February 2012

Learn How to Build Community Connections through Civic Reflection

The American Library Association (ALA) Public Programs Office (PPO) will present a day-and-a-half preconference during the ALA 2012 Annual Conference in Anaheim, California. The preconference, titled “Civic Reflection Builds Community Connections: A Program Model for Libraries,” which will be held from 1–5:30 p.m. on Thursday, June 21, and from 8 a.m.–4 p.m. on Friday, June 22, is aimed at library directors, department heads, and senior staff from public, academic, and special libraries.

A Community at War

The Civil War, that is. This March, the Trumbull (Conn.) Library will hold its third annual “One Book One Town” event. This year’s book is Cold Mountain by Charles Frazier, “an extraordinary novel about a soldier’s perilous journey back to his beloved at the end of the Civil War … a magnificent love story and a harrowing account of one man’s long walk home …” The library will be offering a variety of programs for all ages, and the book also dovetails nicely with Civil War Sesquicentennial–related programming.

Programming Programs at PLA

Being a programming librarian is hard work, but this year at the 2012 PLA National Conference in Philadelphia, you can learn a variety of new ways to offer your community outstanding and engaging programs. For those of you fortunate enough to attend this year, here is a list of PLA programs may want to fit into your schedule:

Thursday, March 15, 2012, 8:15–9:30 a.m.

Not Your Typical Valentine’s Day Celebration

I’m not a hearts-and-flowers kind of girl (although I wouldn’t turn down some good dark chocolate), so I thought I’d see what alternative Valentine’s Day programming libraries are offering. What did I find? Libraries tackling serious and not-so-serious topics, including racism, death, zombies, and horror.

New for February at EDSITEment

This February, EDSITEment offers a collection of Black History Month resources, takes a look at the history-changing events of February 1968, goes on a Flight to Freedom, builds a fire with Jack London, introduces the members of Thoreau’s Circle, and celebrates Presidents’ Day.

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