March 28, 2017

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Children’s Museum of Manhattan Finalist for National Medal

New York’s Children’s Museum of Manhattan has been named one of 30 finalists for the 2017 National Medal for Museum and Library Service. The public is encouraged to share stories about the museum.

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Labdisc: A Data-logging STEM Device with Maker Potential |SLJ Review

Billed as an all-in-one STEM lab, the handheld Labdisc Gensci by Globisens is a useful tool to measure and record data for a wide range of experiments.

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Henry and the Chalk Dragon by Jennifer Trafton | SLJ Review

TRAFTON, Jennifer. Henry and the Chalk Dragon. illus. by Benjamin Schipper. 240p. Rabbit Room. Apr. 2017. Tr $15.99. ISBN 9780986381881.

Gr 3-6 –Henry Penwhistle has a very active imagination. His mother has drawn on his bedroom door with chalkboard paint, and Henry decorates his door with a variety of changing pictures, including a dragon, a dinosaur, and a rhino. One morning, as the boy prepares for school, the dragon springs to life, hitching a ride in Henry’s lunch box. […]

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Digital Comics Boosting Skills of Students with Special Needs

Educators are turning to an old kid favorite in a new form to boost challenged learners’ interest and skills in reading and writing.

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25 Kid and YA Books That Lift Up Immigrant Voices

A collection of autobiographical or fictional stories based on childhood memories or that draw upon people’s work with immigrant children, including works by Julia Alvarez, Nicola Yoon, and Edwidge Danticat.


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Digital Comics Boosting Skills of Students with Special Needs

Educators are turning to an old kid favorite in a new form to boost challenged learners’ interest and skills in reading and writing.

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Publishing Factual Books in an “Alternative Facts” World | Opinion

Our children are growing up in a world where basic facts are questioned and alternative facts are given a seat at the table. Is this what we want?

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Children’s Museum of Manhattan Finalist for National Medal

New York’s Children’s Museum of Manhattan has been named one of 30 finalists for the 2017 National Medal for Museum and Library Service. The public is encouraged to share stories about the museum.

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Laini Taylor on Genre Blurring and “Strange the Dreamer”

While writing her latest YA fantasy, Laini Taylor followed her hearts.

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Lynda Mullaly Hunt On Connecting with the “Middle-Grade Psyche”

Librarian Karen Yingling chats with author Linda Mullaly Hunt about how she taps into and crafts authentic middle-grade characters.

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25 Kid and YA Books That Lift Up Immigrant Voices

A collection of autobiographical or fictional stories based on childhood memories or that draw upon people’s work with immigrant children, including works by Julia Alvarez, Nicola Yoon, and Edwidge Danticat.

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Comfort Zone | An original comic by Gene Luen Yang

An early lesson in empathy inspired Gene Luen Yang. In an original comic for School Library Journal, the National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature depicts the inspiration for his Reading Without Walls program.

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Live Streaming Event with Lynda Mullaly Hunt

Tuesday, Mar 28, 2017, 10:30AM-11:30AM ET / 7:30AM-8:30AM PT
Join Lynda Mullaly Hunt, author of Fish in a Tree, for a LIVE webcast from the Free Library of Philadelphia! Listen to the author talk about her inspiration for Fish in a Tree, her upcoming projects and her visits with students from across the country.
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Bringing Coding to the Makerspace

Thursday, Mar 30th, 2017, 4PM-5PM ET / 1PM-2PM PT
In this timely webinar, you’ll learn about best practices for introducing coding to your library makerspace and how you can support coding initiatives in your school or district. You’ll also learn how tools like littleBits can give students the foundations in engineering and coding that will be useful no matter what changes lie around the corner.
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60 Tools in 60 Minutes

Thursday, Apr. 20th, 2017, 3PM-4PM ET / 12PM-1PM PT
Get ready for a rapid fire tool share in this next webcast in the SLJ/ISTE series. We’ll explore the best applications and gear for your school or library, including must-have multimedia content, cool coding platforms, and top choices for your maker space.
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Cokie Roberts gives a presentation on her book, "Ladies of Liberty," to students at the Young Readers Center in honor of Women's History Month, March 6, 2017. Photo by Shawn Miller.

Cokie Roberts Captivates Kids at the Library of Congress | Pictures of the Week

Celebrating Women’s History Month, political commentator Cokie Roberts enthralled third graders while speaking about her children’s books, women, early American history, research, and writing.

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