February 24, 2017

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Kid Lit World Mourns Three Stars

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Over the course of nine days, we’ve had to say goodbye to Dahlov Ipcar, Dick Bruna, and Nancy Willard.

Mandela Bracelets Create School Libraries and Jobs in South Africa

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In South Africa, 90 percent of schools don’t have a library. The CEO of Mandela Bangle, Nelson Mandela’s project, is setting out to change that, one bracelet (and shipping container) at a time.

Get $500 to Spend at the Scholastic Book Store. Here’s how.

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Todd Burleson, SLJ’s 2016 School Librarian of the Year, is giving away his prize money in a raffle. But be quick: you have only five days to enter.

“Information Literacy in the Age of Fake News” Kicks off SLJ ISTE Webcast Series

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A new season of the SLJ ISTE webcast series launches with “Information Literacy in the Age of Fake News” on March 16.

Science Award Opportunity; #BlackSTEMLikeMe | News Bites

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Our round-up of news briefs includes award-worthy librarians, a teen who made the most of her love of books, and new opportunities for STEM exploration.

An Inside Look at Librarians, Schools, and the Political Climate

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Librarians around the country share how their workday has changed post-election.

Ric Hasenyager Departs NYC School Libraries for Rosen Publishing

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The head of library services at the New York City Department of Education will become associate director of curriculum solutions at Rosen Publishing.

Goal: Bury the White House in Books

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Responding to President Trump’s statement that he does not read books, a grassroots group is encouraging people to send ones to the White House for Valentine’s Day.

In Call for Early STEM Learning, Libraries Cited as Potential ‘Charging Stations’

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Gaining STEM skills is as important for young children as learning to read, asserts a new report by the Joan Ganz Cooney Center and supported by the National Science Foundation. Libraries could play a critical role in this call for more preschool STEM learning opportunities.

STEM U: Working Collaborations Between Schools and University Students

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These inspiring partnerships reflect a growing trend: alliances between universities and K-12 students that emphasize problem-solving and mentoring skills.

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DeVos Confirmed as Education Secretary; Librarians React

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The embattled school choice proponent squeaked out a victory in the Senate confirmation vote, to the consternation of many in the education community.

Pictures of the Week | #TakeYourChildToTheLibraryDay

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On February 4, libraries across the country celebrated Take Your Child to the Library Day.

After Travel Ban, Schools and Libraries Reassure Students and Families

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Schools pledge support to families, public libraries throw open their doors, and students commit acts of kindness while monitoring bullying.

Lilead Fellows, EveryLibrary Share Out ESSA Strategies | ALA Midwinter 2017

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Final state plans are due by April 4. Here’s the advice that came out of the Lilead Fellows community meeting at Midwinter.

Shannon McClintock Miller Named Spokesperson for Future Ready Librarians and Project Connect

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A Library Journal Mover & Shaker looks to further empower librarians.

Teach Students Resilience, Empathy, and More with Social Emotional Learning Strategies

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Bolstered by ESSA, social emotional learning is taking off in schools. Here’s how.

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A Robot “Teaches” Social Emotional Learning to Kids With Autism

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Milo the robot help kids on the autism spectrum learn skills including self-management and social awareness.

How My School Library Embraces Social Emotional Learning

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Anita Cellucci, 2016 SLJ School Librarian of the Year Finalist, designed programs to encourage mindfulness and support mental health.

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In the Margins Book Committee Announces Winners for 2017

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Now in its fourth year, the In the Margins selection committee has released its full list of 2017 winners. The group identifies quality and meaningful resources for librarians and library workers who work with teens in lockdown, foster care, homeless shelters, and other nontraditional venues in the margins.

Follett and Dremel Join Forces to Bring 3-D Printers to Schools

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Follett School Solutions has partnered with Dremel to offer its printers to K–12 school districts, in order to both support librarians and promote technology integration in the classroom.