Join the Circle of Knowledge

The $5,000 Scholastic Library Publishing National Library Week Grant will be awarded to a US library for the best public awareness campaign incorporating the 2008 National Library Week theme, “Join the circle of knowledge @ your library.” The grant is sponsored by Scholastic Library Publishing, a division of Scholastic, the global children’s publishing, education and mediacompany, and is administered by the Public Awareness Committee of the American Library Association (ALA). National Library Week is April 13-19, 2008. Funds can be used to pay for promotional aspects of the program, i.e., printing/design of flyers, advertising, honoraria, and other campaign expenses related only to promotion.

A grant application form and guidelines are available on ALA’s web site.

Booked for Success: Reality in the Library

I had a few extra minutes on my hands while eating breakfast so I started flipping channels on the television.  Before I knew it, I was hooked on “Shear Genius”, a hair  competition for stylists.  And of course, they’re running back to back episodes because it is a holiday!!

Not too far into the marathon, I realized how many professions have these competitions for the best of the best in their industry accented with personal drama and turned into a television show.  So why not a YA library?

One week the competition could be on collection development, another library design,  one on programming and yet another on technology instruction.  Spice it up with reference challenge questions and impromptu book repairs  et voila!  ANOTHER REALITY SHOW!!  Sure, it may be difficult to build a fan base, so announce the competition in journals, blogs and listservs, with competitors required to deliver episodic updates in MySpace using blogs, podcasts and photo postings.  The final phase of the competition could be developed into a broadcast by Discovery or Disney.  The prizes?  A complete personal library, trips to the great libraries of the world, the car of your choice to drive work along with free gasoline for as long as  you keep the car…

Do I have a great imagination or what?  LOL

Yalsa: “Get Connected: Tech Programs for Teens”

CHICAGO -Preorders are open now for “Get Connected: Tech Programs for Teens,” published by Neal-Schuman and the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA), the fastest-growing division of the American Library Association (ALA). “Get Connected” will be available on June 13, 2007.


Borrowing its title from the Teen Tech Week™ theme, “Get Connected” offers tried-and-true, practical tips for young adult library workers seeking to incorporate technology into their programs and services. Topics include recreation- and education-based programs, working with special teen populations, drawing young readers in the social networking scene, tips for working with teen advisory groups and YALSA’s innovative ideas for celebrating Teen Tech Week.


“This collection will inspire more libraries to use the resources they already have to attract teens to the library and to help teens use the technology safely and more completely,” said author RoseMary Honnold. “Program collections are like cookbooks; a program description is a recipe. You can follow them exactly or use them as starting points and tweak to suit your unique audience’s tastes. Teens will love a program customized to their interests and needs.”


“Get Connected: Tech Programs for Teens,” by RoseMary Honnold for the Young Adult Library Services Association (ISBN: 1-55570-613-4, ISBN-13: 978-1-55570-613-5), costs $45.00 and is available for purchase on Neal-Schuman’s Web site, by calling 1-866-NS-BOOKS. Discounts are available for YALSA members. For review copies, please contact Janice Bevilacqua, Marketing Associate.

Spanish Language Marketing Materials

The REFORMA DC Metro Area Chapter and WebJunction invite you to share 
your Spanish language marketing and public relations materials at the 
Fundraiser Reception in Washington, DC on Sunday, June 24, 2007. 

At the PIÑATA DE RECURSOS/RESOURCE PIÑATA Exhibit, guests will view 
the materials and take ideas back to their libraries.  In addition, all 
material will be made available on the WebJunction Website  

Submissions can be from all types of libraries.  In addition, we 
welcome all Spanish language library materials from various categories, such 

Booklists and bibliographies 
Calendar of events and newsletters 
El Dia de los Ninos/Dia de los Libros 
Film programs 
Hispanic Heritage Month 
Marketing Campaign 
Orientation materials 
Original reading programs for children, teenagers, adults, seniors, and 
Poetry events 
Policy materials 
Library signs 
Literacy programs 
Special programs and events (not included in the other categories, 
health fairs, library theater, immigration workshops, citizenship 
recruitment of volunteers, games to promote reading and the use of the 
library, and more) 
Services to day laborers 
...and Many More! 

Please send an electronic copy of each flyer/handout/etc. to 
<> OR send approximately 100 print copies of your 
promotional materials by June 1, to: 

Piñata de Recursos 
c/o Elena Tscherny 
D.C. Public Library 
901 G Street, N.W., Room 410 
Washington, DC 20001 

For more information, please contact Elena Tscherny, REFORMA DC Metro 
Area Chapter 
Tel: (202) 727-1183 

For information about attending the REFORMA Fundraiser 

Paper Draper Project Media Kits


In an effort to touch schools she can’t actually visit AND to raise funds for her upcoming national teen reading initiative, Sharon Draper has created Paper Draper Project Media Kits.  They are available on her website.   Each kit contains copies of her booksm posters, a DVD of Draper booktalking the books, a CD of Draper reading excerpts from her book, discussion guides and a class set of book markers.  One set is appropriate for teens, another for middle schoolers.  Both sets contain a life size, heavy duty cardboard cut out of Ms. Draper!  Samples of the readings are provided on the website.

3rd Annual Self Love Celebration

The Summer Self-Love Celebration is a 6 session, 3 week personal empowerment program for female youth ages 13-16 years old. The mission of this program is to provide a non-traditional approach to Violence and HIV prevention via instilling self-worth, critical thinking and Personal EMPOWERMENT into female youth of the Hip-Hop Generation! Spend your time with Sisters’ Sanctuary at the Summer Self-love Celebration co- sponsored by The Pan African Studies Community Education Program at Temple University (PASCEP)!

Information is also available on MySpace.

Stepping Stones

Project Stepping Stone is a major initiative of the Indianapolis Chapter of the National Society of Hispanic MBA’s to get Latino students to college. There is no cost to the students or parents. The Project’s website is continually being developed and it contains a link to an application for a one week college prepatory workshop for Latino students to be held this summer. The deadline was 10 May, but if you have an interested student, I would suggest contacting the group ASAP! Contact information is on the application.