Librarian’s Report

March Librarian’s Report

3/13/14

Administration:

New LUV DVDs this month.

Copelands has agreed to build us 3-4 Little Libraries. Thanks to Larry for paving the way with his connections.

The library may need help with recycling again.

BPL is partnering with BCC to bring Mary Holland to Bradford. We are also partnering up with Summer Street Music for a series of Local Music events this summer.

We are setting up our summer programming now and have an exciting science summer planned. We are hoping to get some summer program grants.

Gail will be attending summer reading training in March. Debra will attend the LUV Tech meeting and UnTech Conference in April.

BPL will participate in the World Reads Day and give away 40 books to the general public to encourage reading on April 23.

Free Tax and Health Connect offered Thursday evening.

 

Grants

BPL has applied for a number of summer program grants: Walmart, Terrell, UVM Summer Science, presenters grant through VDL and the CLiF grant.

WEC grant – Little Libraries are being built

VT Reads – 5th and 6th grade along with a large portion of the teachers are finishing up the book “Wonder”.  The books will be coming back to the library for redistribution and discussion.

BPL has been promised items from the IBM donation program through Peter Lyons: desk chairs, tech cabinet, and coat stands.

Grant committee is continuing the grueling task of seeking funds for building renovation and upkeep.

 

Programs:

Poetry Circle 1st Wednesday 4-6. Phyllis Katz will be reading poems from her new book.

Present Point – Meditation in the Shambala tradition. March 5 and 19, 6-8.

Sarah Lipton is currently teaching at Karmi Choling.

Wonder – March 26, 6 PM. VT Reads and Sam Drazin combine to explore the visceral feel of disability.

Movie Night – Casablanca on the Big Screen March, 27, 6-8

Red Cross Babysitting training – This event is a long day of training limited to 8-10 kids from 9-13.  Saturday, March 29, 9-3.

Tax Help Thursdays 4:30 to 7

Health Connect Tuesday 10-12 and Thursday 6-8.

Next Month, April 23, Mary Holland – Curious Naturalist at the Bradford Academy. BPL and BCC pair up. Save the date!

 

2014 February Librarian’s Report

Administrative

New LUV audio and DVD available.

Holly Young is helping to organize and clean out the only adult area storage the library has. We have boxed up, barcoded and stored old periodicals upstairs in the newspaper room. Old, surplus computers were given away or taken to recycling by the Tech Committee.

January 2014  Checkout Statistics

DVD Jan 134

Audio 41

Books 683

New books 22

Grants

VT Reads Wonder.  Due to overwhelming demand for this book this year we have gotten fewer books from the VT Humanities Council and a request to double up their use. So 30 books will go to the elementary school for programs during February and most of March and come back to the library for April and May. We will co-host programs, art collaboration and book discussions both at the library and the elementary school.  This a great book and everyone should read it.

We have applied for a few more grants and are working on completing 3 previously awarded grant.

Programs

February and March

Poetry Circle

Wednesday, Feb. 5 and March 5, 4:00 PM

Bradford Public Library

Share a poem, listen, and discuss. 1st Wed. Poetry Circle where everyone is welcomed.

Dirty Wars

Wednesday, Feb 26th 6:00 to 8:00

Bradford Public Library

Jeremy Scahill’s  documentary film “Dirty Wars,” explores the rise of the U.S military’s secret war against global terrorism in the aftermath of 9/11, and has been nominated for this year’s Academy Award. Film and discussion featured in the Reading Room.

The Ice Business. Presentation at the Bradford Library, Thursday, Feb 27th 6:30 to 7:30

Steve Daly, Cold Regions Research and Engineering Laboratory (CRREL) ice expert, will give a presentation on the remarkable properties and mysteries of ice. He will melt away your mundane perceptions about this common crystal – from those frozen pipes in your house to river ice jams.

March 5 and 19,  6 PM  2 part series – The Presence Point Cultivating Embodiment and Engaging in the Creative Process

Combining contemplation and embodiment practices, we will engage in a journey to explore our senses and directly experience what it is means to live in our bodies. From the ground of embodiment, we are prepared to explore the process of creativity. We will flesh out some of our personal questions and work together on how to bring the process of embodiment and creativity into our everyday lives and society. Come prepared to wiggle!

March 26 – Wonder~ Sam Drazin

Sam Drazin will present a hands-on program focusing on disability awareness. Sam was born with Treacher Collins syndrome, a craniofacial anomolie which is similar to that of Augie, the main character of the book.

