New Listerv for Librarians Who Work with Children and Young Adults!!

Hello, all:

Vermont now has a listserv especially for librarians who work with children and teens! We are calling it VTYAC to keep in line with PUBYAC, a long standing listserv for children’s and young adult librarians. This list will be a great way for us to communicate about programming, policies, issues, room set-up, stumpers, book selection, in fact anything that you want that has to do with youth services.

How do you join? Ask me to add you to the list! Just reply to this email, and you will be magically added!

Hope to hear from you soon.

Grace Worcester Greene
Children’s Services Consultant
Vermont Department of Libraries
109 State Street
Montpelier, VT 05609
Fax: 802-828-1481

Green Mountain Book Award: voting for this year and new list for next

Hello, all: The Green Mountain Book Award committee, under the able leadership of Hannah Peacock, Chair, has announced the new masterlist for the 2009-2010 school year. You can find it here: You will find a good variety of books for students in grades 9-12, both young adult and adult books. As always, the books are all available in paperback. DOL will again have multiple copies for you to borrow by the summer.

Also, start thinking about getting your votes in for this year’s list. The voting deadline is May 1. The forms (for both students and teachers) are on the website above.

Grace Worcester Greene
Children’s Services Consultant
Vermont Department of Libraries
109 State Street
Montpelier, VT 05609
Fax: 802-828-1481

Time to Vote for 2009 DCF Winners!

Hello, all: Now is the time to rally your kids and vote for the 2009 DCF winner. Steve Madden, our webmaster and outgoing chair, has readied both the online and downloadable voting forms on the website: Please use the online form unless you have some pressing reason not to.

Deadline for voting is April 17, 2009. We are NOT doing a mailing this year because of budget issues, so you will not be getting a printed form in the mail.

Have fun!


New Primary-Source Database for Schools and Libraries

A new primary-source database, with on-site search, is now available for schools, libraries, educators and students. Its features include 15,000 images plus documents, narrations, video/audio clips and organized slide shows. Incorporated into the text are also secondary sources, such as links to Google Books.

Group access to the site is free for all schools, libraries, educators and students. Click here for access.

Rainbow Project — Second annual annotated bibliography

The Rainbow Project is pleased to announce its second annual annotated bibliography of recommended titles for youth from birth through age eighteen. You are free to disseminate the Rainbow List 2009 and Rainbow List Introduction any way you wish.

The Rainbow Project currently includes members from the following states: California, Illinois, Kansas, Missouri, Nevada, New York, Oregon, Texas, and Wisconsin. We are currently looking for suggestions for the 2010 list. Books should be published between July 2008 and December 2009; October 31, 2009 is our nomination deadline and suggestions should be submitted to the list by the end of September. We invite you to keep track of our discussion and add your own comments at, where you can also view complete information about the Rainbow List, as well as the 2008 and 2009 lists and introductions.

Also, we invite you to join us at MySpace ( and Facebook (! We hope you will find the Rainbow List useful as you serve children, parents, and educators who are in need of quality materials about the gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgendered, queer/questioning experience.

Thank you,

John Andrews
Senior Center Librarian
1155 E. 9th Street
Reno, NV 89512
(775) 328-2586 (Library)
(775) 327-8315 (Office)

Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act of 2008 and Libraries

A public meeting was held January 22, and Cheryl Falvey, General Counsel for the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), stated that a decision should be made by the first week of February regarding libraries. She advised libraries not to take any action at this time, and we are hopeful that the Commission’s decision will exempt libraries.

Even with her assurances, we must let the CPSC know how important an issue this is to libraries. Please call the Acting Commissioner, Nancy Nord, at (301) 504-7901. When you call this number, wait for the automated directory to give you directions to reach Nancy Nord’s office. Explain to the Commission that it is simply impossible for libraries to remove all children’s books from the shelves and/or ban children under 12 from the library and still provide the level of service that is needed.
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ALA Councilor’s Report, Monday, January 26th

The lecture I attended yesterday by Muhammad Yunus, banker to the poor, was excellent. He is a small, unassuming man who has done amazing things for poor women in countries where his Grameen Bank gives micro-loans to lift families out of poverty. He had a simple yet revolutionary idea to lend people money to begin small businesses without a time limit on repaying the loan. He now tells stories of illiterate poor people whose children are becoming doctors and businesss people. His talk was one of the most inspirational I have ever attended.

ALA has begun a page that “offers timely and valuable information to support libraries in the creation of arts and humanities programs in their communities.”You can find more information at At this time the focus in on Black History Month programming, and as time goes on ALA plans to post more information.

Children’s book awards were announced this morning. The Newbury Medal goes to The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman and the Caldecott Award goes to The House in the Night, illustrated by Beth Krommes.

This afternoon I have a committee meeting and expect that council business will heat up this evening when we have our first council forum. I’ll post more tomorow.

Nancy Wilson

Leonard Marcus Lecture in Rhode Island

This seems like an interesting event for some adventurous children’s librarians to attend. And if not, the book sounds great:

In conjunction with the current exhibition Building Books: The Art of David Macaulay (description below), we invite you and your colleagues to this lecture Wednesday, January 21, 7pm:

Leonard Marcus Lecture

Noted writer, critic, and historian of children’s literature, Leonard Marcus, on his Minders of Make Believe: Idealists, Entrepreneurs, and the Shaping of American Children’s Literature (2008), the first-ever history of children’s book publishing from colonial times to Harry Potter; co-presented with the Providence Athenaeum. More about Mr. Marcus:

Free and open to the public!

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