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“One sister for sale! One sister for sale! One crying and spying young sister for sale!”
The words of Shel Silverstein’s poem rang through the library last September during our Community Banned Books Reading Marathon at the Alameda Free Library’s Main Branch. There were lots of smiles from people standing around and at least one loud “harrumph” from someone at the upstairs computers.
This series of webinars explain, step by step, how to use the “turning outward” approach created by The Harwood Institute for Public Innovation. The approach emphasizes taking steps to better understand communities; changing processes and thinking to make conversations more community-focused; becoming more proactive to community issues; and putting community aspirations first.
Editor's Note: Calling all readers attending ALA's 2014 Annual Conference. For more insights on planning and managing controversial programs at your library, check out the session "Managing Challenges, Maximizing Impact: Policies and Practices for Controversial Programming," offered by ALA's Public Programs Office.
Each night kids around the world may listen to bedtime stories as they are tucked in. Bedtime addition problems? Bedtime fractions? Not so much. The Bedtime Math Foundation is out to change that.
“We’re all about helping parents engage around math the same way they do around reading,” explains Diana Pecina, the foundation’s director of partnerships.
The American Library Association’s Washington Office recently launched “Libraries Matter,” a series of videos showcasing the ways libraries use federal funding to support early literacy, high-speed internet access, small business owners and new citizens.
Library supporters can use the videos to demonstrate the value of federal funding programs, such as the Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA), to legislators, decision makers and community leaders.