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Date: Tue, 5 Jan 1999 11:09:18 -0500 (EST)
To: pubyac-digest@nysernet.org
Subject: pubyac V1 #550


Date: Sun, 03 Jan 1999 23:13:36 -0800
From: Dave Davis <d.a.davis@ibm.net>
Subject: Juvenile Services Leader - 2nd Notice

Senior Librarian/Juvenile Services Leader. MA in library science from
ALA accredited library school. Prefer 3+ years of previous successful
library service to juveniles. Rotating work schedule including some
evenings and weekends. $27,000 plus $3000 to $10,000 additional stipend
based on previous successful record in juvenile services.

Application Deadline: 5PM Tuesday 19 January 1999

Application form & job description available Monday-Thursday 9AM-5PM,
River Road Main Library, 1801 River Road, Tuscaloosa AL 35401-1099,
[205]345-5820 EX#204. [Central Time Zone]

Tuscaloosa is a multi-cultural, academic community with a good industry
base. Home to the University of Alabama, Stillman College, JVC, and
Daimler-Chrysler among others.

We're working to build a world-class library for a world-class
community. We're wired, online, and connected. Come join us!

Dave Davis-Director dadavis@tuscaloosa-library.org


Date: Wed, 30 Dec 1998 16:27:37 -0800
From: "Marin Younker" <MARIN@CI.TIGARD.OR.US>
Subject: Re: Bookgroups for Kids

katie, there was a discussion of j and ya bookclubs this summer on pubyac and the compiled responses included citations to literature that sound helpful. search the archives for the subject of: [Fwd: J and YA Book Clubs--Compiled Responses] (brackets incluced in subject from email). it was compiled by sherri mccarthy. good luck. marin.

J. Marin Younker
Young Adult Services Librarian
Tigard Public Library
Tigard, OR 97223
(503) 684-6537


Date: Mon, 4 Jan 1999 10:15:38 -0500
From: shtulman@erving.com (Robin Shtulman)
Subject: racing magazines

Here is what I have received thus far for racing magazines appropriate for
elementary kids.

Racing for Teens NASCAR RFT
PO Box 588
Concord, NC 28026
1 800 443 3020 its $19.95 a year bimonthly or
$35.00 for 2 years.

Thanks to those who replied!


R. Shtulman
Erving Elementary School


Date: Mon, 4 Jan 1999 12:03:53 -0600
From: Wendy Pavelko <WPavelko@spl.lib.ar.us>
Subject: [none]

Have any of you ever attended one of Dr. Caroline Feller Bauer's
seminars? Was it worth it? We have a very limited budget for workshops
and such and this one is fairly near here, what did you think about it?
Thanks in advance, Wendy


Date: Mon, 4 Jan 1999 11:59:02 -0500 (EST)
From: Corey Bennett <bennetc@scfn.thpl.lib.fl.us>
Subject: Programming ideas--Islands

Hi and Happy New Year to all,
I'm sending this on behalf of a colleague who is not yet on Pubyac.
She's planning a program for school-aged kids, with a theme of the islands
in the West Indies. It will be a 45-minute program, and the audience will
range in age from 6-12. Any ideas for read-aloud stories, booktalk titles,
games, songs, craft ideas, etc. will be appreciated. I think she's already
contacted travel and tourism agencies for some possible posters and such.
Thanks in advance for your help!
Corey Bennett
THPL-New Tampa Regional Library

I got a Christmas tree ornament stuck in my pancreas,
and it kept winking on and off, so I was too distracted
to write.
E.B. White's excuse for not writing
to a friend


Date: Mon, 4 Jan 1999 10:08:26 -0500
From: bwilliams@brdgprtpl.lib.ct.us (Bina Williams)
Subject: RE: holiday thoughts

We did a couple of things this Holiday season.
We had a "Family Holiday Stories" night which included one Hanukkah story
from Isaac Singer's "The Power of Light" about the Parakeet Named Dreidel.
One story about Kwanzaa ("Wood Hoopoe Willie" by Kroll.) One story about a
Christmas Pageant and the little boy who supposedly ruined it. One story
that is very funny and tangentially has Santa as a character. I have heard
that story without Santa before. And the last story was the Chanukkah Guest
which is a cute story about a fairly deaf and nearly blind little old lady
who thinks the bear at her door is the rabbi.

Then with my storyhour of two kids and for a couple of daycare visits, I
read stories about Christmas, but not about the story of the Nativity. In a
couple of the books, the nativity pageant was part of the story.. I also
read a Hanukkah story and a Kwanzaa story.

ANother of our librarians has a group of Jehovah's Witnesses in his regular
program so he steered clear of Halloween, Thanksgiving, and Christmas.

Our departmental bulletin board included Christmas, Hanukkah and Kwanzaa.
We jokingly call it the Kwanukkahmas bulletin board.

