Fifth International Games Day Is This Saturday
Jennifer Peterson | October 30, 2012
On Saturday, November 3, more than 20,000 people in communities across the U.S. and around the world will celebrate the fifth annual International Games Day @ your library. The event aims to reconnect communities through their libraries around the educational, recreational, and social value of all types of games.
PEW Study on Young Adult Reading and Library Habits Released
Macey Morales | October 25, 2012
Younger Americans’ Reading and Library Habits, a comprehensive analysis of reading format trends among sixteen- to twenty-nine-year-old patrons in U.S. libraries, shows that libraries play a strong role in the resurgence in reading among young readers.
NaNoWriMo @ your library
Megan McFarlane | October 23, 2012
Many aspiring novelists are brainstorming and charging their laptops in preparation for visiting your library during National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo), a creative writing project whose goal is to get people of all ages to try to write a novel of 50,000 words by the end of November.
Muslim Journeys and Peacebuilding Grants Available
Jennifer Dominiak | October 18, 2012
The American Library Association Public Programs Office is announcing a new funding opportunity for prospective applicants for the Bridging Cultures Bookshelf: Muslim Journeys program. The United States Institute of Peace and the Institute of International Education have launched a new public education initiative, U.S. Institute of Peace Public Education for Peacebuilding Support.
Want Professional Recognition and $4,000 for Your School Library?
Colleen Barbus | October 16, 2012
Are you a K–8 school librarian who believes that library programming—with a goal of broadening student perspective—is a central tenet to an elementary or middle school library curriculum? Did you conduct such a humanities-based program in the 2011–2012 school year? You could be eligible to apply for the Sara Jaffarian School Library Program Award for Exemplary Humanities Programming!
Get into the Spirit of the Season
Angela Hanshaw | October 11, 2012
It’s that time of year again, when things get a little … spooky. Hunting for something a little different? Check out these supernatural programs designed to inform, fright, and delight.
Highland Park Celebrates 125 Years!
Beth Keller | October 09, 2012
When it’s football season in Chicago and the Bears are playing, that’s all that matters. And when it’s the season opener, it’s hardly an ideal time to schedule a library program. And yet, on a recent Sunday afternoon during the Bear’s first game of the season, Highland Park (Ill.) Public Library kicked off their 125th anniversary celebration and 300 people came out to celebrate.
New for October at EDSITEment
Angela Hanshaw | October 04, 2012
This month, EDSITEment explores authenticity in Steinbeck’s The Grapes of Wrath; looks at what motivated Columbus’s travels; remembers the Cuban Missile Crisis on its fiftieth anniversary; offers new resources for AP English Literature and Composition; discusses voting in Jacksonian American as depicted in George Caleb Bingham’s The County Election; and discovers the roots of Halloween and the Day of the Dead.
Be Recognized for Your Library’s Programming
Brian Russell | October 02, 2012
The American Library Association (ALA) Public Programs Office is now accepting nominations for the new ALA Excellence in Library Programming Award, which recognizes a library that demonstrates excellence in library programming.