In a Nutshell: A Collaborative Adventure in Library Programming
Mary Bear Shannon | August 07, 2012
It was January 2011, and I had only been working at the Haverford Township (Pa.) Free Library for three weeks. My director handed me an announcement of an opportunity titled “Traveling Exhibitions Exploring Jewish History and Culture.” She and I had just been discussing ways to expand our programming at the library, so I was game.
Use It, Love It, or Need It: Help Your Patrons Declutter
Kristi Bryant | August 02, 2012
One of the most popular New Year’s Resolutions is getting organized! In January 2011 we decided to help our patrons get the year off to a good start by bringing in a professional organizer to conduct a program about how to get and stay organized … we called it “Organizing 101.”
Featured Library: Temecula Public Library
Brian Russell | July 31, 2012
According to estimates by the Center for Disease Control, one in every eight children has autism. Further, autism diagnosis has increased 78 percent over the past decade. It is fitting, then, that this month’s featured library, Temecula (Calif.) Public Library (TPL), has developed new programming and created a resource center specifically for families with children on the autism spectrum.
Hoppy Hour at the Library: A Homebrew 101 Workshop
Erin Shea | July 26, 2012
This April, we turned our Conference Room into a brewery. The community of Darien, Connecticut, is full of “lifelong learners”: those with the strong desire to tinker, dabble, and dip their toes into all kinds of experiences. With this conviction in mind, I organized a Homebrew 101 workshop right here at Darien Library.
Art and Books: Partnering with a Museum for Great Discussions
Heather Backman | July 24, 2012
At Howe Library in Hanover, New Hampshire, we’re just a few minutes’ walk away from Dartmouth College. The possibilities for collaboration with Dartmouth departments and organizations are tremendous, and we try to take advantage of the opportunities available to us as much as is feasible.
NASA’s Rover Curiosity to Land On Mars in Early August: Invite Your Community to Get Involved at Your Library!
Stephanie Shipp | July 19, 2012
On August 5/6 the biggest, heaviest, most advanced robot ever sent to another planet will land on Mars! The Mars Rover, “Curiosity,” with its onboard Mars Science Laboratory, will spend two years on our near neighbor, helping us to determine if Mars has—or ever had—places suitable for life.
Pinning Your Way to Fabulous Programming
Alyson Youngpeter | July 17, 2012
If you’re a fan of arts and craft or recipe websites (or just spend ridiculous amounts of time wandering aimlessly around the internet, like myself), odds are that you’ve heard about Pinterest. If not, then you should definitely go explore. Be forewarned, though—you may look up hours later to find that the entire afternoon has inexplicably passed you by.
New for July at EDSITEment
Angela Hanshaw | July 12, 2012
Today, EDSITEment celebrates two July 12 birthdays: Henry David Thoreau and Pablo Neruda. EDSITEment also remembers William Faulkner, looks at the histories of London and the Olympics, celebrates New Mexico’s 100th anniversary as a state, offers a summertime reading list, goes to war, and reviews the events of July 1968.
2012 ALA Annual Conference Roundup
Angela Hanshaw | July 10, 2012
If a picture’s worth a thousand words, then a video must be worth a million. Check out these interviews that took place during the 2012 ALA Annual Conference.
Use These Award-winning Books in Your Programs
Mary Mackay | June 28, 2012
The American Library Association (ALA) is proud to announce the first recipients of the Andrew Carnegie Medals for Excellence in Fiction and Nonfiction, funded through a grant from Carnegie Corporation of New York. Anne Enright’s The Forgotten Waltz received the medal for fiction, and Robert K. Massie’s Catherine the Great: Portrait of a Woman received the nonfiction prize.
Muslim Journeys: Collection Development and Programming Grants
Rachel Lux | June 24, 2012
“FREE BOOKS! FREE BOOKS!” Based on the audible shrieks from up and down the corridor outside the Exhibit Hall as the doors were unlocked for at the opening of the Exhibits at ALA this past Friday, “free books” is a phrase that more than excites librarians.
Libraries at the Crossroads: Programming for Civic Engagement
Rachel Lux | June 23, 2012
It’s no shocking secret that libraries and librarians are information providers—it’s the foundation upon which libraries are built, and information sources (aka books) are generally the first thing most people think about when they hear the word “library.” However, depending on how often a patron uses a library, civic engagement might not be near the top of the list if he or she were to write down all of the things the local library does.