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August 29, 2015

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Philadelphia Launches $30 Million Literacy Push

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The School District of Philadelphia has launched a $30 million early literacy initiative intended to make sure that by 2020, all students are reading on grade level when they reach fourth grade.

Kansas Suffers a School Librarian Slide

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A proposed revision to a Kansas law may help protect school librarians’ jobs, but it will be hard to reverse the slow drain of certified school librarian positions in the state during the past decade.

NBA’s Pistons Give Detroit High School Library a Makeover

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A Detroit high school has scored a slam dunk—a renovation of its school library—by winning the Detroit Pistons’ “Reading Room Makeover” for 2015–16. More than 30 Michigan schools from 24 cities applied for the makeover, which supplies new carpeting, paint, and furniture.

How Three California Cities Fought to Save School Libraries

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This report on urban school districts in Los Angeles, San Francisco, and Vista, CA, illustrates the setbacks faced by each and the steps taken to restore or maintain school librarians after budget cuts following the 2008 recession.

This article was published in School Library Journal's August 2015 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.

Rosen Publishing, Lilead Project Announce Grants for SLJ Summit Attendees

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The grants will allow eleven Lilead Fellows to attend the 2015 SLJ Leadership Summit in Seattle on September 26–27.

U.S. Senate Passes Its Version of ESEA, Emphasizing School Libraries

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The U.S. Senate passed the Every Child Achieves Act on Thursday, July 16—requiring states to include at least one measure of student supports such as school librarians, school counselors and art and music classes in their accountability systems.

LAUSD Lays Off 22 Library Aides While Green-lighting Pay Raises

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A total of 22 library aides have lost their jobs in the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) for the 2015–16 school year even as the district increased its budget by $850,000 from last year.

Perfect Partners: Libraries and the Nationwide Pre–K Movement

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As studies increasingly show that early learning supports later student achievement, financial investment on the national, state, and local level has increased. Libraries are showing that they can be ideal partners in this effort.

This article was published in School Library Journal's July 2015 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.

James Patterson and Scholastic Name First Winners of School Library Grants

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Patterson and the Scholastic Reading Club revealed the names of the first 127 schools to win Pledge to Libraries Grants, bestowed by the author and publisher. Patterson has also increased the pledge amount from $1.5 million to $1.75 million.

An Ezra Jack Keats Grant Fosters Architectural Study Among Fourth Graders

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A librarian in rural Illinois uses an Ezra Jack Keats Mini Grant to connect local fourth-graders with the architecture and history of their town, while also studying the author’s works. Watch a video about the project.

Beaverton (OR) Green-Lights 15 New Teacher Librarian Positions

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Thanks to the determination of three Oregon parents and a school district superintendent, Beaverton schools will have approximately $1.5 million for 15 new library instructional technology teacher positions in 2015–2016.

Kinney, Pilkey, Pastis, and Peirce Raise Money for LA School Libraries

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The four authors will meet fans and sign books at the Walt Disney Concert Hall this Saturday to raise funds for the organization Access Books.

Delaware Bill Would Ensure a Librarian in Every School

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A Delaware politician hopes to see school librarian positions mandatory in every school—and has filed a bill that would require it.

Pictures of the Week: SLJ at Urban Libraries Unite’s 24-Hour Read-In at NYC City Hall

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Kiera Parrott, School Library Journal’s reviews editor, and Shelley Diaz, senior editor, volunteered on Wednesday, June 10, as part of the Urban Libraries Unite 24-hour Read-In.

Portland (OR) Public Schools to School Librarians: “We Want You!”

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With a $3.1M budget increase, the Portland, Oregon public school system is planning to hire more than 30 librarians for the fall.

James Patterson’s School Library Grants to Be Announced June 30

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School libraries across the country will enjoy a collective $500,000 gift when the first winners of James Patterson’s $1.5 Pledge to Libraries grants, in partnership with the Scholastic Reading Club, are announced on June 30.

Online Crowdfunding Saves AZ School Librarian’s Job

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A community’s collective goodwill paid off when a crowdfunding campaign secured funds to keep a librarian at Estrella Mountain Elementary School in Goodyear, AZ, on staff for a year.

School Librarians Join Chicago Teachers Union In Pay Raise Fight

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This is the first year that Chicago school librarians are officially represented by the Chicago Teachers Union during negotiations with the Chicago Public School system.

Where the Magic Happens: library maker programs | The Maker Issue

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From scanning human teeth to designing clothes, making sparks ingenuity in students.

This article was published in School Library Journal's May 2015 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.

Despite Citywide Cuts, West Philadelphia Alliance for Children Opens 18th School Library

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“In terms of school libraries, are we [Philadelphia] becoming a third world country?” asks Deb Kachel of the Pennsylvania School Librarians Association. The West Philadelphia Alliance for Children says no. The nonprofit has been partnering with schools to reopen school libraries.