March 2011

Celebrate National Bookmobile Day

2011 National Bookmobile Day flyer

Audrey Niffenegger wants you to celebrate National Bookmobile Day on Wednesday, April 13, 2011.

Adventure, Danger, Lit, and Science

The newly renovated Barney Branch of the Farmington (Conn.) Libraries is hosting the Director’s College, a series of programs designed to satisfy the intellectual curiosity of adult patrons. The library partnered with Dr. Humphrey Tonkin, President Emeritus, University of Hartford, and current Director of the President’s College Programs, to develop the series, which will include professorial lectures with audience participation, performing arts with give-and-take, travelogues, and music.

Forever Free in Ohio

period clothing from the Ohio State University Historic Textiles and Costumes on loan for the State Library of Ohio’s Forever Free exhibition

Exploring Literature and Film

Hercule Poirot

You love to read and watch movies. Why not combine your passion for both with a PBS Masterpiece Book & Film Club in your library? Gather like-minded patrons to talk about books, film adaptations, costumes, actors, and more.

Anniversaries in 2011

At our very productive Midwinter meetings, the ALA Public Programs Office’s Public and Cultural Programs Advisory Committee discussed putting together a list of anniversaries in 2011 that librarians could use to plan programming around. I offered to work on this, and the result is this calendar of important dates that could lend themselves to author programs, film programs, panel discussions, and much more.

Join Us at ACRL

ACRL’s award-winning national conference is coming up quickly. If you’re heading to Philadelphia, be sure to stop by and say hi to us in booth #548. Programming Librarian will be demonstrating some of our newest website features and offering information on some upcoming program grant opportunities from ALA.

Of course, we’ll also be taking some time to attend some of ACRL’s excellent programming. Here are a few paper presentations and programs we’re looking forward to:

New for March at EDSITEment

March capers in like a lamb this year, along with a number of resources from the EDSITEment program at National Endowment for the Humanities. Visit EDSITEment for insights into a number of important historical moments and figures that will be featured this month. Join in our national celebration of women’s contributions to American and world history, honor Poet laureate Robert Frost on his March birthday, and turn to Lincoln’s First Inaugural Address for guidance through our own turbulent times.

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