Trustee

Summer 2010

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News from the Librarian

Summer 2010 issue of Trustee

From the Desk of Bernard A. Margolis, State Librarian
and Assistant Commissioner for Libraries

Public libraries, through their summer reading programs, put books in the hands of children. This is the best antidote for the ‘summer slide’ in children’s reading achievement.  Access to books and library programs over the summer results in more reading which, in turn, results in improved reading skills. The State Library has issued a new research brief The Importance of Summer Reading.  Please add this item to your summer reading list – and share it with a colleague!

(<a href="http://www.nysl.nysed.gov/libdev/summer/research.htm#importance" target="_blank">http://www.nysl.nysed.gov/libdev/summer/research.htm#importance</a>)

The State Library expects that more than 1.5 million young people will be reading and using libraries as a result of Summer Reading at New York Libraries.  The kickoff of the statewide program and introduction of the spokesperson, kid’s hip-hop artist Secret Agent 23 Skidoo, was on June 19th at the Queens Library Langston Hughes Branch.  The program is now in full swing at 1,100 libraries and neighborhood branches.  For the first time, young people have the option to register and record their reading logs online from home or in the library.  Also, the State Senate and Assembly have joined as partners in promoting Summer Reading at New York’s Libraries. Many thanks to all of the trustees, library staff and volunteers across New York State that make this important program such a success!  To see the kickoff event video, visit http://www.summerreadingnys.org/index.php/Media/releases/june_19_kick-off_event_to_feature_childrens_hip-hop_artist_and_summer/. For more Summer Reading information please visit http://www.summerreadingnys.org/

The 2010-2011 State Budget allocates $14 million in capital funds for public library construction and renovation projects.  These funds provide matching grants for up to 50% of approved costs to acquire, construct, renovate, or rehabilitate public libraries or public library system headquarters.  Learn more at:

(http://www.nysl.nysed.gov/libdev/construc/index.html).

Did you know that New York’s libraries are providing a wealth of information and resources to help New Yorkers find jobs, begin new careers or start a small business?  Many libraries have Job and Career Information Centers that offer specialized web resources, information on career development, education and training opportunities, résumé assistance, job hunting strategies, and workforce development services.  Want to do more for job seekers in your community?  Visit http://www.nysl.nysed.gov/libdev/outreach/careers.htm. 

The New York State Library recently launched a new website titled Information Lifelines offering online information and e-government resources tailored to specific audiences.  Families and children, veterans, older adults, persons with disabilities, and job seekers can access numerous e-resources and learn about federal and state government benefits and services to help them cope with these tough economic times.  Local libraries may want to link to Information Lifelines http://www.nysl.nysed.gov/libdev/lifeline/.

The new deadline for the submission of applications for 2011-2013 Adult Literacy Grants and Family Literacy Grants will be December 1, 2010.  These competitive grants provide public libraries with modest funds to offer programs and services which strengthen literacy services and create partnerships between various organizations. To find out more please visit  (http://www.nysl.nysed.gov/libdev/literacy/index.html)

New Yorkers continue to benefit from access to NOVELNY. Some 5,500 public, school, academic and special libraries offer NOVELNY electronic resources. At http://www.novelnewyork.org New Yorkers can log on with a Driver License or a non-driver ID. NOVELNY offers an encyclopedia, strong general reference and periodicals content, business, news and health concentrations, an interface and content for children, and author information. And NOVELNY now has a presence on Facebook!  Visit

http://www.facebook.com/pages/NOVELny/338908451772

The State Library will be hosting the traveling exhibit Forever Free: Abraham Lincoln’s Journey to Emancipation from September 2 through October 15, 2010 in Albany.  The exhibit reexamines President Lincoln’s efforts toward the abolition of slavery during the Civil War.  More information about special events surrounding this exhibit is still to come and may be viewed closer to the exhibition date by checking the State Library website at http://www.nysl.nysed.gov.  Hope to see you at the State Library in September!


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