April 23, 2017

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James Patterson To Give $1.75 Million To Bolster Classroom Libraries


In the third installment of Patterson’s School Library Campaign in partnership with Scholastic Reading Club, grants of $500 will be given to 3,500 teachers.

Hello, Space Station! Teens Chat with an Astronaut via Ham Radio


Through a NASA educational program, a Kansas teen librarian developed a related STEM curriculum that culminated in radio contact with the International Space Station.

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Two Days Left To Enter the littleBits Earth Day 2017 Competition


Students have until 11:59 p.m. EDT on April 21 to post an idea for an invention to clean and/or protect planet Earth.

The New Google Earth | Picture of the Week

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SLJ got a demo of the new Google Earth, released today, April 18, at an unveiling held at New York’s Whitney Museum.

Junior Library Guild and 3DBear To Partner


The Helsinki-based software company will collaborate with Junior Library Guild to bring tech to U.S. classrooms.

Lilead Fellows for 2017–2018 Announced


The Lilead Fellows program is a long-term professional development opportunity for a select group of school district library supervisors.

Oklahoma University Library Melds Art and High Tech in a Lesson for Middle Schoolers


Collaboration, followed by “close looking,” led to discovery—and a few career ideas—for a group of seventh and eighth graders.

Patricia McKissack, Beloved Award-Winning Author, Passes Away


McKissack’s impact on the realm of literature, her devotion to her husband, and her captivating laugh are remembered by those closest to her.

School Librarian Creates “Trolls” Music Video for Sick Child

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A New York elementary school librarian, and her middle school teacher husband, spearheaded a project to brighten the life of a kindergartner with cancer.

It’s Awards Season at Bank Street College


Winners of the 2017 Flora Stieglitz Straus, Claudia Lewis, and Josette Frank Awards were honored on Thursday, April 6.

Fast-Tracking a More Radical Approach to Literacies | Editorial


How we engage in programming and teaching literacy is getting more interesting as librarians creatively tackle the massive literacy challenge, even crisis, we face.

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Bookmobiles and Beyond: new library services on wheels serve newborns through teens


From TechMobiles to early learning hubs, mobile library outreach is on the rise.

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What the Trump Budget Means for School Libraries


In addition to Education Department cuts, the budget proposes the wholesale elimination of the Institute of Museum and Library Services. Here’s what you can do.

“March” Madness: Congressman Lewis’s Graphic Novel Wins SLJ’s Battle of the Books


The Closer, Kwame Alexander, picked the ultimate winner: the much-lauded final volume in the “March” graphic nonfiction series by Congressman John Lewis, Andrew Aydin, and Nate Powell.

Kids Make Art for Social Justice in L.A. Museum-Library Partnership


The Los Angeles Public Library hosted “Art Without Walls,” an art event with the L.A. Hammer Museum where kids honored women in their lives while sending messages about equal rights.

11-Year-Old Starts Book Club for African American Boys


Fifth grader Sidney Keys’s “Books N Bros” club celebrates characters who are black—and gets boys reading.

Librarians Mobilize for Equity Under the Trump Administration


Facing policies that threaten their service models, core values, and federal funding, librarians voice concerns—and mobilize.

Gene Luen Yang Comic Available for Download


Download a high-res PDF version of “Comfort Zone,” Gene Luen Yang’s original comic for SLJ.

Children’s Museum of Manhattan Finalist for National Medal


New York’s Children’s Museum of Manhattan has been named one of 30 finalists for the 2017 National Medal for Museum and Library Service. The public is encouraged to share stories about the museum.

Laini Taylor on Genre Blurring and “Strange the Dreamer”


While writing her latest YA fantasy, Laini Taylor followed her hearts.