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WSL Updates for December 15, 2016

Volume 12, December 15, 2016 for the WSL Updates mailing list

Topics include:

1) WSL REMEMBERS JOHN GLENN & LIBRARY 21

2) 2017 WLA CONFERENCE PROPOSALS SOLICITED

3) NEA BIG READ GRANTS

4) EZRA JACK KEATS MINIGRANTS

5) TEEN SUMMER READING WEBINAR

6) FREE CE OPPORTUNITIES NEXT WEEK

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1) WSL REMEMBERS JOHN GLENN & LIBRARY 21

In recognition of John Glenn’s heroic lifetime of service, a recent WSL blog post tells the story in words and pictures of a meeting between Glenn and Washington State Librarian Maryan Reynolds at the Century 21 Seattle World’s Fair in 1962, in the “Library 21” exhibit sponsored by the American Library Association and staffed by State Library employees.

The event is chronicled in Reynolds’ 2001 history of the State Library, Dynamics of Change. The State Library also holds the source materials for the book, which include additional photographs of the meeting, not included in the book. A description of the collection is available in the WSL catalog. A recent Washington State Archives Facebook post provides additional pictures from John Glenn’s visit to the Seattle World’s Fair.

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2) 2017 WLA CONFERENCE PROPOSALS SOLICITED

Program proposals are now being accepted for ALL 2017 Washington Library Association Conferences. All proposals from academic, public, school and special library staff, advocates and community partners will be considered. Now is the time to reach out to the dynamic presenters in your communities or share your own skills and experience by leading a Session or Workshop at one or more of these 2017 events:

  • WLA Learn Local! One Day Conferences: April 7 in Seattle; April 28 in Yakima; April 29 in Spokane;
  • WLA Annual Conference: November 1-4, Tacoma’s Hotel Murano.

Proposals are due no later than Tuesday, January 31 with notifications by February 10. Direct questions to the WLA office at info@wla.org or (206) 823-1138.

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3) NEA BIG READ GRANTS

The National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) Big Read program is accepting applications from libraries and non-profit organizations to develop community-wide reading programs between September 2017 and June 2018. NEA Big Read is a national program that broadens our understanding of our world, our communities, and ourselves through the joy of sharing a good book.

Organizations selected to participate in the program receive a grant, educational and promotional materials, and access to online training resources and opportunities. Approximately 75 organizations from across the country will be selected. Funding ranges from $5,000 to $20,000. 13 new titles have been added to the Big Read list this year.

For more information, use this shortcut: sos.wa.gov/q/BigRead. The application deadline is January 26, 2017.

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4) EZRA JACK KEATS MINIGRANTS

The Ezra Jack Keats Foundation, which fosters children’s love of reading and creative expression in our diverse culture, celebrates the 29th year of its Mini-Grant program with a call for proposals. Approximately 60 grants of $500 each will be awarded to qualifying teachers and librarians at public schools and libraries across the United States.

“For almost 30 years it has been our joy to award Mini-Grants to support teachers and librarians who reach beyond the standard curriculum—creating programs that inspire and encourage students in a creative and cooperative context,” says Deborah Pope, Executive Director of the Ezra Jack Keats Foundation. “It is essential that educators have resources to create these special programs, and this year we’ve revamped our application to make it even easier for them to apply for funding.”

To learn more about Mini-Grants, including this year’s criteria, visit Ezra Jack Keats Mini-Grants. The deadline to apply is March 31, 2017. Decisions will be emailed to all applicants by early May.

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5) TEEN SUMMER READING WEBINAR

Are you planning creative, fun, and educational programs for your 2017 teen summer library program? This webinar, presented by Michelle Beebower and Nichole Chagnon of the Austin Public Library, will introduce programs and activities in the 2017 Collaborative Summer Library Program Teen manual that will inspire unforgettable summer library programs for teens in your community. Join us on Thursday, January 05, 2017; 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Pacific Time. Register at sos.wa.gov/q/teen.

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6) FREE CE OPPORTUNITIES NEXT WEEK

December 19

  • Leadership and Mentorship for Rural Librarians (Association for Rural and Small Libraries); 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. PST

December 20

  • Use It, Don’t Lose It! Technology Donations Before Calendar-Year End (Tech Soup); 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. PST

December 21

  • Under the Microscope: Science at the Library (Nebraska Library Commission); 8:00 – 9:00 a.m. PST

For more information and to register, visit the WSL Training Calendar at sos.wa.gov/q/training.

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