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Summer Reading Kickoff – 2014


fbrOnce again this year I’ll be live blogging our Summer Reading Kickoff event in partnership with the Bismarck Veterans Memorial Library, the Morton Mandan Public Library, and the North Dakota Heritage Center. Keep checking back throughout the day for photo updates. I’ll be posting them whenever I can break away for a moment!

Some  wily balloons attempted to escape from ILL before getting tied down throughout the building and capitol grounds:
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Teen Read Week

Teen Read WeekTeen Read Week is an annual event held the third week in October and is national literacy initiative of YALSA, the Young Adult Library Services Association.  It encourages teens to read for fun, and “to take advantage of reading in all its forms —books and magazines, e-books, audiobooks and more — and become regular library users.”

Seek the UnknownThe theme this year is “Seek the Unknown @ Your Library.” It will be held October 13-19, but it is a flexible program you can implement in your library at any time, as it’s designed to “showcase to your community all the great resources, services and activities that you have for teens and their families.”

YALSA makes it really easy to participate and promote the program in your community. They have activity ideas, a planning checklist, lists of books and media, and publicity tools, including a press release and marketing tips. There’s also a wiki with more ideas.

What are you doing to celebrate Teen Read Week at your library? Share ideas for programming in the comments!

Literacy — A Fundamental Human Right


This UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization) statement about literacy sums it up:

“Literacy is a fundamental human right and the foundation for lifelong learning. It is fully essential to social and human development in its ability to transform lives. For individual, families, and societies alike, it is an instrument of empowerment to improve one’s health, ones’ income, and one’s relationship with the world.”

The millions of adults and children who are illiterate are victims of discrimination; their basic human rights are being violated.

Lifelong learning is a process and should be the basis of educational policies. Learning does not stop when we graduate; hopefully, it colors our everyday activities and is not limited by age or gender. Literacy not only has academic applications, it also informs our consumer decisions, our on-the-job choices, and our decision making in a democratic culture.

North Dakotans are fortunate that we have good schools, open to all, and a government that supports education. The ND State Library uses state revenues to provide educational opportunities and materials for all ages, online and onsite, in a variety of formats both concrete and virtual. Take advantage of these free resources and keep those brain cells active.

“During times of universal deceit, telling the truth becomes a revolutionary act.”  George Orwell, Author