Shannon Brennan named Littleton Employee of the Year 2021

Shannon Brennan, Children’s Librarian at the Bemis Public Library in Littleton and Steering Committee Member of the International Library and Cultural Exchange Interest Group, has been named the 2021 Employee of the Year for the City of Littleton, a most deserved award.  She faced stiff competition for this city-wide award, but as the record of accomplishments attest, her dedication to the community and to library services to children is self-evident. She was recognized for her community outreach work, her promotion of a healthy and caring workplace, and her early literacy work supporting children to be school ready. As a children’s librarian, Shannon’s work with children and their families has a profound impact on a child’s early literacy development and school success.

Recognizing an influx of families with children from birth to five years old frequenting the children’s area of the Bemis Public Library, she increased promotion of children’s services to children and their parents and care givers.  

Shannon’s first initiative was to apply for and receive the Colorado State Library grant “Growing Readers Together,” a program funded by the Buell Foundation and distributed ­­­to multiple libraries and library districts in Colorado.   This award funded two programs: Take Home Story Time Kit and 1000 Books Before Kindergarten Program at Bemis.

Any child who attends story time at Bemis or any child upon request receives a Take Home Story Time Kit that consists of an egg shaker, play scarf, and song/rhyme booklet.  Shannon selected over 20 rhymes, songs, fingerplays that are routinely used during Bemis story times that families can repeat at home using the props provided in the kit. These activities promote early literacy skills that build a foundation for reading and school readiness.

Take home storytime kit

The 1000 Books Before Kindergarten is a nation-wide program that is new to Bemis. Shannon designed a schedule with built-in incentives and used the grant to provide prizes throughout the process of reading 1000 books. This program focuses on children ages birth to kindergarten and encourages parents to read 1,000 books to their child before they start kindergarten. Participants receive a book log and a series of prizes as they progress through their 1,000-book goal. The ability to learn language skills is greatest before the age of six. The most important predictor of school success is being read to at home during early childhood. Since Shannon launched the program at Bemis, over 300 families have signed up to participate.

In addition, it was her desire to expand on the popular StoryWalk®, which displays pages of a picture book in sequential spots to promote reading and walking. Bemis Public Library started one at the Gallup Gardens park, located adjacent to the Bemis Library during Summer 2020. It was so well received during the pandemic that it has continued ever since.

The popularity of StoryWalk® quickly grew, and the Aspen Grove Shopping Center indicated interested in participating with the book pages on display in their store fronts. Shannon brokered a partnership with them in June 2021.   Originally planned for one month, the partnership proved so popular that the shopping center has asked to continue the story walk partnership indefinitely. Each month, Shannon organizes and implements a new children’s story in the shopping center’s windows. Children and their families walk from store to store reading the story together ending at Tattered Cover where they receive a small incentive for reading the book and answering a question about it. Tattered Cover also made a point to order extra copies of each monthly book installment and volunteered to hand out small prizes as incentives for kids reading the book. Aspen Grove expanded the program to include a QR code scan contest for ongoing monthly prizes.

Shannon is also dedicated to the library profession. She has served on the ILCE-IG steering committee for three years and has been instrumental in organizing and scheduling programs at the annual CALCON conferences, marketing the programs, and scheduling speakers. She recently updated the ILCE-IG brochure that serves as a key marketing tool.

She has been selected to participate for a two-year term with the CLEL (Colorado Libraries for Early Literacy) Bell Award Selection Committee.  Each year the committee reads all the 2021 book nominations for the five early literacy practices and selects a book for each category that is best represented: Read, Write, Sing, Play, and Talk. These areas are the foundation to reading and promoted between birth and five years of age.

Testimony of two of the nominators:

“Shannon Brennan is a unique and special part of the Children’s Department at the Library. Shannon especially stands out because of her great attitude and welcoming personality. There is always a smile. She puts her best in everything she does from setting up the walking stories at Aspen Grove to assisting mothers and fathers with materials for their children. More importantly, she plays an incredible role in bringing special programs within the Children’s Department to life for all the children to enjoy. Shannon also adds her talent to the Employee Recognition Committee and the Director’s Council. she is always present and ready to go. Shannon’s devotion and graciousness toward her work demonstrates how essential Shannon’s service is to Bemis Library.”

“Shannon’s thoughtfulness and caring has helped promote a workplace in which staff feel valued and cared for. Shannon is a stellar employee who is always looking for new and creative ways that the library can positively impact the lives of Littleton families and promote a lifelong love of reading and learning.”

Congratulations, Shannon, for this well-deserved honor.

