December 2012

Happy New Year!

I can’t believe it’s time for my last blog post for 2012 already! It’s been a great year, and I owe a great deal of thanks to my wonderful co-workers here at the ALA Public Programs Office and to you, our readers. And, of course, to our contributors.

Be Inspired by These Award-winning Librarians

The winners of the Carnegie Corporation of New York/New York Times I Love My Librarian Award have been announced. Librarians in public, school, university, and community college libraries were nominated by library patrons, who shared stories of how their librarians make a difference in their communities. I thought I’d share the stories of four winning librarians who stood out to me not only for their dedication to the profession, but also for the innovative programming they bring to their communities.

Free Space Science Professional Development Opportunities

The Lunar and Planetary Institute invites public library staff who facilitate programs for children and tweens in select states to join us for FREE NASA-supported professional development trainings through our Explore program, which is designed to help you bring earth and space science to your communities through fun and engaging hands-on activities. The two-day trainings feature hands-on activities developed for for children ages eight to thirteen and their families, and rely on inexpensive, fun materials.

New for December at EDSITEment

This month, EDSITEment looks back at Pearl Harbor, celebrates holiday traditions from Mexico, takes a peek into the life of Emily Dickinson, and examines the creation of the Bill of Rights. Plus, find out more about PBS’s upcoming The Abolitionists and discover websites on 1968, the King James Bible, and Hawaii.