discussion programs

Join the Next Great Stories CLUB

The American Library Association (ALA) Public Programs Office and the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) announced the theme and book titles for the fourth round of Great Stories CLUB grants. YALSA’s Outreach to Young Adults with Special Needs Interest Group selected “Second Chances” as the Great Stories CLUB theme, along with the following titles: Hate List by Jennifer Brown (Little, Brown Books, 2009); Dope Sick by Walter Dean Myers (Amistad, 2009); and The Brothers Torres by Coert Voorhees (Hyperion, 2009).

Featured Library: Dexter District Library

Now that summer reading programs have wrapped up, I found myself wondering how libraries were welcoming fall. I discovered Dexter (Mich.) District Library’s September line-up, which offers an impressive variety of programs for kids, families, and adults.

Book discussions are, of course, a focus. The library offers book-related events for kids, teens, and adults:

Use Louisa May Alcott TV Special for Library Programs

Editor’s Note: In case you missed it, this week we’re featuring blog posts on ALA Annual Conference programs. This entry focuses on “New Grant Available: Use Louisa May Alcott TV Special for Library Programs,” where attendees learned about a new NEH grant to ALA for library programs using the documentary Louisa May Alcott: The Woman Behind Little Women, and discussed the "Soul of a People" documentary and library programs. Also featured: documentary websites and educational resources for libraries.

Love and Forgiveness in the Light of Death

Death often seems to have the effect of bringing to light the truest, deepest values. Great writers, including Tolstoy and Joyce are fascinated by the way humans grope to forgive life for the suffering it inevitably brings—a forgiveness that arises from love.

Your Heart’s Desire

In these works of modern fiction, love and desire cross paths in the math department, on the analyst’s couch, in an Israeli garage—and often with surprising results: an arranged marriage heats up, a ménage à trois turns cozy.


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