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Making Sense of the American Civil War

From the moment Americans founds themselves pulled into a civil war of unimaginable scale and consequence, they tried desperately to make sense of what was happening to them. From the secession crisis into the maelstrom of battle, from the nightmare of slavery into the twilight of emancipation, Americans of all backgrounds confronted the chaos with stories to explain how things had come to be. People continued to tell themselves those stories about the war and its meaning for the next century and a half, and they probably always will.

Featured Library: Beaufort County Library

A popular program presented by libraries each year is “One City, One Book,” which promotes literacy by encouraging a community to read—and discuss—the same book at the same time. Using a similar format, the Beaufort County (S.C.) Library is presenting “One County Reads One Country” this fall. The goal of the project is to generate thoughtful dialogue about Afghanistan and its history and culture, in order to promote a greater understanding of this country and its people.

2012 ALA Annual Conference Roundup

If a picture’s worth a thousand words, then a video must be worth a million. Check out these interviews that took place during the 2012 ALA Annual Conference.

Fresh off of reading at the Live! @ Your Library stage, poet Javier Huerta spoke with the ALA Public Programs Office’s Mary Davis Fournier about how libraries influenced him as a child, during his time on a U.S. Navy aircraft carrier, and as a student at the University of Houston.

Use These Award-winning Books in Your Programs

The American Library Association (ALA) is proud to announce the first recipients of the Andrew Carnegie Medals for Excellence in Fiction and Nonfiction, funded through a grant from Carnegie Corporation of New York. Anne Enright’s The Forgotten Waltz received the medal for fiction, and Robert K. Massie’s Catherine the Great: Portrait of a Woman received the nonfiction prize. The medals recognize the best fiction and nonfiction books for adult readers published the previous year in the United States.

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