Freedom Riders

In May 2011, PBS will be premiering the film Freedom Riders. Featuring testimony from Riders themselves, state and federal government officials, and journalists who witnessed the Rides firsthand, the two-hour documentary is based on Raymond Arsenault’s book Freedom Riders: 1961 and the Struggle for Racial Justice. As the Freedom Riders website notes:

Money Smart Week @ your library

ALA is pleased to announce a partnership with the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago to make Money Smart Week @ your library a national initiative, April 2–9, 2011. Celebrating its tenth year in 2011, Money Smart Week’s mission is to promote personal financial literary.

New for December at EDSITEment

Emily Dickinson

This month, celebrate holiday traditions, go beyond C.S. Lewis’s famous wardrobe, relive Pearl Harbor, learn more about George Washington’s Christmas boat ride across the Delaware, celebrate Emily Dickinson’s birthday, and travel back in time to the City of Light in the first part of the last century.

New for November at EDSITEment

Scene from We Shall Remain episode 1, “After the Mayflower”

This month, EDSITEment celebrates the Mexican Revolution Centennial and Native American History Month. It also offers Civil War lesson plans in recognition of the 150th anniversary of the Civil War and, in time for Thanksgiving, a resource for Plymouth Colonial history and archeology.

Remembering Our Veterans

In honor of next week’s Veterans Day, I thought I’d highlight the Veterans History Project of the American Folklife Center. Created in 2000, the project “collects, preserves, and makes accessible the personal accounts of American war veterans so that future generations may hear directly from veterans and better understand the realities of war.” In addition to those who are veterans of World War I through the Afghanistan and Iraq conflicts, the project is interested in the stories of civilian U.S.

New for October at EDSITEment

Visit EDSITEment in October and discover the origins of Halloween, find out what happens when worlds collide, explore Philadelphia, apply for a school collaboration grant, and learn about an online writing gallery for your students.

Banned Books Week 2010

Happy Banned Books Week! This year marks our twenty-ninth year of celebrating the freedom to read, an issue that’s as vital and relevant to libraries today as ever. Banned Books Week is an opportunity to raise awareness about the role of libraries in fighting censorship and providing access to diverse materials—meeting the information needs of everyone in the community and allowing individuals to choose for themselves and their own families the material that’s best for them.

New for September at EDSITEment

This month EDSITEment celebrates the signing of the Constitution as well as Hispanic Heritage Month. It also takes a look at the many hats of Benjamin Franklin and announces the launch of Mission US, an exciting series of online educational video games that engage students in United States history.

The September Project

A recent comment on the Programming Librarian Facebook page caught my eye. Sandy Whipple wrote that she “would love to see more libraries, both public and academic, hosting programs and events as participants in The September Project.” Sandy, I can’t promise that this blog post will increase participation, but it definitely looks like a program worth sharing for those who are unfamiliar with it.

Learn a Foreign Language Month

Atoussa Rahimi, an Iranian-born immigrant, instruct the Farsi class at Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library


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