THANK YOU @LLAMA_ALA / Fred Reuland and all participants in our LLAMA Webinar 30 May. Let us know if you have questions.

Have you registered for our PRESENTATION at #ALAAC18 in New Orleans, 23 June? Our Program: 'Achieve the Library Design You Need. Communicate Effectively with Your Library Building Design Professionals'

Welcome to our PLAN22Archibrarians website. We help you to: Talk to Architects; Begin your Library Building Project with your data; and Achieve the Library your community requires.

See you @alaannual June 23! Help your architect understand your library's needs. #ALAAC18 #fbp22 #in

NLLD18_Title_PrsntnWorking full out finishing up our Program for the American Library Association Annual Convention (ALAAC18) in New Orleans - Saturday, 23 June.

 

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small space renovation BIG IMPACT RESULT/ Teen Space @CORPUBLIB @goRCLS #in

CPL NY Coll 2The hard working staff and director at Cornwall Public library in Cornwall, New York last evening officially opened their Teen Space to rave reviews.

The project was done with a minimal budget and LOTS of volunteer time and materials.

It is great to see how much can be done to make a space function well and be warm and welcoming using engaging paint colors and patterns; space defining carpet tiles; well chosen data/electrically connected seating; functional furniture; the occasional piece of mood lighting and oh yes, lots of love for the users!

Well done! CPL NY logo

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A Childhood Book Casts a Long Shadow, A Letter of Thanks. @JFOppenheim #in

A lesson well learned about appreciation and how people's contributions affect us.

This article is directly from  Joanne Oppenheim's blog: (our amazing friend and author)

On the other side of theriver oppenheimWriters of children’s books often get letters from children “by-the-class-full”—letters that teachers have their students write. I always enjoy those, even when I know they were written on assignment.

What we don’t often receive are letters from former children...letters that say a story written decades ago lives on. Last week, I received such a note, an email that should remind us, that the stories shared with children can cast a long shadow. Here is a very special email (shared with the author’s permission): 

I am writing to you about your book, The Other Side of the River.  I remember buying the book when I was 4 or 5 and it quickly became one of my favorites.  The book is exactly what popped into my head this morning when a friend posted this article on facebook:

https://www.nbcnews.com/politics/donald-trump/trump-s-visa-changes-are-clawing-famous-crab-town-they-n874041 

Obviously, this situation is not a case of an actual bridge falling down but the basic lesson of how important it is to really think about how we are connected to one another and to have respect and appreciation for others’ contributions – that feels like a lesson I’ve known for so long because of this book.  I ordered a copy today for my almost four-year old son, and I am really looking forward to reading it with him.

 Thanks so much for your work!   

Helene J. Busby                   

Joanne goes on to thank the writer of this lovely letter:

My thanks to Helene! How grand it is to discover that a story published so many decades ago is fondly remembered. Even more, that it still resonates and says something meaningful about our need for each other. Of course, the book is now out of print and only used copies are available. Who knows, maybe it’s time for a reprint in English. Oddly enough, in 2017, Tuttle, a Japanese publisher reprinted the book in Japanese. You never know.

 On the Other Side of the River, was published in 1972 by Franklin Watts. It’s one of those publishing stories that should comfort writers who get rejection letters—in other words, all writers. After submitting the story to several publishers, I put the manuscript away in my desk. A year later, an editor called to ask if the script was still available. She explained that she loved the book when she read it originally, but she was not then in a position to buy it. Now, she had become the senior editor at Franklin Watts and hoped to do the book with the talented and well-known illustrator, Aliki. 

Sadly, my own copies of the book were lost in a fire several years ago and the copy in the photo above was generously sent to me by Aliki. It is a personal treasure.  

Back in 1972, the book was well received in the US and was even far more successful in England, France, Germany, Sweden, Denmark, and Japan. Perhaps the theme, the interdependence of people, was more meaningful abroad. 1972 was the year that Nixon visited China and I remember wanting to send him a copy to take along. Children’s books are not supposed to carry heavy messages; that’s what publishers and editors always say. Maybe not, but I think memorable stories are more than entertaining. They also say something to meaningful to our hearts. Like Helene, I believe that the idea of our interdependence is one that we need to share with each other and definitely with our children and grandchildren. 

