April 2013

Featured Library: Ridgefield Library

This month, we’re highligting the Ridgefield (Conn.) Library for its long-running STEM program. Launched in 2005, the Donofrio Technology Series, Inspiring Kids in Science, is “an ongoing series of programs, workshops and events that aim to inspire young people, especially girls and minority students, to pursue science and engineering through school, college and beyond.”

Academic Engagement: Hello from Amanda and Jamie

Over the past few years, the University of Michigan Library in Ann Arbor has developed a couple of different models for offering programs to the UM community. Along with these models, we also have a couple of defined spaces, a gallery and event space at our Graduate Library, and a new study lounge and event space at the Undergraduate Library. We work to coordinate a variety of programs for students, faculty, and our larger community.

Great Marketing Ideas from the 2013 John Cotton Dana Award Winners

Eight libraries were selected for the 2013 John Cotton Dana Award, honoring outstanding library public relations and marketing with a $10,000 award and plaque. This award has been given continuously since 1946 and is sponsored by EBSCO, the H.W.Wilson Foundation and the Library Leadership and Management Association (LLAMA), a division of the American Library Association (ALA). It is considered to be the most prestigious of all library awards in the field of public relations and marketing.

Creative Aging at Briarcliff Manor Public Library

Being a fairly new director of a small suburban public library, I was interested in applying for the Creative Aging grant as soon as I heard about it. I have been trying to find ways to increase attendance at our adult programs and make our library more visible to the community at large. We are surrounded by libraries in nearby communities that have larger buildings, collections, and budgets. They also have had a greater variety of adult programming opportunities.

Events at the 2013 ALA Annual Conference

I hope that many of you are planning to join us in Chicago for the 2013 ALA Annual Conference this summer. The ALA Public Programs Office is hosting several special events which may be of interest to you. Registration for either of these events is available as part of conference registration, or if you’ve already registered for the conference, you can add either of these events by logging in to the ALA Annual Conference registration page.

New for April at EDSITEment

This month, EDSITEment celebrates National Poetry Month by looking at Emily Dickinson, Robert Frost, and The Canterbury Tales; examines how LBJ managed the crisis with the Dominican Republic; explores Shakespeare; and remembers the Holocaust.

Creative Aging at Mid-Manhattan Library

Older adults participate in “The Art of Making Poems: Creation and Craft,” a ten-week Creative Aging program at Mid-Manhattan Library.


“The house was a glass bowl with wind blowing …”

Featured Library: Kitsap Regional Library

This month marks the one-year anniversary of the “Books on Tap” program at the Bainbridge Island branch of the Kitsap Regional Library in Washington. Held at 7:30 p.m. on the first Wednesday of each month, the program invites patrons ages twenty-one and older to a popular local pub and pizzeria, the Treehouse Café, for literary trivia and word games.