Summer Reading Program Planning Workshop

 

Deadline for registration: Thursday, February 22, 2007
Registration form

Workshop Date:   March 1
Time:    9:00-9:30:  Registration & networking
            9:30-3:00 Workshop (lunch included)

Location:  William K Sanford Library in Colonie
Directions:  Directions: http://www.colonie.org/library/welcome.html

Cost:  $15.00 per person — Check payable to Upper Hudson Library System

Your registration and mileage are reimbursable from your SALS Continuing Education grant.

Did you hear?

Thanks to a generous grant from the Saratoga County Legislators and funds from the Crandall Public Library (our central library) people residing in Saratoga, Hamilton, Warren and Washington Counties will soon be able to down load audio books for their listening, reading and learning pleasure.

SALS staff are working to develop system-wide publicity, purchase an MP3 player for each library and set up training for all library staff.

More information will be available at the Feb. 14, 2007 Librarians Meeting at the Crandall Public Library.  Hope to see you there.     

Libraries and the Governor’s Budget

Michael Borges, Director of the New York Library Association shared the following regarding Governor Spitzer’s budget.
“In addition to continuing the $19.7 million Library Aid increase we received last year ($2.7 million in 2000 Census funding, $3 million for library systems and $14 million in public library construction), the 2007-08 Executive Budget also includes other items of interest to the library community including:

Library Materials Aid – increase of $650,000 to $19.8 million – raising per pupil reimbursement to $6.25 for school libraries to purchase books.
Adult Literacy Education (ALE) – increase of $1 million to $5.32 million for community organizations and libraries to provide adult education services.
School Aid – Increase of $1.4 billion to school districts
SUNY – State General Fund support increased by $143 million
Community Colleges – State General Fund support increased by $20 million
CUNY – State General Fund support increased by $6.3 million
The Executive Budget also includes $50 million for implemenation of a Universal Broadband Initiative which potentially could benefit libraries.
These funding levels provide a positive beginning to our advocacy efforts on behalf of all libraries and we look forward to working with the state Legislature in building upon these investments.”