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November 25, 2014

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Victory for NYC School Librarians and an Empty Pocketbook for One Librarian| Feedback November 2014

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This month, one school librarian touts the victory for New York City school librarians and another grouses about out-of-pocket spending.

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

Views On An “Embattled” Profession | Professional Shelf

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As journalist Dana Goldstein eloquently documents in ‘The Teacher Wars: A History of America’s Most Embattled Profession,’ the state of our current public school system is rooted in a complicated story.

Integrating eBooks into Library Instruction

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Thursday, December 4th, 2014, 4:00 PM – 5:00 PM ET
Hear from three educators from across the country about how they are integrating eBooks into their library. Taking advantage of Capstone Interactive’s unique features, such as simultaneous access and read-aloud natural-voice audio, these librarians provide real-life examples of how Capstone Interactive eBooks effectively address the diverse needs of their students.
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How Puppets Power Literacy at Nashville Public Library

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Supporting literacy comes in many forms, and Nashville (TN) Public Library’s puppet troupe, Wishing Chair Productions, are part of a broader early literacy strategy that can be emulated by parents, educators, and other library programs.

Early Chapter Books to Cheer About | SLJ Spotlight

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Six great new titles to help early readers hone their skills.

Hank and John Green Join PBS to Expand “Crash Course” Video Series

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The partnership will make the Greens brothers’ witty, educational YouTube series available through the PBS Digital Studios YouTube channel and PBS LearningMedia.

Common x 3 (Public, Academic, School): Designing next generation gathering and learning spaces for libraries of every type

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Tuesday, November 18th, 2014, 3:00 PM – 4:00 PM ET / 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM PT
Join us on November 18th for our “Commons x 3” webcast, and you’ll get to hear from a panel of expert architects as they explain critical elements of creating a successful commons space in a wide variety of environments while showing you some of the best examples of “uncommon commons” out there today.
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Bibliotherapy for Teens: Helpful Tips and Recommended Fiction

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A public librarian’s interaction with teens affirms her faith in bibliotherapy, as does her research. Read her story, along with a recommended list of realistic YA fiction. We invite you to suggest more titles.

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Reaching a Range of Users, from the Youngest to the Oldest | Reference Online

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This month, we highlight databases for both the oldest and the youngest patrons. While Sparticl brings together the best science material on the Web, World Book’s Early World of Learning focuses on users making their first forays into reading.

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Bailey, Brave Girl, Leroy Ninker, and the Romanovs | Multimedia Reviews, November 2014

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Harry Bliss’s enthusiastic dog and Michelle Markel’s picture book biography of labor activist Clara Lemlich make their DVD debut. In audiobooks, Kate DiCamillo’s Leroy Ninker Saddles Up while becoming a cowboy and Candace Fleming traces The Family Romanov: Murder, Rebellion, and the Fall of Imperial Russia

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Alaskan culture and human nature explored in “Ice Whale” | Audio Pick

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GEORGE, Jean Craighead. Ice Whale. 4 CDs. 4:30 hrs. Recorded Bks. 2014. $46.75. ISBN 9781490630212. Playaway, digital download.
Gr 4-6–This magnificent story begins with Toozak‚ a Yup’ik Eskimo boy in Alaska, staring at a whaling ship with a red, white, and blue flag. When Toozak unknowingly leads the Yankee ships to the whales’ feeding grounds, the animals are slaughtered. For this, the village shaman declares Toozak’s family cursed until one of them can save the life of Siku, a young ice [...]

In Search of Stellar Nonfiction | Consider the Source

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Under the Common Core State Standards students need quality nonfiction to support class assignments and they need to know how to read it. So where is it?

Free Speech Matters: National Coalition Against Censorship’s 40th Anniversary Celebration

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SLJ was on hand to fete the 40th anniversary celebration of the National Coalition Against Censorship (NCAC) on November 3 with luminaries from the children’s literature and YA world, including honorees Neil Gaiman and Robie Harris, and NCAC co-chair Judy Blume.

Carnegie-Whitney Grants Available; YALSA 2014 Maker Contest Winners | SLJTeen News

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Apply for a Carnegie-Whitney Grant to underwrite fabulous library resources. Find inspiration among the five winning entries to YALSA’s 2014 Makers Contest—from digital media training to “Sew Electric.”

Popular Blog ‘Teen Librarian Toolbox’ Joins SLJ

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School Library Journal has a new blog: “Teen Librarian Toolbox” (TLT). A professional development hub for teen librarians created by Karen Jensen, TLT has been a popular resource, featuring book reviews, coverage of exemplary teen programming, technology, and social and developmental issues related to teenagers.

Teens Review ‘The Bane Chronicles’, and Latest from Ally Condie, C.J. Lyons, and Sarah Zettel

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Our group of teen reviewers share a pair of love letters to The Bane Chronicles; offer their thoughts on the second installment of the “Palace of Spies” series by Sarah Zettel; and showcase titles dealing with agoraphobia and a world divided between those above and below.

To the Forbidden City and Beyond, a Skateboard Party, and a Child Star’s Tribulations | Fiction Series Update

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This month, we bring you the latest in updates to existing fiction series. Chapter-book readers will find plenty to cheer about, including an adventure in the Forbidden City, a young girl’s trials and tribulations on and off the set of a sitcom, and a class hamster’s attempts to help his students win a trivia competition.

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Late 2014 and Early 2015 Picture Books, Easy Readers, and Beginning Chapter Books | Fiction Preschool to Grade 4

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A sparkling assortment of picture books to share with young patrons one-on-one and in a group setting and engaging early chapter books to help newly independent readers reinforce their decoding skills.

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Beloved Tales in New Skins: Sherlock Holmes, “Beauty and the Beast,” and More | Fiction Grades 5-8

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Check out a bevy of new titles, from new twists on old favorites, such as a gorgeous new edition of Arthur Conan Doyle’s A Study in Scarlet, an updated “Beauty and the Beast,” and a graphic novel adaptation of Rick Riordan’s The Lost Hero.

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The Newest from Stiefvater, Lyga, and Napoli | Fiction Grades 9 & Up

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Teen readers have plenty to sink their teeth into, from Maggie Stiefvater’s Blue Lily, Lily Blue, the much-anticipated latest in “The Raven Cycle”; Barry Lyga’s Blood of My Blood, the blood-soaked finale in the “I Hunt Killers” trilogy; and Donna Jo Napoli’s historical fiction Hidden.

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