traveling exhibitions

Q&A with Chris Vallillo, Musician and Folklorist

Editor’s note: Join us for another behind-the-scenes look at traveling exhibitions at the ALA Public Programs Office. Today, in honor of Abraham Lincoln’s birthday, we talk to musician and folklorist Chris Vallillo about “Abraham Lincoln in Song,” a historically accurate show that weaves period folk songs, Lincoln’s stories, and his own words together to shed light on the life and times of one of our nation’s favorite sons.

New for November at EDSITEment

This month, EDSITEment provides a teacher’s companion to the PBS documentary The Dust Bowl, looks at the inner chapters in Steinbeck’s Grapes of Wrath, enhances your understanding of Vonnegut’s classic short story “Harrison Bergeron,” discusses the Electoral College, reviews Abraham Lincoln’s presidency, and offers a Spanish language lesson plan for beginners on colors.

Free STEM Traveling Exhibition Available

It’s a good day for librarians looking for free traveling exhibitions! Earlier we shared a Civil War exhibition, and now we’re diving into science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). The Harvard University/Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics is looking for a few libraries that might be interested in hosting a lightweight, portable STEM multidisciplinary exhibit about universal physics concepts in 2013.

An Academic Librarian’s “Fine Romance” with Programming

An email message on the Virginia Library Association discussion list hit my inbox back in November 2010 with the subject line, “Traveling exhibitions celebrate life and work of great Jewish artists.” The announcement from the ALA Public Programs Office detailed how interested libraries could apply to host one of these ready-made exhibits focusing on the author Maurice Sendak, the poet Emma Lazarus, or the Jewish songwriters of the early twentieth century.

Libraries and the First Amendment

When five African American men entered the Audubon Regional Library in Clinton, Louisiana, they had already broken the law. The year was 1964, and their crime was entering a segregated, whites-only library. One man, Henry Brown, approached the circulation desk and requested a book, The Story of the Negro by Booker T. Washington. The librarian responded that the branch did not currently have the book, but that she would order it for him and would notify him when it arrived. She then asked the men to leave the facility.

Colonial Tea with John Adams

I believe the library is the hub of the community, reaching many different interests. There is no better way to achieve that than through its programs. I use creative programs that partner with organizations throughout our community to achieve this objective.

Help Develop a New Traveling Exhibition on Health

Health and nutrition are currently very hot topics—see Michelle Obama’s Let’s Move campaign and the United States Department of Agriculture’s new My Plate eating guidelines, just as two examples. The American Library Association’s Public Programs Office is collaborating with the National Center for Interactive Learning (NCIL) on a series of exhibits on those topics that will tour libraries.


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