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Applications for United for Libraries’ Baker & Taylor Awards due May 1

ALA United for Libraries - Tue, 02/14/2017 - 5:18pm

BRYN MAWR, Pennsylvania - United for Libraries is accepting applications for the Baker & Taylor Awards, given to friends of the library groups and library foundations. Applications are due May 1, 2017.

Given annually since 2000, the Baker & Taylor Awards have recognized more than 45 groups for outstanding efforts to support their library. Two winning groups will each receive $1,000.

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Consumer Health Training Workshops

NJ State Library - Tue, 02/14/2017 - 10:13am


Sponsored by the New Jersey State Library in partnership with LibraryLinkNJ

Lydia Collins, Consumer Health Coordinator at NN/LM MAR, will be teaching two consumer health classes in one joint session.

Beyond an Apple a Day: Providing Consumer Health Information at Your Library

This hands-on class will cover the health information seeking behavior of consumers and the role of the librarian in the provision of health information for the public. Come learn about the evolution of consumer health, health literacy and the e-patient. Participants will be equipped with knowledge of top consumer health sites, e-patient resources and collection development core lists. We will discuss creative ideas for health information outreach. The class will wrap up with an opportunity to explore effective marketing approaches and develop an elevator speech.

Activate, Collaborate, and Educate: Health Outreach and Programming in Your Community

This presentation will provide an overview of ideas to conduct health outreach and create health programs for libraries and community/faith based organizations. Participants will learn how to integrate resources from the National Library of Medicine (NLM) and other reputable agencies to introduce community members to NLM resources in fun and engaging ways. Examples of programs for children, teens, adults and seniors using NLM and other National Institutes of Health center and office resources will be shared. This class is being taught in New Jersey for the first time.

These workshops are the second in a series of ongoing programming in the Mental Health Matters awareness initiative offered by NJSL and LLNJ.


There will be five sessions offered daily from March 27 – March 31, from 9:00 to 1:00. A continental breakfast will be served.

Cost: $10

March 27: Wyckoff Public Library – 200 Woodland Ave, Wyckoff, NJ 07481

March 28: Hamilton Free Public Library – 1 Justice Samuel A. Alito, Jr. Way, Hamilton, NJ 08619

March 29: Somerset County Library System, Bridgewater Branch – 1 Vogt Dr., Bridgewater, NJ 08807

March 30: Cherry Hill Public Library – 1100 Kings Highway North, Cherry Hill, New Jersey 08034

March 31: Gloucester County Library System, Mullica Hill Branch – 389 Wolfert Station Road, Mullica Hill, NJ 08062


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Class Provides Valuable Tips on Managing a Conversation Group for English Learners

NJ State Library - Wed, 02/08/2017 - 9:36am

We learn our “native” language through conversation, taking our first words and putting them into a rough sentence to communicate with our parents, obnoxious sibling or the dog trying to get at our ice cream cone. With practice, encouragement, and vocabulary and grammar development, our command of our native language becomes more proficient and understandable by a wider audience outside our immediate family.

Mary Elizabeth Allen, Mercer County Library,Shirley Maurin,and Lee Ann Smith, South Brunswick Library, Matt Ford, program director, Literacy New Jersey, Gloucester County

That is the premise behind Conversation Groups for English Learners: establish a comfortable, family-like environment where those learning English can practice speaking in response to a variety of different scenarios, such as ordering a pizza over the phone or registering their child for a soccer league. The NJ State Library in partnership with Literacy New Jersey created the Tutor Training for ESL Conversation Groups for those who wish to teach/lead/facilitate ESL conversation sessions at a local library. The five workshops, scheduled at various locations from Jan. to May, are open to librarians, library staff and volunteers, and limited to 20 participants per training class at no cost.

Meeting the growing demands for ESL programs, especially in times of tight library budgets, has always been a challenge for public libraries. It has become essential for them to recruit and work with volunteer tutors within the community to offer various adult literacy classes. Volunteer tutors are crucial to students’ success and are the backbone of many library literacy programs. As the literacy needs of New Jersey’s foreign born and immigrant populations grow, the number of people seeking help at their public library also grows. People come to the library to use computers, access print and digital resources, search and apply for jobs and increase their knowledge of a subject. Basic functional literacy is an essential skill for an individual’s personal and professional growth. For decades, public libraries have been welcoming places for immigrant integration.

Matt Ford, program director Literacy New Jersey, Gloucester County, Amanda Decker, Franklin Park Library, Rebecca Crawford, Mary Jacobs Library

The three hour session held at the Monroe Public Library on Feb. 2, 2017, began with facilitator Matt Ford, program director for Literacy New Jersey, Gloucester County, getting the students to explain the difference between a facilitator and a teacher, and what the goal of a facilitator in an ESL Conversation Group would be. Mary Toole from the Middlesex Library suggested the goal was to create an environment to make [the students] comfortable. Nancy Demme from the Hightstown Library added that the facilitator should choose appropriate topics to discuss.

