October Is National Arts and Humanities Month
Americans for the Arts | September 08, 2009
Be one of the 10,000 communities and millions of people throughout the United States who celebrate National Arts and Humanities Month every year. Join us in recognizing the many ways the arts and culture enhance our lives.
Collaborating to Create Award-Winning School Programming
Sandra Wiseman | September 04, 2009
On a beautiful Sunday morning in June, I was standing in the convention center in Anaheim, California. I was there on behalf of my school, to receive a check for $4,000 and plaque as part of the Sara Jaffarian School Library Program Award for Exemplary Humanities Programming.
New Great Stories CLUB Theme, Titles Announced
Lainie Castle | August 11, 2009
The Public Programs Office is pleased to announce that the theme for the newest round of Great Stories CLUB (Connecting Libraries, Underserved teens and Books) reading and discussion grants will be “New Horizons.”
Successful Fundraiser with a Built-in Humanities Program
Angela Thullen | August 04, 2009
With the ALA Annual Conference in Chicago, home to ALA headquarters, the Public Programs Office couldn’t resist the opportunity to show off a bit of our hometown cultural offerings.
You Spoke, We Listened
Angela Hanshaw | July 31, 2009
You may have noticed a few changes to ProgrammingLibrarian.org. They’re subtle, but I think you’ll like them.
Special International Year of Astronomy Event Opportunity
Space Telescope Science Institute | July 28, 2009
Did you know that 2009 has been designated the International Year of Astronomy? We invite you to celebrate with NASA by holding a public event in your library featuring a special image of the center of our Milky Way Galaxy!
“Visions of the Universe” Hits the Road and NASA Lands in Libraries
Matt Fredericks | July 15, 2009
Librarians are boldly going where no library has gone before in 2009. So said Frank Summers, astrophysicist and educator with the Space Telescope Science Institute Office of Public Outreach (STScl), waking up a roomful of librarians with his excitement on a Sunday morning at the 2009 ALA Annual Conference.
Picturing America Connects: Project Directors Engage Librarians at ALA Annual Conference
Matt Fredericks | July 13, 2009
Picture this: a midnight Paul Revere ride to get the word out and bring the people together. Isn’t that what librarians try to do in their own way every day? We all know libraries are about building networks—connecting people, connecting communities, connecting institutions. Picturing America is a perfect example of the fruit that is borne of such partnerships.
“Soul of a People” at Annual Conference
Jennifer Dominiak | July 13, 2009
Zora Neale Hurston. Saul Bellow. John Cheever. Richard Wright. Studs Terkel. These are just a few of the thousands of unemployed writers put to work by the Federal Writers’ Project (FWP). At the ALA Annual Conference, attendees gathered on Sunday afternoon for a special presentation of “Soul of A People: Writing America’s Story,” a documentary about the Federal Writers’ Project, created by Spark Media.
Great Programs with Poets and Poetry @ Your Library
Colleen Barbus | July 13, 2009
What a great way to spend a Sunday morning—discussing the possibilities of poetry for libraries! This morning at Annual, we joined representatives from the ALA Public Programs Office, the Academy of American Poets, the Greensboro Public Library, and award-winning poet Jane Hirshfield for a discussion of best practices in poetry programming for public audiences.
“Prime Time Family Reading Time”: Turning Low-literacy Populations into Your Library’s Biggest Fans
Heather Paulson | July 13, 2009
As librarians, we tend to take for granted our love of reading. As we gather around our conference, lunch, and dinner tables our conversations often fall back on old favorites we recommend to a reluctant reader, new authors that are going to be the next big thing, and books that surprised our sensibilities or generated controversy. But what if we couldn’t have these conversations? For many adults and children living in our local communities, reading and discussing books is simply not part of their daily lives because of low literacy rates.
“My Father Couldn’t Swim” and Other Highlights from the Pride and Passion Annual Conference Program
Heather Paulson | July 11, 2009
I think most people who attended the “Pride and Passion: The African American Baseball Experience” event at the 2009 ALA Annual Conference were here to see Kadir Nelson, Sharon Robinson, and Lawrence Hogan speak on their experience of documenting and sharing their love of Negro League Baseball. However, I think we all came away with much, much more.