Thursday, March 25, 2010

WMRLS offers a bounty of SRP Programming for Librarians this Spring

  Our upcoming annual WMRLS SUMMER READING PROGRAM POWER WORKSHOP is filled to maximum seating capacity and registrations have closed.
     In addition to our annual WMRLS SRP Power Workshop, we have a number of upcoming workshops that provide a bounty of information for staff who will be conducting your library's upcoming summer reading program.  They are all listed chronologically on our WMRLS online EventKeeper Calendar as follows (register online at ) :


Friday April 9, 2010 from 9 to 3:30
and repeated on
Friday April 16, 2010 from 9 to 3:30

Project WILD links students (grades K-12) and wildlife through its mission to provide wildlife-based conservation and environmental education that fosters responsible actions toward wildlife and related natural resources. Through the use of balanced curriculum materials and professional six-hour training workshops, Project WILD accomplishes its goal of developing awareness, knowledge, skills and commitment that result in informed decisions with regard to nature and the environment. Gini Traub and Alexander Gillman of the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation are the program leaders. 

April 9 Location: Lenox Memorial Middle High School Library

April 16 Location: Great Falls Discovery Center, Turners Falls



APRIL 2010: Numerous sessions and locations throughout this region

Are you ready to jump on board the online registration train this summer? If you are interested in offering an online component of the 2010 Summer Reading Program for your library users, you're invited to attend this training. The summer reader from Evanced Solutions offers you better management of in-house registration, prize management and a simple self-service option for your library patrons. You can even post and send e-mail announcements of library events, promote school and library reading lists and add book reviews. Begin THIS summer to offer online reading program registration for your patrons to use throughout the entire year.



Monday, May 10, 2010 from 9 to 11:30
What is better than recycling? REUSING!!! Get prepared for the teen summer reading program, tnk grEn, by seeing what you and your kids can make reusing materials and supplies destined for the trash and recycle bins. Participants in this hands-on workshop will learn to make three crafts from used materials. You'll also get tips on how to lead teens in making their own creations. Possible projects will be totes, wallets, paperbeads, and altered T-shirts. Upon registration, participants will be notified what materials they should bring. Presented by Mia Cabana, YA librarian at the West Springfield Public Library, and Doris Madsen, reference librarian at the Pine Point and Sixteen Acres branches of the Springfield City Library.

Join us for an "On-Your-Own Book Review" from 9 to 9:45. This portion of the program is led by Jean Canosa Albano, Manager of Youth & Outreach Services of the Springfield City Library. 

Location: Community Room, Springfield City Library

~ Sincerely, Janet Eckert, Youth Services Librarian and Continuing Education Coordinator,  Western Massachusetts Regional Library System

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