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2014 ALA Award Winners


The American Library Association Youth Media Awards were announced last week, and the following titles are some of those that received awards:

John Newbery Medal for the most outstanding contribution to children's literature:
Flora and Ulysses by Kate DiCamillo

Randolph Caldecott Medal for the most distinguished American picture book for children:
Locomotive by Brian Floca

Theodor Seuss Geisel Award for the most distinguished beginning reader book:
The Watermelon Seed by Greg Pizzoli

Robert F. Sibert Book Award for most distinguished informational book for children:
Parrots Over Puerto Rico by Susan Roth

Michael L. Printz Award for excellence in literature written for young adults:
Midwinterblood by Marcus Sedgewick

Visit the ALA website for a complete list of award and honor books.

Questions upon questions

Utah Libraries - Mon, 02/03/2014 - 5:20pm
I am teaching an online course on Library Surveys for Success soon. Here are some questions to be considered when writing survey questions (echo alert). After designing your survey take a second look and think about the following: Survey design … Continue reading →

Why Do We Still Need “libraries”? We Don’t!

21st Century Library Blog - Mon, 02/03/2014 - 12:08am
A couple of years ago I reiterated the age old question – Why do we still need libraries? – but mostly in passing. I noted that both Leonard Kniffel, long time Editor and Publisher of American Libraries, and former ALA … Continue reading →

2014 Grammy Winners


The Grammy Award winners were announced on Sunday, January 26. Logan Library has the following Grammy-winning CD albums:

Album of the Year: Random Access Memories by Daft Punk
Best Pop Vocal Album: Unorthodox Jukebox by Bruno Mars
Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album: To Be Loved by Michael Bublé
Best Rock Album: Celebration Day by Led Zeppelin
Best Alternative Music Album: Modern Vampires of the City by Vampire Weekend
Best Urban Contemporary Album: Unapologetic by Rihanna
Best R&B Album: Girl on Fire by Alicia Keys
Best Rap Album: The Heist by Macklemore & Ryan Lewis
Best Country Album: Same Trailer, Different Park by Kacy Musgraves
Best New Age Album: Love's River by Laura Sullivan
Best Jazz Vocal Album: Liquid Spirit by Gregory Porter
Best Jazz Instrumental Album: Money Jungle: Provocative In Blue by Terri Lyne Carrington
Best Gospel Album: Greater Than by Tye Tribbett
Best Contemporary Christian Music Album: Overcomer by Mandisa
Best Latin Pop Album: Vida by Draco Rosa
Best Latin Rock, Urban Or Alternative Album: Treinta Días by La Santa Cecilia
Best Regional Mexican Music Album: A Mi Manera by Mariachi Divas De Cindy Shea
Best Americana Album: Old Yellow Moon by Emmylou Harris & Rodney Crowell
Best Bluegrass Album: The Streets Of Baltimore by Del McCoury Band
Best Blues Album: Get Up! by Ben Harper With Charlie Musselwhite
Best Folk Album: My Favorite Picture Of You by Guy Clark
Best Reggae Album: Ziggy Marley In Concert by Ziggy Marley
Best World Music Album: Savor Flamenco by Gipsy Kings
Best Spoken Word Album: America Again: Re-becoming The Greatness We Never Weren't by Stephen Colbert
Best Musical Theater Album: Kinky Boots
Best Compilation Soundtrack For Visual Media: Sound City: Real To Reel by Various Artists
Best Score Soundtrack For Visual Media: Skyfall by Thomas Newman
Best Opera Recording: Adès: The Tempest
Best Choral Performance: Pärt: Adam's Lament
Best Classical Compendium: Hindemith: Violinkonzert; Symphonic Metamorphosis; Konzertmusik

Story Time Review

WordSalad: Brigham City Library Blog - Thu, 01/30/2014 - 6:00am

'Round & 'Round in Story Time!Our lesson for Story time classes began this week with an activity of playing with circles. I made the circles using 1" clear tubing, some bulk sequins and a  1" piece of dowel rod to make a connector. These circles can be used in a variety of ways. We drove them like a car, we twirled them around on our arms, we held them up like picture frames around our faces and we sat inside of them. We looked inside the circle to see if we could find different shapes in the sequins. I can see a green leaf or a purple heart, can you find one too? Who knew that a simple hoop could be so much fun!  Our stories were mostly about circles although some general  shape books were also included. They were Circle Dogs by Kevin Henkes, Shapes: Circles by Esther Sarfatti, Math Everyday: Shapes around Us by Daniel Nunn, So Many Circles So Many Squares by Tana Hoban,  Dot by Patricia Intriago, and The Dot by Peter Reynolds. I liked including the Shapes Around Us book because the front of the book is completely lacking any circles. I introduced the book by asking the kids if they could find any circles. Then when they said no, I asked them what shapes they did see. It was a great way to get them really looking at the book cover! This subject can get a bit repetitious because shape themed books don't usually have a story line and tend to be mostly the same. I loved that Circle Dogs and The Dot both were real stories!

I pulled out the parachute and we played along to the song Round and Round the Village from the CD Smart Moves II by Russ InVision. I pointed out to the children that the circle of our parachute was made up of different colored triangles, it was interesting to see them recognize that shapes can be made of of other shapes put together. While we were in the circle anyway we also played the classic Ring around the Rosie game, this was a huge hit with the 2-3 year old kids and even the 5 year old kids liked it well enough to play several times. In between books, we used the CD Put your Finger in the Air by William Janiak and played the track Make a Circle to get some of our wiggles out.

For our craft we made fruit loop necklaces. Instead of stringing them onto yarn, which is always too floppy. I gave the children plastic lace. It is just stiff enough to push through the holes and it doesn't shred or fray like the yarn always does, even if you put tape on the end. Plastic lace is small too, so even tight holes in the cereal can work. Of course, I had to give them extra cereal because who can resist eating some, or even most, of the cereal before it is strung. One little girl of about 2 1/2 kept telling her mom to stop touching her cereal! Mom was trying to show her how to string it but she wasn't interested, she just wanted to eat it. One little boy said to his mom, "I want some milk with my cereal!"  I love it :) I was torn this week about a craft. I could have had them make paper chains but I realized that I have never done cereal necklaces in all the time that I have done Story time, so it was a fun new craft for us.

Our take home pages were a shape recognition sheet and a find the shapes in the picture sheet.
Next week: More Shapes!

Michele Schumann
Children's Librarian

On the 4th Anniversary of Blogging

21st Century Library Blog - Thu, 01/30/2014 - 12:03am
It seems like a very short time since I began this Blog, but it has been four years. I have covered a lot of material, enough on Strategic Planning to co-author a book Crash Course in Strategic Planning published by … Continue reading →

After School Program: Ancient Egypt!


Join us for a fun program about life and death on the Nile! We'll take a hands-on look at ancient Egyptian culture, burial practices, art, and architecture!

Who: Kids age 6 and up
When: Thursday, January 30, 3:30 PM
Where: Logan Library, Lake Bonneville Room

The USU Museum of Anthropology's teaching trunk programs are made possible by a grant from the Utah Humanities Council.

You May Be A 21st Century Librarian If You:

21st Century Library Blog - Mon, 01/27/2014 - 12:04am
Over two years ago I wrote Are You a 21st Century Librarian? and proposed the following six behaviors that would describe a 21st Century librarian. You May Be A 21st Century Librarian If You: 1. Are Creative – … 2. … Continue reading →

ALA Awards: Deadlines Extended!

Library Grants - Thu, 01/23/2014 - 11:39am
New Deadlines: Feb. 3, 2014

A number of American Library Association (ALA) awards and grants have new extended deadlines. Many of these applications are quite short.
  • ALA Information Today Library of the Future Award honors a library, library consortium, group of librarians or support organization for innovative patron training programs about information technology in a library setting. $1,500 and a gold-framed citation is donated by Information Today, Inc. Application
  • Beta Phi Mu is presented for distinguished service to education in librarianship. $1,000 and a gold-framed citation is donated by Beta Phi Mu International Library Science Honorary Society. Application
  • Melvil Dewey Medal honors an individual or group for a recent creative professional achievement in library management, training, cataloging and classification or the tools and techniques of librarianship. $2,000, Dewey Medal and a gold-framed citation is donated OCLC/Forest Press, Inc. Application
  • Equality Award honors an individual or group for an outstanding contribution that promotes equality in the library profession. $1,000 and a gold-framed citation is donated by Scarecrow Press, Inc. Application
  • Ken Haycock Award for Promoting Librarianship honors an individual for contributing significantly to the public recognition and appreciation of librarianship through professional performance, teaching and/or writing. $1,000 and a gold-framed citation is donated by Ken Haycock, PhD. Application
  • H.W. Wilson Library Staff Development Grant is awarded to a library organization for a program to further staff development goals and objectives. $3,500 and a gold-framed citation is donated by H.W. Wilson Company/EBSCO Publishing. Application
  • Scholastic Library Publishing Award consists of $1,000 and a gold-framed citation presented to a librarian whose "unusual contribution to the stimulation and guidance of reading by children and young people" exemplifies outstanding achievement in the profession. Application
  • Sullivan Award for Public Library Administrators Supporting Services to Children honors an individual with management/supervisory/ administrative responsibility who has shown exceptional understanding and support of public library service to children. A plaque and recognition artifact is donated by Peggy Sullivan. Application

Libraries Transforming Communities Public Innovator Cohort Grant

Library Grants - Thu, 01/23/2014 - 11:18am
Deadline: March 6, 2014The American Library Association (ALA) Public Programs Office is accepting applications for the Libraries Transforming Communities Public Innovators Cohort, an 18-month, team-based professional development opportunity for public libraries, developed by ALA and the Harwood Institute for Public Innovation.

