Kids Meet Science at Des Plaines PL

Blinded by science?

No way! The pictures tell the story. More than four hundred people attended the second annual Family Science Expo at Des Plaines (Ill.) Public Library on Saturday, October 16, from noon until 4 p.m. Exhibitors from all over the local engineering and science spectrum came together to demonstrate to kids and their parents just what it is they do. Demonstrations and hands-on projects captivated kids of all ages as presenters helped get kids excited about science.


Perhaps sparked by Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, zombies are once again all the rage. It takes brains to tap into the undead audience in your program planning. Do you have what it takes? These libraries do:

Featured Library: River Forest Public Library

The River Forest (Ill.) Public Library (RFPL) is celebrating Mark Twain this month with a variety of programs for all ages.

First- through fifth-graders were invited to “Tom Sawyer Days” on October 3, where they learned about Tom’s life and times, played some old-fashioned games, and made a yummy treat.

Get It Write @ your library

It’s always the write time to offer writing classes at your library. You’re sure to find people in your community who would like an introduction to writing or the chance to build upon their writing skills. Here are just a few program examples for all ages, from fiction to nonfiction to poetry.

New for August at EDSITEment

This month EDSITEment highlights the Statue of Liberty and Thomas Hart Benton’s The Sources of Country Music as well as resources for United States history, world history, literature and language arts, and arts and culture.

Monthly Feature: Lady Liberty

Featured Library: Rainbow City Public Library

The Rainbow City (Ala.) Public Library just wrapped up their summer reading program for kids. Featuring the theme “Make a Splash—Read!,” the program had 586 registered participants reading 9,500 books. In addition to awarding drawstring backsacks to children reading at least fifteen books, the library offered a number of programs to encourage children to visit, with a combined attendance of more than 3,200. Each program was held twice a day, once for children ages four to six, and once for children ages seven to twelve. Programs included:

Has Your Library Stepped Up to the Plate?

The Campaign for America’s Libraries is looking for stories showing how libraries are promoting the fifth season of Step Up to the Plate @ your library. From now until August 17, libraries are encouraged to submit stories, photos, and videos of Step Up to the Plate @ your library activities. They can send an e-mail to for possible posting to the Step Up to the Plate website.

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.


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