Children’s Area Happenings

Weekly Friday Story Hour ~ holds steady averaging 10 – 15 children and 7-8 adults. Caregivers recognize and comment on the social and cognitive development of their children thanks to Story Hour reading and activities.

Special Story Hour ~Valley Cooperative Preschool came in January for their bimonthly field trip to BPL.

Thank You community volunteer Abigail Flemming for reading at Story Hour in celebration of traditional southern folklore through song dance and story!

Central VT Academy 3-4 graders  made their annual trip to Bradford from Barre for an Art Adventure program connecting stories with art.

Mine Craft Group ~ continues to grow as more children become aware of the Thursday meetings. Children are coming to the library exposing family members to library services.

New Childrens Book Award winner’s and nominee’s have been announced and purchased.

Red Clover Nominees 2014-15

Newbury Medal Winner “Flora & Ulysees: The Illustrated Adventures” by Kate DiCamillo

Caldecott Medal Winner “Locomotive” by Brian Floca

Printz Award “Midwinterblood” by Marcus Sedgwick

Schneider Family Award  “A Splash of Red, the Life and Art of Horrace Pippin” by Jen Bryant

VT Reads Wonder by R.J. Polacio

  24 copies of Wonder have been brought to the BES to promote BPL VT Reads Program. 21 of 24 book have already been handed out to students in grade 4 and 5 as well as the principle and faculty. Jess Loeffler is using the audio version of this  title in her  6th grade reading/writing class curriculum. We have coordinated with the Parent / Child book group and they are also reading Wonder at this time in order to promote this community event. Sam Drazin will present a program at BPL on March 26 focusing on dissability awareness. Sam was born with Treacher Collins syndrome, a craniofacial anomolie which is similar to that of Augie, the main character of the book.  BPL programs and services are becoming more visible to families through Gail’s presence and networking within the school community.

Bradford Public Library January and Annual Report

1/9/2014

Administration:

Total Checkouts 12200 plus free no checkout books from our new Little Library.

Books 9693, DVD 1790, Audio CD 727,

ListenUpVermont Checkouts 872, Ebooks 515, Audio 357, New users 62, Unique users 207

Annual visits to the library is approximately 15100.

1031 Registered borrowers

The library is a community meeting space as well as a one-stop center for books, DVDs, Audio books computers, online resources, and resource assistance. We have a number of small meeting spaces, videoconferencing, 10 public computers, library wide wireless, and an interactive children’s room the public is encouraged to utilize.

A number of reports were utilized with VOKAL to track numbers for 2013 stats for the state and ourselves.

Collection:

12647 cataloged items in the library

337 audiobook CD

437 DVD

10 Connection Kits

2 Kindles for check out, 4 iPADs for program use.

Videoconferencing setup, digital projector, 10 public computers, microfilm readers, slide scanner, fax and printers.

Grants:

Library computers continue to be a vital element of library services and Tech Savvy classes were made possible through a grant from the Vermont Community Foundation. Vermont Department of Libraries and Google partnered to provide a grant for videoconferencing equipment and a $1000 for programming that is available to enhance our digital services.

A Winnie Belle Learned grant jump-started with a grant for $1500 the development of Connection Kits for a holistic, hands-on approach to reading fun with Chess, Origami, Insect Explorer, Emergency Travel Kit, American Doll, and Trains. We were granted VT Reads books for both 2013 and 2014. Walmart donated $500 for children’s programs.

The library hosted the New England ADA training workshop and was pledged an accessibility upgrade grant of $1000. Vermont Community Foundation and Merchants Bank donated to emergency repair of building structure leaks.

The tradition of seasonal decorations was continued by donations from our area banks. The wreaths welcoming patrons to our front doors were donated by Woodsville Guaranty Savings Bank, the lovely holiday tree by Wells River Savings Bank and the giant poinsettia by the Merchants Bank.

Programs:

Past…

2013 Programs Statistics

Adult programs – 91, Attendance – 1396 and Youth Programs – 58, Attendance – 905

Total 157 programs with 2332 people attending.

The young adult gaming club is getting boys into the library, story hour is highly successful each year introducing a new crop of kids to the library, early literacy and financial literacy has been featured with special books and programs. Spanish story hour continues. Summer Reading, programs and Feeding Kids kept the summer hopping.

Adult programs have been diverse and active with lots of author events. Health connect, tech savvy, and tax help offer one on one help. Poetry Circle has been meeting monthly with a dedicated following. We stepped into international participation with the World Wide Photo event. VT Reads program was very popular this year and led to the formation of the Poetry Circle. Simply Neighbors, Breast Feeding Support Group, Homeschooling group, and the History Club use the library weekly/monthly.

