Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Library in San Jose, California.
This month, we’re highlighting Irving (Tex.) Central Library for the science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) programming it’s offering throughout the month of August. The programs are centered around a traveling exhibition on loan from NASA and the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics.
This month, we’re highligting the Ridgefield (Conn.) Library for its long-running STEM program. Launched in 2005, the Donofrio Technology Series, Inspiring Kids in Science, is “an ongoing series of programs, workshops and events that aim to inspire young people, especially girls and minority students, to pursue science and engineering through school, college and beyond.”
This month, EDSITEment celebrates African American history, looks back at Presidents George Washington and Abraham Lincoln, welcomes the Year of the Snake, visits Walden in winter, uncovers Shakespeare, and requests nominations for a new reading list.
Boy Scout Troop 4, sponsored by St. Louise de Marrilac Parish, under the direction of Scoutmaster Tom O'Brien, at the National Security Challenges in 2013 and Beyond panel discussion at Peters Township Public Library.
This month we’re highlighting Ames Free Library in North Easton, Massachusetts, for their upcoming programs for Baby Boomers. The library received a $7,500 grant from the state Board of Library Commissioners to help fund the programming, which will begin in February and continue through September.
The Pleasanton (Calif.) Public Library is this month’s featured library for their recently launched book club for parents, Challenge Success Parents, which addresses issues related to parenting. This is the first time the library has organized a group for this particular demographic, but the reception has been positive, as both participants and library organizers believe the group to be necessary, given the current demands put on students by schoolwork and extracurricular activities.
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.
Bartlett (Ill.) Public Library District’s intergenerational program, Pages Across the Ages, pairs senior citizens with children, ages six to twelve, as pen pals. The pilot program included twenty-two pairs of seniors and children, who began by simultaneously reading the same book each month. Originally the chosen titles were classic children’s books—such as Margery Williams’ The Velveteen Rabbit and Beverly Cleary’s Ramona the Pest—but now include contemporary works as well.
Children’s Library at the Temecula Public Library.