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August 30, 2014

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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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Top Picks in Fiction, Nonfiction, & Media| Stars List, August 2014

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Paul Fleischman opens our eyes to the environmental crisis, young Henri Matisse ponders The Iridescence of Birds, and Philip C. Stead takes to the skies in the August stars, offering the best of fiction, nonfiction, and multimedia.

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‘The Giver’ Movie and other Tales for Teens About a World Gone Wrong

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First published in 1993, Lois Lowry’s The Giver makes its long-awaited big screen debut on August 15. Recommend these recent YA releases to fans of the unforgettable dystopian novel.

Apps & More for Makerspaces | Mix It Up

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A school and public librarian collaborate on the inaugural “Mix It Up” column, focusing on apps, websites, and other tools for makerspaces and maker programming.

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Teens Review Fleischman’s ‘Eyes Wide Open’, Horror Titles, and More

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Check out a guinea pig named Snapper, enough horror to keep the lights on at night, and a nonfiction title from Paul Fleischman on environmental issues which is equally frightening, all from our Young Adult Advisory Councils’ teen reviewers at the Johnson County Library.

Missouri Extends Protection of Library Records Data to Digital Materials

Missouri Extends Protection of Library Records Data to Digital Materials

Missouri library patrons can now rest assured that their library records for checkout of digital materials will remain private, thanks to a new state law.

Amazon Reveals Sticking Points with Hachette

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In a Kindle forum post dated July 29, Amazon reveals specific details of its sticking points with Hachette Publishing Group over profit-share and ebook pricing—and in doing so, doesn’t do Hachette any favors.

Tragic consequences of intolerance and gun violence explored in “Valentine Road”| DVD Pick

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Valentine Road belongs in all school and public libraries as a cautionary tale about homophobia, intolerance, and the easy availability of guns.

Pennridge School District Loses Elementary School Librarian

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Pennsylvania’s Pennridge School District’s budget was passed in June—and it has eliminated an elementary school library position.