September 2012

Featured Library: Beaufort County Library

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.

Bring the Excitement of NASA’s Mars Explorations to Your Youth Programs

The Lunar and Planetary Institute is hosting a FREE NASA-supported training, Explore: Life on Mars?, which will be held in conjunction with the 2012 MPLA/NLA/NEMA Tri-Conference. This two-day training features hands-on activities and supporting resources about NASA’s investigations in the scientific field of astrobiology—the search for indications that Mars may be (or has been) able to support life. Plus, learn about NASA’s latest mission to Mars, the Mars Science Laboratory (MSL), and the ChemCam instrument onboard the Curiosity rover!

Creative Aging in Our Communities: The Public Library Project

The field of creative aging focuses on the beneficial and powerful role of the arts in enhancing the quality of life for older adults, and is increasingly recognized as an important contributor to positive aging efforts. As the population of aging Americans steadily increases, libraries are experiencing a growing need for valuable programming to address patron needs and interests.

Free Dust Bowl Resources from PBS

The Dust Bowl, a two-part, four-hour documentary series by Ken Burns, chronicles the environmental catastrophe that, throughout the 1930s, destroyed the farmlands of the Great Plains, turned prairies into deserts, and unleashed a pattern of massive, deadly dust storms that for many seemed to herald the end of the world. It was the worst man-made ecological disaster in American history.

New for September at EDSITEment

EDSITEment celebrates Constitution Day and the 150th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation this September. In addition, for National Hispanic Heritage Month, EDSITEment looks at noted Hispanic poets from the seventeenth and twentieth centuries as well as offers Spanish-language resources for the novel Esperanza Rising.

Help Connect Girls with Science

The SciGirls CONNECT Program is looking for organizations that are committed to gender-equitable STEM programming for girls ages 8–13 to join our growing list of partners. We encourage all applicants to collaborate with at least one additional organization in their community—examples of eligible organizations, include Girls Scouts, Girls Inc., Boys and Girls Clubs, 4-H, science centers, aquariums, after-school programs, etc.

Let the Day of Games Begin!

American Library Association’s International Games Day on November 3, 2012, is a great way to entice people into the library for a day of fun and learning. Many library collections not only house electronic resources and e-books, but have now begun collecting games. This event is a great way to showcase this collection along with any related collections.

Featured Library: Bartlett Public Library District

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.