US public libraries may apply for grants to host public programs around the upcoming new PBS series “THE GREAT AMERICAN READ,” an eight-part television and online series designed to spark a national conversation about reading and the books that have inspired, moved, and shaped the American public. The series will launch on PBS stations with a two-hour special event on May 22, 2018, at 8:00 p.m. (ET). The American Library Association (ALA) and PBS will select up to 50 US public libraries to receive a cash grant of $2,000 each to support programs and events related to “THE GREAT AMERICAN READ.” Selected libraries will also receive a programming kit, developed by ALA and PBS, which will help the libraries participate in a national conversation about reading and books, including those featured in the series, highlighting themes of love, heroes, villains, other worlds, and self-discovery. Selected libraries will be required to hold at least three public programs, in May and November 2018, related to the series. Collaboration with local PBS member stations is strongly encouraged.
Each month we publish blogs and several newsletters full of digital learning, funding, professional growth, social media, and STEM resources. Below are items from our blogs and newsletters that educators turned to the most in April.
The Walters Art Museum in Maryland offers freeIntegrating the Arts activities that are ideal for visual arts teachers who want to integrate the arts into other disciplines or for non-arts teachers who want to venture into the world of art.
Based on the classic novel by Louisa May Alcott, a three-part adaptation of Little Women premiered on PBS MASTERPIECE on May 13. Loved by generations worldwide, Little Women is a truly universal coming of age story.