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Midstate Reopens to School and Public Libraries
Annual Public Library Report for FY2010
National Book Festival 2010
School Movie License: Last Chance
Breast Cancer Awareness Month: Books for Libraries
Materials Review Sessions
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Updated Children's Bibliographies
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1st Wednesdays 2010-2011 has begun! Once again the Department of Libraries is a sponsor of the 1st Wednesdays Humanities Lecture Series presented by the Vermont Humanities Council (VHC) and offered each month October - May at nine Vermont public libraries. I always look forward to receiving the brochure with the 1st Wednesdays schedule and this year I was thrilled with the program listing. The VHC has compiled an impressive list of scholars, writers, poets, journalists, government officials, historians and social scientists in yet another outstanding series. The nine public libraries hosting the series are located in Brattleboro, Burlington, Manchester, Middlebury, Montpelier, Newport, Norwich, Rutland and St. Johnsbury. On the first Wednesday in October I attended the program at the Ilsley Library in Middlebury to hear John Cole, founding director of the Center for the Book at the Library of Congress, give a presentation on "The Library of Congress: The Ups and Downs of Jefferson's Legacy."  It was a wonderful evening - and attracted a large audience despite the heavy rain.


If you have never attended one of these programs I urge you to check out the schedule and mark your calendars now. (Those of you who have attended in the past already know what to do!) Keep the first Wednesdays of each month open and prepare yourself for a feast of humanities programming featuring such speakers as: Dartmouth professor Colleen Boggs (Life and Works of Emily Dickinson); former Iranian Ambassador to the UN Mansour Farhang (Iran's Nuclear Ambitions); author Paul Searls (The Two Vermonts); retired NBC correspondent Robert Hager (From Vietnam to 21st Century Terrorism); Williams College professor Robert Bell (Shakespeare's Clowns and Fools), Pulitzer Prize-winning author Joseph Ellis (Abigail and John Adams) and so much more. Check out the complete schedule at: http://www.vermonthumanities.org/index_files/firstwednesdays.htm

Midstate Reopens to Schools and Public Libraries

The Department of Libraries is pleased to announce that the Midstate Library Service Center (formerly the Midstate Regional Library) in Berlin reopens to public and school libraries on October 19, 2010. The collection at MLSC includes 65,000 volumes of adult and children's fiction and non-fiction books. Public and School libraries may use these books to supplement their own collections by borrowing bulk collections on a 120-day loan cycle.

MLSC is now open to public and school libraries on Tuesdays and Thursdays, 10:00 am - 4:00 pm. and by appointment. We strongly encourage library staff to call the morning of a planned visit to MLSC to confirm hours of operation.

As we continue to integrate the three DOL collections (Northeast Regional Library, Midstate Library and the State Library in Montpelier) materials in all collections are available for interlibrary loan with as little interruption as possible. Updates on collection integration will be posted here in the DOL newsletter and via library listservs. The library staff at MLSC is always happy to answer questions and to offer assistance. If you have questions, comments or suggestions, please call MLSC at 802-828-2320.

Annual Public Library Report for FY2010

The online survey that includes the annual Public Library Report and Standards Application is now ready for public libraries to complete. Letters were sent to every public library director and every library trustee chair to announce the new survey. Deadline for completing the survey is November 19, 2010.

            Libraries should take note of these changes:

1)    We ask libraries to report the number of weeks that the library was open. This (national) question was added because budget cuts are forcing many libraries to close their doors. This data will help us track these closings.

2)    We're asking for the total number of hours libraries were open for the entire year.  Again, this will help determine how budgets are affecting library services.

3)    This year the survey will help track how libraries used endowment income or savings to close a gap between revenues and expenditures. The new data element called "transfers" will allow libraries to account for this, if necessary. 

If you have any questions about the survey, please feel free to contact your regional consultant or DOL's data coordinator Rob Geiszler at 786-3839 / rob.geiszler@state.vt.us    DOL will publish survey data in March 2011.

National Book Festival 2010

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The Department of Libraries participated last month in the 10th annual National Book Festival, organized by the Center for the Book at the Library of Congress and held each year on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. This year the Festival attracted 150,000 people who came to hear presentations from more than 70 authors and illustrators, visit reading spaces, participate in activities for children, and visit the Pavilion of States tent with exhibits from all 50 states and U.S. territories.    Read more.

