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February 10, 2016

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Sprucing Up My School Library for Less than $600

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Taking inspiration from the thrifty library design hashtag #macgyverlibrarianship, a high school librarian freshened up her space on a tight budget. Check out what she did and how much she spent.

A 92-Year-Old Activist to the Rescue in Michigan

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Doris Rucks rallied volunteers to reopen and run four school libraries in impoverished Muskegon Heights, MI.

Win-Win: When School Libraries Partner with Local Organizations, Everyone Benefits

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Community organizations, businesses, and local residents are often eager to help their neighborhood school libraries—they’re just waiting for someone to ask. These partnership resources and toolkits can get you started.

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

In Chicago, Bronzeville School Librarian Layoff Inspires Outrage—and Support

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The campus librarian at Daniel Hale Williams School has been laid off, which means the number of librarians on staff at Chicago high schools with a 90 percent or higher African American student now rests at two. It was 19 in 2012.

Teen Services Positions at Risk at Broward County Library

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Broward County (FL) Library is set to change the designation of a number of youth librarian positions, a potential cost-cutting measure intended to increase service hours to all patrons. Some are concerned about the impact on teen programming.

ESEA Rewrite Passes in House; Senate Vote Expected Monday

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If signed into law, the new education bill would be the first piece of federal legislation in over 50 years to provide school libraries with a dedicated revenue stream to enhance school library services and resources.

With ESEA Action Imminent, Advocates Maintain Pressure on Inclusion of School Libraries

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The ESEA bill will be finalized and voted on within the next few weeks. There’s no time to waste in taking action. Don’t let this crucial opportunity slip by!

School Librarian Jobs At Risk In Ohio

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Ohio’s school librarians are losing Jobs after a state education mandate, colloquially referred to as “5 of 8,” was removed.

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.