Libraries and students are eligible for a new contest! HISTORY, joined by the Institute of Museum and Library Services and the President’s Committee on the Arts and Humanities, invites libraries and students across the United States to flex their creative muscles and share their passion for American history by participating in HISTORY’s “America: The Story of Us” contests.
Inspired by the ideas of a Harvard University historian, more than 200 teens at twenty-one California libraries explored place and history using digital cameras and notebooks in a recently completed statewide program—”How I See It—My Place” sponsored by the California Council for the Humanities (CCH).
This year I decided I was going to get serious about my garden. Admittedly, my garden is a bunch of containers on a patio, and I knew I was going to plant mostly vegetables this time, so it wouldn’t be terribly complex. Or so I thought, until I started my research. A quick check on my public library’s programs found a number that I would be interested in, but didn’t turn up anything on gardening. I started to wonder what other libraries were doing.
It turns out, a few libraries are, like me, focusing on vegetable gardens:
“Communities in Conversation” is a simple idea for a program with powerful potential. Communities can be defined as groups of people living in the same area with much in common but also holding a range of religious and ideological views. The objective of this endeavor includes building on both the intersections and divergences of these groups to strengthen community and our ability to live together, to learn from each other, and be enhanced by the richness of our diversity.
Lamenting the fact that your library doesn’t have a set of Picturing America posters? Here’s an excellent opportunity to not only receive the posters, but a $2,000 programming grant as well. The National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) and the American Library Association (ALA) Public Programs Office have expanded the terms of the Picturing America Programming Grant so that all public libraries are considered eligible to apply.
The ALA Public Programs Office is always working to create new traveling exhibition opportunities for libraries. Traveling exhibitions and related public programs, including lectures by scholars, panel discussions, book and film discussions, curriculum activities, and concerts, offer exciting learning opportunities for library communities. In order to shed light on the topics libraries are most interested in, we recently posed the following questions to our project discussion lists:
This month, EDSITEment puts the spotlight on Women’s History Month, which provides an ideal opportunity for students to learn about and connect to the lives, struggles, and achievements of women who came before in order to better understand our world today.
Each year, more than 40,000 people from across the state attend free cultural events at the Richland County (S.C.) Public Library (RCPL), including an annual storytelling festival, plays, literary readings, book discussions, and concerts. In February, the library celebrated African American History Month with a wide variety of programming highlighting African-American history and culture.
For music lovers, the library offered: