Volume 2, No.11 | November 2018
Your monthly news & updates
Program Spotlight
EXCITE Transformation for Libraries

EXCITE on Tour!

The Connecticut State Library was awarded a $299,950 supplemental grant to the previously awarded Laura Bush 21st Century Librarian Program grant for the EXCITE Transformation for Libraries Project.
The CT State Library Division of Library Development, in partnership with Innovation Builders (IB) and TechInPedagogy, will be extending the original two-year grant and bring 5 additional three-day EXCITE Bootcamps around the country from June 2019 to February 2020.
We are EXCITED to announce the following Bootcamp locations:
  • June 11-13, 2019 New Jersey State Library
  • September 24-26, 2019 Fletcher Free Library, Burlington, VT
  • October 15-17, 2019 Arkansas State Library
  • November 13-15, 2019 Minnesota State Library
  • January 14-16, 2020 Albuquerque (NM) Public Library
Each Bootcamp will accommodate four person teams from six libraries, for a total of 30 libraries and up to 120 participants. In addition to the 5 new locations, an additional Connecticut Bootcamp is scheduled for April 2-4, 2019 at the Middletown Library Service Center. All library types may apply to participate.  

For more information on the EXCITE Program please visit our libguide at  https://libguides.ctstatelibrary.org/dld/EXCITE/home
Service Spotlight
New Workshop! Planning for a Literacy Grant Application
Attend this workshop in Middletown on Thursday, November 29, 9:30-12:30, to learn how to develop a compelling grant application:

  • identify your target audience, what motivates them, and how you know what they need
  • describe the project activities by addressing who, what, where, when, how and why
  • identify project costs, and compose a project budget
Also learn about the wide range of literacy resources available from the State Library to support your projects, and talk with state library experts about existing programs and partners who can help your project succeed.
This workshop is not required for LSTA grant applicants but is strongly encouraged. Register online .
LSTA Grant Info Sessions

All potential LSTA grant applicants must attend an information session about the assessment and planning tools available from the CT State Library as well as grant application instructions, regulations, and fiscal management. Register for the session of your preference at http://cslib.libcal.com/ .

Applications for LSTA Planning Grants will be accepted on a rolling basis every two months, with the next deadlines at the end of October and December. These six-month planning grants will provide up to $5,000 to assist libraries with planning initiatives to explore new services, assess and address the needs of changing population and patron bases, develop partnerships and collaboration, or write new strategic plans or long-range master plans.
Applications for LSTA Literacy Grants will be due in April 2019. These one-year literacy grants will provide up to $7,500 to assist libraries with creating strategic, sustainable partnerships and lifelong learning programs that address the seven literacies in their communities. The seven literacies are described in the Division's 2018-2022 LSTA Five-Year Plan as basic, early, civic/social, digital/information, financial, health, and legal literacy.
More information, including the grant instructions and applications, is online at http://libguides.ctstatelibrary.org/dld/lstagrants/grantapplication .  
Service Spotlight

E-rate Savings
Did you know that your library can save money on new internal connections for broadband connectivity, such as wifi access points, cabling, switches, routers, and racks, plus installation and maintenance? Libraries that filter all their computers and are (or can become) CIPA compliant qualify for E-rate discounts, which are often 50% or more for Connecticut libraries. That’s like having a coupon for half-price! If your library is considering implementing a network upgrade between July 2019 and June 2020, this is the time to start applying for funding. Contact Maria Bernier, E-rate Coordinator, to learn more: maria.bernier@ct.gov or 860-704-2204.
Program Spotlight
Storytime 101
Are you new to the storytime world? Does the thought of reading, singing, and dancing in front of a group of children make your head spin? Join Allison Murphy, a Children’s Librarian at Wallingford Public Library with 15 years of experience in the storytime trenches. You’ll learn the basics of how to plan and present storytimes for babies, toddlers, and preschoolers. Find out about book recommendations, song and fingerplay ideas, how to use puppets, and much more. We’ll also discuss how to deliver early literacy messages in your programs. A handout will be provided with lists of books, songs, websites, and blog recommendations. This program is intended for those who are new to the storytime world, or those who may want to see what it’s all about.

Register for this program here: https://cslib.libcal.com/event/4437304
Service Spotlight
Professional Development & Training Opportunities – November

The Next Stage of Community Support—Getting the Most out of Strategic Communications
In person workshop
Wednesday, November 7, 6 pm to 7 pm
Middletown Library Service Center, 786 South Main St., Middletown, CT 06457
Cost: Free
For details and to register, visit https://cslib.libcal.com/event/4722375

Stand Out Every Time You Talk
In person workshop
Thursday, November 8; 9 am to noon
Middletown Library Service Center, 786 South Main St., Middletown, CT 06457
Cost: Free
For details and to register, visit https://cslib.libcal.com/event/4491741

Storytime 101
In person workshop
Friday, November 30; 10 am to noon
Middletown Library Service Center, 786 South Main St., Middletown, CT 06457
Cost: Free
For details and to register, visit https://cslib.libcal.com/event/4437304
Professional Collection
Contact Judy Crooks judy.crooks@ct.gov if you are interested in borrowing any of these titles.

For more new books at MLSC , visit https://libguides.ctstatelibrary.org/dld/professional
Hours Reminder
MLSC Hours – November 2018

The Service Center will be closed Monday, November 12 in observance of Veterans Day and Thursday, November 22 for Thanksgiving Day.

A reminder that in addition to 8 am to 4:30 pm, Monday to Friday, the Middletown Library Service Center’s hours for November include:

Thursday, November 1: Open 8 am to 8 pm
Saturday, November 3: Open 9 am to noon
Because we have a workshop that evening, we will also be open from 8 am to 8 pm on Wednesday, November 7. 

Contact us at 860-704-2200, our main phone number.
Contact Linda Williams ( Linda.Williams@ct.gov ) for specific theme/grade level requests.
Contact Grace Burchard ( grace.burchard@ct.gov ) to reserve book sets.
Contact Grace or Judy Crooks ( judy.crooks@ct.gov ) to pull general selections of children’s books or
Books on CD in advance of your visit.
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