August 2010

QA with Barbara Ungar, 2007 Jaffarian Award Winner

Image of a Dala horse statue in the Andersonville neighborhood of Chicago, taken by a Central Elementary School student as part of “A Day in the Neighborhood”


Editor’s note: Today’s post is part of a month-long series featuring Q&A with past winners of the Sara Jaffarian School Library Program Award for Exemplary Humanities Programming.

Join the Next Great Stories CLUB

The American Library Association (ALA) Public Programs Office and the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) announced the theme and book titles for the fourth round of Great Stories CLUB grants. YALSA’s Outreach to Young Adults with Special Needs Interest Group selected “Second Chances” as the Great Stories CLUB theme, along with the following titles: Hate List by Jennifer Brown (Little, Brown Books, 2009); Dope Sick by Walter Dean Myers (Amistad, 2009); and The Brothers Torres by Coert Voorhees (Hyperion, 2009).

QA with Sandra Wiseman, 2008 Jaffarian Award Winner

History Hits the Road to Woodsdale demonstration


Editor’s note: Today’s post is part of a month-long series featuring Q&A with past winners of the Sara Jaffarian School Library Program Award for Exemplary Humanities Programming.

Be an Armchair Traveler

I’ve been feeling the travel bug lately, but lack of time and money means I’ll be puting my dream vacation off, at least for a while. If I lived near Newnan, Georgia, however, I could travel vicariously through Newnan Carnegie Library’s Armchair Travelers program.

QA with Sally Rasch, 2009 Jaffarian Award Winner

Carroll Academy students participating in the 2007–2008 Carroll Book Parade, “Discovering the World through Books.”


Editor’s note: Today’s post is part of a month-long series featuring Q&A with past winners of the Sara Jaffarian School Library Program Award for Exemplary Humanities Programming.

New for August at EDSITEment

This month EDSITEment highlights the Statue of Liberty and Thomas Hart Benton’s The Sources of Country Music as well as resources for United States history, world history, literature and language arts, and arts and culture.

Monthly Feature: Lady Liberty

QA with Nicolette Vaillancourt, 2010 Jaffarian Award Winner

A student-produced mural of the York Theatre in Elmhurst, Ill., created for Jefferson Elementary School’s Elmhurst History Project.


Editor’s note: Today’s post is part of a month-long series featuring Q&A with past winners of the Sara Jaffarian School Library Program Award for Exemplary Humanities Programming.

Help Your Teens Become Stars with SchoolJam USA

Teen bands across the country are invited to step onto the stage to compete in 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.

Featured Library: Rainbow City Public Library

The Rainbow City (Ala.) Public Library just wrapped up their summer reading program for kids. Featuring the theme “Make a Splash—Read!,” the program had 586 registered participants reading 9,500 books. In addition to awarding drawstring backsacks to children reading at least fifteen books, the library offered a number of programs to encourage children to visit, with a combined attendance of more than 3,200. Each program was held twice a day, once for children ages four to six, and once for children ages seven to twelve. Programs included:

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