This month, EDSITEment offers lesson plans for a variety of American history–related film resources, with topics including Prohibition, post-Columbus America, American art, and the War of 1812. The site also celebrates Halloween and el Día de Muertos and highlights two exhibitions you won’t want to miss.
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Actress and comedian Whoopi Goldberg and the authors of the most challenged book in the United States—the story of male penguins raising a baby penguin—have joined the virtual read-out of banned and challenged books that is taking place on YouTube as part of the 30th annual Banned Books Week. People from all over the country are raising awareness of book censorship by posting videos of themselves reading from their favorite banned books.
Anyone following Roger Ebert on Twitter can attest to his consumption of books, blogs, and newspaper articles. But apparently he also reads every email that lands in his Movie Answer Man inbox—which is how the Kansas City (Mo.) Public Library (KCPL) initiated a film series collaboration with the Pulitzer Prize–winning film critic that has attracted cineastes for two summers. (Side note: Ebert generally frowns upon non-Answer Man-intended emails.)
The Lunar and Planetary Institute (LPI) is pleased to invite public and school libraries to apply for a free Moon viewing kit! To qualify for a kit, applicants must commit to hosting an International Observe the Moon Night (InOMN) event on Saturday, October 8, 2011. In addition, each successful applicant must commit to fulfilling reporting requirements.
This fall, the Chicago Public Library (CPL) celebrates the tenth anniversary of one of its most popular programs, One Book, One Chicago. I have been with CPL working on this program for just over four years, and have learned more than I could ever share in one article. It’s a rich, rewarding program, as much for me working on it as for readers who participate.