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 Maine Library Association  Newsletter
   July 15, 2014

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Reading Rescue
What could be better than a swing or park slide except perhaps a slide mounted on the side of a pool or on a floating raft in the local lake? For many of Franklin County’s more rural children, summer means spending time outside, hiking, biking, swim lessons, playing while draped in a beach towel, with little toes covered in beach sand. And the summer slide is simply one part of their adventure. Summer represents freedom from classrooms, bells, lessons and reading. The summer slide teachers and librarians are more concerned with is the educational setback from a lack of reading during those blissful, fun-filled days: seventy-seven days that can set a child’s reading ability back nearly six months.

Understanding that children have little input over their summer plans, and seeing that some of our rural libraries have limited hours and resources – Reading Rescue, a grassroots effort, was launched. A refurbished ambulance that delivers free books to the children: at local playgrounds and pools, recreation programs or swim lessons at the lake. And what do kids love as much as the swings at the park or swimming? Climbing in the rig and perusing its more than 800 board, picture or early chapter books or searching through its external cabinets that contain over 400 tween, teen and adult titles.

Now in its second summer, Reading Rescue has given away more than 1,200 books, and summer is not over yet. We still have 19 more delivery stops, many repeats, to allow readers to select four or five books over the summer. The best part: “kids love to select their own books. This is a great experience for kids, and for many rural kids it may be the first time they own a book,” shares Melanie Coombs (former Director of Farmington Public Library and Reading Rescue volunteer).

As the founder of Reading Rescue, I experience pure joy watching preschoolers find that perfect book, like the twenty-month old who removed his sandals, laid a stack of picture books on his lap, and used his wiggly toes to hold them in place while he narrowed the selection to a decision. Older kids assist each other, discovering a book just right for a friend, and then ensure that friend has the chance to select it. Many camp counselors are great at assisting their charges, fondly sharing a book they loved as a child. My favorite: observing the negotiations of three fifth grade boys who selected a survival series to be shared amongst them and ensured they had the complete set before Reading Rescue pulled away.

Children run to greet us, line up to visit the rig, thank us profusely, and share what they loved about a prior week’s book. Some donate their own former favorite books. And we love the positive feedback from children, parents, teachers and librarians, like Cassie Savage (Wilton Free Public Library) who shares, “This is a wonderful way to keep kids excited about reading throughout the summer!”

Along with summer memories of sunshine, swimming and friends, each child will carry home the experience of Reading Rescue. For many children, it is all about the rig. Twenty years from now, they may not remember which titles they selected, but with any luck, they will still love reading as much as they do this summer. Because a really cool old ambulance visited them and let them choose their own book to keep, forever and ever.

Before pulling away from a delivery stop, one last look around shows children plunked down on the grass reading or swinging with their book clutched tightly. Some books rest on beach towels at the water’s edge while others on the ground close to the park slide, nearby, available to the child or teen more easily. And that is how summer should be, a good book to read as part of a child’s summer adventure: a reversal of summer slide come fall.

Lori Littlefield began her teacher education with the desire to teach and inspire children to love reading as much as she does. She is a certified Teacher-Librarian for both MSAD #58 and Flagstaff school districts.

 
National Library Legislative Day

I journeyed in the first week of May to Washington, DC, as MLA’s representative to National Library Legislative Day (NLLD). The trip to Washington was a terrific opportunity to see sausage (that is, legislation) being made and to participate in the process.

The entire first day in DC was filled with briefings by various experts on the issues that we would be talking about with our national legislators. This daylong symposium was attended by all of the 400-plus NLLD delegates from across the U.S.

During this session, I sat with the other members of the Maine contingent: Linda Lord, Sherry Wyman (MASL’s representative, the School Library/Technology Integration Coordinator from the Maine Department of Education), and David Nutty (University Librarian for the University of Southern Maine). Should I admit that we actually had fun together despite sitting through a whole day of lectures?

