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YS Newsletter #25, January 2010

Topic of the Month: Services for Homeschoolers

According to the National Center for Education Statistics, 1.5 million students--about 2.9% of the K-12 students in the US--were homeschooled in 2007, a 36% increase since the last study in 2003. This small but quickly growing population has particular needs, and homeschooling families often turn to public libraries to help fill those needs.

What types of services can my library provide for homeschoolers?

These are just a few ideas:

  • The best place to start is with the collection and programming you already have. Reach out to homeschooling families and groups in your community to let them know what you have to offer, and invite them to your library. You may wish to hold an open house for them. Create flyers too, such as the one Rio Rancho Public Library has on its website (listed below).
  • Talk to the homeschooling families in your community (start with those that already use the library) to get their input on how else you can assist them, and how to reach those that don’t use the library.
  • Offer to display projects that homeschoolers create.
  • Create a special section of resources specifically for homeschoolers, such as textbooks, information, curricula, etc.
  • Offer homeschoolers extended loan periods and increased limits on the number of items they can check out at a time.
  • Create handouts and a webpage of the state laws and requirements pertaining to homeschooling in NM; include info on area homeschooling groups.
  • Invite homeschooling groups to use the library’s meeting room for meetings and instruction (of course you may wish to set limits on the frequency and length of time!).
  • Invite teen homeschoolers to volunteer in the library, as well as join the Teen Advisory Group.
  • Offer trainings on using Magazines Online and other databases your library subscribes to; these are excellent research tools for students of all ages.

An NM Library Example

The Rio Rancho Public Library offers services to homeschooling families. The Library has an excellent webpage that offers great ideas and resources (thanks for sharing!):

More Resources

Check out these books on the subject, available from the State Library through interlibrary loan:

  • Helping homeschoolers in the library by Adrienne Furness, American Library Association, 2008.
  • Serving homeschooled teens and their parents by Maureen T. Lerch and Janet Welch, Libraries Unlimited, 2004.

These websites offer more info as well (and be sure to check out Rio Rancho Public Library’s websites above for much more):


Does your library offer services specifically for homeschoolers? Please let me know!

State Library Updates and Announcements

Upcoming Newsletter Topics:

  • February: Community Partnerships
  • March: Library Blogging

Please contribute any materials, tips, questions, and comments you have on these topics to be included in the newsletters! And please let me know if there are any topics you’d like to see featured in the newsletter.

Summer Reading Program 2010

Summer Reading Program Session at the NMLA Conference

Summer is coming right up! Come to this session to share 2010 Summer Reading Program info and ideas with your youth services colleagues. Bring your program plans, crafts, contact info for great performers, promotional materials, and anything else you'd like to share about your library's upcoming SRP. Bring your questions and challenges to discuss, too! It'll be a fun, informal time to network, exchange info, and gear up for the SRP. Please join us if you’re able to make it to the NMLA Conference in Ruidoso in April. This session is tentatively scheduled for Thursday, April 8, from 2:45 to 3:45.

There are several other youth services-oriented sessions at the conference as well; check out the entire preliminary program at

Summer Reading 101 Online Workshop

Just a reminder about the State Library’s upcoming online workshop: if you’re new to summer reading programs, please join us on February 24 from 2:00 to 4:00 online to learn the basics about planning, implementing, and evaluating summer reading workshops. Please go to the announcement on our website for more info and to register.

Collaborative Summer Library Program (CSLP) Rules of Use Changes

For the fourth year, the State Library has used the (almost) national CSLP Summer Reading Program. CSLP does have Rules of Use that NM libraries using the program need to adhere to because of copyright issues. CSLP has recently made a few changes to these; please refer the Rules of Use on the CSLP website at as they are always up-to-date.

15th International Water Conservation Conference & Xeriscaping Expo

The 15th Water Conservation Conference, sponsored by the Xeriscape Council of New Mexico and scheduled for February 25-26, 2010 in Albuquerque, is open for registration. This annual event attracts over 400 mostly professionals from about 25 states. The 2010 Conference theme is Land Use – Water Use Connections. Registration is $200 for the 2-day conference.

The conference is followed by the Water Conservation and Xeriscaping Expo on February 27-28 at Expo NM in Albuquerque. This program is FREE, with a $4 parking fee. Exhibitors, free seminars, and more will be available.