Note: ILCE-IG is an interest group of the Colorado Association of Libraries and is celebrating its tenth year as a committee in 2022.

2021 Annual report published

We are pleased to announce that the 2021 annual report of the International Library and Cultural Exchange Interest Group has been published. Please click on the following link to view this report and all prior reports of the interest group:

Meeting Minutes & Annual Reports

We are very proud of our many accomplishments for this year.

We are also looking forward to a new year. Consider joining our steering committee by contacting one of our steering committee members.

Happy New Year!

Colorado Librarians Featured in International Leads

Jane Mirandette, Nancy Bolt, and Janet Lee

The first of a three-part series on the bestowing of The John Ames Humphry/OCLC/Forest Press Award to three Colorado librarians has been published in International Leads (pg. 19).  The series details the achievements of Jane Mirandette, Nancy Bolt, and Janet Lee in their pursuits in international librarianship and the formation of the International Library and Cultural Exchange Interest Group, an interest group of the Colorado Association of Libraries.  The first in the series, “There Must be Something in the Water: Colorado’s Trifecta” highlights Jane Mirandette’s work in Nicaragua with the HJH Libraries for All program. Articles covering the achievements of Nancy Bolt and Janet Lee will follow in subsequent issues of International Leads.

It is a jam-packed issue.  Be sure to take a look and share it with others.

ILCE-IG at CALCON 2021

Jane Mirandette, Nancy Bolt, Janet Lee: panelist for the ILCE-IG program “Managing World Crises Including COVID-19: View from Libraries in other Countries

COVID-19 has affected all of us in so many ways, from the way we interacted with each other and with how we served our populations. For some of us it was merely an inconvenience; for others it affected us personally and sometimes tragically.

Libraries became more important than ever as classes became remote and many in the population were working from home. This disruption brought new ways of doing things as we adapted to a new normal. We met over zoom. We depended on technology more than ever. We set up new protocols as we reopened our libraries and changed those protocols daily.

Our speakers gave us a view how libraries in other parts of the world adapted to this changing environment.

The Presentations are embedded in the links below:

Janet Lee Introduction to the program and an overview of ILCE-IG

Nancy Bolt

Jane Mirandette

Janet Lee named the 2021 recipient of the American Library Association (ALA) International Relations Committee’s John Ames Humphry/OCLC/Forest Press Award

At Adama Science and Technology University

Janet Lee, a board member ILCE-IG since its inception in 2012, has been named the 2021 recipient of the American Library Association (ALA) International Relations Committee’s John Ames Humphry/OCLC/Forest Press Award, which is presented to a librarian or person who has made significant contributions to international librarianship.

The award, sponsored by OCLC/Forest Press, consists of $1,000 and a plaque was presented virtually (via Zoom) at the ALA Annual Conference in Chicago, Illinois, USA. OCLC/Forest Press donated the cash award.

The ALA Press Release (link following) chronicles her professional achievements, starting with her Peace Corps experience in southern Ethiopia and multiple return visits to set up libraries and conduct workshops.  It includes references to professional organizations such as the Colorado Association of Libraries, the American Library Association, and the International Federation of Libraries and Institutions.  Her accomplishments include serving on numerous committees, delivering multiple presentations, editing several journals and newsletters (both print and electronic), writing more than a few articles, being awarded some small grants, and monitoring related social media.

In her acceptance speech, she acknowledged the great impact that her Peace Corps Ethiopia experience and multiple trips back “home” to Ethiopia had on her.  She dedicated the award to “the students of Axum” where she lived for nearly a year as a Fulbright Scholar.  She intends to use the monetary award for further projects in libraries and literacy in Axum.

Click for full press release

International Leads highlights two ILCE-IG articles

The latest issue of IRRT’s International Leads 202106-rv-resz.pdf (ala.org) has published two articles of special significance to members of the ILCE-IG:

“Serving People with Special Needs During COVID-19: Stories from Around the World” by Nancy Bolt, Chair, IFLA Section: Library Service to People with Special Needs and Chair, International Library and Cultural Exchange Interest Group, and Aly Velji, Adult Services Manager, Toronto Public Library, Canada.  In this lead article, the authors discuss the results of a survey LSN conducted in the fall of 2020 to find examples of how libraries were reaching out to marginalized populations to continue services during the pandemic. Although most responses Most responses indicated libraries were simply making their resources available online, some were making more intense efforts to serve marginalized populations. The article gives examples of how libraries were providing services to children with disabilities, people with dyslexia and visual disabilities, refugees and immigrants, those with visual and print disabilities, older adults and seniors, and services in prisons.

