Daily Archives: March 28, 2019

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Karamu: 100 years in the House

The word “Karamu” comes from a Swahili word meaning “a place of joyful gatherings.” For the past 100 years, the Karamu House in Cleveland, Ohio – the oldest African-American theater in the United States – has lived up to its name, serving as a community center for the arts and maintaining a legacy of innovation and diversity. Narrated by James Pickens, Jr. from ABC television’s Grey’s Anatomy, KARAMU: 100 YEARS IN THE HOUSE is a 30-minute documentary which tells the story behind this important theater in America’s arts and culture history. Karamu House has come to be known as a respected training ground and launching pad for many nationally known actors, playwrights and artists, including poet and playwright Langston Hughes, and author, folklorist and anthropologist Zora Neale Hurston. The film shows how the theater’s past parallels African-American history over the past 100 years, and even how it directly intersected with the civil rights movement when it sent busloads of activists to march on Washington.

Airs 4/5 at 3-3:30 a.m.

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National School Library Month

Hey guess what!¬†April is not only Autism Awareness month, and National Poetry month. It’s also the best month ever… because it’s National School Library Month!

Created and hosted by the American Association of School Librarians, April is a celebration of school librarians and their programs. We encourage you to host activities to help your school and your local community understand the essential role that your library program plays in transforming learning for your students.

This year’s spokesperson is Dav Pilkey, and the theme is Everyone Belongs @ Your School Library.

Every Wendesday of this month, AASL is hosting webinars at 7:00 pm Eastern time:

The Power of Manga, Comics, & Graphic Novels through the Lens of the AASL Standards Frameworks for Learners
Wednesday, April 3, 2019 | 6:00 p.m. Central

Addressing the Gatekeepers: How to Turn Comic and Graphic Novel Skeptics Into Believers
Wednesday, April 10, 2019 | 6:00 p.m. Central

Comics Librarianship: Essential Tools for the School Librarian
Wednesday, April 17, 2019 | 6:00 p.m. Central

TBA
Wednesday, April 24, 2019 | 6:00 p.m. Central

For more information about School Library Month, and this years events, go to the AASL School Library Advocacy page.