celebrations

Register Now For Teen Tech Week

The time has come to Check In @ your library! Registration for Teen Tech Week, the Young Adult Library Services Association’s (YALSA) annual celebration of digital literacy and technology via the library, is now open at the Teen Tech Week website.

Happy New Year!

I can’t believe it’s time for my last blog post for 2012 already! It’s been a great year, and I owe a great deal of thanks to my wonderful co-workers here at the ALA Public Programs Office and to you, our readers. And, of course, to our contributors.

Recycled Craft Day

I love to put on a recycled craft activity, and I’ve offered one for Earth Day for the last four years. It’s amazing what things you can do with junk. It’s also a great way to encourage children to make their own crafts at home with things they find around the house.

Fifth International Games Day Is This Saturday

On Saturday, November 3, more than 20,000 people in communities across the U.S. and around the world will celebrate the American Library Association’s 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.

Get into the Spirit of the Season

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.

The New Bern-Craven County Public Library will host a program by the Haunted and Supernatural Enlightenment Research Society of Jacksonville, whose speakers will answer the questions, “Do ghosts and spirits exist? How do we find them?”

New for October at EDSITEment

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.

Creative Aging in Our Communities: The Public Library Project

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

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. It was the worst man-made ecological disaster in American history.

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