Jun 24, 2016

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2015 Conference Information Page – Pennsylvania Library Association

October 4 – 7, 2015

Penn Stater Conference Center Hotel

Pennsylvania librarians returned to the Penn Stater Conference Center located in State College, Pennsylvania for the 2015 PaLA Conference, PA Libraries: Engage, Educate, Enrich. This venue, located in close proximity to downtown State College featured state-of-the-art meeting space that afforded lots of opportunity for meaningful interaction among attendees. The conference schedule included more than 70 educational sessions, 40 poster sessions, as well as a 2-day Library Products & Services Trade show, plus numerous opportunities for informal networking.

Session Handouts

Please visit the Session Handouts Page to access and print conference handouts from the presenters who have made them available.

Attendee Registration

The PaLA Conference offers a plethora of educational and networking opportunities — Here are just a few:

Attendee registration fees, as well as lodging information for the Penn Stater Conference Center Hotel. View fees.

Conference Scholarships

Boyds Mills Press offers three $500 grants. Grants are available for youth services librarians attending the conference for the 1st time. Learn More

Best Practices Award Winners

Awards will be presented at the Carolyne L. Smith Best Practices Breakfast on Monday, October 5. Please be sure to register for this event if your library is an award winner. List of Award Winners

How Can You Help?

The 2015 Conference Committee consists of a group of dedicated individuals focused on making the 2015 Conference a big success. Contact them, to thank them and see how you can get involved — 2015 Conference Committee Members

Volunteer Opportunities
After you have reviewed the schedule of activities and determined what you’d like to do, we encourage you to consider volunteering at the conference. Help is needed at the PaLA Registration Desk, PaLA Store, Exhibitor Registration, Local Information and by the Signage Committee.Volunteer Now.

Friends Group Contributions
Pennsylvania’s library friends groups have been key to sustaining our libraries (and PaLA) for years. Donations toward conference refreshment breaks provide crucial, informal interaction among attendees.Donation Form.

Support Conference Sponsors and Exhibitors
The PaLA Conference is made possible by the participation of library product & service providers and the generosity of conference sponsors. Please thank this group of library supporters by keeping them in mind when doing business:

2015 Conference Sponsors

Exhibitor Partners

Exhibitor Information

The PaLA Conference is one of the best ways for library service and product suppliers to connect with the Pennsylvania library community. The concise exhibit schedule, with no-conflict time and traffic-building programs make for an exceptional return on your investment. More information.

If you have questions on exhibiting, contact Show Manager, Kim Snyder.

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Jun 15, 2016

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About Us – ATD Fourth World

The roots of ATD (All Together in Dignity) Fourth World ATD Fourth World Movementgo back to the emergency housing camps built outside Paris in the 1950s. From the humble works of Father Joseph Wresinski, a Catholic priest assigned as chaplain to the camp in Noisy-le-Grand, ATD Fourth World has grown and today has grassroots teams in 34 countries around the world, holding general consultative status at the United Nations, UNICEF, UNESCO, and the ILO, in addition to participatory status at the Council of Europe. ATD Fourth World also maintains a permanent delegation to the European Union.

Visit the pages below to learn more about our history, our founder, the Volunteer Corps who make up its staff, and the Board of Directors and the audit reports of the US Teams.

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Jun 12, 2016

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Central Library – Libraries and Information Services – City of Pasadena, California

Branch Brief

Pasadena’s Central Library was designed by the firm of Myron Hunt and H.C. Chambers, the architects of the Huntington Library and Occidental College. The Pasadena Central Library is on the National Register of Historic Places, and has been the location for several major motion pictures. The facility is visited by an average of more than 55,000 people each month.

The Central Library neighborhood profile provides more details about where the library is located.

Free wi-fi is available at all Pasadena Public Library locations.

More in Detail

Parking at Central Library

In an effort to alleviate some of the parking congestion at Central Library, the Parking Enforcement section of Public Works patrols and monitors the patron parking lot. Parking Enforcement personnel enforce a 3 hour time limit for the parking lot, as well as cite persons parking in the library lot who are not using the library. If you are planning on using the library for longer than the three hour limit, you may want to consider using one of the pay for use off-site facilities in the library area.

