Lifetime Arts, the CT Office of the Arts (COA), and the CT State Library are partnering to pilot and strengthen arts education programing for older adults in CT public libraries, as well as build and deepen opportunities and relationships with established and emerging COA teaching artists and CT libraries.
Lifetime Arts will provide training as well as access to new online resources, including Creative Aging Foundations On Demand, for all public libraries in the state and with the lead partners, will oversee the implementation, documentation, and dissemination of ten creative aging programs in CT libraries.
Acknowledging the diversity, complexity, and changing needs and interests of older adults, this opportunity seeks to position libraries and Connecticut as an age-friendly state through this arts-centered experience.
*To be eligible, applicants must have attended Creative Aging in CT Libraries - Introductory Webinar with Lifetime Arts on April 27 or watch the verified recording. You will need to enter your name, email, library in order to access and view the recording before submitting an application.
What impact can creative aging have in your library? In this 90-minute webinar, join Lifetime Arts to learn the foundational principles of the creative aging educational program model, tools for implementing a program at your institution, and how it can serve the older adults in your community.
This opportunity is in partnership with Lifetime Arts, the CT State Library Division of Library Development, and the CT Office of the Arts, Dept. of Economic & Community Development.
Creative Aging in Connecticut Libraries is supported by a generous grant from the Pasculano Foundation.
CT State Library Awards $22,759 to 13 CT Public Libraries for the
2023 Summer Enrichment Grant
Hartford, CT – The CT State Library is pleased to announce awards in the amount $22,759 to 13 Connecticut public libraries for the 2023 Summer Enrichment Grant.
Launched last year, the purpose of the Summer Enrichment Grant is to empower public libraries to enhance their Summer Reading Programs with additional enrichment opportunities for their public by providing library-led programs and activities that spark creativity and productivity, engage individuals, and benefit their communities.
This year, the CT State Library awarded 13 Summer Enrichment Grants, up to $2,000 per library. These grants will support summer activities that are outcome oriented, engage the community, and promote active learning experiences that are positive, experiential, educational, and fun.
We congratulate the following CT public libraries, and their summer reading programs:
Burlington Public Library – Community Through Quilting
East Hampton Public Library – East Hampton Public Library Bike Rodeo
Essex Library Association – Find Your Voice at Essex Library: Summer Reading 2023
Killingworth Library Association – Find Your Voice with American Sign Language
Oxford Public Library – Find Your Voice 0-18
Prospect Public Library – A Library and Community Garden
Russell Library (Middletown) – Find Your (Artistic) Voice
Southington Public Library – ImprovAbility!
Stratford Library Association – Stratford Library Forest to Shore Tour
Wallingford Public Library – Summer Buddies
Waterford Public Library – Health Habits for Life
Westbrook Public Library – Comicas & Connections
Willimantic Public Library – Summer Reading Goes Sustainable
“We are pleased to be able to offer this Library Services & Technology Act federally funded Summer Enrichment Grant,” shared Dawn La Valle, Director of the Division of Library Development. “One objective of this grant is to empower CT libraries to be a catalyst for lifelong reading skills, library connection, and peer engagement across all ages of their communities.”
“Building on our recent transformation of our Summer Reading Report to be an outcome-based community impact model,” said Kymberlee Powe, Children and Young Adult Consultant, “we wanted to offer support for libraries to dive deep and design creative opportunities for all ages summer reading engagement, thus the Summer Reading Enrichment Grant.”
Digital Equity News
Looking Forward to Funding Opportunities for Digital Navigation: What Steps Should You Take to Prepare?
In 2024, there is reason to expect a variety of funding opportunities for digital inclusion activities to flow from state planning for the BEAD and DEA programs. Libraries will likely be considered for grants for digital inclusion activities carried out in collaboration with other libraries, with your towns, and/or with community partners. How can you prepare for this moment?
2. Fill out a surveycreated to help the State of CT plan digital inclusion funding. This will put you on the outreach list.
3. Do a community/digital needs assessment of your catchment area. Using tools available from the NDIA and the State Library, do a map of your town and determine:
a. How many residents need a high-speed internet connection at home.
b. How many need a large-screen device at home.
c. Use maps with overlays to determine the characteristics of the streets or neighborhoods where there are concentrations of residents in need. The State of CT has created a useful group ofmapsand other assessment tools.
For a complete list of ways to prepare or for more information, contact Christine Gauvreau, firstname.lastname@example.org 860-704-2224.
CT Library and Partners for Digital Equity is made possible in part by the Institute of Museum and Library Services under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act, administered by the Connecticut State Library.
2024 Nutmeg Nominee Book Discussion Sets!
Book sets for many of the 2024 Nutmeg Book Award nominees are now available in our Equipment Catalog! Nutmeg nominee book discussion sets circulate for 45 days and can be reserved up to a year in advance.
Due to high demand, the loan period of these sets cannot be extended and libraries are limited to two sets of current Nutmeg nominees at a time. Quantity of books in each set varies and is listed in the item description.
Please note: we are still waiting for some sets to arrive at MLSC and will add them as soon as we are able. All of the sets that are currently available can be found in the Equipment Catalog.
Last year's sets remain available! You can browse the equipment catalogby age group or search by title for backlist Nutmeg nominees and many other book club sets.
New CT Pages!
Watch the new CT Pages and meet Jared Goldman, Technology Coordinator from the Cheshire Public Library, who shares the experience of building and developing the new AV Studio. The AV Studio offers the technology, equipment, and software to digitize outdated mediums, including 8mm film, slides, VHS tapes, and more! Plus, a digital music and editing suite is available for editing or original creation.
The library staff also offers training to their community, who can then sign up and use the studio in two-hour blocks. So much to do!
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!
Supporting LGBTQ+ Youth is a professional development training that focuses on helping library staff understand the challenges LGBTQ+ youth face and ways they can support and affirm LGBTQ+ youth who are patrons of their library.
Recommended for all library staff, including librarians, administrators, managers, and volunteers:
Common terms and acronyms so we have a shared language
Want to make your library more welcoming for people who have disabilities?
Join us for the Assistive Technology Petting Zoo - in-person at the Middletown Library Service Center (MLSC)!
Representatives from the CT Library for Accessible Books (CTLAB), the CT Tech Act Project, the New England Assistive Technology Center (NEAT), the State Education Resource Center (SERC), and United Cerebral Palsy (UCP) of Eastern CT will be on hand to share and demonstrate various forms of Assistive Technology (AT) that may benefit your library’s patrons.
A range of low- and high-tech AT will be featured, including:
Fostering an Inclusive Environment in Your Organization is a professional development training that focuses on educating the staff at
CT Public Libraries about how to create a safe and affirming environment for employees in your workplace.
We will cover information about LGBTQ+ identities, the complexities of gender and sexual orientation, how to use respectful language, inclusive practices to implement, and more. This workshop is geared towards all employees of CT Public Libraries, including administration, managers, and employees.
Topics to be discussed include:
Common terms and acronyms so we have a shared language
The COVID-19 Pandemic demonstrated that libraries, schools, hospitals, businesses and other organizations and industries did not have plans to function in a global pandemic.
Libraries scrambled to adapt services for their communities, but it would have been extraordinary if libraries had a plan to flip the switch and activate strategic and tactical actions to seamlessly transition to a new normal.
Traditional linear strategic plans collapsed and became irrelevant, but there is a better way to plan for your library.
This session will provide the content and tools for libraries of any type and size to effectively create robust, resilient, adaptive strategies that will allow the library to thrive in volatile, uncertain, complex, and ambiguous environments.
Join us for our requestIT CT Office Hours! This is a great opportunity to ask a question or have a discussion about the fulfILLment system or any topic related to Interlibrary Loan that you may have.
Representatives from Equinox, Bibliomation, and the Connecticut State Library will be available from 11:30-12:30 so drop in anytime during the hour. The Zoom link is:https://us02web.zoom.us/j/86830148739
If your library is thinking of applying for a construction grant from the CT State Library, this webinar will walk you through the process. You'll learn what you need to do before applying as well as what's required after you receive the grant.
We'll cover funding categories, application process, grant application evaluation, timeline, grant contract, starting and managing the project, state requirements, and advice.
Grant Requirement: Attendance at a construction grant information session is a requirement for all applicants.
Who should come? Anyone considering a public library renovation or construction project, including library directors/administrators, library board chair and members, municipal leaders, procurement officers, and building committee members.
Who must attend?
Association Libraries- Library Director and Building Committee Chair
Municipal Libraries- Library Director, Town Manager or chief executive (Mayor, First Selectman).
DLD purchases content that supports All CT Reads, Experiencing America, and Summer Reading Programs.We aim to provide titles in eBook and eAudio format and in Spanish language when available. We purchase multiple copies of titles, including many classics that are available without loan restrictions and are great for book discussion groups!
During the month of April, DLD purchased a total of 193 items for both platforms. There are now 25,627 items provided for free to public libraries. This includes 16,025 open access titles provided by Lyrasis in the Palace Bookshelf. A sampling oftitles available in Palacecan be found on our LibGuide.
DLD is continuing to work with Baker & Taylor to bring theeGO CT Community Share Programto Connecticut schools. This program allows DLD to deliver eBook and eAudio content, including Nutmeg, Charter Oak, Summer Reading, and All CT Reads titles from eGO CT directly to schools in Connecticut. To date, we have 108 sites that are active in the program and over 1,100 items have been purchased specifically for this program.
DLD will continue to host quarterly requestIT
Office Hours in 2023.
Representatives from Equinox, Bibliomation, and the Connecticut State Library will be available to answer questions and share information about the fulfILLment platform and about interlibrary loan in general.
Office hours will be held from 11:30 am-12:30 pm on:
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.