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February 10, 2016

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Recalling a Book: Bowing to Pressure, or Righting Wrongs?
Is it ever right for a publisher to withdraw a children’s book based on public criticism, as in the case of A Birthday Cake for George Washington?

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Flatiron Press Debuts YA; “Reproductive Rights” Giveaway; a New Harry Potter Book | SLJTeen News

Macmillan debuts a new YA imprint. Win free copies of Reproductive Rights—a teen nonfiction title. Apply for Library of Congress literacy grants. An eighth Harry Potter book was just announced. These tidbits and more in SLJTeen’s news roundup.

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Celebrating African American History

Through compelling stories, dynamic texts, and striking artwork, this selection of recently published picture books highlights trailblazing African Americans.

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Fairy Tale Programming Is Alive and Well

Renewed interest in fairy and folktales has librarians across the country coming up with clever themed programming, some around making and STEM.

A next chapter: Editions at Play

In a world where smartphones are transforming into all-purpose devices, not surprisingly, an October 2015 Pew study found a sizable decline in e-book reader ownership. It’s possible that digital may not be the best container for all physical books. And it’s pretty clear that print and e-readers are not the perfect containers for emerging forms […]

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Secret Societies, Psychopaths, and Murder | Adult Books 4 Teens

An unreliable narrator with amnesia, a secret society orchestrating conspiracies, a decades-old mystery springing back to life: the novels in the latest Adult Books 4 Teens column contain just about every ingredient we’ve come to know and love in contemporary suspense thrillers.

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Flatiron Press Debuts YA; “Reproductive Rights” Giveaway; a New Harry Potter Book | SLJTeen News

Macmillan debuts a new YA imprint. Win free copies of Reproductive Rights—a teen nonfiction title. Apply for Library of Congress literacy grants. An eighth Harry Potter book was just announced. These tidbits and more in SLJTeen’s news roundup.

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Secret Societies, Psychopaths, and Murder | Adult Books 4 Teens

An unreliable narrator with amnesia, a secret society orchestrating conspiracies, a decades-old mystery springing back to life: the novels in the latest Adult Books 4 Teens column contain just about every ingredient we’ve come to know and love in contemporary suspense thrillers.

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Interview: Veronica Rossi on Her YA Crossover Series Opener, “Riders”

New York Times bestselling YA author Veronica Rossi chats with SLJ about her inspiration for Riders, her latest focusing on the four teen Horsemen of the Apocalypse and their quest to save the world from destruction.

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Philly Girl Scout Creates Community Lending Library  

With help from a local pastor, one teen’s scout project becomes Project Read, which is “raising reading levels one book at a time” in her needy community.

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Larry Romans, Hero of GLBT Literature for Young People, Dies at 68

Larry Romans, beloved as a staunch advocate for quality books for young people relating to the gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender experience, passed away on January 28, 2016 after a battle with cancer.

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Many Colleges Are Ignoring the SATs. Does Prep Still Matter?

As students prepare to take the new SAT test on March 7, debates about the rationale for student testing continue—while librarians still want to help students prepare.

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You Don’t Show the Sweet Without the Bitter | Up for Debate

I understand small moments of joy on a page, like a slave receiving a Christmas present, because I can place those stories into a broad landscape and see them as the exception, not the norm. You have to earn hopeful stories about horrifying events, and you can only see what hope means if the horrors lurking nearby are visible

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New Spring Nonfiction for the Library, Classroom and Home

Wednesday, February 10th, 2016, 3:00 PM – 4:00 PM ET / 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM PT
These new materials allow educators to support higher learning standards, bolster curricula, and entice reluctant readers. Public library programming also often begins with a fresh, engaging nonfiction title. Join us on February 10th for this can’t-miss webcast.
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Reading on Mobile Devices: Challenges and Opportunities

Wednesday, March 2nd, 2016, 3:00 PM – 4:00 PM ET / 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM PT
Smartphones and tablets may be the future of reading, but how does this work in today’s classroom and library? Join us for this free webcast from ISTE and SLJ to learn the latest on using mobile devices with students. Experts in the field will share insight and practical tips on everything from the finer points of 1:1 integration to the best apps, all toward enhancing multiple literacies among students and teachers alike.
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Using Technology to Engage the Reluctant Reader

Wednesday, February 17th, 2016, 3:00 PM – 4:00 PM ET / 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM PT
In this free, resource-rich presentation, you’ll learn how to use online tools to instill a love of literature in new and reluctant readers. From virtual book clubs to the creative use of Instagram and Pinterest, this program will show how students can find the right book, share it with their peers, and expand their writing skills. An expert on the intersection of technology and literacy, Valerie Shinas, will provide added insight.
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Pictures of the Week | CCBC’s Second Annual Trivia Bowl

Tom Lichtenheld and Kathleen T. Horning admire the trophy of Paul Bunyan’s Babe the Blue Ox, awarded to the winning team at the Cooperative Children’s Book Council’s Second Annual Trivia Bowl.

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