It’s no shocking secret that libraries and librarians are information providers—it’s the foundation upon which libraries are built, and information sources (aka books) are generally the first thing most people think about when they hear the word “library.” However, depending on how often a patron uses a library, civic engagement might not be near the top of the list if he or she were to write down all of the things the local library does.
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This month, EDSITEment celebrates National Zoo and Aquarium Month; offers a resource guide to accompany the College Board’s recommended reading lists; introduces students to Shakespeare via a ghost story; looks at empire and identity in the American colonies; shares some great websites on saving outdoor sculpture, Louisiana culture and history, historical events in June 1968, and the Civil War; and reads Walt Whitman.
The Pioneer Library System’s Virtual Library has been conducting classes on downloadable audiobooks and ebooks since January 2010. Initially we were lucky to get one staff person’s child to show up for class—and now our “Getting to Know Your eReader” courses are standing room only. So how do we do it? This webinar looked briefly at how we started conducting these classes—staff, materials, and equipment involved—as well as the best practices for promoting, designing, and carrying out eReader classes for the masses in your community
In June 2010, Johnston (Iowa) Public Library was one of the libraries chosen to host the “Visions of the Universe” traveling exhibition sponsored by the ALA Public Programs Office. The grant application recommended that we incorporate STEM programs that best fit the needs of our community into our plan.
Editor’s Note: Project directors for Let’s Talk About It: Making Sense of the Civil War were approached by visually impaired patrons interested in joining the discussion program, and they contacted the American Library Association’s Public Programs Office seeking access to a recorded version of the anthology, America’s War.
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 offers three Launchpads designed to spark discussion about Nathaniel Hawthorne’s “The May-pole of Merry Mount,” Pablo Neruda’s “Oda al mar,” and Henry David Thoreau’s “Civil Disobedience.” EDSITEment also celebrates Asian/Pacific American Heritage Month by taking a look at the travels of Manjiro Nakanohama, our first Japanese “ambassador,” and shares stories from survivors who came of age during the Holocaust.
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