James Solheim and illustrated by Simon James has won the 2012 Red Clover Award.


Spring Children’s & Young Adult Materials Review Sessions – Through 4/17

Spring materials review sessions (oral reviews of children’s and young adult books) are coming up soon, beginning in Northfield on Wednesday, March 28. Here is the schedule:

Wednesday, March 28 – Brown Public Library, Northfield LIVE!
Thursday, March 29  –  St. Johnsbury Athenaeum LIVE!
Monday, April 9 – Milton Public Library
Tuesday, April 17 – Fletcher Memorial Library, Ludlow

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Center for Cartoon Studies Scholarship for a Teen Cartoonist

For the fourth year in a row, the Center for Cartoon Studies in White River Junction has donated a full scholarship to the Department of Libraries so a Vermont teen can attend their one week workshop, “Create Comics,” this summer. This full scholarship, worth $900, includes the workshop, supplies, morning and afternoon snacks, lunch and evening student activities. Lodging is not included, but there is a very inexpensive hostel option at the nearby Hotel Coolidge. Any Vermont student age 16 or older (must be 16 years old by June 1, 2012) is eligible. The workshop will take place in White River Junction, VT July 16-20, 2012.

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