One big highlight of NLLD happened during this orientation session. The keynote address to the assembled library advocates from around the nation was given by none other than Maine’s own Senator Angus King!

Each state’s attendees sat together as groups in this session and had their state’s name on a tall sign, just like at a national political convention. The delegates from the Great State of Maine had the perfect occasion for raising our sign and waving it around. Senator King gave an entertaining, stirring speech. Afterward, other attendees asked us Mainers if Senator King had always been that articulate and progressive. “Naturally,” we answered. It was a proud moment for the group from Maine.

The issues that were addressed with our legislators were 1) Appropriations (funding for LSTA and the Library of Congress, among other priorities), 2) Early Learning (making libraries eligible for federal early childhood education programs), 3) Continued support for the E-Rate program (Linda Lord is a national guru on this subject), 4) Supporting Net Neutrality (what a tangled political proposition that one is!), 5) Open Access (specifically, open access for the public to taxpayer-funded research) (an especially high priority for academic libraries), 6) Fixing the PATRIOT Act (reining in the bulk collection of Americans’ metadata under the supposed auspices of Section 215 of the PATRIOT Act), 7) Including school libraries in the reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, and 8) Including public libraries as partners in the Workforce Investment Act.

Each state’s delegation met with its state’s legislators during the second day, which was the real National Library Legislative Day.

I have to say that I was very impressed with the willingness of Maine’s senators and congressional representatives and their staffs to meet with the librarians from Maine. Clearly, the legislators have incredibly busy schedules. Their time is a precious commodity. My observation, also, is that Maine’s senators and representatives (and their staffs) have a respectable understanding of library issues and are basically very solid supporters of libraries (or as I sometimes put it, they are on the side of the angels).

I especially enjoyed our second-day conversation with Senator Collins and the staffs for the senators and representatives. One staff person happens to be a frequent player of Ultimate Frisbee just down the hill from the Belfast Free Library. A staff person for Chellie Pingree is a cardholder at a Minerva library and knows all about the Minerva system and the new library in St. George!

In summary, the other Maine delegates to NLLD and I participated in making sausage (the messy legislative process). I am grateful for the chance to have joined in this important civic undertaking. I suspect that we may have had some small effect in keeping the interests of libraries moving forward. I have a better appreciation, as a result, for how many competing factions are trying hard to influence legislators and, also, that things legislative can be more complicated than they sometimes seem.

--Steve Norman, Belfast Free Library Director

 
Open Source

 

Most librarians are familiar with Open Source Software, at least in concept. But as libraries face tighter and tighter budgets, it might be a good time to take quick look at Open Source as a resource because it’s not just software any more.

There are some variations in the licenses that underlie what is called Open Source software today but there are two characteristics common to all varieties - you can view and change the source code, and there is no cost for the software itself. The latter can be pretty attractive to libraries, and to their patrons.

And the best part? You can find very competent and easy to use programs for just about anything you would like library patrons - or librarians - to be able to do on library computers (including running your library with programs such as Evergreen).

  • Open Source web browsers, for example, account for far more than half of the browsers used on the Internet worldwide, including Mozilla’s Firefox and Google’s Chrome. Google Chrome is built on an open source platform called Chromium, and so are other browsers, a couple of which - White Hat Aviator and Epic - are probably the most secure browsers publicly available today. And they are all free.
  • Need an office suite? Take a look at OpenOffice or LibreOffice. For almost any purpose, they work as well as commercial programs such as Microsoft Office, and they can live on your computer, unlike online programs like Google Docs or ZOHO.
  • Some libraries, those with MakerSpaces, for example, want to serve creative types, but since Adobe has moved all of their software online and made users pay a monthly fee, a lot of folks are looking for alternatives. For dealing with photos and graphics as powerfully as Photoshop can, you may want to take a look at the open source program GIMP, the “Gnu Image Manipulation Program.” Chances are pretty good that your patrons will be able to do anything they liked to do in Photoshop but with no monthly fees - or any fees - for the library.
  • As far as kinetic media go, many think Open Source programs like VLC or Miro are better than proprietary alternatives like MoviePlayer or iTunes. Maybe you’d like to enable your patrons to record and edit audio programs - Audacity will do the job quite nicely.

