Let the festivities begin!: To celebrate their annual Librarian’s Day, AudioGO is inviting librarians to visit their offices in North Kingston, RI, on Friday, September 28 from 9:45 am to 2 pm. U.S. Senator Jack Reed will be making a special appearance at 10 am. There will also be a Q & A session with James R. Benn author of Death’s Door (Soho Press, 2012), and Janet Taylor Lisle author of The Lost Flower Children (Scholastic, 2000), and a tour of the recording studio where participants can listen to narrators record and try their own hand at narrating. Visitors will receive goody bags full of audiobooks and a discount on audiobooks they purchase onsite. RSVP deadline is September 21 (even though the website has an earlier date). Everyone who fills out the form will be entered to win a selection of audiobooks worth $500.
Audiobooks: School Library Journal’s September 13 webcast, Audiobooks in the Classroom, sponsored by AudioGO and Listening Library, will be archived and available for on-demand viewing by September 21 at www.slj.com/webcasts. It featured SLJ’s “Listen In” columnists, Sharon Grover and Liz Hannegan, discussing informational audiobooks, literacy, and Common Core Standards, as well as AudioGO’s Michele Cobb and Jodie Cohen from Listening Library talking about their terrific audiobooks with thematic connections to the Common Core.
In the Money
Programming award: You can garner a $4,000 honorarium if you win the 2013 Sara Jaffarian School Library Program Award for Exemplary Humanities Programming. The American Library Association (ALA) Public Programs Office is now accepting nominations for the award from public or private school libraries that serve kindergarten through eighth grade. To be eligible, the library must have carried out a humanities program during the 2011-2012 school year that focused on subject areas such as social studies, poetry, drama, art, music, language arts, and foreign language/culture. According to ALA, “Programs should focus on broadening perspectives and helping students understand the wider world and their place in it. They should be initiated and coordinated by the school librarian and exemplify the role of the library program in advancing the overall educational goals of the school.” Make sure to read the guidelines before applying. Applications must be submitted by December 15.
On October 24, the ALA Public Programs Office is offering a free online session about the award and last year’s winner will present his winning model and give tips to prospective applicants. The annual award was named for Sara Jaffarian, a retired school librarian who advocated for school libraries throughout her career and whose donation to ALA’s Cultural Communities Fund established it in 2006.
Library aids: Local, regional, or state libraries; associations; organizations; or individuals can apply for the annual Carnegie-Whitney Grant of up to $5,000 for preparing popular or scholarly reading lists, webliographies, indexes, and other guides to library resources that will be useful to patrons in all types of libraries in the United States. The purpose of the grants, administered by the American Library Association, is to pay for the preparation of the product, including the cost of research. These projects must stimulate the use of library resources, appeal to and be useful to a broad audience, be completed within two years, and must be new or in process. Among the numerous previous winners are: “Seeing the World Through a Different Lens: Diversity in International Youth Films,” “Creating a Database of LGBTQ-related Literature for Children and Young Adults,” and “A Multimedia Guide to African American Books for Children and Young Adults.” Be sure to check out the proposal requirements and complete an application form. All proposals must be submitted by November 2.
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