RBDigital Magazines Renewal and Signup Deadline

TLN RBdigital Magazines Renewal: May 1, 2018 Through April 30, 2019

For White Pine Library Cooperative Members

RBdigital Magazines service for the period May 1, 2018 through April 30, 2019.

Please let Bryon Sitler (bsitler@wplc.org) by Wednesday February 28, 2018 so he can let Jim Flury, TLN, know if your library plans to discontinue participation with the RB Digital (formerly Zinio) magazine collection.

Also, if you wish to join the TLN RBDigital consortium, let Bryon know by the same date.

White Pine will continue to subsidize the cost this year @ $200 per participating WPLC member library.  Contact Bryon Sitler for the pricing information

  • If you wish to renew your library’s current subscription to the TLN RBdigital Magazines service for the period May 1, 2018 through April 30, 2019 you need do nothing. Your library will be automatically renewed.
  • If you DO NOT wish to renew your library’s current subscription to the TLN RBdigital Magazines service for the period May 1, 2018 through April 30, 2019, please let Bryon know by February 28, 2018. Your service will end April 30, 2018.
  • If you would like to begin a NEW subscription to the TLN RBdigital Magazines service, either at group renewal time beginning May 1, 2018 or earlier on a pro-rated basis (your pro-rated subscription would end April 30, 2018 and then renew), please let Bryon know.

Currently a total of 94 libraries (95 when TLN’s Clawson Blair Memorial Library goes live March 1, 2018) from four library cooperatives (The Library Network, Mideastern Michigan Library Cooperative, White Pine Library Cooperative, Woodlands Library Cooperative) are subscribers to the TLN RBdigital Magazines https://www.rbdigital.com/thelibrarynetworkmi/service/magazines/landing? service.

Your cost for the TLN RBdigital Magazines Service for the period May 1, 2018 through April 30, 2019 will be 5% higher than for the current period May 1, 2017 through April 30, 2018. If you need to know the current and/or future cost for your library, please email Jim Flurry/TLN at jflury@tln.lib.mi.us.

Total checkouts for TLN RBdigital Magazines for the period January 1, 2017 through December 31, 2017 were 222,282. Detailed statistics for RBdigital Magazines are always available at this link: http://tln.lib.mi.us/zinio/ The 222,282 number is very, very close to the total dollar number that participating libraries paid for the service. The $1.00 per average checkout is in line with established parameters.

See the LIST OF CURRENTLY ACTIVE TITLES. We pay for 175 active titles. Due to the constantly changing nature of the print magazine publishing business, the “real” number of active titles in our collection fluctuates throughout the year between 175 and 180. Regardless, TLN has kept the total at, or sometimes slightly above, our paid-for-minimum of 175. When titles cease publication or cut ties with Recorded Books during the year, a replacement (or titles) is added accordingly. Thus, there is a more or less constant “refresh” of our active title collection taking place throughout the course of our subscription year. All back issues of all titles stay in our collection. The total number of titles in our collection (this total includes titles that have ceased publication, as well as those that were single issue titles) is 297.

On the “what’s new” front, two things:

  1. The old Zinio app is scheduled to be retired February 11, 2018. That date has been moved back a couple of times already. You will be kept informed of the status of this project as February 11 nears.
  2. At some point during 2018, date tbd, our RBdigital Magazines website will be redesigned. The final product will look like this http://rbdigital.rbdigital.com/ but without eBooks and Audiobooks, unless your library is also a subscriber to those Recorded Books services.

THANK YOU to all of our participating RBdigital Magazines subscribing libraries.  Your cooperation and hard work has made this statewide project a great success!

If you haven’t already seen the CNET article from August, 2017.  Feel free to share it with your funding and governing authorities, too.

https://www.cnet.com/how-to/how-to-check-out-free-digital-magazines-from-your-library/

Income Tax Guide for 2018

Help with the New Tax Reform

With the recent passing of the most significant tax reform bills in decades, everyone is asking the same question: Will my taxes go up or down? Obviously, every tax return is different but for most taxpayers, we found that the biggest challenge for most Americans is simply just getting past the basic. For this reason, we created this guide that covers all of the basic terminology, accounting principles, and tax credits/deductions that are often overlooked.  