School Movie License:

Last Chance for Schools is October 20

We have good news for schools, if they did not send movie license agreements before the September deadline.  Movie License USA has agreed to offer a second chance to sign up for a prorated movie license for this school year. The new contract for this school year has the same benefits as long as we receive agreements from at least 50 additional Vermont schools.  Prices will be prorated based on the original contract.  The contract will run from November 1, 2010 to September 30, 2011.


 If interested please visit the following link, fill in your agreement, print, sign, and mail to DOL or fax to: 802.828.2199.  http://libraries.vermont.gov/sites/libraries/files/Movielicense10-11Secondcontract.pdf

 

Deadline for agreement forms for this second contract is (postmarked): October 20, 2010. Please DO NOT SEND PAYMENT. We only need the signed agreement form. In the event that 50 additional school libraries respond DOL will send out invoices.

Breast Cancer Awareness Month:

Books for Libraries

In recognition of Breast Cancer Awareness this month, UVM's Dana Medical Library has been busy evaluating and purchasing new resources on breast health topics for the Community Health Collection (CHC). This collection focuses primarily on quality materials intended to assist the general public in making informed decisions about their health. More than 70 titles on breast cancer alone call the CHC "home", including twelve new books that were part of the Library's display at the Breast Cancer Conference on October 15.

The new and noteworthy titles include:    Read more


Materials Review Sessions Scheduled:
Mark your Calendars!
School and public librarians are invited to attend DOL's lively, entertaining and informative Materials Review Sessions to hear about and see some of the year's best children's and young adult books. Grace Greene, DOL Youth Services Consultant, will review 75-80 books orally and will have on hand for viewing a couple hundred more recommended titles. The latter selection includes nonfiction recommended by the review media as well as titles recommended by volunteer Vermont reviewers. Whether librarians are looking for titles to enhance their preschool storytime programs or to support teens doing research, there will be books of interest for all.
Two of the sessions (marked below) are "live," while the others feature a DVD recording of the Northfield session. All books will be available at all of the sessions.
Here is the schedule for this fall: 
  • October 20: Brown Public Library, Northfield - LIVE session
  • October 26: Milton Public Library
  • October 28: Sherburne Memorial Library, Killington
  • November 9: Kurn Hattin, Westminster
  • November 10: Northeast Regional Library, St. Johnsbury - LIVE session
All sessions begin at 9:00 a.m. and will last 2-2 hours. Registration is not required.
Book Sets Available to Borrow:
Youth Award Books, and More!
DOL has purchased discussion sets (15 copies each) of all 15 of the Green Mountain Book Award (GMBA) titles on this year's list as well as sets of all the Dorothy Canfield Fisher Award (DCF) books that are currently available in paperback. The available DCF titles are:  Anything but Typical by Nora Baskin; Closed for the Season by Mary Downing Hahn; read more.
Updated Children's Bibliographies
The DOL Youth Services staff maintains a list of bibliographies to help librarians with collection development in small and medium sized public libraries. The following bibliographies were all recently updated:
  • Aid for Developing a Children's Collection
  • A Bare Bones Easy Reader List
  • A Bare Bones Juvenile Biography List
  • A Bare Bones Juvenile Fiction Bibliography
  • A Bare Bones Picture Book Collection'
  • A Basic Young Adult Fiction Collection
  • Magazines for Children and Young Adults
Find them on the DOL website at: 
http://libraries.vermont.gov/libraries/cbec/resources
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What are Vermonters who have visual or physical impairments reading these days? The same things other Vermonters are, of course! Patrons of the National Library Service for the Blind & Physically Handicapped (NLS), represented in Vermont by the Department of Libraries Special Service Unit, are now able to download books and magazines for playback on new digital book players. The first digital book players were distributed a year ago to eligible Vermont residents. Mystery and detective stories are the most popular fiction genre downloaded by Vermonters.


Here are the top downloads of 2010 for Vermont:

bookjacketHeat Lightning, by John Sandford

Sanford's second book, after Dark of the Moon, features officer Virgil Flowers of the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension. Flowers investigates a series of shootings with a common link-the victim always has a lemon in his mouth.

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bookNational Book Festival 2010

The Department of Libraries participated last month in the 10th annual National Book Festival, organized by the Center for the Book at the Library of Congress and held each year on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. This year the Festival attracted 150,000 people who came to hear presentations from more than 70 authors and illustrators, visit reading spaces, participate in activities for children, and visit the Pavilion of States tent with exhibits from all 50 states and U.S. territories.


This year Assistant State Librarian Christine Friese and Children's Book Exhibit Center employee April Kelley were on hand at the Vermont exhibit to answer questions about Vermont authors and the three Vermont book awards for children's and young adult literature: The Red Clover Award for picture books, the Dorothy Canfield Fisher Award for readers in grades 4-8 and the Green Mountain Book Award for readers grades 9-12. The Pavilion of the States and our participation in this year's festival was made possible with funding from the Institute of  Museum and Library Services (IMLS).


Over the course of a long, hot and sunny day, well over 5,000 people visited the Vermont booth, including native Vermonters, Vermont college alumni and many past and future Vermont tourists who picked up maps provided by the Vermont Department of Tourism and Marketing. Some 2,000 enthusiastic children (and many parents) exclaimed over the books at the Vermont exhibit, often commenting on the great number of authors who make their home in Vermont. The children's book that was chosen as the exhibit highlight gained a lot of attention as well: Nora's Ark by Natalie Kinsey-Warnock recounts the story of the 1927 Vermont flood through the eyes of young Wren.


Also attending the Festival was Vermont's Katherine Paterson, whose recent book Day of the Pelican is the 2010 choice for the "Vermont Reads" program.  Ms. Paterson is the current National Ambassador for Young People's Literature and she visited the Vermont exhibit between speaking and book signing engagements.


breast Breast Cancer Awareness Month: Books for Libraries

In recognition of Breast Cancer Awareness this month, UVM's Dana Medical Library has been busy evaluating and purchasing new resources on breast health topics for the Community Health Collection (CHC). This collection focuses primarily on quality materials intended to assist the general public in making informed decisions about their health. More than 70 titles on breast cancer alone call the CHC "home," including twelve new books that were part of the Library's display at the Breast Cancer Conference on October 15.

 

The new and noteworthy titles include:      

 bookjackelovebreastDr. Susan Love's Breast Book. 5th ed. (2010)

 

 

 

 


 

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Eating Pomegranates: a Memoir of Mothers, Daughters, and the BRCA Gene. (2010)

 

 

 

 

 

 

  bookjacketEverything Changes: the Insider's Guide to Cancer in Your 20s and 30s. (2009)

 





bookjacketlivingwellLiving Well  Beyond Breast Cancer: a Survivor's Guide for When Treatment Ends and the Rest of Your Life Begins. (2010)

 

 



promisemebookjacketPromise Me: How a Sister's Love Launched the Global Movement to End Breast Cancer. (2010)

 

 





standbyherbookjacketStand By Her: a Breast Cancer Guide for Men. (2010)

 

 





Materials in the CHC may be borrowed by the general public. Dana Medical Library will issue a Consumer Health Borrower card to any member of the general public presenting a personal ID. Materials in the collection can also be borrowed via Interlibrary Loan.

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booksetsBook Sets Available to Borrow:  Youth Award Books, and More!
DOL has purchased discussion sets (15 copies each) of all 15 of the Green Mountain Book Award (GMBA) titles on this year's list as well as sets of all the Dorothy Canfield Fisher Award (DCF) books that are currently available in paperback. The available DCF titles are:  Anything but Typical by Nora Baskin; Closed for the Season by Mary Downing Hahn; Scat by Carl Hiaasen; 11 Birthdays by Wendy Mass; The Hunchback Assignments by Arthur Slade; and Adventures in Cartooning by James Sturm. Librarians who want to borrow any of these books should contact Linda Willis-Pendo at linda.willis-pendo@state.vt.us.
In addition to these books on the current children's choice lists, DOL has discussion sets of dozens of other titles, including most of the past GMBA nominees and many titles for younger children. For a complete list of discussion sets, see this bibliography:

TrusteesVermont Library Trustees Association Annual Conference
For Trustees and Friends
The Fall Trustee Conference is scheduled for Saturday, November 6 at the Vermont Technical College in Randolph, Vermont. Sally Gardner Reed, the Executive Director of the Association of Library Trustees, Advocates, Friends and Foundations (ALTAFF) (formerly Friends of Libraries U.S.A. /FOLUSA) will be this year's keynote speaker. Reed spent twenty years running small public libraries, including the Ilsley Library in Middlebury, before taking the helm of ALTAFF. Her most recent publication is The Complete Library Trustee Handbook, available in the DOL Library Science collection.
 
