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April 24, 2014

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ID’s Meridian School District Votes to Keep Hold on ‘The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian’

On April 2, Idaho’s Meridian County School Board voted 2-1 to continue the hold on Sherman Alexie’s The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian keeping the title off the school curriculum’s supplemental book list—and many Meridian educators are not happy about it. Alexie’s book, published by Little Brown, is the #2 most banned book in the country, according to 2012 figures from the American Library Association.

Missouri S&T senior biological sciences major Lara Edwards created a mural around the children's library at the Rolla Public Library. Sam O'Keefe/Missouri S&T

Missouri Science & Technology Student’s Class Assignment Leads to Lavish Children’s Library Mural

Missouri University of Science and Technology student Lara Edwards’s school assignment resulted in a vibrant and detailed mural for the Leola Millar Children’s Library in Rolla, Missouri.

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Jacqueline Woodson Wins 2014 Empire State Award

Adding another award to her long list of accolades, the prolific Brooklyn-based writer has received the 2014 Empire State Award for Excellence in Literature for Young People.

“Americans Who Read More Electronically Read More,” reports Harris Poll

While the print format is still king among bookworms, those readers who favor the ebook format are more likely to read over 20 books a year (30%) than either those who read more/only in hard copy (18%), according to the poll of 2,234 adults conducted in March 2014.



School Librarian of the Year Award

School Librarian of the Year AwardPresented by SLJ and sponsored by Scholastic Library Publishing, the School Librarian of the Year Award honors a K–12 library professional for outstanding achievement and the exemplary use of 21st-century tools and services to engage children and teens toward fostering multiple literacies. The winning school librarian will receive a $2,500 cash award, plus $2,500 worth of print and digital materials from Scholastic Library Publishing, and be profiled in a feature article in the September 2014 issue of SLJ. If you or someone you know raises the bar, we want to hear from you today. Nominations close May 23, 2014.

Visit slj.com/schoollibrarian for the entry form and complete rules.

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ID’s Meridian School District Votes to Keep Hold on ‘The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian’

On April 2, Idaho’s Meridian County School Board voted 2-1 to continue the hold on Sherman Alexie’s The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian keeping the title off the school curriculum’s supplemental book list—and many Meridian educators are not happy about it. Alexie’s book, published by Little Brown, is the #2 most banned book in the country, according to 2012 figures from the American Library Association.

woodson pic

Jacqueline Woodson Wins 2014 Empire State Award

Adding another award to her long list of accolades, the prolific Brooklyn-based writer has received the 2014 Empire State Award for Excellence in Literature for Young People.

Missouri S&T senior biological sciences major Lara Edwards created a mural around the children's library at the Rolla Public Library. Sam O'Keefe/Missouri S&T

Missouri Science & Technology Student’s Class Assignment Leads to Lavish Children’s Library Mural

Missouri University of Science and Technology student Lara Edwards’s school assignment resulted in a vibrant and detailed mural for the Leola Millar Children’s Library in Rolla, Missouri.

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I Heard It Through the Grapevine | Consider the Source

“There is no longer one Common Core approach, or need, or form of professional development. ” That’s one reason why the relaunch of the five-headed ‘Uncommon Corps’ blog makes sense.

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Upcoming Titles From Egmont Publishing |2014 Fall Preview

SLJ previews the upcoming fall 2014 titles from Egmont Publishing, which include stories about bullies, a zombie hamster, and a guinea pig that behaves like a dog, as well as a book based on the immensely popular Temple Run app and which were presented on April 3 at Sarabeth’s restaurant in New York City.

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Eliza T. Dresang, Author and Noted Professor of Library Science, Dies at 72

Dresang, the Beverly Cleary Professor in Children and Youth Services at the University of Washington Information School, was known for her influential book about children’s literature, ‘Radical Change: Books for Youth in a Digital Age.’

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Boy Hijinks: Independent Readers with Male Protagonists│ JLG’s Booktalks to Go

From adventurous ants to budding magicians and reluctant dog walkers to intrepid big brothers, the characters in the following independent readers tackle friendship woes, class projects, and new hobbies.

Data Privacy: inBloom, the Non-Profit Data Repository for Student Data Shutting Down

inBloom, Controversial Venture for Collecting Student Data, Is Shutting Down

Intended to serve as a central clearinghouse of student information, inBloom will shutter, CEO Iwan Streichenberger announced April 21. Earlier this month, inBloom suffered a setback when New York state pulled out of its partnership with the nonprofit founded in 2011 with support from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

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Amazing Reading Nooks: Create Cozy, Inventive Reading Havens in Your Library

Something about the act of reading calls out for a safe, snug, and comfortable spot. SLJ explores an array of exceptional reading nooks, in libraries from the United States to Australia.


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What Public Librarians Need to Know about Common Core State Standards

Wednesday, May 21, 2014, 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM ET From programming to collection development, common core state standards can impact the work of the public librarian. With implementation in the schools, where do you fit in? Join Deborah B. Ford in this webcast designed to debunk the myths, inspire you with programming ideas, and guide you in the demand for rigorous fiction and nonfiction.
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Lerner Publishing Group Fall 2014 Librarian Preview Webinar

Wednesday, May 7, 2014, 2:00 – 3:00 PM ET Be among the first to see and hear firsthand what Lerner has coming for readers this fall! Visit with Lerner Publishing Group’s editors as they unveil the fantastic new books that will be published Fall 2014. Get the inside scoop and sneak peek at Lerner’s nonfiction, middle grade and YA fiction, graphic novels, and picture books for grades K-12 coming this Fall. 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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Using Ebooks to Serve Different Student Populations

Wednesday, April 30, 2014, 3:00PM – 4:00PM ET
From reluctant readers and English language learners to kids with special needs, students of all backgrounds and abilities can benefit by using ebooks. Join us as our expert panel of school librarians discusses ways to use ebooks to promote literacy across a variety of student populations. During this free webcast, we’ll explore proven techniques for leveraging ebooks to help meet the instructional needs of different types of students. Plus, you’ll glean practical tips on the best ways to engage readers of all ages and reading levels. Register Now!

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Pictures of the Week: Authors Celebrate at Abrams Books

Authors Chris Raschka, Lauren Myracle, and others came together for a night of festivities at Abrams Books.

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