July 2013

Library Celebrates Tenth Anniversary of Student Film Festival

Launched by Youth Services librarian Susan Conlon at Princeton (N.J.) Public Library in 2003, the Princeton Student Film and Video Festival was developed to “to encourage and support the work of youth filmmakers in a range of genres and styles, with the opportunity and a venue for the filmmakers to show their work to a broad audience.” Free of charge to enter, the festival is open to young adults ages fourteen to twenty-five.

Attract Teens to Your Library with Minecraft

I stumbled across a mention of a library hosting its own Minecraft server and offering regular teen programming, and thought, “What a great idea!” Turns out a lot of libraries have had that thought, too, and Minecraft has become a popular way of getting teens into libraries.

Before we get into library programming, however, some information for those of you who aren’t Minecraft experts. The official Minecraft website describes it as:

New NASA Space Science Program Training Opportunity!

Editor’s note: The application is now closed. Thank you for your interest!

We would like to extend a special invitation for you to participate in a FREE NASA Space Science training, “It’s A New Moon” and the LADEE Mission Launch on September 5–6, 2013 (weather permitting), located near NASA Wallops Flight Facility, Wallops, Virginia!

New for July at EDSITEment

This month, EDSITEment looks at Carl Sandburg’s poem “Chicago”; the National History Day program; the unsung heroines in the fight for women’ equality; the 2012 National Humanities Medal winners; and a valuable resource on the Grand Canyon.

North Region Libraries Show Patrons How-To

You’ve probably witnessed it, even if you’re not familiar with the acronym. The endurance of the Do-It-Yourself movement, or DIY, would seem to indicate some disenchantment with consumer society or a need for us ultra-moderns to return to a more intimate connection to the “simple life”—the proliferation of home improvement and interior decorating shows can attest easily enough to that. There seems to be something engaging about being a self-proclaimed jack-of-all-trades.

But maybe I’m overstating the case.

Library-Led Community Engagement and Innovation

To wrap up our 2013 ALA Annual Conference coverage, Judy Hoffman writes about two Conference programs: “The Promise of Libraries Transforming Communities: A Presidential Initiative Update” and “Community Engagement Conversation: Advancing Library-led Community Engagement,” both held on Saturday, June 29.

Grant and Programming Opportunities from NEH

Once again, we’re having student volunteers blog programs of interest from the ALA Annual Conference. This time, Nicole Helregel covers “What’s New at the NEH?” held on Sunday, June 30, at 10:30 a.m.

Taking the Humanities Online

Once again, we’re having student volunteers blog programs of interest from the ALA Annual Conference. This time, Jayna Ramsey covers “Humanities In the Digital Era: Mashing up Public Programs with MOOCS, Media, and More,” held on Saturday, June 29, at 1 pa.m.

Creative Programming for Older Adults

Once again, we’re having student volunteers blog programs of interest from the ALA Annual Conference. This time, Jayna Ramsey covers “Introducing the Creative Aging Toolkit for Public Libraries—An Online Resource,” held on Saturday, June 29, at 10:30 a.m.

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