Please contact Parking Enforcement for further information regarding the parking enforcement, citation and appeals policies of the City of Pasadena.

Public transportation options are also available.

Services and Programs

For more information about programs here and throughout the Pasadena Public Library, you can visit our Library Calendar.

Children’s Programs

Infant and Toddler Storytimes on Tuesdays. (Pre-registration required for Infant and Toddler Storytimes. Call for information on how to sign up or see our Storytime Registration page.) Family Storytime Saturdays at 10:00 a.m. For special events, pre-registration and holiday programs, call (626)744-4066, option 4.

Please check the calendar or call to confirm, as sites may take seasonal breaks.

Service to the Homebased

This program is designed to provide library materials to anyone who is a resident of Pasadena and is confined to their homes or convalescent centers due to illness, injury or disability. For more details call (626)744-4066, option 7.

Donald R. Wright Auditorium

The Central Library’s Donald R. Wright Auditorium accommodates 142 people, with 35 additional seats available on request. Priority for auditorium use is given first to Library sponsored events, second to City-sponsored events and third to Pasadena based groups. All others will be given consideration on a first-come/first served basis. The Library reserves the right to preempt any event for a Library or City-sponsored event. Call (626)744-4066, option 5, on Tuesdays or Thursdays only to reserve the auditorium and to learn about Library policies about using this or other library meeting rooms. For a schedule of events in the auditorium, you can visit our Library Calendar

Ernestine Avery Children’s Wing

Previously known as the Peter Pan Room and later the Boys and Girls Room, the Children’s Wing was dedicated on April 21, 1990 as the Ernestine Avery Children’s Wing.


With more than 60,000 books, magazines, CDs, DVDs and videos for children and their parents, the collection is a treasure trove of bestsellers, popular reading and classic books, nonfiction books for homework and research reports, and an extensive folktale collection (over 2,000 volumes) arranged by country of origin. Spanish language books are also available.

Computer Resources

Four computer workstations with educational computer games, as well as access to online databases for children and live homework help online tutoring are available. The Peek-a-Book station gives short read-alouds for recommended picture storybooks for preschoolers.

Services and Programs

Reference and reader’s advisory services are available at the children’s room desk all hours that the library is open. Storytimes for babies, toddlers and preschoolers are presented weekly (registration is required for the baby and toddler storytimes). Each month during the school year, approximately 35 classes from local schools visit the Children’s Wing for literature-based programs, browsing and checking out books. In FY 2005/2006, the Central Library Children’s Room conducted 452 programs for children with 14,755 in attendance. Of these, 183 were class visits with 3,880 in attendance.

Central Library Collection

Over 728,000 items are held at the Central Library and the nine branch libraries. The library collection offers a broad choice of circulating print and non-print materials aimed at meeting the informational needs of the Pasadena community. The Central Library has strong general reference, business, local history and periodicals collections. A high priority is placed on acquiring information and resources about Pasadena, past and present. The Library is a 25% depository for United States documents, and a partial depository for State of California documents. City of Pasadena reports, agendas, and minutes of boards and commissions are available for public review at the Central and branch libraries. The collection contains electronic resources including online access, CD-ROMs and Information Access Company’s InfoTrac periodical and newspaper indexes. For more information, call (626)744-4066, option 7.

Branch Characteristics

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Jun 11, 2016

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California Library Association

5/17/2016 – Over 100 California librarians, library staff and authors gathered together at Ontario City Library to attend this first ever Institute consisting of professional development workshops aimed at improving and advocating for youth services programming in public libraries within the state. .. [read more]

He recommends no new spending with tax revenues down $1.9 billion

5/13/2016 – This morning Governor Jerry Brown appeared before the press corps at the State Capitol to release his ‘May Revision’ of the 2016-17 State Budget. The ‘May Revision’ or ‘May Revise’ is an annual document that is prepared by the Governor, which seeks to update the Governor’s January Budget, to reflect the state’s current fiscal condition after April tax receipts have been accounted for and various state and national financial factors are incorporated. Governor Brown’s May Revise notes that the ‘tax revenue forecast has been reduced by $1.9 billion, reflecting poor April income tax receipts and more sluggish sales tax receipts than expected.’ The Governor spent a significant amount of time referring to a series of charts that predicted past economic turn-downs, and he cautioned, ‘Like everything else, things don’t last forever. We need to prepare for our time of necessity.’ The ‘Revise’ also warns, ‘By 2019-20, the annual shortfall between spending and revenues is forecast to be over $4 billion. This shortfall does not take into account the likelihood of an economic slowdown or recession.’ The predicted shortfall is partly due to the Proposition 30 taxes that will expire unless the voters approve the extension via an initiative this November. In light of this, the ‘Revise’ states, ‘ Until the voters decide this important question, no significant new ongoing spending commitments should be made. The May Revision reflects this principle.’.. [read more]

Legislators opt to hold items open, pending May Revision

5/5/2016 – Yesterday afternoon, the Assembly Budget Subcommittee on Education Finance reviewed the Governor’s Budget proposal which seeks to provide additional funding to the California Library Services Act. You will recall from our previous reports that Governor Brown is recommending $1.8 million in new, ongoing funding be provided to the CLSA (which would be added to the existing $1.8 million currently in the Act). The Governor is also proposing adding $3 million in new ‘one-time’ money for the CLSA, with the purpose of encouraging greater digital delivery innovations between the regional systems. CLA is supporting the Governor’s CLSA proposals.. [read more]


4/12/2016 – This Bridge Will Not Be Gray written by Dave Eggers, illustrated by Tucker Nichols, and published by McSweeney’s has been selected as the 2016 recipient of the California Library Association’s John and Patricia Beatty Award. [read more]


4/11/2016 – Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. today issued a proclamation declaring April 10 through 16, 2016, as California Library Week in the State of California. [read more]


4/8/2016 – The Senate and Assembly Budget Subcommittees have been meeting weekly at the State Capitol in order to review and to make recommendations regarding various program funding areas proposed in Governor Brown’s 2016-17 State Budget. We need your help! Would you please take a few minutes in the coming days to send letters to 10 key legislators involved in the Budget process, in order to ensure that the California Library Association’s ‘Budget ask’ is realized. Contact information for these Senators and Assemblymembers can be found at the end of this report, and bullet points have been provided in order to help you craft a quick letter. Letters are due by April 29..[read more]


3/22/2016 – Late last week the Senate Budget Subcommittee on Education Finance held a hearing at the State Capitol to review Governor Brown’s proposed funding increase for the California Library Services Act. You will recall that when the Governor released his January 2016-17 Budget, it included a proposal to add $1.8 million to the baseline for ongoing funding for the California Library Services Act (which would bring the baseline to a total of $3.6 million) and the Governor proposed an additional $3 million in ‘one time’ funding (meant to be used during the 2016-17 fiscal year only) for the CLSA.[read more]

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Jun 10, 2016

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Somerville Public Library –

Please help us pick a book to read!!

Please go to our blog post and help us pick the next Somerville Reads book. Click HERE to see choices! And click HERE to VOTE!

To see a video about our book selection process for Somerville Reads, please click HERE

Friends of the Library Book Sale

Thursday, May 19 – Sunday, May 22

Central Library Auditorium

Don’t miss out on this chance to get incredibly good deals on new and used books, movies, music, and more – and show your support for the Library! Proceeds from the book sale help support Library programs for adults and children, including the popular ‘museum membership’ program which allows Somerville residents to visit local museums free or at a disco

5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

PREVIEW: Friends of the Library Book Sale: This preview is ONLY for Friends of the Somerville Public Library who have joined at the $50 level or higher.
Friday, May 20
Saturday, May 21

10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Sunday, May 22

1:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Sleep and Aging: a Talk with Dr. Kirsi-Marja Zitting and Dr. Nina Vujovic

Monday, May 23rd, 2:00 p.m.

West Branch Library, 40 College Avenue

Join us for a talk on Sleep and Aging with Dr. Kirsi-Marja Zitting and Dr. Nina Vujovic, postdoctoral research fellows at Brigham & Women’s Hospital in the Division of Sleep and Circadian Disorders. They will talk about the importance of sleep, sleep patterns across the life span, major sleep problems and disorders, and will also give some healthy sleep tips.