Future…

In 2014 Bradford Public Library plans to focus on programs for Math and Science, Poetry Sharing, Tech Savvy Help, Author events, VT Reads, Summer Reading, Story Hour and Reading Literacy, Videoconferencing, Movie Night, Artist space, and Photography with participation in the World Wide Photo event. Tech Savvy Help, Income Tax Filing and Health Connect will again be offering weekly one-on-one assistance in 2014.

Volunteers:

The library thanks you for the volunteer hours given to present programs, maintain computers, clean the facility, staff the front desk and help with all the many facets involved in running a community library.

Library Hours: Tuesday and Saturday 9-2, Wednesday and Thursday 12-8 and Friday 10-5.

 

2013 December Librarian’s Report

 Administration:

Happy Holidays to the Board and all our wonderful patrons.

 

We have identified a spot downstairs to build a closet to house replacement technology. Old, excess computer components will be taken out of the closet upstairs and given away. Anything left will be taken to recycling.

 

Programs Coming Up:

Dec 11 Wed 2-4   Vermont Underground Railroad 

Author Michele Arnosky Sherburne will talk about Abolition and the Underground Railroad in VT.

12/18 Tech Savvy 5-8  Focus on Mobile Phone Wishlist

12/18 Rehearsal of Christmas Carol

12/19 Library Holiday Celebration – Christmas Carol – read by the Board. Refreshments and best wished all round.

Story Hour every Friday 10 AM

Gaming every Thursday 4-6.

Poetry Circle – 4-6 PM Share others and your own poetry. In January it has been moved to the 2nd Wednesday.

 

Grants:

We received a grant for $500 from Washington Electric to build a Little Library for library outreach.

 

BPL is applying for VT Reads again this year.

 

2/14/2013

February Librarian’s Report

Administration:

Punch Card Challenge for Trustees

Punch Card for Book Lovers

Get ready for town meeting. Please attend and support the library.

Top Users by check outs for January

Top 3 – Dunnack Family, Bearce Family, Thurston Family

Schlager Family and Rinehimer Family to board members made the grade.

Top Authors

Childs, Picoult, Jance, Coben and Connelly

Check out numbers – Books 795, DVD 113, Audio CD  65

Programs Report:

1/19 Sarah Stewart Taylor – Expeditioners Lightly attended but good program

Tax assistance with Marcy Carver begins last week in January, Thursdays 4-7 and Saturdays  2/9, 2/23, 3/9, and 4/6 It has been a bit of a rocky start but now seems to be working. There is always someone waiting for assistance.

1/23 Scanning Archival Photos with Bob Raiselis Upper Valley Digital 6:30 PMGood program and we now have two slide scanners available at the library. One scanner is set up to work with the research computer and the other we are putting in a kit to check out.

1/30 iPAD  Good program met with enthusiastic interest but lightly attended.

2/6 Maple Sugar in the Soul – Author and Tree Herder Burr Morse Enjoyable program with a taste of maple popcorn. We had a nice full round table for this program. Thank you for attending.

Upcoming Programs:

2/27 iPAD Basics 2 – Face time and Video The Pryer family, avid readers and techies, will guide us through downloading Free ebooks and audio from Overdrive, Kindle, iTunes and more. Also we will learn how to set up and use Face Time and even download videos if we have time.

3/6 Cynthia.Huntington – Named a finalist for the National Book Award. Cynthia Huntington is coming to Bradford Public Library Wednesday, March 6th at 6:30. This poetry was meant to be shouted in rage and whispered in the dark. Do not miss this opportunity to hear the words read by the author herself. The following from Cynthia Huntington’s Southern Illinois University Press page

Cynthia Huntington’s Heavenly Bodies is a fearless and exacting exploration of illness, addiction, abuse, and the waning of American idealism.  These poems are unblinking in the face of dark subject matter, and surprising in their capacity for hope, for grace. Huntington’s speakers are as vast and compassionate—as empathetic and multitudinous—as Whitman’s, and they sing of the beauty and seductive brutality of survival in a world perpetually “alight with new dangers.”

Childhood Literacy for Caregivers – Letters of invitation for this workshop has gone out to area daycares.

April: Poetry Month

4/3  Sydney Lea, Poet Laureate of Vermont, on writing and reading your own poetry.

4/17 Poetry Writing Workshop with Jack Gundy

Grants:

We have applied for the following grants.

ADA site training grant

Winnie Belle Learner for Kits

Special Thanks for the donation of the digital slide scanners.

