September 23, 2016

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Boum! | Touch and Go

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SLJ‘s reviewer describes this app as “…a seamless narrative experience…rich with interpretive possibility.”

Build It, and They Will Come | The National Museum of African American History and Culture

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On Saturday, September 24, 2016, the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture (NMAAHC) will open its doors.

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Helping the Reluctant Reader

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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.

Informing the Future Electorate | Mix It Up

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Vetted websites and apps to help children understand the election process, stay up-to-date on kid-relevant issues, and even participate in their own mock vote.

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Familiar and Fun: Literary Classics Reimagined for Teens

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With freshly envisioned settings, revved-up story lines, reconfigured characters, and timeless themes, these new YA retellings of well-known works are well worth adding to your shelves.

Tales Dark and Grim | Adult Books 4 Teens

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With Halloween right around the corner, Sarah Hill compiles a list of compelling titles that are grim and gritty, covering everything from an out-of-control infectious disease, a no-holds-barred look at the science of war, and the return of Typhoid Mary.

Ashley Bryan’s “Freedom over Me” | An Interview

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In his most recent book, the three-time Coretta Scott King award winner imagines the lives and dreams of 11 enslaved men and women, who, in the summer of 1828, were offered for sale.

Just the Facts: Reader-Ready Nonfiction for Secondary Students

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These thoroughly researched and visually appealing new nonfiction titles are sure to reel in older readers right from the get-go.

A Censorship Simulator and Lesson | “Westport Independent”

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For educators looking for a multimedia approach to teaching about censorship as Banned Books Week nears, Westport Independent may be just the platform.

A STEM App Round-Up | Touch and Go

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Looking for apps to load onto your tablets at the start of the school year? We have a few.

Taming First-Day Jitters—On the Tablet | Touch and Go

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The interactivity of apps can offer children in a school setting for the first time a bit of playful control as they work through their new experience.

The Magical and Messy Art of Jean-Michel Basquiat | A Conversation with Javaka Steptoe

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In his dazzling Radiant Child, Javaka Steptoe explores the life and art of Basquiat through words and pictures.

Conquering Middle School Miasma

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There’s no need for kids to muddle through middle school—books can guide the way.

Life (and Learning) After High School: Exploring the Options

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For every young adult with clear career goals, there are many more still seeking a niche that fits. These titles will help them navigate the path ahead.

Fallen London |Touch and Go

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The popular, text-based adventure, a “Lovecraftian dream of Victorian London,” is now available in iOS. Enter at your own risk.

Non-Nonfiction: Harry Potter and Hamilton | Adult Books 4 Teens

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Mark Flowers presents a bevy of titles that may technically be nonfiction but that are loaded with teen appeal, from Lin-Manuel Miranda’s Hamilton: The Revolution to Harry Potter and the Cursed Child to an examination of the Dark Knight.

Reaching for the Sky: Tinybop, Inc. | Touch and Go

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“Sparking curiosity, diving into big ideas, and making connections to the world,” are design objectives of the innovative developer Tinybop, Inc., and all are in evidence in Skyscrapers, the seventh volume in their “Explorer’s Library” series.

Hear No Evil | Listen In

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Sharon Grover and Liz Hannegan consider whether listening to challenged books is a different experience than consuming in print

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

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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.

Page to Screen: Rowling Returns and “Children” Cut Loose

Eva Green in Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children (Photo: Leah Gallo)

In two high-profile releases, J.K. Rowling pens her first screenplay and director Tim Burton meets his match, Ransom Riggs’s Miss Peregrine.