October 2012

Fifth International Games Day Is This Saturday

On Saturday, November 3, more than 20,000 people in communities across the U.S. and around the world will celebrate the American Library Association’s fifth annual International Games Day @ your library. The event aims to reconnect communities through their libraries around the educational, recreational, and social value of all types of games.

PEW Study on Young Adult Reading and Library Habits Released

American Library Association (ALA) president Maureen Sullivan issued the following statement regarding the release of Younger Americans’ Reading and Library Habits, a comprehensive analysis of reading format trends among sixteen- to twenty-nine-year-old patrons in U.S. libraries. The report shows that libraries play a strong role in the resurgence in reading among young readers. According to the report, eight in ten Americans under the age of thirty have read a book in the past year and are likely to use their local library as a source for print and electronic materials.

NaNoWriMo @ your library

Many aspiring novelists are brainstorming and charging their laptops in preparation for visiting your library during National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo), a creative writing project whose goal is to get people of all ages to try to write a novel of 50,000 words by the end of November. Many libraries across the country will be acting as Come Write In points for NaNoWriMo participants, offering a welcoming environment for people as they work on their novels.

Get into the Spirit of the Season

It’s that time of year again, when things get a little … spooky. Hunting for something a little different? Check out these supernatural programs designed to inform, fright, and delight.

The New Bern-Craven County Public Library will host a program by the Haunted and Supernatural Enlightenment Research Society of Jacksonville, whose speakers will answer the questions, “Do ghosts and spirits exist? How do we find them?”

New for October at EDSITEment

This month, EDSITEment explores authenticity in Steinbeck’s The Grapes of Wrath; looks at what motivated Columbus’s travels; remembers the Cuban Missile Crisis on its fiftieth anniversary; offers new resources for AP English Literature and Composition; discusses voting in Jacksonian American as depicted in George Caleb Bingham’s The County Election; and discovers the roots of Halloween and the Day of the Dead.