Latest Pew report on Public Libraries

“From Distant Admirers to Library Lovers–and beyond: A typology of public library engagement in America” by Kathryn Zickuhr, Kristen Purcell and Lee Rainie


School libraries need your help

The U.S. Department of Education is looking for peer reviewers for a possible school library grant competition this summer. The federal agency is seeking school librarians, educators, literacy specialists, administrators, digital media education specialists, college or university educators and researchers and education consultants to fill the bill as peer reviewers. Apply now.

For the full story go to:

ALA seeks candidates for 2014 Google policy summer fellowship

For the seventh consecutive year, the American Library Association is pleased to participate in the Google Policy Fellows program for 2014. The ALA Office for Information Technology Policy began its participation at the program’s founding.

For the summer of 2014, the selected fellow will spend 10 weeks in residence at the ALA Washington Office to learn about national policy and complete a major project. Google provides the $7,500 stipend for the summer, but the work agenda is determined by the ALA and the selected fellow. The Google Washington office provides an educational program for all of the fellows, such as lunchtime talks and interactions with Google Washington staff. For the full article and more details go to:

Applications are due by Monday, April 14, 2014.


New York State Library Announces New Early Literacy Resource – DaybyDayNY

New York State Librarian, Bernard A. Margolis, announced today the soft launch of DaybyDayNY <> an early literacy website designed to engage families and very young children in reading, learning and public libraries.


DaybyDayNY is an important component of Ready to Read at New York Libraries, a new statewide program from the New York State Library designed to help library staff further enhance and expand their early literacy services and programs.


DaybyDayNY is a virtual calendar with content that changes every day. This unique setup gives families with young children numerous daily activities and a story to read together. The story, provided each day by One More Story <>, is in the form of an eBook that includes original music and sound effects, produced by former Sesame Street Music Director, Robby Merkin. In addition, the website includes monthly activities, storytelling and nursery rhyme videos, rhymes for young children, craft activities for children and their caregivers, a link to “Find Your Public Library,” a New York State map of museums with activities for young families, health information, and reading lists. The website is designed to help parents and caregivers increase their young child’s cognitive skills and have fun together at the same time.


We hope libraries and systems will promote the use of this website to all young families and caregivers. Information about linking from your library or system website to DaybyDayNY and promoting the website with community members and partners is available at <>and scroll to the bottom of the page to click on “Share This Site.”


The New York State Library thanks the South Carolina State Library for providing the web structure and expertise that allowed us to model DaybyDayNY after the DaybyDaySC website. Additional help was provided by the Library of Virginia and the Idaho Commission for Libraries, both of which have created their own DaybyDay websites. In addition, the expertise of the Public Library System Youth Services Consultants has been an invaluable resource in perfecting the site for use statewide.


DaybyDayNY is funded through the Federal Library Services and Technology Act, with funds awarded to the New York State Library by the Federal Institute of Museum and Library Services.


Questions about DaybyDayNY may be directed to Karen Balsen, Library Development Specialist, Division of Library Development, New York State Library.

School Libraries and NY Students’ Constitutional Rights

March 6, 2014

Today’s school libraries do much more than circulate books. Essential functions of modern school-library programs include not only fostering a love of reading and research, but also working with classroom teachers to help students find, understand, evaluate, and apply information in order to solve both academic and real-world problems. Effective school librarians (also known as “school library media specialists”) are integral partners in helping students develop essential skills that prepare them for college, careers, and civic participation.

The New York State constitutional requirement to provide all students the “opportunity for a sound basic education” demands that all schools include a sufficient and up-to-date library media center providing a sufficient number of books and up-to-date instructional technology and software.

Our team prepared a brief, user-friendly summary of students’ school-level, library-related rights<> because we believe that ALL parents, students, community members, and other key stakeholders should be empowered with this knowledge and fully engaged in efforts to protect and expand our children’s educational opportunities. This handout is part of our growing Know Your Educational Rights series<>.

Please help us share this important information by forwarding this email to  your network,  sharing the related links from our Facebook <> and Twitter <> accounts, and printing copies for your upcoming meetings.

Thank you in advance!

The Campaign for Educational Equity

Summer Reading Resources

Each year the New York State Library, in partnership with the NYLA Youth Services Section and the Section of School Librarians, creates Explore New York reading lists and bookmarks for children and teens. They are available for download at These librarian selected reading lists are designed to help libraries promote New York State related summer recreational reading and are available for download and printing.


The accompanying bookmarks are created each year by the New York State Library and designed by the New York State Museum for Summer Reading at New York Libraries. The bookmarks serve as companions to the four Explore New York reading lists and include the 2014 summer reading graphics. The bookmarks are available for printing with titles already listed as well as in template form so that each library can add their own selection of books from the reading lists.


In addition to these New York State created reading lists, the Collaborative Summer Library Program includes multiple reading and resource lists related to the “Fizz, Boom, Read” slogan in their manual which is distributed to each public library in NYS.  These resource lists are also available through the School Library and Early Literacy Partner manuals available from the New York State Library website

Ezra Jack Keats Minigrant Program

The Ezra Jack Keats Foundation has created a minigrant funding initiative which awards of $500  to public schools and/or public libraries for projects that foster creative expression and interaction with a diverse community.

For more information on how to apply, please visit Applications are submitted electronically. The deadline for submitting an application is March 15.

Please visit for examples of programs, frequently asked questions, and background information.


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