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August 20, 2014

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National Library Lock-in Event Features Authors, Games, and Minecraft

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The National Teen Library Lock-in grew out of an event coordinated by Jennifer Lawson from San Diego County Library in 2011 and has become a popular celebration that connects teens and librarians across the country. Youth services librarian Claudia Haines shares how the addition ofMinecraft set this year’s celebration apart.

YALSA Maker Contest; NAACP Launches Literacy Campaign; Storia Is Streamed | News Bites

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August is bursting with industry news: YALSA is looking for submissions for its 2014 Maker Contest; the NAACP and American Urban Radio Networks have joined forces in a reading literacy campaign “NAACP Reads”; Minnesota’s Saint Paul Public Library expands its laptop training and giveaway program.

A New Approach to Sharks: Author Katherine Roy’s Work in the Field

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Doing intensive research in preparation for a work of nonfiction is par for the course these days for children’s book authors, but for Katherine Roy, it’s entailed getting to know animals in intimate details, from dissecting sharks to getting up close with a tranquilized elephant in Kenya.

Understanding Ferguson: Resources on Protest, Nonviolent Resistance, and Civil Rights

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Books and resources on the history of the Civil Rights movement, nonviolent resistance, the Rodney King legacy, the history of racial tensions between citizens and police, and more.

Time for a Little Common Sense: Evaluating Apps, Games, and Websites | Tech Tidbits

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Teacher librarian Krista Brakhage is going back to school with Graphite, an expansive and useful resource from Common Sense Media that features unbiased reviews of apps, games, and websites.

The Long-Anticipated Film of Lois Lowry’s ‘The Giver’ | Movie Review

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The film adaptation for Lois Lowry’s 1993 dystopian middle-grade novel The Giver is almost 20 years in the making, starting when actor Jeff Bridges bought the book option back in 1995. Fans of Lowry’s book have long waited for the book’s screen release coming to theaters this Friday, August 15.

Children’s Book About Gun-Toting Parents Gets A Public Beat Down by Stephen Colbert

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After HBO talk show host Bill Maher airs a segment about a book called My Parents Open Carry, about a 13-year-old girl and her gun-toting parents, the book becomes a popular subject of mockery—with former Egmont USA publisher Elizabeth Law weighing in on the conversation.

SLJTeen Catches Up with Debut Author Anthony Breznican

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It can’t be easy having your debut novel compared to The Chocolate War, but Anthony Breznican takes it all in stride. Adult Books 4 Teens contributor Diane Colson talks to the author about his inspiration, his characters, and Elvis Costello.

Palo Alto School to Be Recognized for Starting 13 Libraries in Africa

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Through the African Libraries Project, a nonprofit that partners U.S. donors with recipient schools in rural Africa, Jordan Middle School in Palo Alto, California has helped create 13 new libraries in Africa over the past eight years. This year, the school will be honored with the Compassion in Action Award in September.

U.S. DOE Awards $28.4 Million in Advanced Placement Grants to Low-Income Students

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Today, the White House Department of Education announced that its Advanced Placement (AP) Test Fee Program will pay out $28.4 million in grants to help defray AP test-taking costs for low-income students.

The Author, the Poet, and the Librarian

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How author G. Neri and Tampa school librarian Kimberly DeFusco helped turn a young at-risk nonreader into a Shakespeare-loving poet. As told by all three.

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Madeline’s 75th Birthday Brings Revelations

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A museum exhibition honoring “Madeline”’s 75th birthday brings new information about the old house in Paris that was covered with vines, surprising museumgoers—and members of Ludwig Bemelmans’ own family.

Queens Library to Offer PreK Class in Fall 2015

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In light of New York City Mayor Bill DeBlasio’s push to open 33,000 PreK spots in NYC, the Queens Library Woodhaven branch will offer, for the first time, a PreK class for 18 kids starting this September.

SLJ Reviews the AWE Tablet: A fast device, delivering blended content to individual students

SLJ Reviews the AWE Tablet: A fast device, delivering blended content to individual students

Chad Sansing assesses AWE’s tablet device, with advice on its potential use in the classroom.

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“Bloody Jack” Author Louis A. Meyer Jr. Passes at 71

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The artist and author’s “Bloody Jack” books star a feisty London orphan girl who dresses as a boy, changes her name from Mary to Jacky, and finds work on a ship.

The Rules of Summer; Shakespeare at Play | App Reviews

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There’s play and plays in this month’s selection of apps that you won’t want to miss.

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Chickens in the Stacks, and Other Strange Tales from Public Librarians

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“Would you say my foot is swollen or inflamed?” is just one of the unusual patron questions, anecdotes, and adventures that make up Gina Sheridan’s new book, I Work at a Public Library: A Collection of Crazy Stories from the Stacks.

Can You Hear Me Now? The Missing SummerTeen Chris Lynch Interview

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The technology gods were not on Chris Lynch’s side on July 24, when he was scheduled to appear on a panel with Kwame Alexander discussing their sports genre YA titles. SLJTeen has been able to procure a few snippets from SLJ reviews editor Kiera Parrott, who moderated the sports session. To read the full interview, please visit the sports panel archive in the SummerTeen auditorium.

Teen Read Week Grant Winners Announced; YA Dystopian, Teen Cookbook Giveaways | SLJTeen News

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The truth, money for school supplies, and cupcakes—what more could you want? Check out these late-summer opportunities for librarians serving teens.

A Girl and Her Dog, Beyond ‘Peter Pan,’ and Other New Middle-Grade Reads | Fiction Grades 5-8

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There’s something here for middle-grade fans of all stripes this month. Those looking for adventure on the high seas will find it in Heidi Schulz’s Hook’s Revenge, while readers seeking a quieter tale will enjoy Ann M. Martin’s moving Rain Reign, a poignant story of an autistic girl who bonds with a lost dog.

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