August 2011

Nominations Open for the Sara Jaffarian School Library Program Award

The American Library Association (ALA) Public Programs Office is now accepting nominations for the 2012 Sara Jaffarian School Library Program Award for Exemplary Humanities Programming. School libraries, public or private, that served children in any combination of grades K–8 and conducted humanities programs during the 2010–2011 school year are eligible. Applications and award guidelines are available at the Sara Jaffarian Award webpage. To be considered, nominations must be received by the ALA Public Programs Office by December 15.

Help Us Learn More about Your Civic Engagement Programs

The ALA Center for Civic Life is mapping civic engagement activities in libraries. We need your help! If you haven’t already filled out our survey, it’s not too late. We are interested in learning more about more about civic/community engagement activities in libraries. We have already heard from public, school, academic, government, state and special libraries that are undertaking exciting programs that engage their communities in civic life. Let’s hear from you as well.

Lunch with Books

Ohio County Public Library rolls out the red carpet for the writer, director, and producer of Doughboy at the Lunch with Books program


ALA Council Supports Out of School Library Programs

Editor’s note: This press release from the American Library Association has some interesting statistics on Out of School programs. And you don’t need to be an ALA member to be an Out of School program advocate!

Apply Now for a Free Moon Viewing Kit

The Lunar and Planetary Institute (LPI) is pleased to invite public and school libraries to apply for a free Moon viewing kit! To qualify for a kit, applicants must commit to hosting an International Observe the Moon Night (InOMN) event on Saturday, October 8, 2011. In addition, each successful applicant must commit to fulfilling reporting requirements.

Teen Read Week Photo Contest Launched

As part of Teen Read Week 2011, teens can enter a photo contest and win autographed books or an e-reader from Penguin Books for Young Readers.

New for August at EDSITEment

This month, EDSITEment helps you get ready to go back to school, offers American Art Appreciation Month resources, celebrates the first commercial recording of country music, and recommends some history websites.

Workshops Bring Out the Artist in Everyone

Martin County (Fla.) Library System has hit the mother lode recently with a series of art workshops that have tapped into a seemingly endless number of potential participants.