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July 31, 2015

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ISTE Honors School Librarians as Tech Leaders

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Cathy Knutson, media specialist at Oak Hills Elementary School in Lakeville, MN, won the Librarians Network Primary Award, and Diana Rendina, media specialist at Stewart Middle Magnet School in Tampa, FL, taking the Librarians Network Secondary Award.

“King & King”—and Teacher Who Read It—Under Fire in North Carolina

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While King & King will be allowed in the school, it is not currently in the media center, says Omar Currie, a third-grade teacher in Efland, NC, who read the picture book to his class. Any book a teacher wishes to read to students or use in the classroom that is not in the school’s media center will need to be submitted to parents in advance, starting in the 2015-2016 school year, adds Curie, who says a personal grievance has been filed against him with the district.

Portland (OR) Public Schools to School Librarians: “We Want You!”

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With a $3.1M budget increase, the Portland, Oregon public school system is planning to hire more than 30 librarians for the fall.

“Divergent,” “Fancy Nancy” Among Popular HarperCollins Ebooks from MackinVIA

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A look at some of the HarperCollins ebooks that are the top hits with students and educators since the publisher brokered a partnership with MackinVIA more than a year ago.

James Patterson’s School Library Grants to Be Announced June 30

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School libraries across the country will enjoy a collective $500,000 gift when the first winners of James Patterson’s $1.5 Pledge to Libraries grants, in partnership with the Scholastic Reading Club, are announced on June 30.

LGBTQ and College Bound | College Ready

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These seniors have particular concerns about safety and acceptance. Here’s how librarians are supporting them.

This article was published in School Library Journal's June 2015 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.

Scooter Hayes, of “Dewey Decimal Rap” Fame, Launches CD with Student Rappers

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Hayes has packaged 17 tracks created by students in his library Rap Club on an album, Hot! Fresh! Delicious!, including songs about zombies, superheroes, and anything else kids want to rap about.

James Patterson Launches Children’s Book Imprint

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Jimmy Patterson books, part of Little, Brown, the bestselling author’s longterm publisher, will publish eight to 12 books annually.

App that Locates Free Summer Meals Aims to Include Libraries

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The Range app already locates spots for free summer meal sites across the United States. An Indiegogo campaign aims to raise $10,000 to upgrade the app so that it offers locations and hours for public libraries around the country where kids can go to be safe and engaged.

Where the Magic Happens: library maker programs | The Maker Issue

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From scanning human teeth to designing clothes, making sparks ingenuity in students.

This article was published in School Library Journal's May 2015 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.

Librarians Can—and Should—Help Students Navigate the High Cost of College | College Ready

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School librarian Katie Llera talks with her students early, when they’re sophomores, about the SAT, ACT, and possible careers—and about their financial needs. “I haven’t heard of many other librarians getting involved [in college guidance],” she says.

This article was published in School Library Journal's April 2015 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.

Updated: Utah Legislature to Vote on $1,050,00K Increase for School Libraries

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Following school library lobbyist Sharyl Smith’s year-plus effort in Utah, with the help of Parents Advocating Libraries in Schools, the Utah legislature has allocated an additional $500,000 to school libraries, pending a final vote on the state’s overall budget this week.

When Boys Can’t Like ‘Girl Books’

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Author Shannon Hale recently learned that some boys weren’t welcome at one of her school readings. It wasn’t the first time. Now the kid lit community is asking, are boys being discouraged from reading girl books?

Promoting College Readiness via Pinterest |College Ready

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School and public librarians are leveraging social media—Pinterest, Twitter, and LibGuides—to get college information in front of high school seniors.

This article was published in School Library Journal's February 2015 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.

Yoga in the Library

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Libraries are embracing the practice to ease stress and promote literacy among children.

This article was published in School Library Journal's January 2015 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.

School Library Renaissance in MA School District

front left:  Lainie Wood: son 10y/o (4th grade) and daughter 8 y/o (2nd grade)
middle left: Christina Murphy: son 6 y/o (1st) and son 8 y/o (3rd ) 
Back left: Heather Roman: daughter 8y/o (3rd) and son 11 y/o (5th)
Front right: Melissa Upton: daughter 8 y/o (3rd) and daughter 5 y/o (K) 
Back right: New principal as of 10/31/14, Stacy Phelan

Due to the perseverance of concerned parents and school administration, the Swampscott School District in Massachusetts is hiring school librarians.

Librarian Helps Snag $7 Million Federal STEM Grant for Indiana High School

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At Pike High School in Indianapolis, IN, school librarian Chad Heck is playing a significant role in a $7 million grant, which is set to transform the grade 9–12 campus—and the way the school library is perceived by the district.

Project ReimaginED: Online Coffee Klatch for Educators

Project ReimaginED: Online Coffee Klatch for Educators

Educators encourage their students to head online for digital resources that enhance their classroom learning. Now it’s time for them to do the same.

Locke Jetspace: L.A. School “Library of the Future”

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A Los Angeles high school’s 3,000 square foot library renovation project, “Locke JetSpace,” aims to redefine the way students can learn.

Adobe’s Lax Security Raises Concerns About Student Privacy

Adobe’s Lax Security Raises Concerns About Student Privacy

Privacy around what students read, along with other personal data, may be at risk due to software giant Adobe’s transmission of the data without encryption. Student rights are protected under the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA), which protects the confidentiality of student records.