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October 13, 2016

The Best! Notes 
Eli Guinnee, Editor, 

RLRT Conference Call Discusses NYLA Booth
Thanks to all who attended the conference call!  Full minutes including the NYLA Conference action plan are below.

Going to NYLA and want to help out?  Click here to view the the booth schedule and to-do list. We could use volunteers to welcome visitors to the booth, and baskets for a raffle fundraiser.  The booth will have voting booths where RLRT members can vote on various subjects that we share in common, to highlight the idea that RLRT is a place where rural libraries can have a say on common issues.  Voters will then get a fun button to wear! 

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RLRT @ NYLA 2016 

Our sponsored session is:
The Small Crew Library with Rebecca Donnelly of Norwood Public Library
(Program Session #8, Saturday, 11:00 am - 12:15 pm)
~Volunteer to help!  Add your name to the schedule: RLRT Booth Signup Form
~The booth will include a new banner and posters to highlight rural libraries.
~A laptop will be set up for new members to join. 
~A voting booth will let RLRT Members weigh in on various subjects, and members will get a button after they vote.  
~We need baskets for a raffle fundraiser.  Let us know what you are bringing here
~Setup is 4pm Wednesday and Tear Down is Noon Friday if you want to help!
~An updated tri-fold will highlight what RLRT is all about
RLRT Meeting
~We will meet during Program Slot #3 (Friday, 8:30 am -9:45 am) in the Whitney Room
~Primary Agenda Item will be the RLRT Plan. We will revisit our plan and long term goals at the face to face meeting in November.

Minutes of the October 11 Call

Click to dowload the minutes of the October 11 Meeting

The Best! Poll 


Does Your Library Have a Maker Space and/or Maker Programming?

Yes, we have a dedicated space for Making and Maker programs

We have Maker activities available for patrons

We offer regular Maker programs

No, we are mostly sitting out the Maker movement



Last Week: 

Will You Attend the NYLA Conference?
Yes, see you there! -- 57.1% 
Nope, can't take the time off -- 21.4%
Nope, too far away -- 14.3%
Not interested this year -- 7.2%
Nope, too expensive -- 0%

The Best! 

This week's stat is: 

3 times

Americans spend nearly 3 times more money on candy than they do on libraries, according to the ALA Quotable Facts

The Best! NewsNews

StoryWalk on Keuka Lake Outlet Trail

Submitted by Sarah Crevelling, Youth Services Librarian, Penn Yann Public Library

I thought the readers of “The Best” might be interested in the StoryWalk that we held on the Keuka Lake Outlet Trail at the end of September. We borrowed a StoryWalk of “Duck on a Bike” by David Shannon from STLS and set it up right along the Outlet Trail. At the beginning of the walk there was an area where families could get free donuts, cider, and coffee (donated by a local bank) and free books (donated by us J), try out a portable obstacle course (one of our in-house programming resources), play with early literacy toys (provided by our local Kindergarten readiness initiative), and/or get their faces painted (by volunteers). We also had drawings for restaurant gift certificates, one-month family gym memberships, and free books, all donated by local businesses.The StoryWalk itself was about a third of a mile one-way, so families were able to get some exercise, have fun, and spend time reading together. It was a picture-perfect fall day and thanks to the help of wonderful volunteers from our local Rotary Club we were able to provide a new kind of adventure to the families of Penn Yan.


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The Best Advice!

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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

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.


*New Opportunities in Red

October 9-15-- Teen Read Week
Resources here. 
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 the RLRT booth by clicking here!
January 20-24-- Ala Midwinter Atlanta
     Registration Open

One Book Can Make a Difference

Submitted by Jennifer Ferriss.

Florida receives around 58 inches of rain each year and is the most humid state in the nation. Natural springs, 1,200 miles of coastline and the second largest freshwater lake in the contiguous United States - water is everywhere. In 2012, school media specialist, Judith Weaver at the High Springs Community School in Alachua County, Florida created a unit centered on A Long Walk to Water, by Linda Sue Parks for fourth to eighth grade students. The students read about children in Africa walking up to 6 hours per day to obtain water; this foreign concept had a great impact on over 400 students. ...  Read more here

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