To take a look at the variety of free Open Source programs available or in development, surf on over to www.sourceforge.org. There are over 430,000 projects registered there, and the site provides almost five million downloads a day. Sounds like a pretty successful movement.

In fact, the Open Source software movement has been so successful that it has spawned a variety of Open Source initiatives that are not software centered.

  • Need a hardware chip that you can program to do all sorts of things, to essentially become a small computer for your MakerSpace? The Raspberry pi fills the bill. You pay for the physical materials in the chip but not for the intellectual property behind it or for any profit to owners. In fact, you can get the plans and make your own if you’d like. It’s Open Source hardware. (The pi in Raspberry pi, by the way, is spelled pi like the mathematical constant, not pie like what we like to have for breakfast in New England.)
  • More and more of the expense of going to college these days centers on the cost of textbooks. In some places the cost of textbooks totals over a thousand dollars a semester or more. One answer? You guessed it - Open Source textbooks - or more exactly, OpenSource Educational Resources. These are texts with copyright provisions that allows anyone to access and use them, and just like Open Source software, allows users to modify and redistribute those texts as long as they remain free. To see some examples, take a peek at www.merlot.org. Yup, it’s spelled just like the wine but is really an acronym for “Multimedia Educational Resource for Learning and Online Teaching” run by the California State University.
  • One of the more interesting recent efforts to extend the concept of Open Source is the Open Source Seed Initiative, an effort by a group of plant breeders and farmers to provide an alternative to patented seeds from giant companies like Monsanto and DuPont. This group recently released 29 new varieties of 14 different crops including carrots, kale, and broccoli. Two small seed companies, High Mowing Organic Seeds from Vermont ,and Wild Garden Seed in Oregon will be adding some of these varieties to their catalogs.

So open source isn’t just for software any more - it extends into many aspects of life, and whether you use Open Source in your library or just point your patrons toward Open Source resources they can use, Open Source is good thing to spread the word about.

Jim Campbell, Chair

MLA Intellectual Freedom Committee

 
 Right Clicking to Empowerment
The Public Computing desk at the Portland Public Library is the first staffed location inside our building, so naturally we are bombarded with questions throughout the day. Is it surprising to anyone that we help attach documents to emails far more often than we give directions to the restroom or the book drop? Needing to do something online and having the skills to complete the task are often at odds.

Welcome to the digital divide. We straddle this barrier daily, and have grappled with how to best serve our patrons. Do we offer support by showing people how to complete a task; or, do we best serve our patrons by executing the assignment for them? People who rarely use a mouse can labor over fundamental computer tasks, so when we’re busy it is tempting to use our own computer skills to alleviate our patrons’ frustrations. But is this the best way?

Hugh Rundle recently thought about this topic, saying that the primary “role and effect [of libraries] is to enhance personal autonomy.” We like this attitude. After all, we are not qualified to give medical or financial advice, so why are we entrusted with picking from a dozen similarly named files on a flash drive to upload to an immigration document? Librarians in a technology setting must seek to empower, not enable, which is tricky in a time sensitive environment (patrons are allotted one hour per day on a computer).

60 minutes on a computer can go very quickly for someone who does not understand the difference between a single and a double click, let alone needing to accomplish a detailed task like uploading photos to facebook. At what point do we teach patrons by empowering them, and when do we complete the task for them? Essentially, when we drive the computer for a patron without teaching them the steps to complete their task, we enable digital illiteracy.

