November 22, 2017

The Advocate's Toolbox
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Digital Class Sets Improve Return On Investment & Maximize Classroom Time

Stacks of print texts have served as the cornerstone of the K-12 English Language Arts (ELA) curriculum for generations. While these traditional class sets have undoubtedly helped educate and instill a love for reading and learning in students, they come with significant drawbacks.

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Schools Maximize Ebook Access by Sharing Across Districts

K-12s are pooling resources to build larger digital collections. The reason is simple…

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Back to the Future: A Trip Back in Time Can Help Students Embrace Other Cultures

“I can’t even imagine not being excited about history,” says Dori Jones Yang, author of The Forbidden Temptation of Baseball (Spark Press). This historical novel for readers aged 10 and up focuses on the little-known Chinese Educational Mission of the 1870s.

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Technology Can Inspire Families to Read More. Here’s How to Make it Work in Your Library.

Technology continues to advance all corners of our lives. Now it’s finally made it into that quiet corner families love to read in – the local library. Peek into the world of educational technology, see how libraries are participating, and discover how affordable it can be to join them.

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Meet the Starling – The High-Tech Early Education Wearable for…Libraries?

Meet Heather Hageli. Heather is the Early Literacy Coordinator for the Vernon Area Public Library (VAPL). The VAPL’s 50,000 square foot building is full of excellent resources found in most libraries. But, Heather just brought in an exciting, new tool that is showing her patrons the true power of words.

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Stormy Seas: Stories of Young Boat Refugees

A writer, editor and consultant in children’s publishing for over twenty-five years, Mary Beth Leatherdale’s interest in Indigenous issues developed early while attending Howard Harwich Moravian Public School (now called the Naahi Ridge Public School) with students from the Delaware Nation at Moraviantown , an Indian reserve located in Chatham-Kent, Ontario.

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Interview with YA Fiction Author Christina June

June divides her time between writing young adult contemporary fiction and working as a school counselor in Washington, DC, where she lives with her husband and daughter.

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Take Your Book Budget Further: Shared Collections

The Hawaii State Department of Education was looking for an ebook and audiobook solution to maximize purchasing power and expand reading opportunities. Here is the answer they found.

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Credo’s SKILL Modules Help Educators Cover More Ground

Faced with a budgetary torpedo, this library director looked for ways to supplement her information literacy curriculum to cover the same number of classes with fewer librarians.

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Getting Through to Kids with Graphic Novels

Featured in Scholastic’s upcoming Teach Graphix Week, Kazu Kibuishi is the artist/writer behind Amulet, The New York Times bestselling graphic novel fantasy series, published by Scholastic Inc.

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Q&A with Katherine Ashenburg

Katherine Ashenburg is the prize-winning author of three non-fiction books: Going to Town: Architectural Walking Tours in Southern Ontario; The Mourner’s Dance: What We Do When People Die; and The Dirt on Clean: An Unsanitized History, which was recently adapted for children.

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Building a 21st Century Library

As technology changes the way we consume information, the role of the library is evolving.

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Helping the Reluctant Reader

Students in the age of digital screens often face significant reading challenges. A library’s large print collection can be instrumental in helping them change their habits for the better.

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No Jacket Required: Why the Industry is Talking About Kidproof Material

Every librarian is familiar with the pain of replacing and repairing popular children’s books. With the average children’s book surviving a mere ten circulations—and with an average cost of $1.99 per circulation—one can see how already strained budgets get even tighter.

The problem is twofold: the wear and tear that children exact on books, and the material that publishers use to bind them.

Buckram, a material that’s been widely used for bookbinding since the early 20th century—it was a replacement for leather, which was scarce during the first World War—had inconsistencies. It needed to be more printable.

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SPONSORED: Macmillan Library @ ALA Annual 2016 (Booth #2115)

We can’t wait to see you later this week in Orlando! Stop by the Macmillan Adult (Griffin Teen & Flatiron Books YA) booth #2115 and RSVP to all of our events!

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SPONSORED: Q&A with Monika Schroeder, Be Light Like a Bird

I often start a book with setting. The ‘seed idea’ for Be Light Like a Bird came to me the first time I saw a landfill. My husband and I had cleaned out the cabin my husband inherited from his father in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. I couldn’t believe it when he drove all the stuff to a landfill nearby, a big hole where people bury unwanted items.

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SPONSORED: Join Macmillan Library (Booth # 1958-1959) @ BEA 2016

Join Macmillan Library at BookExpo America in Chicago.

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SPONSORED: Macmillan Library @ TxLA 2016 (Booth #1544)

We can’t wait to see you in Houston at the Texas Library Association Annual Conference later this month! Peruse the program, join us in booth #1544 for galley giveaways and at all of the events below!

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SPONSORED: Hooray for YA! Macmillan Adult and Griffin Teen Congratulate their Winners

Sponsored: Macmillan Adult and Griffin Teen congratulate their many ALA-YALSA Award Winners, including Rainbow Rowell’s Carry On and Sarah McCarry’s About a Girl.

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SPONSORED: Join Macmillan Library (Booth # 1806) @ ALA Midwinter 2016!

SPONSORED: Macmillan Library shares which titles and YA authors ALA Midwinter 2016 attendees have to look forward to at the booth.