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October 6, 2016

The Best! Notes 
Eli Guinnee, Editor, 


A Message from the President:

I ask that you join me this Tuesday, October 11, at 10am, for a call to discuss NYLA Conference planning (booth, marketing, meeting, program), as well as recap on our Planning session, where we are in that work, and where we need to go.

Something that came up again and again in our May meeting was, why would RLRT fundraise – what projects could we do that would benefit rural libraries and the communities they serve in a way that NYLA as a whole couldn’t do?
Thank you all for your continued dedication and commitment to people living in New York’s rural communities,
Margo Gustina
RLRT President (2015-2017)

RLRT Meeting and Conference Planning

This is the agenda for the next RLRT meeting, October 11 at 10am.  Please join us to discuss and to make commitments for this year’s NYLA Conference needs! 
  • Click here to join the call. 
  • Or dial in using your phone: United States +1 (571) 317-3112. Access Code: 507-480-053  (First GoToMeeting? Try a test session).

NYLA Booth Sign Up 

We need your help!  Show your love for rural libraries!  Click here for the conference booth sign up form. 

Rural Libraries Data: Compare Your County 

The US Census provides Quickfact data on NY communities.  I exported data from the rural counties (as defined by the Office of Rural Health Policy) of NY into a spreadsheet for easy comparison to statewide and rural county averages. The file can be downloaded here.  


Small Libraries Create Smart Spaces

In case you missed it, OCLC and ARSL are accepting applications for Small Libraries Create Smart Spaces until Friday, October 21, 2016.  

Funded by an IMLS Leadership Grant, "Small Libraries Create Smart Spaces is a new program that will support 15 small and rural public libraries from across the country as they reimagine and reconfigure their libraries into smart spaces."   Learn more here!


RLRT Email List Correction

The RLRT list email address is:
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The Best Advice!

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This Week's Question

Q: I'm attending NYLA for the first time.  Should I sign up for all the "extras" or will I want as much downtime as possible? --First timer

Last Week's Q & Reader Answers

Q: A favorite library kid recently asked if he could have a little space to set up a small business in the library... Is there a creative way that I could make this happen for the sake of this young entrepreneur? --The Man

A: The Guilford Free Library in Guilford, CT does a young entrepreneur program.  I would call them to get advice (203-453-8282 or  --exCTlibrarian

The Best! Disclaimer: Advice offered in this column is for entertainment purposes only. Please assume that The Best! readers are not lawyers, and while all The Best! readers are super intelligent geniuses with many years of experience, please nonetheless consult your lawyer or library system on legal issues, HR snafus, policy questions, and other areas in which anonymous comments from strangers might normally be treated with caution. Disagree with any of the advice above?  Add your two cents here.

The Best! Poll 

Will You Attend the NYLA Conference?
 Yes, see you there! 
Nope, too far away
Nope, too expensive
Nope, can't take the time off
Not interested this year



Last Week: 

What is the best answer to a yes/no question?
I reject artificial dichotomies--78.5%

You are all wrong...
“You can turn any piece of clay into a masterpiece, and you are the piece of clay. If your path is to get healthy or be a better citizen or love your family more or just gain a certain degree of self-awareness, come from a place of yes and you can do it.” 
― Bethenny Frankel, A Place of Yes: 10 Rules for Getting Everything You Want Out of Life

Can we please sell t-shirts at NYLA that say “You can turn any piece of clay into a masterpiece, and you are the piece of clay"? 

The Best! 

This week's stat is: 


The Median Income in the average rural county* household is $10,534 less than the statewide average.**  The per capita income is $8,912 less.  But the percentage of people living in poverty is also less by .06%.  
Download a spreadsheet of rural county Quickfacts by clicking here.

**According to the US Census Quickfacts.  

The Best! NewsNews

Montour Falls Goes "Under the Sea"

McCall Smith Visits Howe 

CCLS Kicks Off New Marketing Campaign 

The campaign reminds community members that their library card gives them access to much more than what is within the walls of their local library.  It will include Billboards outdoors, posters indoors, and social media messaging on the web. 



Where are these libraries?

Click to locate featured libraries and find contact info.


*New Opportunities in Red

October 9-15-- Teen Read Week
Resources here. 
October 11th at 10 am: RLRT NYLA Conference Planning or (571) 317-3112
October 21: Small Libraries Create Smart Spaces Applications Due
October 27-29 @ Fargo, North DakotaARSL Conference 
     The Association for Rural Small Libraries Annual Conference 
November 2-5 @ SaratogaNYLA Annual Conference (Details here)  
     Sign up for a slot to man the RLRT booth by clicking here!
January 20-24-- Ala Midwinter Atlanta
     Registration Open

The Best! tips 

Valle Blair
Youth Services Librarian, CCLS

With the national election less than a month away, set up an election so the kids of your library can vote, too!

Start with the “For President” books you have on your shelves – or any other ‘character’ books you want to use.  Create ballots and set up a ballot box.  Make a display of the books and a poster showing who’s running (maybe just enlarge the ballot?).  And let the kids have fun with their own election.   Check out the 5 steps in this post by school librarian/blogger, Travis Jonker, and adapt them for your library.
Vote for Duck: 5 Steps to Create a Kid Lit Election
By Travis Jonker, Guest Blogger
Excerpt: Read the full spotlight here.  

Trumansburg Library Goes Solar

Submitted by Asia Bonacci

This week’s Sustainability Spotlight comes to us from Trumansburg, New York, in the heart of the Finger Lakes Region. Trumansburg’s beloved Ulysses Philomathic Library has begun generating solar power in an effort to be greener and keep operating costs down.

Through a Library Construction grant of $55,313, awarded by the New York State Education Department, and with the matching amount raised by UPL’s community of members, the full cost of the project has been paid and the payback period has already begun. Thanks to a mild winter, panels were installed early in 2016 by Taitem Engineering from nearby Ithaca. It is believed that the panels will provide, over the course of a year, 100% of the electricity used annually at the Library. The projected solar savings also allowed the library to forgo its annual request to the public for a tax levy increase.

The decision to go solar came about after a two-year examination ...  Read more here

Great things happening at your library?

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