December 9, 2017

The Advocate's Toolbox

Cheap Thrills: Maker Projects that Won’t Break Your Budget

Activities that involve cardboard, straws, and T-shirts can deliver a big burst of STEAM, while costing very little.

This article was published in School Library Journal's November 2017 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.

Seventh Annual Follett Challenge Launches

Follett Corporation is offering $200,000 to schools showing innovation in how they prepare students for the demands of the 21st century.

Thrifty Library Hacks

Ideas to update your library: turn tires into comfy furniture, transform a map into a green screen, and more.

This article was published in School Library Journal's September 2017 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.

Hurricane Relief for Libraries; Be a Rebel and Tweet; Grants for Autism Inclusion | News Bites

Ways to help hard-hit libraries recover after Hurricane Harvey and to win literary swag and stand up for reading—and more.

Free School Supplies; Mentoring Opportunity; Grant Applications | News Bites

The South Asia Book Awards, Teen Read Week prep, America’s 100 favorite books, and more.

New Advocacy to Save School Librarians, One Click at a Time

Save School Librarians, a project of EveryLibrary, Follet Learning, and state library associations, is an online activist site for librarians, parents, and others.

Incoming ALA President Jim Neal: Supporting School Libraries

Neal, who assumes ALA leadership in June, will bolster support for school libraries, while also prioritizing equity, leadership, advocacy, and partnerships with other organizations.

Design Thinking, and a Library Update, With Third Graders

An elementary school librarian and her students reconceive their library to make it more conducive to Project Based Learning.

Top Education Companies Band Together To Save Library Funding

In order to advocate for federal library funding, a Corporate Committee for Library Investment has been created.

Federally Funded Afterschool Programs Safe—for Now

While funding for certain afterschool programs was preserved in the spending bill signed April 28, the President’s budget is still aiming for elimination of these funds long-term.

How Fair Is Your Maker Space?

No matter your budget, the key to a successful program is getting everyone to the table.

This article was published in School Library Journal's May 2017 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.

School Librarians of Rhode Island Raising the Profile of Their Profession

With the help of Kickstarter and Capstone Publishing, Rhode Island school librarians are producing a video to highlight the critical importance of well-funded and properly staffed public school libraries.

Thriving During Leadership Change | Take the Lead

Change in your school administration may derail your library program—but only if you let it.

This article was published in School Library Journal's April 2017 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.

From Teacher Librarian to Thought Leader | Take the Lead

Strategic positive exposure for school libraries in her district helped this Lilead Fellow gain recognition for teacher librarians.

What the Trump Budget Means for School Libraries

In addition to Education Department cuts, the budget proposes the wholesale elimination of the Institute of Museum and Library Services. Here’s what you can do.

Librarians Mobilize for Equity Under the Trump Administration

Facing policies that threaten their service models, core values, and federal funding, librarians voice concerns—and mobilize.

Scholastic’s Dav Pilkey Summer Reading Educator Contest Opens

One school in each state will win 500 books. Deadline to enter is April 14.

Amid ESSA Uncertainty, Educators Urged To Be “Aware” and “Active”

In an age of ESSA and regulation unknowns, the best thing to do right now is to advocate for yourself.

Grant and Scholarship Opportunities

Here’s a round-up of scholarships, grants, and prizes available to teachers, librarians, and students.

This article was published in School Library Journal's March 2017 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.

SLJ’s Average Book Prices for 2017

The numbers you put to work every year are here—the list of average book prices for 2016 and 2017 to date.