The Libraries Transforming Communities project, made possible through a grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, addresses a critical need of the field by developing and distributing new tools, resources and support for librarians to engage with their communities in new ways; strengthens librarians as community leaders and change agents, and strengthens ALA’s capacity as a lead library support entity.

In April, up to 50 individuals representing teams from 10 public libraries nationally will be selected to participate in the Public Innovators Cohort. Selected libraries will receive:
  • An $8,000 grant to support Cohort expenses.
  • An intensive 18-month Public Innovators Cohort experience that will include training and team coaching to develop and implement a community engagement plan.
  • Cohort training at the intensive three-day Public Innovators Lab, May 20-22, 2014.
  • Virtual and in-person "innovation space" meetings.
  • Access to six in-depth distance learning session.
  • Monthly coaching and peer dialogue calls with a Harwood Institute coach and cohort peers to support implementation work. 
  • Access to publicity and marketing resources to support local-level communications.
Complete guidelines and application instructions can be found at: ala.org/LTC. A conference call for interested applicants will be held at 1 p.m. central time on February 12, 2014.

Will Eisner Graphic Novel Grants for Libraries

Library Grants - Thu, 01/23/2014 - 11:08am
Deadline: Feb. 7, 2014

The American Library Association (ALA) and the Will and Ann Eisner Family Foundation are accepting applications for the new Will Eisner Graphic Novel Grants for Libraries, which recognize libraries for their role in the growth of graphic literature.

The Will Eisner Graphic Novel Grants for Libraries awards two grants to U.S. school, public, academic or special libraries:
  • Will Eisner Graphic Novel Innovation Grant provides support to a library that would like to expand its existing graphic novel services and programs
  • Will Eisner Graphic Novel Growth Grant provides support to a library for the initiation of a graphic novel service or program.
Successful applicants will receive a $4,000 program grant plus a collection of Will Eisner’s work and biographies as well as the graphic novels nominated for the Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards at Comic-Con International (collection valued at approximately $3,000). The grant award includes a travel stipend for a library representative to travel to the ALA Annual Conference to receive the grant from the Will and Ann Eisner Family Foundation.The grant is administered by ALA’s Gaming Round Table and the Graphic Novels & Comics Member Initiative Group. More information on the grant and the application process is available online.

Citizens-Save-Libraries Advocacy Grants

Library Grants - Thu, 01/23/2014 - 10:56am
Deadline: April 15, 2014

Applications are currently being accepted for cycle two of the Citizens-Save-Libraries grants from United for Libraries, made possible by a grant from the Neal-Schuman Foundation.

The 10 libraries that are selected will receive two days of onsite consultation by advocacy experts, who will help friends of the library groups, library directors and trustees develop individual blueprints for advocacy campaigns to restore, increase or save threatened library budgets.

Among the criteria to apply is a willingness to “pay it forward” by sharing what is learned with others in their states through presentations at local conferences, articles written for the state library association journal and a willingness to answer questions and support other advocacy campaigns via digital media and Skype. The first 10 libraries were selected in 2013.

As part of the grant, a Citizens-Save-Libraries Power Guide that lays out a step-by-step blueprint for libraries to follow in generating advocacy campaigns is available to all libraries at no cost. The Power Guide is available at www.ala.org/united/powerguide.

For more information and to apply for the grants, visit www.ala.org/united/grants_awards/neal-schuman.

Storytime Review

WordSalad: Brigham City Library Blog - Thu, 01/23/2014 - 10:09am

Once there was a Snowman at Storytime!
This week for our Story Time classes we read about snowmen! Our books were Snowmen at Work by Caralyn Buehner, Snowy Blowy Winter by Bob Raczka, Making a Friend by Alison McGhee, Just a Snowman by Mercer Mayer and Snowzilla by Janet Lawler. To begin our class we did a white board activity. I had drawn shapes on cards and put them in a basket. The children would draw out a shape and I would draw that shape on the board. As we combined the shapes a snowman was drawn. For example a triangle became his nose and circles became his body or eyes and squares for his hat or buttons etc. A great activity for identifying shapes.

