November is National Novel Writing Month. Here are some ideas and resources to help you develop related programs in your library.

Muslim Journeys at Portland State University

Dr. Kambiz GhaneaBassiri presents “Celebrating Muslim Journeys at Portland State University: A Collection of Resources about the Muslim World” at Portland State University Library.

Celebrate National Poetry Month!

“Ink runs from the corners of my mouth. There is no happiness like mine. I have been eating poetry.”—Mark Strand

Muslim Journeys at Central New Mexico Community College

Editor’s Note: This week we’ll be highlighting Bridging Cultures Bookshelf: Muslim Journeys programs at two academic libraries. Awarded to more than 950 humanities councils and public, academic, and community college libraries, the Muslim Journeys Bookshelf is a collection of books, films, and other resources chosen with a view to familiarizing the American public with Islam and the cultural heritage of Islamic civilizations around the world.

Free PR Tools for Your Día Events

On April 30, families, children and communities will celebrate our nation’s rich cultural tapestry during El día de los niños/El día de los libros (Children’s Day/Book Day). Also known as Día, libraries across the country will host multicultural celebrations that include family programs, bilingual story hours, book giveaways, and other literacy events.

2013 Youth Media Award Winners Announced

This Is Not My Hat, illustrated and written by Jon Klassen, is the 2013 Caldecott Medal winner.

The American Library Association (ALA) announced the top books, video, and audiobooks for children and young adults—including the Caldecott, Coretta Scott King, Newbery, and Printz awards—at its Midwinter Meeting in Seattle.

A list of all the 2013 award winners follows:

Healthy Living @ your library

With New Year’s resolutions kicking into effect, it is no surprise that this week marks Healthy Weight Week (January 20–26). Healthy Weight Week is a celebration of healthy diet-free living habits focused on the prevention of eating and weight problems. Once learned, these habits can be cultivated throughout life. Libraries help their users every day by providing knowledge and access to accurate, up-to-date, and fun ways to live full and healthy lives. Here are just a few examples of what libraries across the country are doing during this Healthy Weight Week and throughout the year.


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