Volunteers Revisited

Looking for volunteers to direct the following areas. These are responsible, rewarding positions that we have tried to break up into areas that don’t require too much of anyone’s given time. Please consider taking one on or helping us recruit another interested community member.

Book Delivery to 1 or 2 Senior Living facilities monthly. We have from 1- 5 seniors home bound that need books delivered. Talk to them a bit, get to know what they want to read and email the library their requests. We will get a book bag ready for delivery monthly. You deliver and bring back the previous months books. This requires a small investment of time for a great service.

Book Sale – Organize books as they are donated to the library for annual sale. We are constantly overflowing with books that are donated regularly and do not have a place to store them. The Merchants bank has offered a space in the past to store books for our spring sale. What we really need is an on going three fold approach. Someone to sort the books, set up recycling, reuse or disposal connections and pickup, organize and implement off site storage of books for resale. Seems like a lot but might be great for a small group to take on.

Books Online – Check select books for selling price to earn money from donated books for the library. We have a number of old and possibly rare books and continue to get donations of potential all the time. We need someone to at least do a basic check of prices online (which is very simple) of a few books a week. Then email the results to the library. You have the potential of earning big money for the library with this service.

Technology Programming – We need someone to help plan and set up Technology programs at the library. Basically plan what is needed with the librarian, identify potential solution, and contact person or organization to set up event. Librarian will do the rest. This worked great for the author events. Talk to Kathy Davidow on what type of time might be involved and how rewarding it can be.

Technology Maintenance – monthly updates, scans and regular maintenance. Probably an hour or two monthly. We can set up a time to work with your schedule. Might be something a student can do and get community service credits if you know anyone that might be interested.

Promotion – Meet with, or be in email contact with librarians weekly for distribution of press releases to online calendars, and poster spots throughout town. Librarians will have the press ready and you just need to do the postings to specified spots.

Art/design – Graphic design of posters and/or bulletin boards, or dimensional in-house displays.

Help come up with interesting designs and either implement it or enlist someone who can. This can be lots of fun if your artistic or would like a connection into that world. The library can give you lots of opportunity to stretch your creativity and great exposure.

1/10/2013

January Librarian’s Report 

Administrative:

Working on an updated website where you can easily access the VOKAL system from OPAC.  Patron classes will be scheduled. Thank you Greg Haas for his long distance assistance and patience. From the website all of our online services can be easily accessed along with your personal library information. Overdue notices are emailed automatically as well as reminders. Check out bradfordvtlibrary.org

We are completely moved over the VOKAL catalog library system now. There is still a learning curve and some information to update but it looks like we made a good choice for the future. Both the state of Vermont and NH have announced recently that they intend to move their systems to the KOHA based VOKAL system we now have. Some day we may all live as one…

BPL received 10 copies of Eighteenth Century Global Trade: The Logs of Captain William Trotter.

Town Report draft is being edited and is due 1/15.

With the new VOKAL program we will be doing a top reader count each month and giving prizes for top checkout count for both adult and children’ books.

Larry has discovered a donated book worth around $200. He plans to donate a portion of the sale to the library. Larry can demonstrate the ease of tracking book costs and recommendation someone volunteer for this ongoing project.

Listen Up Vermont / GMLC has upped their price for membership. We signed a 3 year contract so we are good with current rates until 2014. Contract is available for you to look at.

Past programs:

Bert Dodson and Willem Lange Together Again – Great program with the room packed with people. They offered this program free to the library and the publishers gave us a portion of the profits.

Upcoming Programs:

We have a quarterly line-up of programs coming up. Thank you to Kathy Davidow and board members for making contact and helping set up scheduling with authors and trainers. Now if we can only get someone to take on the Technology Programs.

January:

1/19 Sarah Stewart Taylor – Expeditioners

Saturday, Jan. 19, 1:00 PM

Sarah Stewart Taylor is an author living in Hartland, who has written a number of books with the most recent being a young adult sci-fi book called the Expeditioners. Kids and adults will love talking with the author about her memorable characters. Taylor also writes adult mysteries. We have three of them in the library.

Tax assistance with Marcy Carver begins last week in January, Thursdays 4-7 and Saturdays  2/9, 2/23, 3/9, and 4/6

1/23 Scanning Archival Photos with Bob Raiselis Upper Valley Digital 6:30 PM

When archival photos are converted to digital versions, they can easily be shared, printed, and saved for the ages. In this program we examine the possibilities for using a scanner with a computer to archive family and community photographs, and in the process discuss resolution and image file formats. We also take a look at using photo editing programs to remove imperfections and improve the color, tone, and contrast of the scanned image, and will discuss options for distribution and safekeeping of the digital files.

