Aug 11, 2017
Bright Hill Press Receives Special Grant
State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I-Oneonta) today announced a special state grant of $15,000 to support Bright Hill Press & Literary Center of the Catskills.
"Bright Hill Press is a truly unique resource that has inspired and educated thousands of children and adults over the past twenty five years, enhancing lives in so many ways," said Senator Seward. "This state grant will allow the non-profit organization to expand programming and reach more individuals who may not otherwise have the opportunity to take classes."
Bright Hill Founding Director Bertha Rogers noted, "When Ernest Fishman and I began Bright Hill 25 years ago, we couldn't have seen this beautiful future; it's been my great and abiding pleasure to work with the children and youth of our community, to watch them develop into fine adults who continue their relationship with the organization. This gift will enable Bright Hill to continue its commitment to learning; and we are deeply grateful for Senator Seward's efforts on our behalf."
Bright Hill Executive Director Beatrice Georgalidis said, "Senator Seward is a champion of education. He recognizes the important role the literary arts play in encouraging intellectual growth, and economic development. Communities rich in educational and creative opportunities can attract a strong workforce and successful firms, as well as help sustain a positive quality of life. We truly appreciate the Senator's support of Bright Hill's mission and programming."
Senator Seward revealed the grant via a special video message during Bright Hill's 25th anniversary gala. The funds will support ongoing educational programs, literary workshops, and artistic exhibitions. Additionally, a portion of the funds will be directed to youth programming geared toward science, technology, engineering and math along with special youth scholarships.
"After 25 years, Bright Hill has established itself as a respected arts education program which truly enriches our region's quality of life. I am pleased to help expand the program's reach and look forward to seeing the results of the exciting new offerings," Seward concluded.
Bright Hill Press is an independent, 501(c)(3), not-for-profit corporation dedicated to increasing audiences' appreciation of the writing arts and oral traditions that comprise American literature, and to encouraging and furthering the tradition of oral poetry and writing in the Catskills and beyond. 

On September 1, Ulysses Philomathic Library will stop charging fines for materials returned late. September is National Library Card Sign-Up Month, thanks to Senator Tom O'Mara for a $3,000 bullet aid contribution which will help the Ulysses Philomathic Library remove one of the largest barriers to public library access: fines.

"Many libraries now understand and support this radical social change, and UPL is proud to join them. Becoming a fine free library will dramatically support our entire community by demonstrating that we are as open and welcoming as our mission implies."

Southworth Library Hosts Program Series on Climate Resiliency & Impact
The Southworth Library in Dryden is hosting a free, four-part reading, viewing, and discussion series for adults called Pushing the Limits - Weather and Climate. The library is one of only 50 public libraries nationwide receiving a grant to host the series, which brings together human interest videos, scientists and everyday people who are interested in exploring accessible strategies for adapting to a new climate and building resiliency. For more information, click here

Digitization Internship Opportunity Fall 2017
South Central Regional Library Council (SCRLC) is pleased to offer a 150-hour internship opportunity for MLIS students interested in gaining experience in the area of digitization. One internship spot is available for the Fall 2017 term. The intern will create and edit digital collections under the supervision of SCRLC's Digital Services librarian, and work on supporting digitization project documentation and evaluation. Training will be provided, as well as a modest stipend. To see the full job posting, click here. If you are interested in pursuing this internship, send your resume to Mary-Carol Lindbloom, Executive Director.
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August Focus: The Future of Libraries
"We are called to be the architects of the future, not its victims." -R. Buckminster Fuller
Dewey Decibal Podcast: Into the Future 
Futures ConferenceNew Jersey State Library
September 25 & 26
The Director's Cup 
Recently I was thinking of an old Sesame Street movie, Please Don't Eat the Pictures, and the riddle that is posed therein: Where does today meet yesterday?

This week, I have been working on the upcoming annual meeting, which will be held at the Seneca Falls Country Club on Friday, October 27. It is shaping up nicely. Dr. Sally Roesch Wagner, the founding director of the Matilda Joslyn Gage Foundation in Fayetteville and one of the first women to receive a doctorate in the US for work in women's studies, is confirmed. An enactment group may perform music of the suffragists. Our Women's Suffrage Traveling Exhibit will be unveiled! This exhibit will be available to SCRLC members to host--stay tuned for more details.

This coming week, Julia Corrice and I will be participating in a two-day workshop at the Roberson Museum and Science Center that is part of our Library of Congress Teaching with Primary Sources grant, Primary Partners. Social studies teachers will be working with school librarians and cultural organizations to develop mini-inquiries under the new social studies framework/learning standards.

Nicole Waskie-Laura, Director, Broome-Tioga BOCES School Library System, is coordinating this effort.

Several area cultural institutions-including WSKG--will be participating. Julia will be representing New York Heritage, NY Newspapers, and the Digital Public Library of America. In the "speed dating" section, participants will visit with each organization to explore specific opportunities for their students to benefit from their primary sources.

In the past, the answer to the above riddle might have been simply, "in a museum." Through digitization programs like SCRLC's that avail funding and expertise to make collections and materials accessible--and cultural organizations that perform outreach and develop innovative ways to engage their communities and the world -- there are an increasing number of answers to that question!
Yours in partnership,

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