Spring 2014

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News from the State Librarian

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

Spring 2014 issue of Trustee

Hopefully, as you are reading this, Spring flowers are in bloom and your library has all of its plans for an exciting and engaging Summer Reading at New York Libraries program in place. I look forward to seeing many of you at the 2014 Trustee Institute on May 2/3. The State Library will have an exhibit table at the Institute.  Please come see us.  Here is some other news for you from your State Library:
Trustee Education WebinarsComing on Tuesday, June 10 at 10 am, a new webinar in our Trustee Education Series from Jerry Nichols, editor of the Handbook for Library Trustees in New York State. The topic will be: “The Critical Partnership: Public Library Trustees and Directors.”  Visit the State Library’s website for more information on accessing the webinar (  I hope you will join us. Past webinars such as What Every Trustee Should Know, Basic Library Law for Trustees and the Freedom of Information Act and Open Meetings Law for Libraries are also available for viewing on this webpage.  Many thanks to our expert presenters and to LTA for partnering with the State Library in offering these informative webinars. 
Early Literacy NewsThe State Library recently launched the first phase of Ready to Read at New York Libraries, a new statewide program designed to help public library staff further enhance and expand library early literacy services and programs.  One important product now available to all public libraries and their users is DaybyDayNY ( ), an early literacy website designed to engage families and very young children in reading, learning and public libraries. DaybyDayNY is a virtual calendar with content that changes every day. This unique setup gives families with young children numerous daily activities and a story to read together. The story, provided each day by One More Story, is in the form of an eBook that includes original music and sound effects, produced by former Sesame Street Music Director, Robby Merkin. In addition, the website includes monthly activities, storytelling and nursery rhyme videos, rhymes for young children, craft activities for children and their caregivers, a link to Find Your Public Library, a New York State map of museums with activities for young families, health information, and reading lists. The website is designed to help parents and caregivers increase their young child’s cognitive skills and have fun together at the same time.
I encourage you and your staff to promote the use of this new website to families, caregivers and child-care providers in your communities. Information about linking from your library website to DaybyDayNY and ideas for promoting the website with community members and partners are available on the Share This Site tab at the bottom of the DaybyDayNY webpage.

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