Announcing the PLP Grant Program for 2015-16!

The PLP Executive Committee is pleased to announce another round of the very popular and successful PLP Grants. Attached please find the informational sheet, application cover sheet, and two separate grant applications. This year, in additional to the customary Innovation and Technology Opportunity Grants, there is a new category for those libraries seeking funding to replicate a previously successful grant. Details are provided in the informational cover sheet.

All grant applications are due by Friday, October 30, 2015.

Announcement and Grant Form

Please contact me with any questions.

Terry Jackson
PLP Special Projects Consultant

Pacific Library Partnership Strategic Planning Session

Please come and lend your voice to these important conversations and help shape the future of your library system, the Pacific Library Partnership!

PLP is convening three regional sessions with leadership from member libraries to identify how the system can deliver services that are of the best and highest value to our members. We aspire to enable our libraries to improve operational efficiencies, offer new and improved services to your communities and support your priorities as effectively as we can!

We’ll collaboratively:
• explore current needs and critical issues
• discover opportunities for PLP to meet those needs through existing or new initiatives, and
• prioritize initiatives that have the most potential benefit for our members

To reach the widest audience possible, the sessions will be followed up by a survey that leadership can use to provide further thoughts, and hopefully will distribute to staff in their libraries to expand the conversation. From this collaborative process, we will share a findings report that summarizes all facilitated discussions and survey responses, as well as identifies strategies and recommendations for moving forward.

We encourage all of our member libraries to participate. We welcome Directors, library management and all those who have a vested interest in shaping the future of PLP.

The workshop will be conducted in three locations within the system to provide ample opportunity for maximum participation. All three sessions will be facilitated by Sam McBane Mulford and Cheryl Gould. The workshops will be from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. and includes lunch and light refreshments.

Please click on the link below to register for one of the three workshops:

Monday, October 5th Los Gatos Town Hall Council Chambers

Tuesday October 6th Millbrae Library (San Mateo County Library)

Wednesday, October 7th Oakland Public Main Library

The Future of Libraries 11.0

Registration is now open for:
The Future of Libraries 11.0:
Engaging Community: the Participatory Library

Tuesday, September 29, 2015, 9:00 am – 4:30 pm (sign-in 8:30 – 9:00)
San Francisco Public Library, Main Library, Koret Auditorium
$30 registration fee
Sponsored by the Pacific Library Partnership Staff Development Committee

The Future of Libraries 11.0 is the latest in an ongoing annual series of conferences where speakers highlight innovations taking place in the library world today  This year’s theme will be Engaging Community: the Participatory Library

Details at:

Register at:

The Re(a)d Zone Grant Program

PLP is pleased to announce The Re(a)d Zone Grant Program  which is funded by the  50 Legacy Fund of the Super Bowl 50 Host Committee to provide our members opportunities to promote literacy initiatives and programming in your communities this fall.  The grant cover letter and application form are provided through the links below.  Please email Terry Jackson at with any questions.

Click here for:   Read Zone Grant Letter

Click here for:   Read Zone Grant Application

The Re(a)d Zone

As this press release indicates, 50 Fund Announcement_TheReadZone) PLP is a proud partner in The Re(a)d Zone, the Bay Area Early Literacy Initiative to increase third grade reading proficiency, spearheaded by the Super Bowl 50 Host Committee.

The_Read_Zone_Logo-SMWe have just received permission to use The Re(a)d Zone logo and I encourage you to display  it on your website. We will also be producing clings with the logo for you to place at your library entrances.

A grant program is being developed to provide libraries with funding from the 50 Legacy Fund of the Super Bowl 50 Host Committee to promote  literacy initiatives and programming in your community this fall.   Application details to follow very soon!

As we have shared with you earlier, we have received the first of the deliverables as part of THE RE(A)D Zone; the Bay Area Early Literacy Initiative which is a partnership between the 50 Fund, The Campaign for Grade-Level Reading and Tuck’s R.U.S.H. for Literacy.  Attached please find the implementation guide which outlines the book and digital learning activities that have been made available to libraries in PLP.  The Campaign refers to these as program assurances. The 50 Fund and The Campaign for Grade-Level Reading have partnered with the companies identified in the program assurances.  They are asking libraries to explore and use these products.  Please work to utilize these products.  We know that there will be a wide range of interest and need and we are hoping to hire someone to help us work with libraries to implement these tools.

The Community Partner Implementation Guide is available here,  along with the press release:
Community Partner Implementation Guide
Click  here to download The Re(a)d Zone logo

I look forward to all of your participation in this exciting venture!

Susan Hildreth