You can see the entire guide along with some of its features here:

 

2017 Trustee Manual

2017 Michigan Public Library Trustee Manual

Library of Michigan Statewide Library Services is excited to announce the release and posting online of :

The 2017 Michigan Public Library Trustee Manual

"The Library of Michigan is pleased to furnish public library trustees with resources to help support them in their work. While articles for trustees are intended to be as accurate as possible, the information here may be superseded. Please contact your attorney with specific legal questions."

Full Body Storytime & Ready to Read Webinars

Reach up high and touch the sky...Reach down low and touch your toes!

Best Storytime Practices a webinar series with Jenifer Strauss continues:

  • Full Body Storytime: Moving and Grooving with Stories, Songs, Rhythms and Rhymes
    Tuesday, December 19, 2017, 2pm EST

    Description:
    Movement is a child’s first language! Combine movement with rhythm and you have the foundation for literacy skills like listening, speaking, reading and writing.
    In support of healthy early childhood learning experiences and the ALA Every Child Ready to Read initiative, narrative consultant/storyteller, Jenifer Strauss will host a live webinar featuring stories, songs, play, and movement. Participants will learn how to plan and execute a well-balanced storytime that will allow young patrons to be active and creative with language. Directions for making percussion instruments and props included. PDF handouts of song lyrics and supporting research provided.
    Books:
    I Knew an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly (your favorite version)
    The Talkative Tortoise (India, Haiti, Anishinabek origins)
    The Enormous Turnip, a folktale illustrated by Kathy Parkinson (or your favorite retelling)
  • Ready to Read Michigan:  “I Got the Rhythm!”
    Tuesday, January 16th, 2pm EST
    Join us to learn about a Ready to Read Storytime designed for outreach to your local early childhood providers & schools!  This year’s book selection is “I Got the Rhythm” by Connie Schofield-Morrison and illustrated by Frank Morrison.  Copies of the title will be shipped to libraries mid-January-early February, so this is a sneak peek if you do not already have the book in-hand.
 

ABCMouse is FREE for All Public Libraries

ABCmouse.com Early Learning Academy, an online learning resource for children 2–8+, is FREE for all public libraries!

 ABCmouse offers an expert-designed supplementary curriculum for preschool through 2nd grade. Learn more about ABCmouse and sign up for your free library account here. Be sure to watch the two-minute video of parents and librarians talking about their experiences using ABCmouse. 

Some reasons why thousands of librarians and patrons around the country love ABCmouse:

  • Completely FREE for all public libraries: Used in more than 7,000 U.S. public library locations, including thousands of small libraries and more than 70% of the largest 200 library systems (New York, Chicago, Los Angeles, Miami-Dade, Houston, Cincinnati/Hamilton County, etc.)
  • Comprehensive early childhood education resource: More than 8,500 individual learning activities encompassing reading and language arts, math, science, health, social studies, art, and music.
  • Research validated: A growing body of research shows that ABCmouse helps children make significant gains in early literacy and math skills. 
  • Award winning: ABCmouse has won numerous awards from national education, parent, and media organizations.
  • Easy to set up and use: Librarians can set up their free account in a few easy steps. Once set up, patrons can easily access the site from any library computer or tablet. 
  • Also available on tablets: Compatible with iPads and Android tablets. Consistently ranked the #1 app in the Kids and Education categories in the Apple® App Store.
  • STEM support: More than 2,000 math and science learning activities help build a foundation of understanding for STEM projects.
  • Spanish language activities: Hundreds of Spanish language learning activities available.
  • Child safe: Librarians can feel confident and secure knowing that children will never encounter advertising or links to other websites.

Learn more about ABCmouse and sign up for your free library account here. We hope your patrons will enjoy learning on ABCmouse in your library.

Best regards,

­–Team ABCmouse for Libraries

Our mailing address is:

Age of Learning for Schools, Inc.
101 N. Brand Blvd, 8th Floor
Glendale, CA 91203

 

Market research and community data for entrepreneurs

Free MeL Webinar

Nov 29, 3:30 pm Eastern

Help entrepreneurs and small businesses in your community by empowering them with market and demographic research far beyond anything available on the web. Please join us on November 29 at 3:30pm Eastern for a 30-minute webinar focused on market and community research resources available in MeL.

