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December 18, 2014

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“Clifford the Big Red Dog” Creator Norman Bridwell Dies at 86

“The magic of…Clifford is that children can see themselves in this big dog who tries very hard to be good, but is somewhat clumsy and always bumping into things and making mistakes,” said Dick Robinson, Scholastic’s CEO.

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Outlining and Note-taking with Diigo | Tech Tidbits from the Guybrarian

Students don’t always want to spend time creating a good outline when embarking on a research project, but as educators, we know it’s an important building block. Diigo, a free web-based outlining and note-taking tool, can help them create a solid foundation.

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Sneakers, Tibet, and Chernobyl | Nonfiction Grades 5 & Up

Check out an eclectic smattering of subjects: the history of the sneaker, a look at the effects of Chernobyl, and a tale of two brothers attempting to flee Tibet.

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ALA Announces Winners of the 2014 American Dream Libraries Grant

Thanks to the Dollar General Literacy Foundation, 22 libraries across the United States will now have $15,000 each to fund their print and digital English as a Second Language (ESL) collections.




In 2014, more than 250 titles received an SLJ star; after much passionate discussion,
70 were selected by the review editors as the very best of the best.
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Coretta Scott King Book Grant; ALSC’s Graphic Novel Reading Lists | News Bites

In this round of industry news, learn about the Association for Library Service to Children’s Day of Diversity for children’s literature in collaboration with the Children’s Book Council—plus several grants geared toward enhancing your library’s collection.

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“Clifford the Big Red Dog” Creator Norman Bridwell Dies at 86

“The magic of…Clifford is that children can see themselves in this big dog who tries very hard to be good, but is somewhat clumsy and always bumping into things and making mistakes,” said Dick Robinson, Scholastic’s CEO.

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Authors and Illustrators Share Warm Holiday Memories with SLJ

Children’s authors Kathryn Erskine, Tim Federle, Andrea Davis, Pinkney, and Huck Scarry open up their holiday memory archives that involve: near-death on the slopes, finding out that Santa Claus swears, and time spent as a Radio City Music Hall Santa.

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IMLS Innovation Funding; Bewitching Giveaway; A Wicked Deal for “The Devil’s Intern” | SLJTeen News

Encouraging innovation is one thing—paying for it is quite another. A Sparks! Ignition grant from IMLS would provide an excellent start in the creation of a new service or tool to implement at your library. Witch and devil fan alert: free books inside for the lucky and the speedy.

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Outlining and Note-taking with Diigo | Tech Tidbits from the Guybrarian

Students don’t always want to spend time creating a good outline when embarking on a research project, but as educators, we know it’s an important building block. Diigo, a free web-based outlining and note-taking tool, can help them create a solid foundation.

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School and Public Libraries Collaborate to Help Teen Community: Reports from the Field

In big and small ways, collaboration is a way of life for many school and public libraries. From teen book festivals to maker space initiatives, they are working together to bring new services and programs to their young adults.

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ALA Announces Winners of the 2014 American Dream Libraries Grant

Thanks to the Dollar General Literacy Foundation, 22 libraries across the United States will now have $15,000 each to fund their print and digital English as a Second Language (ESL) collections.

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Between a Rock and a Hard Place: Characters with Tough Choices │ JLG’s Booktalks to Go

We all make difficult choices. Some are harder than others. In the following selections by the editors at Junior Library Guild, kids fight with their siblings, adjust to parents with chronic illnesses, and fight racial prejudice. Sharing these titles with your middle graders will show them that they are not alone.

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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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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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Integrating eBooks into Library Instruction

Thursday, December 4th, 2014, 4:00 PM – 5:00 PM ET
Hear from three educators from across the country about how they are integrating eBooks into their library. Taking advantage of Capstone Interactive’s unique features, such as simultaneous access and read-aloud natural-voice audio, these librarians provide real-life examples of how Capstone Interactive eBooks effectively address the diverse needs of their students.
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Common x 3 (Public, Academic, School): Designing next generation gathering and learning spaces for libraries of every type

Tuesday, November 18th, 2014, 3:00 PM – 4:00 PM ET / 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM PT
Join us on November 18th for our “Commons x 3” webcast, and you’ll get to hear from a panel of expert architects as they explain critical elements of creating a successful commons space in a wide variety of environments while showing you some of the best examples of “uncommon commons” out there today.
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Picture of the Week | Student “Die-In” at Truman State (MO) University Library

Students lay down en masse at Truman State’s Pickler Memorial Library on Friday after police officers were acquitted in the deaths of Michael Brown in Ferguson, MO, and Eric Garner in Staten Island, NY.

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