Featured topics at this year's VLTA Conference include: a presentation by Wendy Hansen, Development Officer at the St. Johnsbury Athenaeum, on grant writing; a panel of representatives from the Building Communities Grants Program (the five grant programs established and funded by the Vermont Legislature); a discussion on 501(c)3 practices; and a session on Library Friends that will cover everything from establishing a Friends group to handling common problems. Join fellow trustees and Library Friends for an exciting day of presentations, discussions, prizes and fun.  The conference is co-sponsored by the Vermont Library Trustees Association (Vermont Library Association) and the Vermont Department of Libraries. Cost for the day includes morning coffee & muffins and lunch: $20 for VLA/VLTA members and $24 for non-members. For more information or to register, contact Michael Roche, at (802) 748-3428 or Michael.roche@state.vt.us 

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FlipBorrow a Flip Video Camera

The Vermont Public Library Foundation has purchased a Flip Video Ultra camcorder that is available for Vermont public libraries to borrow. The Department of Libraries will handle the loan of this equipment and we encourage public libraries to borrow this equipment to practice using Flip video technology, for staff development activities, training, marketing and PR, programming, etc. DOL has posted a loan policy on the DOL website: http://libraries.vermont.gov/libraries/cbec/flipcameraloan.

For more information about borrowing the Flip, contact Renee Ancel at 802.828.3266 / renee.ancel@state.vt.us

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What are Vermonters who have visual or physical impairments reading these days? The same things other Vermonters are, of course! Patrons of the National Library Service for the Blind & Physically Handicapped (NLS), represented in Vermont by the Department of Libraries Special Service Unit, are now able to download books and magazines for playback on new digital book players. The first digital book players were distributed a year ago to eligible Vermont residents. Mystery and detective stories are the most popular fiction genre downloaded by Vermonters.


Here are the top downloads of 2010 for Vermont:

bookjacketHeat Lightning, by John Sandford

Sanford's second book, after Dark of the Moon, features officer Virgil Flowers of the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension. Flowers investigates a series of shootings with a common link-the victim always has a lemon in his mouth.

 

bookjacketThe Lost Symbol, by Dan Brown

Expert symbolist Robert Langdon, who traversed France and England in The Da Vinci Code and Rome and Vatican City in Angels & Demons, stays closer to home in this book, which analyzes Masonic symbolism in Washington, DC. Not a surprise that this is one of the most-downloaded titles, as it was the fastest-selling adult novel in history.

 

bookjacketheshackThe Shack, by William P. Young

A man whose daughter was a victim of senseless crime meets with God, the Trinity, in an attempt to answer the question, "Where is God in a world so filled with unspeakable pain?" A book many Christians loved, but many Christian leaders did not.

 

The top non-fiction downloads are:

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Glenn Beck's Common Sense, by Glenn Beck

The conservative talk show host channels his interior Paine to rail against out-of-control government and implore Americans to take back their country. Includes the text of Thomas Paine's original monumental, and much less verbose, pamphlet of 1776.

 

bookjacketunderstandingreligiousUnderstanding New Religious Movements, by John A. Saliba

Saliba, a professor and Jesuit, examines the emergence of sects, cults, and novel religions in contemporary Western culture. Beginning with an overview of movements like the Church of Scientology, Hare Krishna, the Unification Church, and others, Saliba analyzes their existence from psychological, sociological, legal, and theological perspectives.

 

The National Library Service also offers magazines in audio form. Magazines most often downloaded are:

The Atlantic

Formerly the Atlantic Monthly, now appearing 10 times a year, focusing on foreign affairs, politics, the economy, and cultural trends. Includes book reviews.

 

Discover

Science for a general audience, 10 issues a year. Less intense than Scientific American.

 

Smart Computing.

Founded as PC Novice in 2009, this magazine aims to help personal computer users gain productivity, emphasizing tutorial articles and regular English instead of technospeak. Includes hardware and software reviews.


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