August 2013

New for August at EDSITEment

This month, EDSITEment goes back to school with lesson plans on just about every subject, looks at the American Dream through A Raisin in the Sun, celebrates Women’s Rights, and shares two useful websites on race and the role of the sun.

Fall 2013

We’ve culled our most popular lessons in history, literature, art, culture, and world languages to jump start your class. Find back-to-school lessons plans on the following topics:

Teens Learn How to Analyze News Coverage in the New Know-how Progam

America is rich in opinions. This is especially true when it comes to its politics. Between newspaper and magazine columns and television and radio commentary, it is always easy to find pundits from both ends of the political spectrum freely airing their views on any number of subjects. But although opinion pieces leave plenty of room for flaunting biases, that doesn’t excuse flouting the facts. And the reader must still determine whether opinions have a basis in fact—and whether the writer presents them with integrity and credibility.

Join the National Conversation About Mental Health

Libraries across the country are invited to join a national conversation about mental health over the coming months. These dialogues will bring people together at large forums, in small-group discussions, in city-wide deliberations, and online. Launched at the White House in early June, this Creating Community Solutions conversation intends to increase understanding and awareness about mental health, with a particular focus on young people.

Register to Win Free Books for Teen Read Week

The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) announced Monday, July 29, 2013, its new partnership with Soho Teen in promoting Teen Read Week, which will be celebrated October 13–19 with the theme “Seek the Unknown @ your library.”

Featured Library: Irving Central Library

This month, we’re highlighting Irving (Tex.) Central Library for the science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) programming it’s offering throughout the month of August. The programs are centered around a traveling exhibition on loan from NASA and the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics.

ALA President Unveils Declaration for the Right to Libraries

American Library Association President Barbara Stripling unveiled the “Declaration for the Right to Libraries” during a signing ceremony at Nashville Public Library. The Declaration is the cornerstone document of Stripling’s presidential initiative, Libraries Change Lives, which is designed to build the public will and sustained support for America’s right to libraries of all types—academic, special, school and public. Stripling’s initiative will focus on transformative library practices in literacy, innovation, and community engagement.