June 25, 2017

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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.

Get $500 to Spend at the Scholastic Book Store. Here’s how.

Todd Burleson, SLJ’s 2016 School Librarian of the Year, is giving away his prize money in a raffle. But be quick: you have only five days to enter.

Lilead Fellows, EveryLibrary Share Out ESSA Strategies | ALA Midwinter 2017

Final state plans are due by April 4. Here’s the advice that came out of the Lilead Fellows community meeting at Midwinter.

A Dream Library for Students with Special Needs | Take the Lead

A principal of a school for students with multiple disabilities spearheaded superb library services.

Rebuilding Libraries at DC Public Schools| Take the Lead

Jennifer Boudrye, director of libraries at DC Public Schools, led the push to fill 100 percent of LMS positions in the system.

11 Lessons from a Maker Space­­, One Year In

A year after Karen Jensen and staff opened a teen maker space at the Public Library of Mount Vernon and Knox County (OH), she assesses what worked, what didn’t, and how to move forward.

This article was published in School Library Journal's November 2016 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.

Three Strategies for When the Going Gets Tough | Take the Lead

When Lilead Fellow and former district library services supervisor Leslie Yoder faced staff cuts and low morale, she kept fighting. Here’s how.