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September 19, 2014

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NSBA, New Regency, and Penguin Books to Distribute “12 Years a Slave” to U.S. High Schools

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The National School Boards Association has partnered with New Regency, Fox Searchlight, Penguin Books, and the filmmakers to make copies of the feature film, book, and study guide 12 Years a Slave available to public high schools.

A National Effort to Read to Kids 15 Minutes a Day Needs Our Support

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Read Aloud 15 Minutes is a nonprofit organization that’s working to make reading aloud every day for at least 15 minutes “the new standard in child care.” First Steps columnist Lisa Kropp urges libraries to sign on as partners in the effort.

This article was published in School Library Journal's September 2014 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.

Ken Burns, Curated | Touch and Go

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Ken Burns has been busy. The award-winning filmmaker’s seven-part television series, ‘The Roosevelts,’ premiered on PBS this week, and ‘Ken Burns’ the app, featuring hours of curated clips from his documentaries was just released.

Meet Teddy, FDR, and Eleanor: Great Books About the Roosevelts

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The Roosevelts: An Intimate History, Ken Burns’s seven-part documentary film about the lives of Theodore, Franklin, and Eleanor Roosevelt, recently premiered on PBS. Ranging from picture-book accounts to more in-depth biographies, the books featured here will both inform and inspire.

Chattanooga Library Board Responds to Audit’s Allegations

Chattanooga Library Board Responds to Audit’s Allegations

Last week the board of the Chattanooga Public Library (TN) responded to a city audit released in late August, which criticized Library Director and LJ librarian of the year Corinne Hill and top staffers for receiving excess travel reimbursements (since repaid), and stated that two employees have been reported to the state for suspected fraud for taking paid speaking and consultant jobs on library time.

Graphic Novel Resources; Collection Development Grant; Green Cooking for Teens | SLJTeen News

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Apply for a $5,000 YA collection development grant to purchase the graphic novel resources our Good Comics for Kids bloggers have gathered. Check out the latest roundup of teen services news bites.

SLJ Reviews and Interviews of 2014 National Book Award Longlist in the Young People’s Category

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The National Book Foundation today announced the titles on the long list for the 2014 National Book Awards in the Young People’s Category. Below are SLJ reviews, blog posts, and interviews with the authors of the these works for children and teens.

2014 National Book Award Longlist Announced for Young People’s Literature

Recap: The National Book Award Finalists

Just announced: The 10 National Book Award long list for Young People’s Literature.

Librarians Changing Instruction in the Classroom with a 1:1 Environment

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Silver Creek High School in Longmont, Colorado, is about to embark on a 1:1 device environment. Teacher librarian Phil Goerner shares insights and goals for the year ahead and how he and his staff will be an integral part of the transition.

Rock On! | SLJ Spotlight

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Three illustrated biographies give insight into rock ‘n’ roll legends.

Texas Pastor Attempts to Ban “Twilight” from Austin Memorial Library

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With Banned Books Week on the horizon, read about this recent challenge about a Texas pastor who attempted to have 75 paranormal YA titles, including “Twilight,” removed from the Austin Memorial Library on the basis that they are inappropriate for young people.

In the Margins Committee Announces 2015 Nominations

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In the Margins (ITM) is proud to present the official nominations for the 2015 book list, to date. These titles, selected by a committee of librarians, are by, for, and about people in poverty, on the streets, in custody, or otherwise living in the margins.

Throwback Thursday: Their Professionalism Kicked In

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News editor Andrea Glick reported SLJ’s story on September 11, 2001, which was—for our staff who worked in and had children in affected schools—very close to home.

Haunting Reads: A Roundup of Scary Selections | Focus On

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This roundup of eerie titles, just in time for Halloween, is guaranteed to keep readers up at night, turning pages as their hearts pound. These dark and creepy tales offer vicarious chills to be enjoyed in the warmth and comfort of one’s own room.

This article was published in School Library Journal's September 2014 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.

Graphic Novels in the Classroom

Graphic Novels in the Classroom

In this month’s issue of School Library Journal, I talked to teachers, librarians, and Charles Brownstein of the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund about the increasing prominence of graphic novels in schools, both in the classroom and in school libraries. Check out the article, which deals with the power of graphic novels as educational materials [...]

Lunar Extravaganza: Great Books for Moon-Gazers

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Inspired by the recent supermoon? Share these luminous books with moon gazers and aspiring astronomers.

Real-life Heroes, Unspeakable Tragedies—and Kittens | Hi-Interest Nonfiction for Children and Teens

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Unusual topics and funky facts about our world pepper this selection of high-interest nonfiction titles for students.

‘Building a Better Teacher’ | Professional Shelf

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What’s missing in our attempts to improve our nation’s schools? In her thought-provoking, new book Elizabeth Green argues that it is teacher training programs.

Teaching With Graphic Novels

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While graphic novels are increasingly used as teaching tools, their strong imagery can be a double-edged sword.

This article was published in School Library Journal's September 2014 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.

Resources for Teaching Graphic Novels in the Classroom

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Ten great graphic novels for schools; online resources; publishers’ lesson plans and teaching support; and and other recommended reading.