One way the Portland Public Library strives to empower our patrons is by offering a multitude of services to abet digital literacy. We teach regular progressive technology classes, starting with Basic Computing, which assumes no computer skills whatsoever. Patrons sometime repeat this class three or four times so that they can master keyboard and mouse skills. Other classes in this series include Word Processing, Internet Basics, and Technology in the Job Search. The regularity of the classes, combined with progressive skill instruction, has created a public library curriculum to convey digital literacy in an accessible, welcoming, and equitable environment.

It is sometimes a challenge to entice patrons with limited technology skills into a class, so scheduled tutoring sessions equip the patron with privacy to convey their digital frustrations, while empowering people to ask questions and to learn useful skills. The Public Computing department is typically only staffed by a single person, so creating opportunities for patrons to learn transferable skills helps to alleviate the stress on staffing as well. On-demand tutoring is available, but it is less formal and largely served on a serendipitous basis. When the 32-workstation department is slow, or if there are two people on the desk, we are able to field more in-depth questions, and spend more time with patrons to help them to learn needed skills.

Since the implementation of our computing classes and tutoring, we are happy to see anecdotal evidence that people have moved on to using technology confidently and independently. The ever-present digital divide is bridged one patron at a time, and with each success story, we seem to receive another person seeking help--which we think is a great kind of advertising.


Quote from: Rundle, Hugh. "Who Are You Empowering?" In the Library with the Lead Pipe. In the Library with the Lead Pipe, 21 May 2014. Web. 7 May 2014.

Article by Brandie Burrows and Samantha Soucy, Portland Public Library
 
 
Viva Las Libraries: Celebrating Maine Shared Collections
 

What better place to celebrate the end of the Maine Shared Collections Strategy (MSCS) than in Las Vegas, Nevada. Okay, so Las Vegas is about as far removed from Maine as one can get, but the timing of the 2014 ALA Annual Conference which was held this year in Las Vegas matched perfectly with the wrapping up of our IMLS grant supported activities. The conference gave us an opportunity to showcase the considerable achievements made during our three-year project and facilitate a discussion around how libraries might build upon the experience of current shared print initiatives like ours and explore in what ways the shared print landscape will likely develop in years to come. With these goals in mind, I arranged a pre-conference session titled “Looking to the Future of Shared Print” which was held on Friday June 27th in the oasis from the heat that is the humongous Las Vegas Convention Center. We had approximately 140 attendees (from across the library world) which for a pre-conference event was impressive. Representatives from many of the MSCS libraries were in attendance and they expressed pride in Maine being center stage at a national event.

The session marked the end of three plus years of hard work on the part of the MSCS library staff, in particular those that sat on MSCS project committees. The project started in 2010, when Portland and Bangor public libraries, the Maine State Library, the University of Maine, University of Southern Maine, Colby, Bates and Bowdoin colleges, and Maine InfoNet formed the Maine Shared Collections Strategy (MSCS) to create a cooperative strategy for the long-term preservation and management of legacy print collections. To support this effort the partners successfully applied for a three-year IMLS National Leadership Demonstration grant. The funds received from IMLS along with matching funds allowed us to hire a full-time program manager, a contracted systems librarian, and the services of collection analysis vendor Sustainable Collection Services. Alongside the grant funding we also benefited from the long history of cooperation and trust between the MSCS libraries. MSCS remain the only shared print project to include both public and academic library partners.

The drivers for our project will be familiar to many: we faced the challenge of housing legacy print collections while at the same time lacking the funding and space to build new stacks. Our users expected us to devote increased room for study and collaborative and technology space as well as keep the same access to information resources. The partner libraries also felt pressure to responsibly steward sizable, historic print collections. We saw the growth of large-scale digital collections such as the HathiTrust as an opportunity to rethink the management and delivery of our own collections. In this context, libraries need to develop collaborative approaches to collection management because the issues exceed the capacity of any single library or organization.

MSCS has had some notable achievements over the last three years including:

  • Going beyond the project goal of developing a model for jointly managing and preserving print collections to actually agreeing to commit to retain a total of 1.4 million titles for a 15-year period. MSCS partner libraries now have the option to safely de-accession titles that have not been allocated a commitment to retain.

