New for May at EDSITEment

This month EDSITEment is chock full of new lessons and resources marking significant events and celebrations within the May calendar, including Asian/Pacific American Heritage Month, Jewish American Heritage Month, the Mexican Revolution, and the fiftieth anniversary of the Freedom Riders.

New for April at EDSITEment

This spring, EDSITEment has assembled a garland of new multimedia resources to enhance our poetry lessons for readers and students to hear the poetry and experience the power of some of America’s most celebrated original voices in the hope they will emulate them by writing their own American originals.

Poetry As a Community Builder

Editor's Note: In case you missed it, this week we're featuring blog posts on ALA Annual Conference programs. This entry focuses "Poetry As a Community Builder: Expanding Community Outreach Through Poetry," designed to help attendees make poetry accessible to your community; the program discussed new ideas and best practices in poetry programs and outreach.

Poetic Opportunities @ 2010 ALA Annual Conference

Attendees at the 2010 American Library Association (ALA) Annual Conference, to be held June 24–29 in Washington, D.C., who are looking to include poetry in their upcoming library programs have the chance to discover several relevant events. These events range from opportunities to meet the poets, to live readings, to a discussion of poetry and library programming related topics:

Kentucky Kids Get Ekphrastic

You may not know what the word “ekphrastic” means, but a host of kids from west Kentucky in grades three through nine could tell you.

Great Programs with Poets and Poetry @ Your Library

What a great way to spend a Sunday morning—discussing the possibilities of poetry for libraries! This morning at Annual, we joined representatives from the ALA Public Programs Office, the Academy of American Poets, the Greensboro Public Library, and award-winning poet Jane Hirshfield for a discussion of best practices in poetry programming for public audiences.

ALA Annual Conference Spotlight on Poetry

As I look back on National Poetry Month each year, I resolve to retain some of the unexpected, joy-filled, and reflective moments I’ve encountered by stumbling upon so many poems in public, print, and cyber spaces throughout the month of April. It has been particularly useful for me as the ALA Public Programs Office prepares for the upcoming ALA Annual Conference and our planned spotlight on poetry.


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