Featured Library: Aurora Public Library
Angela Hanshaw | October 04, 2011
This month we’re highlighting the Aurora (Ill.) Public Library for its wealth of Civil War programming. This year marks the beginning of the Civil War Sesquicentennial commemoration, and this October, the library is offering a variety of related programs for adults and children.
Explore the World @ your library
Megan McFarlane | September 29, 2011
Libraries allow users to experience new cultures and explore distant countries every day. Whether it is through a book on the art of China or learning to sing a song in French during a multicultural sing-a-long, libraries really bring their users the world.
Whoopi, Penguins Join Banned Books Read-Out
Barbara Jones | September 27, 2011
Actress and comedian Whoopi Goldberg and the authors of the most challenged book in the United States—the story of male penguins raising a baby penguin—have joined the virtual read-out of banned and challenged books that is taking place on YouTube as part of the 30th annual Banned Books Week.
Turn the Page with Free, Online Advocacy Training
Amy Sargent | September 22, 2011
Registration has opened for the October 31–December 12 session of Turning the Page 2.0, a free, online advocacy training program for public libraries, developed and presented by the Public Library Association (PLA) with generous support from The Bill &Melinda Gates Foundation.
See Picturing America on Screen
Christopher Czajka | September 20, 2011
Picturing America on Screen, the new video online and on-air companion to The National Endowment for the Humanities’ Picturing America initiative was launched today. The initial Picturing America initiative gave public and private schools, libraries, and communities the opportunity to learn about our nation’s history through its artistic heritage.
Colonial Tea with John Adams
Larry Halverson | September 15, 2011
I believe the library is the hub of the community, reaching many different interests. There is no better way to achieve that than through its programs. I use creative programs that partner with organizations throughout our community to achieve this objective.
ALTAFF’s Book Club Choices Now Available Online
Jillian Kalonick | September 13, 2011
The Association of Library Trustees, Advocates, Friends and Foundations (ALTAFF), a division of the American Library Association (ALA), has made its collection of Book Club Choices available to the public on its website.
New for September at EDSITEment
Angela Hanshaw | September 08, 2011
This month, EDSITEment remembers 9/11, celebrates Constitute Day and National Hispanic Heritage Month, offers basic Spanish lessons, and examines the struggle of immigrant farm workers.
Free Marketing Toolkit for Rural Libraries Available
John Amundsen | September 08, 2011
A newly updated version of the popular “Small but Powerful Guide to Winning Big Support for Your Rural Library” is now available from the ALA Office for Literacy and Outreach Services as a free print or digital edition.
Featured Library: Birmingham Public Library
Angela Hanshaw | September 06, 2011
This month we’re highlighting Birmingham (Ala.) Public Library’s upcoming Eat Drink Read Write Festival. Designed to “feed the mind, body, and soul,” the festival will bring “food, culinary arts, and literature to the table in a format that will help foster community.”
Teen Read Week Registration Ending Soon
Stephanie Kuenn | September 01, 2011
Registration for Teen Read Week, the annual literacy event from the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA), will close on September 16 at the Teen Read Week website. Registrants will receive a resource packet, a webinar, and other bonuses.
Nominations Open for the Sara Jaffarian School Library Program Award
Angela Thullen | August 30, 2011
The American Library Association (ALA) Public Programs Office is now accepting nominations for the 2011 Sara Jaffarian School Library Program Award for Exemplary Humanities Programming. School libraries, public or private, that served children in any combination of grades K–8 and conducted humanities programs during the 2010–2011 school year are eligible.