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Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Libri Foundation Alternative

Picture books in a library
I just found out that the Libri Foundation, an organization that has provided many libraries in our system with grant funds to help them improve their collection of children's books, is no longer making grants in Wisconsin.  This is due to the fact that the auditing practice they use is no longer accepted by the state of Wisconsin.

That leaves a big hole, but luckily, another foundation has stepped in to fill that hole.  The folks at Libri recommend looking into the Pilcrow Foundation, which is set up to help libraries obtain high quality children's books with a 1/3 matching grant (from a Friends group or fundraiser).

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Banned Books webinar

Thanks to Patti Blount from Durand for passing on this important sounding webinar.

Let's Talk About Banned Books: Acquiring, Displaying, and Dealing with Challenges
Thursday, September 11, 2014
3:00 PM - 4:00 PM ET / 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM PT


Some of the most popular and widely respected children’s and YA books have been challenged in schools and libraries across the country. Banned Books Week is celebrated the last full week in September and strives to make the public aware of books that have been banned or challenged in schools and public libraries, as well as in bookstores and other venues. What do you do to prepare for those challenges and keep important books in the hands of readers?
Join SLJ for an important discussion with SLJ columnist Pat Scales, along with authors M.E. Kerr and Todd Parr as they provide practical advice when dealing with book challenges and hear the authors’ perspective on their books that have been banned over the years. You’ll also hear from Youth Services librarian Heather Acerro on ways that librarians can celebrate, display, and use these books.
Register now!

Panelists

Pat Scales - Columnist, School Library Journal
M.E. Kerr - Author
Todd Parr - Author
Heather Accero - Head of Youth Services at Rochester Public Library
Moderator
Kiera Parrott - Book Review Editor, School Library Journal