Attend “Picturing America in Our Nation’s Libraries”

Update: The attendees have been chosen. See below for the list of libraries.

You are invited to apply to participate in a very special opportunity that will enhance and expand the Picturing America resources in your library.

On March 4, 2010, in collaboration with the American Library Association, THIRTEEN/WNET, the flagship public television station in New York City, will host “Picturing America in Our Nation’s Libraries,” a one-day conference for public and school librarians who have received the Picturing America collection. The conference, held at the Hilton Hotel New York, will premiere Picturing America on Screen, a series of short public television programs produced by THIRTEEN that feature the works of art in the Picturing America collection along with ideas for using them in innovative library programming. Participants will also learn new ways to engage with and understand the Picturing America collection using The Art of Perception, a nationally recognized training program that teaches a wide range of professionals to enhance observation and communication skills by learning to look at and analyze works of art. Katherine Paterson, two-time winner of the Newbery Medal and the National Book Award for Young People’s Literature and the newly designated Ambassador to Young People’s Literature, will be the keynote speaker at the conference.

In addition, librarians selected for “Picturing America in Our Nation’s Libraries” will also be invited to participate at no charge in THIRTEEN’s fifth annual Celebration of Teaching and Learning that follows Picturing America in Our Nation’s Libraries on March 5 and 6. This national K–12 professional development event brings more than 8,000 teachers, librarians, media experts, informal educators, and policy makers to Manhattan for a two-day conference devoted to best practices, education philosophy, and trends in media literacy. Plenary session speakers at this year’s Celebration include Education Secretary Arne Duncan; Her Majesty Queen Noor; Lisa Henson, President of the Jim Henson Company; Bobby McFerrin; and Oscar-nominated actress Queen Latifah. There will also be a town hall meeting hosted by Meet the Press moderator David Gregory.

The American Library Association, the Institute for Museum and Library Services, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and THIRTEEN are extremely pleased to offer travel stipends and accommodations in New York City to seventy librarians from across the country for this unique and important opportunity. Seventy librarians will be selected from submitted applications. Each participant will receive a $500 travel stipend, and up to four nights free accommodation at the Hilton New York, located just north of Times Square in midtown Manhattan.

Applications are accepted only online and are due by 5 p.m. EST on Friday, January 22, 2010 (no exceptions). Participants will be notified of selection no later than February 1, 2010. Only full-time public or school librarians are eligible to apply.

Baldwin County Public Schools
Loxley, Alabama
Anchorage Public Library
Anchorage, Alaska
St. Michael Indian School
St. Michaels, AZ
Pulaski Heights Elementary School
Little Rock, Arkansas
The Oaks School
Los Angeles, CA
Rancho de Rey Middle School
Chula Vista, California
Cherry Creek High School
Greenwood Village, CO
Windsor Severence Library District
Windsor, CO
Montessori Magnet School
Hartford, CT
Newark Charter School
Newark, DE
Broward County Main Library
Fort Lauderdale, FL
Egret Lake Elementary School
West Palm Beach, FL
Fairyland Elementary
Lookout Mt., GA
Macon County Middle School
Montezuma, GA
Kealakehe High School
Kailua-Kona, Hawaii
Hayden Library
Hayden, ID
Oak Park Public Library
Oak Park, IL
Vaughn Occupational High School
Chicago, IL
Brown County Public Library
Nashville, IN
Delphi Public Library
Delphi, IN
Neil Armstrong Elementary School
Eldridge, IA
Central Heights Elementary
Richmond, Kansas
Lexington Traditional Magnet Middle School
Lexington, KY
Ponchatoula High School
Ponchatoula, LA
Conners Emerson School
Bar Harbor, ME
Carroll County Public Library
Eldersburg, Maryland
Frederick County Public Libraries
Frederick, MD
Southwick Public Library
Southwick, MA
Shawsheen Valley Technical High School
Billerica, MA
Northampton High School
Northampton, MA
Stair Public Library
Morenci, MI
Northfield Public Library
Northfield, Minnesota
Nativity BVM Elementary School
Biloxi, MS
Wellston School District
St. Louis, Missouri
Browning Elementary Library
Browning, MT
Edgerton School Library
Kalispell, MT
Neligh Public Library
Neligh, NE
William O’Brien Middle School
Reno, NV
Rye Junior High School Library
Rye, NH
Samuel L. Berliner School
Newark, NJ
Fair Lawn High School
Fair Lawn, NJ
Dexter Schools
Dexter, NM
Livonia Central School
Livonia, NY
Horace Mann Elementary School
Binghamton, NY
Bell Top Elementary School Library
Troy, NY
Wilkes Central High School
Wilkesboro, NC
Cullowhee Valley School
Cullowhee, NC
Midway Public School
Inkster, ND
Columbus Metropolitan Library
Columbus, OH
Scioto Juv. Correctional Facility/WK Willis School
Delaware, OH
Rosa Parks Elementary
Tulsa, OK
Cottage Grove Public Library
Cottage Grove, Oregon
Upper St. Clair High School Library
Pittsburgh, PA
Pennridge North Middle School
Perkasie, PA
Cupeyville School
San Juan, Puerto Rico
Providence Academy of International Studies
Providence, RI
AHJ Regional Library
Allendale, SC
Estelline School
Estelline, SD
Merrol Hyde Magnet
Hendersonville, TN
Eisenhower Middle School
San Antonio, TX
Mexia High School
Mexia, Texas
Snow Canyon Middle School
St. George, UT
Camels Hump Middle School
Richmond, VT
Atlee High School
Mechanicsville, VA
Pope John Paul the Great Catholic High School
Dumfries, VA
Mirror Lake Elementary
Federal Way, WA
Frankfort Middle School Library
Ridgeley, WV
Sauk Prairie Middle School
Sauk City, WI
Fort Washakie School Community Library
Fort Washakie, WY
District of Columbia Public Library
Washington, DC