November 17, 2017

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Future Ready Schools Announces Project To Recognize School Librarians as Leaders in Learning Transformation

Future Ready Librarians aims to further position librarians as the forerunners in the digital transformation of learning.

Library Transformation Hallmark of 2016 Knight News Challenge Winners

The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation has announced funding of $1.6 million for 14 digital and data projects aimed at re-imagining libraries for the 21st century.

Queens Library Steps Forward with Google ‘Computer Science First’ Kid Club

Former New York City Mayor David Dinkins was on hand to cheer the city’s first public library-based sites, 26 branches in Queens, a county of 2.3 million that’s one of the most ethnically diverse in the country.

Author Nora Baskin Rallies To Save School Librarian’s Job

Nora Raleigh Baskin wrote to a local board of education to try to save a friend’s position—and spread awareness about what is lost when a school librarian is laid off.

James Patterson Puts Cash Behind his Convictions with the Help of Scholastic Reading Club

The YA author will personally donate $1.75 million in grants to save school libraries.

Roger Rosen Appointed Senior Advisor for National Policy Advocacy

The leader of Rosen Publishing assumes key role in advancing the thinking and learning of youth in our digital society.

How Making Makes Us Happy and More Creative

During week four of our Maker Workshop, we learned how “using our hands feels good and is good for us,” from Alton and Carrie Barron, MDs and co-authors of “The Creativity Cure: How to Build Happiness with Your Own Two Hands.”

Ideas from the Labs at DC Public Library

They “break it better” at Dream Lab, Fab Lab, Studio Lab, and Memory Lab. Here’s what that means, and how it’s an approach that can transform other programs, too.

Price Break on “Mockingbird” for Schools

The budgets of school librarians and teachers get a reprieve with the news of an educators-only discount on an English-curriculum mainstay.

Educators On the Open eBooks App: Needs Work

The free books from the Open eBooks app could be a huge boon for students, but it’s not set up to benefit some kids who need it the most, and other kinks need to be worked out.

Search for 2016 Top Young Scientist Is Underway

Students in grades 5–8 can enter a video competition to showcase their own innovation—and win $25,000.

EveryLibrary Petition to Encourage Adherence to ESSA Provisions at Local Level

A petition to urge implementation of ESSA provisions is gathering steam, while serving an important additional function.

The Digital Wild West of Apps Is an Opportunity for Librarians

Being able to accurately size up language and literacy apps for young children isn’t easy in today’s online environment. Yet it is a crucial service, one that librarians are uniquely suited to provide.

2016 New York Library Advocacy Day Ramps Up

On March 2, the state’s librarians (and their friends) can meet with legislative staff and make their collective voices heard in Albany.

Harlem Advocacy Group Demands School Librarians

A petition by the Harlem Council of Elders calls on state and city officials to rectify the dearth of librarians by the start of the next school year.

LRNG Offers Summer Connected Learning Grants

Here’s a chance to grab a grant to fund an innovative summer program related to connected learning. But you have to act fast: the deadline is February 19.

De la Peña’s “Last Stop on Market Street” Takes 2016 Newbery; Blackall’s “Finding Winnie” Wins Caldecott

There were cheers, tears, and mouths agape at ALA Midwinter, as Matt de la Peña’s “Last Stop on Market Street” and Sophie Blackall’s “Finding Winnie” took the top spots in the YMA lineup. Laura Ruby’s “Bone Gap” won the Printz.

ALA’s ESSA Report Reveals Advocacy Plan

A new report out of ALA’s Washington, DC office clearly spells out post-ESSA goals for school library supporters.

Syrian Refugees Welcomed to Canada with an SLJ Best Book

Distribution of Sidewalk Flowers by JonArno Lawson is part of IBBY Canada’s welcome program for refugee families.

In Chicago, Bronzeville School Librarian Layoff Inspires Outrage—and Support

The campus librarian at Daniel Hale Williams School has been laid off, which means the number of librarians on staff at Chicago high schools with a 90 percent or higher African American student now rests at two. It was 19 in 2012.