Monday, March 25, 2013

Find programmers at the CT Arts for Learning's April 5 Artist Expo

Spring Arts Experience 2013     April 5, 2013 8:30AM-3PM

Join Connecticut Arts for Learning at the Sarah Noble Intermediate School in New Milford for an exciting day filled with arts education performances, panel discussions on the topics of Arts Integrated Residencies, Arts in Your Community, Dig Into Reading for Library and Media Specialists,  and Professional Development Workshops for Educators. 

The Spring Arts Experience 2013 includes over 50 artist programs, the opportunity to speak to performing and teaching artists, panel discussions, raffle for programs, continental breakfast and lunch.  You must preregister by calling 203-230-8101 or emailing with your name, address, phone and affiliation. The cost is $10 per person. Bring a friend for FREE!!  Bring more than one friend and double your chance to win a free solo program!

Sunday, March 24, 2013

Free Digital Humanities lecture at Uconn, 4/23

April 23, 2013, 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
University of Connecticut, Storrs Campus
Thomas J Dodd Research Center, Konover Auditorium

Technological developments are transforming the ways in which scholars approach pedagogy, research, and scholarship. These developments are creating a new landscape which promotes digital scholarship--allowing scholars to approach research and teaching in new ways, as well as pose new questions. This year’s Spring Forum will examine the current state of digital scholarship, intersections with digital humanities and media, as well as its implications for academia and libraries.

Free and open to the public, this event will feature an overview of digital humanities by Tom Scheinfeldt, Director-at-Large of the Roy Rosenzweig Center for History and New Media and Research Assistant Professor of History in the Department of History and Art History at George Mason University.  Following his talk, Scheinfeldt will join a panel discussion moderated by UConn Libraries’ Music & Dramatic Arts Librarian Anna Kijas.  Also featured on the panel are UConn participants:  Tim Hunter, Professor and Department Head of Digital Media and Design; Fiona Somerset, Associate Professor of English; and Carsten Witt, Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Literatures, Cultures, & Languages. 

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Thursday, March 21, 2013

High Hopes for Pets Foundation

OK, cat-loving librarians. This one's for you if you partner with animal care or shelter agencies.

The High Hopes for PetsFoundation seeks to provide support for the many individuals and groups who are dedicated to the prevention of homelessness for companion pets everywhere. Grants are made periodically to support these groups.

Animal Care and Control and Shelter organizations can request funding for these specific types of programs:

* Food costs
* Housing costs
* Spay and neutering programs
* Capital improvements
* Training programs to make animals more adoptable
* Educational workshops

Maximum Grant:  $500            
Deadline:  March 29, 2013        

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Voots® "Get Kids Growing" Garden Grants

Voots® Veggie-Fruit Tarts and are proud to present the Voots® "Get Kids Growing" Garden Grants, providing 20 youth garden programs with the necessary supplies and support to grow edible gardens. 20 schools will be selected based on plans to promote nutrition education, ideas for incorporating fruit and vegetable activities into the curriculum, and ability to sustain the program over multiple years.

The program is open to schools in the U.S. who intend to garden with at least 15 children between the ages of 3 and 12.

Grant Packages: 20 grant recipients receive $700 in gardening supplies including a raised bed, tools, and a curriculum guide from the Gardening with Kids Shop, and a check for $50 to be used to purchase soil amendments and fruit and vegetable plantings. The total award package is valued at over $750.

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

18 Advanced Facebook Strategies for World Domination

Free FaceBook Strategies webinar on Wednesday, April 17, 2013 2:00PM - 3:00PM (Eastern). 

Register here
We bet you already have a few hundred Facebook fans and are way beyond just knowing when to post updates, how to target updates, how to create awesome cover images, etc. Join us as we welcome presenter John Haydon, who will take us beyond the basics!
You will learn:
  • Three tactics to get more results from Promoted Posts
  • Three custom tab design tips to increase conversions
  • Four advanced ways to target Facebook Ads
  • Four powerful ways to acquire more email subscribers from Facebook
  • Four ninja tactics to increase comments, likes and shares on your page posts
About John Haydon:
After 15 years in sales and marketing in the for-profit world, John came to the nonprofit sector over seven years ago and has made a name for himself as a social media guru. Founder of Inbound Zombie, a social media strategy firm, and the Social Media Fundraising Club, in 2012 he penned Facebook Marketing for Dummies. Go check out his page (, subscribe to his e-mails and by all means like him on Facebook—then come to the webinar!

Monday, March 18, 2013

Libri Foundation Grants for small & rural libraries

Libri Foundation Grants  -- worth looking at if your library is small.

The Libri Foundation Is A Nationwide Non-profit Organization Which Donates New, Quality, Hardcover Children's Books To Small, Rural Public Libraries In The United States Through Its BOOKS FOR CHILDREN Program.

The Foundation works with the library's Friends group (or other local organizations) because we believe in community involvement and want to encourage and reward local support of libraries. The Friends / local sponsors can contribute from $50 to $350 which the Foundation matches on a 2-to-1 ratio. Thus, a library can receive up to $1,050 worth of new, quality, hardcover children's books through this program.

Eligibility: Libraries are qualified on an individual basis. In general, town libraries should serve a population under 10,000 (usually under 5,000). Libraries should be in a rural area, have a limited operating budget, and an active children's department. Please note: Rural is usually considered to be at least 30 miles from a city with a population over 40,000.

A branch library may apply if the community it is in meets the definition of rural. If the branch library receives its funding from its parent institution, then the parent institution's total operating budget, not just the branch library's total operating budget, must meet the budget restrictions. Town libraries with total operating budgets over $150,000 are rarely given grants. The average total operating budget of a BOOKS FOR CHILDREN grant recipient is less than $40,000.

Saturday, March 16, 2013

NEH: Preservation and Access Research and Development

The National Endowment for the Humanities' Preservation and Access Research and Development grants support projects that address major challenges in preserving or providing access to humanities collections and resources. These challenges include the need to find better ways to preserve materials of critical importance to the nation’s cultural heritage—from fragile artifacts and manuscripts to analog recordings and digital assets subject to technological obsolescence—and to develop advanced modes of searching, discovering, and using such materials.

Applicants should define a specific problem, devise procedures and potential solutions, and explain how they would evaluate their projects and disseminate their findings. Project results must serve the needs of a significant number of humanists.

In the last four competitions the Preservation and Access Research and Development program received an average of 21 applications per year. The program made an average of three awards per year, for a funding ratio of 14 percent.

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Friday, March 15, 2013

Applied Materials Foundation

Applied Materials The Applied Materials Foundation makes grants to selected organizations and programs in 4 areas:

  • education
  • civic engagement
  • arts & culture
  • and environmental awareness and sustainability. 
Deadline:  June 15, 2013 and January 15, 2014;     Information and application are here.

AMF directs approximately 50% of grants to the area of Education, 25% to Civic Engagement, 10% to Arts & Culture, and 15% to environmental awareness and sustainability. Grants are made for one year and may be renewed for up to two additional years based upon results. Applied Materials and the Foundation do not award grants for general operating expenses. 

AMF reviews requests semi-annually; the deadlines are June 15 and January 15.