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Tuesday, July 26, 2016

I love my librarian award

CHICAGO - The American Library Association (ALA) invites the public to nominate their favorite librarians for its prestigious 2016 I Love My Librarian Award. The award recognizes the public service of exceptional public, school, college, community college or university librarians who have transformed lives and communities through educational opportunities and lifelong learning. The I Love My Librarian Award was established to show appreciation for the contributions of outstanding librarians and also elevate the field of librarianship. Librarians are valuable community resources that connect people to the information, opportunities and critical technology that they need to help improve their quality of life.

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Job Opportunity -- Lake County Public Library

For those interested in developing learning opportunities and teaching, we have an excellent opportunity in beautiful Lake County in Central Florida.

The official job description is very generic, but this position coordinates the Learning Experience service area in Lake County libraries. Responsibilities include developing curriculum, writing course material, and teaching. Preference will be given to candidates with a strong background in instructional design and development, learning theory, and training.

Apply today!

Paul Alford
Library Services Division Manager
Lake County Library System
2401 Woodlea Road
Tavares, FL 32778

Monday, July 18, 2016

Vote by Mail Deadline

Division of Elections Announces Vote-by-Mail Ballot Deadlines for Primary Election

TALLAHASSEE— The Florida Division of Elections announces the following vote-by-mail (formerly referred to as absentee*) ballot mailing deadlines for Florida’s upcoming Primary Election to be held on Tuesday, August 30, 2016:

·         For absent stateside and overseas uniformed service members and overseas civilians (also known as UOCAVA voters), the deadline for Supervisors of Elections to send ballots is Saturday, July 16, 2016.

·         For all non-UOCAVA voters, the window for Supervisors of Elections to mail ballots is from July 26 to August 2, 2016.

Voters who would like to request a vote-by-mail ballot should contact their county Supervisor of Elections office. A request for a vote-by-mail ballot to be mailed to a voter must be received by the Supervisor of Elections before 5 p.m. on Wednesday, August 24, 2016. The last day for Supervisors of Elections to mail vote-by-mail ballots requested for the Primary Election received after the initial deadlines listed above is August 26, 2016. A voter may pick up a vote-by-mail ballot from the office of their Supervisor of Elections up to the day before the election or, if an emergency exists, on the day of the election.

The Division of Elections is providing daily vote-by-mail ballot statistics based on county reports last filed by the supervisor of elections for that county. To access these statistics, click here. For additional information on 2016 elections dates, vote-by-mail ballots, or how to contact Supervisors of Elections, please visit

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

ProLiteracy Conference Announcement


Save the Date! ProLiteracy Conference on Adult Literacy

September 27-30, 2017
Radisson Blu Mall of America
Minneapolis, Minnesota
The ProLiteracy Conference on Adult Literacy is an affordable and beneficial event focusing on adult literacy and basic education issues to help attendees discover new tools and strategies, implement dynamic programming, enhance leadership skills, and engage with a diverse group of peers from organizations of all types and sizes. Registration will open soon.

See you in Minneapolis!

Wednesday, June 8, 2016


Raising funds helps our literacy programs expand, and research supports the fact that the best way to raise money is to simply ask for it. But, many library staff, Friends members and volunteers are reluctant to do this. This article is all about the four kinds of styles people have in making the ask.  It says that there is not “one right asking style”. We all can do it by using our strengths.

I am Sandy Newell with the Bureau of Library Development. I took the quiz and found out that I am a Kindred Spirit. The other styles are Rainmaker, Go-Getter and Mission Controller. Even though this is a commercial site, it provides context to motivate everyone to make the ask.

There is a lot of information out there on library fundraising. A title available at Webjunction is, The Small Community Advantage in Library Fundraising.

For more information about starting or managing library literacy programs  contact Sandy Newell