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August 29, 2014

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Teens Review ‘Mary’, ‘Of Monsters and Madness’, and More

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Is creepy back in vogue? Our teen reviewers have turned up titles with an eerie element: the ghost of Bloody Mary, an addict set on revenge, and a riff on Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde.

Playing With the Narrative | SLJ Spotlight

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These teen fiction titles stretch the limits with twists on the traditional narrative.

Arapahoe High School Unveils New Library and Park

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Arapahoe High School in Littleton, Colorado, rebuilds its library and gets a new outdoor commons, after a tragic high school shooting last December.

Teen Book Buzz Fall 2014

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From family strife during the Vietnam era to an alternative Victorian London, our sponsors will be featuring new and forthcoming releases that are sure to appeal to your tween and teen readers. Get ahead of the curve and discover the latest and greatest hot reads during SLJ’s Fall 2014 Teen Book Buzz! Join representatives from Harlequin Teen, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, Llewellyn, and Egmont as they tell us about books that will have every teen chatting at their lockers. You do not want to miss this exciting webcast! Register Now!

Throwback Thursday: A Sendak Photobomb

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For our 60th anniversary, SLJ’s dipped into the archive. To kick off our contribution to #tbt, we offer this image of a young Maurice Sendak and a mischievous staffer.

Librarians React to ‘Amelia Bedelia’ Hoax

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When New York writer EJ Dickson publicly confessed to fabricating information on the Wikipedia page for Amelia Bedelia author Peggy Parish, it was a “teachable moment” according to one librarian.

Supporting Common Core Standards with Audiobooks| Listen In

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Many of the standards from the College and Career Readiness Anchor Standards for Reading were well supported by selected audiobooks.

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Rick Riordan: Live from Mount Olympus

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Think you (or your classroom or school) can stump Rick Riordan when it comes to Greek mythology? We’ll be testing him live! You’ll have a chance to submit a question when you register, and if your question is chosen you’ll receive a signed copy of Rick Riordan’s new illustrated collection, Percy Jackson’s Greek Gods. SLJ Reviews Editor Kiera Parrott will be on hand to ask the questions. Register Now!

Let’s Geek Out: SLJ Goes to Fifth Annual LeakyCon

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Since 2009, fandom nerds from all over the world have gathered together to geek out over Harry Potter—as well as Doctor Who, Sherlock Holmes, Supernatural, and other fandom niches—and this year the convention took place in Orlando, Florida. SLJ gives a peek into the event and what it’s like to be part of LeakyCon’s exclusive after-hours event at Universal Studios theme parks.

Let’s Talk About Banned Books: Using Them, Displaying Them, and Dealing with Challenges to Your Library Collection

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Join SLJ for an important discussion with SLJ columnist Pat Scales, along with authors M.E. Kerr and Todd Parr as they provide practical advice when dealing with book challenges and hear the authors’ perspective on their books that have been banned over the years. You’ll also hear from Youth Services librarian Heather Accero on ways that librarians can celebrate, display, and use these books. Register Now!

Dig It! Library Gardens Sprout Up Coast-to-Coast

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Kids are learning about nutrition and the environment as libraries create gardens to expand their mission.

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

National Library Lock-in Event Features Authors, Games, and Minecraft

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The National Teen Library Lock-in grew out of an event coordinated by Jennifer Lawson from San Diego County Library in 2011 and has become a popular celebration that connects teens and librarians across the country. Youth services librarian Claudia Haines shares how the addition ofMinecraft set this year’s celebration apart.

Understanding Ferguson: Resources on Protest, Nonviolent Resistance, and Civil Rights

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Books and resources on the history of the Civil Rights movement, nonviolent resistance, the Rodney King legacy, the history of racial tensions between citizens and police, and more.

The Book Is Far Superior to the Ebook for Early Literacy | Up for Debate

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The adult-child relationship is the foundation of healthy, early child development, including early literacy skills, and print books—not ebooks—invite and sustain parent-child interaction and the personal and intimate experience of sharing and talking through reading.

Ebooks Enhance Development of the Whole Child | Up for Debate

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When new media tools are expertly selected and appropriately used with children, such tools can support and enhance adults’ role in supporting development of the whole child, especially three- to eight-year-olds.

Buried Treasure: Real and Imagined Adventure Titles | Focus On

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The following is a treasure trove of titles that are bound to capture the attention and spark the imaginations of readers. They are chock-full of action, adventure, and derring-do, guaranteed to keep the pages turning.

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

Teens Review Debut ‘Zac & Mia’, ‘Off Pointe’ and Throne of Glass 3

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Zac & Mia will be of interest to fans of TFIOS, ballet lovers will want to grab Off Pointe, while fantasy gurus looking for a series to dig into ought to check out Sarah Maas’s “Throne of Glass” books.

Time for a Little Common Sense: Evaluating Apps, Games, and Websites | Tech Tidbits

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Teacher librarian Krista Brakhage is going back to school with Graphite, an expansive and useful resource from Common Sense Media that features unbiased reviews of apps, games, and websites.

Mayor Bill de Blasio Keynotes Early Education Summit in NYC’s Scholastic Headquarters

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On August 5, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio keynoted the Preschool Nation Summit 2014 co-hosted by Scholastic and Los Angeles Universal Preschool, a nonprofit aimed at providing access to quality early childhood education programs for children in Los Angeles County. If you missed the event, you can catch a video of the happenings here.

SLJTeen Catches Up with Debut Author Anthony Breznican

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It can’t be easy having your debut novel compared to The Chocolate War, but Anthony Breznican takes it all in stride. Adult Books 4 Teens contributor Diane Colson talks to the author about his inspiration, his characters, and Elvis Costello.