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November 24, 2014

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Carolyn Sun

About Carolyn Sun

Carolyn Sun (csun@mediasourceinc.com) is a news editor at School Library Journal. Find her on Twitter @CarolynSSun.

Pictures of the Week: The 2014 National Book Awards Ceremony

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Ursula Le Guin is honored at the National Books Awards ceremony on November 19 and steals the show with her speech.

13-Year-Old Girl Wins Minecraft Hunger Games Tournament on International Games Day

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ALA’s International Games Day, on November 15, brought together hundreds of libraries around the world to participate in gaming, including a battle-to-the-death tournament of Minecraft won by a middle-schooler from Providence, RI.

St. Louis School Librarian Offers LibGuide on Ferguson

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“As a librarian, I always feel like I have to share what resources are out there and the best of what is out there,” says St. Louis school librarian Katie Voss, who created an online LibGuide of materials related to the shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, MO.

Ebooks Take Hold in Schools—Slowly

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The adoption and use of ebooks in U.S. school libraries has grown steadily over the past four years, slowed mainly by limited access to ereading devices and cost, says a new ebooks report by SLJ, sponsored by Follett.

Understood.org: Web Resource Helps Parents of Kids with Learning and Attention Issues

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Understood.org is a new “parent toolbox” on the Web that pools the expertise of 15 well-known learning and child nonprofits so that parents can find articles, advice, expertise, and empathy for their child’s learning and attention struggles.

Container of Hope: International Book Bank Ships 86,000 Books to Liberia

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The International Book Bank has partnered with the We Care Foundation to ship a “container of hope” with 86,000 books headed for Monrovia, Liberia to be included in the distribution of 10,000 homeschool kits to kids.

Dynamic Librarian Gets Apple ConnectED Grant for West Harlem Middle School

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Peter Kornicker, a library media specialist at Don Pedro Albizu Campos Middle School in New York City, nabbed the Apple ConnectED grant for his school. This award translates into every student receiving an Apple iPad and every teacher, an iPad and Macbook, in 2015.

We Need Diverse Books Indiegogo Campaign Aims to Raise $100K

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We Need Diverse Books (WNDB) kicked off an indiegogo campaign to raise $100K on October 23, and it’s taken off like gangbusters. Also, check out John Green’s #SupportWNDB video, which debuted October 28.

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

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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.

New Pew Report Finds Young Women Targeted for Online Harassment

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

Technology in the First Years | Fostering Lifelong Learners 2014

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Addressing how technology fits in early learning, a trio of experts described uses of technology that can empower children and caregivers.

Appvisory for Educational Children’s Apps | TDS14

Appvisory for Educational Children’s Apps | TDS14

The “Appvisory: Curating and Providing Access to Educational Apps in the Children’s Library” exhibit at this virtual conference (#TDS14) provided an abundance of tips and ways to start and improve your library’s app-literacy programming.

State Orders New York City to Comply with Mandate for Secondary School Librarians

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A ruling by New York State Education Commissioner John King in response to an appeal filed by the United Federation of Teachers means the NYC DOE has to address the staffing gap in the 2014−2015 school year—and in the best case scenario—could result in hundreds of new positions.

Shannon Miller: Integrating Technology into Curriculum through Banding Together

Shannon Miller: Integrating Technology into Curriculum through Banding Together

Shannon Miller, a 2014 Library Journal Mover & Shaker and former K−12 librarian of the Van Meter (IA) Community School District, turned a Rainbow Loom craze amongst her students into a learning opportunity called Banding Together.

Selecting Children’s Books: A Reader’s Advisory by ‘The Horn Book’ Editors | Fostering Lifelong Learners 2014

The Horn Book editors Martha Parravano and Roger Sutton. Photos by Carolyn Sun.

Humorous quips and nursery rhymes punctuated the lively reader’s advisory discussion at the recent “Fostering Lifelong Learners” event in Ohio.

Slideshow: Ohio Early Learning Conference | Fostering Lifelong Learners 2014

During the day's Visit Discovery Learning Stations portion, an attendee plays with a shark puppet that is part of the Cuyahoga County Public Library's literacy program that uses puppets.

On September 19, the Cuyahoga County (OH) Public Library hosted the Fostering Lifelong Learners conference presented by SLJ and sister publication The Horn Book with Robert Needlman proclaiming tears, Kevin Henkes talking about his children being “built by books,” and Case Western University’s Robert Fischer talking big data.

Robert Needlman Keynotes Early Learning Conference | Fostering Lifelong Learners 2014

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Robert Needlman, co-founder of Reach Out and Read, says there is no panacea for childhood literacy. At the early literacy conference, presented by SLJ and sister publication The Horn Book, at Cuyahoga County (OH) Public Library on September 19, he surfaces what can help.

‘Text Sets’ Slated to Help School Librarians Advance College Readiness

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With reading skills being tested as criteria of college readiness, school librarians are primed to support these skills by building text sets—or units of instruction—according to the nonprofit Student Achievement Partners.

UK Laureate Malorie Blackman will not Be Silenced

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When Malorie Blackman found herself at the center of a racial firestorm, following an interview in which she addressed the lack of diversity in children’s books, she found strength from fellow writers and in her convictions.

Ferguson Public Library Offers Lessons for Students in Limbo

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Missouri’s Ferguson Public Library has gone out of its way to be a refuge of peace and calm during the the tumult following the August 9 shooting of unarmed black teenager Michael Brown, and teachers—and retired teachers—offer lessons at the library during the ongoing district closure.