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September 18, 2014

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SLJ Out-of-Pocket Spending Survey

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With the school year underway, take a moment to respond to our brief out-of-pocket spending survey.

Using Nintendo Streetpass in your Library

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Nintendo’s Streetpass as a form of outreach targets gamers directly and encourages connections to the library in an unconventional way.

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September Starred Reviews

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Get the inside scoop behind the whale who inspired Herman Melville’s Moby-Dick, take a walk on the wild side with The Accidental Highwayman, and blast off with Sally Ride, in the September stars, which offer the best of fiction, nonfiction, and multimedia.

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Ancient Mysteries and Outer Space | Multimedia Reviews, September 2014

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Among the DVDs, the possible location of the Hanging Gardens of Babylon are discovered, and in audiobooks, Deborah’s Wiles’s Revolution and Lynn Sherr’s Sally Ride: America’s First Woman in Space reach for (and get) a star.

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Preapocalyptic Time-Travel, Turn-of-the-Century California, and High School Drama | YA Fiction Series Update

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SLJ presents the latest updates in YA fiction series and the conclusions of some trilogies you won’t want to miss. Your teens won’t want to miss these series continuations, from dystopic science fiction to realistic high school stories to historical fiction.

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Classic Tales for the iPad | Best of Apps & Enhanced Books

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These timeless stories from Aesop and Prokofiev will be appreciated by a range of readers and listeners at home and in the classroom.

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The Well-Traveled Reader | SLJ Spotlight

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Readers can take a trip without moving an inch in these novels with vibrant, far away settings.

Penguin Random House Extends Deadline for Teacher Awards for Literacy

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Penguin Random House has extended its deadline for the Teacher Awards for Literacy to September 15.

Memorial Service to Honor Frances Foster

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The late Frances Foster, a celebrated children’s editor and publisher at Farrar Straus Giroux, will be honored at a public memorial service this month.

Before They Were Famous: Young Carl Sagan, Golda Meir, and Alice Waters | Nonfiction Preschool to Grade 4

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This month, SLJ highlights some picture books about famous figures—before they made it big. Barbara Krasner details Golda Meir’s first stab at leadership, Stephanie Roth Sisson offers a glimpse of Carl Sagan’s childhood dreams about the stars, and Jacqueline Briggs examines foodie Alice Waters, starting with the early years.

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Our Bodies, Ourselves: A Transgender Teen Memoir, a Guide to Puberty, and Guys vs. Girls | Nonfiction Grades 5 & Up

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The latest nonfiction for older readers spotlights gender and bodies, from a frank and original look at puberty to a memoir by a transgender teen.

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Opposing Viewpoints on YA Author’s Portrayal of Judaism | SLJ Feedback

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Laurice Elehwany Molinari responds to a SLJ’s March review of her book The Ether: Vero Rising, in which reviewer Rhona Campbell writes of a Jewish character whom, she says, seems to embody evangelical beliefs.

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A Wealth of Leaders: The School Librarian of the Year Candidates | Pivot Points

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The superb School Librarian of the Year candidates are guides for our profession.

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History comes to life in Wiles’s second “Sixties” installment|Audio Pick

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Wiles, Deborah. Revolution. (The Sixties Trilogy: Bk. 2). 10 CDs. 12:10 hrs. Listening Library. 2014. $50. ISBN 9780553395266. digital download.
Gr 5-8–At home, 12-year-old Sunny’s prickly relationships with her blended family trigger yearning for her absent mother. In town, the community faces SNCCs, COFOs and COREs, invaders from the North who’ve come to register black voters despite violent local opposition. Stacey Aswad perfectly conveys Sunny’s sassy young voice while Francois Battiste becomes Raymond, the African American boy who personifies the struggle [...]

Michelle Colte Named School Librarian of the Year

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School Library Journal has announced the winner of the first School Librarian of the Year Award.

Meet Michelle Colte, SLJ’s School Librarian of the Year

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Michelle Colte, SLJ‘s first School Librarian of the Year, is the librarian at Hale Kula Elementary School in Wahiawa, Hawaii, where 99 percent of the students are from military families.

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School Librarian of the Year Finalist Andy Plemmons: Expecting the Miraculous

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Andy Plemmons, school library media specialist at David C. Barrow Elementary School in Athens, Georgia, strives to “expect the miraculous”—his school library’s motto, an idea drawn from Kate DiCamillo’s Newbery Medal-winning book.

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School Librarian of the Year Finalist Colleen Graves: The Whole School is Her Classroom

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Colleen Graves, teacher librarian at the Lamar Middle School in Flower Mound, Texas, calls herself a “teacher, a maker, a tech geek, and a book geek.”

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Finding a Formula for Independent Reading

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Wednesday, September 24th, 2014, 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM ET / 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM PT
Register and attend to receive a complimentary copy of research white paper, Providing Time for Teacher-Guided Independent Reading: A Synthesis of Research and Expert Opinion and hear examples of successful program from leading librarians from around the country. Register Now!

And Now We Are 60: SLJ, the profession, and culture from 1954 to today

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To mark School Library Journal’s 60th year as an independent magazine, a look back at some highlights—including some favorite covers.

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