We sang the tune of happy birthday and instead of the traditional words we gave things to a snowman.
Here's a carrot for you
Here's a carrot for you
Here's a carrot, Mr. Snowman
Here's a carrot for you!
(We also sang about eyes, buttons, scarf and hat)
I used some laminated construction paper cutouts of each item and as we sang about it, we added it to our white board snowman (I erased some details).
We also used the CD Season Sings by Carole Peterson and built a snowman and did a couple of snowman action rhymes.

For our craft we used a piece of blue construction paper and painted a snowman with shaving cream/glue/glitter paint. We added the parts of the snowman like google eyes, buttons and an orange triangle. Easy peasy craft, a little messy but since it's shaving cream, a cinch to clean up. After it dried it took on some of the color of the blue paper, so they did kind of turn purple, but what can you do?

Our take home pages included a note for the mom's about how to choose a child's book and 10 reasons to read to your child. Previously posted on our blog on January 9th. We also sent home a sheet for the kids to practicing writing wavy lines and a snowman dot-to-dot.

Next week: Circles

Michele Schumann
Children's Librarian


Millennial Library Users Need … What?

21st Century Library Blog - Thu, 01/23/2014 - 12:16am
Last August I found the MTV study – Young Millennials Will Keep Calm & Carry On – that surveyed Millennials in greater detail than ever before. MTV set out to understand the younger end of the Millennial demo, 13-17 year … Continue reading →

New Service for the Homebound


Logan residents who are homebound permanently or temporarily can sign up for our homebound service and, after consulting with our librarians, request a limited number of items which will be mailed to them at no charge. Please share this information with those who may benefit!

To find out more, call Angie at 435-716-9129.

Downton Abbey at the Library!


Come celebrate the release of the fourth season of Downton Abbey at the Logan Library! Visit with Lynda Linford, retired USU professor and professional tour guide to the sites associated with English country living. Tea and scones will be served. First come first served.

When: Tuesday, January 21, 7:00 PM
Where: Logan Library, Jim Bridger Room

Training through Utah State Library: The programs, the results

Utah Libraries - Thu, 01/16/2014 - 12:31pm
Here is an update on training through the Utah State Library recently. First of all, the Utah State Library’s Needs assessment for 2014-16 is underway. Be sure to be a part of this and tell us what you’d like to learn, or … Continue reading →

Story Time Review

WordSalad: Brigham City Library Blog - Thu, 01/16/2014 - 6:00am
Wonderful Winter @ the Brigham City Library
We discussed playing in the snow this week in our Story Time classes. We read First Day of Winter by Denise Fleming, In the Snow, Who's been Here? by Lindsay Barrett George, Snow by Roy McKie and No Two Alike by Keith Baker.

I started the day with a big brown paper bag. We discussed things that you might need to go outside and play in the snow like gloves, a jacket or a scarf. I pulled each item out of the bag as we talked. We discussed what each item did. Keep your hands warm, or keeps you dry etc. We did several snow related finger plays and one flannel board activity with snowmen.

"Five little snowmen" flannel board activity, use 5 snowmen on the board. Remove one after each verse.
   Five little snowmen sitting by the door
   One hopped away and that left, four.
   Four little snowmen sitting by the tree
   One skipped away and that left, three.
   Three little snowmen sitting in the morning dew
   One danced away and that left, two.
   Two little snowmen having lots of fun
   One slid away and that left, one.
   One little snowman sitting in the sun
   Oh no! do you know what happened?
   He melted and that left none!

We danced along with the tune Hat, Jacket, Pants and Boots from the CD Season Sings! by Carole Peterson. We created some snowflake crowns for our craft. I cut strips of card stock 1 1/2" wide and stapled two together to make a strip long enough to go around the children's heads. Then we stapled three die cut snowflakes onto the headband. We added some silver jewels and other sparkly white beads. Then we covered the snowflakes with glue and added white glitter "snow" to each crown.  Messy but they turned out super pretty and fun. Lots of the glitter ended up on my clothes and in the kids hair, but that is part of the fun of glitter.

I sent home two take home pages. One practice writing sheet where the children duplicated the patterns shown and the other a story mat of a snowman picture. The picture included questions like "How many trees are in the picture?" or "Count all the mittens in the picture."

Next Week: Snowmen!
Michele Schumann, Children's Librarian


Watson Come Here – We Want You

21st Century Library Blog - Thu, 01/16/2014 - 12:38am
Just as historic as Bell creating communication over wire, Marconi making it wireless, and Perotto creating the desktop computer, IBM has broken through technology to the holy grail of computing by inventing Watson – the cognitive computer. But they tell … Continue reading →

Help with Health Care


Uninsured? Confused? A Certified Application Counselor with the nonprofit Health Access Project will be on-hand to answer questions and help you understand your options for affordable health care coverage. Se habla Español.

When: Wednesday, January 15, 10:30 AM & 7:00 PM
Where: Logan Library, Bonneville Room
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