Dover Public Library: Teen Video Challenge Winner!

April 30th, 2015 by Beth-Ann Ryan

Congratulations to the statewide winners of the Teen Video Challenge, the Dover Public Library!  And thank you to all the teen teams who participated from the Frankford, Dover, Milton, Wilmington, and Lewes Public Libraries.  Every video showcased such creative interpretations of this years theme: Unmask.  Watch all team videos here: http://guides.lib.de.us/unmask

The Teen Video Challenge, a national competition for teens to get involved with reading and their public library’s summer reading program, is sponsored by the Collaborative Summer Library Program (CSLP). CSLP is a consortium of public libraries and state library agencies throughout the United States, its territories, and the Cayman Islands.

$150 will be awarded to the creators the winning state video and their associated public library will receive prizes from CSLP and Demco/Upstart.

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Top 10 eBooks for March 2015

April 8th, 2015 by Beth-Ann Ryan

Here are the top-ten most checked out eBooks from Delaware Libraries!  Find these, and more, at http://delaware.lib.overdrive.com/

March-ebooklist

1. Shakespeare Saved My Life: Ten Years in Solitary with the Bard
2. Gone Girl: A Novel
3. Top Secret Twenty-One: Stephanie Plum Series, Book 21
4. Fifty Shades of Grey: Fifty Shades Trilogy, Book 1
5. The Girl on the Train: A Novel
6. The Fault in Our Stars
7. Fifty Shades Darker: Fifty Shades Trilogy, Book 2
8. All the Light We Cannot See: A Novel
9. Fifty Shades Freed: Fifty Shades Trilogy, Book 3
10. The Husband’s Secret

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Seaford Middle School Librarian an iEducate 2015 Finalist

March 16th, 2015 by Beth-Ann Ryan

Congratulations to Kathy Dulis, Librarian at Seaford Middle School, on being selected as a 2015 iEducate finalist by the Rodel Foundation of Delaware. Vote for Kathy at http://www.ieducatedelaware.org/nominees/kathy-duli/
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Plan Announced to Develop State-of-the-Art School Libraries in Delaware

February 19th, 2015 by Beth-Ann Ryan

COSLAnnualReport2013The Delaware School Libraries Council, with support from the Delaware Department of State and the Department of Education, is embarking on a Statewide Master Plan for Delaware School Libraries, a comprehensive planning effort designed to create a vision that will inform solutions for the development of state-of-the-art school libraries.

The year-long planning effort, which will appraise the current status of school library services and will address future trends and needs, will be conducted by the Institute for Public Administration (IPA) at the University of Delaware and Himmel & Wilson, Library Consultants. IPA has an extensive project management and strategic planning background in the public sector. Himmel & Wilson specializes in evaluation and planning services for libraries.

“Delaware has made a great investment in upgrading the services offered to residents in our 35 public libraries across the state,” said Secretary of State, Jeff Bullock. “Creating a Master Plan for Delaware’s school libraries ensures students will have the resources they need to be successful within their schools.”

“This is an opportunity for our school librarians, teachers, administrators, students and families to share their needs and help us coordinate services and resources across our state and between our public school and library systems,” Secretary of Education Mark Murphy said.

This school library planning process builds upon the strategic Statewide Master Plan for Delaware Public Libraries which resulted in significant improvements in public library buildings and sharing of library collections statewide through the Delaware Library Catalog. “A statewide strategic approach to all library services will support Delawareans in achieving potential in their education, careers, and throughout life,” according to Dr. Annie Norman, State Librarian and Chair of the Delaware School Libraries Council.

The consultants will review background documents and national research, and will obtain input from school librarians, educators, district administrators, students, parents, legislators, and the public through surveys, site visits, interviews, and focus groups. A focus of the researchers is determining the most effective methods to integrate electronic resources, instructional technologies, and information literacy/fluency at the individual school-building level. The project will identify ways to utilize print resources to engage elementary-age children with reading, and methods to equip older students to navigate and apply information resources in the post-secondary realm.

The final plan submitted to the Delaware School Libraries Council will provide recommendations for an integrated framework for school libraries, including library services, collections, funding, staffing, operating costs, maintenance, performance indicators and measures, policies, and state and local governance. The summary of efforts to improve school libraries to date and the recommendations for the Statewide Master Plan for Delaware School Libraries can be found in the 2013 Annual Report of the Delaware School Libraries Council.

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In Her Shoes @ Wilmington Public Library

February 16th, 2015 by Beth-Ann Ryan

We’re a proud partner of In Her Shoes – a nonprofit dedicated to helping former female inmates find jobs and reducing recidivism.  The News Journal recently highlighted the great work of In Her Shoes, “DSBC grant helps improve lives of female ex-cons.

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