Thank you for sharing this Joanne. We never know who is thinking of us or the effect we can have on people whom we may never even meet. For our part - we are fortunate to have met you!

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Future Women - excited to go to the #hayliteraturefestival and @BradfordLitFest #in

A group of Bradford pupils visit the Hay Festival  for the first time "as part of an exchange programme with the Bradford Literature Festival" .

They gleefully give their review.

"I'm looking forward to (The Hay Festival) because I'm going to know what is outside of Bradford, going to a different place."

There is hope.

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#NLLD18 | 7 & 8 May Washington DC - Library Advovates Be there! #AmericaNeedsLibraries #FundLibraries #in #fb @goRCLS @NYLA_1890 @ALALibrary

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 New York Delegates are moving in on Washington DC for National Library Legislative Day (NLLD) #NLLD18, this Monday, May 7 for their briefings in preparation for visits to their legislators on Tuesday 8 May.
 
Over 500 delegates from all over the country, representing every State will be in Washington DC meeting legislators. The New York delegation is 25 strong, from every region of the State representing every type of library.
 
You can help with our advocacy efforts by contacting our Senators and the Representative(s) from your district using ALA's Legislative Action Center. Please take the time to let our legislators know how important libraries are to your communities. You can register to join our advocacy efforts.
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Information about issues we will be advocating for are available in two briefing documents - Appropriation Brief and the Broadband Brief.

 
Here is access to the documents that delegates will be leaving behind with our legislators - the Congressional Federal Funding and the Broadband white papers. (these open in SmarterMail for ease of download)
 
Please make an effort to contact our legislators!Here is the link again: National Library Legislative Day

Advocacy really DOES makes a difference! Here's the link to the ALA Page.

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American Teachers are asking for Money to Fund Material for Their Classrooms @DonorsChoose @StephenAtHome @GwynethPaltrow #in #fb @AAEteachers

In case you haven't heard have teamed up with to help teachers all across the US teach our children with actual teaching materials like books and computers. The product descriptions alone are worth a look! (from @2plan22 on Twitter)

Ms. Paltrow's goop line slides in somewhere between complete hokum and wily marketing all the while targeting people who have more money than they know what to do with. I laugh every time I see her on The Late Show, never sure if it's all just a big spoof. 

Stephen Colbert has a heart even larger than his sense of humour.  We just watched his piece on the Late Show with Stephen Colbert, advertising his partnership with DonorsChoose.org under the aegis of Covetton House -  his fabulously produced send-up of Paltrows's  GOOP site - to fund teachers all across the US to buy materials and equipment for their classes ("WHY is this even a thing!!???)

Here is the goop x Covetton blurb:

"The manifestation of Covetton House founder & CEO Stephen Colbert and goop founder & CEO Gwyneth Paltrow’s divine purpose on earth, this three-piece limited edition collection came to the duo during their weekly sacral-chakra steaming session. A study in subtle maximalism and real-world mysticism, it's intended for novice shamans, or really anyone with $$$ to spare. 52% of the purchase price (that's 100% of the proceeds) from the goop x Covetton House capsule collection will go to DonorsChoose.org."

SoftboundReincarnatedForestIf you make people laugh you can make them remember what you've told them and these two people are masters.  Visit "goop x Covetton" link to read about their partnership and the percentage of the proceeds that go to donorschoose.org .  We'll go directly to donorschoose so all the money will go to a cause we choose and forego ownership of  the "Softbound Reincarnated Forest Notebook" and keep our "Incoherent Ramblings" quiet.

I can hear Stephen's 'voice' in this product description but maybe I'm projecting. At any rate, it makes me laugh and I remember the message and hey, we all need a laugh:

"Softbound Reincarnated Forest

$88.00

This Softbound Reincarnated Forest is part of (and the sole item in) our elite Dreams2Paper Unity Collection. Use it to turn your deepest desires into words and your deepest words into lists or even paragraphs. This bespoke, mass-manufactured collection of sequential scrolls is designed by leading spiritual stationery artisans to gently coax the words from your heart, via your chakra or something."

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National Library Legislative Day. Step up, be seen & heard. Sharpen your Avocacy Skills. #NLLD18 @ALALib @GOrcls #fb #in

Get your Library Advocacy ON!

Join us in Washington DC at the Liaison Hotel in Washington, D.C.

Tell your legislators what you really think.

 

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National Library Legislative Day is a two-day advocacy event held in Washington, D.C. every year.

Day 1: Training:

Attendees spend one day learning effective advocacy techniques and learning about key library issues, like funding or net neutrality, and have the opportunity to attend a reception on Capitol Hill.

Day 2: Doing

Then ... Armed with talking points, attendees spend day two with their state delegations, meeting with elected officials and telling them about the importance of libraries in their communities.

 

Q.:Who goes to Washington for National Library Legislative Day?

A.: Everyone who cares about library funding.

This event is open to the public and anyone who wants to support libraries is welcome to attend. Whether you've been advocating for two days or twenty years, you have something important to contribute. But sign up soon - we have a limited amount of space each year and it fills up quickly!

SIGN UP!

Visit the event page to register online. Registration this year is $75 and includes a continental breakfast, entry into a reception held on Capitol Hill, and a folder full of briefing materials, talking points, and information.

To learn more about the event, check out our FAQ page or reach out to Lisa Lindle at llindle@alawash.org if you have any questions!

 

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Chicago Invests in the Future - Embeds Libraries into Housing Projects @chipublib @theCHAtweets #fb #in @chicagosmayor

ChiLinHsngIntveChicago PL pushes boundary of "Library Commons".

Chicago Housing Authority & Chicago Public Library Partner Up, Bring Mixed-Income Housing and Libraries Together

The City of Chicago is "beginning of construction on three innovative co-located housing and library developments being built across the city. (Beginning with the) Taylor Street Apartments and Roosevelt Branch Library, with construction also getting underway at two co-located developments in the West Ridge and Irving Park communities. Mayor Emanuel announced that plans will continue for two additional CPL branches using creative interagency partnerships — one in the CHA’s Altgeld Gardens community and a new branch in the West Loop to serve its rapidly growing community. IndepAptsLib

“Libraries serve as community anchors, making knowledge and learning accessible for everyone,” said CPL Commissioner Brian Bannon. “The new co-located libraries will help to sustain strong neighborhoods, and provide a place for all community residents to gather, share and succeed.”

“This project bringing together housing with a neighborhood library will be paramount for our community,” said Alderman Jason Ervin, 28th Ward. “This investment shows our residents that no matter what your income is or what neighborhood you live in, if you call Chicago home you should have a range of housing options to choose from.”

TaylorRoosChi"Over the past six years, Chicago Public Library has witnessed one of the largest capital investments in recent history. Through City investment and innovative partnerships, the Library has seen over $200 million of new capital projects and investments in the people and programs that activate our community anchors. By the end of 2018, we will have 11 new library buildings and 14 additional locations with major renovations and expansions. Embedded in these locations and other locations citywide is our innovative way to serve children and teens. CPL will have added new early learning play spaces at 28 locations and new teen spaces at 19 locations."

Source: Mayor Emanuel and City Officials Break Ground on Innovative Branch Library Projects

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Restore NY State Aid to Libraries & Library Systems - NYLA Advocacy Day, Albany NY, 28 February. @GOrcls @NYLA_1890 #fb #in

2018_NYGovFundCutsWe need your help to get our legislators to restore State Aid to libraries and library systems that the Governor proposed cutting in his 2018-2019 Executive Budget.

If you are able, please join us for New York Library Association (NYLA) Library Advocacy Day in Albany on Wednesday, February 28. Here is the link to the flyer with all of the information you need about motorcoach pickup locations and departure times.

Here is the link to register to join our delegation.

If you are unable to attend in person contact your legislator using NYLA's Online Advocacy Center. It is easy use and an effective way to let your legislators know you care about libraries and want them to support State Aid for libraries and library systems.

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