Get Ready for Choose Privacy Week

With Choose Privacy Week (May 1–7) right around the corner, the American Library Association (ALA) is offering online resources for libraries who are interested in holding Choose Privacy programs of their own. Sponsored by the ALA’s Office for Intellectual Freedom (OIF), Choose Privacy Week is an annual initiative inviting library users of all ages and backgrounds into a national conversation about privacy rights in a digital age.

Librarians As Engineers: Robotics at Your Library

National Robotics Week (NRW) celebrates robotics technology development each April (this year it’s April 7–15). The NRW website advocates funding robotics programs while addressing its increasing use in healthcare, medicine, manufacturing, and other sectors. The site encourages educating the public about how robotics impacts society. It also encourages inspiring students to pursue careers in robotics and science, technology, engineering, and math-related fields (STEM).

Publicize Your El día de los niños/El día de los libros Events

As libraries throughout the country continue to expand their collections for diverse communities, thousands will celebrate El día de los niños/El día de los libros (Children’s Day/Book Day), also known as Día, on April 30, 2012. Libraries from coast-to-coast will host celebrations with family programs, including bilingual story hours, book giveaways and other literacy events.

Not Your Typical Valentine’s Day Celebration

I’m not a hearts-and-flowers kind of girl (although I wouldn’t turn down some good dark chocolate), so I thought I’d see what alternative Valentine’s Day programming libraries are offering. What did I find? Libraries tackling serious and not-so-serious topics, including racism, death, zombies, and horror.

New for February at EDSITEment

This February, EDSITEment offers a collection of Black History Month resources, takes a look at the history-changing events of February 1968, goes on a Flight to Freedom, builds a fire with Jack London, introduces the members of Thoreau’s Circle, and celebrates Presidents’ Day.

Featured Library: Red Bank Public Library

February is African American History Month, and our featured library, Red Bank (N.J.) Public Library (RBPL), is celebrating it with some exciting events, including a look at a Pulitzer Prize–winning African American playwright and an exhibition focusing on the artistic culture of African Americans.

Winning Ideas for Financial Programming

The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority Investor Education Foundation and the American Library Association recently announced that grants had been awarded to sixteen libraries as part of the Smart investing@your library initiative. The grants can be used to “to implement a variety of programs designed to increase patrons’ access to and understanding of financial information. … Participating libraries will use a variety of technologies and outreach strategies to connect library users to the best financial education and information available.


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