May 2012

It’s Time Again to Step Up to the Plate @ your library

Step Up to the Plate @ your library, the American Library Association’s (ALA) annual trivia contest about the “boys of summer” returns just in time for summer. This year’s program is a whole new ball game. With a greater emphasis on social media, people of all ages are encouraged to use the resources at their library to answer a series of trivia questions developed by Hall of Fame staff.

Free STEM Traveling Exhibition Available

It’s a good day for librarians looking for free traveling exhibitions! Earlier we shared a Civil War exhibition, and now we’re diving into science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). The Harvard University/Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics is looking for a few libraries that might be interested in hosting a lightweight, portable STEM multidisciplinary exhibit about universal physics concepts in 2013.

Apply for the Civil War 150 Traveling Exhibition and Programming Grant

For those of you who can’t get enough of Civil War programming, or are still looking for ways to incorporate it into your library, the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History, in partnership with the Library of America, is now accepting applications from public, academic, and special libraries to host the free Civil War 150 traveling exhibition and receive a $1,000 grant to support public programming.

Registration Open for 2012–2013 WrestleMania Reading Challenge

Registration is open for the eighth annual WrestleMania Reading Challenge, sponsored by WWE and the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA), a division of the American Library Association. The challenge encourages teens and tweens to read during Teen Read Week and beyond. By doing so, they can win prizes donated by WWE and other organizations. According to Nielsen Media Research, WWE's programming reaches 15.8 million fans each week, of which 23 percent is younger than age eighteen.  

To participate:

Help Kids and Teens Discover Earth

The Lunar and Planetary Institute is pleased to announce the release of Discover Earth: Hands-on Activities, a module to support hands-on Earth science explorations in libraries and other places of community learning. Educators are invited to download the activities, supporting reading games, and facilitator resources—all free for educational use—at the Explore! Discover Earth website.

Feeding (into) the Frenzy

On March 17, 2012, the Des Plaines (Ill.) Public Library held its first after-hours teen program. The “74th Hunger Games” was the joint effort of Youth Services Department Head Stephanie Spetter, Teen Librarian Joanie Sebastian, Web Services Librarian Brodie Austin, and Youth Services Assistant Cheryl Gladfelter (aka the Gamemakers) and the culmination of more than a year of planning.

New for May at EDSITEment

This month, EDSITEment offers three Launchpads designed to spark discussion about Nathaniel Hawthorne’s “The May-pole of Merry Mount,” Pablo Neruda’s “Oda al mar,” and Henry David Thoreau’s “Civil Disobedience.” EDSITEment also celebrates Asian/Pacific American Heritage Month by taking a look at the travels of Manjiro Nakanohama, our first Japanese “ambassador,” and shares stories from survivors who came of age during the Holocaust.