This talk will be duplicated at the Central Library, which is wheelchair accessible, on Tuesday, May 31st at 2:00 p.m.

Please note: The West Branch Library is not wheelchair accessible. Individuals who need auxiliary aids for effective communication or any other reasonable accommodation are invited to make their needs known to the City’s ADA Coordinator, Betsy Allen. She can be reached at 617-625-6600 x2323 or ballen@somervillema.gov. The City of Somerville’s disability policy can be found on the City’s Commission for Persons with Disabilities page

Community Note:
West Branch Library Meeting, June 1

Please join the Somerville Capital Projects and Planning Department, Ward 6 Alderman Lance Davis, and our architect, Design Lab, to discuss planned renovations to the West Branch Library. The meeting will be held on Wednesday, June 1, from 7 to 9 p.m. at the TAB building located at 169 Holland St.

We will review and discuss the renovation and scope of library program services in the historic structure, and continue the discussion on the community’s preferred landscape alternative, as well as the scale and viability of the proposed community room addition.

If you are unable to attend, please submit questions, comments or suggestions to Steve Vitello (Project Manager) via phone or e-mail: svitello@somervillema.gov

617-625-6600 ext 5124


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Jun 9, 2016

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Art Works – Conway Hall

Art Works

The Library’s collection of artworks includes portraits of luminaries such as philosopher Bertrand Russell (1872-1970), biologist Thomas Huxley (1825-1895), and the freethought writer Chapman Cohen (1868-1954).

We have sculptures of political author Thomas Paine (1737-1809), designer and socialist William Morris (1834-1896), and the freethinker George Jacob Holyoake (1817-1906), amongst others, as well as numerous photographs from the nineteenth and twentieth centuries.

All of our art works are indexed and searchable via the catalogue.

The works can also be downloaded as a Portraits List

Whichever way you chose to learn more about our artworks, we hope you enjoy these unique portraits of remarkable men and women.

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Jun 8, 2016

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Alamogordo Public Library

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Serving the Residents of

The New Mexico State Library offers free access to El Portal , a collection of databases available online 24/7. The collection includes: newspapers, magazine, journal articles, and books such as encyclopedias. Materials are available for all age ranges and interests.

LearningExpress Library features nearly 1,000 online tutorials, practice tests,
and eBooks to help people of all ages. It offers job search and workplace skills
improvement, skill building in reading, writing, math, and basic science, career
certification and licensure exam prep, college and grad school entrance test prep,
GED® test prep, and more. Library card number required to create a personal account.
Please register as a new user on the LearningExpress Library 3.0.
Existing logins for LearningExpress Library 2.0 will not work on LearningExpress Library 3.0.

Contact Us
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Kids catalog

Mango Languages is an online language and culture learning database that offers access to 60 foreign languages and 17 English courses taught completely in the user’s native language. In addition to traditional language courses, Mango also offers the opportunity to learn through foreign film with their newest addition, Mango Premiere™. Mango can be accessed at the library, remotely, or even on-the-go with apps for iPhone, Android, Kindle and Nook.

Library Information

Downloadable audio books available through Recorded Books.

Also tryProject Gutenberg for free ebooks, classics.
Click here to begin downloading books!

Friends of the Library
Alamogordo Public Library Foundation (APLF)

Find full-text articles on local news, issues, events, people and much more from current and archived issues of Alamogordo Daily News . Updated daily, it includes obituaries, editorials, announcements, sports, real estate and other sections. (Library card number required.)

Search current and archived coverage of issues, events, people, government, sports and more with the largest collection of full-text U.S. newspapers, including Albuquerque Journal , Roswell Daily Record , , and other New Mexico newspapers Alamogordo Daily News . Includes staff-written articles, obituaries, editorials, announcements, real estate and other sections. (Library card number required.)

Library Advisory Board Members

The City Library provides local citizens educational, informational, and recreational resources in the form of books, magazines, newspapers, online access, and other formats.
The mission of the Alamogordo Public Library is to provide educational, informational, and recreational resources in print and non-print formats to all residents of all ages and socioeconomic backgrounds in order that they might have equal access to information representing all points of view.

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