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October 2020
The CLRC 2020 Annual Conference Goes Virtual
2 Weeks from Today!

Join us Friday, October 16 for our Annual Conference featuring keynote speaker, New York State Senator Rachel May!  The day will also include a panel on virtual outreach, a session with New York State Librarian Lauren Moore, and lightning talks with New Initiatives Grant recipients.

Full conference schedule and registration information


Halloween Bowling in 1940s, from the Polish Community of Syracuse, NY collection, courtesy of Syracuse Polish Home

Institutions like the Syracuse Polish Home have helped immigrants settle into life in Central New York for over a hundred years.  By celebrating both Polish heritage and the Polish-American experience, the Polish Home bridges cultural divides.  The confluence of traditions and activities captured in this photograph reflects the American experience.  American Halloween traditions are an amalgamation of cultural elements that were brought to this country by various immigrant groups.  Bowling is also a cultural import—originating in Ancient Egypt, evolving into modern forms in Europe, and later calcifying among immigrants in New York City.  We could use more displays of cultural union these days. 


New Initiatives Grant 
Awarded for outside-the-box programs

Professional Development Awards
Awarded to attend conferences and workshops

For the foreseeable future, Professional Development Award grant applications will be accepted on a rolling basis. Please apply at least two weeks prior to the event you would like the grant to support.  We'd also like to extend these grant opportunities to cover the attendance of virtual webinars, workshops, and conferences. 


Professional Development Award Recipients
New Initiatives Grant Award Recipients Final Reports OTHER GRANT OPPORTUNITES

American Library Association's special grant opportunity, the Libraries Transforming Communities: Focus on Small and Rural Libraries.

Through this grant program, ALA is distributing nearly $2 million in cash grants to small and rural libraries in 2020-2021.  Up to 650 libraries in the U.S. will get $3,000 to tackle an issue of concern to their community and online training and development of facilitation skills.  All types of libraries are eligible, including public, academic, community college, K-12, and tribal.  The Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) defines a rural community as one that is more than, or equal to, five miles from an urbanized area and small communities to have a population of 25,000 or less.

The application period runs from Sept. 21 - Dec. 2, 2020
Additional details and application here
Let's give a warm welcome to Heather Elia, as she has been named the new director at New Woodstock Free Library.

The Greater Manlius Chamber of Commerce has awarded Fayetteville Free Library Executive Director Heather Matzel and Manlius Library Executive Director Jennifer Milligan with Business of the Month certificates. Congratulations!
 Congratulations to Richard Powell, Instructional Services Librarian at   SUNY Cortland, on being the first to show a purple covered book during   the NOT Lost in Transition: Resource Sharing in Changing Times   workshop treasure hunt. Richard won a $25   Amazon gift card.   The   virtual event was held on September 29 and drew 90 participants. It was   co-hosted by CLRC, SCRLC, SENYLRC and CDLC. 
LILRC 25th Annual Archives Conference: Collecting and Preserving the Stories of U.S. Veterans
October 5 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Online via Zoom

Tuesday at Ten!
October 6 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am
Online via Zoom

METRO Webinar: Building Community Broadband Networks
October 8 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Online via Zoom

LILRC Webinar: 29th Annual Conference on Libraries and the Future – Diversity, Democracy, Engagement
October 9 @ 9:00 am - 1:00 pm
Online via Zoom

CDLC Webinar: Preservation Interest Group – Preservation During COVID-19 Times
October 13 @ 9:30 am - 11:00 am
Online via Zoom

LILRC Webinar: Librarians Are Teachers – Applying Theory to Help Adults Learn
October 13 @ 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
Online via Zoom

LILRC Webinar: Making Space for Self – Developing Emotional Intelligence Skills in the Workplace
October 14 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Online via Zoom

Library 2.020 Mini-Conference: Sustainability in Libraries
October 14 @ 3:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Online via Zoom

Third Thursday at Three – CLRC LA SIG Meet Up
October 15 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Online via Zoom

LILRC Webinar: Preparing Youth for College, Career, and Beyond
October 15 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Online Empire State Maker Faire
October 16 - October 17
Online via Zoom

The CLRC 2020 Annual Conference Goes Virtual
October 16 @ 10:00 am - 3:15 pm
Online via Zoom

SENYLRC Webinar: Self Care, Self Defense & De-escalation Webinar
October 20 @ 10:30 am - 12:00 pm

RRLC Webinar: Libraries & Anti-Racism Training Series
October 21 @ 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
Online via Zoom

METRO Webinar: Using Digital Navigators to Bridge Social Divides
October 22 @ 3:30 pm - 4:30 pm
Online via Zoom

LILRC Webinar: Graphic Design with Canva & Lucid Press
October 23 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am
Online via Zoom

Webinar: Finding Census Data – The Essentials
October 28 @ 10:00 am - 11:15 am
Online via Zoom

METRO Webinar: Starting Your Own Digital Inclusion Coalition
October 29 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Online via Zoom

SENYLRC Webinar: They’re Just Not a Good Fit
October 30 @ 10:30 am - 12:00 pm
Online via Zoom

METRO Webinar: Capitalizing on OER for Equity in PK-12 – Finding and Using Open Teaching and Learning Resources
November 12 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Online via Zoom

LILRC Webinar: Effective Project Management
November 17 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Online via Zoom

RRLC Webinar: Libraries & Anti-Racism Training Series
November 18 @ 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
Online via Zoom

LILRC Webinar: Recruiting for Diversity
November 20 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am
Online via Zoom

LILRC Webinar: How to Build an Anti-Bias Library
December 2 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Online via Zoom

METRO Webinar: Broader than Broadband – Brooklyn Public Library’s Digital Equity Strategy
December 3 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Online via Zoom



Allow me to introduce Cait Donovan, Author of The Bouncebackability Factor, Burnout Coach & Acupuncturist in Midtown NYC, and brand new in 2020 Podcast Host:  FRIED. The Burnout PodcastHer personal FAQ is refreshing and entertaining even if you do not need her services!  Cait's Speaker Bio here

More about Cait's book:   An authentic examination of the true causes of burnout and how to heal them within yourself.  The Bouncebackability Factor zooms in on the REAL reasons burnout is so rampant and what every individual can do to end their own personal burnout culture in order to reclaim energy, joy, and fulfillment.

More about FRIED. The Burnout Podcast

Real. Raw. No Holding Back. Cait offers simples tips and tools to help you navigate the world personally and professionally. Are you ready for the truth?  Are you ready to feel less tense?  Are you ready to remove all the expectations you pile on yourself each day, week and month?  Just one listen to the podcast or a chapter of her book will outline and suggest easy, basic action steps to get you motivated today!
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