Continuing Education Opportunities: June 2016

There are almost 50 learning opportunities (many free of charge) available for library staff during June. The sessions cover a wide range of topics, such as metadata, infographics, STEAM programming, leadership, outcomes, tech trends, and more. Be sure to check out the listings at the Train Station, your one-stop destination for continuing education and professional ...

2016 Letters About Literature Winners Announced

2016 Letters About Literature Winners Announced
Dear Ms. Lee: Your story haunted me with emotions I didn’t know I could feel.  When I read To Kill a Mockingbird for class last October, the tragic Charleston church massacre was fresh on my mind.  Nine innocent people were killed because of their skin color.  I wondered, how could the word of a man ...

In Case You Missed It

Charlotte-Mecklenburg Library was awarded ALA’s John Cotton Library Public Relations Award for creating videos featuring the authentic stories of its patrons.  The videos were shown in ballparks, on movie screens, and via social media to videos increased community awareness of services, programs and collections. New Hanover Public Library was in the news for helping adults ...

Apply Now: Best Buy Community Grants 2

Apply Now: Best Buy Community Grants
From the announcement: As technology becomes more ingrained in our society, Best Buy knows it is increasingly necessary for youth to develop the 21st-century skills that will set them up for future career success. Yet, we also know that a participation gap exists. Too many teens have little or no access to technology and, as ...

Teen Summer Learning Ideas

Teen Summer Learning Ideas
Its that time of year again! Summer programs are just around the corner but don’t worry if you’re still looking for programming ideas.  ALA just announced its top ten teen summer learning program winners from its Teen Programming HQ contest.  For each of the programs you’ll find: Program description Defined learning outcomes Required materials and ...

Be Active with Summer Reading 2016 Press Release

Be Active with Summer Reading 2016 Press Release
The Department of Natural and Cultural Resources has just published this year’s press release announcing Summer Reading.  This release is available to out to your local papers, radio stations, public access venues, or bloggers.  Make sure to add your libraries specific information to make it relevant to your community. Also, let the State Library know ...

ARSL scholarship applications now being accepted!

ARSL scholarship applications now being accepted!
The State Library of North Carolina is now accepting applications for scholarship funds to attend the Association for Rural and Small Libraries Conference in Fargo, North Dakota from October 27-29, 2016.  Since there are limited funds available, this is a competitive scholarship.  Priority will be given to first time conference attendees in libraries serving rural/small ...

In Case You Missed It

In Case You Missed It
The New York Times featured a photograph of the Rockingham County Bookmobile in its article to kick off  their Summer Reading Contest.           Congratulations to Cumberland County Public Library and Information Center and Cabarrus County Public Library for being awarded Great Stories Club programming grants from ALA.  Each library selected library ...

Monthly Report: April 2016

Monthly Report: April 2016
From Cal Shepard, State Librarian: Activities / Accomplishments Government & Heritage Library National Library Week was April 10 – 16, and Preservation Week was April 24-30! Additionally, the Government & Heritage Library has special social media campaigns to celebrate. We shared an old picture from the NC Digital Collections, “African-American children line up outside of ...

What’s new with the Public Library Survey

What's new with the Public Library Survey
Just a reminder that the final What’s new with the Public Library Survey workshop will be held in Concord on Friday, May 20, 1-4pm.  This half-day workshop is aimed at library staff who oversee Public Library Survey reporting (also called the annual statistical report) at their library. The following topics will be discussed: upcoming changes to ...