September 2009

SchoolJam USA Is Looking for Teen Bands

Teen bands across the country are invited to step onto the stage to compete in the first-ever SchoolJam USA. This national, one-of-a-kind, teen battle-of-the-bands competition is accepting applications from middle and high school students aiming to showcase their talent and bolster much-needed support for school music programs.

Get Ready for the Next We the People Bookshelf

It’s that time of year again—time to apply for the We the People Bookshelf. This year’s theme, “A More Perfect Union,” seeks to promote reflection among young people on the idea of the United States as a union. What is the nature of the union that the Founders formed and Abraham Lincoln sought to save? Consider our motto (E Pluribus Unum—“Out of many, one.”)—in what ways is America a One as well as a Many? With the ratification of the U.S.

Where in the World Is John Adams?

Looking for a clever way to promote a program at your library and invite patron participation? Perhaps you could look to “Where in the World Is John Adams?” for inspiration. The site records the modern-day travels of John Adams (in die-cut bookmark form) and not only promotes the “John Adams Unbound” traveling exhibition, but allows the public the unique opportunity to submit their own John Adams sightings. Want to see if John Adams has been in your state or country?

Featured Library: Kansas City Public Library

The Federal Writers’ Project (FWP) helped define America and American literature by supporting literary talent during the Great Depression. In association with the National Endowment for the Humanities and the American Library Association, the Kansas City Public Library commemorates the seventy-fifth anniversary of this New Deal program with a series of free events throughout September and October 2009, including a screening of the documentary Soul of a People: Writing America’s Story.

Scheduled events include:

October Is National Arts and Humanities Month

Be one of the 10,000 communities and millions of people throughout the United States who celebrate National Arts and Humanities Month every year (NAHM). Join us in recognizing the many ways the arts and culture enhance our lives.

This year’s highlights are listed below, but be sure to visit the NAHM website for additional information.

Participate Locally

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