February is African American History Month, and our featured library, Red Bank (N.J.) Public Library (RBPL), is celebrating it with some exciting events, including a look at a Pulitzer Prize–winning African American playwright and an exhibition focusing on the artistic culture of African Americans.
The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority Investor Education Foundation and the American Library Association recently announced that grants had been awarded to sixteen libraries as part of the Smart investing@your library initiative. The grants can be used to “to implement a variety of programs designed to increase patrons’ access to and understanding of financial information. … Participating libraries will use a variety of technologies and outreach strategies to connect library users to the best financial education and information available.
Here’s a great example of a long-running partnership between a public library and a university. Since 1993, the Monroe County (Ind.) Public Library has partnered with Indiana University’s Asian Culture Center to celebrate the Lunar New Year in Bloomington. The holiday is observed in a number of Asian countries, including China, Korea, and Japan. This year is the year of the dragon.
Editor’s note: Inspired by this month’s feature article, Meeting Needs and Making a Difference: Outcomes Based Planning and Evaluation, Johannah Genett, Senior Programming Librarian at Hennepin County (Minn.) Library, wrote to share some recent programs and their evaluations at her library. Here’s the second of two blog posts; read her first blog post on workshops her library offered last fall.
Editor’s note: Inspired by this month’s feature article, Meeting Needs and Making a Difference: Outcomes Based Planning and Evaluation, Johannah Genett, Senior Programming Librarian at Hennepin County (Minn.) Library, wrote to share some recent programs and their evaluations at her library. Here’s the first of two blog posts; read the second blog post on some successful talk programs held in December.
The American Library Association (ALA) Public Programs Office, the Tribeca Film Institute (TFI), and the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) are pleased to announce America’s Music: A Film History of Our Popular Music from Blues to Bluegrass to Broadway, a six-week series of public programs featuring documentary film screenings and scholar-led discussions of twentieth-century American popular music.
“Calendar in the Sky” is a NASA-funded project led by the UC Berkeley Center for Science Education at the Space Sciences Laboratory to engage the American public in NASA science (space exploration, astronomy, planetary and Earth sciences, etc.) via the broad interest in Maya culture.
This month, EDSITEment remembers Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., explores President Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation, offers lessons for teaching civics through stories, celebrates the Chinese New Year, looks back at 1968, and takes a trip through the looking glass.
January is Financial Awareness Month, so what better time to highlight the New York Public Library’s (NYPL) financial literacy programs for all types of audiences, including entrepreneurs, college students, those looking into mutual funds, children, those looking for tax tips, home buyers, and retirees. Some of NYPL’s Money Matters programs include: