Professional Reading:
The Family-Centered Library Handbook

My goal with this monthly series is to encourage discussion about topics from our professional literature. I don’t plan to review a title, but rather will respond to portions of the work that speak to me and encourage others to do the same. The book that I selected for January is The Family-Centered Library Handbook, which was reviewed (scroll to the second review) recently in Library Journal. (Thanks to Kathleen Deerr of Middle Country Public Library and one of the book’s authors for the link!) You may have received a brochure this past November about the upcoming fourth Family Place Librariesâ„¢ Symposium, The Power of Play: Its Impact on Early Literacy and Learning. It is a free event (for public librarians and administrators) taking place on Wed., March 26, 2008 from 8:30 to 11:30 AM at the Minneapolis Public Library. For more information and to register, visit Why bring…

Awards & Scholarships

Picturing America

Educators and librarians have until April 15, 2008, to apply online for Picturing America, an initiative of the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH), in cooperation with the American Library Association. Picturing America is part of the NEH’s We the People initiative. If your application is selected, you receive a set of 20 laminated posters (images on both sides) and a teacher resource guide. The application guidelines list the image/poster information and the award information, including “Schools and libraries are required to keep as many of the posters as possible on continual exhibit in classrooms or public locations in the school or public library during the September 2008 through May 2009 grant term.” Questions about Picturing America may be directed to: American Library Association Public Programs Office 50 East Huron Chicago, IL 60611 (312) 280-5045 (800) 545-2433, extension 5045 National Endowment for the Humanities 1100 Pennsylvania Avenue NW,…