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December 2013 | Volume 61 | Number 6

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A Message from the President...

2013 December e-Bulletin President’s Report, from Sara Kelly Johns

Every time we go to the NYLA homepage, the logo at the top proclaims that NYLA is the voice of the library community, a community that provides access to dynamic information services and literacy education in every type of library in the state. The NYLA Legislative Committee and the National Library Legislative Committee work diligently and intelligently to position NYLA as an organization with the standing to represent all libraries, library workers and the people who use them as legislative decisions are made in Albany and in Washington. But if those 30 or so NYLA members were the only ones speaking on behalf of libraries, that voice would only be a whisper.  It is the voice of the 4000 plus NYLA members and their advocates that raises our voice into a shout that cannot be ignored.

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Technology Teen Geek at the Howland Public Library

By Alison Herrero, Head of Adult Services & Digital Literacy, Howland Public Library

Do you need a helping hand with your Kindle or Nook, your iPod or iPad? Do you want to know how to download an app or load an ebook onto your smartphone? Coming to your rescue is the Howland Public Library’s Teen Geek, Justice McCray, who works most Saturdays from Noon to 4pm. Bring your electronic devices and your questions and Justice will do his best to help out.

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Take Your Child to the Library Day

By Chrissie Morrison

Maybe it’s just because I am a mom and a Youth Services Librarian, but I feel like every day should be Take Your Child to the Library Day (TYCttLD).   Officially, nevertheless, TYCttLD – the brainchild of Nadine Lipman, retired Head of Children's Services at the Waterford (CT) Public Library – is held on the first Saturday of February.  Although the first annual celebration was held less than 2 years ago, in 2012, the idea has spread like wildfire.  More than 270 libraries in Canada, Germany, 2 Caribbean islands, and 36 states have already joined in on the fun.  If your library isn’t already participating, you should join the rest of us in 2014!  

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Somers Seed Lending Library

By Valerie Herman & Tara Ferretti

Somers Seed Lending Library is a free community heirloom seed lending project, demonstrating that libraries check out more than books. The idea is simple. Growers get seeds from the seed catalog in the library, and record what seeds they 'borrow'. They then grow their plants, and at the end of the growing season, harvest seeds from those plants and return them to the Seed Library for people to borrow during the next growing season.

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Library Advocacy Day

Library Advocacy Day is approaching. This year, it will be held on Thursday, February 27th in Albany, NY.  Click here for details!





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Genealogy Resources Part 2: Best Free Genealogy Websites

Thursday, January 16, 2014

Much genealogical research that formerly involved trips to libraries and historical societies can now be accomplished online. The Internet can now take you to websites, online collections and databases of census, military, cemetary and immigration information. This webinar will identify the best in FREE genealogy websites, including digitized vital records, photos, maps and important historical documents.