  • Becoming the first shared print initiative to record retention commitments for monograph titles in the OCLC Local Holding Records of titles and to disclose those commitments using the OCLC Shared Print Symbol. MSCS also documented retention commitments in local catalogs and MaineCat, so other libraries can use our retention commitments as a factor in their own collection management decisions.

  • Using the analysis to select and digitize rare titles in partner library collections.

  • Establishing a governance structure for the post-grant activities of the Maine Shared Collections Cooperative.

  • Developing Ebook-On-Demand and Print-On-Demand service delivery models, with public domain HathiTrust records loaded into the union catalog MaineCat for approximately 1.4 million titles and 3 million volumes.

  • Producing extensive documentation including the Shared Print Agreements for Monographs: A Users’ Manual to aid other libraries with their shared print projects.

  • MSCS partners Colby College and the University of Maine became the first institutions in Maine to join the HathiTrust. MSCS also worked with the HathiTrust to create a “Maine Collection” of Maine related items in the HathiTrust.

Three years later, the trust amongst partners has only been strengthened. In order to fully reach our goal of preserving the critical print collection in Maine, we need to attract new members. In April of this year I surveyed Maine library directors on their levels of interest in joining the founding libraries in the Maine Shared Collections Cooperative (MSCC) and participating in shared print related activities. It was pleasing to see a number of libraries express their interest in potential elements of MSCC, with collection analysis services being the most popular element. In June, we agreed to partner with the Edythe L. Dyer Community Library and analyze their print collection with the goal of identifying both withdrawal and retention candidates. We believe our work with Edythe L. Dyer will assist us in developing additional services that are tailored to the needs of other Maine libraries. Representatives from MSCC and Edythe L. Dyer Community Library will be presenting their findings at the next Maine InfoNet Collection Summit in October 2014. We hope this will be a catalyst for other libraries to join the Cooperative thus ensuring that what happens in Vegas doesn’t have to stay there, but can come back home to Maine.

Pleases see our website: http://www.maineinfonet.net/mscs/ for more information about MSCS.

Submitted by Matthew Revitt, Program Manager, Maine Shared Collections Strategy

 

 
Save the Date: Upcoming Conferences

NELA Annual Conference: October 19-21 at the Holiday Inn, Boxborough MA. This year’s theme is Be Bold: Libraries in the Center Ring. Fresh new ideas and successful library initiatives that position libraries as leaders and strong partners in their communities will be showcased.

MLA/MASL Conference: November 16-17 at the Cross Insurance Center, Bangor, ME. 

 


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This issue:

Reading Rescue
 
National Library Legislative
Day

 
Open Source
 
 Right Clicking to Empowerment
 
Viva Las Libraries
 
Save the Date
 

 
 Librarian Spotlight: Shannon C. Schinagl
Shannon C Schingl
This month's Librarian Spotlight is on Shannon C. Schinagl, our new Emergent/Family Literacy and Children's Services Consultant.

Would you tell us a bit about your career history? 
It took me a while to figure out my career path.  Before becoming a librarian, I was a middle school teacher, a special education teacher, a temp, and a flight attendant!  Once I found children’s librarianship, however, I know I was on the right path.  I began my career with the King County Library System in Washington State, and moved from there to the Seattle Public Library.  I decided to try something new and moved to Newburyport, MA, to be the Head Children’s Librarian in a small town.  When I saw this posting with the Maine State Library, though, I knew I had found my dream job!

When did you realize you wanted to work in libraries?
When I realized that being a flight attendant wasn't for me, I did some soul searching and had long talks with family and friends.  We all struck upon the idea of children’s librarianship in a public library, and we were right!  Strangely, though I had spent my life in libraries, I hadn't thought of actually becoming a librarian until I was an adult.

