November is National Novel Writing Month. Here are some ideas and resources to help you develop related programs in your library.
Dr. Kambiz GhaneaBassiri presents “Celebrating Muslim Journeys at Portland State University: A Collection of Resources about the Muslim World” at Portland State University Library.
“Ink runs from the corners of my mouth. There is no happiness like mine. I have been eating poetry.”—Mark Strand
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.
On April 16, 2013, the fiftieth anniversary of the day that Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. began writing his Letter from Birmingham Jail, the Birmingham (Ala.) Public Library will sponsor a program titled Letter from Birmingham Jail: A Worldwide Celebration.
Girls participate in a Astro4Girls event.
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.
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:
This year’s Holocaust Remembrance Week is April 7–14, 2013. The Day of Remembrance itself, known as Yom Hashoah, is April 8. The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum leads the nation in this annual observance by encouraging civic, military, religious, and educational institutions from across the country to hold remembrance events.
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.