After Hours Authors Group at LTA Institute

Linda Maria FrankLinda Maria Frank

Linda is a former teacher and author of The Annie Tillery Mysteries, a series of four books geared for younger readers. Presented as “Nancy Drew meets CSI”, Linda has been to numerous schools and libraries around Long Island not only to talk about her books but to conduct presentations on topics in forensic science. She also serves as the Event Chairperson for Long Island Authors Group.

She is the author of:
the Annie Tillery Mysteries
Produces ‘The Writer’s Dream’, her local access TV show (also seen on YouTube). Linda is active in Ll Sisters in Crime, Ll Children’s Writers and lllustrators, and
Mystery Writers of America.

“DNA TECHNOLOGY” illustrates the technology’s use by criminologists.
“DNAAND FAMOUS MURDER CASES”outlines the use/misuses of DNA in high profile trials.
“THE LINDBERG KIDNAPPING” traces the evidence used in the eponymous case.
“SOLVING ANCIENT MYSTERIES” shows how forensics can solve mysteries of the past.
“PLANTS, POISONS AND PLOTS” discusses plant toxins and their use by mystery writers.
“ART, NOTART” explains how artwork is authenticated.
“THOSE CSI SHOWS, FACT OR FICTION?” critiques crime investigation on TV.

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Dr. John KrahnDr. John Krahn

has nearly fifty years experience as a clergyman and has served as pastor of the largest Lutheran church in New York. He has published numerous books and is an accomplished speaker. His main themes concern attaining happiness at Life’s various stages and mechanisms to deal with Life’s challenges. He also serves as the Member Coordinator for Long Island Authors Group.

As a great storyteller, John uses humor and personal experiences to convene his important message, speaking to both head and heart. Those who attend his presentations not only find them enjoyable but in many cases life changing.

Currently John offers his most popular presentation, ”LlVlNG A HAPPIER LIFE AT EVERY AGE”. John looks at both what erodes happiness as well as ways to increase
happiness. Sharing ways to tackle worry, hurts, and Life’s challenges, along with looking at ways to make a positive difference with one’s life, are just a few of the subjects of
this interesting presentation.

Roland AllnachRoland Allnach

Roland is a multi-award winning author of six books in various genres and numerous published short stories. He has appeared on national and local television, radio, and
has presented at art venues and libraries. He also currently serves as President of LIAG and Event Coordinator.


Roland’s presentations are for those interested in publication or who have recently secured publication. Content is based on pragmatic approaches. Available
“PUBLISH YOUR BOOK” (series of two presentations)

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The 2018 LTA Institute in Review:

Marriott Hotel, 101 James Doolittle Boulevard Uniondale, New York 11553

Library as Community: Know Your Aspirations, Plan for the Future
Friday, April 27, 2018
Registration with Cash Bar & Reception
followed by Dinner.

Adria Ripka, LTA President welcomed all to the TI followed by remarks from: Jacquelyn Thresher, Nassau Library System, Kevin Verbesey, Suffolk Cooperative Library System

And a memorial tribute to Bernie Margolis, State Librarian

Nate Hill

Institute Kick-Off Speaker: Nate Hill,Executive Director,Metropolitan New York Library Council (METRO) shared:

How Trustees Can Facilitate Innovation

And the evening ended with an After Hours: Long Island Author Panel::
Roland Allnach, Linda Maria Frank, and John Krahn.

Day 2:  Saturday, April 28, 2018
Registration and Continental Breakfast

These great presenters for the following workshops:

 Workshop I - The Iron is HOT
Libraries as Innovative & Dynamic Community Catalysts

Presenter: Mary Ann Carolan, MLS,
Director of Cornw

all Public Library

Workshop II - Sustainable Thinking:
Leading Your Library Forward in Uncertain Times

Presenter: Rebekkah Smith Aldrich

Coordinator for Library Sustainability, Mid-Hudson Library System

 Workshop III - Getting to the Next Stage of Community Support
Getting the Most of Out Advocacy and Fund Raising
Presenter: Libby Post
President, Communication Services
Member of American Library Association Advocacy Committee

