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.
June is Gay and Lesbian Pride Month, and this year it is also the fortieth anniversary of San Francisco’s Pride Celebration and Parade. To commemorate this historic event, San Francisco Public Library (SFPL) is hosting a number of programs and films under the theme “40 and Fabulous.”
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.
Choose Privacy Week poster
This week is the inaugural Choose Privacy Week—a celebration of our right to privacy and an opportunity to inform libraries, librarians, and the general public about the importance of this issue in our increasingly public world. Choose Privacy Week is made possible in part by a grant from the Open Society Institute.
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.
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:
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: