Oregon Library Passport Program

On January 1, 2013 the Resource Sharing Committee of the Oregon Library AssociationPrint began a pilot of the Oregon Library Passport Program which “recognizes that library service ought to mirror the way Oregonians live, work, shop, and play, and reduce barriers to library service. The underlying premise of the Passport Program is that cardholders of legally-established public libraries ought to be able to use other legally-established public libraries. The Passport Program is meant to be an exchange; a library extends service to users of other participating libraries, and vice versa.”

Information about the program is available on the Libraries of Oregon website. There is a list of participating libraries, a comprehensive summary of the program, sample press coverage, and information on signing up.

To those libraries who are participating, THANK YOU!

To those libraries who are not participating yet, here is the registration form, GET BUSY!

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Spotlight On Remodeled Libraries

The Newberg Public Library had the ribbon cutting for their new children’s library on March 1st. Check it out!

The Shute Park Branch Library of the Hillsboro Public Library will have their grand reopening on Saturday March 15th. I’ll be there, will you?

I’m guessing that I have missed a recent remodel, if so please let me know so I can come visit you!

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Better Living Through Poetry

Oregon Reads 2014 is devoted to the work of William Stafford in celebration of his centennial. The year long celebration has numerous partners and many libraries in Oregon are providing  special programming. The very attractive and informative website provides a wealth of resources, thanks to the Oregon Reads 2014 steering committee , many of whom were instrumental in Oregon Reads 2009 in celebration of Oregon’s Sesquicentennial.

The Oregon State Library is featuring an exhibit in honor of the Stafford Centennial  and the Oregon Heritage Commission has declared a statewide celebration of William Stafford’s centennial during 2014. 

And don’t forget to wish Oregon a happy 155th birthday tomorrow, February 14th.

And speaking of poets, many of you have been enriched by attending a reading by our current Poet Laureate, Paulann Petersen. She is amazing and if you have not heard her read, make sure you do soon. Paulann will complete her second term as the Oregon  Poet Laureate in April and the search is on for her successor. A committee will make  recommendations to the Governor based on nominations that are submitted.

Speaking of poets I would like to give a shout our to our previous Poet Laureate, Lawson Inada, to my neighbor Ann Staley, and to all the other extraordinary Oregon poets. Thank you for making our lives better.

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“Neither snow nor sleet nor heat nor gloom of night…”

Luckily my trip to a retreat with the Pendleton Public Library Board was last weekend, not this weekend. I was invited to talk about changes at the State Library which I did but I also got to rub elbows with the people who contribute so much to the success of public libraries in communities. The Pendleton Public Library Board is made up of a wonderful range of people and I very much enjoyed spending time with them.

On the way to Pendleton I picked up Buzzy Nielsen, director of the Hood River Library District, as he was on the Board Retreat agenda to talk about the Sage Library System. We had a very nice visit on the drive but he came in really handy when we stopped by the Ione Public Library. The citizens of Ione created a special library district last year after many, many years as a project of the local “Topic Club”. We met with three enthusiastic women, staff and Board members, who have leapt into the project with gusto.  I,of course, could offer the excellent services of Library Development services at the State Library. But what Buzzy could offer was real and down to earth advice on running a library district.  It made me remember what a wealth of information, wisdom, and experience we have in Oregon libraries. Let’s all remember to tap into that wealth.

I attended the OLA Children’s Services Division strategic planning session at Chemeketa Community College on Monday of this week and I chatted with someone about libraries and e-government and then yesterday I got information about an national initiative Lib2gov which connects libraries to online government information.

Last but not least, take a look at the Google doodle today.


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Good Ideas and Goodbyes

Two clever ideas (sorry for the bad photos) from Oregon libraries for supporting children’s literacy and parent’s involvement:

From the Hood River Library, a magnetic picture frame that provides information on library locations and hours, holds a picture of baby, and gives directions on how to receive free books from the libraHood river picture framery for your baby at 3 month intervals.

From the Umatilla County CalendarUmatilla County Special Library District’s Take Off! program, an early literacy calendar. And to show that there is nothing new under the sun, May features my favorite fingerplay when I was a children’s librarian.




And a goodbye… My colleague, Curtis Keifer, the manager of children’s services at my local library, the Corvallis Benton County Library, will be retiring tomorrow after 20 years in Corvallis. I refer you to a very nice article in our local paper. So long, Curtis, we’ll miss you!

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My Caldecott Experience Ten Years Later

I am off to Philadelphia on Thursday to attend a meeting of state librarians and also to attend some of the ALA midwinter meeting. The two things I will be doing at the conference will be exhibits and the children’s media award announcements on Monday.

The last time I attended ALA Midwinter I was a member of the 2004 Caldecott Committee. I was also the youth services consultant for the State Library. The conference was in San Diego (why can’t it be there this year???) and it was also the year of that horrible ice storm that closed everything from Seattle to Medford for days. I was supposed to leave out of Portland but managed to get a flight from Eugene, where it had started melting.

I know most of you have heard my rantings about being on the Caldecott Committee but I do appreciate your indulgence. It was a high point of my career as a librarian, especially as a children’s librarian.

It is very serious business to select the most distinguished American picture book for children so the artist can be awarded the prestigious Caldecott Medal. I read more books that year than I have in the ten years since and I agonized over those books and the discussions with my fellow committee members more than I have over most of what has occurred in the last ten years (with a few notable exceptions).

I will be in the audience on Monday to hear which book the 2014 Caldecott Committee has chosen as the most distinguished American picture book for children. I will be nostalgic for 2004 but one thing I will not do is second guess the committee’s selection.

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Life is Good!

There are some great things happening in and around libraries that I wanted to share with you. I hope you find these snippets useful.

Jane Tucker, director of the  Astoria Public Library, reports that the renovation study and the recommendations of the library board to proceed with renovation were unanimously and enthusiastically approved by the City Council on Monday, January 6, 2014. The building program calls for expansion to 18,225 sq ft, a children’s center, a teen room, meeting space for 125, and more, to be completed in phases. Congratulations, Jane and Astoria.

The first meet of the Re-imagining Ready to Read task force was held at the State Library on January 10th. The goal is to better align the grant program with library youth services best practices and the 40-40-20 education goal. The task force will submit a proposal to the Oregon State Library Board of Trustees for inclusion in the 2013-2015 budget request of the State Library.

Our  friends at Pew Internet and American Life library project have released another report based on their current research about libraries. This one looks at e-book use and provides some very interesting data. These reports are so valuable to us but I think the “Media Mentions” on the website are often as interesting and important.

As I think most of you know, I commute to Salem from Corvallis. I have discovered that I don’t really like to listen to fiction but I have become reliant on non-fiction audio books, the longer the better. In memory of the late Nelson Mandela, I have been listening to Long Walk to Freedom: the autobiography of Nelson Mandela. It is an amazing and gripping story and I recommend if highly, it certainly puts things in perspective for me. I haven’t decided if I want to see the 2013 movie yet. Has anyone out there seen it?

Now I am off to hear what has happened to Mr. Mandela…

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