Prepare your library for family engagement with this new, free publication from PLA

Prepare your library for family engagement with this new, free publication from PLA
The Public Library Association (PLA) and Global Family Research Project (GFRP) have just released a new publication designed to help libraries develop outstanding family engagement initiatives. Ideabook: Libraries for Families grew out of PLA’s efforts to help libraries think more strategically about family engagement, and to learn from a variety of different approaches taken by ...

Applications being accepted for Let’s Talk About It series

Apply to host Let’s Talk About It (LTAI) series in your library this winter-spring! LTAI is a library discussion series that is sponsored by the North Carolina Humanities Council in collaboration with the North Carolina Center for the Book to bring scholars and community members together to explore how selected books, films, or poetry illuminate ...

Carolina Mountains Literary Festival

Carolina Mountains Literary Festival
The 11th annual Carolina Mountains Literary Festival will be held September 8-10, 2016 in Burnsville, NC.  The festival features free and ticketed events for all ages and writers.  The mission of the festival is to bring together authors, readers of all ages, novice writers, listeners and learners in small, intimate settings. We are a festival ...

Innovative Programming: Inspiring Young Authors Through Digital Storytelling with the Madison County Public Library 2

Innovative Programming: Inspiring Young Authors Through Digital Storytelling with the Madison County Public Library
Guest post by Melanie Morgan, Director of Madison County Public Libraries In the summer of 2015 the Madison County Public Libraries (MCPL) partnered with the Partnership for Appalachian Girls’ Education (PAGE) to begin an exciting outreach program to foster creativity through digital storytelling.  PAGE provides innovative learning opportunities for adolescent girls in Appalachia.  It is ...

Innovative Programming: The Asheboro Library TeenZone Pottery Slam 3

Innovative Programming: The Asheboro Library TeenZone Pottery Slam
Guest post from Dave Bare, Teen Librarian at Randolph County Library: The Pottery Slam as an idea began as a joke with a colleague and a pun on “Poetry Slam”. The outgoing Teen Librarian, in a gesture of handing over the crown, made a few suggestions and poetry slams were among them. I was boning ...

Teen Summer Learning Ideas

Teen Summer Learning Ideas
Its that time of year again! Summer programs are just around the corner but don’t worry if you’re still looking for programming ideas.  ALA just announced its top ten teen summer learning program winners from its Teen Programming HQ contest.  For each of the programs you’ll find: Program description Defined learning outcomes Required materials and ...

Supercharged Storytime Resource Library

Supercharged Storytime Resource Library
In 2015, North Carolina was one of five states selected to participate in the Supercharged Storytime project aimed at introducing library staff to research-based methods to engage children in storytime.  Over 100 NC youth services staff participated! Now the resources developed and used for this project are available to everyone through the Supercharged Storytime Library. ...

Call for Fall Let’s Talk About It Applications

Call for Fall Let's Talk About It Applications
Apply to host Let’s Talk About It (LTAI) series in your library this fall! LTAI is a library discussion program offered by the North Carolina Humanities Council in collaboration with the North Carolina Center for the Book to bring scholars and community members together to explore how selected books, films, or poetry illuminate various humanities ...

Programming Highlights: Read Local Book Fair at Fontana Regional Library

Programming Highlights: Read Local Book Fair at Fontana Regional Library
This post is part of a series highlighting the North Carolina Public Library Directors Association 2015 Programming Award recipients.  We hope to not only recognize these innovative programs and their achievements, but also to facilitate sharing of programming ideas across the state.  Do you have a program at your library that you’d like to share ...

Programming Highlights: Hickory Public Library and Community Theatre Partner to Bring National Artists of Crowns to Hickory, NC

Programming Highlights: Hickory Public Library and Community Theatre Partner to Bring National Artists of Crowns to Hickory, NC
This post is part of a series highlighting the North Carolina Public Library Directors Association 2015 Programming Award recipients.  We hope to not only recognize these innovative programs and their achievements, but also to facilitate sharing of programming ideas across the state.  Do you have a program at your library that you’d like to share ...