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April 24, 2015

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Those Tired Summer Reading Lists. Here’s What to Do.

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Many librarians say it’s time to overhaul the whole idea of mandatory reading in June, July, and August. Read what they’re doing about it—and check out 10 tips to flip the summer reading experience.

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Make ‘Em Laugh | Listen In

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An assortment of amusing and aurally awesome audiobooks.

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Poems for All Seasons| NCTE 2015 Notable Poetry List

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Take a look at the selections on NCTE’s 2015 list of notables—and ideas on how to use them across the curriculum.

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Taking It to the Stage With Readers Theater

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Readers Theater gets kids up on their feet and learning—and it’s lots of fun.

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MinecraftEdu Takes Hold in Schools

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With myriad adaptations for use in the classroom, MinecraftEdu brings Common Core–enhanced gaming to students.

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Our Public Library Minecraft Community

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A library system’s countywide Minecraft program is a core service, an afterschool sanctuary, and a peer support group.

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Libraries and English Language Learners

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How well are school and public libraries serving non-native English speakers?

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SLJ’s Average Book Prices for 2015

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Check out average book prices for children’s, young adult, and adult titles in hardcover, trade paperback, and mass-market paperback format.

How to Build a School Library from Scratch

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Getting a new school library off the ground takes ingenuity—and elbow grease. Read how these determined librarians did it. Plus: grant opportunities and key questions for volunteers.

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Designing a Library, via Listserv

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A school librarian assembles a “must-have” library design wish list with crowdsourced recommendations.

Outstanding STEM Apps: Digital resources on life science, physical science, and earth and space sciences

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Current academic interests include increasing the number of accessible science and digital resources. The apps listed here satisfy both needs.

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Serving Conservative Teens

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An educator recommends titles for teen patrons of diverse faiths, along with tips and a working booklist. Check out these suggestions, and add your own.

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Game Changers: Women Making History | Focus On

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A compilation of books about women who made a difference in their chosen fields and in the world in general. The highlighted individuals include standard-bearers and lesser-known figures, all of whom showed exemplary strength, determination, and all willingness to make a stand.

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The 2015 Youth Media Awards: A Crossover Year for Diversity

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Librarian and critic Nina Lindsay unpacks the 2015 Youth Media Awards. Diversity was the hallmark of this year’s top honors in children’s literature, pushing boundaries of content, form, and style. Is this a harbinger of real change?

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Winds of Change at the YMAs | An ALA Midwinter Comic

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A graphic rendering of the 2015 Youth Media Awards by children’s librarian and artist Lisa Nowlain.

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Heroic Reads: Supporting Collaborative Summer Library Programs | Focus On

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A sensational collection of titles to use with the Collaborative Summer Library Program theme “Every Hero Has a Story.” This dynamic roundup includes selections for early elementary, middle grade, and young adult readers alike.

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Warm Stories for Cold Nights: Curl up with a CD or digital download| Listen In

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Audiobook recommendations for listeners seeking a promise of warmth, comfort, and contentment and a sense of well-being.

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Best Databases: Watch science spring into action with these must-have resources

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SLJ has reviewed all of the year’s databases in anticipation of our best of list. The results are in: a roster of dynamic and on-point databases that will more than meet 21st-century student needs.

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Indie Music for Kids: An Essential Playlist

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Aided by the web and social media, “kindie” music has entered a new Golden Age. Critic Warren Truitt highlights the best independent bands in kids’ music.

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Shakespearean Resources | Mix It Up

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Shake up your Shakespeare lessons and inject new life into curriculum units and assignments on the Bard with this list of interactive apps, websites, humorous books, and other inventive resources.

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