Ford’s facilitating of the class served as a perfect example of what those taking the class should be doing when they move on to conducting a Conversation Group. He immediately brought an energy to the group, got everyone engaged and made the class fun. His concentration was on the “how” of conducting a group, rather than on the activities.

Lee Ann Smith from the South Brunswick Library, had served as a substitute teacher in North Brunswick schools. “I feel strongly about literacy,” she said. “I’m taking this class so that I may be able to start another group at the library or be backup facilitator for the current group.” Shirley Maurin, also from the South Brunswick Library, currently facilitates the Conversation Groups there. “I get a great deal of satisfaction facilitating the groups.”

Amanda Decker attended the class because she is interested in starting a Conversation Group at the Franklin Park Branch of the Franklin Township Library. “There is a definite demand for it there,” said Decker, who is branch manager. “Taking this class is making me feel more comfortable about starting one.”

Training session topics include:

  • Effective group tutoring/facilitation/management
  • How to encourage students to speak
  • How and when to correct student mistakes
  • Tutoring tips and techniques for working with ESL students

Additionally, each participant in the training receives a set of eight lessons designed to encourage conversation and to help students improve their vocabulary and grammar in a real-life context. Conversation topics include health, food, shopping, customs and culture, body language, recreation, and holidays.

“The idea,” concluded Ford, “is to get people talking and conversing. That is what your role as facilitator as all about.”

Upcoming Schedule & Location – Classes run from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

March 2 – CLASS FULL
Livingston Public Library
10 Robert Harp Drive
Livingston, NJ 07039

April 6 – CLASS FULL
Hasbrouck Heights Library
320 Boulevard
Hasbrouck Heights, NJ 07604

Gloucester County Library – Mullica Hill Branch
389 Wolfert Station Road
Mullica Hill, NJ 08062

To register, go to:

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Two Friends groups win National Friends of Libraries Week Awards

ALA United for Libraries - Tue, 02/07/2017 - 3:24pm

BRYN MAWR, Pennsylvania -- Friends of the Glendale (Ariz.) Public Library and Holdrege (Neb.) Area Friends of the Library are winners of United for Libraries’ 2016 National Friends of Libraries Week Awards.

Each group received $250 and were recognized at United for Libraries’ Gala Author Tea, sponsored by ReferenceUSA, at the ALA Midwinter Meeting. Friends of the Stirling Road Branch Library (Hollywood, Fla.) and Friends of the Tellico Village Library, Inc. (Loudon, Tenn.) earned honorable mentions for their efforts.

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The History of the Trent House

NJ State Library - Tue, 02/07/2017 - 2:21pm
Samantha Luft discusses the Trent House

If you want to tour an historic, 300-year old house on a rainy day, there is, perhaps, no better way to do it than to bring the house and museum director to you for a video tour. That is exactly what happened on Feb. 7, when the the New Jersey State Library presented a free lunch-time program on The History of the Trent House with Samantha Luft, manager of the 1719 William Trent House Museum, in the library’s 2nd Floor Reading Room, 185 West State St., Trenton.

 The 1719 William Trent House has a long history and is the oldest house in Mercer County. The name “Trenton” came from the settlement, which William Trent laid out and incorporated. Since he owned 1600 acres, the locals called the area Trent’s town, which became Trenton. He operated mills, orchards and farms on the property.

Trent was a Scottish shipping merchant, who made his fortune importing rum, whiskey and slaves. He lived in Philadelphia, but built this 11 room mansion as his summer residence in 1719, until he moved there permanently in 1721. The house has had many different uses throughout its history, including being a home for some of New Jersey’s governors, housing Hessians and being a supply depot for Washington’s army.  The building had many conveniences not usually found inside a main house, such as an operating kitchen, clockwork spit and beehive oven, (but they still used chamber pots).

As manager of the Trent House, Luft oversees programming, social media outreach, exhibit design, educational outreach, and partnering with outside agencies and consultants for the museum. Prior to her job as museum manager, she worked as the interim director and a docent. She graduated from Monmouth University with a B.A. in anthropology and a concentration in art history. She then went on to Seton Hall and completed her M.A. in museum studies with a concentration in registration.

Sam Stephens, vice president of the Board of Trustees, delved a bit further into the history of the 11 slaves who worked at the house, explaining how essential they were to running the household, and how, with local museums and scholars, research is being done to tell the stories of those 11 slaves.

The video tour whet everyone’s appetite to learn and see more, so when the rain, gloom and snow are gone, a leisurely walk through of the Trent House, should be on everyone’s list. The Trent House is open Wed. through Sun., 12:30 to 4 p.m.

For more about the Trent House, go to:

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