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Monthly News & Updates

January 2023 | Vol. 7 No.1

Happy New Year in fancy script on a background of purple, blue and gold sparkles

Division of Library Development staff wish you and yours

a Safe and Happy New Year!

Initiatives & Announcements

Image: Graphic of the just-announced All CT Reads 2023 Primary Titles with photos of authors and book covers. Authors/titles are: Rosena Fung, Living with Viola (Kids), Samira Ahmed, Hollow Fires (Teen), and Dawnie Walton, The Final Revival of Opal & Nev (Adult).

Announcing All CT Reads 2023 Titles!


2023 All CT Reads – Kids

Living with Viola by Rosena Fung


2023 All CT Reads – Teen

Hollow Fires by Samira Ahmed


2023 All CT Reads – Adult

The Final Revival of Opal & Nev by Dawnie Walton


Visit the All CT Reads website to see the shortlist titles!


All CT Reads is a year-long initiative to promote lifelong reading, learning, and connection that uses a rotating community committee structure to select one main book title and three shortlist book titles each calendar year for three age groups: children (ages 8-12), teens (ages 13-18), and adults. In addition to the books,

All CT Reads provides a supported programmatic structure built around the titles with room for individuality and creativity.


All CT Reads is an initiative of the Connecticut State Library Division of Library Development and partners with the Connecticut Library Consortium (CLC) and the Connecticut Association for School Librarians (CASL). All CT Reads is supported by a generous grant from EBSCO Information Services to the Connecticut Heritage Foundation.

All CT Reads 2023 Virtual Author Launch with Rosena Fung, Samira Ahmed, and Dawnie Walton

 

Thursday, January 12 | 5:00-6:30 pm

Register

 

Join us for an extra-special virtual launch with the authors of the 2023 All CT Reads primary selections. Each author will discuss their work and answer questions from our community.

 

Recording & Slides: Recordings will be available on the All CT Reads website.


Who should come: Everyone! Please share this with your patrons - they're invited to join the event too! You can add it to your library calendar and newsletter.

 

Accessibility: This webinar will be captioned. If you require another access service to participate fully, please use the Accommodation Request Form at least 7 days prior to the event.

 

About All CT Reads

 

All CT Reads is a year-long initiative to promote lifelong reading, learning, and connection that uses a rotating community committee structure to select one main book title and three shortlist book titles each calendar year for three age groups: children (ages 8-12), teens (ages 13-18), and adults. In addition to the books, All CT Reads provides a supported programmatic structure built around the titles with room for individuality and creativity.

 

Our Partners and Sponsors

 

All CT Reads is an initiative of the Connecticut State Library Division of Library Development and partners with the Connecticut Library Consortium (CLC) and the Connecticut Association for School Librarians (CASL).

 

All CT Reads is supported by a generous grant from EBSCO Information Services to the Connecticut Heritage Foundation.

 

Stay in the Loop!

 

Sign-up to stay connected! Find us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram with #AllCTReads!

New Discussion Sets!

 

Middletown Library Service Center Collections

 

The Middletown Library Service Center (MLSC) has many collection items worth knowing about, exploring, and of course, borrowing! We lend resources including picture books, non-fiction, and book discussion sets to public, school, and academic libraries throughout the state of Connecticut to help supplement collections or provide access to resources that otherwise might be out of reach.

 

Recently we’ve added to our book discussions sets! In our system, you’ll now find:



 

View all discussion sets that are available when planning class reads or book discussion titles.

 

Not sure how to request items? Don’t worry, we made a video!

 

Do you work in a school? Have your MLSC items sent to the public library of your choice. That can be the town your school is in or the town you live in - you pick!


DeliverIT route numbers can be found here

 

And remember, you can book items up to 365 days in advance and there are

NO LATE FEES! Happy Browsing!

