October 26, 2014

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Meet the Recipients of the “Build Something Bold” Library Design Award

SLJ and LEGO Education recognize four schools in Alabama, Texas, Virginia, and Illinois for their innovative library designs, achieved on a range of budgets.

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The Trouble With Teen Programming

Forget centralized programming, adapted kid activities, and advisory boards. Teen activities should be patron-driven, dynamic, and constantly in flux.


October Starred Reviews

Travel to an English boarding school with wild tomboy Will in Cartwheeling in Thunderstorms, learn how Roget determined The Right Word, and listen to The Girls in the Band with the October stars, which offer the best of fiction, nonfiction, and multimedia.


Opinion: State Legislation and Parent Advocates Must Bridge Skills Gap

With information literacy among the top five skills that employers look for in potential hires, according to a recent report, Sarah Darer Littman argues that it is not just state regulation supporting the hiring of certified media specialists that will bridge the skills gap—but the advocacy of parents.

Join us in St. Paul, MN for the 10th annual SLJ Summit: Fire it Up! Sparking Creativity and Motivating Students, where a dynamic group of school librarians, education leaders, and tech innovators will convene to tackle the most pressing challenges and the greatest opportunities
facing schools and school libraries.


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Meet the Recipients of the “Build Something Bold” Library Design Award

SLJ and LEGO Education recognize four schools in Alabama, Texas, Virginia, and Illinois for their innovative library designs, achieved on a range of budgets.

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SLJ and LEGO Education Announce the Winner of the “Build Something Bold” Library Design Award

The winner of the inaugural 2014 SLJ and LEGO Education “Build Something Bold” Library Design Award is Walnut Grove Elementary School library, in Madison County, AL. Led by librarian Holly Whitt, Walnut Grove’s library features a “digital diner” with tabletop “jukeboxes” of technology.


Review of the Winner of the 2014 Kirkus Prize in Young Readers’ Literature

Kate Samworth’s Aviary Wonders Inc. Spring Catalog and Instruction Manual: Renewing the World’s Bird Supply Since 2031 is the winner of the first-ever 2014 Kirkus Prize in Young Readers’ Literature. Read SLJ’s review of the title—plus our reviews of the finalists.


Hostile School Environments the Norm for LGBTQ Youth, Says GLSEN Report

A recent report released by the Gay, Lesbian, and Straight Education Network found that hostile school environments have adverse academic and social effects on LGBTQ youth.


Locke Jetspace: L.A. School “Library of the Future”

A Los Angeles high school’s 3,000 square foot library renovation project, “Locke JetSpace,” aims to redefine the way students can learn.


We Need Diverse Books and School Library Journal Announce Collaboration

The collaboration between We Need Diverse Books and School Library Journal will involve a variety of initiatives concerning diversity in children’s literature, including an event during the 2016 ALA Midwinter Meeting.

"Fight What You Know: panel at Comic Con 2014. Photo credit: Twitter/@SamMaggs

Fight What You Know: Debunking Traditional Writing Tropes | New York Comic Con 2014

At this year’s Comic Con, “The Mary Sue” blog hosted a panel that explored eavesdropping and method acting—and other practices—in researching and writing authentic characters.

Pew Report Finds Millennials Are Readers, Library Users

New Pew Report Finds Young Women Targeted for Online Harassment

According to Pew’s first-ever report on online harassment, young women, 18-24, are the most common targets.

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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.



21st Century Approach to Test Preparation – ACT/SAT/Advanced Placement

Wednesday, November 5th, 2014, 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM ET / 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM PT
Join this informative webinar to review trends and learn about how online study tools that adapt to a student’s study habits and schedules lead to success for not only the student – but also the school and community! Two featured services will include ePrep (ACT/SAT Prep) and BenchPrep (AP and advance course study.)
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Keeping Libraries Relevant: Using Technology • Understanding Informational Text • Improving Literacy

Tuesday, November 4th, 2014, 3:00 PM – 4:00 PM ET / 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM PT
Elementary and middle school libraries have always been a central location for learning and resources. With the changing educational standards and the growing use of technology, libraries are growing and changing as well. Join Rourke and our expert panelists as we discuss how technology, informational text, and literacy are the keys to keeping libraries relevant for students and teachers.
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Fiction & Nonfiction for Middle and High School Readers

Wednesday, October 22nd, 2014, 3:00 PM – 4:00 PM ET / 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM PT
Join us a for an exclusive free preview of upcoming fiction and nonfiction titles that will appeal to your Middle and High School readers. With topics ranging from the former Soviet Union and medieval times to cell phones and video games, there will be plenty of new and existing series titles to get excited about. Register Now!

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Pictures of the Week: “Take Your Child to Work Day” at School Library Journal

While the official “Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day” isn’t for a few months, the kids of SLJ/LJ staffers visited our offices on Monday, October 13 for a day of arts and crafts, scavenger hunts, and creative tech fun. One of the many highlights of the day? They had their own SLJ cover shoot.

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