Bring the Excitement of NASA’s Mars Explorations to Your Youth Programs
Keliann LaConte | September 25, 2012
The Lunar and Planetary Institute is hosting a FREE NASA-supported training, Explore: Life on Mars?, which will be held in conjunction with the 2012 MPLA/NLA/NEMA Tri-Conference. This two-day training features hands-on activities and supporting resources about NASA’s investigations in the scientific field of astrobiology
Creative Aging in Our Communities: The Public Library Project
Mary Davis Fournier | September 20, 2012
The field of creative aging focuses on the beneficial and powerful role of the arts in enhancing the quality of life for older adults, and is increasingly recognized as an important contributor to positive aging efforts. As the population of aging Americans steadily increases, libraries are experiencing a growing need for valuable programming to address patron needs and interests.
Free Dust Bowl Resources from PBS
Angela Hanshaw | September 18, 2012
The Dust Bowl, a two-part, four-hour documentary series by Ken Burns, chronicles the environmental catastrophe that, throughout the 1930s, destroyed the farmlands of the Great Plains, turned prairies into deserts, and unleashed a pattern of massive, deadly dust storms that for many seemed to herald the end of the world.
New for September at EDSITEment
Angela Hanshaw | September 13, 2012
EDSITEment celebrates Constitution Day and the 150th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation this September. In addition, for National Hispanic Heritage Month, EDSITEment looks at noted Hispanic poets from the seventeenth and twentieth centuries as well as offers Spanish-language resources for the novel Esperanza Rising.
Help Connect Girls with Science
Adine Thoreen | September 11, 2012
The SciGirls CONNECT Program is looking for organizations that are committed to gender-equitable STEM programming for girls ages 8–13 to join our growing list of partners. We encourage all applicants to collaborate with at least one additional organization in their community.
Let the Day of Games Begin!
Kristin Boyett | September 06, 2012
American Library Association’s International Games Day on November 3, 2012, is a great way to entice people into the library for a day of fun and learning. Many library collections not only house electronic resources and e-books, but have now begun collecting games. This event is a great way to showcase this collection along with any related collections.
Featured Library: Bartlett Public Library District
Brian Russell | September 04, 2012
Bartlett (Ill.) Public Library District’s intergenerational program, Pages Across the Ages, pairs senior citizens with children, ages six to twelve, as pen pals. The pilot program included twenty-two pairs of seniors and children, who began by simultaneously reading the same book each month.
Voting Now Open for YALSA’s Teens’ Top Ten
Nichole Gilbert | August 23, 2012
Get teens more involved in your library (and your library’s programming) by encouraging them to vote in the Teens’ Top Ten. The contest encourages all teens (aged 12–18) to vote for their favorite books from the last year in an annual poll.
New Funding Opportunity, Film Title, Webinars, and Deadline for Muslim Journeys Bookshelf
Angela Thullen Baker | August 21, 2012
The National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH), in collaboration with the American Library Association (ALA) Public Programs Office, announced updates to the application process and grants available through the Bridging Cultures Bookshelf: Muslim Journeys program. Available to public, academic, and community college libraries, the program aims to familiarize public audiences in the United States with the people, places, history, faith, and cultures of Muslims in the United States and around the world.
“It Came From a Book!” TRW Art Contest
Erinn Batykefer | August 16, 2012
The Library as Incubator Project, in partnership with TLT: Teen Librarian’s Toolbox, The Real Fauxtographer, and EgmontUSA, is hosting an epic Teen Read Week art contest “It Came From a Book!” The contest runs through September 30.
New for August at EDSITEment
Angela Hanshaw | August 14, 2012
This month, EDSITEment goes back to school; celebrates the Statue of Liberty; marks the 150th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation; discusses “Bartleby, the Scrivener” (even if you would prefer not to); and looks back at August 1968.
Santa Cruz Public Libraries Have Nothing at All to Do with Silence
Janis O’Driscoll | August 09, 2012
When TED Prize winner JR announced his wish to turn the world “Inside Out,” inviting people around the globe to share a photo portrait along with a statement about what they stand for, Santa Cruz (Calif.) Public Libraries stood up to participate.