Tim Burke NYLA President Upper Hudson Library System

Tim Burke NYLA President Upper Hudson Library System

Buffet Lunch was shared and the Recognition of Velma K. Moore Award Recipient:  ( see photo in drive)

Luncheon Speaker: Tim Burke, NYLA President (see photo in drive)

 The Institute finished the day by offering a Wrap Up Session:  What’s Your “Take Away?” ( see photo in photo section in drive)

Membership Drive

Whether your library is a small town soprano, a basso in the burbs, or a metropolitan mezzo, LTA serves as your choir, singing the praises of public libraries to legislators and locals alike. With your membership, our choir can get louder, reaching from the vaulted halls of Albany to every corner of the State. We need your support to do even more and to provide more services in 2018 so we can connect trustees throughout the state with the resources they need.

Thank you to all of you who renewed in 2017! Your support made a huge difference. But we need everyone’s help.

Every new year is more important than the last for New York State Libraries, because now is the only time we can all do something to strengthen them. The 756 libraries and 23 systems in our state need your best efforts as trustees to succeed as one of the linchpins of our communities.

LTA is the only organization dedicated to supporting the work of library trustees. Through education, support materials, resources provided through our website, and opportunities to speak peer to peer, LTA enables your community to be better served..

Connecting:. . . .

LTA brings trustees together from all around the state to our events, from Suffolk to St. Lawrence, and Columbia to Chautauqua, where we discuss the concerns of the smallest association libraries to the largest municipals. We also connect with other organizations, legislators, and educational providers and try to do the same for you and your local libraries.


Unifies the voices of all NYS libraries into a powerful call to action to our state legislators Strengthens local advocacy efforts within your own communities


Highlights the work of exceptional trustees and friends of our libraries
Showcases systems and libraries around the state


provides new trustees with opportunities for free seminars
educates seasoned trustees with monthly emails updates and resources
supports resources like our regularly updated website and policy database

That is our mission: connecting through advocacy, recognition, and education, and part of how we C.A.R.E.

Although we had tremendous momentum this year, with you we can accomplish even more. Our goal is to reach 450 member libraries in 2018 which is less than 50 more libraries than were members in 2017.

Today we invite you to please consider joining your library in LTA. Considering the guidance needed in addressing library concerns, there may not be a more significant time for your participation to allow for the united effort of LTA.


Cassie Guthrie

Cassie Guthrie

The buzz at the NYLA Annual Conference was EveryDay Advocacy —how to use “conversations, connections, and empowered staff” to gain community support for your library.

LTA sponsored The Care and Feeding of Your Library Director with presenter Cassie Guthrie, Director of the Greece Public Library. Library Trustees and Directors optimize their efforts when they support each other with a clear understanding of delineated responsibilities and a focus on the library mission.

Tim Gavin (LTA Executive Director) Cassie Guthrie (Greece Public Library) Martha Anderson (LTA) Jean Currie (LTA) and Edris Scherer (LTA)

Tim Gavin (LTA Executive Director) Cassie Guthrie (Greece Public Library) Martha Anderson (LTA) Jean Currie (LTA) and Edris Scherer (LTA)

Recognizing the strong connection between Trustees and Friends of Libraries, LTA also co-sponsored workshops on valuable topics with NYLA’s Friends of the Libraries Section (FLS):
· Bringing Friends Back from the Brink
· Building Community when Disaster Strikes
· Friends Choose Their Own Leadership, and
· Best Practices for Management of Friend’s Boards

Paulette Roes (NCLS) Jean Currie (LTA) and Sarah Glogowski (FLLS)

Paulette Roes (NCLS) Jean Currie (LTA) and Sarah Glogowski (FLLS)

A first-time trustee attendee shared this take-away: “NYLA is a great chance for small libraries to get exposed to big libraries and for big libraries to get exposed to small libraries in terms of service population, budget, locality, and programming. What was confirmed at the conference was how wonderful librarians are— smart, committed, and fun!”

Let’s continue the conversation and networking . . . hope to see all of you at LTA”s 2018l Trustee Institute at Long Island (April 27 & 28, Uniondale Marriott).