Libraries and students are eligible for a new contest! HISTORY, joined by the Institute of Museum and Library Services and the President’s Committee on the Arts and Humanities, invites libraries and students across the United States to flex their creative muscles and share their passion for American history by participating in HISTORY’s “America: The Story of Us” contests.
Inspired by the ideas of a Harvard University historian, more than 200 teens at twenty-one California libraries explored place and history using digital cameras and notebooks in a recently completed statewide program—”How I See It—My Place” sponsored by the California Council for the Humanities (CCH).
Recently, Nancy Opalko, a children’s librarian at a public library who has paired with a local alternative school for the Great Stories CLUB, asked the program’s electronic discussion list two good questions: “How can I promote more interest in the book and get a discussion going?” and “How do the rest of you handle disruptive behavior?” Her questions immediately got a number of responses, many of which can be adapted and expanded beyond the Great Stories CLUB to work in your library.
Editor’s Note: This blog post was originally published on the YALSA blog. Thanks to YALSA and Angie Manfredi for letting us share this with you!
There’s still time for you to apply for a Great Stories CLUB Grant! The Great Stories CLUB is a unique opportunity for you to reach out to underserved teens in your community and connect them with stories that can matter in their lives and open up their eyes to new horizons.