The attack on the French satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo shocked the small town of Darien, Conn., and patrons and librarians alike could not stop talking about it. Wanting to respond to community interest, the library invited two First Amendment lawyers, a local journalist and Rebecca Miller, editor-in-chief of Library Journal, to an open community conversation. The bulk of the evening was guided by audience members, who were encouraged to ask difficult questions.
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Literary and cultural icons from the Chicago area read excerpts from their favorite works of literature to celebrate the library's 125th anniversary. The lineup included bestselling authors Elizabeth Berg and Jonathan Eig, Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist Mary Schmich, former "Today Show" correspondent Mike Leonard, the mayor of Highland Park, and other well-known journalists, essayists and artists.
The Harry Potter Yule Ball is a free annual event for teens hosted by the Salt Lake County Library at the library’s Viridian Event Center. In 2015 — the third year of the event — it featured a presentation by the Rocky Mountain Muggles costume troupe, dancing with a DJ, a Diagon Alley, and free crafts and activities. This event is held from 7 to 10 p.m. and is for teens ages 12 to 19 only. It is presented in partnership with The Harry Potter Alliance, the Rocky Mountain Muggles and FantasyCon.
"Remember When" StoryTime is an interactive storytime for older adults designed to get them engaged in sharing their own stories and memories. Each month is based on a different theme and includes stories, songs, pictures and props. Topics have included holidays, fashion, pets, school and family/home. I tend to coordinate themes with holidays -- for example, I might do a storytime about moms for Mothers Day. A few times a year we talk about travel, and we discuss a specific country. I even have little passports for them, and we stamp them.
The National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) announced a new grant program, called Common Heritage, on April 20, that will bring to light historical records and artifacts currently hidden in family attics and basements across the country and make them digitally available to the wider public and for posterity. Grants up to $12,000 will be awarded.
Asian-Pacific American Heritage Month was created in 1992 to pay tribute to the generations of Asians and Pacific Islanders who have enriched America’s history and are instrumental in its future success. The month of May was chosen to commemorate the immigration of the first Japanese to the United States on May 7, 1843, and to mark the anniversary of the completion of the transcontinental railroad on May 10, 1869. The majority of the workers who laid the tracks were Chinese immigrants.