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.
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.
Following the ongoing community unrest and protests in Ferguson, Missouri after 18-year-old unarmed teenager Michael Brown was shot by a Ferguson policeman, the Ferguson-Florissant School District has changed its first day of school from August 14 to August 18.
Through the African Libraries Project, a nonprofit that partners U.S. donors with recipient schools in rural Africa, Jordan Middle School in Palo Alto, California has helped create 13 new libraries in Africa over the past eight years. This year, the school will be honored with the Compassion in Action Award in September.
Today, the White House Department of Education announced that its Advanced Placement (AP) Test Fee Program will pay out $28.4 million in grants to help defray AP test-taking costs for low-income students.
It’s been two zigzag weeks for the National Library Board in Singapore that has been the focus of international media furor since it announced two weeks ago that all copies of the children’s books containing gay themes were not only been banned from the state’s collections, but would be pulped. The international community pushed back, and in a surprising reversal, the National Library Board changed its mind.
On July 11, the FCC narrowly passed the “Order and Further Notice of Proposed Rulemaking” for the Program to Modernize E-Rate which translates into $2 billion over the next two years towards WiFi funding in schools and libraries.
After JK Rowling published a new post about Harry Potter as a 34-year-old man visiting the World Quidditch Cup Final with his family in Patagonia on July 8, Daniel Radcliffe not only promised to read it, but said he would not likely be playing Harry Potter again. “We can’t be doing these characters when we’re 40. So there has to be a line drawn.”
On July 11, a big E-Rate vote for Wi-Fi funding for schools and libraries is coming up. The latest FCC proposal states that libraries’ Wi-Fi funding be determined by a space’s square footage—$1 per square foot. With $2 billion at stake, librarians across the country are objecting to this funding formula with claims that it doesn’t serve high-need urban libraries where square footage does not represent the number of visitors.
The American Academy of Pediatrics has announced a new policy that tells parents read to their children from birth in order to help close the achievement gap.
After three years, U.S. World Book Night has announced it will be suspending its operations due to a lack of ongoing funding.
On June 19, the New York State Assembly passed a bill that will allow teachers who have been low-ranked to have their evaluations recalculated without using Common Core test results for 2014-2015.
Listen up, ALA conference attendees, register for the free “Gamify Your Summer Reading Programs: How to Increase Participation and Completion with Wandoo Reader” webinar on June 18 at 1 p.m. ET.
On June 9, the ALA announced the winner of the Lemony Snicket Prize for Noble Librarians Faced with Adversity—say that three times quickly—which will go to New Orleans Youth Outreach Librarian Laurence Copel who overcame unrelenting adversity to get the children of the Ninth Ward their much-needed books.