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May 23, 2015

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Pictures of the Week: Author Gabrielle Balkan Wows Librarians at Quarto Fall Preview

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On Wednesday May 13, Quarto Publishing USA presented its fall titles, calling attention to its new nonfiction imprint, Wide Eyed Editions. On hand was author Gabrielle Balkan, who discussed her The 50 States.

How to Run a Library Volunteer Program that Students Love

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On an average day, at least ten students help Laura Gardner run the Dartmouth (MA) Middle School library. Altogether, over 40 seventh and eighth-grade students work there each year. She couldn’t do it without them.

“Listen, Slowly” explores a teen’s journey from the valley to Vietnam| Audio Pick

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LAI, Thanhhà. Listen, Slowly. digital download. 8 hrs. Harper Audio. 2015. $18.99. ISBN 9780062346469.
Gr 6-8–Mai (though at school in Laguna Beach she’s known as “Mia”) is a seventh grade valley girl who is expected to accompany her grandmother on an all-summer visit to Vietnam. Bà fled Vietnam with her children during the Fall of Saigon, and doesn’t know what happened to her husband, Mai’s grandfather. Occasionally using her rudimentary Vietnamese, Mai tells the story (grudgingly adding SAT vocabulary sent daily […]

Teen Charm Offensive: Fostering Positive Attitudes About YA Programming

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How to develop the essential “soft skills” to communicate with colleagues who may be less than enthusiastic about teens and young adult programming.

SLJ’s Guide to 2015 BookExpo America ARCs and Galleys

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Sign up for SLJ’s guide to advanced readers copies and author signings at BookExpo America 2015, May 27-29.

Teens Review Murder Mysteries, a Feminist Cinderella, and a Noah Webster Bio

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The reviewers from the Kitsap (WA) Regional Library YA Book Group share their thoughts on upcoming teen literature. From a creepy retelling of Edgar Allan Poe’s stories to an even scarier serial killer mystery, these books will give young adults chills during the summer months.

DK Mines Existing Content for a Promising New Resource | Reference Online

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Information literacy for elementary school students continues to garner more attention nationwide, and DK, best known for its informative, engaging, and visually stunning nonfiction works, has taken up the charge with its newest creation, DK Findout!

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First Book to Publish 60,000 Copies of Diverse Children’s Titles

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As part of its Stories for All Project aimed at increasing diversity and inclusivity in children’s literature, First Book has launched a project to offer 60,000 copies of six titles, each reflecting diversity in characters and lifestyle, at a discounted price.

Incredible abilities are showcased in “Owl Power”|DVD Pick

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Owl Power. (Nature). 53 min. Dist. By PBS. 2015.  $19.99. ISBN  9781627892827.
Gr 5 Up–Owls are known to have keen eyesight, and this film informs viewers that there is much more to their hunting skills and their nocturnal habits. The main focus here is the manner in which scientists are able to study the owl’s unique set of superpowers. Bird trainers Lloyd and Rose Buck provide a rare and up-close opportunity for viewers—two baby barn owls are seen hatching in an […]

Tests Are Changing: How to Keep Your Collections Up to Date

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Wednesday, June 3rd, 2015, 3:00 PM – 4:00 PM ET / 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM PT
Join us as Rosanne Cordell, Associate Dean for Public Services at Northern Illinois University and author of LJ’s Spring Roundup of Test Prep books, will be discussing her selections. SLJ’s new College Readiness columnist Lauren Barack will also tackle different ways to put together a collection for your library.
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Courtroom Dramas, Murderous Robots, and Tough Stuff | High School YA

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Hard-hitting novels, such as Adam Silvera’s More Happy Than Not and Courtney Summers’s All the Rage, will strike a chord with teens. And Mark Alpert’s The Six, about artificial intelligence trying to take over the world, will strike fear in the hearts of readers. That and much more in this month’s SLJ reviews.

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The Latest from Kindl, Picoult, and Stead | Middle School YA

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From Patrice Kindl’s Regency-era romp to Rebecca Stead’s much-anticipated Goodbye Stranger and to high-octane debuts by Valynne Maetani and Kate Elliot, the following titles will delight and engage young teens looking for their next fiction fix.

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Superheroes, Royalty, and a Dystopian Adaptation | YA Graphic Novels

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From Marvel kickass heroine sagas to the graphic novel adaptation of Marie Lu’s blockbuster Legend, these illustrated works will find an avid audience among young adults.

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Amazon’s Free Summer Math Program Starts May 19

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TenMarks Free Summer Math Program, conducted online, begins May 19. Find out how to participate.

Bold New Worlds | Fantasy Titles for Middle Grade Readers, Spring 2015

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Three new middle grade titles offer exciting twists on familiar fantasy tropes and world-building.

3-D Printers: Understanding Copyright, Fair Use, and More

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An ALA information policy analyst outlines the legal issues relevant to 3-D printing in public and school libraries—and explains why librarians should lead the way in creating acceptable use policies for this technology.

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How to Ensure that Making Leads to Learning

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Making is clearly an engaging activity for students. But are they actually learning anything? Annie Murphy Paul presents a compelling case based on cognitive research.

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School Library Journal a Finalist in 2015 REVERE Awards

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SLJ has earned finalist honors in two REVERE Awards categories: single issue editorial and best overall publication.

The Adventures of a Stalwart Hamster Princess, a Victorian Grave Robber, and a Pirate Princess | Middle Grade

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The protagonists of these middle grade reads are sure to impress, from Ursula Vernon’s latest heroine, a courageous hamster princess, to the main character of The Accidental Afterlife of Thomas Marsden, a young grave robber who makes a most unusual discovery one night.

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The Return of EllRay Jakes, Humphrey the Hamster, Last-but-Not-Least Lola, and More Chapter Book Heroes and Heroines | Series Update

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Look no further, chapter book fans. There’s tons of updates to beloved series on the horizon, from everyone’s favorite hamster, Humphrey, who embarks on a camping trip, to EllRay Jakes, who takes on his greatest challenge yet: popularity.

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