The second article announces the 2021 IRRT Awards Mission Enhancement Grant winner: 3D printing technology training, Nicaragua.  The grant was awarded to Hester J Hodgdon Libraries for All foundation founded by ILCE-IG board member, Jane Mirandette.  This project provides training for library staff and local educators in operating 3D printers at the San Juan del Sur Biblioteca in San Juan del Sur, Nicaragua

Check out these and other articles of interest to international librarianship. 

3D Printing Technology Training in the San Juan del Sur Nicaragua Public Library” project is this year’s recipient of the American Library Association’s International Relations Round Table (IRRT) Mission Enhancement Grant

The International Library and Cultural Exchange Interest Group of the Colorado Association of Libraries is pleased to announce that the “3D Printing Technology Training in the San Juan del Sur Nicaragua Public Library” project is this year’s recipient of the American Library Association’s International Relations Round Table (IRRT) Mission Enhancement Grant. 

Funds from the IRRT Mission Enhancement Grant will provide training manuals and workbooks, printer supplies, software, and maintenance tools, and trainer costs.

The International Relations Round Table Endowment fund was established in 2016. Interest from the Endowment is used to fund member-initiated proposals for international activities and initiatives which contribute to ALA’s role in international librarianship.  Goals for the funding are to provide support for international projects or partnerships; promote a global dialogue about librarianship; increase visibility of international opportunities for U.S. and international librarians, and encourage international collaboration in librarianship.  Information about the grant may be found at http://www.ala.org/rt/irrt-mission-enhancement-grant.

This year’s project was submitted by ILCE-IG Board member member Jane C. Mirandette, President,Treasurer of the Hester J.Hodgdon Libraries for All Program and Director of the San Juan del Sur Biblioteca in San Juan del Sur, Nicaragua.  HJH Libraries for All Program is headquartered in Loveland. CO.

This project provides training—for library staff and local educators—in operating 3D printers at the San Juan del Sur Nicaragua Library. The library obtained the printers in 2019 through a donation from the Hester J. Hodgdon Libraries for All Foundation, and put them to preliminary use in 2020 making face shields for the Covid-19 pandemic.

The project expands the use of the 3D printers with a week-long training event—by a professional 3D printer trainer in Managua—for library staff members and local high school educators, in both the use and maintenance of the printers. They, in turn, will train local high school students, as part of the library’s cooperation with local schools in promoting innovative technology and entrepreneurship.

 Press release: http://www.ala.org/news/press-releases/2021/05/nicaragua-3d-printing-project-wins-2021-international-relations-round-table

CALCON 2020: Show Me the Money: the ILCE-IG Grant Explained. Video available

A panel representing past awardees of the ILCE-IG Grant and members of the ILCE-IG presented on the ILCE-IG grant on September 10 during the CALCON 2020 annual conference.

Program Description:

Inspired by international librarianship? Are you working on an international or multi-cultural project that could use a little boost? Since 2016, the International Library & Cultural Exchange-Interest Group (ILCE-IG) has awarded small grants that have helped fund projects such as first language children’s book publishing, conferences and workshops, exhibits, and multi-cultural festivals. Past awardees with projects in Africa, Central America, and within Colorado will present on their projects with focus on a successful application and the outcomes of their projects. Steering committee members will be available to discuss the timeline and brainstorm projects that might be considered for the grant.

Presentation Video 

For those unable to attend, please find a link to the session on YouTube:

PowerPoints

Nancy Bolt

 

Nancy Bolt: Introduction

 

 

 

 

Karen Kllanxhja

 

Karen Kllanxhja: Mesa County Libraries Culture Fest 

 

 

 

 

Janet Lee

 

Janet Lee: African Storybook (ASb) in Ethiopia

 

 

 

 

 

Jane Mirandette

 

Jane Mirandette: Childhood Literacy Workshop in Granada Nicaragua

 

 

 

 

 

Sue Keefer

 

Sue Keefer: The Grant Process

L2L (Laptops to Lesotho) held successful fundraiser

Laptops to Lesotho (L2L) successfully held its first Paint & Sip Fundraiser to benefit the L2L program for the Kokobe Primary School located in the lowlands of Lesotho, Africa.  Kokobe Primary School serves 200 students in seven grade levels within three separate classrooms.

L2L Board Chair, Kathy Plath, states that the event raised over $1600, the proceeds which will go to the purchase of Kindle Fires. 

 

 

For more information about the project, check out the latest issue of The Navigator https://ilceig.files.wordpress.com/2020/08/ilce-ig-newsletter-issue-11.pdf

Please check out the L2L website if you are interested in making a further donation:  https://www.laptopstolesotho.org/

 

Fun was had by all!