1/30 iPAD Basics 6:30 Turning it on, setting it up, closing down Apps once your finished and saving battery tips. All these essential basic techniques will be covered in this first of a 4 part series on iPAD Basics.

February:

2/6 Maple Sugar in the Soul – Author and Tree Herder Burr Morse

Burr Morse is a seven-generation Vermont hill farmer. Morse Farm has grown from a diversified vegetable/beef cow/maple farm, to an internationally known tourist destination.

He is the author of three books, Sweet Days and Beyond, Golden Times, and Sugar

Burr pens the bi-weekly email newsletter, News from Vermont, and a bi-weekly newspaper column, Burr’s Whittlings. He will read and relate things historical and folksy with a sense of humor only achieved through seven generations of life in a place as gnarly as Vermont.

Childhood Literacy for Caregivers

Get the tools and learn techniques for ensuring a love of literature in our children. Two part program continuing from last year’s early childhood literacy focus on families. Dates to be announced.

 

 

March:

3/6 Cynthia.Huntington, named a finalist for the National Book Award, will read her poetry.

April:

4/3  Sydney Lea on writing and reading your own poetry.

SYDNEY LEA is Poet Laureate of Vermont. His most recent collection of poems is Six Sundays Toward a Seventh: Selected Spiritual Poems

4/17 Poetry Writing Workshop with Jack Gundy

5/1 Poetry Reading – Open Mike if there seems to be enough interest.

Volunteers:

Looking for volunteers to direct the following areas. These are responsible, rewarding positions that we have tried to break up into areas that don’t require too much of anyone’s given time. Please consider taking one on or helping us recruit another interested community member.

Book Delivery to 1 or 2 Senior Living facilities monthly. We have from 1- 5 seniors home bound that need books delivered. Talk to them a bit, get to know what they want to read and email the library their requests. We will get a book bag ready for delivery monthly. You deliver and bring back the previous months books. This requires a small investment of time for a great service.

Book Sale – Organize books as they are donated to the library for annual sale. We are constantly overflowing with books that are donated regularly and do not have a place to store them. The Merchants bank has offered a space in the past to store books for our spring sale. What we really need is an on going three fold approach. Someone to sort the books, set up recycling, reuse or disposal connections and pickup, organize and implement off site storage of books for resale. Seems like a lot but might be great for a small group to take on.

Books Online – Check select books for selling price to earn money from donated books for the library. We have a number of old and possibly rare books and continue to get donations of potential all the time. We need someone to at least do a basic check of prices online (which is very simple) of a few books a week. Then email the results to the library. You have the potential of earning big money for the library with this service.

Technology Programming – We need someone to help plan and set up Technology programs at the library. Basically plan what is needed with the librarian, identify potential solution, and contact person or organization to set up event. Librarian will do the rest. This worked great for the author events. Talk to Kathy Davidow on what type of time might be involved and how rewarding it can be.

Technology Maintenance – monthly updates, scans and regular maintenance. Probably an hour or two monthly. We can set up a time to work with your schedule. Might be something a student can do and get community service credits if you know anyone that might be interested.

Promotion – Meet with, or be in email contact with librarians weekly for distribution of press releases to online calendars, and poster spots throughout town. Librarians will have the press ready and you just need to do the postings to specified spots.

Art/design – Graphic design of posters and/or bulletin boards, or dimensional in-house displays.

Help come up with interesting designs and either implement it or enlist someone who can. This can be lots of fun if your artistic or would like a connection into that world. The library can give you lots of opportunity to stretch your creativity and great exposure.

 

 

9/13/2012

September Librarian’s Report 

Administrative:

BPL is signed up to migrate to the VOKAL network in December 2012.  The VOKAL subcommittee is working on preparing for the changeover.

Circulation Policy needs to wait until after we have acclamated to VOKAL.  However we did workup a signout form for the digital projector.

House keeper Robin Sidler has moved on from service at the library and into area daycare work. We wish Robin the best of luck in her new job! Directors are re evaluating the needs of the library and working on a plan for BPL housekeeping. 

BPL is into the reporting period so we will be gathering stats for our state standards report.

Training:

Debra attended a VOKAL catalog training session and Technology Unconference in Berlin, VT this week.  We now have access to the website/blog for tools and information.  We also have a test site to begin to get familiar with what VOKAL has to offer on a daily basis.