It is hard to know what is right as a public library. Since the family
stories program was an "extra" people could choose to come or not. For the
story times, we used our judgement based on the audience we regularly have
and on the requests of the daycare centers when they visited.
Thank heavens there are lots of winter books and snow books for those who
need a winter theme, rather than a holiday theme.

Happy New Year to all!
Bina Williams
Bridgpeport (CT) Library


Date: Thu, 31 Dec 1998 18:43:21 -0800 (PST)
From: Bonnie Warren <bonnielw@lincc.lib.or.us>
Subject: Re: Charter Schools and Public Libraries

We are serving one charter school (K-3) in our area. Since they do not
access to a school library, we have made arrangements to set up a small
deposit collection (200 books) at the school. Based on the curriculum
they were following, we chose books to meet that need as well as some
books of general interest. The teachers loved it and the collection will
rotate every 60-90 days. Not one single book has been damaged or

Bonnie Warren
Children's Services
Clackamas County Library "If there are no dogs in heaven,
16201 S.E. McLoughlin Blvd. then when I die, I want to go
Oak Grove, OR 97267 where they went."
503/650-3185 Unknown
FAX: 503/794-8006
Email: bonnielw@lincc.or.us


Date: Wed, 30 Dec 1998 12:22:47 -0500
From: blalor <blalor@www.biblio.org>
Subject: pre-school area

Happy New Year to all,
We have a challenge on our hands. Our children's department is
separated by three separate rooms with a rotunda in the middle. We are
not able to always monitor the area, and as a result of that we have had
damage done . Also keep in mind that our building is 102 years old and
newly renovated. Our problems have been on going but the new one is
that we have a puppet stage as well as puppets that sit on a puppet
display rack with dowels. This display rack was glued onto a shelve and
a patron tore all three off of the shelve. Does anyone out there have
any solutions and also how would you monitor the area?

Thank you for your help.
Please e-mail me directly to:


Date: Thu, 31 Dec 1998 00:36:53 EST
From: PgThrasher@aol.com
Subject: Parental Signatures for Internet Access?

We are a very small library and we are about to provide Internet Access. We
expect to ask people to register to be able to use the Internet. We also
expect to ask for parental signatures for the kids. Our question is at what
age does a person no longer need a parental signature? (Kids 12 and under
need a signature for a library card). We will have no filtering.

The issues seem to be: Will the older kids feel insulted if we ask for
signatures? We have a responsibility to provide access to information - would
that access be compromised by requiring signatures? Would the parents of
older kids sue us if we don't require signatures and their kid sees something
they deem inappropriate?

Do you require signatures for kids? What ages? What works and what doesn't?

Thanks for your help

Peggy Thrasher
Durham Public Library
Durham, NH



Date: Thu, 31 Dec 1998 19:28:56 -0600
From: DLHIETT <dlh@greennet.net>
Subject: RE: Space theme

The 1997 SRP for NH was Reading Is Out of This World. To keep track of =
the number of books read the children moved space ships from the planet =
Earth and traveled to the other planets. If I remember correctly each =
book read moved a space ship 10,000 miles. The children signed up for =
one of five space ships and we had a "race through space". The children =
made UFO's, we had a "star-gazing night", a guessing game where the =
children guessed how many moonrocks were in the moon crater, the =
children made space ships, and we had an alien space party. I sure we =
had other activities too but I don't recall them at the moment. It was =
a fun summer! Have fun! Has anyone tried to incorporate a town's =
birthday with their SRP? If so, I would love to hear from you.


Date: Thu, 31 Dec 1998 15:44:44 -0800 (PST)
From: Kirsten Edwards <kirstedw@kcls.org>
Subject: Re: series books in computer

On Thu, 24 Dec 1998, Bonita Kale wrote:

> The system is DRA, and it's getting more horrible by the year. We have
> been informed that Real Soon Now they will not be supporting the old "dumb"
> terminals that are the only ones where patrons can limit search by agency.
> Of course, we would drop the most important services first, right? In the
> new web-based screens, you can't limit by agency and your agency holdings
> aren't even highlighted anymore. Which puts us back to a position in which
> card catalogs really were better for what most patrons want--to find out if
> -we- own a certain book.

Bonita, if DRA's new GUI screens can't limit by agency (Dynix/Ameritech's
can *) than you have my deepest sympathy! Any chance you could lobby to
'port to another, more library friendly vendor?

Kirsten Edwards

[*] Which is not to say there aren't plenty of problems w/Dynix's GUI
screens / interface that the circulation terminals (which still run under
the same system) don't have to endure. It's reached the point where I'll
find myself telling library clients to follow me back to the circ desk -
the terminals there are faster and more accurate....



Date: Thu, 31 Dec 1998 09:59:27 -0600
From: Marilyn Zaruba <fmpl@startext.net>
Subject: Re: holiday thoughts

Our family lived in an Islamic country for a number of years when our children
were small. Other religions were tolerated & in the Christian areas of the
cities they celebrated Christmas & in the Jewish areas of the cities they
celebrated Chanukah.

