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Celebrate Teen Tech Week

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Teen Tech Week, the Young Adult Library Services Association’s annual celebration of the many tech resources available to teens at the library, takes place March 8-14. More than 1,700 libraries across the country are holding special events and offering resources on tech for teens, including gaming nights, workshops on podcasting or photography, online homework help sessions and more. For 20 participating libraries, Teen Tech Week 2009 will be particularly memorable, as they received the second round of Teen Tech Week Mini Grants.

Thanks to the generosity of the Verizon Foundation, a 2009 Teen Tech Week Promotional Partner, YALSA gave out 20 grants of $450 cash (along with $50 in promotional Teen Tech Week products) to plan and sponsor events that encouraged teens to take advantage of the technological resources at their library.

National Friends of Libraries Week

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If you love libraries and aren’t part of your local library’s Friends group, you may want to consider joining. Friends of Library groups can be found in nearly every community and on many campuses across the country.  These groups, made up of volunteers, raise money and increase public awareness about their library.  Money raised by these groups support such important library services as summer reading programs for children, author events, special collections, and new technologies. Some Friends work with their local libraries to get involved in politics, lobbying for advocacy efforts such as increasing the library’s budget, building new facilities, or even legislation that affects libraries.

Banned Books Week

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Each of the top 10 most challenged books were represented at the 2009 Banned Books Read Out, which kicked off Banned Books Week September 26 at Chicago's Bughouse Square (across the street from the Newberry Library.) This video features ALA President Camila Alire, authors Cecily von Ziegesar (Gossip Girl) and Lauren Myracle (ttyl), and a reading from Chicago Public Library's Teen Volume Reader's Theatre troupe.

ALA finds its “Second Life”

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Over the course of the past nine months, both staff and members of the American Library Association (ALA) have been establishing a presence on ALA InfoArts Island in the virtual world of Second Life. After much hard work a Banned Books Week exhibit that mirrors the 2007 pirate theme has been created. It's complete with a “pirates' cove,” pirate ship, seagulls, and the occasional rat scuttling across the docks!

Neil Gaiman announced as Honorary National Library Week Chair

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If you follow Neil Gaiman on Twitter you know it’s no secret how he feels about libraries and librarians. 

It is with that admiration in mind, that the American Library Association’s (ALA) Campaign for America’s Libraries is thrilled to announce the 2009 Newbery Medal winning author of “The Graveyard Book” as the Honorary Chair of National Library Week 2010.

Double the fun during ALA’s 2010 National Gaming Day

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The theme for this year’s National Gaming Day turned out to be “double” – double the fun, double the success!

On November 14, 2009, more than 1,365 libraries participated in ALA’s second annual National Gaming Day event, designed to promote the recreational and educational benefits of gaming in libraries. That’s more than double the number of libraries that participated last year (617)!

Successful Friends Groups

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Since my start at Indian Prairie in the role of Assistant Director, I have served as the liaison to the library’s Friends group. The Friends of the Indian Prairie Public Library has been in existence since the library formed in 1996.  They meet the second Tuesday of each month at 1:30 p.m. and hold an annual meeting held on the second Tuesday in January, where election of officers takes place.  To join their Friends they have a membership form (PDF) and dues which range from $5 for an individual to $100 for lifetime membership.

I have been regularly attending the monthly Friends meetings and assisting in their various fundraising projects since 2000.  I have also served as treasurer and acting secretary. This past May, the president of the Friends, who had served for 13 years, decided to step down from her leadership role and pursue other interests.  This left me to step up and serve as president.  It has been an interesting addition to my job duties.

Celebrate National Friends of Libraries Week!

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f you love libraries and aren’t part of your local library’s Friends group, you may want to consider joining. Friends of Library groups can be found in nearly every community and on many campuses across the country.  These groups, made up of volunteers, raise money and increase public awareness about their library.  Money raised by these groups support such important library services as summer reading programs for children, author events, special collections, and new technologies. Some Friends work with their local libraries to get involved in politics, lobbying for advocacy efforts such as increasing the library’s budget, building new facilities, or even legislation that affects libraries. 

Festival of Maps

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The Festival of Maps Chicago, with its theme of “Exploration, Discovery, and Mapping,” recently opened on November 2nd and continues into 2008. Festival events take place at over 30 locations throughout the city, highlighting “advances in modern cartography as they apply to our earth and the skies above.” Ongoing exhibits include “Rare African Maps, 1561-1915” at Northwestern University Library; “Mapping Manifest Destiny: Chicago and the American West” at the Newberry Library; “Mapping the Universe” at the Adler Planetarium; and “An Atlas of Radical Cartography” at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Upcoming seminars and lectures include “Mapping the World from Ancient Babylon to the Ottoman Empire,” an all day symposium at the Oriental Institute; and “Cosmic Cartography Journey through the Universe,” a lecture offered by the Art Institute. For more information and a detailed schedule of upcoming events visit the Festival of Maps Chicago website at http://www.festivalofmaps.org.

The following is a list of websites offering fun and games with maps; for more ideas, ask your librarian.

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