Only Fifty-Nine Days Until Talk Like a Pirate Day

As Dave Barry once wrote, “Every now and then, some visionary individuals come along with a concept that is so original and so revolutionary that your immediate reaction is: ‘Those individuals should be on medication.’” Now, I have no knowledge regarding the mental or physical status of International Talk Like a Pirate Day’s founders, but I do know pirates* are a great way to inject some fun into your library programming.

New for June at EDSITEment

As you can see from our home page, EDSITEment has a number of cool offerings to engage teachers and students as school wraps up and summer weather beckons…

New for May at EDSITEment

This month, EDSITEment celebrates Asian-Pacific Heritage Month by highlighting the life of Manjiro Nakahama (also known as John Mung), the first immigrant of Japanese descent to the United States. Manjiro and his fellow crewmembers were stranded on an island after a storm cast them adrift. Five months later they were rescued by an American whaling ship, whose captain was so impressed by Manjiro’s intelligence that he adopted the castaway.

New for March at EDSITEment

This month, EDSITEment puts the spotlight on Women’s History Month, which provides an ideal opportunity for students to learn about and connect to the lives, struggles, and achievements of women who came before in order to better understand our world today.

National Culinary Arts Month

This month-long celebration held each July promotes awareness of professional cooks and chefs and their contributions to new culinary trends and dining excellence. It’s also a good time to offer food-related programming at your library.

Here are some cooking-related programs libraries have offered that you can adapt for your own National Culinary Arts Month events:

Featured Library: Richland County Public Library

Each year, more than 40,000 people from across the state attend free cultural events at the Richland County (S.C.) Public Library (RCPL), including an annual storytelling festival, plays, literary readings, book discussions, and concerts. In February, the library celebrated African American History Month with a wide variety of programming highlighting African-American history and culture.

For music lovers, the library offered:


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