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July 2, 2015

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Not Enough: We Must Renew the Charge to Build an Equitable World | Editorial

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Libraries have long been central to helping create a culture that, at a minimum, tolerates difference and, at best, embraces and celebrates it. Yet, we must do more to desegregate our schools, our neighborhoods, and our workplaces—including our libraries.

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.

First Class Graduates from Queens Library’s Pre-Kindergarten | Pictures of the Week

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Proud families applauded, took pictures, and cried during the graduation ceremony for their children, who completed Queens Library’s pre-K program, the first library-run pre-Kindergarten in the nation.

Poignant Intros to Immigration and Transgender Issues | SLJ Sneak Peek

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Jairo Buitrago’s spare picture book presents a gentle portrayal of a family’s struggles with immigration. Alex Gino’s middle grade novel sensitively depicts George’s desire to identify as a girl even though her family and friends see her as a boy. Check out these advance reviews and more in this sneak peek of titles reviewed in SLJ’s July 2015 issue.

Early “Sesame Street” Boosted Kids’ Learning—If They Had Good TV Reception

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A new study on the historic impact of the series also shows that watching “Sesame Street” may still be one of the most cost-effective ways to help kids, particularly those who start out economically disadvantaged, succeed later in school.

MakerBridge Site and Blog Show Diversity in Maker Movement | The Maker Issue

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Being a maker is about independence and empowerment, says MakerBridge Project founder Sharona Ginsberg. Focused on making in libraries and schools, the site features tech tips, tool reviews, and variety of resources and profiles.

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

Q&A: Urban Fantasy Counter-Narrative: Daniel José Older on “Shadowshaper”

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SLJ caught up with Older and discussed the topics of race, mythologies, and community, as well as the borough of Brooklyn, in his first novel for young people.

Five Win Publishing Internships from We Need Diverse Books

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Five lucky college students are making their way to paid publishing internships this summer, courtesy of We Need Diverse Books.

Skokie Library Tackles Race

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The Skokie (IL) Public Library’s involvement in a four-month community program, Voices of Race, included events for children and adults, a participatory exhibit, talking points for meaningful dialogue, and more.

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

Storytimes and Read Alouds for Incarcerated Teens | YA Underground

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No matter the age or sentence, the incarcerated teens that Amy Cheney serves enjoy being read to. She shares several offerings that would make excellent and diverse read-alouds and storytime picks for disenfranchised young adults.

LGBTQ and College Bound | College Ready

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These seniors have particular concerns about safety and acceptance. Here’s how librarians are supporting them.

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

In Enthralling Speech, A.S. King Explores Feminism | Day of Dialog

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In a talk that cited Mother Teresa, Kim Kardashian, and her own photographic alter egos from an art project, A.S. King declared, “Your feminism is yours. [It’s whatever you] want to make of it—[whatever] you decide to do.”

Hard Corners of Life: Debut YA Author Adam Silvera on “More Happy Than Not”

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SLJ chats with former bookseller Adam Silvera about what inspired him to write this genre-bending YA novel, struggles with identity, and teens’ capacity for happiness.

We Need Diverse Books and SLJ Release Booktalking Kit

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The We Need Diverse Books (WNDB) Booktalking Kit is now available for download.

Ballerinas Behaving Badly: Sona Charaipotra and Dhonielle Clayton on “Tiny Pretty Things”

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Debut YA authors Sona Charaipotra and Dhonielle Clayton discuss how they came to write Tiny Pretty Things, a novel about diverse ballerinas fighting for roles in a posh dance boarding school, and what inspired them to create the book packaging company for diverse teen books, CAKE Literary.

Hands-on Projects and Titles that Celebrate Maker and Latino Cultures | Libro por libro

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Making and tinkering have long-been staples of the Hispanic community. Tim Wadham shares Spanish-language, bilingual, and Latino-focused books and crafts that are just right for maker spaces looking to diversify their offerings.

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

Latinitas and DIY Girls: Paving the Way for Latina Makers

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Two nonprofit organizations, Latinitas and DIY Girls, are working with Latina teens and tweens to promote tech- and media-focused skills.

How Brooklyn Special Ed Students Built a Library | The Maker Issue

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Students at a Brooklyn vocational school and occupational training center constructed furniture for themselves and their library. They’re part of a movement empowering people of all abilities to create and build.

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

Our Voices Matter: SLJ Chats with Valynne Maetani About “Ink and Ashes” | Up Close

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The first winner of Lee & Low/Tu’s New Visions Award, debut author Valynne Maetani shares what inspired her to write a YA mystery/thriller with a strong Japanese American female protagonist.

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

Brian Selznick’s 2015 Arbuthnot Honor Lecture Slideshow

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A series of photos taken at the 2015 Arbuthnot Honor Lecture in Washington, DC, on May 8, 2015. Brian Selznick addressed the history and evolution of how we define family in children’s books.