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September 17, 2014

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Throwback Thursday: Technology, Threatening Our Sanity Since 1991

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Ah, technology, you vex us so. And it was all supposed to make life easier. Back in the day—in this case, 1991—librarians sought to stay current on the latest formats.

The Right Stuff: SLJ’s School Librarian of the Year Award Sets a New Standard | Editorial

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It is with great excitement that we present Michelle Colte, the first SLJ School Librarian of the Year.

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A Wealth of Leaders: The School Librarian of the Year Candidates | Pivot Points

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The superb School Librarian of the Year candidates are guides for our profession.

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Meet Michelle Colte, SLJ’s School Librarian of the Year

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Michelle Colte, SLJ‘s first School Librarian of the Year, is the librarian at Hale Kula Elementary School in Wahiawa, Hawaii, where 99 percent of the students are from military families.

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School Librarian of the Year Finalist Andy Plemmons: Expecting the Miraculous

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Andy Plemmons, school library media specialist at David C. Barrow Elementary School in Athens, Georgia, strives to “expect the miraculous”—his school library’s motto, an idea drawn from Kate DiCamillo’s Newbery Medal-winning book.

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School Librarian of the Year Finalist Colleen Graves: The Whole School is Her Classroom

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Colleen Graves, teacher librarian at the Lamar Middle School in Flower Mound, Texas, calls herself a “teacher, a maker, a tech geek, and a book geek.”

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Explore Art: Nonfiction Titles for Teens

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“Media Mania” gets unplugged to feature exciting new books that spotlight the oldest form of mass communication: art. Ranging in topic from magnetic and multifaceted biographies of art world giants, these handsomely illustrated offerings invite teens into an intriguing and thought-provoking world.

And Now We Are 60: SLJ, the profession, and culture from 1954 to today

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To mark School Library Journal’s 60th year as an independent magazine, a look back at some highlights—including some favorite covers.

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Taking the Teen Summer Challenge to New Heights, Pierce County Style

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At Pierce County Library System (WA), staff recognized that their summer reading program needed to be reimagined. The Teen Summer Challenge was created to provide a more meaningful experience for their tweens and teens.

The Latest from Heavy-Hitters A. S. King, Marie Lu, Paolo Bacigalupi, and Julie Kagawa | Fiction Grades 9 & Up

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Looking for the next YA blockbuster? This month’s reviews feature titles by teen author staples in a variety of genres, from realistic fiction (Paolo Bacigalupi and Frank Portman) to fantasy (Marie Lu and Julie Kagawa) and somewhere in between (A. S. King and Jandy Nelson).

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Go West, New Librarian; Teens Making a Difference Giveaway; Pet Poetry Contest | SLJTeen News

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Opportunities abound for new librarians, teen change-seekers, and pet loving poets. Check out our latest roundup of teen services news bites.

Playing With the Narrative | SLJ Spotlight

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These teen fiction titles stretch the limits with twists on the traditional narrative.

Portrait of an Author: SLJ Chats with Jandy Nelson About ‘I’ll Give You the Sun’

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Former literary agent Jandy Nelson’s I’ll Give You the Sun is told not only in alternating narratives but also in alternating time lines. SLJ caught up with the author to talk about her unique writing process, love of magical realism, and casting wishlist for the optioned film version.

Two Second Graders Pitch to Restore School Library on Indiegogo

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Seven-year-olds, Josephine Sinclair and Sarai Williams, of Willow Creek Academy in Sausalito, California, hope to raise $20,000 to restore their school library using the crowdfunding platform Indiegogo.

Librarians React to ‘Amelia Bedelia’ Hoax

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When New York writer EJ Dickson publicly confessed to fabricating information on the Wikipedia page for Amelia Bedelia author Peggy Parish, it was a “teachable moment” according to one librarian.

Ferguson Libraries Step Up to Serve Community in Turmoil

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Libraries in the Ferguson, MO area provided educational services and creative programs for children and families while the start of school was postponed for two weeks because of unrest in the area.

The March Goes On | Touch and Go

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As we mark the 51st anniversary of the historic March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom, two first-rate compelling resources on that day and the Civil Rights era now have iPad iterations. Both are essential classroom resources and both are free.

A Photo Gallery of Six Library Gardens

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What’s growing in library gardens across the country.

Award-Winning Author Elaine Marie Alphin Dies at 58

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Elaine Marie Alphin, a celebrated and award-winning children’s book and young adult writer, died August 19, following a long illness. She was 58.

Ferguson Public Library Offers Lessons for Students in Limbo

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Missouri’s Ferguson Public Library has gone out of its way to be a refuge of peace and calm during the the tumult following the August 9 shooting of unarmed black teenager Michael Brown, and teachers—and retired teachers—offer lessons at the library during the ongoing district closure.