Islam is the second-most widely practiced faith in the world, and international news items focus on events in Muslim-majority societies daily. Librarians face the unique challenge of reaching patrons with requested information and programming regarding this often unfamiliar culture, while managing reactions from others who may hold Islamophobic or anti-Muslim prejudices.
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This month, EDSITEment provides a Common Core examplar with In the Time of Butterflies; explores Galileo’s universe; discusses the how the New and Old Worlds collided in America; traces the growing crisis in the Union in Antebellum America; and takes a look at a Halloween classic.
College and Career Readiness Lesson
The Beauregard Parish Public Library, located in southwestern Louisiana, has undergone dramatic physical and procedural changes during the last three years. We have relocated a branch, changed the interior of our main branch, and altered some of our major annual events. During this time, I have observed the way that public library staff members interact with and inform patrons about upcoming events and changes.
The King County Library System (KCLS) serves 1.3 million residents in western Washington State over a 2,131-square-mile area that reaches from the Cascade Range to an island in Puget Sound. (The Seattle Public Library is a separate system, serving residents of the City of Seattle.) Communities in King County are diverse, dynamic places filled with busy people, burgeoning ideas, opportunities of all kinds, and, on occasion, civic and other issues that stir considerable interest and potential conflict.
This month, EDSITEment celebrates Constitution Day, Civic Awareness Month, and National Hispanic Heritage Month as well as explores resources for National History Day projects and shares some of the best humanities sites on the web.
National History Day Lesson: “Rights and Responsibilities”
This month, EDSITEment goes back to school with lesson plans on just about every subject, looks at the American Dream through A Raisin in the Sun, celebrates Women’s Rights, and shares two useful websites on race and the role of the sun.
This month, EDSITEment looks at Carl Sandburg’s poem “Chicago”; the National History Day program; the unsung heroines in the fight for women’ equality; the 2012 National Humanities Medal winners; and a valuable resource on the Grand Canyon.