Events

Full STEAM ahead: Creating Tomorrowland today

Rocket image. Photo by Matt Biddulph via Flickr

STEAM programming (which includes science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics) is fast becoming a core service in libraries across the country. From intermixing STEAM activities into family story hour to teen maker spaces and coding camps, public and school libraries provide engaging opportunities for kids of all ages to develop a passion for science, technology, engineering, the arts, and math. ... Read More »

Presidential campaigns weigh in on education & libraries

Speech bubbles that say "Q & A"

Representatives from all three major Presidential campaigns are expected to participate in this week’s CEF Presidential Forum to be held May 26 in Washington. ALA will be participating in the half-day forum and encourages members to view and participate online. ALA members are invited to follow the Forum online as the event will be live streamed  starting at 10:00 AM ... Read More »

Ready, set, #Readathon2016

National Readathon Day logo.

Saturday, May 21, is National Readathon Day 2016 – an opportunity for readers of all ages to come together at their local libraries, schools and bookstores to celebrate reading and raise money for early literacy. Proceeds from the event will benefit ALA’s Every Child Ready to Read initiative, which supports literacy skills among children from birth to age 5. Leading ... Read More »

Successful National Library Legislative Day concludes

Group photo of Nation Library Legislative Day attendees

This week, the ALA Washington Office kicked off the 42nd National Library Legislative Day (NLLD) in Washington, DC, with a little help from over 400 library supporters. Attendees had the opportunity to hear from keynote speaker and former Member of Congress Rush Holt, and also heard from a number of expert speakers. Panels included an issue briefing with Washington Office ... Read More »

National Small Business Week is upon us

National Small Business Week: May 1-7, 2016.

This first week of May 2016 marks the 53rd annual National Small Business Week. When President Kennedy recognized the first National Small Business Week, the entrepreneurship ecosystem hadn’t yet been animated by digital “making” equipment or the worldwide web, but it was then and is today the beating heart of our national economy. Small businesses make up 99.7 percent of ... Read More »