Money Hungry?

Need funding?  All of us wish there was a 1-stop shop for library grants, but, alas, there’s not.  Instead, there are these – and other – web resources to help you through the grant seeking process.  Happy hunting.

ALA Grants & Fellowshipsfunds through the American Library Association

Current Library Funding Newsinfo from School Library Journal

Library GrantsBlog from authors of Library Grants

From Awareness to Funding:  A Study of Library Support in America– report data to support your grant efforts

Public Library Association Blogkeep up with public library grant news

Grants for Schools – pass this on to your school library friends; written by TX school librarian

Grants Page – CTLS website

Grants for Librarians – a nice list of grants our friends at Scholastic Books

Thanks to Gail Junion-Metz via SLJ 11-09 & beyond

Children’s Collection Development…

The Marble Falls Public Library recently asked me to talk to them about collection development for children – especially what I learned at the April 24, 2010 state library workshop on the same topic.  To get ready, I asked our members how they managed their own children’s collection.

You guys never fail to impress me.  We got almost 50 responses, with over half coming from small libraries.  What are your colleagues’ best ideas for keeping up with what to buy for kids? The answers can be found in the CTLS Best Children’s Selection Resources 2010.

Senior Spaces Resources

Senior SpacesNew info has been posted to the Senior Spaces wiki after the Senior Spaces Conference  held last Tuesday.  The wiki contains content since 2007 on “senior spaces” beginning with the first space, which opened at the Old Bridge (NJ) Public Library. If your library is thinking of developing a senior space, this wiki is a great resource to use as part of your planning, design and implimentation process. If you have completed a space in your library geared for the generations of older adults let them know. Contact Allan Kleiman at: kleiman<at>aol<dot>com for more information and details. And be on the lookout next year for a new book entitled: “Senior Spaces: A Step-by-Step Guide”.

Social Media as ROI

This video is about social media and its return on investment for your business. As in, if you’re not doing it, you might not be around in 5 years. Now, this is a little “the sky is falling” in my opinion, but if you’re looking for statistics to take to city council to explain why you need that extra bandwidth for the public access computers, or why your library should have a Facebook account, enjoy!

Sisters in Crime at Taylor

from Karen Ellis:
The Sisters in Crime continue to take library photos for their “We Love Libraries” monthly drawing for $1,000.00. Rules are pretty simple—just have at least 2 staff members pose with three mystery books written by Sisters in Crime members. Then you submit your photo through their online entry form. Easy stuff. You only need to submit one picture and it is in the drawing monthly. This random drawing is on the last business day of each month. This runs through December 2010. Not too late to enter. I’ve attached our library’s photo. Even though the drawings are random, we cannot miss the opportunity to have some fun. Posed are Ruth Teggeman, Veronica Ochoa and Lakay Williams. Sally Diaz played dead under the sheet.

Tommi Myers Llano’s Citizen of the Year

A big congratulations to Tommi Myers, one of the hardworking librarians at the Llano County Library, who was awarded Citizen of the Year at the Llano Chamber banquet this January. She was nominated for her work in preserving the history of Llano County (through programs with the Book Festival and the first Cemetery Tour) plus her work with recognizing Llano County’s military personnel. Way to go, Tommi!

Braille at West Public Library

Nancy from West Public Library shares:

Last Saturday a lady and man (I’d never seen) came to the library to get a card. They are new in town from Maine so I showed them around the library. At some point she heard a mom ask about our next story time. The lady (Janice) came up and said, “Do you have story time?” And here we go………

Janice has a registered therapy boxer named Braille who is blind. This dog has been in a Boxer magazine, in Eastland shoe ads, in an Animal Planet promotion commercial, and in fashion parades. She has visited nursing homes, children’s museums, etc. The web site is www.askmrseamus.com (click on Braille) in case you wish to see photos or read a story or two. I got a bit teary eyed. Braille can do little tricks. Now, she does run into things a bit until she gets comfortable.

Braille was born blind and left on the street in San Antonio. She was placed in a shelter but at nine months was going to be “put to sleep.” She was rescued and shuttled cross county by a small aircraft pilots group or something. Janice adopted her at nine months and began training immediately.

Anyway, we are making this into our Valentine’s Day story time: A Very Special Love Story. The teens are reading Brave Norman, the true story about a shelter dog that goes blind but saves a little girl’s life. Then Janice will tell the kids about Braille’s story and have her do tricks. Her message is a very strong: DON’T LET ANYTHING HOLD YOU BACK! We will be collecting towels for Fuzzy Friends, a local animal shelter as part of our program. Our craft will be to make rattle toys for the shelter. Oh, and it’s free.

Central Texas Library System, Inc.

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