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October 19, 2014

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Westport Maker Space Expands with Robots, SolidWorks Courses, and Volunteer Training

Westport Maker Space Expands with Robots, SolidWorks Courses, and Volunteer Training

The Westport Library’s ongoing efforts to support its Maker Space, including Maker in Residence programs and the recent acquisition of two programmable robots, have helped establish a virtuous cycle in which residents have begun working on their own projects and helping one another independently.

Three-time Newbery Honoree Zilpha Keatley Snyder Dies at 87

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Three-time Newbery honoree Zilpha Keatley Snyder, best known for her middle-grade mystery The Egypt Game, died on October 8. She was 87.

Comics in Schools and Libraries | New York Comic Con 2014

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At this year’s Comic Con (October 9–12) in New York City, panels that focused on comics in both schools and libraries were among its highlights—along with “cosplay” and George Clooney.

The Trouble With Teen Programming

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Forget centralized programming, adapted kid activities, and advisory boards. Teen activities should be patron-driven, dynamic, and constantly in flux.

Hollywood Starlets, Charming Con Men, & Lethal Assassins | What’s Hot in YA

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From Ally Condie’s /Atlantia to Jason Reynolds’s The Boy in the Black Suit, these latest books for teens will inspire, infuriate, and tug at the hearstrings (and nerves) of readers.

Relevancy Trumps All for Reluctant Readers | YA Underground

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Juvenile services librarian Amy Cheney posits that the winning recipe for books that entice reluctant readers includes a great cover, lots of action (real action!), relevancy, and an easy to read page layout.

Think Like a Futurist | Project Advocacy

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When we envision a future for our libraries, we shape the present, writes Project Advocacy columnist Carolyn Foote.

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Kathleen Krull: An Author to Study

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Kathleen Krull’s many picture books exemplify the best kind of narrative nonfiction for our students—accurate, well-researched, lively texts enhanced by large, handsome illustrations.

October Starred Reviews

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Travel to an English boarding school with wild tomboy Will in Cartwheeling in Thunderstorms, learn how Roget determined The Right Word, and listen to The Girls in the Band with the October stars, which offer the best of fiction, nonfiction, and multimedia.

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Great titles about 2014 Nobel Peace Prize winner, Malala Yousafzai

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Share the inspiring true story of Malala Yousafzai, a 2014 recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize, with these great new titles.

Secret agents, robot chickens, and zombies | SLJ Spotlight

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These zany middle grade titles are perfect shelf bait for reluctant readers.

Technology in the First Years | Fostering Lifelong Learners 2014

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Addressing how technology fits in early learning, a trio of experts described uses of technology that can empower children and caregivers.

Brian Cox’s ‘Wonders of Life’ | Touch and Go

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He refers to himself as a bit of an “academic ” and lucky for us that he is one. Brian Cox is also a highly engaging, enthusiastic teacher of all things science. In his latest immersive production, ‘Wonders of Life,’ he delves into the origins and mysteries of life on Earth.

Philadelphia Museum and Library Loses Maurice Sendak Collection

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Philadelphia’s Rosenbach Museum and Library will return nearly 10,000 pieces of original artwork to the Maurice Sendak Foundation, beginning this month.

An unlikely friendship blossoms in “If I Ever Get Out of Here”|Audio Pick

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Gansworth, Eric. If I Ever Get Out of Here. 9 CDs. 10:20 hrs. Listening Library. 2014. $55. ISBN 9780553395464. digital download.
Gr 9 Up–The year is 1975. Lewis Blake, a slightly built teen from the Tuscarora Indian Reservation, is enrolled in advanced classes at high school. Lewis suffers racist stereotyping and bullying from students and some teachers. When he meets George Haddonfield, the boys find common interests in music, especially the Beatles, but Lewis is wary of befriending someone off the [...]

Fall Fun: Great Books About Autumn

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Revel in crisp, cool days while sharing these lyrical and information-packed picture books about the shift in seasons.

Sticker Shock: Librarians Open Their Wallets

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Almost 97 percent of school librarians spend their own money on supplies, according to a recent SLJ poll on out-of-pocket spending.

Appvisory for Educational Children’s Apps | TDS14

Appvisory for Educational Children’s Apps | TDS14

The “Appvisory: Curating and Providing Access to Educational Apps in the Children’s Library” exhibit at this virtual conference (#TDS14) provided an abundance of tips and ways to start and improve your library’s app-literacy programming.

Anil Dash Keynote Rallies Librarians to Demand a Web for the People | TDS14

Anil Dash Keynote Rallies Librarians to Demand a Web for the People | TDS14

In an intellectually provocative keynote speech focusing on the privatization of the Internet, Dash called upon librarians to raise their voices and demand a more transparent, public Web.

The Civil Rights Movement & More | Best of Apps & Enhanced Books

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Two apps on the Civil Right Movement and a pirate story headline our best-of-the-month column.

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