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- New titles for adults, kids and teens
- Training resources for library staff updated
- Northern New York Historic Newspapers is now NY Historic Newspapers, with better and broader searching!
- Updates to the Teen Page
- 3 Apples Book Award, Common Core Resources and Summer Reading Updates our Kid's Page
Created Equal: America’s Civil Rights Struggle Film Screenings Set to Roll in February
CEFLS, in collaboration with the North Country Underground Railroad Historical Association (NCUGRHA) and local public libraries, will offer a series of film discussions on the history of the civil rights movement. Created Equal: America’s Civil Rights Struggle uses the power of documentary films to encourage community discussion of America’s civil rights history.
A NEH grant to the CEF Library System will fund two four part program series that feature powerful, award winning films produced with NEH support. Each film will be highlighted with commentary by local subject specialists.
Plattsburgh Public Library will host the first series which begins on Saturday, February 1 at 1:00 p.m. Complete information about each film discussion program and the guest commentators can be found on the NCUGRHA web site. All programs are free and open to the public.
The Created Equal film set is made possible through a major grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities, as part of its Bridging Cultures initiative, in partnership with the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History.
We Advocate for Libraries!
On February 26, CEFLS is sending a group to Albany to meet with Betty Little, Janet Duprey and Dan Stec. Some of the things we are asking them to do are below, with more at the New York Library Association's Legislative Priorities Page. Please help us by sending a quick message HERE.
Fully fund NYS libraries at $102M as Mandated in Education Law
- In the FY 2014-15 proposed Executive Budget, Governor Cuomo broke with his own years-old precedent and failed to include last year’s enacted library aid ($85.6M) as the baseline library aid for this year. Proposed library aid is $81.6M – a $4M cut. This not only does not keep up with inflation, but amounts to a 4.7% cut when proposed state education aid will increase at least 3.8%
Maintain the current 25% library match for Library Construction
- The current language provides for up to a 75/25 state match on qualifying capital projects located in economically disadvantaged communities. The current language is set to sunset in March 2015. This bill seeks to extend the sunset date to 2020. Many libraries with smaller annual budgets currently face difficulty in raising even the 25% match for vital infrastructure projects.
Allow public library systems to apply for a waiver from
maintenance of effort requirements for up to three years as
determined by the NYS Commissioner of Education.
- Current law provides that if local sponsor support raised by taxation for a public library system and participating libraries, or a central library, in a twelve month period is less than 95% of the average raised in the two preceding twelve month periods, state aid shall be reduced by 25%. However, the SED Commissioner may grant a waiver from these provisions once in a five year period, for up to 2 consecutive calendar years in the event of local economic hardship, natural disaster or loss of state formula aid to local governments as outlined in state Finance Law.
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De-stress with our newest Libguide
We found some good resources to battle stress (especially important this time of year) and we invite you to take a look at our latest LibGuide: http://cefls.libguides.com/stress
There you'll find some ebooks, books, a video featuring some advice about holiday stress, and some apps for those with smartphones and tablets.
Here's to a low-stress New Year in 2014!
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