The Library Connection
The Monthly Newsletter of the Eastern
Shores Library System
Volume 28 Number 5 May 2008
Click here for the Summer 2008 Bookmobile Schedule
The Eastern Shores Library System will have a special Board Meeting on Monday, June 9 at 4:30 p.m. at the System Offices. The one and only item on the agenda is the Polaris contract for the new integrated library system. The Negotiations Committee for Polaris would like to expedite the signing of the contract so that Eastern Shores has a good chance of getting into the Polaris schedule before the end of the year. This would mean training could be scheduled before November or December (a high vacation period) and the System could avoid paying maintenance fees to SirsiDynix for 2009.
The System Board will meet on June 23, when the funding of the project will be discussed. This year the Board changed its meeting schedule from monthly meetings to meeting six times a year. The last time the Board met was February 25.
Connie Acker started working at the Cedar Grove Public Library in 1993. In 1994 she began working with the children department. She was responsible for programs for school age children and later performed storytimes for the library. In 2004 Connie assumed the role of Library Director. Connie comments “I have loved working at the library in various capacities and have enjoyed meeting and working with so many great people in Eastern Shores Library System. I will miss the people I have both worked with and served”.
Connie and her husband are relocating to Montana where two of their four children reside. They will settle in Alberton, a small town of about 300 residents located about 35 miles west of Missoula in the Rocky Mountains. Connie is excited to point out that their son and daughter-in-law and grandsons ages 4 and 2 will live just down the block from their new home, which will simplify “going to grandma’s”. Another son attends college at Montana State in Bozeman.
Retirement will allow Connie and her husband more time for the things they love to do like camping, canoeing, hiking, spending time with the grandkids and visiting their two daughters who are on the east and west coasts.
She and her husband also plan to work as retirees but haven't quite decided what they want to do. They plan to wait to see what opportunities await them in Montana. Connie’s last day of work is June 27th. We wish her well!
Children's Librarians Corner
Judy Jones, U.S.S. Liberty Memorial Library
The U.S.S. Liberty Memorial Public Library in Grafton sponsors an adult book group that focuses on young adult and children’s literature. The group meets three times a year in the children’s library. The discussions usually last from 45 to 90 minutes.
In March, the Newbery and Caldecott medal winners are discussed. The Newbery Medal is awarded annually by the Association for Library Service to Children, (a division of the American Library Association), to the author of the most distinguished contribution to American literature for children. The Caldecott award is for the artist of an American picture book for children.
In May and November, the group will discuss the CCBC Choices for the current year. The titles chosen are included in the publication, Cooperative Children’s Book Choices. The CCBC Choices is created by librarians at the Cooperative Children’s Book Center, a library of the School of Education at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. It highlights some of the outstanding titles published for children and young adults among the 3,000 or more the librarians review. Each discussion includes 5 to 6 books, one young adult book, a few picture books and fiction for children. The titles chosen for discussion in May are Dog and Bear: Three Friends Three Stories by Laura Vaccaro Seeger, A Good Day by Kevin Henkes, One Thousand Tracings: Healing the Wounds of World War II by Lita Judge, Pink by Nan Gregory, and The White Darkness by Geraldine McCaughrean. Participants receive a list of the books to discuss when they register along with book discussion tips and guidelines.
Book discussions provide an opportunity to share our own impressions and hear others’ ideas and opinions about children’s literature. This book group encourages adults to read children’s books they may not normally choose. The book group also provides a means for members to form connections and work with others interested in children and children’s books. For more information, feel free to call, 262-375-5315, Youth Services.
David Weinhold, Director of Eastern Shores Library System
The Aviation Heritage Center of Sheboygan County is located at the Sheboygan County Airport. They are establishing a library that will support the education programs and events they sponsor. They are in need of one or more volunteer librarian (s) to help them focus, organize, and maintain the collection. At the moment the collection contains a number of magazine titles with back files, technical books, videos, illustrations, general interest books, and other donations.
If you are interested, please contact Lorri Rommelfaenger, Executive Director, at 920-467-2043. Please pass this message along to others, who may be interested in this opportunity.
