Monday, April 25, 2011

Summer is coming (really), Where Do You Want to Go?

Like many libraries in our system, we offer passes to area museums. Typically, these passes admit two adults, and four children, although some museums charge an additional entrance to special exhibitions. The passes can be taken out for three days. With limitations on our budget, we can only purchase passes for a limited number of museums. Our most popular passes have been to the Clark Art Institute, MassMoca, and the Berkshire Museum. We are considering the Adirondack Museum, the Baseball Hall of Fame, the Eric Carle Museum...where do you want to go?

If you'd like to weigh in what passes you'd like to see us add, please vote in the poll on our Facebook page. Time to plan ahead for summer fun....

Just passing on an item of interest to the many wannabe children's authors out there.....

Presented by the Children's Literature Connection, 

"Who's the Seuss?" - Writing and Publishing Workshop 
Saturday, June 4, 2011   
Are you the next Dr. Seuss, J.K. Rowling or Stephanie Meyer?
Join two CLC members who are publishing insiders - authors Eric Luper and Coleen Paratore - for a fact-filled, hands-on, all-questions-answered FUN workshop on how to get your children's or young adult book published!

Seek answers to your publishing questions:

 How do I get started?
Where do I get ideas?
Where and how do I submit?
How do I meet editors and agents?
How do I know if my manuscript is ready?
What is an elevator pitch and do I need one?
How do I write a query letter that gets read?

Plus special segments on:
How to act like you're "in the club" until you ARE in the club!
Writing that great first sentence, paragraph, page, and chapter an editor or agent can't resist!    Our 'we've-been-in-your-shoes-so-here's-the-real-deal' tips on how to get that big break.

When:    Saturday, June 4, 2011
Where:  Hilton Garden Inn, 235 Hoosick Street, Troy, NY
(ample free parking)
Time: 9 a.m.-3 p.m. (Lunch 12-1)
Cost: $99
 (Special $10.00 discount for up-to-date Children's Literature Connection members and all teachers and librarians.)

Send contact information (incl. phone number and email) and check made out to "Who's the Seuss?" by May 20th to:
"Who's the Seuss?"
c/o Eric Luper
350 Northern Blvd, Suite 103
Albany, NY 12204  

What to Bring: a 20-word or less "pitch" for your book, one copy of the first page of your manuscript (double-spaced), a notebook and pen, and your favorite beverages/snacks.There is a restaurant downstairs or feel free to bring a brown bag lunch!

Register soon! Enrollment is limited!

Friday, April 15, 2011

Library PSA's

Check out this Library Public Service Announcement from author Neil Gaiman. He's so mild mannered, yet his books are fantastical and fun. I especially liked Neverwhere