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Editor's Notes 

Eli Guinnee,

Hooray for Rural Resources!

Thank you to everyone who attended the Rural Resources Symposium!  Special thanks to Betsy Kennedy and the Cazenovia library for hosting.  Betsy's keynote was terrific and inspiring, and the library is fantastic.   

Click below to download Betsy Kennedy's presentation.

Meeting Minutes

Minutes of the Business Meeting, held on the same day can be downloaded here. 

NYLA Here We Come!

Click below to download the complete NYLA program report from RLRT VP Tom Vitale, which includes details of our annual organizational meeting.   **Want to help with the RLRT Booth?  Yeah you do!  Contact Rebecca Budinger-Mulhearn at to volunteer your time and creative genius**  

Mystery Link of the Day

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Montour Falls Upcyle Society

The Montour Falls Upcycle Society held a lemondad fundraiser at the Montour Falls Farmers Market!

What is the Upcycle Society?  " Every Saturday morning, reinvent books, bags, clothing, and other materials to make unique creations from discarded household items. Appropriate for ages 8 and up. Upcycle: To process used goods or scrap material in order to produce something that is often better than the original."  Very cool.


3-System Program Swap in Albany

In the area September 20? Check it out...

CCLS Wins All the Best County Fair Ribbons 

Lots of volunteers helped staff the CCLS Table at both of our County Fairs, and our fair-wide scavenger hunt was a big hit! 

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The Best Tips

September 10–16, 2017

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Are you going to NYLA 2017?
Maybe...possibly...I hope so!
Last Issue: Which is the Real Headline?
Ben and Jerry's 'Darth Chocolate' Now in Stores--54.5%
Ivanka Trump to Head Commission on National Ebook Database--27.3%
Morgue Worker Arrested After Giving Birth to a Dead Man’s Baby--9.1%
'Friends! The Musical' Coming This fall--9.1% (correct)
Trump Offering Free One-Way tickets to Africa, Mexico for Those Who Wanna Leave America--0%


Freedom is the Best!

Tips for supporting social justice in your library!

Hold Social Justice Storytimes

Click below for resources from Storytime Underground

Click below to check out the Social Justice Storytime Durham Facebook

In New York the Irondequoit Public Library received a grant to host a series of Social Justice Storytimes.  In September, for example, families can join the Center for Disability Rights for stories and a craft project focused on disability pride, and drag superstar Mrs. Kasha Davis for stories and a craft project focused on celebrating gender individuality and expression.

The Best Calendar 

September is Library Card Signup Month! 
Ideas from ALA

September 6-9: ARSL Conference

September 24: Banned Books Week

November 9,  6 PM – 7 PM @ Saratoga Springs Public Library: RLRT Annual Organizational Meeting!

November 8-11: NYLA 2017 in Saratoga Springs

Registration now open (Advanced registration rates through Sep 30)



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