The Aviation Heritage Center of Sheboygan County is a unique environment where visitors can experience the world of aviation. From educational and community programs and events to an aviation museum, library and laboratory, the facility represents all things aviation. Featuring wireless internet, satellite television and radio adjacent to Sheboygan County Memorial Airport's airplane ramp ways, the Aviation Heritage Center provides an environment unmatched in Sheboygan County.
It all began with the dream of a group of Sheboygan County EAA Chapter 766 members who wanted to have a place to share their passion with the community. The building opened in June 2005 and was funded by generous private donors who shared the vision to create a place for people of all levels of interest to experience the world of flight.
It is our hope by providing the opportunity for local youths to come explore and learn about aviation "hands on" we will plant the seed for future scientists, engineers, and pilots.
Three Information sessions on the 2009 LSTA grants will be available in June. Each will have general basic information repeated in each session.
The first session on, Wednesday, June 4, from 10:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. will cover the Digitization Category. The 2009 LSTA Technology Categories & General Information session will be held on Tuesday, June 10, 2008 from 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. via OPAL Bob Bocher, Mike Cross and Terrie Howe will describe the LSTA technology categories, which will include innovative use of technology in a library. Information will also be shared on and the new Health Information Awareness & Access category that is available to individual public libraries, public library systems and health libraries. The third and final session will be held on Thursday, June 12 from 10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. and will cover the Special Needs Categories and Library Development Training & Planning. Libraries wanting to view the session can do so at: http://www.conference321.com/masteradmin/room.asp?id=rsb5e4ce1de889.
Use of the online service OPAL is made possible by the South Central Library System.
If you have not participated in an OPAL session in the past, just click on the link above to download a small piece of software and then create a username. No password is needed. If you have already used OPAL, just type your username. Discussions take place by use of either a microphone or by typing comments to the presenters. For more information on the sessions go to: http://www.dpi.state.wi.us/pld/lstainfo.html .
The Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) program is part of the Museum and Library Services Act. Its programs are administered directly from the federal level by the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS).
Anyone that works with teens is encouraged to view the webcast, Teen Spirit in the Library: Best Practices in YA and Teen Services on June 10 at 1:00 p.m. Polaris Library Systems President and CEO Bill Schickling will lead a panel promoting teen services in public libraries.
The 60 minute presentation will cover: Your teen area as their third space: Creating a cool enough place to call their own; Teen 2.0: Using new technologies to tap into teens; An online oasis for teens at Maricopa County Library District and The intersection of gaming and libraries : Where are we, where are we going?
To register for the webcast go to: http://www.libraryjournal.com/webcasts/48747/Webcasts.html .
* The 2008 State of America's Libraries Report from ALA is available online at : http://www.ala.org/ala/pio/presscentera/piopresskits/2008statereport/2008statehome.cfm
* ALA also has a new video available on the celebrity READ posters. For more information on the video go to: http://www.ala.org/ala/pressreleases2008/may2008/READvideo.cfm . Rachel Johnson, director of Products and Promotions for ALA Graphics states "It is easy for someone to suggest subjects for future READ posters. Just e-mail email@example.com. Libraries can also order a CD through the ALA Store (http://www.alastore.ala.org) that enables them to create their own READ posters."
* Movie ideas for the Summer Reading Program can be found at http://www.movlic.com/library/index.html . Just be sure to have a Public Performance License to show the films. Indiana University at Bloomington has a select list of Public Performance Rights providers at : http://www.libraries.iub.edu/index.php?pageId=4036 . For further questions go to the DPI faq page: http://dpi.wi.gov/lbstat/coplicen.html .
* The 2007 Eastern Shores Library System Annual Report is available from this web site. It has a new look, check it out : .../2007 Annual report draft.pdf
* Improve your skills this summer!
* The new "Economic Contribution of Wisconsin Public Libraries to the Economy of Wisconsin" is available online at : http://www.dpi.state.wi.us/pld/pdf/wilibraryimpact.pdf .