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The Supreme Court's Brown versus Board of Education decision turned 50 in 2004. Over the next several years, many of the perennially popular research topics of the Civil Rights Movement will celebrate equally momentous anniversaries. Media attention and scholarly interest increase with each significant anniversary.Fortunately for librarians and researchers, the events, people, and places of the Civil Rights Movement are well represented online. Web sites include an excellent array of primary source materials, including papers, laws, photographs, oral histories, and speeches. These digitized collections will interest researchers of any age group or scholastic level. The digital files offer a great opportunity to listen to Martin Luther King's most galvanizing speeches in his own voice, to read Malcolm X's letters to his mother, and to look at photographs of the freedom riders. In addition to primary source documents, many federal sites provide in-depth data, history and government documents from the Civil Rights Movement. The museums dedicated to civil rights provide outstanding study guides, biographical information, and photographs online. READ MORE
 >Download Sunshine Week poster (.pdf format).What Is Sunshine Week? READ MORE
Teen Tech Week is a celebration of the technology you love to use @ your library®, including playing video games, chatting on the Web, listening to mp3s and more.During Teen Tech Week, libraries across the nation encourage teens to explore technology and learn something new. Visit your school or public library to find out how you can celebrate Teen Tech Week or get started right away with a list of 25 celebration ideas. Tune in @ Your Library is the 2008 Teen Tech Week theme and the celebration takes place March 2-8. READ MORE
Every year, the editors of Booklist magazine prepare a set of Editors' Choice lists. These lists contain dozens of great reads representative of the year's most outstanding books. Books included on these lists balance popular appeal with intellectual, literary, and aesthetic excellence. READ MORE
If you’re listening to the presidential debates, you know immigration continues to be a hot issue in America. Foreign-born residents now constitute nearly 13% of the American population, a rate not seen since 1910. A new report from the Urban Libraries Council (ULC) entitled “Welcome, Stranger: Public Libraries Build the Global Village” reports on trends for the spread of immigration into new cities, and the role public libraries play in welcoming and settling new residents READ MORE
American Libraries Editor Leonard Kniffel visited the White House March 19 for an exclusive interview with First Lady Laura Bush. Mrs. Bush, a teacher and librarian and the first librarian to serve as First Lady, covers a host of topics, including the role she will play in the George W. Bush Presidential Library to be built at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, how her work as a librarian influenced has influenced her own initiatives, and why young people should consider librarianship as a career. From American Libraries Focus. READ MORE
Award-winning author Carmen Agra Deedy and Oscar-nominated actor Abigail Breslin have been named national spokespeople for the 2008 School Library Media Month, celebrated in April. School Library Media Month is sponsored by the American Association of School Librarians (AASL), a division of the American Library Association (ALA), and celebrated by school library media centers around the country READ MORE
If Barker residents are fond of their pennies, they had best lock them away and guard them carefully.Otherwise, a Pratt Elementary School pupil could very well snatch them up and deliver them to Barker Free Library, which is a bit squeezed for cash these days. READ MORE
The boys of summer are stepping up to the plate, so why not join them? The American Library Association and the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum are getting into the swing of things by launching the fourth season of Step Up to the Plate @ your library. It could be your chance to win a trip to the National Baseball Hall of Fame! READ MORE
One might hear this week how we celebrate libraries because they house national treasures—e.g., knowledge, history, creativity, and equal accessibility.But I celebrate libraries for very personal reasons. I grew up in northwestern New Jersey, surrounded by the patchwork earth of farmland that grew sweet corn and isolation. Boredom was my county’s most plentiful crop. During the internet-less, video-game-less, and seemingly endless summers of my childhood, I could ride my bike to the Washington Borough Public Library and within one minute be transported to the world of Dr. Doolittle; The Hardy Boys; and Babe Ruth, All-American Hero. Each book was a planet with a spine. The librarian was an organizing star, keeping all those spheres in their places for future explorers to discover. The library itself was a universe—a macrocosm between paint-chipped walls, below a roof paid for by bake sales, sandwiched between a tattoo parlor and halfway house. It was the most fecund place I knew—a greenhouse for my imagination, where fluorescence had to do with my mind’s branches spreading. O the joyful fire in the astronaut’s skull when divagation led to apprehension READ MORE

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