Vermont Public Library Trustees & Friends 2013 Annual Conference

Saturday November 2   9:00 am   —  3:00 pm
Vermont Statehouse State Street Montpelier, VT
Registration is now open: (DEADLINE October 25)
Plan to join us at the Statehouse for an energy-filled day of inspiring and informative speakers and networking to help the board, staff and Friends with effective governance, fundraising,  advocacy, social media and more.
Keynote Speaker:
Stuart  Comstock-Gay, President and CEO of the Vermont Community Foundation. 

  • Breakout sessions for trustees and friends (and librarians!) on a variety of topics throughout the day, including:
  • Paul Gillies on Vermont libraries and the law. One of the authors of The Law of Public Libraries, former Deputy Secretary of State and a Montpelier attorney, Mr. Gillies has many years’ experience in municipal law and is well-versed in topics of interest to public library trustees and directors.
  • Rob Fish of the Vermont Council on Rural Development and the Vermont Digital Economy Project on social media tools for libraries.
  • And wait, wait, don’t forget the Annual Trivia Contest with prizes!
  • And of course there will be coffee, lunch, networking with your peers from around the state and more.
  • 20% discount for each attendee when 3 or more attend from one library
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    Day For Friends

    Vermont Friends of the Library, get out your calendars. May 5, a Saturday, is this year’s Day for Friends. We’ll meet at the amazing Axinn Center at the Starr Library at Middlebury College. Register now at for this no cost, information-packed day. Based on feedback from last year, topics include:

    • Social networking for Friends (Facebook? Twitter? Tumblr? Google-alert?)
    • Your Questions Answered Anonymously!  (Please send those questions to me now!)
    • Growing the Friends membership
    • Making the Ask

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    Vermont Libraries Calendars Now Available

    The Vermont Library Association is pleased to offer a 2012 wall calendar featuring one glorious Vermont library per county for a total of fourteen months. You can spend a beautiful year getting to know Vermont’s public libraries and help support them. Each month provides a window into the history and personality of each library with great pictures, interesting stories and bits of statistics. The 12 x 22 inch format affords plenty of space for writing appointments and includes all major holidays and moon phases. Best of all profits from the sale of each calendar stays with the libraries to support their services. This calendar will make gifts during the great holiday season! The pre-order deadline is September 8, for delivery at the end of October. Contact your local library to pre-order or determine whether they will have stock available for sale in November. For more information, go to

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    Raise Funds for Your Library with Vermont Public Libraries Calendars!

    Raise awareness and cash at the same time with our beautiful VLA 2012 Vermont Public Libraries Calendar! The time to advertise is now! Production is underway… the calendar is going to be great!

    The VLA 2012 Calendar:
    Sings libraries’ praise.
    Will help you fundraise.
    Has gorgeous photo displays.
    Keeps track of your days.
    Even follows the moon’s phase!
    …It’s a calendar that works in so many ways!

    Links for two pdfs are below – an info/order form for librarians, and a flyer/order form to print out and post for your patrons, friends, relatives, whomever…

    Fill in the top circle of the advertising flyer with your selling price, we recommend $15-$20. Remember that roughly $8.50 will go towards production and shipping costs and your library pockets the rest. At the bottom of that flyer, write who the checks should be made out and given to (your library or your Friends group).

    We recommend ordering a small stock for the library to sell after the order deadline. Chances are you’ll get lots of additional interest after you can show a sample copy, especially in November and December. When you’ve got all the forms and checks you think you’ll get, fill out the order form for libraries. To reserve your calendars, place your order by September 15. Calendars will be shipped at the end of October.

    Questions? Write us at or .

    The Calendar Team

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    Vermont Library Conference – Save The Date!

    The 117th Annual Vermont Library Conference will be held Tuesday, May 24, 2011 at St Michael’s College in Colchester, Vermont. This will be an exciting one day event so mark your calendars now and keep your eyes out for updates coming soon!

    Vermont Library Conference – Save The Date!

    The 117th Annual Vermont Library Conference will be held Tuesday, May 24, 2011 at St Michael’s College in Colchester, Vermont. This will be an exciting one day event so mark your calendars now and keep your eyes out for updates coming soon!

    Vermont Library Trustee Association Annual Conference 2010

    The Fall Trustee Conference is scheduled for Saturday, November 6th at the Vermont Technical College in Randolph, Vermont. Sally Gardner Reed, the Executive Director of Association of Library Trustees, Advocates, Friends and Foundations (ALTAFF) formerly Friends of Libraries U.S.A. (FOLUSA) will be this year’s keynote speaker. Reed has spent twenty years running small public libraries, including the Ilsley Library in Middlebury, before taking the helm of ALTAFF. Her most recent publication is The Complete Library Trustee Handbook, available in the DOL Library Science collection.

    Join fellow trustees and Friends for an exciting day of presentations, discussions, prizes and fun. For additional information and to register for the conference please see attachment. Questions, contact Michael Roche, at (802) 748-3428 or

    Download the VLTA Annual Conference Flyer 2010

    A Day for Friends

    We have just received word that the Day for Friends has been canceled. Friends are instead invited to attend The Vermont Library Trustee Association Annual Conference on Saturday,November 6, at Vermont Technical College in Randolph. This year’s keynote speaker is Sally Gardner Reed, Director of the Association of Library Trustees, Advocates, Friends and Foundations (ALTAFF). Registration information will be available soon.