Remembering Our Veterans
Angela Hanshaw | November 04, 2010
In honor of next week’s Veterans Day, I thought I’d highlight the Veterans History Project of the American Folklife Center. Created in 2000, the project “collects, preserves, and makes accessible the personal accounts of American war veterans so that future generations may hear directly from veterans and better understand the realities of war.”
Featured Library: Toronto Public Library
Angela Hanshaw | November 02, 2010
This month, Toronto Public Library is launching its Human Library. To be offered in five branches on November 6, this pilot program will allow library cardholders to borrow from a selection of nearly sixty human books, individuals who have been carefully selected because of their unique life experiences.
Kids Meet Science at Des Plaines Public Library
Stephanie Spetter and Heather Imhoff | October 28, 2010
Blinded by Science? No way! The pictures tell the story. More than four hundred people attended the second annual Family Science Expo at Des Plaines (Ill.) Public Library on Saturday, October 16, from noon until 4 p.m. Exhibitors from all over the local engineering and science spectrum came together to demonstrate to kids and their parents just what it is they do.
Dreams Can Come True @ your library
Megan McFarlane | October 26, 2010
Thirteen-year-old Josh Smith’s dream of visiting to the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum in Cooperstown, N.Y., is about to the come true, thanks to a trip to the Haverhill (Mass.) Public Library. As avid library users and baseball fans, the Smith family discovered the Step Up to the Plate @ your library program while visiting their library this summer.
Learn to Lead a Productive Discussion
Angela Thullen | October 21, 2010
The art of discussion facilitation will be the topic of a day-and-a-half institute presented by the American Library Association (ALA) Public Programs Office, held January 6 and 7 at the ALA 2011 Midwinter Meeting in San Diego. Adam Davis, director of trainings and publications for the Project on Civic Reflection, will present essential tools that will empower attendees.
Year of the Solar System
Stephanie Shipp | October 19, 2010
It is with great excitement that NASA’s Planetary Science Division announces the Year of the Solar System! Spanning a Martian year—twenty-three months—the Year of the Solar System celebrates the amazing discoveries of numerous NASA missions as they explore our planetary neighbors and probe the outer edges of our solar system.
Angela Hanshaw | October 14, 2010
Perhaps sparked by Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, zombies are once again all the rage. It takes brains to tap into the undead audience in your program planning. Do you have what it takes? These libraries do:
New for October at EDSITEment
Shelley NiTuama | October 12, 2010
Visit EDSITEment in October and discover the origins of Halloween, find out what happens when worlds collide, explore Philadelphia, apply for a school collaboration grant, and learn about an online writing gallery for your students.
Teens Turn to Libraries for “Books with Beat”
Jennifer Peterson | October 07, 2010
As the popularity of young adult literature continues to soar and teen musical artists dominate the airwaves, thousands of teens will participate in Teen Read Week, October 17–23, 2010, celebrated this year with a theme of “Books with Beat @ your library.”
Featured Library: River Forest Public Library
Angela Hanshaw | October 05, 2010
The River Forest (Ill.) Public Library (RFPL) is celebrating Mark Twain this month with a variety of programs for all ages.
Get It Write @ your library
Angela Hanshaw | September 30, 2010
It’s always the write time to offer writing classes at your library. You’re sure to find people in your community who would like an introduction to writing or the chance to build upon their writing skills. Here are just a few program examples for all ages, from fiction to nonfiction to poetry.
Banned Books Week 2010
Angela Maycock | September 28, 2010
Happy Banned Books Week! This year marks our twenty-ninth year of celebrating the freedom to read, an issue that’s as vital and relevant to libraries today as ever. Banned Books Week is an opportunity to raise awareness about the role of libraries in fighting censorship and providing access to diverse materials.