Utilizing the MeL research databases allows user to:

Scan new markets
Strategize marketing and messaging programs
Develop, plan, and analyze franchise territories
Understand your customers better - How much do they earn/spend?
Add thematic layers to create detailed, data-enhanced maps
Analyze the shifts and needs of a given population within a specific geographic location
Teach and reinforce customer segmentation principles with real data
Supplement market segmentation theory with real-life applications
Use the same lifestyle segmentation categorization used by professionals

Registration is free and open to all Michigan library staff, educators, and other interested users.

Read more and register for this webinar.
https://store.mcls.org/index.php/market-research-and-community-data-for-entrepreneurs.html

This webinar will be recorded, and made available on demand anytime.

http://mcls.org/mel/mel-training-events/

MeL training is funded in part by the State of Michigan through the Library of Michigan.  Additional service support comes from the Federal Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) via the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS).

Free Online Training for November 2017

Webjunction Online Training

75 free library-relevant webinars

November brings 75 free library-relevant webinars (and one virtual conference!) from a wide variety of organizations. This month includes a session on how to manage your collections and how to communicate with your community partners, or you're interested in finding new resources to meet your community's changing need. These training opportunities are compiled and shared by the Wyoming State Library. Highlights of November's webinar offerings include:

November 7 - Legal Reference: The Basics (Washington State Library)
November 8 - BIG Ideas for Small Libraries (SirsiDynix)
November 9 - "For the Greater (Not) Good (Enough): Open Access and Information Privilege" (OCLC)

Access the full  list

Library of Michigan Webinars

Upcoming LM Webinars:

These webinars are made possible by grant funds from the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) administered by the State of Michigan through the Library of Michigan.

Every Child Ready to Read in Michigan 2 year recap! with Sue McCleaf Nespeca on Tuesday, November 28, 2017 at 2:00 PM

Teen Clubs: on Tuesday, November 14th, at 2:00 PM

Want to keep the momentum going after a successful teen event? That “one off” can easily be turned into a popular monthly club that will keep young adults coming back. "Club Programs for Teens: 100 Activities for the Entire Year" authors Amy Alessio and Heather Booth will tell you how.  Presenters are Heather Booth, co-editor of "The Whole Library Handbook: Teen Services," and Amy Alessio, co-author of the bestsellers "A Year of Programs for Teens" and "A Year of Programs for Teens 2."

 

Full Body Storytime: Moving and Grooving with Stories, Songs, Rhythms and Rhymes
Tuesday, December 19, 2017, 2pm

Description:
Movement is a child’s first language! Combine movement with rhythm and you have the foundation for literacy skills like listening, speaking, reading and writing.
In support of healthy early childhood learning experiences and the ALA Every Child Ready to Read initiative, narrative consultant/storyteller, Jenifer Strauss will host a live webinar featuring stories, songs, play, and movement. Participants will learn how to plan and execute a well-balanced storytime that will allow young patrons to be active and creative with language. Directions for making percussion instruments and props included. PDF handouts of song lyrics and supporting research provided.
Books:
I Knew an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly (your favorite version)
The Talkative Tortoise (India, Haiti, Anishinabek origins)
The Enormous Turnip, a folktale illustrated by Kathy Parkinson (or your favorite retelling)

Ready to Read Michigan:  “I Got the Rhythm!”
Tuesday, January 16th, 2pm
Join us to learn about a Ready to Read Storytime designed for outreach to your local early childhood providers & schools!  This year’s book selection is “I Got the Rhythm” by Connie Schofield-Morrison and illustrated by Frank Morrison.  Copies of the title will be shipped to libraries mid-January-early February, so this is a sneak peek if you do not already have the book in-hand.

Free MeL webinar – Michigan history with MeL

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Help your genealogists, students, researchers, and history buffs by connecting them with best sources for Michigan history. Join us on October 25 at 3:30pm Eastern for a 30-minute webinar focused on Michigan history resources available through MeL. Learn about tools within MeL Databases which can help your genealogists, students, researchers, and community.

Registration is free and open to all Michigan library staff, educators, and other interested users.

Read more and register for this webinar.

https://store.mcls.org/index.php/michigan-history-with-mel.html

This webinar will be recorded, and made available on demand anytime.

http://mcls.org/mel/mel-training-events/

MeL training is funded in part by the State of Michigan through the Library of Michigan. Additional service support comes from the Federal Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) via the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS).