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            February 2021     
library legislation and more
The CLRC region has gained three new-elected legislators: 
  • Assemblyman John Lemondes (District 126)
  • Senator John Mannion (50th District)
  • Senator Peter Oberacker (51st District)
We look forward to working with you to make the libraries in your communities even better.

We also look forward to continued library support from the following legislators:
  • Assemblyman Will Barclay (District 120)
  • Assemblyman Ken Blankenbush (District 117)
  • Assemblywoman Marianne Buttenschon (District 119)
  • Assemblywoman Pam Hunter (District 128)
  • Assemblyman Bill Magnarelli (District129)
  • Assemblyman Brian Miller (District 101)
  • Assemblyman John Salka (District 121)
  • Assemblyman Robert Smullen (District 118)
  • Assemblyman Al Stirpe (District 127)
  • Senator Joe Griffo (47th District)
  • Senator Jim Tedisco (49th District)
  • Senator Rachel May (53rd District)
  • Congressman John Katko (24th District)
  • Congresswoman Elise Stefanik (21st District)
  • Anthony Brindisi/Claudia Tenney - (22nd District - undecided as of 2/04)
The 2021 event will be virtual with individual library systems and Councils throughout the State scheduling their own ZOOM meetings. CLRC has scheduled meetings with our 15 regional representatives but will be capping the number of participants in each meeting, as time is limited for each Assemblymember or Senator.  
updates from your Council

Thank you to everyone who participated in our Regional Conversation webinars and our Plan of Service survey. Each session resulted in a theme that members are looking for CLRC to focus on in the next five years. Our survey also showed us that our members most value our continuing education opportunities and our advocacy efforts. You still have time to have input in our Plan of Service by contacting any CLRC staff member with your thoughts or ideas. 

I hope you received the announcement of our new service offering. CLRC in partnership with the other 3R’’s councils have launched the “Ask the HR Expert.” Designed similar to the “Ask the Lawyer” service, you can submit your HR question to our expert and receive an answer. Fees are covered by CLRC. This will help many library directors who do not have an HR department to refer personnel matters to.

The Governor's proposed $87M  budget is 7.5% less than last year's enacted budget. You can help us advocate to restore that funding by contacting your legislators using the NYLA Online Advocacy Center. 

Congratulations to the Oneida Public Library on the opening of their new library building!

Stay safe and healthy,

what's happening in our region
CLRC Special Interest Group Meetings
Second Tuesdays at Ten - February 9
Stay connected with others in your library community. Second Tuesdays is an opportunity to chat, discuss, and check-in with colleagues around the region.  Drop in to the ZOOM call to say hi, ask questions or provide updates.

Third Thursdays at Three - February 18

CLRC offers a monthly communication network for our region’s Library Assistants, Paraprofessionals and Support Staff 
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The Oneida Library opened it's new doors last month. 

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and Cazenovia Library celebrated 25 years since their opening.
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NOPL Director and CLRC Board member, Mandy Travis, spoke about positivity and empathy in libraries in the Syracuse University Update 

Mandy also spoke about how NOPL is coping with the pandemic, isolation and the digital divide. Read the article here.

East Syracuse-Minoa CSD Superintendent, Donna DeSiato sings a snow day jingle
February 24 - Sandy and Emma: Tough Talks Made Easier Through Storytelling by Cheryl Wills. Online presentation hosted by the Syracuse University Alumni Association. 
More info and registration HERE.

Participate in the Rural Libraries Friends Group Survey.  

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  And Bernie was at the LPL  :)

Portrait of Matilda Joslyn Gage, from the Women of Fayetteville Collection, courtesy of Fayetteville Free Library

The political turmoil surrounding the inauguration somewhat overshadowed the historic moment when Kamala Harris became the first woman to serve as Vice President of the United States.  The women's suffrage movement, which blossomed in Upstate New York almost two hundred years ago, laid the framework for this accomplishment by seeking to amplify women’s voices in politics. 
Nineteenth-century suffragists like Matilda Joslyn Gage, who lived in Fayetteville, would have celebrated the ascension of a woman to the second-highest office in the United States. Shunned by the suffrage movement for her more radical beliefs, Gage was constantly looking beyond the realities of a male-dominated society. Taking inspiration from Gage, we should look forward to further progress toward gender equity.

help where you need it
CLRC New Initiatives Grant 
Awarded for outside-the-box programs

CLRC Professional Development Awards
Awarded to attend conferences and workshops
Accepted on a rolling basis.

Dollar General Summer Reading Literacy Grants
Supports the creation or expansion of summer reading programs. Local nonprofit organizations, schools and libraries are eligible to apply.
Deadline to apply is February 18, 2021. 

Libraries Transform Communities: Focus on Small and Rural Libraries is an American Library Association grant designed to help library workers in a small or rural community to lead conversations, become better facilitators and communicators. 
Deadline to apply March 4, 2021.
what's happening in the library world
Library Journal article:
Where Are We: The Latest on Library Reopenings Strategies

REALM Project (REopening Archives, Libraries and Museums)
Tests 7 and 8 examine how colder and warmer temperatures impact COVID 19 on materials.  

ALA Mid-Winter gave us the new award winning books for 2021
Governor Cuomo announced the 2020 NYS Historic Preservation Awards that include a few Carneigie libraries.  See the list HERE.
free learning opportunities
CLRC Webinars
After Emergency Response Mode – Approaching Virtual Storytimes with Intention
February 11 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm - Online

Tools for Tense Situations – Reducing Conflicts with Patrons as Libraries Return to the New Normal
February 23 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm - Online

Why Diverse Books Matter
March 11 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm - Online 

Tips and Tricks: Giving a Presentation and Engaging Your Audience 
March 24 @ 10:00 am - 11:30 am - Online 


ESLN - The PILLARS Symposium

July 7 to July 9 - Online 
Preparation, Information Literacy, Libraries, Academic Resources, and 21st Century Skills for Transitioning from Secondary School to College (PILLARS).

This is a three-day symposium that will bring educators and librarians together to share knowledge on the topic of student readiness for college and beyond.

NYLA Webinars
Advocacy Fundamentals – A Virtual Series
February 16 @ 9:00 am - 10:30 am 

Advocacy Fundamentals – A Virtual Series
March 9 @ 9:00 am - 10:30 am 

Friendly Partnerships Strengthen Communities
March 11 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm 

Webinars offered by other Councils this month
LILRC  (Long Island Council)
METRO  (NYC Council)
And dont' forget these On-Demand Learning opportunities from CLRC...

Skillshare offers online classes in design, business, technology, photography, entrepreneurship, film, and writing. 

Treehouse has online classes in HTML, databases, WordPress, digital literacy, Python, and more.
stories to put a smile on your face
Bryan’s Book Corner
This is a very inspiring story about a young boy who solved the problem about not having Story Time in person during the pandemic. Check out the full story hereYou can read and see more about Bryan on Bryan’s YouTube Channel and his FaceBook Group.
If you enjoyed poet Amanda Gorman at the Inauguration, you might also appreciate Amanda’s share from NPR’s The Moth Story Hour circa 2017. Click for YouTube video.
Talk about a feel good story!  A 14 year old boy from Boonville is quite the philanthropist and entrepreneur.  When his favorite baker retired, Jonathan Kornmeyer took it upon himself to learn how to bake the sandwich bread he was missing. This simple cooking lesson turned into a business opportunity and his bread is being now shipped all over NY state. Jonathan holds back $2-3 from every loaf to donate to charity.   Full story on WSYR.

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