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Carol McMurry Library and Continuing Education Grants are

Available The Carol McMurry Library Endowment was established in 2000 within the Wyoming Community Foundation to provide support to Wyoming librarians and publicly acces- sible Wyoming libraries. Grants are available for educa- tion and training, library resources, and library foundation development. Grants to libraries are awarded three times a year.

Grants to individuals, up to $1,500 per year, are awarded

every other month. For more information, please see the website ( or contact Jamie Markus at the State Library (jamie.markus@, 777-5914).

MPLA now accepting applications

for 2012 leadership institute The Mountain Plains Library Association (MPLA) 2012 Leadership Institute will be held May 6-11, 2012, at the YMCA of the Rockies in beautiful Estes Park, Colorado. The Institute will again be facilitated by nationally known organizational development consultant Maureen Sullivan, who has over 25 years experience in leadership develop- ment and has been elected to the 2012-13 presidency of the American Library Association (ALA). Application requirements include employment in a library organization in MPLA’s 12-state region, current membership of one of MPLA’s 12 affiliated state library associations (Wyoming Library Association is one), and a minimum of 5 years in a library-related job with progres- sive experience. Cost is $550 for MPLA members, $650 for non-members. Learn more at Application Deadline is November 1, 2011. To apply, download and complete the application and return electronically as an at- tachment to Judy Zelenski, MPLA Executive Secretary and Leadership Institute Coordinator:

2010-11 Public Library Funding and Technology Access Study results

released The American Library Association has officially released the results of the 2010-2011 Public Library Funding & Technology Access Study report at funding. This report assesses public access to computers, the Internet, and Internet-related services in U.S. public libraries, and the impact of library funding changes on connectivity, technology deployment, and sustainability. The full survey report, including state data, is available at


August 2011 More than half of preschool

children are read to every day From America’s Children: Key National Indicators of Well- Being, 2011: in 2007, 55 percent of children ages 3-5 who were not yet in kindergarten were read to daily by a family member. Parental education was a major factor: 74 percent of children whose mothers had at least a bachelor’s degree were read to every day. In comparison, daily reading oc- curred for 55 percent of children whose mothers had some college education, 39 percent of children whose mothers had a high school diploma or equivalent but no further education, and 31 percent of children whose mothers had less than a high school diploma. Reading rates were also higher for families with incomes 200 percent or more of poverty level, for two-parent households and for White, non-Hispanic and Asian, non-Hispanic children. America’s Children, 2011 is a compendium of indicators

depicting the latest data on today’s children and recent trends, prepared by the Federal Forum on Child and Fam- ily Statistics. The National Center for Education Statis- tics is one of 22 federal agencies that contributed to the annual report. The 15th in an ongoing series, America’s Children, 2011, presents 41 key indicators on important aspects of children’s lives. The report features indicators in seven domains— family and social environment, eco- nomic circumstances, health care, physical environment and safety, behavior, education, and health—as well as a special feature on adoption. The full report may be found at

Discover Earth Opportunities for Public Librarians: Apply to host a

traveling exhibit The Lunar and Planetary Institute is pleased to announce that the American Library Association (ALA) is now ac- cepting applications to host an exciting new travelling exhibition! In addition to the exhibit itself, this project is accompanied by a wealth of resources and opportunities — including a new Explore! module! A link to the application and further information is avail- able at gramming/discoverearth/index.cfm. Ten public libraries will be selected to host an interactive exhibition called Discover Earth: A Century of Change. Discover Earth will tour from January 2012 to December 2013, visiting each of the ten selected sites for a period of eight weeks. The exhibition requires approximately 500- 750 square feet of space for optimal display. Each site will be awarded a grant of $1,000 to support public programs related to the exhibition. Application deadline: September 2, 2011.

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