Happy New Year!
Angela Hanshaw | December 20, 2012
I can’t believe it’s time for my last blog post for 2012 already! It’s been a great year, and I owe a great deal of thanks to my wonderful co-workers here at the ALA Public Programs Office and to you, our readers. And, of course, to our contributors.
Be Inspired by These Award-winning Librarians
Angela Hanshaw | December 18, 2012
The winners of the Carnegie Corporation of New York/New York Times I Love My Librarian Award have been announced. Librarians in public, school, university, and community college libraries were nominated by library patrons, who shared stories of how their librarians make a difference in their communities.
Public Libraries Help Boost Students’ News Literacy
Mark Gould | December 13, 2012
First-year projects completed in the News Know-how initiative that helped young people distinguish between fact and opinion in news accounts in print and online during the 2012 presidential election have been posted on the News Know-how website.
Free Space Science Professional Development Opportunities
Keliann LaConte | December 11, 2012
The Lunar and Planetary Institute invites public library staff who facilitate programs for children and tweens in select states to join us for FREE NASA-supported professional development trainings through our Explore program, which is designed to help you bring earth and space science to your communities through fun and engaging hands-on activities.
New for December at EDSITEment
Angela Hanshaw | December 06, 2012
This month, EDSITEment looks back at Pearl Harbor, celebrates holiday traditions from Mexico, takes a peek into the life of Emily Dickinson, and examines the creation of the Bill of Rights. Plus, find out more about PBS’s upcoming The Abolitionists and discover websites on 1968, the Bible, and Hawaii.
Featured Library: Juliette Hampton Morgan Memorial Library
Brian Russell | December 04, 2012
The Juliette Hampton Morgan Memorial Library, the main branch of the Montgomery (AL) City-County Public Library, is this month’s featured library for their program Daughters and Dads Saturday—D.A.D.S. The program is the brainchild of library patron and dad Ron Simmons, who came up with the idea from bringing his own daughter to the library.
Creative Aging at Rouses Point Dodge Memorial Library
Donna J. Boumil | November 29, 2012
Throughout the workshop the student artists gained confidence, motivation, and great enthusiasm toward this art medium. There was a tremendous amount of conversation and encouragement from the student artists and teaching artist. The student artists could not wait to show me their progress and product at the end of each class.
Recycled Craft Day
Carrie Rogers-Whitehead | November 27, 2012
I love to put on a recycled craft activity, and I’ve offered one for Earth Day for the last four years. It’s amazing what things you can do with junk. It’s also a great way to encourage children to make their own crafts at home with things they find around the house.
New for November at EDSITEment
Angela Hanshaw | November 20, 2012
This month, EDSITEment provides a teacher’s companion to the PBS documentary The Dust Bowl, looks at the inner chapters in Steinbeck’s Grapes of Wrath, enhances your understanding of Vonnegut’s classic short story “Harrison Bergeron,” discusses the Electoral College, reviews Abraham Lincoln’s presidency, and offers a Spanish language lesson plan for beginners on colors.
Q&A with Gordon Paul, Traveling Exhibition Shipper
Jennifer Dominiak | November 15, 2012
Join us for another behind-the-scenes look at traveling exhibitions at the ALA Public Programs Office. Today, we find out how exhibitions get where they are going. Gordon Paul has been the owner of Craters & Freighters of Chicago, a specialty shipping company, for the past sixteen years.
Betsy Blankenship | November 13, 2012
I am always on the lookout for easy marketing/outreach activities that take little effort and staff time to pull together, especially since my library is small with few staff. In November 2011, as I was reading messages on an email discussion list one day, someone mentioned using an Expression Wall.
Young voters @ your library
Megan McFarlane | November 08, 2012
The library has long been referred to as the cornerstone of democracy, providing free and equal access to information for all people. Adults across the country know that their library is a go-to resource when it comes to being a well-informed participant in the electoral process.