What attracted you to this job? Is there something specific you are looking forward to doing in Maine?
This job combines all of the things I am most passionate about in work and in life.  I feel very strongly about the power of incorporating early literacy into young children’s lives.  I can’t wait to start traveling around Maine and exploring and meeting all of you.  Plus, I love being creative and collaborative.  The result?  This position! I love adventure, so more than anything, I am looking forward to traveling all around Maine!  I really, really hope I see a moose during my travels.


Favorite story time song?
My very favorite story time song is called “Dinosaurs in Cars,” about dinosaurs driving in cars and constantly breaking down.  You can find it on the website nancymusic.com (a website I strongly recommend for some new story time songs!).

What are your feelings about electronic devices in story times?
This is such a tricky topic. I, personally, do not use electronic devices in story times. Research currently shows that children under the age of 2 should very rarely or never have any screen time. And while I strongly support various uses of technology in children's services, I believe that story time is one of the rare places where children and parents interact without the distractions of technology. Of course, there are always exceptions!  

Favorite teen program?
One of the most fun teen programs I have participated in was a monthly meeting of Dumbledore’s Army.  Some weeks were crafts, like making wands.  Some were food-based, such as making a butterbeer recipe.  And this club even played Muggle Quidditch!  It sounded like the library was going to come down around our heads!  This program is fun, appealed to a wide range of ages, and actually attracted more boys than girls!

Favorite book of the past year in adult, kids, teen, picture book category. Feel free to do "Favorite ever!" if you can come up with one!

Adult: “The Intern’s Handbook” by Shane Kuhn, which was not at all what I expected.  It was better, and both hysterical and gory.  That’s a hard combo to find.  (Ahem.  Please don’t read too much into my psyche if you are familiar with this book.  It might ruin my children’s librarian rep.)

Teen: I really like all things Sherlock Holmes, and adored “The Clockwork Scarab” by Colleen Gleason, in which Mycroft Holmes’ daughter and Bram Stoker’s sister team up to solve a mystery.

Kids: By far the funniest book I’ve read in the last year was “Jack the Castaway” by Lisa Doan.

Picture Book: The picture book I discovered this year – and one that is always a hit with both kids and grown-ups – is “Don’t Squish the Sasquatch” by Kent Redeker.


Anything else we should know about you?
My favorite holiday is World Toilet Day.  (Yes, it’s a real day!)  I am happy to share my tried-and-true ideas for WTD programs and/or story times at your library!
 
Is your Internet Safety Policy CIPA-compliant?

Recently, several libraries were selected as part of an audit of the Maine School and Library Network. The audit demanded that the selected libraries provide proof of compliance with the Children’s Internet Protection Act (CIPA); many of the selected libraries were unable to do so.

 

In response to this, the Maine State Library will be working with all libraries that are required to be CIPA-compliant by law (including most MSLN libraries) to update their policies, as well as offering guidance on how to become CIPA-compliant, learning about the filtering solution provided by Networkmaine, and keeping documentation of the required public hearing.

 

Further details and resources can be found here:

 

http://www.maine.gov/msl/erate/cipa.htm

 

Please watch the ME-INFO listserv for further information in the coming weeks.


 
 Did You Know?
PCs for Maine
Did you know you can get low cost computers for your library from PC’s for Maine? PCs for MAINE is a nonprofit effort to increase technology access for people and nonprofits that need technology to achieve important goals. Founded in 2002, they refurbish donated computers and can provide the unit and tech support for a drastically reduced rate. Even if you don’t have budget money to look into this for your library, share the information with your patrons. PC’s for Maine works with individuals as well as organizations. For more information, visit their website: www.pcsformaine.org.
 
 
 A Report from the President of MLA
 People who love libraries are always a pleasure to be around. I was lucky enough to attend the ALA Annual Conference in Las Vegas, and it was such a treat to be surrounded by librarians for a long weekend. My brain is swimming with new faces, stories, and information. I also have a couple of sweet new totebags!

