The Beauregard Parish Public Library, located in southwestern Louisiana, has undergone dramatic physical and procedural changes during the last three years. We have relocated a branch, changed the interior of our main branch, and altered some of our major annual events. During this time, I have observed the way that public library staff members interact with and inform patrons about upcoming events and changes.
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The King County Library System (KCLS) serves 1.3 million residents in western Washington State over a 2,131-square-mile area that reaches from the Cascade Range to an island in Puget Sound. (The Seattle Public Library is a separate system, serving residents of the City of Seattle.) Communities in King County are diverse, dynamic places filled with busy people, burgeoning ideas, opportunities of all kinds, and, on occasion, civic and other issues that stir considerable interest and potential conflict.
This month, EDSITEment celebrates Constitution Day, Civic Awareness Month, and National Hispanic Heritage Month as well as explores resources for National History Day projects and shares some of the best humanities sites on the web.
National History Day Lesson: “Rights and Responsibilities”
This month, EDSITEment goes back to school with lesson plans on just about every subject, looks at the American Dream through A Raisin in the Sun, celebrates Women’s Rights, and shares two useful websites on race and the role of the sun.
This month, EDSITEment looks at Carl Sandburg’s poem “Chicago”; the National History Day program; the unsung heroines in the fight for women’ equality; the 2012 National Humanities Medal winners; and a valuable resource on the Grand Canyon.
As we all experience daily, public library systems are doing more with less. So what is a system to do when faced with the task of filling a community need with a skeleton staff and invisible budget? The Manatee County Public Library System in Bradenton, Florida, was faced with this very question after our 2011 long-range planning process. The service area of Manatee County is 743 square miles with a population of 327, 293.
This month, EDSITEment offers standards-ready text resources; examines General George Patton’s “Speech to the Third Army”; discovers Pearl Buck’s America; rounds up Fourth of July resources; looks at the Battle of Gettysburg; and discusses Walt Whitman and the Civil War.
Summer Reading for Teachers