June 28, 2016

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Trend Alert: More School Libraries Staying Open all Summer

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Summer reading—done at school? A growing number of districts are experimenting with keeping school libraries open, with entire collections available, through the vacation season.

Sizing Up: Rich picks for kids “reading” above grade level | Listen In

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A teacher is reading aloud in a third grade classroom, and the students are captivated. All but two of them, that is. Blake and Adelaide are lost in their own thoughts as they fidget, doodle on scraps of paper, and stare at the ceiling. The selection is a perfect third grade read-aloud, so why are these two children not engaged? Because one size never fits all. That goes for clothing, and it certainly goes for books. Blake and […]

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Laura Bush: $13 Million in School Library Grants and Counting

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A former First Lady’s love of books has transformed into far reaching support for our neediest students.

Story Is King | How To Be a Great Storyteller

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There are many reasons to tell stories to children. To begin with, when children listen to and focus on a story told to them, they are developing listening, comprehension, and analytical skills.

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Nine Resources for Building Cultural Literacy | Mix It Up

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From materials that showcase the important aspects of North American culture, such as the history of Native American peoples, to apps and websites that detail issues abroad, including the flow of refugees through Europe, these tools serve to enrich students’ discovery and understanding of places and cultures other than their own.

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Top Themes and Hot Tickets at ALA and ISTE 2016

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Sessions on maker spaces, leveraging ESSA, and STEM learning are among the highlights of the ALA and ISTE conferences this month.

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Top 10 Tips for ALA 2016

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Pack smart, get engaged, take charge of your PD. These and other tips will help you get the most out of this year’s ALA Annual Conference.

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10 ISTE 2016 Must-Dos

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Key events and suggestions for librarians attending the 2016 ISTE event in Denver, CO, from June 26–29.

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2016 Margaret A. Edwards winner David Levithan talks about his work and craft

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Edwards Award winner David Levithan talks about his work as an editor, activist, and author of 18 novels for young adults.

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Trend Alert: Teacher E-Newsletters from Public Libraries

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Public librarians across the country share their savvy advice on improving communication with some of their most important customers—teachers.

How Remix Culture Informs Student Writing & Creativity

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Artistic remix influences kids’ creativity on almost every level. Here’s how, and why you need to understand it.

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The SLJ Writing Issue: Your Turn

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An Open Letter to School Boards Everywhere

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School libraries are popping up that are fully, even lavishly, equipped, save for one thing: a certified school librarian. Here, one New Jersey librarian explains why that can never work. Ever.

Inspire: Authors and the Creative Spark

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What Carolyn Mackler, Sherman Alexie, Julie Berry, Tim Wynne-Jones, and others say about experiencing and harnessing inspiration.

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Sex Education: Covering the Bases | Focus On

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A carefully curated selection of accurate, up-to-date sex education titles that aim to be age appropriate and that reject heteronormal assumptions and stereotypes.

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Therapy Dogs Work Wonders for Struggling Readers

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A group of eighth graders in need of academic intervention in Virginia are now more confident readers. Never underestimate the power of a pooch.

Children in Crisis: Libraries Respond

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An initiative to brighten the lives of young refugees from Central America is gaining tremendous ground, while hopes are high to expand the lifeline to Syrian refugees in Europe.

A Sneak Peek at Melissa Sweet’s Splendid Biography of E.B. White

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“Some Writer! The Story of E. B. White” is bound to be one of the biggest books of the fall season. We are thrilled to share these engaging snippets.

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Keeping a Kids’ Writing Workshop Going

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“Free Verse” author Sarah Dooley has been leading a writing group at a West Virginia public library for six years.

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Partnerships Promote Culture of Reading in Texas

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From Pizza Hut to a local supermarket to a famous ball player, a library-advocacy team in Houston found the perfect partners to create change for students.