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May 2009

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Featured Teen Program
Looking for a great, unique teen program?  The Sewickley Public Library and the Shaler North Hills Library are pairing up for a Teen Air Guitar Contest.


Sewickley Public Library, June 23


We know they play air guitar in the privacy of their bedrooms, now teens can show off their skills at the library and win rad prizes! Teens at the Sewickley Public Library will play air guitar to a 60 second song clip of their choosing. Winners from the Sewickley program will be eligible to compete in the July championship event against teens from the Shaler North Hills Library.  For teens in grades 6-12. See
sewickleylibraryteens.pbworks.com for complete rules and contact Kelly Rottmund for more information about the Sewickley competition. Details for the Shaler competition are still pending, contact Elizabeth Eynon

Collection Corner
Get ready to Express Yourself with Teen Summer Reading 2009! These titles from the Teen Summer Reading booklist will encourage teens to express themselves through music, art, dance, writing and more.
Spotlight on Teen Summer Reading!
Teen Summer Reading starts in June.  By now, all participating libraries should have received posters, booklists and gift cards.  Please contact Karen Brooks-Reese if you are missing any of these items.
In an effort to "Go Green," we are no longer printing registration forms, books read forms or evaluations. Electronic versions of those documents are available on the Teen Services wiki. Additional resources, including Web sites and program ideas, can also be found on the wiki.
If you are running an online Teen Summer Reading program or including a Teen Summer Reading section on your Web site, please include a link to the online summer reading evaluation! Teens must complete the evaluation online or on paper to be eligible for the grand prize, six tickets to Kennywood and limo transportation there and back. The survey link is http://www.surveymonkey.com/s.aspx?sm=yYV8wob_2bBvw9Dh4K2CzUIw_3d_3d.
Please don't hesitate to contact Karen Brooks-Reese via email with any questions!



booksDistrict Services Department Has Relocated

CLP-East Liberty will close Saturday, June 13 for a 15-month renovation. In preparation, the District Services Department has relocated to Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh-Main in Oakland. District Services staff: Phyllis DiDiano, Administrative Assistant, Connie Galbraith, District Services Coordinator, Teen Services Coordinator Karen Brooks-Reese, and the CLP Youth Services staff share office space on the third floor in the former Interlibrary Loan Department office space.

The Time to Call, Email and Write to the Governor and Your Legislators is Now!  Do Not Hesitate Another Day!   

The Pennsylvania Library Association (PaLA) Legislative Committee has requested that all public library staff and trustees make a commitment to the advocacy effort by lobbying against the proposed drastic decreases to public library funding. In your letters and those of your friends, relatives and library patrons, ask the Governor and Legislators to keep funding to public libraries at the 2008/09 level. Tell them you oppose cutting the Public Library Subsidy by 50%; eliminating State funding for the Library Access line (POWER Library, statewide borrowing, interlibrary delivery); reducing funding to the Electronic Library Catalog(Ask Here PA, Access PA database); and cutting funding for the State Library by 50%. Since some federal dollars are distributed based upon the amount of State money committed to public libraries, the proposed State cuts will cost Pennsylvania's public libraries more than $1 million in federal money.


Detailed advocacy information, including talking points can be found on the PaLA Web site. The District Library Center, Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh maintains an advocacy Web site to assist with your advocacy efforts. Helpful information can also be found in the advocacy section of the Allegheny County Library Association (ACLA)'s wiki.



Shipping Update



The Shipping Department continues to work toward our goal of meshing the automated sort and manual sort procedures together. The yellow slips are working, but might not be the final solution. Several library directors have made suggestions for improving them-thank you.  All suggestions are under consideration.
Also, kudos to libraries that are barcoding on the outside. It makes such a difference when sending items through the conveyor!

ILL Update


Please remember to cross out the name of your library on the ILL label when returning ILL items. That will prevent the item from coming back to your library.  While the sorting crew should catch that the item as a return, sometimes it isn't obvious from the label whether the item is going out or returning.  
Please let Laura Perrier at 412.920.4536 know if library staff or customers are having any problems relating to ILL or ILLiad. 



Commonwealth Libraries   

LSTA Grants 

Its that time of year again! 


Directors who want  to apply for a Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) grant in 2010 need to begin planning.  If you were unable to attend the Commonwealth Libraries sponsored LSTA Grant Writing Workshop in May, but still wish to apply for a 2010 LSTA grant, it is highly recommended that you attend a  two-hour webinar on Thursday, June 11 from 9 - 11am. Register at www.pdewebinars.org, scroll down to the LSTA Grant Writing section.  
In order to determine which of the eight public library LSTA grant categories you want to apply for or where your idea best fits, begin by clicking here.

The Department of Education eGrants online application is now available. After a decision is made concerning which grant to apply for, contact Beth Mellor, Marketing and Member Services Coordinator, ACLA, and she will open the online application and review the login process. Additional details concerning the grant submission process will be sent by Connie Galbraith in June via email to all directors who are planning to apply. 

2009 Directory of Pennsylvania Libraries
All library directors should have recently received a paper copy of the 2009 Directory of Pennsylvania Libraries mailed directly from Commonwealth Libraries. If you have not received your copy, the District Services Office has extra copies for distribution. Please email Phyllis DiDiano with your request. Remember, you can also access the information contained in the Directory of Pennsylvania Libraries online.

District Aid Agreement and Budget
Negotiations regarding the 2009/10 District Library Services Agreement and District Aid Budget were completed by the District Executive Committee on April 15. The Agreement and Budget were ratified by 44 ACLA library directors and sent to M. Clare Zales, Deputy Secretary of Education and Commissioner of Libraries, for approval. We are hopeful that a 2.3% cut to the District Aid budget that provides for Shipping, Interlibrary Loan, Youth and Teen Services support and District Services will be the only cut in State funding we have to accept. We need to continue to advocate to our legislators and the governor to assure that the proposed 50% cuts in public library funding do not happen.