Monthly Archives: March 2019

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Frontline “Ratko Mladic”

Ratko Mladic was the head of the Bosnian-Serb army, and during the war of the 1990s, that army is alleged to have committed various atrocities across Bosnia. The crimes Mladic is accused of, that he’s perhaps most synonymous with, are the shelling and siege of Sarajevo, and the murder of over 7,000 men and boys in Srebrenica in 1995. He’s also being tried on another genocide charge for Serb forces’ actions in Prijedor, where recently a mass grave was discovered— a discovery that happened during the course of the trial and will be explored in our film.

Airs 3/19 at 9 p.m.


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3 Weeks Left for Submissions for the 13th Annual Digies Digital Media Arts Festival

We are very excited for another year of celebrating student achievements in digital media arts. Submissions are open until April 1st and are online at If you need an account to submit on behalf of a student, please contact Brian Mayer at

As a reminder, the DIGIES is a FREE, digital arts festival that celebrates youth achievements in digital arts, media and production. Submissions are open to school age children and young adults, from Pre-Kindergarten until 12th grade and are accepted through schools, arts councils or public libraries.

If you are in a school district, please take a moment to share the attached materials with your arts and technology teachers as well as students who you know are doing work on their own.

Submissions are open to both school projects and personal work. If you have digital artists, photographers, musicians or content creators then this is a great way to recognize and celebrate the work they are doing.

Submissions do not need to have been created special for the Digies and anything made from April 2nd of last year until April 1st of this year are welcome. The Digies will be celebrated on the evening of May 16th.

ALA Leadership Institute Application Deadline Extended

The deadline to apply for the 2019 ALA Leadership Institute, “Leading to the Future,” has been extended until March 15.

The institute will take place August 5-8 at the Hilton Oak Brook/Chicago Conference Center and Resort in Oak Brook, IL and costs $1,650 per participant. This cost includes training, materials, lodging, breakfast and lunch on all four days, dinner on Wednesday, and a free one-year membership to the Library Leadership And Management Association (LLAMA).

Click here for information and a link to the application.

Celebrate St. Patrick 2018

Sees choirs from across Ireland join composer and arranger John Anderson and his Voices of Ireland in and around the spectacular setting of St Patrick’s Cathedral. Set around the ancient city of Armagh–the spiritual capital of the island–this celebration marks the beginning of a festival that culminates with St Patrick’s Day parades across the world.

Airs 3/17 at 7 p.m.


Telos: The Fantastic World of Eugene Tssui

Rejected by the status quo and embattled to defend his futuristic, yet naturalistic visions, an anti-establishment architect finds unexpected allies in the small town where he hopes to build his architectural fantasia. “TELOS” chronicles the unorthodox life and revolutionary work of Eugene Tssui, an eccentric visionary and a maverick architect. He questions traditional building standards and put nature and the environment at the forefront of his designs long before “green” and “eco-friendly” became buzzwords.

Airs 3/15 at 3 a.m.



LOC Summer Teacher Institutes Deadline is Sunday

Immerse yourself in the practice of teaching with primary sources from the unparalleled collections of Library of Congress this summer at the Library of Congress Summer Teacher Institute. Apply to attend a week-long professional development program for K-12 educators in the nation’s capital.

In 2019, the Library will offer three Institute weeks:

Open Sessions (any subject area): July 8-12; July 29-Aug 2
Science, Technology, and Engineering Focus: July 15-19

Yes, we know it’s short notice —  the application Deadline is Sunday, March 10, 2019!

Click here for information and application info.

Science is Fun (1600, 1700, 1800) (6/30 minute programs)

Join Professor Shakhashiri and friends in his lab for a series of captivating scientific and artistic demonstrations.

Airs Thursday at 2 a.m. beginning 3/14.

  • #1601 – University of Wisconsin-Madison chemistry Professor Bassam Shakhashiri and his friends show that mixing chemicals can make liquids change color, become solid, expand and light up. All this, and a tuneful interlude too!
  • #1602 – In this science entertainment, University of Wisconsin-Madison chemistry Professor Bassam Shakhashiri is joined by scientist Rodney Schreiner to display balloons that explode, a book that burns, bottles that bang, and metals that flash, flame, and sing.
  • #1701 – Renowned science communicator and University of Wisconsin-Madison Professor Bassam Z. Shakhashiri presents a series of silver experiments. Silver solutions darken and brighten, tarnished silver regains its shine, and silver needles grow on a copper tree. Other solutions change colors, too, as do flames and gases. He is joined by special guests in this fun-filled show, packed with the sights and sounds of science.
  • #1702 – In this science entertainment program, renowned science communicator and University of Wisconsin-Madison Professor Bassam Z. Shakhashiri shares fun experiments – liquids change color, balls levitate, and bottles pop their corks. He is joined by special guests who show how liquids can change color, how we can see what isn’t there, and who entertain us with an operatic interlude. This fun-filled show is packed with the sights and sounds of science.
  • #1801 – University of Wisconsin-Madison Chemistry Professor Bassam Shakhashiri and his friends present experiments with an assortment of gases. Carbon dioxide shows its many sides when it changes the colors of solutions, generates a plume of fog, inflates a rubber bulb, and puts out fires. Bubbles filled with methane gas rise and ignite in balls of flame. Oxygen gas turns into a liquid that sticks to a magnet.
  • #1802 – Join renowned science communicator and University of Wisconsin-Madison Professor Bassam Shakhashiri as he shows the colorful side of metals. Solutions of metals change colors when mixed with other solutions. Colorful flames blaze when solutions of metals are sprayed into them. Metal wires sing and a metal pipe howls. He is joined by special guests in this fun-filled show, packed with the sights and sounds of science.



March Madness Book Bracket

The school year is FLYING by and we are already in the beginning of March. Don’t worry though. There is still time to do your March Madness Book Bracket if you haven’t already set it up! The NCAA March Madness dates this year are March 19 – April 8 (Slightly overlapping National School Library Month).

If you’re not sure how to set up a book bracket, check this article out showing how one teacher chose the books, and made the board.

Searching for Augusta: The Forgotten Angel of Bastogne

tells the little-known story of Augusta Chiwy, a black nurse, and her heroic service at a U.S. military aid station during the opening days of the Battle of The Bulge. Her remarkable story of bravery went untold for over 60 years, until historian and author Martin King tracked her down and wrote a book celebrating her heroism. Augusta Chiwy passed away on August 23, 2015 in Belgium at the age of 94. Her life story was celebrated in the New York Times feature series “The Lives They Lived.” Using archival footage and photos, black and white sketches, and interviews with author Martin King, historian Michael Collins, and others, the documentary pieces together the remarkable true story of this previously unsung hero, whose compassion and unwavering courage helped save countless of American soldiers.

Airs 3/13 at 4 a.m.