2016 Building Block Winner announced

Bear contest logoThe children of Missouri have spoken, selecting Bunnies!!! by Kevan Atteberry, as the winner of the 2016 Missouri Building Block Picture Book Award. Over 18,000 preschoolers and kindergartners participated this year, and it’s been a heated battle to the end.  In fact, we believe this may have been one of the tightest races in Missouri Building Block Award history! At the final hour, Bunnies!!! snuck past Little Penguin Gets the Hiccups by Tadgh Bentley and Rex Wrecks It! by Ben Clanton.

The Missouri Building Block committee wants to thank all of the teachers, librarians, parents, and caregivers who read to their kids and helped them vote. Your support is what made this such a successful event. For more information about the Missouri Building Block Picture Book Award program, go to our website molib.org/awards/building-block-award.

Library Advocacy Day is February 7

Libraries of all sizes are encouraged to meet with your senators and representatives to tell them in person why libraries matter in Missouri! If you would like to participate, but have staffing concerns for your library, contact mlapresident@molib.org for staffing assistance and partnership opportunities.

See the Library Advocacy Day page for more information and registration.

MLA Statement In Support of Intellectual Freedom

Missouri Library Association supports the Kansas City Public Library in its efforts to protect intellectual freedom.

Kansas City Public Library’s Director of Public Programming and Marketing, Steve Woolfolk, was arrested on May 9, 2016, while trying to protect the free speech of a public program attendee. During the time since the incident, unsuccessful efforts have been made to drop the charges.
The Missouri Library Association advocates the philosophy and principles of intellectual freedom and the First Amendment. Libraries are spaces where patrons are invited to be involved and to collaborate on diverse topics. Freedom of speech is an important component of intellectual freedom.

The Missouri Library Association endorses the American Library Association President Julie Todaro’s official statement that “commends the Kansas City Public Library for its commitment to fostering public deliberation and the exchange of a wide spectrum of ideas by offering meeting rooms and other spaces for lectures, educational programs, and organizational meetings.

The Missouri Library Association is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit educational organization operating to promote library service, the profession of librarianship, and cooperation among all types of libraries and organizations concerned with library service in the State of Missouri.

–Jodie Borgerding, President, Missouri Library Association

MLA 101: Budget and Reporting webinar

webinar-logo_If you are an MLA committee chair or COI officer, or just want to learn more, I would like to invite you to a live webinar opportunity to understand the MLA budget request process and submitting annual reports. Join us for MLA 101: Budget and Reporting on Tuesday, September 27 at 10:00 a.m.

Register today at http://tinyurl.com/mla-budget-webinar but if you are unable to attend, the webinar will be archived for three months via a link that will be sent out to everyone who registers.

-Jodie Borgerding, President, MLA

MLA Bylaws Changes – Vote at MLA

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On October 6, 2016 at 3 p.m., MLA will hold its annual business meeting at the MLA Conference in Springfield. The following bylaw changes are under consideration and will be voted on at that meeting (see PDF: mla-bylaws-change-final).

Please consider attending the annual business meeting at conference. All current MLA members are eligible to vote on these bylaw changes at the meeting and it’s a good opportunity to hear what the organization has done over the past year.

Questions or concerns about the proposed changes? Please contact President, Jodie Borgerding (mlapresident@molib.org) or Bylaws and Handbook Committee Chair, Alice Ruleman (ruleman@ucmo.edu).

 

Who’s on YOUR MLA Trivia Night team?

Grab your thinTrivia-memeking caps, get your teams together, and join us for the second annual MLA Trivia Night, Wednesday October 5th at 6:30 pm in the Maui Room, Oasis Convention Center, Springfield, MO. Proceeds from this event will go towards the MLA Bohley Scholarship fund (last year we raised over $800!). Doors open at 6 pm and play begins at 6:30 pm. Snacks will be provided and a cash bar will be available for brain fuel.

You can register for $10/person then gather your team or show up and join an open table. If you’ve already registered for the conference, just go back to the registration page (http://2016mla.weebly.com/registration.html) to add Trivia Night to your registration.

Any questions or need more information? Please contact Jodie Borgerding (jborgerding80@webster.edu) or Jamie Emery (jemery2@slu.edu).

 

Congratulations, Incoming MLA Board Members!

Incoming President-Elect: April Roy, Manager of the L. H. Bluford Library, Kansas City Public Library

Incoming Members at Large:

  • Jenny Bossaller, Assistant Professor, University of Missouri’s School of Information Science and Learning Technologies
  • Anna Francesca Garcia, Education Librarian, Kansas City Public Library
  • Cindy Thompson, Director of Public Services, University of Missouri-Kansas City.

Congratulations to Sandy Anderson!

YouthAwardWinnerThe Youth Services Community of Interest (YSCI) would like to congratulate Sandy Anderson, Early Literacy Coordinator for St Louis County Library, as the 2016 Show Me Youth Services Award recipient. The Show Me Youth Services Award is sponsored by YSCI and recognizes a library employee, Friend, or Trustee who serves and/or advocates for children or young adults and who demonstrates notable and outstanding performance in planning, developing, and promoting programs, services, collections, reading activities OR advocating for children and/or teenagers in their libraries and communities.

Sandy is responsible for developing, coordinating, and facilitating creative early literacy programs for children up to age five and provides support to the Youth Services staff at all 20 SLCL branches. Her background in teaching early childhood education made her an ideal candidate for SLCL’s first ever Early Literacy Coordinator.

Sandy also manages several projects for the SLCL. Some of the projects she coordinates include Born to Read, Kindergarten Prep, 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten, Women, Infants and Children (WIC) Recycled Reads, Every Child Ready to Read Workshops, and even a professional development class for SLCL staff.

YSCI wishes to thank all of our applicants and applauds the inspiring work you do on behalf of Missouri’s youth!

Johnathan Shoff
2016 YSCI Chair

Early Bird Registration for MLA 2016 is Open!

2016-conference-logoRegistration is now open for the 2016 Annual Conference at the Ramada Plaza Hotel & Oasis Convention Center in Springfield, MO, from October 5th to October 7th, 2016. This year, we’re offering about 50 sessions, 5 pre-conferences, and multiple social events.

Early bird rates are good through September 1, 2016. Along with conference and pre-conference registration, you may sign up for meal events, trivia night, and your conference t-shirt.

Bookmark the official conference website to stay on top of all announcements.