August 17, 2017

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With Smart Toys, Kids’ Privacy Is at Play

A recent FBI public service announcement warned that common features such as microphones and cameras “could put the privacy and safety of children at risk.”

Totally! How Libraries Are Preparing for the Eclipse

Kid-oriented activities related to the total solar eclipse on August 21.

Free School Supplies; Mentoring Opportunity; Grant Applications | News Bites

The South Asia Book Awards, Teen Read Week prep, America’s 100 favorite books, and more.

Transcending the Genre: True Crime for Young Adults

While true crime is often associated with the prurient and the voyeuristic, a trio of new titles prove that the genre is far more nuanced.

As Employers Turn to Evidence-Based Hiring, How Can Libraries Prepare Job Seekers? | Higher Ground

Evidence-based hiring is disrupting the way we train, seek, and hire people to do work. Higher Ground columnist Susanna Williams thinks libraries can play a role.

Parsing the New ALA School Librarian Competencies Framework

An ALA committee has designed a set of professional competencies that emphasizes leadership and growth.

First Book To Increase Digital Resources with Tablets

The online education nonprofit announces the availability of new, specially-sourced tablets for low-income communities.

Neal Porter Joins Holiday House

Porter will be Vice President and Publisher, Neal Porter Books, bringing his imprint from Macmillan Children’s Book Group to Holiday House,

Test-Driving the Starling: Can a word-tracking device make babies smarter? | SLJ Review

SLJ reviews the Starling, a word-tracking device for babies. Our “First Steps” columnist Lisa Kropp considers its potential use in libraries.

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11 Games Honored for Social Impact

From Minecraft to Tracking Ida, 11 games nominated for the 2017 Games for Change awards offer learning potential.

FL Schools Brace for Book Challenges

After passage of a new state law allowing citizens to challenge educational materials in their county, Florida school librarians are wondering what the process will mean for them come fall.

Imperiled Snopes.com Launches GoFundMe Campaign

Embroiled in a vendor dispute, the site devoted to news accuracy is in danger of shuttering.

New ISTE Standards for Educators Highlight Librarians’ Role

Advocating for equitable tech access and participating in professional learning are among the mandates of the new standards.

The Story Behind a Newly Discovered Sendak Manuscript

“Presto and Zesto,” by Maurice Sendak and Arthur Yorinks, was inspired by an artwork that Sendak created for the London Symphony Orchestra.

“Heavy Medal” Blog Launches with New Hosts

School Library Journal welcomes two new bloggers to the fold. Roxanne Hsu Feldman and Steven Engelfried join “Heavy Medal,” sharing blogging duties with Sharon McKellar in the popular discussion surrounding the top contenders for the Newbery Medal.

A Maker Space for Little Ones

The Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh supplies real tools and materials for preschoolers in its MAKESHOP.

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10 Toys That Teach

Top picks from librarians who incorporate toys into their programs.

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Facing the Opioid Crisis: Q&A with Denver Public Library’s Rachel Fewell

How one urban library system is responding to the epidemic in its community—and in the library itself.

Nearpod Expands Content Through Partnership with BBC Worldwide Learning

This fall, students will be able to able to engage in digital lessons based on BBC documentaries as part of a new partnership.

The Power of Nonneutral Librarianship | ALA Annual 2017

While some believe that libraries should remain entirely objective, several speakers at an ALA annual conference panel stressed the importance of using exhibits and programs to express political opinions and take a stand.