Dave Barthel skyped into a VOKAL meeting and has been working with our contact to develop a strategy for migrating from Library World to VOKAL.

Outreach:

Gail is working part-time at BES supplementing library services. She is building a bridge between the elementary school and BPL. She already has new people attending story hour from this link. We look forward to developing this outreach link further.

BPL is partnering with the Groton Spanish Language Club.  They hold the Spanish Language gathering this month on Sept. 17 at the Groton Library.

We invited Global Campus to partner with the library and so Global Campus will be meeting here next Tuesday to hold one of their programs.

Grants:

As part of the grant of $2500 from the Vermont Community Fund to update our technology services for the public we have asked a young student to man a computer lab for the month of October for two hours on Thursday evening from 6-8. Bring in your questions and your computer or device and he will help you figure out what to do or set you up.

The Vermont Humanities Council grant will pay half of our scholars fee for the Seven Deadly Sins books discussion.

We have applied for and will be participating in the Reading is an Investment pilot project along with 28 Vermont Libraries.  This program offers another opportunity for us to strengthening ties between the public library and the school through financial literacy.  Books and program materials have shipped this week and will be used in the library for children’s programs and parenting workshops while supporting a sister program within the elementary  school. This program is offered through the Vermont State Treasurers office and Director of Financial Literacy & Communications.

 

All the books (Bull Run) from 2012 VT Reads grant have been handed out to the community and cooperative organizations. Those who wish have been asked to pass on their copies to us to give to area school teachers.

 

Upcoming Programs:


Walk on the Wild Side -Fall Mushroom Gathering

This is the third in the 2012 series, has been very popular and brought in a whole new group to the library.  We meet Sept. 15 at 10 AM and walk through the town forest gathering samples of mushroom. Then we meet back at the library for a potluck and mushroom identification session. Mark Rinehimer and Jim Morel lead these walks and do a great job.

 

Seven Deadly Sins Book Discussion – Vermont Humanities and BPL sponsored book discussion starts Sept. 26 at 6:30. Suzanne Brown will be our scholar and lead the discussion.

 

Thursday Night Computer Lab – Thursday evenings, 6-8 all of October. Bring questions and devices and get hands-on, face to face help.

 

 

BPL Walk-a-thon will be Saturday, September 29, 2012 beginning at 10:00 am at the Bradford Elelmentary School. The walk will be a loop and will end at BES. Please pick up  your sponsor sheets and either sponsor someone or get sponsors yourself.

 

iPAD Basics Series Class – Is still in development but the dates are set for Wednesdays,Oct. 3 and 17, and Nov. 7.

 

Global Campus program here at the library.

 

BPL is hosting the LUV exchange next Monday.

 

Spanish Language program on Sept. 17, Groton Free Library.

August Programs

Civil War – Battle of Manassas Larry Coffin led a great program and his passion for the subject was inspiring.

Bull Run Discussion – Attendance to the discussion was light but the general feedback on the VT Reads book was very positive.

Spanish Language Program – Emilson Melgar from Antiqua, Guatemala facilitated a Spanish speaking night at the Bradford Public Library which was well attended. We have had lots of continued response to this effort and developed a sister library in Groton which will hold the next Spanish Language program on Sept. 17.

Summer Program Reading series finished up and ice cream certificates to Bliss were given out.

 

8/9/2012

August Librarian’s Report 

Administrative:

BPLis signed up to migrate to the VOKAL network in December 2012.  The VOKAL subcommittee is working on preparing for the changeover.

BPLComputer Policy and Rules of Conduct were adopted by the board and we are working on a Circulation Policy.

Robin has resigned her position cleaning the library. After 4 years she feels she is ready to move on to whatever comes her way but plans to continue to be a frequent visitor.

The grant of new LED lights and energy saver electric strips have been installed

We are putting together a committee to set up technology lab instruction.  If anyone is interested in being on this committee please let us know.

Outreach:

BPLis partnering with the Buena Gente Spanish Language Club to connect to a larger group of Spanish speakers and give access to our patrons to practice their language skills.

Grants:

BPLreceived a grant of $2500 from the Vermont Community Fund to update our technology services for the public. We plan to provide convenient electric outlets for  laptops and set up a computer learning lab.

We received an ERATE commitment for7/1/2012-6/30/2013funding year for about $546.00.

We have applied for and will be participating in the Reading is an Investment pilot project along with 28 Vermont Libraries.  This program offers another opportunity for us to strengthening ties between the public library and the school through financial literacy.  Books and materials should ship the first week of September. The program is offered through the Vermont State Treasurers office and Director of Financial Literacy & Communications.