This is still a Christian country and although libraries have no business
doing the 'religion' thing, I believe most people can tolerate a little of
Santa & reindeers, etc. during the Christmas holiday. We certainly learned to
tolerate years of a neon sign in our courtyard saying, in Farsi, "Allah is
Great." We learned how to behave during Ramadan & to keep our family off the
streets during their very serious holidays where they marched the streets
beating themselves (& any infidels who wandered through). We learned how to
behave in Mosques & how to dress in public & I don't think it hurt any of us.
We certainly learned tolerance. Our family participated in many non-Christian
ceremonies & holidays & enjoyed it tremendously & I think my two children are
wonderful examples of accepting adults. A few years ago I attended a Buddhist
blessing ceremony & it was wonderful. Why can't people be more tolerant? I
guess I just don't understand why this is such a big problem for so many

Children love the excitement of the holidays & parents cannot put blinders on
their children when all the Christmas commercialism begins each year. When I
first started doing story time here after our Children's Librarian resigned, I
asked my director what my parameters were regarding Christian holidays. He
said to just go ahead & do what I want, but to use good taste. We do
Halloween with the witches & ghosts & Easter with the egg hunts & bunnies &
St. Valentine's day with cupids & hearts & Christmas with Santa & we have
never had a complaint. Our programs are well-attended & the adults as well as
the children have a good time.

We always have Christmas trees & the library is decorated with streamers &
red & green balloons & Santas & snowmen. If we were using Nativity scenes &
crosses, etc. I would expect complaints. And there certainly are enough other
programs without these things, but it adds to the children's anticipation of
the holidays.


Now you can let me have it; I enjoy the different viewpoints.

Mansfield Public Library


Date: Wed, 30 Dec 1998 19:35:50 +0000
From: "Vicky Smith" <vjsmith@mcarthur.lib.me.us>
Subject: Re: summer reading time--long but heartfelt

> My gosh, I can't imagine parents complaining that they have to spend too
> much time reading to their kids! We -allow- preschoolers to join SRC, we
> don't -recruit- them!
> Our time for the summer is only ten hours (20 half-hour boxes to mark),
> which isn't much over two months. If yours is equally short, I'd stick to
> it.
> Damn it, it's supposed to be fun! What planet are these people from?
> Bonita

Planet Greedhead. I probably should not have posted my original
message about the parents complaining that they have to spend too
much time reading to their kids--the season makes me EXTREMELY
cranky. But, having done so, I suppose I ought to explain myself
more fully.

Three years ago we converted from a "read for the fun of it" SRC to
an incentive-based program. And our incentives are GREAT. We have 3
levels of achievement: rung 1, a treat from Dairy Queen (our SRC
actually made Fortune Magazine, thanks to manoeuvering on the part of
the DQ franchisee, who also happens to be the president of our
board); rung 2, a paperback of the kid's choice from the local
bookstore; rung 3, a free pass to the local amusement park (cash
value, $20).

(Incidentally, none of our prizes cost the library a cent; the donors
are operating out of the shrewd business knowledge that contributing
to the community brings goodwill and more $$$ later on. And, of
course, because they want to help out. How did I make these
arrangements? I just asked.)

So our participation shot up 700% in the first year. We started out
counting books read, with an ultimate goal of 15 for the top prize,
the earlier prizes being earned at 5 and then 10 books. This was
cake for the non-readers and beginning readers, but the kids who were
reading chapter books struggled some to make it. My heart was broken
the day one boy rejected "Chasing Redbird" (he'd started the summer
with "Walk Two Moons" and loved it), saying, "I don't have time right
now. I'll read it when I'm back in school. Right now I need to read
short books." (It had taken him about 5 weeks to read "Walk".)

So we switched to time read, with the same 3 levels of prizes, only
now the first prize was awarded at 8 hours, the second at 16, and the
third at 24. I calculated the goals thus: 30 minutes of reading, 5
days a week, for 8 weeks = 24 hours. I felt that this was
pedagogically sound. I mean, the reason we have SRC in the first
place is to keep them in practice over the summer, so they don't lose
ground in their reading levels, right? It didn't seem too
unreasonable to me: 15 minutes in the morning, 15 minutes in the
evening--that's not too onerous.

As can be expected, the chapter book readers were delighted, although
it's still a pretty steep goal for reluctant readers. But the
parents of the non-readers bitched and moaned--! Not all of them,
to give credit where credit is due. But the ones who were able to
check out 15 books and receive all their prizes in 1 week last summer
were some grumpy this summer when they discovered it wasn't going to
be so easy.

I dunno. I don't want to cave in and make it so easy that the kids
get one week's worth of reading all summer. But I also don't want to
turn people away. I'm not sure how my sponsors would react to
reading contracts, which is what I'd really like to do.

So, now that you've heard my whole tale of woe, any responses? Is 24
hours over 8 weeks just too damn much? I just don't want to
compromise too much . . . .
Vicky Smith
Children's Librarian
McArthur Public Library
270 Main Street
Biddeford, ME 04005


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