November 2012

Recycled Craft Day

I love to put on a recycled craft activity, and I’ve offered one for Earth Day for the last four years. It’s amazing what things you can do with junk. It’s also a great way to encourage children to make their own crafts at home with things they find around the house.

New for November at EDSITEment

This month, EDSITEment provides a teacher’s companion to the PBS documentary The Dust Bowl, looks at the inner chapters in Steinbeck’s Grapes of Wrath, enhances your understanding of Vonnegut’s classic short story “Harrison Bergeron,” discusses the Electoral College, reviews Abraham Lincoln’s presidency, and offers a Spanish language lesson plan for beginners on colors.

Express Yourself!

I am always on the lookout for easy marketing/outreach activities that take little effort and staff time to pull together, especially since my library, The Ohio State University at Marion/Marion Technical College Library, is small with few staff. In November 2011, as I was reading messages on an email discussion list one day, someone mentioned using an Expression Wall as an outreach tool to students. I admit; it was new to me so I read up on it.

Young voters @ your library

The library has long been referred to as the cornerstone of democracy, providing free and equal access to information for all people. Adults across the country know that their library is a go-to resource when it comes to being a well-informed participant in the electoral process. Its resources range from hosting local debates and discussions to acting as polling places and helping patrons register to vote.

Featured Library: Pleasanton Public Library

The Pleasanton (Calif.) Public Library is this month’s featured library for their recently launched book club for parents, Challenge Success Parents, which addresses issues related to parenting. This is the first time the library has organized a group for this particular demographic, but the reception has been positive, as both participants and library organizers believe the group to be necessary, given the current demands put on students by schoolwork and extracurricular activities.

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