Members of the United Federation of Teachers, parents, and students joined hundreds of other union members, activists and community leaders for a rally in Foley Square in Manhattan on December 5. The advocates were calling for smaller class sizes, sufficient materials, and an emphasis on teaching instead of test-prep and standardized testing.
Teen Read Week, YALSA’s annual national adolescent literacy initiative, was held this year from October 13-19. Librarians who serve teens organized events, displays, and programs to encourage them to be lifelong readers and library users. This year’s theme, “Seek the Unknown @ your library,” is illustrated in this terrarium based on Maggie Stiefvater’s The Raven Boys, created by Molly Wetta of Lawrence Public Library, Kansas.
Beloit (WI) Public Library is celebrating September’s Library Card Sign-Up Month with a campaign that showcases staff members and patrons. Head of Adult Services Tina Kakuske helmed the project, which features eight downloadable posters and bookmarks that highlight the community’s needs and interests.
U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan hosted the first Let’s Read! Let’s Move! event of 2013 on Wednesday, July 10, at the U.S. Department of Education headquarters in Washington, D.C. Along with Rep. John Kline of Minnesota; Sam Kass, executive director of Let’s Move!; and Michelle Kwan, member of the President’s Council on Fitness, Sports & Nutrition and Olympic figure skater, the celebrity guests read to a group of students. Kwan then led the children in a session of fun, physical activities.