Upcoming Programs

Civil War – Battle of Manassas 8/22,6:30 Larry Coffin will lead us through the highlights and give important details of the battle that set the stage for the American Civil War.

Spanish Language Program – Emilson Melgar fromAntiqua,Guatemala will facilitate a Spanish speaking night at the Bradford Public Library.  Focus will be on Questions and Courtesies and Life inGuatemala. We are lucky to have a native Spanish speaker to help us with our Spanish language skills.  Members from the Buena Gente Spanish Club have been invited to join with us. We in turn on included in their calendar of events.

July Programs

Mushroom Foraging Walk – Mark Rinehimer and Jim Morel led a foraging walk in theBradfordTownForest with a potluck afterward.  We had a good group of enthusiastic participants and brought in new people to the library.

Otha Day Drumming Circle : Saturday, July 28 at 1:00 PM. Games, songs and improvisational music through percussion instruments. Wonderful program with a large drumming circle in the reading room.   One of the participants liked it so much they sent in a $25 donation with a thank you for the program.

Movie Night/Superman-the Original Adventure – Patrick Peters, our graphic novel consultant, showed the original Superman film with some historical background on July 25. His superman display in the Reading Room case was popular.  Channel 3 came and did a short segment on the program.

Elementary Art Adventure: connecting kid’s literature with art.  The summer art series was fun and successful.  BPL is wrapping up the summer program series and participants are handing in their reading log and getting a coupon for a free ice cream at Bliss Store.

Young Adult Book Discussion Series: participants met to play frisbee golf and discuss their favorite DCF book.

Testimonial:

“I have this co-worker who was telling me she had never read a book.  So I brought in this audio book from the Bradford Public Library and we listened to it while we worked.  She loved it and wants more. We are even going to try listening to Pride and Prejudice.”

One of our young adult patrons was speaking with me yesterday as she waited for her ride home with an armload of books. Amanda says that her teachers always ask her where she gets her books and she tells them “My public library”. I told her to mention Bradford Public!

 

Date:7/12/2012

July Librarian’s Report

Administrative:

We inquired as to joining the VOKAL network and they offered us a spot this fall.  This step will entail a lot of prep work and training for the librarians as well as expertise from the board members heading this project. If we decide to proceed with this conversion then clean up of our current database will begin in earnest immediately.

A draft of theBPLComputer Policy and Rules of Conduct were sent our to the board.

Outreach:

Mango/BES program: We had a meeting with 2nd Grade teacher Faith Beaudin, 5th grade teacher Sam Drazin and parent Mickey Bui and talked of successes and plans to bring more faculty on board for next year. The committee is committed to planning a succession of library field trips for classes through the school year and positive further developing BPLibrary and BESchool connections for students.

July 7/5 –  The Hitching Post Bike Station installation and collaboration with the Climate Riders.  A great group of young people, with the direction of Bud Haas and Tony Brainerd, installed the Hitching Post Bike Station out front and to the side of the library.

Story hour in Elizabeth Park was a great outreach. Lots of fun for regulars and a terrific introduction to the library for some new people we met at the park.

 

Fundraising: 

In Times Past Two – Author, Larry Coffin is continuing to give programs in the area promoting the sale of his book and raising money for the library. The library’s digital projector is being used to enhance the programs.

BradfordPublic Library  T-shirts and Book Totes are on sale and Susan made a display on the library bulletin board.

Volunteers / Updates

Chelsea Russin is volunteering for a few hours Tuesday-Friday. She is learning fast and is a great help in the library.

Phyllis and Susan are working on a grant database that will be of immense assistance once completed. Once the grant database is completed Phyllis hopefully will go back to volunteering Friday morning to man the front desk, greet the story hour kids and parents and works on getting theVermontsection into the Library World database.

Carolyn Coffin and Sandi Price took on the Herculean task of ridding the bank of Knotweed last week.  No project is too big for these tireless backs when it comes to enhancing the horticultural beauty ofBradford.

Library Clean Up: Reading Room got a good shine by board volunteers, large items went to some form of recycling and we donated the copier that has been sitting in the Reading Room to a non-profit. We also got our donation box attached so we are ready for the big checks.

Tony and Bud are coordinating an insurance inspection due this Friday.

Upcoming Programs

Otha Day Drumming Circle : Saturday, July 28 at 1:00 PM. Games, songs and improvisational music through percussion instruments. The more participants, the better the experience – all ages!

