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.

John Ronald’s Dragons: The Story of J. R. R. Tolkien

John Ronald’s Dragons: The Story of J. R. R. Tolkien Written by Caroline McAlister; Illustrated by Eliza Wheeler Published by Roaring Brook Press, 2017 ISBN # 978-1626720923   Grades K-5   Book Review “John Ronald was a boy who loved horses. And trees. And strange sounding words. But most of all, John Ronald loved dragons.” […]

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Laini Taylor on Genre Blurring and “Strange the Dreamer”

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

Untethering the blocks: Building beyond walls and tables

Remember the scene in Singing in the Rain where Donald O’Connor magically dances on the walls?  Remember Fred Astaire’s famous ceiling dance in Royal Wedding?  Till now kids’ work with interlocking blocks has been bound to tables and floors and a few installations of LEGO walls. (See Diana Rendina’s epic instructions.) Till now blocks kinda […]

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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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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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Librarians Providing Safe Havens as Deportation Fears Loom

The recent expanding of deportation regulations have not just stirred up fear and worry in communities, they have also spurred many schools and districts to take action.

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Growing Pains | Adult Books 4 Teens

From the heroine of a retelling of The Tempest to a typically awkward seventh grader, the protagonists of these coming-of-age novels all face the trials and tribulations of the coming-of-age process.

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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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Pictures of the Week

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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