April 2012

Librarians Promote Reading by Participating in World Book Night

Librarians are helping to spread the joy and love of reading by taking part in World Book Night (WBN) on April 23, which is also the UNESCO’s World Book Day, chosen to commemorate the anniversary of Cervantes’ death, as well as Shakespeare’s birth and death. Held in the United States as well as in the U.K. and Ireland, the initiative aims at promoting the value of reading, printed books, bookstores, and libraries to everyone year round.

Get Ready for Choose Privacy Week

With Choose Privacy Week (May 1–7) right around the corner, the American Library Association (ALA) is offering online resources for libraries who are interested in holding Choose Privacy programs of their own. Sponsored by the ALA’s Office for Intellectual Freedom (OIF), Choose Privacy Week is an annual initiative inviting library users of all ages and backgrounds into a national conversation about privacy rights in a digital age.

My Programming Wish List

My local library is a tiny branch in a huge system (the Chicago Public Library system, to be exact), and budget and space considerations generally limit its programming to toddler storytimes (although I have to give them credit for scheduling an interesting lecture in May for Asian/Pacific American Heritage Month: “First Voice Narrative of Life in Japanese American Internment Camps”). Recently I found myself pondering what programs I wish I could attend there.

New for April at EDSITEment

This month, EDSITEment celebrates poetry and jazz, compares giants of Hispanic literature, close reads for civic reflection, looks back at the events of this month in 1968, discusses fairy tales and today’s youth, and shares some exciting news.

Librarians As Engineers: Robotics at Your Library

National Robotics Week (NRW) celebrates robotics technology development each April (this year it’s April 7–15). The NRW website advocates funding robotics programs while addressing its increasing use in healthcare, medicine, manufacturing, and other sectors. The site encourages educating the public about how robotics impacts society. It also encourages inspiring students to pursue careers in robotics and science, technology, engineering, and math-related fields (STEM).

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