Volume 2, No.12 | December 2018
Your monthly news & updates
Program Spotlight

State Library Board Approves 10 Library Construction Grants

Congratulations go out to the 10 public libraries that were awarded library construction grants by the Connecticut State Library Board on Monday, November 26. The Board approved these projects:
Danbury Public Library – Remodeling $100,000
Glastonbury - Welles Turner Memorial Library – Addition $1,000,000
Greenwich Library - Major Alteration (Children's Area) $586,717
Naugatuck - Howard Whittemore Library - Maintenance $40,000
New Britain Public Library - Maintenance - Exterior renovation $250,000
New Milford Public Library - Major Alteration & Addition $1,000,000
Pomfret Public Library – Addition $421,800
Ridgefield Library – Remodeling $40,400
Stonington Free Library – Accessibility, Remodel, etc. $145,000
Weston Public Library - Remodel, Energy Conservation $82,500
Total grants awarded: $3,666,417
Once the libraries have reached their local funding goals, the State Bond Commission will consider final approval of state bond funding.  For more information on the library construction grant program, see http://libguides.ctstatelibrary.org/dld/construction or contact Tom Newman, tom.newman@ct.gov 860-757-6573. We do expect to award construction grants next year. Notice of Intent forms will be due at the end of June, 2019.
Program Spotlight
Connecticut State Library Chosen As One of Fourteen State Library Agencies to be
NASA@ My Library Partners

We are pleased to announce that the Connecticut State Library was one of fourteen state library agencies to receive a grant for resources, training and support through NASA @ My Library. This is a STEM education initiative to increase STEM learning for library patrons, with a special focus on diverse or underrepresented communities in STEM fields.

The CT State Library will be receiving 3 NASA STEM kits that will be made available to circulate to public libraries beginning this winter. Additional resources will also be shared with libraries for programming including local scientist contacts. 

The NASA @ My Library program ties in with this summer's collaborative reading theme of "Universe of Stories." We look forward to seeing some great STEM programs in 2019. Stay tuned for more information in the next few months.

For more information, contact Gail Hurley at Gail.Hurley@ct.gov or 860-704-2222
Service Spotlight
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/ .

Wallingford, CT 06492
University, Willimantic, CT

Applications for LSTA Planning Grants will be accepted on a rolling basis every two months, with the next deadlines at the end of December and February. 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 on April 8, 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
eBook Title Selection
An intrepid group of eBook title selectors now have accounts with Feedbooks, the online eBook acquisitions service that will be one source of content for eGO going forward. The selectors participated in training webinars in late August, or have viewed archived recordings of them. At this writing, eight selectors submitted carts for a total of 1,042 titles purchased, with two more carts outstanding. All selected titles will go into a statewide collection available to all participating libraries once eGO has launched, as well as the DPLA Open Bookshelf Collection (3,238 titles and growing) and the NYPL Instant Classics collection (6,092 titles).
Service Spotlight
Professional Development & Training Opportunities – December

Weeding in the Garden of Good & Evil
In person workshop
Thursday, December 6, 10 am to 1 pm
Stratford Library Association, 2203 Main Street, Stratford, CT 06615
Cost: Free
For details and to register, visit https://cslib.libcal.com/event/4509507

Supercharged Storytimes
In person workshop
Thursday, December 13; 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/4570396

Weeding in the Garden of Good & Evil
In person workshop
Tuesday, December 18; 10 am to 1 pm
Brainerd Memorial Library, 920 Saybrook Road, Haddam, CT 06438
Cost: Free
For details and to register, visit https://cslib.libcal.com/event/4526497
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 – December 2018

The Service Center will be closed Tuesday, December 25 for Christmas and Tuesday, January 1, 2019 for New Years Day. 

A reminder that in addition to 8 am to 4:30 pm, Monday to Friday, the Middletown Library Service Center’s hours for December include:
Saturday, December 1: Open 9 am to noon
Thursday, December 6: Open 8 am to 8 pm

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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