An effective way to really make día (El día de los niños/El día de los libros—Children’s Day/Book Day) a part of library programming throughout the year is to introduce multicultural literature and bilingual literacy into any and all programs and events at the library where it might apply. Presenter Jeanette Larson has more than 30 years of experience working with libraries. She currently works as a freelance writer and consultant and is an adjunct professor for Texas Woman’s University.
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Topics include deliberative conversations that public, academic, and school libraries are convening; how these discussions are repositioning libraries in their communities; and the logistics involved in planning a forum -- from choosing the issue topic to publicizing the event to following up with participants.
This month, EDSITEment celebrates poetry and jazz, compares giants of Hispanic literature, close reads for civic reflection, looks back at the events of this month in 1968, discusses fairy tales and today’s youth, and shares some exciting news.
National Poetry Month
The future of bookselling often seems cloudy in this rapidly changing digital world, but the future of reading is clear. As publishers struggle to determine the best way to produce and market books in this new digital era, non-profit organizations whose mission is to encourage reading must continue to find ways to connect writers and readers. As resources shrink, creativity and partnerships become even more vital.
Join Howard County (Md.) Library System (HCLS) CEO Valerie J. Gross as she details Choose Civility, an ongoing community-wide initiative that aims to enhance respect, empathy, consideration, and tolerance in Howard County. Nearly 100 Howard County businesses, government agencies, nonprofits, educational institutions actively and passionately support the Choose Civility initiative, with more than 65,000 community residents displaying the ubiquitous Choose Civility car magnets.
Topics will include deliberative conversations that public, academic, and school libraries are convening; how these discussions are repositioning libraries in their communities; and the logistics involved in planning a forum -- from choosing the issue topic to publicizing the event to following up with participants.
This March, EDSITEment focuses on Women’s History Month; offers a new lesson on the Magna Carta, a new unit on early American foreign policy, and a new launchpad on Benjamin Franklin; takes a look back at March 1968; highlights some of the best humanities on the web; and shares this month’s don’t-miss programs on PBS’s American Experience.
Learn the art of writing press releases and communicating with the media with author/consultant, Kathy Dempsey, the woman who literally wrote the book on this topic! Kathy’s book, The Accidental Library Marketer, is widely consulted by librarians that suddenly find themselves chief marketer for their organization. She’ll provide both good and bad examples of press releases and show how facts can easily be compiled to form a good press release.