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January 30, 2015

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Calling All Environmentalists | SLJ Spotlight

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Four nonfiction titles take an innovative approach to ecology.

2015 Children’s Choice Book Awards Adds Three New Categories

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The Children’s Book Council and Every Child a Reader have announced the addition of three new categories to the 2015 Children’s Choice Book Awards.

Dance: On Your Toes | Focus On

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A colorful assortment of books about dance and movement.

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Ebooks Will Surge in Classrooms, Study Says

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The January 28 report from LightSail Education, polling 475 educators, also revealed a strong preference for purchasing ebooks outright over subscription models.

Unique wildlife is beautifully showcased in “Animal Misfits”|DVD Pick

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Animal Misfits. (Nature.) 53 min. Dist. by PBS. 2014. $19.99. ISBN 9781627891714.
Gr 5 Up–This program describes how and why certain animals have evolved in such unconventional ways, including pandas, nonmeat-eating carnivores, flightless parrots, fish that walk on their fins, and even the eerie-looking stalk-eyed fly. The sloth maintains its leisurely lifestyle because the plants it eats take a long time to digest and don’t provide much energy. To protect itself from swift predators, the sloth blends in with the environment, […]

Carnivorous cakes, nail-biting horror, and a reimagined Alice | SLJ Sneak Peek

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From a hilarious chapter book set in space to an imaginative origin story for Alice and Wonderland’s Queen of Hearts, the following works featured in SLJ’s February 2015 issue will entertain and pique the interest of voracious and emergent readers. Check out the latest sneak peek of reviews appearing in the next print issue.

Shakespearean Resources | Mix It Up

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Shake up your Shakespeare lessons and inject new life into curriculum units and assignments on the Bard with this list of interactive apps, websites, humorous books, and other inventive resources.

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OH Department of Education Will Vote to Purge School Librarian Requirement

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The Ohio Department of Education is trying to purge the “5 of 8” rule, which mandates that school districts hire five staff members in “education service personnel,” including librarians, for every 1,000 students.

Digital Terms You Should Know | Pivot Points

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Want a spot at the administrators’ table? Then be sure to understand these terms related to digital content, curriculum, and management.

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IPad Games Blend with the Physical World | SLJ Reviews Osmo

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“Osmo is part app and part iPad, with a little physical hackery thrown in,” writes Chad Sansing, who considers the new gaming platform’s potential for the classroom in his review.

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Smith’s humorous, heartbreaking “Winger” translates seamlessly to audio | Audio Pick

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SMITH, Andrew. Winger. 8 CDs. 9:52 hrs. Brilliance Audio. 2014. $52.97. ISBN 9781491507926.
Gr 9 Up–Ryan Dean West is the smartest student in the junior class at Pine Mountain boarding school, a starter on the rugby team, and two years younger than the rest of his classmates. He is also hopelessly in love with his best friend, Annie, who sees him as just a little kid. When Ryan Dean moves into Opportunity Hall, the dorm for misbehaving students (owing to an […]

2015 Youth Media Awards Broadcast Live from Chicago on February 2

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You don’t have to be in Chicago on Monday, February 2 to share in the excitement of the American Library Association’s 2015 Youth Media Awards. An internet connection is all you need.

New Spring Nonfiction for the Library, Classroom and Home

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Thursday, February 12th, 2015, 3:00 PM – 4:00 PM ET / 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM PT
This free webcast, moderated by Jess deCourcy Hinds, the library director of Bard H.S. Early College Queens, will showcase a wide range of reading materials and educational series covering motorcycles, wildlife, history, kid-friendly culinary recipes, research projects, thinkers, innovators, and many other new nonfiction titles all with plenty to offer librarians serving today’s youth. Register Now!

“Teen Services Underground” Debuts; Books for a Brighter Tomorrow Grants | SLJTeen News

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Make room for the just launched “Teen Services Underground” blog, which aims to advocate for teen services. School libraries serving economically disadvantaged students will want to take a look at Sony Pictures/NEA’s Books for a Brighter Tomorrow grants program. Review copies of The Short and Tragic Life of Robert Peace are now available.

Creating a School Library Makerspace: The Beginning of a Journey | Tech Tidbits

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After chasing down the funding, and getting input from colleagues and adviser, Phil Goerner is about to launch a makerspace focused on the basics—with room to grow—in Silver Creek (CO) High School’s library.

Strike A (Yoga ) Pose | SLJ Spotlight

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Two titles explore the benefits of yoga for a young audience.

The Skinny on Library Yoga; Plus, Books, Music, & Tips

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How popular is library yoga? Plus, books, music, and websites recommended by librarians who lead sessions for kids.

High Marks from Teens for Medieval Magic and McCloud’s “The Sculptor”

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Science continues to surface in contemporary fiction, and titles with magical settings still hold their edge. Scott McCloud’s impactful graphic novel The Sculptor examines one man’s countdown through his last 200 days alive.

StarWalk Kids Media to Announce New Collaborative Writing Software

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Next week, at the FETC educational technology conference in Orlando, FL, StarWalk Kids Media will introduce a collaborative writing software that creates a single collaborative environment for reading, writing, and research for students in grades 3–8.

Fayetteville Free Library’s Geek Girl Camp: Creating a Community of Future STEM Leaders

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The Fayetteville Free Library (FFL) ran its pilot Geek Girl Camp program this past summer, launching rockets, creating a giant human Makey Makey circuit, and unleashing a slew of future female STEM leaders.