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July 6, 2015

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ISTE 2015: Takeaway Tips for a Library Maker Space | ISTE 2015

Maker station at the ISTE Librarians Network Digital Age Playground at the 2015 ISTE conference in Philadelphia.

Maker was front and center at the 2015 ISTE conference—and that was a good thing for Jennifer Hanson, director of library services at Worcester (MA) Academy, who is planning a maker space at her school.

ISTE 2015: The Big Themes—On-site and in the Backchannel | ISTE 2015

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Melissa Techman recaps the highlights from ISTE 2015, much of the value, as in past events, coming from conversation and social media.

The “Best Part of ISTE”: The Preshow Unconference | ISTE 2015

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The Saturday before ISTE is really the best part, says Elissa Malespina. Between the annual unconference Hack Education (#hacked15) and this year’s Mobile Megashare, it was a great day of connecting and learning from leaders in the field.

Perfect Partners: Libraries and the Nationwide Pre–K Movement

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As studies increasingly show that early learning supports later student achievement, financial investment on the national, state, and local level has increased. Libraries are showing that they can be ideal partners in this effort.

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Resources from Mobile MegaShare | ISTE 2015

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The free exchange of resources and tips was fast and furious at the Mobile MegaShare, an ISTE 2015 preconference, held June 27 in Philadelphia.

Scenes from the ALA National Conference | ALA 2015

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Snapshots of honored authors, jubilant librarians, the newly engaged, and more from the 2015 ALA Annual Conference in San Francisco.

An Ezra Jack Keats Grant Fosters Architectural Study Among Fourth Graders

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A librarian in rural Illinois uses an Ezra Jack Keats Mini Grant to connect local fourth-graders with the architecture and history of their town, while also studying the author’s works. Watch a video about the project.

The Epicenter of Geek Culture: Planning a “Con” at the Library

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Children’s librarian and Summer Teen speaker Marissa Lieberman shares how she successfully organized East Orange (NJ) Public Library’s first Tosho-con—a conference dedicated to anime and geek culture for tweens, teens, and their families.

Style and Substance: Cavendish Square Digital | Reference Online

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Just as slick, informative, and engaging as ever, Cavendish Square Digital features a new addition (It’s My State) as well as some new updates you won’t want to miss.

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The Books of Summer | Listen In | June 2015

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Summer is the ideal time for audiobooks. With a break from classes, July and August allow time for relaxing when students can plug in their earbuds and choose their own reading.

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Fantasy novel “Shadow Scale” excels in audio format | Audio Pick

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HARTMAN, Rachel. Shadow Scale. (Seraphina, Bk. 2). 15 CDs. 18:10 hrs. Listening Library. 2015. $60. ISBN 9780307968982. digital download.
Gr 9 Up—To save Goreddi, Seraphina begins to search for other half-dragons in the hopes they can unite to stop dragons from damaging the fragile peace between humans and dragons. Her journey takes her to other regions in the Southlands, and some of the people she seeks prove to be malevolent. When her old nemesis, Jannoula, gains control of the other half-dragons’ […]

Beasts of Lore: Dragons | Focus On

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An assortment of dragon tales for readers of all ages.

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Kate Messner’s “59 Reasons to Write” | Professional Shelf

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Children’s and YA author Kate Messner’s “Teachers Write,” a free online writing workshop for teachers and librarians, will begin on July 6th. Are you ready?

Wherefore Art Thou Will? | SLJ Spotlight

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Four titles modernize Shakespeare for the next generation.

MakerBridge Site and Blog Show Diversity in Maker Movement | The Maker Issue

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Being a maker is about independence and empowerment, says MakerBridge Project founder Sharona Ginsberg. Focused on making in libraries and schools, the site features tech tips, tool reviews, and variety of resources and profiles.

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“She’s Beautiful” deftly spotlights second wave feminism| DVD Pick

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She’s Beautiful When She’s Angry. 92 min. Dist. by the Cinema Guild. 2014. $99.94. ISBN 0781515149.
Gr 9 Up–This documentary about the second wave of feminism covers the years 1966–71. It deftly pulls together the many threads and factions of the movement, from middle-class housewives responding to Betty Friedan’s The Feminine Mystique, many of whom became the founders of the National Organization of Women, to radical groups such as the Redstockings and the lesbians of the Furies Collective. Additionally, women flocked […]

Winston Churchill, Snow White, and the Alphabet | App Reviews

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From fairy tales to Winston Churchill, our favorite apps this month explore a range of topics this month.

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Guides to Nutrition, Math, and Careers | Reference Reviews

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Whether you’re looking for guidance on math, advice on food, or advice on careers, this month’s reference titles have you covered.

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Teens Review Band-Themed Romance, Holocaust Nonfiction, and More

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From a historical account of the horrific personal stories of people who were tortured in concentration camps during the Holocaust to a breezy romance about a teen band, the following works reviewed by the teens of the Kitsap (WA) Regional Library YA Book Group run the gamut of YA offerings.

Manga 101

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A manga primer that will turn you into an otaku (fan), with suggested titles.

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