January 2013

2013 Youth Media Award Winners Announced

This Is Not My Hat, illustrated and written by Jon Klassen, is the 2013 Caldecott Medal winner.

The American Library Association (ALA) announced the top books, video, and audiobooks for children and young adults—including the Caldecott, Coretta Scott King, Newbery, and Printz awards—at its Midwinter Meeting in Seattle.

A list of all the 2013 award winners follows:

Healthy Living @ your library

With New Year’s resolutions kicking into effect, it is no surprise that this week marks Healthy Weight Week (January 20–26). Healthy Weight Week is a celebration of healthy diet-free living habits focused on the prevention of eating and weight problems. Once learned, these habits can be cultivated throughout life. Libraries help their users every day by providing knowledge and access to accurate, up-to-date, and fun ways to live full and healthy lives. Here are just a few examples of what libraries across the country are doing during this Healthy Weight Week and throughout the year.

Connecting Readers and Ebooks at Indianapolis Public Library

The Indianapolis Public Library recognized the growing popularity of e-readers in 2012 and began planning what became known as the “Tinker Station,” an interactive program to help the Indianapolis community navigate the exciting new world of digital material. This mobile program allows library patrons to explore different e-reader devices, and it operates much like a petting zoo.

Civic Engagement in Seattle

For those of you headed to Seattle for the ALA Midwinter Meeting, we’ve gathered some civic engagement–related programs you might be interested in attending, including information on ALA President Maureen Sullivan’s Promise of Libraries Transforming Communities initiative, a discussion on how to lead community engagement from your library, the ALA President’s Program with speaker Peter Block, and more.

Saturday, January 26

Register Now For Teen Tech Week

The time has come to Check In @ your library! Registration for Teen Tech Week, the Young Adult Library Services Association’s (YALSA) annual celebration of digital literacy and technology via the library, is now open at the Teen Tech Week website.

Featured Library: Ames Free Library

This month we’re highlighting Ames Free Library in North Easton, Massachusetts, for their upcoming programs for Baby Boomers. The library received a $7,500 grant from the state Board of Library Commissioners to help fund the programming, which will begin in February and continue through September.

New for January at EDSITEment

This month, EDSITEment looks at the American Presidents, including their inaugural speeches; discusses the Bill of Rights; considers three giants of American literature—Herman Melville, John Steinbeck, and Mark Twain; and celebrates the life of Martin Luther King Jr.