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January 31, 2015

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Black Storytime, Flourishing at Multnomah (OR) County Library

Should libraries offer programs geared to one culture? After I spoke with Kirby McCurtis, who started a thriving Black Storytime program at Multnomah County Library in Portland, OR, it was clear that the answer is “yes.”

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Benny Andrews | His Life and Art

In “Draw What You See: The Life and Art of Benny Andrews,” illustrated with the artist’s oil paintings and collage compositions, Kathleen Benson highlights the words Andrews chose to paint by, and to encourage those he taught.

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Calling All Environmentalists | SLJ Spotlight

Four nonfiction titles take an innovative approach to ecology.

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Two Books Challenged Again in Highland Park Schools in Texas

Renewed book challenges to The Working Poor: Invisible in America and The Art of Racing in the Rain stir up sides as the Highland Park (TX) Independent School District’s board gears up to vote on revisions to the district’s book policy.




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Black Storytime, Flourishing at Multnomah (OR) County Library

Should libraries offer programs geared to one culture? After I spoke with Kirby McCurtis, who started a thriving Black Storytime program at Multnomah County Library in Portland, OR, it was clear that the answer is “yes.”

Press Release Fun: The CBC and the 2014 Children’s Choice Book Awards

2015 Children’s Choice Book Awards Adds Three New Categories

The Children’s Book Council and Every Child a Reader have announced the addition of three new categories to the 2015 Children’s Choice Book Awards.

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Two Books Challenged Again in Highland Park Schools in Texas

Renewed book challenges to The Working Poor: Invisible in America and The Art of Racing in the Rain stir up sides as the Highland Park (TX) Independent School District’s board gears up to vote on revisions to the district’s book policy.

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Screencasting Tools for Tech Support | Cool Tools

These video and screencasting resources will help you create videos that provide technical assistance.

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Let’s Talk About “Selma” | Consider the Source

“Selma”—there’s the film, and the reactions. Beyond all the friction is the question: What can we learn from the film and the controversy?

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Dance: On Your Toes | Focus On

A colorful assortment of books about dance and movement.

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We Need Diverse Books Opens Submissions for “The Walter” Award

Starting January 29, YA authors of diversity with diverse works may apply for We Need Diverse Books’ inaugural Walter Dean Myers Award.

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Ebooks Will Surge in Classrooms, Study Says

The January 28 report from LightSail Education, polling 475 educators, also revealed a strong preference for purchasing ebooks outright over subscription models.

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Shakespearean Resources | Mix It Up

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Yoga in the Library

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Jacqueline Woodson on weaving memory, crafting poetry, and writing for young adults

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Ebooks are here to stay, and the offerings geared toward young children expand every day. Still, the debate about their use among early learners rages on. What is the case for and against ebooks in supporting early literacy? And what about screen time? Two sides weigh in.


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New Spring Nonfiction for the Library, Classroom and Home

Thursday, February 12th, 2015, 3:00 PM – 4:00 PM ET / 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM PT
This free webcast, moderated by Jess deCourcy Hinds, the library director of Bard H.S. Early College Queens, will showcase a wide range of reading materials and educational series covering motorcycles, wildlife, history, kid-friendly culinary recipes, research projects, thinkers, innovators, and many other new nonfiction titles all with plenty to offer librarians serving today’s youth. Register Now!

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A Conversation with the 2015 YALSA Excellence in Nonfiction Finalists

Join us for a live webcast featuring the five finalists for the 2015 YALSA Excellence in Nonfiction Award. Register now to learn a bit about these terrific titles; hear from the authors about their research and writing processes; and glean some insight into what goes into making the best nonfiction titles accessible and engaging to today’s teens. Don’t miss out on this exclusive event, which is scheduled just a week before the winner is announced at the ALA Midwinter Meeting in Chicago. Archive is now available!

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Lerner Publishing Group Spring 2015 Librarian Preview Webinar

Tuesday, December 9th, 2014, 3:00 PM – 4:00 PM ET / 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM PT
Get a sneak peek at Lerner’s nonfiction, middle grade and YA fiction, graphic novels, and picture books for grades K–12 coming this spring. Plus, learn about new digital offerings, as well as supports for Common Core State Standards, and free teaching guides, reader’s discussion guides, classroom activities, and websites that make lesson planning easy.
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Pictures of the Week

CNN legal analyst and host Sunny Hostin (left) with Ilyasah Shabazz (center) and her coauthor Kekla Magoon (right) at the launch for their YA book, X: A Novel.

Pictures of the Week: Shabazz and Magoon Launch “X: A Novel” at the 92Y in New York City

CNN legal analyst and host Sunny Hostin (left) with Ilyasah Shabazz (center) and her coauthor Kekla Magoon at the launch for their YA book, X: A Novel on January 6. They were in conversation at the 92nd St. Y as part of the organization’s YA Lit at 92Y series.

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