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Friday, December 10, 2010

Local Scholarship Help

I read an interesting article in American Libraries a few weeks ago about a great niche for libraries to fill--researching and collecting information about local scholarships. Odds are much better for receiving a scholarship from the local Kiwanis club than with a national competition.

The author gives some great tips for finding those local resources. Maybe your school guidance counsellor already does this--if they don't, they will certainly be interested in what you find out. And non-traditional students (adults going back to college and homeschoolers) will love to have this information in an easy-to-access place.

What do you do to help people navigate local scholarships?

Thursday, December 9, 2010

Resources Round-up

Here's a smattering of cool stuff people have sent me in the past month:

  • Marcia Dressel from the Osceola Public Schools sent a reminder about the Federal Trade Commission's website, which provides brochures on a variety of topics. Some youth-related ones include avoiding scams in scholarhips and student loans and internet safety for kids, tweens, teens, and parents. You can order the brochures in bulk for free.

  • Hollis Helmeci from the Rusk County Library found Wonderopolis to be a fun site: "Have you seen this site? It is bizarrely wonderful. There is a considerable focus on kids doing things—and teaching skills—so it might be a good thing for the blog."

  • For teens who are interested in reading and writing, there is a new social network site that allows them to share their work, find out about new authors, and connect with other people who are passionate about reading and writing. Thanks to Kim Durland here at IFLS for sending along the information about Figment.com: Write Yourself In.

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Another Reason to Get to Know Your School Librarian

Thanks to Patti Blount from Durand for forwarding this information to me!

Two very popular free programs from the Cooperative Children's Book Center for teachers and librarians are scheduled to run again this year via the POLYCOM system (available at public schools). Talk to your contacts if you are interested in viewing them!

Outstanding and Award Winning Books for K-5 Librarians and Teachers
Wednesday, January 19, 2011
3:45 – 5:15 pm
Be among the first to find out about the American Library Association award winners announced January 10, 2011 at this session that will highlight outstanding books for children in grades K through 5 published in 2010.
Join librarians from the Cooperative Children’s Book Center (CCBC) of the School of Education at the University of Wisconsin-Madison on this tour through selected 2011 ALA award winners and Notable Children’s Books , as well as some of the books in CCBC Choices 2011, the CCBC’s own best-of-the-year list.

Outstanding and Award Winning Books for Older Children and Teens Grades 6 - 12
Wednesday, February 2, 2011
3:45 – 5:15 pm
Find out about some of the outstanding books of the 2010 publishing year for older children and teens in grades 6-12 at this session that will highlight selected 2011 American Library Association award winners (announced January 10 , 2011) as well as selected ALA 2011 Best Books for Young Adults and Quick Picks, and titles from CCBC Choices 2011.
Librarians from the Cooperative Children’s Book Center (CCBC) will be your guides on this trip through some of the ALA and CCBC titles for Grade 6-12 classrooms and libraries.
All books will be shown via live video connection throughout the presentation. Target audiences are teachers and librarians for grades 6 and up.

Monday, December 6, 2010

Choose Civility Webinar

You are invited to attend a free webinar entitled, “The Road to CIVILITY: Implementing a Choose Civility Initiative”, on Friday, December 10, from 10 to 11 a.m. Central Time. Led by Howard County Library (MD), it is designed to enhance civility, respect, empathy, consideration, and tolerance. “Choose Civility” can be implemented for all age levels and may be used to address bullying and cyberbullying, so it is very timely.

“Choose Civility” evolved from an internal library campaign at the Howard County Library into a successful, ongoing, community-wide initiative. There are now nearly 100 partners and funders, including the public school system and community college. In this webinar, three key leaders will explore techniques to articulate a vision and mission, implement a “Choose Civility” Initiative, position the library as a lead partner, recruit and engage community partners, form a Board of Advisors, develop a public relations campaign, and create relevant curriculum for students of all ages.

Up to 1000 participants can register for this free webinar, which is hosted by the Texas State Library and Archives Commission. For more information about the webinar and to register, please visit the Texas State Library’s Webinars page and click on the link for the webinar, or go directly to https://www2.gotomeeting.com/register/195649898.

To learn more about the Howard County Library “Choose Civility” Initiative, see http://www.choosecivility.org/ for in-depth program information.