For info on both events, go to (and while you’re there, click on the Xeriscaping Info tab for some useful articles).

(The following 2 items are reprinted with permission from the Idaho Commission for Libraries, The Scoop newsletter, Jan. 15, 2010:)

Collaborative Summer Reading Programs (CSLP): 2010 Illustrators

The artist for the children’s theme, “Make a Splash, Read!” is Henry Cole. Cole is the author and illustrator of numerous acclaimed books including I Took a Walk, On the Way to the Beach, On Meadowview Street, and Trudy. His most recent illustrated picture book is Mouse is Mad, by Linda Urban, 2009. His first novel, A Nest for Celeste, is scheduled for release in February, 2010.

The artist for the teen theme, “Make Waves,” is Ursula Vernon, author and illustrator of Dragonbreath, Nurk, and Digger. Her newest graphic novel, Dragonbreath: Attack Of The Ninja Frogs, will be released in February, 2010.

More Programming Resources for 2010

Ohio State Library on Webjunction:

2010 Resources from the Oklahoma Department of Libraries:

News & Opportunities

Coretta Scott King Award Goes to an NM Librarian!

Congratulations to Rio Rancho youth services librarian Vaunda Nelson for winning the Coretta Scott King Award for her book, Bad News for Outlaws: The Remarkable Life of Bass Reeves, Deputy U.S. Marshall! Published by Carolrhoda Books and illustrated by R. Gregory Christie, the biography relates the story of a slave who grew into one of the most feared and respected lawmen in Indian Territory in the 1800s. During his career, Reeves made more than 3,000 arrests but killed only 14 men. Vaunda's previous picture book, Almost to Freedom, received the 2004 Coretta Scott King Illustrator Honor Award.

The Coretta Scott King award is an ALA Youth Media Award, which include the Newbery and the Caldecott. The award annually recognizes outstanding books for young adults and children by African American authors and illustrators that reflect the African American experience. It encourages the artistic expression of the black experience via literature and the graphic arts in biographical, social, and historical treatments by African American authors and illustrators.

In Vaunda’s other 2009 release, Who Will I Be, Lord?, a young girl thoughtfully considers her family tree and the vibrant ancestors who populate it. As each family member’s story is revealed, her quiet meditation—about what kind of person she’ll be when she grows up—transforms into a testament to the importance of sharing family stories.

On February 4 at the Esther Bone Memorial Library in Rio Rancho, Vaunda will read excerpts from the books, show slides, discuss writing for children, and answer questions. Books will be available for purchase and autographing.  For more information, call 505-891-5012, Ext 3128.

Neil Gaiman: Honorary National Library Week Chair

YA author Neil Gaiman will be the honorary chair of the 2010 National Library Week, April 11-17. The theme this year is “Communities thrive @ your library.” Gaiman will appear in print and radio public service announcements as well as a podcast. These materials and more are available for download at

Best Websites for Children Announced

ALA’s Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC) has added additional recommendations to its Great Web Sites for Kids website, the online resource that contains hundreds of links to outstanding online sites for children. The site features links to websites of interest to children 14 and under, organized into subject heading. There’s also a section with sites of interest to parents, caregivers, and teachers. ALSC’s Great Web Sites for Kids Committee reviews and evaluates potential sites for inclusion and votes on the sites to be included. They also regularly check the entire site to ensure currency and reevaluate sites when necessary.  Go to

ALA establishes Library Relief Fund to help rebuild libraries and archives in Haiti

ALA, acting on a resolution adopted by its Council on Jan. 19 during its Midwinter Meeting, has created the “Haiti Library Relief Fund” to collect monetary donations to help rebuild libraries and archives that were destroyed or damaged during the devastating earthquake on Jan. 12. Donations can be made by credit card or check through

2010 Arbor Day Poster Contest -- Trees are Terrific…and Energy Wise!

Fifth grade students are invited to participate in the annual Arbor Day Poster Contest sponsored nationally by The Arbor Day Foundation, and locally by Public Service Company of NM (PNM) in collaboration with Keep New Mexico Beautiful, NM State Forestry and Tree NM. Contest guidelines are available at Mail your school’s winning poster by February 12, 2010 to: Molly Madden, Keep New Mexico Beautiful, PO Box 90924, Albuquerque, NM 87199-0924. Awards will be provided for the top 3 posters submitted. Awards will include savings bonds, framed certificates, environmental education books and a ceremony with a tree planting at the school of the 1st place winner.

For more information, contact Molly Madden, Keep New Mexico Beautiful, (505) 864-4388, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

While a school contest, public libraries can serve to get the word out about the contest and offer resources.

Teen Tech Week Registration Open

Registration is now open for Teen Tech Week, March 7-13, sponsored by ALA’s Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA). This year’s theme is “Learn Create Share @ your library.” Many resources, including activity ideas, presentations, and publicity tools, are available at the Teen Tech Week website: home10.cfm. Celebrated annually since 2007, Teen Tech Week encourages teens to take advantage of the many technologies available to them, free of charge, at their libraries. One purpose of the week is to ensure teens are competent and ethical users of technology.

Internet Safety Guide for Parents

In the booklet “Net Cetera: Chatting With Kids About Being Online,” OnGuard Online (a federal government website) gives adults practical tips to help kids navigate the online world. This guide encourages parents to reduce the risks by talking to kids about how they communicate – online and off – and helping kids engage in conduct they can be proud of. Net Cetera covers what parents need to know, where to go for more information, and issues to raise with kids about living their lives online.

Feel free to order as many free copies as you’d like, put your own sticker on it, reprint sections in a newsletter or on a website, download a button or link to it, or even reprint it with your own logo. These materials are in the public domain.

To order free copies of Net Cetera, visit To view and print from the web, go to

Free Summer Science Program for Youth

The Summer Science Program is a residential enrichment program in which gifted high school students complete a challenging, hands-on research project in celestial mechanics. The program takes place in Socorro.

By day, students learn college-level astronomy, physics, calculus, and programming. By night, working in teams of three, they take a series of telescopic observations of a near-earth asteroid, and write software to convert those observations into a prediction of the asteroid's orbit around the sun. Stimulating guest speakers and field trips round out the curriculum. Learn more at

Graphic Novel Workshops for Teens

Blogger Jordan Boaz, a librarian in Avondale, Arizona, describes successful graphic novel workshops she’s offered at her library at

National Environmental Education Week

National Environmental Education Week (EE Week), to be held April 11-17, 2010, is the largest organized environmental education event in the United States. EE Week increases the educational impact of Earth Day by creating a full week of educational preparation, learning, and activities in K-12 classrooms, nature centers, zoos, museums, and aquariums. By participating in EE Week, you encourage your students to make a difference in their schools, homes, and communities! And, it’s a great way to usher in the SRP theme of water! Go to for more info.

Picturing America Grants for Libraries that have received the exhibition

The ALA Public Programs Office and the National Endowment for the Humanities announce a new grant opportunity for public libraries that received the NEH’s Picturing America collection of American artwork. Grants of $2,000 will be distributed to 30 public libraries to support public programs that highlight the Picturing America collection. Applications will be accepted through March 31 at

Libraries can find programming ideas and the online application at

Picturing America, an initiative of the National Endowment for the Humanities, has provided masterpieces of American art to more than 50,000 classrooms and libraries nationwide. Through the program, students and citizens gain a deeper appreciation of our country’s history and character through the study and understanding of its art.

NASA Invites Museums and Libraries to Apply for 2nd Round of Free Space Shuttle Artifacts

On January 19, NASA began offering a second round of free space artifacts to museums attended by the public and free libraries serving all residents of a community, district, state, or region. Museums and libraries must first be determined as eligible by contacting a representative of their State Agency for Surplus Property in their state. Once they are determined to be eligible, institutions will receive a log-on and password so they can view available artifacts at the Web site

The artifacts are free, but eligible recipients must cover shipping and special handling fees. Shipping fees on smaller items will be relatively inexpensive, while larger items may involve extensive disassembly, preparation, shipping, and reassembly costs. NASA will work closely with potential recipients, on a case by case basis, to address any unique special handling costs.

Each artifact will be screened for 90 days. Once the screening period closes, and at completion of the allocation process, requestors will be notified about the status of their request. For the latest information about NASA shuttle transition and artifacts, visit

Grant Opportunity for Creative Programming

The Ezra Jack Keats Foundation has issued a call for proposals for $500 minigrants to public libraries and public schools to support creative programming. The deadline for submission of proposals is September 15. Go to for details and an application.

