Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Snapshot Day 2015- Schedule Your Event During National Library Week

The West Virginia Library Association, in cooperation with the West Virginia Library Commission, encourages WV libraries of all types to participate in West Virginia Library Snapshot Day during National Library Week, April 12-18.


Snapshot Day is a national initiative designed to document the value of academic, public and school libraries with photos and data on a given day. 

What if libraries went away, even for a day? What would the impact be on our state and the people we serve? Snapshot Day lets us document the wonderful things our libraries do on a given day.
Begin planning your 2015 Snapshot Day now.
 
Please share your photos and data with the Library Commission so we can help promote the value of libraries to policy makers, the media and the public at large. 


The WVLC website offers resources for your Snapshot Day event:



Please contact Preston Richardson preston.i.richardson@wv.gov for more information or assistance. 

Friday, February 27, 2015

American Library Association announces 2015 youth media award winners

The American Library Association (ALA) has announced the top books, video and audio books for children and young adults – including the Caldecott, Coretta Scott King, Newbery and Printz awards – at its recent  Midwinter Meeting in Chicago.

John Newbery Medal for the most outstanding contribution to children's literature:

The Crossover, written by Kwame Alexander and published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

Twelve-year-old narrator Josh Bell uses the rhythms of a poetry jam to emulate the "moving & grooving/popping and rocking" of life on the basketball court with his twin brother, J.B. This powerful novel in verse paints an authentic portrait of a closely-knit family on the brink of crisis. Swish! This book is nothing but net!
 
“Our 15-member committee worked diligently and thoughtfully to determine the 2015 Newbery Medal winner,” said Committee Chair Randall Enos.

Two Newbery Honor Books also were named:

“El Deafo” by Cece Bell, illustrated by Cece Bell and published by Amulet Books, an imprint of ABRAMS.

“Brown Girl Dreaming,” written by Jacqueline Woodson and published by Nancy Paulsen Books, an imprint of Penguin Group (USA) LLC.

Randolph Caldecott Medal for the most distinguished American picture book for children:
 
 The Adventures of Beekle: The Unimaginary Friend, illustrated and written by Dan Santat and published by Little, Brown and Company, a division of Hachette Book Group, Inc.
 
In four delightful “visual chapters,” Beekle, an imaginary friend, undergoes an emotional journey looking for his human. Santat uses fine details, kaleidoscopic saturated colors, and exquisite curved and angular lines to masterfully convey the emotional essence of this special childhood relationship.
 
“Santat makes the unimaginable, imaginable,” said Caldecott Medal Committee Chair Junko Yokota.
 
Six Caldecott Honor Books also were named:

“Nana in the City,” illustrated by Lauren Castillo, written by Lauren Castillo and published by Clarion Books, an imprint of Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company.

“The Noisy Paint Box: The  Colors and Sounds of Kandinsky’s Abstract Art,” illustrated by Mary GrandPr√©, written by Barb Rosenstock and published by Alfred A. Knopf, an imprint of Random House Children’s Books, a division of Random House, Inc., New York.

“Sam & Dave Dig a Hole,” illustrated by Jon Klassen, written by Mac Barnett and published by Candlewick Press.

“Viva Frida,” illustrated by Yuyi Morales, written by Yuyi Morales and published by Roaring Brook Press, a Neal Porter Book.

“The Right Word: Roget and His Thesaurus,” illustrated by Melissa Sweet, written by Jen Bryant, and published by Eerdmans Books for Young Readers, an imprint of Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Co.

“This One Summer,” illustrated by Jillian Tamaki, written by Mariko Tamaki and published by First Second.

 Coretta Scott King (Author) Book Award recognizing an African American author and illustrator of outstanding books for children and young adults:
 The 2015 Coretta Scott King Book Awards Author Winner is given to Jacqueline Woodson, author of “brown girl dreaming.”
Published by Nancy Paulson Books, an imprint of Penguin Group, Penguin Group (USA) LLC, is an absorbing free verse memoir of a young girl growing up black and female in the 1960s and ‘70s full of arresting details and vivid imagery. Her choice of events and memories incorporate important historical events and her own evolution into the award-winning writer she has become.
From the time she was a child scribbling her name, Woodson told stories both true and not so true. After graduating from Adelphi University, she published her first book in 1990. Winner of many book awards, most recently the 2014 National Book Award Young People’s Literature, her published works range from picture books to young adult novels.
Three King Author Honor Books were selected:

Kwame Alexander for “The Crossover,” published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing.

Marilyn Nelson for “How I Discovered Poetry,” illustrated by Hadley Hooper and published by Dial Books, an imprint of Penguin Books (USA) LLC.

Kekla Magoon for “How It Went Down,” published by Henry Holt and Company, LLC.

Michael L. Printz Award for excellence in literature written for young adults:

I’ll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson
Published by Dial Books, an imprint of Penguin Group, (USA) LLC, a Penguin Random House Company.

