Nikki Robertson enjoys a sandbox just as much as her students. But instead of shovels and sifters, her toys tend toward digital tools that fill the maker space at James Clemens High School in Madison, AL, where Robertson is the librarian and tech facilitator. Her goal? Get messy, get out of her comfort zone, and bring others along with her.
This article was published in School Library Journal's November 2015 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.
Online college classes are all the rage. Yet many adults are trying to finish their high school education — years after their classmates graduated.
The Hartford (CT) Public Library (HPL) has decided to take a step towards changing the city’s grim high-school graduation statistics.
Describing her book as “racially insensitive,” author Emily Jenkins took to the web Sunday to apologize for her picture book A Fine Dessert, announcing her intent to donate her writing fee to We Need Diverse Books, which has been confirmed by the organization.
After book challenges by a local parents group this summer, a southern Florida school district gives parents online access to see what their children are checking out of the media center.
Technology may be transforming the way people learn a second language—but not in K–12 schools. Instead, librarians and teachers still prefer to use print books to support their English language learners (ELL), according to a survey by SLJ and Rourke Educational Media.
This article was published in School Library Journal's October 2015 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.
Karl Dean remembers his childhood public library as a place where “you could go to dream.” Recreating that experience resulted in Limitless Libraries, which brought public library resources into Nashville schools to enable every student to pursue their dreams.
Terms of the pending three-year, $30 million deal between the retail giant and the New York City Department of Education for e-materials are being revised after the National Federation of the Blind said that the technology would not adequately serve blind students.
Eight high school students sounded off about the “YA” label, print books versus ebooks, and why they read what they read during a panel discussion at the 2015 Nielsen Children’s Book Summit in Manhattan.
Ohio’s school librarians are losing Jobs after a state education mandate, colloquially referred to as “5 of 8,” was removed.
The 2015 Founder’s Award, bestowed by the National Summer Learning Association, recognized the Chicago Public Library for its high level of collaboration and coordination with other city groups on its summer learning program.
Ted Dawe’s award-winning YA novel Into the River, about a Maori boy at a boarding school, is the first book to be banned in New Zealand in 22 years.
The Charleston Public Library in South Carolina gave 1,000 copies of Courtney Summers’s Some Girls Are to teens after a high school removed the book from its summer reading list.
Authors Susan Kuklin, Robin Talley, and Alex Gino spoke about transgender representation in books and the importance of making LGBTQ titles visible.
School librarian Susan Polos believes that reading books about different kinds of families enables children to better understand others. So she co-founded “Shared Stories Open Minds,” an initiative in which children read and discuss LGBTQ-themed stories.
The School District of Philadelphia has launched a $30 million early literacy initiative intended to make sure that by 2020, all students are reading on grade level when they reach fourth grade.
A proposed revision to a Kansas law may help protect school librarians’ jobs, but it will be hard to reverse the slow drain of certified school librarian positions in the state during the past decade.
A Detroit high school has scored a slam dunk—a renovation of its school library—by winning the Detroit Pistons’ “Reading Room Makeover” for 2015–16. More than 30 Michigan schools from 24 cities applied for the makeover, which supplies new carpeting, paint, and furniture.
Do you have a children’s story itching to be told, but you’re not sure how to begin? You might consider the Picture Book Summit, a live, online workshop on October 3.
IPads, maker spaces, 3-D printers, and coding skills top the tech wish lists for 1,259 school librarians across the country, according to School Library Journal’s 2015 Technology Survey.
This article was published in School Library Journal's August 2015 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.
Daily technology-based lessons, specifically those around game design that are taken for school credit, can help bridge the digital divide among students—particularly that between boys and girls, according to a new study.