I'd love to share with you some tidbits that I picked up, in case they may be as interesting or useful to you as they are to me. I sat in on a session about Groovix, a flavor of Linux designed for Public Access Computers. Based on Ubuntu, it has a similar look and feel to Windows 7, but is a much lighter weight operating system. One of the major perks of that is that it can run well even on computers that are 6 to 8 years old (or older!) The director of the Howard County Library System in Maryland was on the panel, and they have been using Groovix successfully for the last ten years, and have really brought their IT support costs down. You can download a demo version to try out yourself here

Makerspaces seem to be everywhere, but I got a wonderful reminder (from a panel that included former PPL Teen Librarian Justin Hoenke) that We Make Everyday. Makerspaces are not beyond your reach, and most of us are already doing fun crafts with kids. We don't need to leave mid-life and older adults out of the makerspace scene either, nor do we need to spend a lot of money or buy a 3D printer to create Makerspaces within our libraries. For some new ideas, check out SparkFun, ALA's Makerspaces Toolkit, and Lifetime Arts.

Finding out more about your patrons and how they use (or don't use) the library came up in a few sessions that I attended. Looking at national surveys, and then taking some of those questions back to your own patrons can help you find out where national trends connect to your community, but also where your library is unique. Knowing where you shine and where you need work helps you focus limited resources better. Some surveys worth checking out include the U.S. Impact Survey, the Pew Research Center, the OCLC Perceptions of Libraries report, and the Ithaka S+R Library Survey.

Digital content and delivery continues to be a challenge, but I would encourage you to check out the latest E-Content supplement to the American Libraries magazine, Digital Discoveries. It can be found online, along with past issues of American Libraries, here. It includes an update on ALA's efforts to make ebooks more accessible for libraries, information about digital content in school libraries, and some other good articles.

There is no substitute for an in-person conference, and I encourage you to register early and attend the Maine Libraries: Expanding your Possibilities Conference on November 16 and 17, 2014 at the Cross Center in Bangor. Both MLA and MASL are jointly organizing this conference, with programming assistance from the Maine State Library and Cornerstones of Science. Surround yourself with old friends and new, refresh and recharge your excitement for libraries and your sense of purpose, and maybe even learn a few new tricks.

Nissa Flanagan is president of MLA and the Systems/Technical Services Librarian at the Merrill Memorial Library in Yarmouth.
 
 
 What Are You Reading?
Audrey Snowden, Orrington Public Library : My Real Children by Jo Walton

Abby Morrow, Ellsworth Public Library: We Were Liars by E. Lockhart

Pam Bonney, Winslow Public Library: Benediction by Kent Haruf

Barbara Stewart, Webster Library: Under the Wide and Starry Sky by Nancy Horan                  

Maine Reader's Choice Award Finalists:
Benediction by Kent Haruf
The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt
The Golem and the Jinni by Helene Wecker
TransAtlantic by Colum McCann

 
 Friends Fun


The Friends of the Walker Memorial Library had a fundraising table at the Westbrook Together Days this past June 2014.  We had a book raffle of 'OLOGY' books (Mythology, Piratology, etc;) to support our 'Books for Bucks' scholarship to a graduating senior at the Westbrook High School.  We just had a new Friends banner made, and it was the first time that we had used it at a community event.  We did get several donations to the library from this exposure, and even some new Friends members from having this publicity.  Pictured is Kelly Day, vice president of the Friends of the Walker Memorial Library.  

Picture taken by Sue Sage, Friends member.

 
Youth Services Section 
 Youth Services Section (YSS) is a special interest group for Children's/Teen/Youth librarians and those who are interested in library service for youth.

 YSS partners with MLA to present the Lupine and Katahdin Awards and to coordinate the Collaborative Summer Library Program.  Last year, YSS hosted a "Beg, Borrow, Steal" one day conference for youth librarians and another one is in the works for this summer.  Please stay tuned for more details coming soon!

 If you are interested in joining YSS, please contact Abby Morrow (amorrow@ellsworth.lib.me.us) for more information.

 

 
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