celebrations

New for September at EDSITEment

EDSITEment celebrates Constitution Day and the 150th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation this September. In addition, for National Hispanic Heritage Month, EDSITEment looks at noted Hispanic poets from the seventeenth and twentieth centuries as well as offers Spanish-language resources for the novel Esperanza Rising.

Let the Day of Games Begin!

American Library Association’s International Games Day on November 3, 2012, is a great way to entice people into the library for a day of fun and learning. Many library collections not only house electronic resources and e-books, but have now begun collecting games. This event is a great way to showcase this collection along with any related collections.

New for August at EDSITEment

This month, EDSITEment goes back to school; celebrates the Statue of Liberty; marks the 150th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation; discusses “Bartleby, the Scrivener” (even if you would prefer not to); and looks back at August 1968.

Back-to-School Fall 2012

We’ve culled our most popular lessons in history, literature, art, and culture and foreign languages to jump start your class:

New for July at EDSITEment

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.

New for June at EDSITEment

This month, EDSITEment celebrates National Zoo and Aquarium Month; offers a resource guide to accompany the College Board’s recommended reading lists; introduces students to Shakespeare via a ghost story; looks at empire and identity in the American colonies; shares some great websites on saving outdoor sculpture, Louisiana culture and history, historical events in June 1968, and the Civil War; and reads Walt Whitman.

Apply for the Civil War 150 Traveling Exhibition and Programming Grant

For those of you who can’t get enough of Civil War programming, or are still looking for ways to incorporate it into your library, the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History, in partnership with the Library of America, is now accepting applications from public, academic, and special libraries to host the free Civil War 150 traveling exhibition and receive a $1,000 grant to support public programming.

Registration Open for 2012–2013 WrestleMania Reading Challenge

Registration is open for the eighth annual WrestleMania Reading Challenge, sponsored by WWE and the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA), a division of the American Library Association. The challenge encourages teens and tweens to read during Teen Read Week and beyond. By doing so, they can win prizes donated by WWE and other organizations. According to Nielsen Media Research, WWE's programming reaches 15.8 million fans each week, of which 23 percent is younger than age eighteen.  

To participate:

New for May at EDSITEment

This month, EDSITEment offers three Launchpads designed to spark discussion about Nathaniel Hawthorne’s “The May-pole of Merry Mount,” Pablo Neruda’s “Oda al mar,” and Henry David Thoreau’s “Civil Disobedience.” EDSITEment also celebrates Asian/Pacific American Heritage Month by taking a look at the travels of Manjiro Nakanohama, our first Japanese “ambassador,” and shares stories from survivors who came of age during the Holocaust.

Librarians Promote Reading by Participating in World Book Night

Librarians are helping to spread the joy and love of reading by taking part in World Book Night (WBN) on April 23, which is also the UNESCO’s World Book Day, chosen to commemorate the anniversary of Cervantes’ death, as well as Shakespeare’s birth and death. Held in the United States as well as in the U.K. and Ireland, the initiative aims at promoting the value of reading, printed books, bookstores, and libraries to everyone year round.

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