The Library Connection
The Monthly Newsletter of the Eastern
Shores Library System
Volume 29 Number 4 April 2009
Click here for the Winter 2009 Bookmobile Schedule
Eastern Shores Library System and Manitowoc Calumet Library System are sponsoring a motorcoach bus to the exhibits at the ALA Annual Conference in Chicago on Tuesday, July 14.
The exhibits at the
Annual Conference are the largest gathering of vendors who market to
libraries of all types.
Library staff from any
type of library in Eastern Shores Library System and Manitowoc Calumet
Library System are encouraged to take advantage of this opportunity. The motorcoach will pick up passengers in Manitowoc,
Sheboygan, and Cedarburg.
Deadline for registration
is Monday, June 1.
You can find out more information about the trip on the ESLS website by using the following link: http://www.esls.lib.wi.us/alabus2009.html and a registration form for the bus trip is at: http://www.esls.lib.wi.us/ALA%20bus%20trip%20registration.pdf
Eastern Shores Library System has received
notification that LSTA Grant: Developing a Library for Jailbound Youth in
the amount of $7,593 has been funded. Partnering
with ESLS for this project are The Sheboygan Area School District’s
Jailbound Program, Sheboygan South High Library Media Specialist, and the
Sheboygan County Juvenile Detention Staff.
The goal of this grant is to provide an age appropriate library for
the juveniles at the Sheboygan County Juvenile Detention Center that
promotes literacy through recreational reading and curriculum support.
Adaptive Equipment for ESLS Libraries was
awarded in the System Accessibility category.
Through this grant $2,600 will be spent to assist member libraries in making their
libraries more accessible and convenient for people with physical
disabilities through the purchase of adaptive equipment.
Wide Area Network Access 2009 a grant awarded in the System Technology category will provide $11,300 in funding for ESLS’s share of the telecommunications cost for the Internet connection and part of the cost of the system’s member libraries’ TEACH line.
Notification of these awards had been made in December but due
to the lack of a Federal budget (FY09), the state was not able to fully
fund the awards until this time. Grant
award notifications cannot be generated until the money is received by the
Due to an unanticipated increase in
LSTA funding for 2009, the state of Wisconsin has about $200,000 to
support library efforts to help people in their communities who are
unemployed, underemployed, or seeking to improve their job skills.
ESLS is applying for a noncompetitive system grant in this
Jobs—Searching, Training, and Support category.
ESLS Assisting the Unemployed will provide $7,982 to help
member libraries respond to the current economic situation in the state of
Wisconsin. It has been determined that next year $150,000 will be
set aside for a competitive grant category in this area. It will be open
to both library systems and individual public libraries.
LSTA grants are awarded on the basis of priorities described in the
LSTA Information and Guidelines for Wisconsin, 2009.
The Department of Public Instruction is participating in a Summer VISTA (Volunteer in Service to America) project. For the first time, VISTA volunteers will be available for eight week summer-only assignments. Typically their service is for 12 months. The program is intended to involve the VISTA workers with anti-poverty efforts. This could involve having them work with summer reading programs, tutoring, mentoring, outreach, etc. Unlike their 12-month activities, the summer project allows more flexibility and the volunteers can do much more direct service.
According to Karin Menzer, Youth Services Manager at Mead Public Library, this summer two VISTA associates will be working with the children and teen summer library programs. "They will be providing access to the programs at outreach sites in the community. The associates will be presenting age appropriate literacy programs and registering summer library program participants at sites including the Sheboygan Recreation Department playground sites and the Boys and Girls Club in Sheboygan. They will also be assisting with summer library program activities in the library and working with teen summer volunteers." For more information go the the Mead Public Library website: http://www.meadpubliclibrary.org/about/jobs .
As reported in the Channel Weekly, The DPI is hoping to place up to 10 VISTAS in public libraries this fall. There would be no cost to the libraries for these workers. However, during the school year the VISTA work must focus on capacity building projects that lead to sustainability. They can coordinate projects, organize other volunteers, and manage outreach efforts, implement family programming and collaborate with local schools and community organizations such as setting up a free lunch distribution program for the library, but they can't perform direct service.
For more information on hosting a DPI VISTA volunteer, contact Betsy
Prueter, VISTA Coordinator at DPI, at 608-267-7290 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
In Childrens' Services at Plymouth Public Library for 30 Years
A good friend once told me that when it is time to
retire you will know. And that is the truth. It has been 30
years full time at Plymouth Public Library, four or five years (who can
remember exactly that far back) part time, and way back in the mists of
time, two years while I was in high school. Back then (and even when
I started again), we did a once a year cleaning and inventoried the
collection every three years. Cleaning consisted of removing every
book from the shelf, dusting it, washing down the shelf, and replacing the
books. Inventory consisted of taking a shelf list drawer into the
stacks and comparing each card to each book. Needless to say,
everyone was glad to let go of that practice. Sometimes the good old
days weren't all that good.
There was no Eastern Shores Library System. That meant there was no sharing of resources, no automation, no van delivery, no system wide workshops, no printing of summer library program material masters, no central ordering of summer library program materials. It is a HUGE amount of help we get through the system and all the good people in the system office.
I will miss a lot about this place-the people I see come through the doors, both small and big, and the books of course. It has always seemed like Christmas to me whenever a book order arrived in the Children's Room.
I am anxious to get busy at home and clean a closet that is irritating me. Am I insane? I have never wanted to clean a closet in my entire life! I am really looking forward to doing some babysitting for my youngest granddaughter and some traveling. I am also anticipating picking up a book and reading a whole chapter at a time instead of falling asleep after one paragraph. And next winter, I will very much enjoy staying home and watching it snow from inside the house; that is, I will enjoy that if I'm not in Tucson or Destin at the time.
It has been a joy working with all of you. Nowhere else can you find a group more generous in sharing ideas, sharing successes (and the not so successes), sharing time, and creativity. I will miss all of that!
Thank you all!
An Open House Retirement Reception for Carol will be held Wednesday, April 29 from 3:30- 6:30 at the Plymouth Public Library. An Appreciation Presentation will be at 4:00 p.m. Carol's actual retirement date is Saturday, May 2, 2009. She can find out how to retire online in the Interesting Items in the final section of this newsletter.
Children's Librarians Corner
Erin Copperfield, Kohler Public Library
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