September 2011

Explore the World @ your library

Libraries allow users to experience new cultures and explore distant countries every day. Whether it is through a book on the art of China or learning to sing a song in French during a multicultural sing-a-long, libraries really bring their users the world.

Here are just a few examples of how libraries are getting involved and helping their users explore the world around them.

Whoopi, Penguins Join Banned Books Read-Out

Actress and comedian Whoopi Goldberg and the authors of the most challenged book in the United States—the story of male penguins raising a baby penguin—have joined the virtual read-out of banned and challenged books that is taking place on YouTube as part of the 30th annual Banned Books Week. People from all over the country are raising awareness of book censorship by posting videos of themselves reading from their favorite banned books.

Colonial Tea with John Adams

I believe the library is the hub of the community, reaching many different interests. There is no better way to achieve that than through its programs. I use creative programs that partner with organizations throughout our community to achieve this objective.

ALTAFF’s Book Club Choices Now Available Online

The Association of Library Trustees, Advocates, Friends and Foundations (ALTAFF), a division of the American Library Association (ALA), has made its collection of Book Club Choices available to the public on its website.

New for September at EDSITEment

This month, EDSITEment remembers 9/11, celebrates Constitute Day and National Hispanic Heritage Month, offers basic Spanish lessons, and examines the struggle of immigrant farm workers.

Featured Library: Birmingham Public Library

This month we’re highlighting Birmingham (Ala.) Public Library’s upcoming Eat Drink Read Write Festival. Designed to “feed the mind, body, and soul,” the festival will bring “food, culinary arts, and literature to the table in a format that will help foster community in a diverse city [and] increase awareness of food-related concerns in our community by exploring them from a variety of perspectives.” Here’s a rundown of the planned events:

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