Digital Equity News     

 

New Substantive Report to Build Backing for Digital Inclusion Funding and Support

 

Closing the Digital Divide Benefits Everyone, Not Just the Disconnected: An analysis of how universal connectivity benefits education, health care, government services, and employment - Boston Consulting Group in Partnership with Common Sense, December 2022

A computer monitor encased in a semi-transparent globe with a computer keyboard superimposed on the top against a blue background. Text reads: "Digital Equity" in white letter at the bottom.

New CT Pages!      

 

Watch the new CT Pages and meet Kara Canney, Library Director, and Kristy Crisler of the Cromwell Belden Public Library who share the experience creating - and growing! - the new Children's Garden. 

CT Pages logo with photos of Kara Canney and Kristy Crisler holding BIG vegetables grown in the Children's Garden at the Cromwell Belden Public Library in Cromwell, CT.

With community funding and volunteers of all ages, the library launched an outdoor home for story-times, programs, demonstrations, music, cookouts and, most importantly, expanding how they serve the community.

 

CT Pages is a channel for sharing community engagement success stories by libraries with and for their communities. We partner with CT libraries to create and release short video conversations with the library staff who make things happen.

 

Do you have a creative program, service, activity, partnership, or project that you want to share with your library neighbors? We are always seeking submissions for consideration – Submit your idea!

Professional Development & Continuing Education

Workshops & Programs

Overview of Northstar Features 


Thursday, January 5, 2023

11:30 am-1:00 pm | Register

Northstar Digital Literacy program logo in white and turquoise against a black background.

This workshop covers Northstar Digital Literacy standards, assessments, curriculum, self-directed learning, and reporting. Participants will discover how to incorporate and implement digital literacy into their organizations using the Northstar features.

Affordable Connectivity Program (ACP) Workshop    


USAC Affordable Connectivity Program logo

Join us and Comcast staff to learn about the Affordable Connectivity Program (ACP) so that you can help your community learn about and access this important benefit. 

 

The ACP provides qualified households with a credit of up to $30/month towards Internet and Mobile Services.

 

Registration information for the three remaining sessions is below:

 

Friday, January 6

9:00-10:00 am | Register

 

Friday, January 6

1:00-2:00 pm | Register

 

Friday, January 13

9:00-10:00 am | Register


The Affordable Connectivity Program (ACP) is a federal program that helps many low-income households pay for broadband service and internet connected devices. The ACP is administered by the Universal Service Administrative Company (USAC) with oversight by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC). 

Principles of Great Flyer Design 


Tuesday, January 10

9:30 am-11:00 am | Register


Making a great flyer is both a science and an art. In this workshop, participants will learn about the visual design principles that can help flyers convey information efficiently and effectively and will discuss fonts and the ways they work to enhance a flyer's overall impact. 

A computer monitor showing color and design elements sits on a desk with plants, coffee mug, colored pencils, and other office items.

After discussing design principles, participants will look at sample flyers and use the knowledge gained in this class to improve them. Participants are asked to “bring” a flyer from their library (a digital copy on your laptop is fine) for group discussion and design brainstorming.  

Getting Started with Northstar Digital Literacy


Tuesday, January 10

2:30-4:00 pm | Register

Northstar Digital Literacy program logo in white and turquoise against a black background.

This training will cover the tasks needed to start using Northstar effectively and efficiently, including creating Learner Accounts; proctoring (in person and remote); running reports; accessing and using curricula; and resources available to subscribers.

Introducing Learners to Northstar Digital Literacy


Thursday, January 12

2:00-4:00 pm | Register

Northstar Digital Literacy program logo in white and turquoise against a black background.

This workshop will show participants how to present assessments and self-directed online learning to students and will discuss the Northstar curricula with participants as learners. Topics covered include guiding learners through assessments; proctoring review; explaining the student dashboard to learners; how to use Northstar self-directed Online Learning from a learner perspective; and an example of using the instructor-led curricula remotely.

Stop Burnout: Five Steps to

Re-Energize Your Work for Your Best Year Yet!


Tuesday, January 17

1:00-3:30 pm | Register


Burnout is real and affects all industries and employees at every level from CEOs to Administrative Assistants.

The word "burnout" in black letters sits on a white desk surrounded by office-related items such as post it notes, a calculator, a pair of glasses and a small clock.

In some professions, like medicine, it's rampant and has dangerous consequences. Learn what burnout is and isn't, why it's dangerous, and strategies and tools for addressing it.


In this workshop, you'll explore how to:

  1. Recognize burnout and understand how it’s different from stress
  2. Identify the causes, both internal and external
  3. Own it and minimize burnout at work
  4. Explore alternatives: why enjoying your job is an inside job
  5. Decide what you want: realizing there are always choices


Designed especially for librarians and library staff, this interactive Zoom workshop will be your best New Year’s resolution. Don’t miss it!

Marketing and Strategic Communications


Wednesday, January 25

10:00-11:00 am | Register


Are we passed COVID? 

Do we go back to normal marketing? 

Is there a hybrid approach? 

How do we get people back in the door?

Words including research, branding, marketing, and strategy are written in black ink on a white piece of paper. Marketing is highlighted in yellow to make it stand out.

These questions and more will be answered in this upcoming workshop provided by Libby Post, President/CEO of Communications Services, and a frequent CSL workshop facilitator.

Visit our calendar

Extended Access to Niche Academy Course

Front Line Customer Service Course


With more than 1,000 views this past year, the CT State Library, Division of Library Development is pleased to announce that Andrew Sanderbeck’s self-paced, 6-week Front Line Customer Service course is being extended for your use until November 2023.


This course can be accessed through our Niche Academy platform in the Customer Service category. 


Questions? Reach out to Gail Hurley at Gail.Hurley@ct.gov.

CT Digital Library

Take advantage of Workforce Solutions from EBSCO

for FREE!


With the coming of the New Year, your patrons will be looking to upgrade their skills and perhaps look for that new job! You can deliver this amazing resource to your patrons for free from the Connecticut State Library, and it’s as easy as adding your custom link to your website.

Young woman with dark hair and glasses sits at a desk writing on a piece of paper with a laptop computer in front of her. Logo for Workforce Solutions by EBSCO is above the image.

Public libraries can easily find their link to Workforce Solutions.


Targeted Learning Centers Include:

·      Job and Career Accelerator

·      Occupational Test Preparation

·      Workplace Success Skills

·      Computer Skills

·      High School Equivalency

·      Spanish-Language Resources


View the Workforce Solutions informative webinar from EBSCO.


Learn more about Workforce Solutions and the researchIT CT Program by contacting Brad Bullis at Bradley.bullis@ct.gov



Collections

New Titles: Books on CD Collection


The titles below are NOW AVAILABLE in the Middletown Library Service Center’s Books on CD Collection (and are also available in the Palace Project app)! Find these titles and many more in our catalog.

Audio book cover for The Passenger by Cormac McCarthy
Audio book cover for Hollow Fires by Samira Ahmed
Audio book cover for The Final Revival of Opal and Nev by Dawnie Walton
Audio book cover for Starry Messenger by Neil de Grasse Tyson

Professional Development Titles

These are just some highlights! We've got lots more professional development titles in our collection - browse more titles and search our catalog!

Book cover for Creativity: A Toolkit for Academic Libraries by Nancy Falciani-White
Book cover for A History of ALA Policy on Intellectual Freedom by Martin Garnar
Book cover for Leading Together: Academic Library Consortia and Advocacy by Irene M.H. Herold

Find Us

Stay Connected! Join our Email Lists


Our many email discussion lists for the library community help you connect with your peers. Conntech has the greatest reach across the state, and both Goodnightmoon for children's services and Speak for YA services have lively discussions and professional interchange.


Scout the full list and subscription information.

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MLSC staff, whether in the office or telecommuting, are responding to voicemail and e-mail during business hours of 8 am to 4:30 pm, Monday to Friday, except for state holidays.

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