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P.O.V.'s Borders focuses on many topical and personal issues that lend themselves to library events, discussions and displays.

Librarians, let us know how you are using Borders in your library and whether we can share your experiences with others librarians.

P.O.V. would like to invite you to partner with us on a new online initiative called P.O.V.'s Borders. Borders is an experiment in storytelling on the Web, exploring the concept of 'borders' in everyday life. It's about migration. It's about life changes. Border crossings. A border can be a boundary between countries, or a point in your life: leaving home, growing older, a new job, a new town, or any other moment where you cross a divide.

The Borders website features a Talk area with a weekly series of guests — authors, academics, musicians, activists, and community leaders who will respond to visitors' questions in a moderated discussion online. What's an important border that you've crossed in your life? If you could erase any border in your world, what would it be? When and how are borders useful? Find out how authors like Dagoberto Gilb, Sherman Alexie, or Rebecca Walker address borders in their own personal lives and work. And see what books they recommend to expand our own borders.

How can you use Borders in your library?

Here are a few examples of how you can engage your patrons using the Borders website at www.pbs.org/pov/borders.

  • Invite library visitors to use your online resources to engage in dialogue with these authors and each other, using the Talk area of the Borders site at www.pbs.org/pov/pov2002/talk

  • Create a public display using the published works of featured authors and announce this opportunity to "talk" with them. Download our flyer (Adobe Acrobat required).

  • Form reading and discussion groups where participants discuss the books and share their own daily experiences of "border crossings"

Schedule of Current and Future Guests

DAGOBERTO GILB (October 8th - October 29th)
Widely anthologized in publications such as The New Yorker and Harper's, Dagoberto Gilb is the author of The Magic of Blood (University of New Mexico Press), which won the 1994 PEN/Hemingway Award and was a PEN/Faulkner finalist. Recent books include The Last Known Residence of Mickey Acuña (Grove Press), and Woodcuts of Women (Grove Press).

ELIJAH WALD (October 22nd - November 5th)
An accomplished musician and veteran world music critic, Elijah Wald is the author of Narcocorrido, a study of modern Mexican folk-music and its relationship to the drug trade and contemporary Mexican politics. Currently he is completing work on a book rethinking the history and mythology of blues, with a focus on Robert Johnson.

LUIS J. RODRIGUEZ (October 29th - November 12th)
Best known for his international best seller Always Running: La Vida Loca, Gang Days in L.A., Luis J. Rodriguez has published eight books in the fields of poetry, children's literature, memoir, fiction, and nonfiction. Recent books include Hearts and Hands: Creating Community in Violent Times (Seven Stories Press) and The Republic of East L.A.: Stories (Rayo/Harper-Collins). Mr. Rodriguez is also founder-editor of Tia Chucha Press, a poetry press based in Chicago.

CLAIRE FOX (November 5th - November 19th)
Claire Fox is Co-Director of the Latin American Studies Department and an Associate Professor of English at the University of Iowa. She is also the author of The Fence and the River — an analysis of how the continued evolution of the U.S.-Mexico border reflects and refracts cultural, political and economic trends.

BARBARA EHRENREICH (November 12th - November 26th)
Barbara Ehrenreich is the author of Nickel and Dimed: On (Not) Getting By in America; Blood Rites; The Worst Years of Our Lives (a New York Times bestseller); Fear of Falling, which was nominated for a National Book Critics Circle Award; and eight other books. A contributing writer for Time Magazine since 1990, her writing has appeared in numerous national publications, including The New York Times Magazine, The Washington Post Magazine, Ms., The Atlantic Monthly, Harper's, The Nation, and The New Republic.

REBECCA WALKER (November 19th - December 10th)
Named by Time Magazine as one of the fifty future leaders of America, Rebecca Walker is a contributing editor at Ms. Magazine whose work has also appeared in Essence, SPIN, Harper's, and VIBE. Her first book, Black, White and Jewish: Autobiography of a Shifting Self (Riverhead Trade Paperbacks) was published in early 2002. Her writing engages issues related to racial identity, reproductive rights, and third wave feminism.

SHERMAN ALEXIE (November 19th - December 10th)
Named by the New Yorker as one of twenty top writers for the 21st century, Sherman Alexie, a Spokane/Coeur d'Alene Indian, has published numerous books including Reservation Blues, Indian Killer and the poetry collection The Business of Fancydancing - the basis for his new film of the same name. His first movie project, Smoke Signals, won the Audience Award and the Filmmakers Trophy at the 1998 Sundance Film Festival. Alexie recently completed a collection of short stories, The Toughest Indian in the World, and released a new poetry collection, One Stick Song.

Download our flyer to announce this schedule (Adobe Acrobat required).

What is P.O.V.?

Now in its 15th season on PBS, P.O.V. is an award-winning multi-media service organization focused on creating high impact, energetic broadcasts for the best independent point-of-view documentaries. For more information about P.O.V. visit our homepage.

How can I become a Borders partner?

If you are interested in becoming a Borders partner, or if you have any questions, please contact Community Engagement Coordinator Eliza Licht at elicht@pov.org.

Community Engagement campaigns are designed to build audiences, inspire civic dialogue and when possible, foster on-going community involvement around issues raised in select programs. P.O.V. helps to expand the role and value of independent storytelling in public life through strategic partnerships with nonprofit organizations and public television stations. Learn more about the Community Engagement Department and read about past campaigns.

Because P.O.V.'s Borders is hosted on PBS.org, the most visited .org web site in the world, this series offers an unprecedented opportunity for building awareness, stimulating public dialogue and heightening the visibility of organizations dedicated to finding solutions. Becoming a partner can provide vital educational opportunities and help forge important connections between people dealing with these issues.





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