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August 2014 | Volume 62 | Number 4

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A Message from the President...

2014 August e-Bulletin President’s Report, from Sara Kelly Johns

Who is Rich Harwood? After forty or so e-mails, NYLA was on his schedule. I am sure the conference being in Saratoga DID make a difference.  Since ALA connected with Rich in 2012 with its community engagement initiative, the vocabulary in the divisions, roundtables and at headquarters has changed to include terms like “aspirational,” “outwardly focused,” “community conversations.” 

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East Hampton Library Starts Summer Season With New Children's Wing

After years of wondering, Noel MacCary, a school librarian in Westerchester County, New York was able to prove the provenance of a large mural-like painting that has hung outside his library at Pequenakonck Elementary School. What do a boat, windmill and a lighthouse have do to with a library? Answer – you will find each of those objects as part of the interior décor of the new children’s wing of the East Hampton Library on Long Island.  After years of battles with the local zoning board that resulted in a 2011 decision by the New York State Supreme Court the 6800 square foot addition became a reality and opened on June 21.

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Authors Galore at NYLA Annual Conference

ended the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) and University at Albany’s Center for Technology in Government (CTG) summit on the role of publicThe NYLA Conference may be in early November but it is also a great time to get some of your holiday shopping done.  Over the course of the three days, there will be a chance to meet and have books autographed by the a number of authors.

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An NYC Literary Autumn For NYLA Members

As the songs lyrics ask, “Autumn in New York, Why does it seem so inviting?”  Well, the Hachette Book Group’s Book Club Brunch may be one special reason for NYLA members.

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School Library Summit: A Statewide Strategic Plan for School Libraries

By: Mary Ratzer

The 2014 School Library Summit, held at the State Education Department on July 7 and 8, could definitely be characterized by attributes which are often associated with the Common Core: multiple perspectives, rigor, relevance, collaboration, communication, and deeper understanding.  Indeed, the Common Core energized this gathering of thought leaders from key leadership organizations including NYLA, SLSA, SSL, State Education Department, and from Pre-K-12, higher education, and the community. 

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NYLA Conference 2014

November 5-8, 2014
Saratoga Springs, NY

Registration is now open for the Annual Conference!  You can receive Early Bird Registration discounts through August 22nd.  Choose from over 70 workshops and a variety of special events tailored to your interests!  We have top notch speakers, including Keynote Speaker Rich Harwood, Authors, Gary Shteyngart, Kevin Fitzpatrick, Julia Spencer Fleming, Jacqueline Woodson, and author Sarah Houghton.

Visit our Conference 2014 Headquarters for Keynote details, special events, lodging details and more - And be sure to check your Conference Promotional Brochures for the Golden Ticket, some lucky NYLA members will recieve a FREE Conference registration.


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