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March 2021     
library legislation and more
Last Friday, February 26, CLRC member libraries participated in the New York Library Association's (NYLA) virtual Library Advocacy Day. Library directors, staff and trustees met through Zoom with all fifteen (15) of our regional State Assemblymembers and Senators.

Assemblywoman Hunter                                 Patrick Cameron for Assemblyman Lemondes 

Adria Finch for Senator Mannion                                                      Senator Oberacker

Assemblyman Stirpe                                                     Assemblyman Magnarelli

The battle for library funding is still an upward climb.  Read through NYLA's legislative information and contact your representative and ask to fully fund libraries in this year's budget.

If you were unable to participate in the meetings and are interested in viewing any of the recordings, contact Anna Dobkowski.


  After a long voter count battle, Claudia Tenney won the 22nd Congressional
  District seat and was sworn in on February 11.

  Thank you to Anthony Brindisi for his service and support of libraries.
updates from your Council

Thank you to everyone who participated in the virtual Library Advocacy Day with us on February 26th. We missed all the camaraderie that we would usually have on our bus trip, but rest assured we are budgeting for that for next year. We also missed Meg’s delicious cookies! Don’t forget our Legislative Breakfast events that are usually held every December. We hope those will return this year. 

You have all made it abundantly clear that advocacy efforts on behalf of members is a high priority for CLRC. I invite you to join our Legislative Committee if you are interested in helping us with our advocacy planning efforts. 

At this time it is difficult to predict where our funding will go without knowing what the aid to states will be from the Federal Government. When legislators know more, the NYS budget can be determined with more certainty. 

Here at CLRC, we are doing our best to help members financially where we are able. Please don’t forget to check out the grants available to you on our grants page on our web site. 


what's happening in our region
CLRC Special Interest Group Meetings
Second Tuesdays at Ten - March 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 - March 18

CLRC offers a monthly communication network for our region’s Library Assistants, Paraprofessionals and Support Staff.
PLEASE NOTE: This meet up will be held at 2:00 pm.

Take a look at some of the Committees and Special Interest Groups currently working behind the scenes at CLRC. Care to join a group?  Liaison contact information is available on the webpage. Have a different interest?  Send an email to to let us know.
Jervis Public Library was interviewed in the Rome Sentinel about library budget cuts and the impact it will have.
May be an image of 1 person, food and text that says 'KEEP CALM AND WASH YOUR HANDS Bak LIVERPOOL PUBLIC LIBRARY SI ITHBERNIE.COM'   FOCL (Friends of the Central Library) upcoming lecture series includes:
   Meg Wolitzer     
   Bill McKibben        
   Tara Westover
   More details and ticket information

Camden Public Libray patron is raising money to help the library with a GoFundMe campaign. Read the story in the Rome Sentinel here or visit their FB page for updates.

Competing Forms of Transportation: the Barge Canal, the New York Central Railroad, and an Automobile, from the Working on the Erie Canal collection, courtesy of Erie Canal Museum

Looking back on history, it can be tempting to overcompartmenalize events and eras. In reality, multiple eras can co-exist—history is messy; trends are not absolute or mutually exclusive.  The three modes of transportation depicted in this photograph represent different, but not distinct, stages of New York State history.  Canals and railroads didn’t go away with the advent of automobiles, even as their relative importance was eclipsed. 

It’s hard to shake the feeling that we’re living through an inflection point in history.  But the changes we experience will not be absolute.  Life after the pandemic will be different in numerous ways, but it will also be the same in many other ways.

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.

National Book Fund

Up to $2,000 to USA nonprofit and other organizations for educational programs that help people learn to read. Funding is intended to support services and programming in the areas of education for adults, English language, high school equivalency preparation, basic literacy, family literacy and math, and related resources. 
Deadline to apply is March 15, 2021.
what's happening for the library world
Celebrate Women's History Month
Explore the many resources available at the NWHM (National Women's History Museum) including upcoming films, Brave Girl virtual storytime, library collections on the secret lives of the first ladies and hundreds of online biographies including Shirley Chisolm and Juliette Gordon Low.


 CNY Reads One Book

 Historical fiction account of the life of Maud Gage, the daughter of suffragist
 Matilda Joslyn Gage and wife of L. Frank Baum and her relationship with
 young Judy Garland while filming The Wizard of Oz.

Share Your Family History 
In celebration of the new season, of Finding Your Roots, WCNY invites the community to submit a family photo and brief story/history to accompany it at WCNY will post submissions to its website to share the ancestral stories of Central New Yorkers. All submissions will be entered to win one of dozens of gift cards.
free learning opportunities
CLRC Webinars
Why Diverse Books Matter
March 11 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm 

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

Post COVID-19 World on Community Engagement and Student Retention
April 13 @ 3:00 - 4:00 pm

ENY/ACRL: Academic Libraries and Open Educational Resources (OER)
March 26 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm - 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
March 9 @ 9:00 am - 10:30 am 

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

Making Policies That Support Library Services
March 25 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm 

Events offered by other ESLN Councils this month
CDLC (Capital District Council)
LILRC  (Long Island Council)

METRO  (NYC Council)
NNYLN (Northern Library Network)
SENYLRC (Southeastern Regional Council)
SCRLC (South Central 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
For fans of youth theater/chorus, check out some amazing vocals that will bring smiles. Give a listen.
Netflix has an intriguing and thought provoking new limited series, Pretend It’s a City.  Fran Leibowitz and Martin Scorcese sit down for a series of interviews all pertaining to life in the Big Apple and Fran’s personal opinion on everything about everything.  The subjects of each episode are varied and equally interesting, especially episode 7 entitled Library Services.
The documentary series is currently streaming. Here is the Series Trailer

The Hudson Valley LGBTQ Community Center and the TMI Project are offering the first-ever Black Trans Stories Matter true storytelling workshop in April and May of 2021 which will culminate in a live virtual performance on Saturday, June 12th, 2021.  More information and direct event link
And on a local note: Crouse Hospital nurses (and sisters) have been painting inspirational rocks and leaving them in the parking garage for employees to find. 
Stay Strong!    You are a Hero!    Nursing is a Work of   
Read the full story here.

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