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December 20, 2014

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Primates on Parade | SLJ Spotlight

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These five new primate titles are for perfect for young readers that like to monkey around!

ABDO Changes Series Title After Seven-Year-Old Champions Gender Neutrality

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“There’s no such thing as a ‘boy book,'” wrote seven-year-old Parker Dains from California in a letter to Abdo Publishing after she saw the Abdo series she enjoys about insects was part of a series called “Biggest, Baddest Books for Boys.” Abdo responded with changes.

Board Book Bonanza | Preschool to Grade 4 Roundup

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These 39 new board books were all published in the second half of 2014. They include concept books, stories, titles new to the board book format, and a few recommended titles in Spanish.

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SLJ’s Top 10 Apps for 2014

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It’s here! A list of some of our favorite apps, reviewed over the last 12 months in SLJ’s “Touch and Go” column. The 10 that made the list represent the range and variety of material available to both children and their educators. Enjoy!

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Follett’s New Destiny Resource Manager Helps School Districts Track Assets

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K-12 school districts can track their assets, including barcoded textbooks, laptops, whiteboards, tablets, and other equipment, using Destiny Resource Manager from Follett.

Librarians Celebrated at the 2014 I Love My Librarian Awards

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Ten remarkable librarians from around the country were honored as award recipients at theI Love My Librarian Awards on December 2 in New York City.

Nashville Mayor Gives the Lowdown on School-Library Partnership

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The mayor of Nashville, Karl Dean, shares his city’s successful—and replicable—collections and renovations partnership with Nashville Public Library’s Limitless Libraries and Metro Nashville Public Schools.

Scienceflix: An In-Depth Exploration to Tempt Budding Scientists | Reference Online

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Billed as “Science for the Next Generation,” Scholastic’s ScienceFlix is a highly engaging digital resource that offers students an in-depth examination of more than 30 subject areas.

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Best Adult Books 4 Teens 2014

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The Adult Books 4 Teens reviewers have come together to nominate, discuss, and winnow the best titles of the year into a list that guarantees a combination of excellence and appeal to young adults. The following are must-have titles for teens and were originally reviewed on SLJ’s Adult Books 4 Teens blog.

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Bringing World Voices into Your Library | Consider the Source

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Briony Everroad and Daniel Hahn, in conjunction with Words Without Borders, have crafted an online magazine issue entirely comprised of young adult writing in translation. It’s a tool to that opens the door to connecting US teens with their global peers.

Unbroken: The Movie, the Book, and Standout World War II Readalikes

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The buzz on Unbroken, the Angelina Jolie produced and directed film hitting theaters on December 25, is growing. Based on Laura Hillenbrand’s adult title of the same name, the movie is sure to provoke interest in the YA adaptation and other World War II era works for teens.

Miss Honey Award; Wolf Chronicles Giveaway; Teen Tech Grants | SLJTeen News

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Recognize a colleague with a nomination for the Roald Dahl Miss Honey Social Justice award, and get prepared for Teen Tech Week by applying for a YALSA grant. Enter a chance to win a set of Dorothy Hearst’s series, told from the point of a “teen” wolf.

Five Things to Love at YALSA’S YA Lit Symposium

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Friendly authors, provocative programming, and the thrill of presenting were among the high points at YALSA’s fourth Young Adult Literature Symposium in Austin, TX.

Artists Making Inroads | SLJ Spotlight

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Entertainment pioneers overcome discrimination and obstacles in these uplifting nonfiction titles.

Ferguson Library Provides Calm Refuge for a Torn Community

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On November 24 a grand jury in Ferguson, MO, delivered its verdict on the August 9 shooting death of Michael Brown, an unarmed black teenager, by a Ferguson police officer. The St. Louis County grand jury chose not to bring criminal charges against the officer, Darren Wilson; the decision, which was announced just after 8 p.m. CST, set off a night of protests and civil unrest, the most violent including arson, shattered windows, injuries, and, as of press time, a possible murder.

#GiveaBook: Penguin Random House to Launch Book Donation Campaign with Save the Children

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Penguin Random House (PRH) is slated to launch the #GiveaBook campaign on November 29. For every use of the hashtag #GiveaBook on Facebook and Twitter before December 25, PRH will donate a book to Save the Children.

Feeding Minds and Bodies: Libraries, Nonprofits, and Authors Offer Food Education

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Libraries, authors, and world-famous chefs, including Chez Panisse’s Alice Waters, are stepping in to ensure that children and teens are food literate, from providing food itself to incorporating lessons on nutrition, food sourcing, and gardening into curriculum and literature.

Librarian Helps Snag $7 Million Federal STEM Grant for Indiana High School

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At Pike High School in Indianapolis, IN, school librarian Chad Heck is playing a significant role in a $7 million grant, which is set to transform the grade 9–12 campus—and the way the school library is perceived by the district.

Ditch Holiday Programming | Opinion

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Allow me to explain why your library should not provide holiday programs this winter, or ever. Instead, get creative—and offer programs in which everyone in your community can participate.

Tennessee School District’s Tech Policy Blocks Students’ Constitutional Rights, ACLU Says

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A Tennessee parent and the ACLU claim that a school district’s tech policy, which students much sign to participate in activities on campus computers, violates free speech and compromises student privacy.