The Amelia Bloomer Project

Joy Worland, the director of the Joslin Memorial Library in Waitsfield, highly recommends The Amelia Bloomer Project, a project of the Feminist Task Force of the Social Responsibilities Round Table of the American Library Association. Founded in 2002, its mission is to select and recommend quality feminist books for ages birth to eighteen. The committee of seven public, school and academic librarians from all over the country recently met at the ALA Midwinter Conference to create this year’s list.

Joy has been following this project since she first heard of it when working on her MLS, so  was thrilled to get to participate this year, spending hours with smart, opinionated, passionate committee members evaluating over 100 books to create this year’s list of 68 books.

The list is a diverse compilation including a picture book about a girl sherpa, a graphic novel about a girl fencer with the potential to save the world, a zine of advice for teen girls, and many more works of fiction and non-fiction exploring and celebrating the stories of resilient and inspiring girls and women.

For more about the project and the complete 2011 list, go to

Check Out the Vermont Library Substitute Pool

In our rural state, many libraries are staffed by a single staff person, or by a very small staff. This can make it a challenge to accomplish large projects within a short time period, have an extended vacation, or take advantage of a professional development opportunity. Also, those librarians who work part-time sometimes would like to expand their experience, network and income with additional work within their profession.

The Vermont Library Association (VLA), Green Mountain Library Consortium (GMLC) and Vermont Consortium of Academic Libraries (VCAL) are excited to introduce the Vermont Library Substitute Pool!

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Teen Video Challenge

Hello, all you creative librarians: The Collaborative Summer Library Program and the Vermont Department of Libraries are co-sponsoring a teen video challenge to make a Public Service Announcement promoting reading, libraries and the 2011 summer program, “You are Here,” a theme designed to promote awareness of other cultures and places as well as individual differences. Please let your teens know about this opportunity. States all over the country will be participating in this CSLP challenge, and there will be a winning video for each state. That video will be used as one of the official teen PSAs for next summer. The creator of the video will win $250 from CSLP, and the public library with which he/she is affiliated, will get $100.

The entry form, rules, downloadable brochures and other information are all available here:

The teens can work by themselves or as part of a library program. This is a great opportunity to showcase some Vermont talent!

Deadline for completing the video and getting the forms to me is: March 4, 2011

Volunteers Needed for NELA Conference in Burlington 2011

The New England Library Association is holding its annual conference in Burlington in October 2011. The NELA conference committee is busy making preparations and need help from some Vermonters to assistant in designing programs and making connections with Vermont’s resources.

NELA is in need of about four Vermonters to join the conference committee for program planning. Any previous experience with conferences would be helpful, but not necessary. In particular they are looking for assistance with local contacts, help in learning about Vermont resources and advertising the conference to Vermont library workers. There will be a minimum of travel, the majority of the work will be done by email, etc. The expected dates and locations of meetings are as follows; January 14 in Leominster Massachusetts area, February 24 virtual on web, April 1 in Burlington Vermont and June 6 in Wilton New Hampshire.

For more information and to volunteer please contact Mary Ann List– NELA Conference Chair at , 603-766-1710 or Mary Ann Rupert –NELA Conference Manager at, 603-654-3533.

Vermont Library Conference – Save The Date!

The 117th Annual Vermont Library Conference will be held Tuesday, May 24, 2011 at St Michael’s College in Colchester, Vermont. This will be an exciting one day event so mark your calendars now and keep your eyes out for updates coming soon!

New Programs for Children Directory Available

The 2010 edition of Programs for Children, the performers manual for children that we put out every other year, is now available:

Anyone looking for an author to speak, a magician or storyteller to entertain, or a nature expert to teach (among many subjects), should check here for ideas.

We will also have a few hard copy editions available. If you need it in print form, we can send you a copy.


Grace Worcester Greene
Youth Services Consultant
Vermont Department of Libraries
109 State Street
Montpelier, VT 05609
Tel.: 802-828-6954
Fax: 802-828-1481

YALSA MAE Award press release

The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA), a division of the American Library Association (ALA), seeks members’ application for the MAE Award for Best Literature Program for Teens, sponsored by the Margaret A. Edwards Trust.  The winner receives $500 and an additional $500 for their library.  The award is open to all personal members of ALA/YALSA who have created an outstanding reading or literature program in the twelve months preceding the award deadline of December 1.

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ECHO Open Door Library Program Update

ECHO Lake Aquarium and Science Center will continue to offer the ECHO Library Pass program in 2011.  In January all Vermont libraries will receive information on the updated program, new passes, posters, etc.

The current Library ECHO passes, which have an expiration date of October 31, 2010, will continue to be valid and honored at the ECHO Front Desk through January 31, 2011.

If you have questions, please feel free to contact:

Emilie Mattesich
Membership Coordinator
ECHO Lake Aquarium and Science Center at the Leahy Center for Lake Champlain
1 College Street
Burlington, VT 05401
Tel: 802 864-1848 x 134

Katherine Paterson Talk October 7

Katherine Paterson, two-time winner of the National Book Award and the Newbery Medal, will give a talk titled “The Child Left Behind” on Thursday, October 7 at 7:30 at McCarthy Arts Center at Saint Michael’s College. The presentation is free, open to the public, and accessible to people with disabilities.

Paterson was recently named “National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature” by the Center for the Book in the Library of Congress, and her latest work, The Day of the Pelican, is this year’s selection as the Vermont Humanities Council Vermont Reads program.

The event is hosted by Saint Michael’s College and sponsored by the Vermont Humanities Council in honor of her latest work, The Day of the Pelican.

National Novel Writing Month & Libraries

As an annual participant in National Novel Writing Month (Nanowrimo) each November I am always interested in finding new place to suggest/hold write-ins, and surprised to find out how many libraries have never even heard of it!

I learned today that the Nanowrimo offices have developed resources for libraries who want to get involved in Nanowrimo. There’s even some free stuff, I hear:

Come Write In: Libraries
Nanowrimo Library Outreach Guide

I hope some of you will consider welcoming the Wrimos into your libraries. There are many parts of the state where folks are isolated and don’t know where to go to meet up with people. If you choose to do something for Nanowrimo, please let me know so that I can share it on our community forums. And, of course, if you have any questions at all, please feel free to let me know!


Helen Linda
Library Systems & Technical Services Librarian
Eliot D. Pratt Library
Goddard College