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November 24, 2014

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College Daze: YA Novels that Tackle the Undergraduate Years | SLJ Spotlight

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Three YA novels explore the limbo between high school and college.

SLJ Best Books Cover | December 2014

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The cover of School Library Journal’s December 2014 issue, featuring the Best Books of the year, as selected by SLJ editors. Art by Yuyi Morales.

Jacqueline Woodson’s ‘Brown Girl Dreaming’ Wins 2014 National Book Award

Brown Girl Dreaming, and How I Discovered Poetry

Jacqueline Woodson’s Brown Girl Dreaming takes the top prize at the 2014 National Book Awards. Finalists in the young people’s literature category include Eliot Schrefer’s Threatened, Steve Sheinkin’s The Port Chicago 50 , John Corey Whaley’s Noggin, and Deborah Wiles’s Revolution.

Ditch Holiday Programming | Opinion

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Allow me to explain why your library should not provide holiday programs this winter, or ever. Instead, get creative—and offer programs in which everyone in your community can participate.

SLJ Reviews of the 2014 National Book Award Finalists in Young People’s Literature

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School Library Journal reviews of the National Book Award Finalists in the Young People’s Literature category, as well as some relevant pieces from our bloggers and interviews with the authors.

CA Librarians Gear Up For Summer with iREAD’s Read to the Rhythm Programming

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At the California Library Association’s Annual (CLA) Conference, iREAD’s Summer Reading Program was the focus, including next summer’s theme: Read to the Rhythm. Librarians shared creatives tips and ideas for Read to the Rhythm in every age group.

The Ebook Dilemma: Thoughts on Selecting the Right Ebook Model | Tech Tidbits

Ebooks 2013: New leasing models, cheaper devices, more content

The ebook journey has been circuitous for high school teacher librarian Krista Brakhage. Some of the collection she purchased three years ago “disappeared,” prompting her to search for a new ebook purchasing model that works for her budget, students, and staff.

A young sleuth solves mysteries in “Spy Catchers of Maple Hill”| Audio Pick

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Blakemore, Megan Frazer. The Spy Catchers of Maple Hill. 7 CDs. 8 hrs. Recorded Bks. 2014. $45. ISBN 9781490627595. Playaway, digital download.
Gr 4-6–The year is 1953, and fifth grader Hazel Kaplansky is a girl in search of a mystery. When rumors begin flying that the Russians are operating a spy ring right in her small New England town, Hazel knows she is the girl for the case. She’s the smartest, most relentless person she knows, and she’s ready to put [...]

We Need Diverse Books Announces Publishing Internship Project

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The new WNDB Publishing Internship Project will help support initiatives that give greater opportunities to individuals from diverse backgrounds who wish to begin careers in publishing.

Teens Review the Latest from Sedgwick, Barnes, and Serle

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Check out the high praise from teen reviewers for titles by Jennifer Lynn Barnes, Marcus Sedgwick, and more. Read on to find out what some of YA’s hottest authors are delivering to shelves this fall and winter.

Tense Pasts: Middle-Grade Historical Fiction | SLJ Spotlight

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These middle grade novels explore adventures set in older times.

Lerner Publishing Group Spring 2015 Librarian Preview Webinar

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Tuesday, December 9th, 2014, 3:00 PM – 4:00 PM ET / 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM PT
Get a sneak peek at Lerner’s nonfiction, middle grade and YA fiction, graphic novels, and picture books for grades K–12 coming this spring. Plus, learn about new digital offerings, as well as supports for Common Core State Standards, and free teaching guides, reader’s discussion guides, classroom activities, and websites that make lesson planning easy.
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Reading as the Main Course: A Book Tasting Event

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With the school librarian playing head chef, students at Sayre Junior/Senior High School in Sayre, PA kicked off a book tasting to celebrate new books and a love of reading. The delicious result? A big boost in circ stats, library card sign-ups, and collaboration between the school and public library.

Deadline Looms for Lemony Snicket Prize Nominations

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Do you know a librarian who has faced adversity with integrity and dignity intact? Nominate them for the second annual Lemony Snicket Prize for Noble Librarians Faced with Adversity, sponsored by the American Library Association, before the December 1 deadline.

SLJ’s Best Books Cover Gallery

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A look back at SLJ’s December covers. In a tradition since 1998, the magazine has commissioned a top illustrator for the assignment, all on the theme of “stars.”

How to ‘Speak Administrator’ | Pivot Points

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District administrators want new collaborations between school districts, businesses, and higher education. Librarians can help by gaining a better understanding of local and global educational priorities and facilitating external relationships.

This article was published in School Library Journal's November 2014 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.

Rwandan women build their own business in “Sweet Dreams”| DVD Pick

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Sweet Dreams. 56 min. Dist. by Liro Films. Sweetdreamsrwanda.com. 2014. Schools $195. 1 year streaming rights $150.  Three years streaming rights $350. ISBN unavail.
Gr 9 Up–A devastating civil war in the 1990s between Hutus and Tutsis left Rwanda in an emotional and political spasm, with more than 800,000 murdered. The surviving families experienced nationwide trauma, but perhaps the unifying force of traditional drumming could help them heal. Drumming had been the exclusive domain of men until Kiki Katese created a [...]

Two Teens Start “Coding for Kids” Program at Silicon Valley Libraries

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Two California teens decided to share their love for math and coding and began a nonprofit, Math and Coding, through which they offer free coding classes at public at libraries throughout the San Francisco Bay area.

Robin LaFevers’s “Medieval Obsession”

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SLJ spoke with Robin LaFevers, who concludes her thrilling “His Fair Assassins” trilogy set in 15th-century Brittany with the exciting ‘Mortal Heart.’

Dire Forecasts | Focus On Extreme Weather

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These titles look at the science behind the development of storms and other weather phenomena, the economic and human impacts, and the abilities to predict and mitigate future occurences.

This article was published in School Library Journal's November 2014 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.