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March 3, 2015

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Kathy Ishizuka

About Kathy Ishizuka

Kathy Ishizuka (kishizuka@mediasourceinc.com@kishizuka on Twitter) is the Executive Editor of  School Library Journal.

Coming in March: “A Crossover Year”

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A preview of our March issue.

SLJ Debuts New Column: “College Ready”

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College readiness: what is the role of librarians? That was the impetus behind “College Ready,” a new School Library Journal column that will explore related issues and track key initiatives, from community college to online education.

“Selma”: Accurate Enough? Questions about the film’s historical accuracy present a teachable moment.

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Weighing in on the recent controversy over “Selma” and the ensuing Oscar fallout, author Elizabeth Partridge offers some ideas for engaging students in a discussion about historical accuracy, primary sources, and expert opinion.

Betsy Bird Returns to Host SLJ’s Youth Media Awards Pre-Game—and Post-Game—Show

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Grab some coffee and tune in Monday, February 2, for a live, no-holds-barred conversation about the most highly anticipated honors in children’s publishing, including the prestigious Newbery and Caldecott awards.

SLJ’s Most Popular Posts of 2014

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From early literacy and culturally diverse titles selected by our review editors to a model public library program, the top articles of the year at School Library Journal.

Teaching “Black Lives Matter” | SLJ Talks to Educator, Author Renée Watson

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In the wake of a grand jury decision not to indict a New York police officer in the chokehold death of Eric Garner, an unarmed black man, educator Renée Watson offers advice on how teachers and students can broach recent events.

Games Make Inroads into the Classroom

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Digital games are establishing a strong presence in K–8 classrooms, according to a study by the Joan Ganz Cooney Center. Almost three quarters of 700 U.S. teachers surveyed use digital games for instruction.

SLJ Debuts ‘Fuse #8 TV’

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Betsy Bird has a TV show. Spinning off Bird’s blog “A Fuse #8 Production” on School Library Journal, “Fuse 8 TV” is a monthly webcast hosted by Bird—and the first episode is now available.

Throwback Thursday: The Freedom Libraries of Mississippi

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In this 50th anniversary year of Freedom Summer, a look back at SLJ’s 1965 coverage of efforts to provide library services for black children in one of the most segregationist states in the South.

Engaged in Maker Activities at Your Library? We’d Like to Know.

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Multimedia. Minecraft. Knitting. Bike repair. School Library Journal and Library Journal have launched a survey of non-book specific activities. Whether you’re a school or public library, we’d like to hear about this programming.

NSBA, New Regency, and Penguin Books to Distribute “12 Years a Slave” to U.S. High Schools

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The National School Boards Association has partnered with New Regency, Fox Searchlight, Penguin Books, and the filmmakers to make copies of the feature film, book, and study guide 12 Years a Slave available to public high schools.

Throwback Thursday: Their Professionalism Kicked In

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News editor Andrea Glick reported SLJ’s story on September 11, 2001, which was—for our staff who worked in and had children in affected schools—very close to home.

Throwback Thursday: Technology, Threatening Our Sanity Since 1991

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Ah, technology, you vex us so. And it was all supposed to make life easier. Back in the day—in this case, 1991—librarians sought to stay current on the latest formats.

Libraries Needed to Host Summer Meal Programs. Here’s How to Help.

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Summer is a tough time for many kids—when they don’t get enough to eat. Summer meal programs are critical and public libraries are uniquely suited to host them. While outside of traditional library services, providing food to hungry citizens is “another way we can serve the community,” says Susan Maldonado, teen services librarian at Oakland Public Library.

SLJ Launches ‘Up for Debate’

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School Library Journal has introduced “Up for Debate,” a new online series featuring commentary by expert contributors on a particular topic or item in the news.

Top Stories of the Week

Two librarians lead high-energy sing-alongs at the Cambridge (MA) Public Library. From the July feature story "Why Your Library Needs Music."

The loss of a giant in the field, Walter Dean Myers, is juxtaposed against the ongoing tension around print/digital and our popular feature on music’s role in early learning in our top 10 stories of the past week.

Video: Unreliable YA Narrators, Love ‘em—Hate ‘em|SLJ Day of Dialog 2014

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Unreliable narrators fascinate—but do they have to be likable to engage readers? Young Adult authors Jodi Lynn Anderson, Alaya Dawn Johnson, E. Lockhart, Barry Lyga, and Meg Wolitzer shared their thoughts in an all-star panel.

Video: Jacqueline Woodson Keynote | SLJ Day of Dialog 2014

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Award-winning author Jacqueline Woodson described the path to her new book, brown girl dreaming, in the opening keynote of School Library Journal’s Day of Dialog.

Video: Garth Nix keynote | SLJ Day of Dialog 2014

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In this 10-minute clip from his keynote address, award-winning author Garth Nix considers the question “Where do novels come from?”

Video: “Do You Write About Race?” | SLJ Day of Dialog 2014

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Authors address the topic of the day in this 12-minute clip from the “Diversity in Middle Grade Fiction” panel at School Library Journal’s Day of Dialog, held in New York on May 28, 2014.