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April 16, 2015

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Common Sense Education Launches Choose-Your-Own-Adventure Gaming Platform

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Digital Compass, a choose-your-own-adventure gaming platform, aims to teach middle school students about the opportunities and pitfalls of the digital world.

Capstone Announces New PebbleGo Dinosaurs

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At the Texas Library Association annual conference in Austin this week, Capstone unveils its pre-K−3 database PebbleGo Dinosaurs.

Those Tired Summer Reading Lists. Here’s What to Do.

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Many librarians say it’s time to overhaul the whole idea of mandatory reading in June, July, and August. Read what they’re doing about it—and check out 10 tips to flip the summer reading experience.

This article was published in School Library Journal's April 2015 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.

Pictures of the Week: Kwame Alexander Named Bank Street College of Education’s First Writer-in-Residence

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On April 6, 2015 Newbery Medalist Kwame Alexander was celebrated at Bank Street College of Education as the school’s first Writer-in-Residence for its Center for Children’s Literature.

ALA’s Most Frequently Challenged Books; Teen Read Week Grants; Springtime Giveaways | SLJTeen News

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The American Library Association has announced 2014’s most frequently challenged books. Teen Read Week grants are available from YALSA. Enter in two YA book giveaways. See how one librarian hosted a Doctor Who–themed lock-in with great success.

#getESEAright: ALA Joins Twitter Campaign for ESEA

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The American Library Association is joining a Twitter effort (#getESEAright) on April 9 from 7−8 p.m. ET to support dedicated funding for school libraries through the Elementary and Secondary Education Act and the Supporting Knowledge and Investing in Lifelong Skills Act.

Pictures of the Week: Glen Ellyn (IL) Public Library’s BOB Celebration

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Thirteen-year-old Kiera Akines correctly selected the winners of eight matches in Glen Ellyn (IL) Public Library’s Mock Battle of the Kids’ Books event, including the winner, Steve Sheinkin’s Port Chicago 50.

FTC Urged to Investigate Google for Deceptive Advertising Via YouTube Kids App

A coalition of prominent children’s and consumer advocacy groups have filed a complaint with the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) requesting an investigation of Google, charging the company with unfair and deceptive practices in connection with its new YouTube Kids app.

MinecraftEdu Takes Hold in Schools

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With myriad adaptations for use in the classroom, MinecraftEdu brings Common Core–enhanced gaming to students.

This article was published in School Library Journal's April 2015 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.

Our Public Library Minecraft Community

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A library system’s countywide Minecraft program is a core service, an afterschool sanctuary, and a peer support group.

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SLJ’s 2015 School Librarian of the Year Award Open for Entries

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Are you a K−12 librarian who has a story to share about your school library’s exemplary use of 21st-century tools and services to engage children and teens and foster multiple literacies? Nominations are open for this year’s School Librarian of the Year Award, sponsored by Scholastic Library Publishing.

Common Craft Releases Free Video to Boost Public Perception of Librarians

Common Craft has released a free video explaining the vital role of librarians and libraries in the Internet Age.

The Lowdown on Bird’s “Fuse #8 TV”

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Are you up on your “Fuse #8 TV”? Here’s what you may have missed—no better time to binge-watch than the present.

Proposals Wanted for “Libraries Connecting Communities”

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Proposals are being accepted for the LJ/SLJ virtual program “The Digital Shift” on October 14, 2015. If you have a compelling story to share about how libraries of all types are facilitating connection and supporting strong communities—we’d like to hear from you.

Ann Burlingame Wins 2015 Sullivan Award; National Poetry Month Contest; Giveaways | SLJTeen News

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A contest and verse giveaway to kick off National Poetry Month; NEH makes The Great Stories Club program possible with $350,000 to ALA; strut your YA stuff at ALA Annual 2016; Ann Burlingame is winner of the 2015 Sullivan Award.

Lulzbot 3-D Printer Giveaway

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Some lucky classrooms and libraries will receive 3-D printers in a giveaway sponsored by Aleph Objects, in conjunction with the White House Science Fair.

StoryCorps Launches Global Platform, iOS and Android Apps Available

With the recent release of StoryCorps.me, anyone in the world can record and upload an oral history interview.

Hello Texas! Visit Macmillan/Griffin Teen at TLA Annual in Austin, April 14–17

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The Macmillan/Griffin team can’t wait to see librarians in Austin at the Texas Library Association Annual Conference in just a few short weeks! Peruse the program early and then join them in the exhibit hall in the Macmillan Adult booth #1359.

Little, Brown Partners with LEGO; Lambda Literary Award Finalists | News Bites

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In the latest News Bites: voting for the Children’s Choice Book Award is wide open until May 3; Little, Brown will release its first LEGO graphic novel in September 2015; and the finalists for the Lambda Literary Award for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender books published in 2014 have been announced.

Celebrated YA Author Ellen Conford Dies at 73

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Celebrated YA author Ellen Conford, who wrote more than 30 books, including the “Annabel the Actress” and “Jenny Archer” series. died March 20 on her 73rd birthday.