May 2010

Searching for Hidden Treasure

I admit to being a bit late to the geocaching party—I only found out about it a year ago, when I chanced upon some related iPhone apps—but I immediately saw how well it could lend itself to library programming. Turns out I’m not alone in thinking that; a quick Google search revealed libraries have been offering geocaching events for years. For those of you who are also new to the phenomenon, I’ve gathered some information you may find useful for planning your own geocaching programs.

LIVE! @ your library Reading Stage at Annual

If you’re attending ALA Annual Conference, be sure to check out some of the poets and authors reading on the LIVE! @ your library Reading Stage, located at the end of the 2600 aisle in the exhibits hall. Every year, the ALA Public Programs Office presents readings on the LIVE! Stage in keeping with their mission of promoting cultural programming as an integral part of library service.

ALA Annual Conference for Programming Librarians

For many of us here at ALA, the beginning of summer immediately brings about thoughts of ALA Annual Conference. What a fantastic opportunity this is every year to reconnect with our peers and hear about the challenges and triumphs we’ve faced since we met the previous. And it certainly has been a challenging year for many libraries!

Conference is a great time to recharge your professional batteries, so to speak. Learn about new grant opportunities and new ways to connect your community through cultural programs at six programs presented by the ALA Public Programs Office.

Programming Librarian Recommends…

Editor’s note: This week the Programming Librarian blog will be focusing on programs of interest at the upcoming ALA Annual Conference. Are you attending? Let us know in the poll on our homepage!

Programming Librarian is headed to DC for the ALA Annual Conference. If you’re planning to be there for the big event, be sure to stop by and visit us in booth #2659. We would love to hear all about the kind of programs and events you’re offering your community.

Taking a Shot at Photography

They say a picture’s worth a thousand words, so why not promote your programming with images? Photos of your events can be used to attract new people to your programs by showing them what they’re missing, or to raise funds by showing how important and well-attended programming is in your community. Use them on your website, with social media, in newsletters, and in promotional material.

New for May at EDSITEment

This month, EDSITEment celebrates Asian-Pacific Heritage Month by highlighting the life of Manjiro Nakahama (also known as John Mung), the first immigrant of Japanese descent to the United States. Manjiro and his fellow crewmembers were stranded on an island after a storm cast them adrift. Five months later they were rescued by an American whaling ship, whose captain was so impressed by Manjiro’s intelligence that he adopted the castaway.

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