Cooking Up a Contest
Editor’s note: Tie this contest in with your cooking programs, or use it to inspire new programming. One commenter on the contest’s website mentioned that her library was hosting a recipe tasting to determine which recipe should be submitted—a great idea!
New for October at EDSITEment
This month, EDSITEment offers lesson plans for a variety of American history–related film resources, with topics including Prohibition, post-Columbus America, American art, and the War of 1812. The site also celebrates Halloween and el Día de Muertos and highlights two exhibitions you won’t want to miss.
Whoopi, Penguins Join Banned Books Read-Out
Actress and comedian Whoopi Goldberg and the authors of the most challenged book in the United States—the story of male penguins raising a baby penguin—have joined the virtual read-out of banned and challenged books that is taking place on YouTube as part of the 30th annual Banned Books Week.
See Picturing America on Screen
Picturing America on Screen, the new video online and on-air companion to The National Endowment for the Humanities’ Picturing America initiative was launched today. The initial Picturing America initiative gave public and private schools, libraries, and communities the opportunity to learn about our nation’s history through its artistic heritage.
Film Programming That’s Off the Wall
The first step in diversifying the audiences for your library’s cultural programs is deciding who (or is it whom?) you want to come. A “general” strategy is almost sure to fail—e.g., deciding to try to attract more young people, more Latinos, and more men with the same program is going to be tough.
Featured Library: Birmingham Public Library
This month we’re highlighting Birmingham (Ala.) Public Library’s upcoming Eat Drink Read Write Festival. Designed to “feed the mind, body, and soul,” the festival will bring “food, culinary arts, and literature to the table in a format that will help foster community.”
Sneak Preview of Not In Our Town Documentary at ALA Annual
The one-hour PBS documentary special Not In Our Town: Light in the Darkness profiles a town standing together to take action after anti-immigrant violence devastates their community and thrusts them into the international media spotlight. In conjunction with the September 21 broadcast of the film, all libraries are invited to use the film and accompanying resources for free public programs events in September and beyond. ALA Annual Conference attendees can enjoy a sneak preview.
Exploring Literature and Film
You love to read and watch movies. Why not combine your passion for both with a PBS Masterpiece Book & Film Club in your library? Gather like-minded patrons to talk about books, film adaptations, costumes, actors, and more.
A Science Café in a Library?
How do a Science Café and a university library fit together? Actually, they are a perfect match. One of the goals of the University of Southern Mississippi Libraries is to promote the library as the intellectual and cultural center of the campus. Having a Science Café series within the library helps us accomplish this initiative.
Featured Library: Lyon County Library System
This month, the Lyon County (Nev.) Library System is launching its “Adaptation Festival,” a program designed for adult and senior film lovers. The library system has chosen five novels or short stories that have been adapted for film.
MASTERPIECE Turns 40!
Many of us have spent countless Sunday evenings engrossed in a great plot, gorgeous costumes, evocative settings, and witty dialogue—in short, watching MASTERPIECE on PBS.
From May until November 1961, more than 400 black and white Americans risked their lives—and many endured savage beatings and imprisonment—for simply traveling together on buses and trains as they journeyed through the Deep South.
Use Louisa May Alcott TV Special for Library Programs
Most people recognize the name Louisa May Alcott, and many even know that she penned Little Women and other children’s books, but it’s what most people do not know that is the most interesting.
Featured Library: San Francisco Public Library
June is Gay and Lesbian Pride Month, and this year it is also the fortieth anniversary of San Francisco's Pride Celebration and Parade. To commemorate this historic event, San Francisco Public Library (SFPL) is hosting a number of programs and films under the theme "40 and Fabulous."
Discussing Anne Frank
Last month, Programming Librarian looked at the goldmine of resources PBS provides; here’s another nugget you can use. PBS launched its premiere of Masterpiece Theater’s The Diary of Anne Frank this week, and its accompanying website offers a number of valuable resources.
Copyright Tips for Programming Librarians: Public Performance Rights
Many librarians like to include film or DVD screenings in their library programs. Can you do this without first obtaining permission from the copyright holder?
Going for the Jugular: Programming and Vampires
Vampires are sweeping the pop culture landscape, but this trend is nothing new. According to faculty panelists at a recent Dominican University presentation, “Fangs A Lot: The Vampire in Myth, Movies, and Popular Culture,” the vampire myth has been around for ages and is prevalent in many cultures.
Free We Shall Remain Webinar
WGBH-Boston is hosting “Enhancing High School Instruction with We Shall Remain,” a free webinar for high school teachers and librarians, on December 17, 3–4 pm Central. The event will focus on the library event kit developed for the We Shall Remain PBS television series.
The Human Rights Video Project
Fifty libraries received grants through the “Human Rights Video Project” to present public programs on human rights topic in partnership with a non-profit community activist organization.
Includes a Web site, booklet, and DVD aimed at helping caregivers find the information and resources they need to help them and the people for whom they care.
Moyers on America: Citizens Class
Investigates issues affecting democracy—money in politics, the environment, and internet neutrality.
On Our Own Terms: Moyers on Dying in America
Goes from the bedsides of the dying to the front lines of a movement to improve end-of-life care.
FRONTLINE/World Social Entrepreneurship
Facilitates the screening and discussion of one the series’ short documentary films on innovative social entrepreneurs around the world.