The Book Nook

YALSA 2010 Book Awards & Lists

The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) has announced a number of awards honoring exceptional materials for young adults; go to for more info.

The Alex Awards are given to ten books written for adults in the previous year that have special appeal to young adults, ages 12 through 18:

  • The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind: Creating Currents of Electricity and Hope by William Kamkwamba and Bryan Mealer, William Morrow
  • The Bride’s Farewell by Meg Rosoff, Viking Penguin
  • Everything Matters! by Ron Currie, Jr., Viking Penguin
  • The Good Soldiers by David Finkel, Sarah Crichton Books
  • The Kids Are All Right: A Memoir by Diana Welch and Liz Welch with Amanda Welch and Dan Welch, Harmony Books
  • The Magicians by Lev Grossman, Viking Penguin
  • My Abandonment by Peter Rock, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
  • Soulless: An Alexia Tarabotti Novel, by Gail Carriger, Orbit
  • Stitches: A Memoir, by David Small, W.W. Norton & Company
  • Tunneling to the Center of the Earth, by Kevin Wilson, Harper Perennial

The Edwards Award honors an author and a specific work for significant and lasting contribution to writing for teens. The winner:

  • Jim Murphy is the recipient of the award, honoring his significant and lasting contribution to writing for teens for An American Plague: The True and Terrifying Story of the Yellow Fever Epidemic of 1793; Blizzard! The Storm That Changed America; The Great Fire; The Long Road to Gettysburg; and A Young Patriot: The American Revolution as Experienced by One Boy.

The Morris Award honors a book written for young adults by a first-time, previously unpublished author. The winner:

  • Flash Burnout, by L.K. Madigan, published by Houghton Mifflin/Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

The Odyssey Award honors the producer of the best audiobook produced for children and/or young adults, available in English in the United States:

  • Louise, the Adventures of a Chicken, written by Kate DiCamillo, narrated by Barbara Rosenblat and produced by Live Oak Media

The Michael L. Printz Award honors excellence in literature written for young adults.

  • Going Bovine by Libba Bray, Delacorte Press

YALSA’s newest award—the Award for Excellence in Nonfiction for Young Adults—honors the best nonfiction book for young adults.

  • Charles and Emma: The Darwins’ Leap of Faith by Deborah Heiligman, Henry Holt Books for Young Readers

YALSA also has published its annual lists that highlight quality books and other materials for the YA crowd; go to to see recommended audiobooks, books, films, graphic novels, books for college bound students, paperbacks, and books for reluctant readers. Great stuff!

Third American Indian Youth Literature Awards announced

The American Indian Library Association (AILA), an affiliate of the American Library Association, has selected the following as recipients of the third American Indian Youth Literature Awards:

  • Best Picture Book: A Coyote Solstice Tale, written by Thomas King and illustrated by Gary Clement, Groundwood Books, 2009.
  • Best Middle School Book: Meet Christopher: An Osage Indian Boy from Oklahoma, by Genevieve Simermeyer, National Museum of the American Indian, Smithsonian Institution in association with Council Oak Books, 2008.
  • Best Young Adult Book: Between the Deep Blue Sea and Me: A Novel, by Lurline Wailana McGregor, Kamehameha Publishing, 2008.

The AILA awards recognize excellence in books by and about American Indians. By identifying and honoring outstanding writing and illustrations in the field of children’s literature, AILA encourages authors, illustrators, editors, publishers and tribal entities to create materials that present Native Americans in the fullness of their humanity in present and past contexts.

New Children’s Literature Ambassador

The new National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature is Newbery Medalist Katherine Paterson. She succeeded the first children’s ambassador, Jon Scieszka.

From Publishers Weekly: "Scieszka’s ambassadorial platform was reaching reluctant readers. Paterson’s is 'read for your life.' With books,' she said, kids (and adults) use their 'powers of intellect and imagination' and 'experience 'delight. Stories also teach children about people from other religions, races, and countries, said Paterson, who spent the first three years of her life living in China with her missionary parents. 'Books help us make friends who are different from ourselves.'" Read more at

Beth Crist, Library Development Bureau Director
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