February 2013

Teaching Students How to Unplug

The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) awarded Kristen Pelfrey, a teacher at Foothill Technology High School, Ventura, California, the 2013 MAE Award for Best Literature Program for Teens. The award provides $500 to the recipient and $500 to the recipient’s library and is sponsored by the Margaret A. Edwards Trust.

Featured Library: Peru Public Library

Because 2013 marks the middle of the sesquicentennial of the American Civil War, programming on this topic is particularly relevant, so this month we’re highlighting Peru (Ill.) Public Library for its full day of programs about what medicine was like during this period. In partnership with the Canal Corridor Association and LaSalle Public Library, the library played host to the 17th Corps Field Hospital.

Summer Reading Program Website Launched

The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) is launching the 2013 Teen Summer Reading Programs website. As the hub for summer reading and summer learning, the website offers a place to go to exchange information and ideas to help them implement programs for and with teens. The website is funded by the Dollar General Literacy Foundation, which also provides grants for summer reading programs.

Free PR Tools for Your Día Events

On April 30, families, children and communities will celebrate our nation’s rich cultural tapestry during El día de los niños/El día de los libros (Children’s Day/Book Day). Also known as Día, libraries across the country will host multicultural celebrations that include family programs, bilingual story hours, book giveaways, and other literacy events.

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 February at EDSITEment

This month, EDSITEment celebrates African American history, looks back at Presidents George Washington and Abraham Lincoln, welcomes the Year of the Snake, visits Walden in winter, uncovers Shakespeare, and requests nominations for a new reading list.

Featured Library: Peters Township Public Library

Boy Scout Troop 4, sponsored by St. Louise de Marrilac Parish, under the direction of Scoutmaster Tom O'Brien, at the National Security Challenges in 2013 and Beyond panel discussion at Peters Township Public Library.