Wednesday, April 09, 2008

ALA celebrates National Library Week in Second Life

I'll give anyone 4 points extra credit if you get in Second Life, create an avatar, attend one of these events and do a 250 word blog posting about it! Maybe you'll see me ("Kirstie Merlin") there! As with other extra credit, this is due BEFORE 2:00 p.m. on April 24th.

Second Life Time = Pacific Time.

For fifty years, National Library Week (April 13-19, 2008) has been celebrated by libraries of all types all across the country. This year, ALA brings the celebration to Second Life with a week of "in world" activities.

All activities will take place on the ALA Island, ALA's virtual space, and will be hosted by Tina Coleman, ALA member specialist, whose Second Life avatar name is Kay Tairov or Val Hawkins, ALA library reference specialist, whose Second Life avatar name is ALALibraryVal Miles.

The ALA Island/ALA Main Stage is located at 128, 107, 29. In Second Life, teleport there directly:

Sunday, April 13
* 1:30 p.m. (12:00 p.m. Second Life Time (SLT)) - ALA President Loriene Roy kicks off the Second Life National Library Week celebrations with brief remarks about National Library Week.

* 6:00 p.m. (4:00 p.m. SLT) - Julie Andrews Costume Party at ALA Party Central. Andrews is the honorary chair of National Library Week 2008.

Monday, April 14
* 11:00 a.m. (9:00 a.m. SLT) - Opening fireworks

* 3:00 p.m. (2:00 p.m. SLT) - Book discussion at the Book Platform * 6:00 p.m. (4:00 p.m. SLT) - "Come as your favorite intellectual" Party at Lake Maze

* 6:30 pm (4:30 p.m. SLT) - AASL Storytime at the Pond Space
Tuesday, April 15

* Library Stars Photo Op: For National Library Workers Day, take a snapshot of your avatar and have it posted on the Constellation of Library Stars gallery.

* 2:00-3:00 p.m. (12 p.m. SLT) - Tai Chi Session to celebrate wellness for National Library Workers Day at the Main Stage

* 6:15 p.m. (4:15 p.m. SLT) - Fireworks

* 6:30 -7:30 p.m. (4:30 p.m. SLT) - Public Programs Office Storytime at the Pond Space
Wednesday, April 16

* 11:00 - 12:00 am (9:00 a.m. SLT) - Libraries Across America: The Bold & the Beautiful at the ALA Gallery

* 1:00 -2:00 p.m. (11 a.m. SLT) Scavenger Hunt at the Main Stage

* 6:30 - 7:30 p.m. (4:30 pm SLT) Public Programs Office Storytime at the Pond Space

Thursday, April 17
* 1:00 - 2:00 p.m. (11:00 a.m. SLT) Young Adult Literature Trivia Contest to celebrate Support Teen Literature Day at the Main Stage

* Time TBD - YALSA Podcast and discussion at the Pond Space

* 6:00 - 7:00 pm (4:00 p.m. SLT) Books With Bite: Vamp it up for YALSA at ALA Party Central. This party will include fireworks display.

Friday April 18
* 11:00-11:30 a.m. (9:00 a.m. SLT) Gaming in Libraries Presentation at Sky Presentation Space to celebrate "gaming @ your library"

* 2:00 - 3:00 pm (12:00 p.m. SLT) Salon Huron Discussion Group at Salon Huron

* 6:30- 7:30 pm (4:30 p.m. SLT) Come as your favorite video game character party at ALA Party Central

Saturday 4/19
* 11:00 - 12:00 p.m. (9:00 a.m. SLT) Book Discussion at the Book Platform

* 5:00 p.m. (3:00 p.m. SLT) Knowledge Rocks Concert in conjunction with the Scholastic Library Publishing National Library Week Grant winner, the Public Library of Charlotte and Mecklenburg County at the Main Stage

To learn more about Second Life, visit ALA's Second Life wiki at For more information on National Library Week, visit the National Library Week Web page at