North Central Library District Newsletter
Going the Extra MileMarch 2015
In This Issue

Thomas Beaver Free Library Hires New Director

Edward Oberholtzer is the new director at Thomas Beaver Free Library. Here's a little about him: I started in libraries after graduating from Boston University with a degree in philosophy, working for the Boston Public Library as a library assistant until taking a detour into law school and a ten year stint as a lawyer. I left the law and went to the School of Library and Information Science at Simmons College and resumed my career in libraries as a reference librarian at the Mugar Library at Boston University as well as at the library of the School of Education at BU. I then spent ten years at the Tisch Library at Tufts University serving as Social Sciences Bibliographer before moving to Oakland, California. In Oakland, I restored and ran an inner-city elementary school library. My wife and I moved to central Pennsylvania to care for my mother-in-law and to enjoy the balmy weather. While here, I serve as director of the Thomas Beaver Free Library and, as an ordained Zen Buddhist Priest,  teach Zen with the Joseph Priestley Zen Community in Northumberland and Lewisburg.

Welcome Ed!
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FREE Webinars

Another great opportunity for continuing education is offered through the Follett Early Learning webinars


These early learning webinars are also FREE.  Most of them take place on Wednesdays at 2:00-3:30.  If you can't make it, but still register you will have access to the recorded an archived webinar and slides.  This is a great way to feel connected to communities beyond our door and be able to fit the workshop in on your own time. There are many webinars to choose from for all professionals working with young children.  Here are a few coming up on the horizon:


Date: May 20, 2015 2:00

Social Media to Grow Enrollment in Early Care and Education -: The Latest Ideas and Trends to Create a Base of Raving Fans, by Kris Murray

June 17, 2015 2:00 PM

Coaching with Powerful Interactions: It All Begins with You! by Judy Jablon

September 9, 2015 2:00

Eight Leadership Qualities That Advance the Right Choices for Young Children, by Maurice Sykes

Check them out!




Greetings NCLD Members!
We're back! Took a brief hiatus with the newsletter in February (the longest, coldest, and in other ways, the shortest month in least it felt that way!) Check out what's going on around the district. 

One Book, Every Young Child Professional Development Day to be held on Monday April 20th



In honor of Pennsylvania's One Book, Every Young Child's 10th year of supporting early literacy across Pennsylvania, The One Book Program and The Office of Child Development and Early Learning (OCDEL) invite you to participate in a professional development day held at the James V Brown Library on Monday April 20th from 9:00-3:30. 

                Previous One Book authors are presenting at 8 different locations across the state.  On Monday, April 20th the James V Brown Library will be hosting an author presentation by Wendell and Florence Minor, author and illustrator of If You Were a Penguin.  During their presentation they will also be highlighting the books, If You Were a Panda Bear, How Big Could Your Pumpkin Grow, and My Farm Friends.

After the author presentation an additional workshop will be presented by Dr. Betsy Diamant-Cohen based on her book Transforming Preschool Story Time.  One of her goals is to give educators new and fun ways to integrate research into practice.  Registration for this day is FREE and open to anyone who works with preschoolers.  Lunch will be provided.  To register you need an account with the PA Key Registry. 

 To register for the event:

1. Go to and sign in with your email and password.

2. When you are signed in go to the left column and click on "PD Registry"

3. Click on "Course Catalog."  Choose "Switch to Calendar View" and use arrow keys to move to April

4. Select the date you want to attend, then click on "Click here to Register for this Scheduled Event."  

5. On the right you will see a button that says "In Cart (Checkout)". Click on this button and then click on the green finish button.

You will then receive an email confirming your registration.

The James V Brown Library has a large parking lot with meters.  Every quarter will provide 30 minutes of parking.  The lot has both 2 hour meters and 4 hour meters.  We hope to see you there!


Training! Training!


Spring 2015 Access PA Training is Monday, April 27 and again on Tuesday, April 28. Learn how to search the new Access PA database. Register here.

You won't want to miss the West Branch Spring Workshop, Safety and Security in the Library. Join us on Wednesday, April 8, 2015 for a great opportunity to learn about safety and security issues and how you can be prepared to face a crisis. The workshop will be held at James V Brown Library, Lowry Room. Registration starts at 8:30AM with wrap up at 2:30PM. Cost is $35.00 for members and $70.00 for non members. Fee includes lunch and parking. Register  by April 1st. 

Save the date! Friday, May 15th, The Pennsylvania Association of Non Profits will present the workshop Fundraising 101, the Whys and Hows. More information to come.
James V Brown Library Wins Award


The James V. Brown Library, 19 E. Fourth St., is the 2015 winner of the prestigious Gale Cengage Learning Financial Development Award. The national award is presented annually to a library organization that exhibits meritorious achievements in carrying out a project to secure new funding resources for a public or academic library.


Robin Glossner, development director at the Brown Library, developed an annual fundraising campaign that allowed patrons to Own a Day at the library to honor or memorialize someone, or to celebrate a birthday or anniversary.


The honoree's name is placed on the library's website, the calendar of events and on all the receipts for that day. They are also featured in the emailed newsletter and on the library's Facebook page and Twitter account. 


As of 2015, the library is on track to keep up or expand the program with 120 dates already spoken for. Word of mouth has been a vital part of making this program successful. The program clearly works as a supplemental revenue stream to maintain services while it strengthens ties to the community.


The library notes with pride that patrons make a point of coming to the library on their special day to take pictures of the digital displays, which reinforces a sense of ownership and pride in the library.


"The James V. Brown Library shows how working closely with their community to develop a new revenue stream can really make a difference and help more people feel connected to the library. We imagine that this program could be widely replicated by others as well. The jury found that Own a Day showed ingenuity that exemplified the Gale Cengage Award Learning Financial Development Award," said jury chair Annie Zeidman-Karpinski.


The Gale Cengage Learning Financial Development Award will be presented at the American Library Association's Award Ceremony and Reception June 28 during the ALA Annual Conference in San Francisco, Calif.




Just For Fun


Lisa Zawadski reveals the Laws of Library Science, as promulgated by the Acme Upstairs Library School, in slideshow format. For example, Law 22: "The 'e' in ebooks stands for evil." And Law 4: "All of the library's books on Satanism, witchcraft, and spell-casting will go missing. Library fines are a small consideration to someone courting eternal damnation, after all."


Here are the Overdrive stats so far this year. And don't forget, the Library Big Read is going on now!