Once inseparable, twins Noah and Jude are torn apart by a family tragedy that transforms their intense love for each other into intense anger. Timelines twist and turn around each other in beautifully orchestrated stories of love and longing.

Four Printz Honor Books also were named:

“And We Stay,” by Jenny Hubbard, and published by Delacorte Press, an imprint of Random House Children’s Books, a division of Random House, Inc., a Penguin Random House Company.

“The Carnival at Bray,” by Jessie Ann Foley, and published by Elephant Rock Books.

“Grasshopper Jungle,” by Andrew Smith, and published by Dutton Books, an imprint of Penguin Group USA, a Penguin Random House Company.

“This One Summer,” by Mariko Tamaki, illustrated by Jillian Tamaki, and published by First Second.

Click here for a list of all 2015 Youth Media Award Winners. 




 

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Special Collection Survey is Open



Library Directors and Library Staff are invited to provide the Library Commission with information on special collections housed within your institution.  The survey is designed to help WVLC identify primary resources that can be used by researchers and educators regarding the historical impact of the state and or its citizens. For most institutions, the survey will take 15 to 20 minutes to complete, depending on the extent of the information.  For institutions with extensive special collections, the survey will take longer.  The survey will be open from February 2, 2015, through March 31, 2015.  The link is https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/PRBJSYN

If you have questions or comments please contact Heather Campbell Shock by email (heather.s.campbell@wv.gov) or by telephone (304) 558-2045.

Friday, February 13, 2015

New Library Update Available to View

A new episode of Library Update is up on YouTube. This is part one of Episode 35, Special Collections. Make sure to catch parts 2 and 3 of the episode as well.
The West Virginia Library Commission is committed to promoting, assisting, and supporting high quality library services and information resources to all West Virginia residents. This includes getting relevant information out to library directors, their staff, and patrons through various formats. Currently the Library Commission uses its website, Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Blog, Library Lookout and other e-bulletins, and now YouTube, to disseminate information. 
 
WVLC plans on bringing you current programs, topics, and trends. This broad spectrum includes partnerships, training, programming, and service. We want this program to be a useful, entertaining resource for you. If you ever have any questions or comments regarding topics on this show, please do not hesitate to call us at 1-800-642-9021. 
 
This program is not intended to act as a calendar of events, but as a vehicle of ideology and practical tips. Specific event information can always be found on our website www.librarycommission.wv.gov and at your local libraries.
 
The video in this post is the first segment of the episode. Check it out, then view parts 2 and 3. Make sure you subscribe to the West Virginia Library Commission YouTube channel so you don't miss the newest episodes!

Thursday, January 29, 2015

WVLC Adds 18 New Digital Magazine Titles to Zinio for Libraries Collection

State Library Services, a division of the West Virginia Library Commission, has added to the offerings of digital magazine titles available to their patrons.
 
Zinio for Libraries offers patrons the latest editions of such magazines as Newsweek, Popular Science, Reader's Digest, mental_floss and more. New titles include Cosmopolitan, Esquire, Forbes, MacWorld, NewScientist, Rolling Stone, and many more. Patrons can download copies of the latest issue, which they can view on a smartphone, tablet or computer. Internet access and a library card from the West Virginia Library Commission are the only requirements to check out Zinio magazines. 

These titles are available to State Library Services’ patrons via the web portal https://www.rbdigital.com/wvlibrarycommission/service/zinio/landing  

To request a library card, visit the West Virginia State Library in the Culture Center in Charleston, WV, or send your name, address, phone number and email address to State Library Services at wvlcref@wv.gov. For information about titles available through State Library Services, see a library staff member, phone (304) 558-2045 or send email to wvlcref@wv.gov.

Friday, January 16, 2015

New Library Update Available to View

A new episode of Library Update is up on YouTube. This is part two of Episode 34, Library Television Network. Make sure to catch parts 1 and 3 of the episode as well.


The West Virginia Library Commission is committed to promoting, assisting, and supporting high quality library services and information resources to all West Virginia residents. This includes getting relevant information out to library directors, their staff, and patrons through various formats. Currently the Library Commission uses its website, Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Blog, Library Lookout and other e-bulletins, and now YouTube, to disseminate information. 
 
WVLC plans on bringing you current programs, topics, and trends. This broad spectrum includes partnerships, training, programming, and service. We want this program to be a useful, entertaining resource for you. If you ever have any questions or comments regarding topics on this show, please do not hesitate to call us at 1-800-642-9021. 
 
This program is not intended to act as a calendar of events, but as a vehicle of ideology and practical tips. Specific event information can always be found on our website www.librarycommission.wv.gov and at your local libraries.
 
The video in this post is the second segment of the episode. Check it out, then view parts 1 and 3. Make sure you subscribe to the West Virginia Library Commission YouTube channel so you don't miss the newest episodes!