Movie Night/Superman-the Original Adventure – Patrick Peters, our graphic novel consultant, will be showing the original Superman film with some historical background on July 25 at6:30. He has set up a superman display in the Reading Room case for the month of July.

Civil War – Battle of Manassas 8/22,6:30 Larry Coffin will lead us through the highlights and give important details of the battle that set the stage for the American Civil War.

Elementary Art Adventure: connecting kid’s literature with art : next Art Adventure, Fairytales & Castles, will be held on Tuesday, July 31 as part of the children’s summer reading program.

Young Adult Book Discussion Series: participants will be blogging their thoughts about DCF books this month.

June Programs

Latin Celebration: Mango brought Spanish speakers of all levels to the library on June 20th.  This program generated interest developing a conversation group and collaboration with another Spanish language group inHanover.

Cemetery and Museum Tour was rained out and held instead the next night.  This ended up doubling Larry Coffin’s work, as of course a few people showed up both nights.  Weather is beyond even the librarian’s control.

Bats, Bats   Jerry Schneider introduced audiences to local and tropical BATS and made bat T-shirts. Adults and kids gathered downstairs to participate in this program.

 

Date: 6/14/2012

June Librarian’s Report

Administrative:

Joint advertising of the Mentors Project, BCC and BPL was a good investment. We got a lot of positive feedback.

Computer policy are being considered and discussed at the board meeting.

Marjorie Shane died unexpectedly this week.  She was the librarian of both Newbury andGrotonlibraries.  We have offered to help them during their transition.

Programs:

Reducing Your Carbon Footprint has finished their current session put plan to start back up in the fall.

Haiti Relief Program – George Sykes was a very good program and well attended.

Basic Bicycle Maintenance with Thomas Masterson of Coyote Hill Bikes

Terrific instructor that has donated his time for next year also.

In Times Past Two – Author, Larry Coffin.  Great program with the sale of about 25 books. Thank you Larry Coffin. The library is so lucky to have your continuing support.

Bridging the Digital Divide fundraiser with Wall-Stiles at the Colatina

Thank you Dave Barthel and band. We earned $620 dollars, listened to great music and had a good time.

Memorial Day Book and Plant Sale May 25 and 26.  Looks like we had a great sale with lots of board volunteers working the tables. Thanks to the fundraising committee for organizing this so efficiently and all the other  helpers needed to make this a success. Also thank you to those that helped dig up the plants on the golf course for the sale.

Kindergarten visits the Library – 28 kids visited the library, attended program and got library cards. I heard lots of comments saying how the library is their favorite place and they can’t wait to come back.

Young Adult Book Discussion Series – Between rain storms they played mini-golf and discussed their DCF book.  They have their next book picked out and are ready to go.

Upcoming Programs

Spanish night 6/20,6 p.m. Meet, eat and enjoy… all in Spanish. Try out your new or experienced Spanish language skills.

Cemetery tour 6/27  As part of our VT Reads series, Larry Coffin will lead the  “HistoricCemeteryand Museum Tour”. Meet at the Sawyer Chapel in theUpperPlainsCemeteryat6:30.

Elementary art 6/26  Elementary age children will gather at the library to get their hands into some fun art projects.

Summer Reading forms and prizes are ready to go.  Children of all ages are encouraged to read and keep track of their accomplishments.  They receive an ice cream from Bliss’s store on achievement of their goals.

Story hour in Elizabeth Park 6/15. Children meet at Elizabeth Park for this weeks story hour and all round fun.

July 7/5 Bats. Bats, Bats

Former teacher and children’s librarian Jerry Schneider introduces audiences to local and tropical BATS. Understand the vital role of BATS which help control pesky insects, pollinate night blooming flowers and disperse seeds. Learn about BATS in attics,building bat houses, vampire bats migration and hibernation. Participants will make a Bat T Shirt to take home. Shirts will be available for $4 or you may bring your own. This program is Free and open to all ages.

July 7/5 bike rack installation and lunch with Summer Climate Riders

July 6 Young adult reading group.

Grants:

Bud Haas has applied for a grant for technology development through VCF.  Lots of persistance and determination on Bud’s part to get this grant out.  Thank you for  your efforts. We received some glowing letters of support.

We received 75 books of Bull Run, the VT Humanities Council’s VT Reads book. The library partnered with the Bradford Historical Society, Conn. River School, and the Adult Basic Education on the grant. We have four programs planned over the summer to expand on the book’s civil war theme.  The books have been handed out to most of our partners and announce at the Historical Society meeting.  The rest of the books we will hand out the community.