SPLAMBA Meeting Minutes: Jan 2010

January 20, 2010
Monterey Public Library

Present:  Don (Salinas), Ruth (MCFL), Ben (MPL), Karen (MPL), Jane (MPL), Dina (MPL), Esme (San Benito), Cynthia (All Saints Day School)

Book Reviews


Going Bovine  by Libba Bray

Tales from outer Suburbia by Saun Tan – graphic

The Arrival by Saun Tan – graphic

Sugar Sugar Rune by Anno Moyoko – graphic

Hikaru No Go – Hotta – graphic

Diary of a Wimpy Kid by Jeff Kinney – graphic

Mouse Guard by David Peterson – graphic

Barefoot Gen , a Cartoon History of Hiroshima by Nakazawa – graphic

X-Men: Dark Phoenix Saga by Chris Claremont – graphic


Ready for Anything by Keiko Kaska

Prince of Tennis – graphic

Benny and Penny: Just Pretend by Geoffrey Hayes – graphic


Dream Stealer by Fleishchman – Mexican Folktale


Storytime Magic by Kathy MacMillan

Thousand Never Evers by Shana Burg

Louis Lion Sings Good Night by Andy Blackman Hurwitz

Super Huge Dinosaur by Martin Waddel (mother wearing apron)

Chiggers by Hope Larsen – graphic

Satchel Paige: Striking Out Jim Crow by David Adler – graphic


Red Blazer Girls by Michael Beil

Al Capone Shines My Shoes by Gennifer Chaldonko (disappointment)

If by Saran Perry

Andy Warhol by Susan Goldman Rubin

Roy Lichtenstein by Susan Goldman Rubin

Jeremy Draws a Monster by Peter McCarty


Website of webinars  (free professional development) www.opal-online.org

Through Indian Eyes (annotated reviews)

CLA 2009 Conference Workshop printouts


When You Reach Me by Rebecca Stead (Newberry Award)

Brief History of Montmaray by Michelle Cooper

Lion and the Mouse by Jerry Pinkney

Loser by Jerry Spinelli


Graphic novel Brochure and Booklist

  • Read more to help review
  • Talk to readers
  • Consideration: Best 10 in each category with one sentence annotation? Ben will talk to Eva
  • This will be the publication for next year (this year’s publication is the SPLAMBA brochure in Spanish)
  • Horn Book permission – We can send a copy of publication for sign-off


SPLAMBA Brochure

  • Jennifer and Esme worked on the translation – in final stage
  • Don will send letter to hospital administrators, and then a direct contact will be made to get the number of copies desired.
  • Once Cynthia gets the numbers, she will make arrangements to print the brochure

Administrative Report – Kim

Judy Sulsona, consultant for MOBAC, would like to meet with SPLAMBA to give us the opportunity to give input to the future direction of MOBAC. This Strategic Plan Meeting needs to be sometime between February 15 and February 28. Since there is no meeting scheduled for February, Don will contact her to discuss options


Text Messaging Service – Ben

  • An inexpensive way to remind customers about events ( especially teens and young parents)
  • Info and video on SPLAMBA facebook
  • Could later be expanded to give civic action alerts
  • $20/ mo for two keywords (two groups)
  • Customers self-subscribe
  • Start Pilot in March or April to build up clientele for summer reading programs?
  • Use SPLAMBA money or libraries share cost?
  • MCFL the test library? Ruth will speak to MCFL Administrators to see if interested
  • Other interested libraries should contact Ben


Workshop Planning

Susan is working on setting up speakers. Their schedules will determine the date of the event in March.

Summer Reading Program

Karen has spoken to the Aquarium. She handed out a list a contact numbers for free programs. If you would like to be included in possible prizes, respond to her email ASAP.

News from the Libraries

Next Event: March Workshop, date to be announced

Next Meeting: April in Salinas








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