Tuesday, May 29, 2012

WV Fifth Grader Donates $10,000 Prize to School Library

Darius Atefat-Peckham, a Letters About Literature winner at the national level, is featured in an article in School Library Journal.

WV Fifth Grader Donates $10,000 Prize to School Library

Letters About Literature is a national reading and writing promotion program of the Center for the Book in the Library of Congress, presented in partnership with Target Stores and supported locally by the West Virginia Center for the Book. This project is supported, in part, by the U.S. Museum and Library Services under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act, administered in West Virginia by the State Librarian and by the West Virginia Humanities Council.

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Library Update now on YouTube

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, Blog, 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 first 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!

Monday, May 21, 2012

Capitol Read

May's Capitol Read is The Miner's Daughter by Gretchen Moran Laskas

Perhaps there is always a mark, when another person touches you, an invisible thread connecting you to them.

Backbreaking work, threadbare clothes, and black coal dust choking the air — this is what a miner's daughter knows. Willa Lowell fears that this dust marks her to be nothing else, that she will never win against the constant struggle to survive. Even the fierce flame of her family's love — her one bright spot against the darkness — has begun to dim.

Willa yearns for a better life — enough food to eat, clothes that fit, and a home free of black grit. She also yearns for a special love, the love of a boy who makes her laugh and shares the poetry she carries in her heart.

When a much brighter future is suddenly promised to her family, Willa knows it is a miracle . . . until she discovers that every promise has a price. But she also discovers that the real change has burned inside her all along — if only she is strong enough to mine it.

Writing in a style that is as breathtaking and lyrical as it is powerful, Gretchen Moran Laskas draws from her family's past to bring to life the story of a girl struggling against seemingly insurmountable odds. The Miner's Daughter will touch readers' hearts and stay with them long after they've read the last word.

Friday, May 4, 2012

Library Commission closed May 8

Next Tuesday, May 8, the Library Commission will be closed.  The agency will resume normal hours on Wednesday, May 9.  

Please remember to vote!