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September 19, 2014

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A National Effort to Read to Kids 15 Minutes a Day Needs Our Support

Read Aloud 15 Minutes is a nonprofit organization that’s working to make reading aloud every day for at least 15 minutes “the new standard in child care.” First Steps columnist Lisa Kropp urges libraries to sign on as partners in the effort.

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Ken Burns, Curated | Touch and Go

Ken Burns has been busy. The award-winning filmmaker’s seven-part television series, ‘The Roosevelts,’ premiered on PBS this week, and ‘Ken Burns’ the app, featuring hours of curated clips from his documentaries was just released.

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Introducing SLJ Reviews Sneak Peek: A First Look at Hot Titles

Welcome to the inaugural SLJ Reviews Sneak Peek, a monthly web-exclusive feature that will showcase reviews for highly anticipated books in advance of our upcoming print issue.

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Literacy for Incarcerated Teens

Jails, detention centers, and prisons provide a unique opportunity to address young people’s literacy gaps, says one school librarian. Literacy for Incarcerated Teens creates, supports, and develops library services in NYC’s juvenile detention centers.



On Wednesday, October 1, The Digital Shift: Libraries @ the Center (#TDS14) attendees will engage in a dynamic day-long conversation about our shared digital future. We’ll examine how libraries drive change like no other institution, reaching classrooms and communities around the globe, and will provide actionable answers to some of the biggest questions our profession faces.

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Pictures of the Week: Huck Scarry at Book Launch for ‘Best Lowly Worm Ever’; Lonesome George Unveiled

Huck Scarry presents a new and never before seen picture book from his father, Richard Scarry, while the subject of Jean Craighead George’s Lonesome George is unveiled at the Museum of Natural History.

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NSBA, New Regency, and Penguin Books to Distribute “12 Years a Slave” to U.S. High Schools

The National School Boards Association has partnered with New Regency, Fox Searchlight, Penguin Books, and the filmmakers to make copies of the feature film, book, and study guide 12 Years a Slave available to public high schools.

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A National Effort to Read to Kids 15 Minutes a Day Needs Our Support

Read Aloud 15 Minutes is a nonprofit organization that’s working to make reading aloud every day for at least 15 minutes “the new standard in child care.” First Steps columnist Lisa Kropp urges libraries to sign on as partners in the effort.

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Guest Kvetching: Transparency is Paramount | Consider the Source

Tanya Lee Stone, the noted nonfiction author and a guest columnist this week, addresses a topic that is receiving a great deal of attention in the children’s literature world: full disclosure in nonfiction.

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Meet Teddy, FDR, and Eleanor: Great Books About the Roosevelts

The Roosevelts: An Intimate History, Ken Burns’s seven-part documentary film about the lives of Theodore, Franklin, and Eleanor Roosevelt, recently premiered on PBS. Ranging from picture-book accounts to more in-depth biographies, the books featured here will both inform and inspire.

Public Library Of Cincinnati And Hamilton County Begins Offering Career Online High School Diploma Program

The Public Library Of Cincinnati And Hamilton County announced September 17 that they’re offering library users the opportunity to earn accredited high school diplomas and career certificates via Career Online High School.

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Should ‘Girl’ Books Be Labeled? | Scales on Censorship

A public librarian asks if merging her teen and adult collection will reduce the challenges to the YA literature collection; a school librarian writes about the superintendent’s restriction on teaching some of the classics listed on the Facts on Fiction website. SLJ censorship columnist, Pat Scales, provides answers to these matters and more.

Chattanooga Library Board Responds to Audit’s Allegations

Chattanooga Library Board Responds to Audit’s Allegations

Last week the board of the Chattanooga Public Library (TN) responded to a city audit released in late August, which criticized Library Director and LJ librarian of the year Corinne Hill and top staffers for receiving excess travel reimbursements (since repaid), and stated that two employees have been reported to the state for suspected fraud for taking paid speaking and consultant jobs on library time.

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Meet Michelle Colte, SLJ’s School Librarian of the Year

Michelle Colte, SLJ‘s first School Librarian of the Year, is the librarian at Hale Kula Elementary School in Wahiawa, Hawaii, where 99 percent of the students are from military families.



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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Inspire Inquiry with Digital Nonfiction and Imagery

Wednesday, October 8th, 2014, 3:00 PM – 4:00 PM ET / 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM PT
What new, differentiated strategies can school librarians use to support students – and their classroom teaching colleagues – in evaluating, synthesizing, and contextualizing nonfiction digital content? What experiences can be offered that will inspire students to communicate, collaborate, and think both critically and creatively within a framework of inquiry-based learning? Get new answers in this powerful, practical, 60-minute discussion with live Q&A! Register Now!

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Finding a Formula for Independent Reading

Wednesday, September 24th, 2014, 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM ET / 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM PT
Register and attend to receive a complimentary copy of research white paper, Providing Time for Teacher-Guided Independent Reading: A Synthesis of Research and Expert Opinion and hear examples of successful program from leading librarians from around the country. Register Now!

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Teen Book Buzz Fall 2014

Thursday, September 18th, 2014, 3:00 PM – 4:00 PM ET / 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM PT
From family strife during the Vietnam era to an alternative Victorian London, our sponsors will be featuring new and forthcoming releases that are sure to appeal to your tween and teen readers. Get ahead of the curve and discover the latest and greatest hot reads during SLJ’s Fall 2014 Teen Book Buzz! Join representatives from Harlequin Teen, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, Llewellyn, and Egmont as they tell us about books that will have every teen chatting at their lockers. You do not want to miss this exciting webcast! Register Now!

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Pictures of the Week: Huck Scarry at Book Launch for ‘Best Lowly Worm Ever’; Lonesome George Unveiled

Huck Scarry presents a new and never before seen picture book from his father, Richard Scarry, while the subject of Jean Craighead George’s Lonesome George is unveiled at the Museum of Natural History.

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