June 2010

Bring the Universe to Your Library with NASA

Editor’s Note: In case you missed it, this week we’re featuring blog posts on ALA Annual Conference programs. This entry focuses “Bring the Universe to Your Library with NASA,” where the Space Telescope Science Institute (STScI), a NASA affiliate, described the amazing array of online, print, and in-person cultural programs and resources available free to libraries.

Are you interested in expanding your library’s science programming? Would you like to receive materials and support for your programming efforts?

Programs That Pack the Place

Editor’s Note: In case you missed it, this week we’re featuring blog posts on ALA Annual Conference programs. This entry focuses “Programs That Pack the Place: A How-to for Libraries of All Shapes and Sizes,” where experienced programmers sharee how libraries of all types, sizes, and budgets produce successful programs without breaking the bank or burning out staff.

Use Louisa May Alcott TV Special for Library Programs

Editor’s Note: In case you missed it, this week we’re featuring blog posts on ALA Annual Conference programs. This entry focuses on “New Grant Available: Use Louisa May Alcott TV Special for Library Programs,” where attendees learned about a new NEH grant to ALA for library programs using the documentary Louisa May Alcott: The Woman Behind Little Women, and discussed the "Soul of a People" documentary and library programs. Also featured: documentary websites and educational resources for libraries.

Poetry As a Community Builder

Editor's Note: In case you missed it, this week we're featuring blog posts on ALA Annual Conference programs. This entry focuses "Poetry As a Community Builder: Expanding Community Outreach Through Poetry," designed to help attendees make poetry accessible to your community; the program discussed new ideas and best practices in poetry programs and outreach.

2010 Sara Jaffarian School Library Program Award Announced

The American Library Association (ALA) Public Programs Office (PPO) announced that the Jefferson Elementary School Library in Elmhurst, Illinois, is the winner of the 2010 Sara Jaffarian School Library Program Award for Exemplary Humanities Programming. The award will be presented at 8 a.m. on Sunday, June 27, during the ALA Annual Conference in Washington, D.C., immediately prior to the Auditorium Speaker Series presentation of Marlo Thomas. The Jefferson Elementary School Library will receive a plaque recognizing the achievement and a cash award of $4,000.

Go Big or Go Home

Life-sized board games! For those of you who already have gaming at your library, here's a way to take it to a whole new level. Not offering gaming? Why not start big? Here are a few innovative programs I found online:

New for June at EDSITEment

As you can see from our home page, EDSITEment has a number of cool offerings to engage teachers and students as school wraps up and summer weather beckons…

Are you a Programming Librarian?

Interested in creating and coordinating programs for your community fueled by creativity, connections, and shoe-string budgets? Attend “Are you a Programming Librarian?” at the ALA Annual Conference on Sunday, June 27, 1:30–3:30 p.m., at the Washington Convention Center, Room 209 A/B, to hear from librarians like you. The event will include break-out sessions on grant writing, marketing and publicity, and beginning programming for students and new librarians.

Highlights include:

Poetic Opportunities @ 2010 ALA Annual Conference

Attendees at the 2010 American Library Association (ALA) Annual Conference, to be held June 24–29 in Washington, D.C., who are looking to include poetry in their upcoming library programs have the chance to discover several relevant events. These events range from opportunities to meet the poets, to live readings, to a discussion of poetry and library programming related topics:

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