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YALSA Summer Reading Grants; “My Library Story” Campaign from Gale | SLJTeen News

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The latest grants, contests, and news bites for librarians working with teens, including a way to boost summer reading programs with help from YALSA and Dollar General, and a library awareness campaign from Gale.

The International Association of School Librarianship Will Publish Book Series with Libraries Unlimited

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A professional development book series for school librarians worldwide will be coming out in June 2015. “School librarians’ issues are very similar across all cultures,” shares one librarian from South Africa.

Jay Asher’s Anti-Bullying Tour; Ursula Le Guin Honored; Read to a Child Hosts Digital Fundraising Campaign | News Bites

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Get the latest SLJ industry news roundup here: learn about Jay Asher’s national anti-bullying tour; Ursula Le Guin will be honored by the National Book Foundation; and PBS has a tech initiative going on through November 30 that offers free tech how-tos and tablet giveaways.

Encyclopaedia Britannica Sees Digital Growth, Aims to Draw New Users

“Britannica.com is on track for 12 million visitors in September, up from 4.7 million during the same month in 2012,” executives told the Chicago Tribune.

Public Library Of Cincinnati And Hamilton County Begins Offering Career Online High School Diploma Program

The Public Library Of Cincinnati And Hamilton County announced September 17 that they’re offering library users the opportunity to earn accredited high school diplomas and career certificates via Career Online High School.

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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‘Tactile Picture Books’ Creates 3-D Print Titles for Blind Children

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A new project out of the University of Colorado is harnessing 3-D printing technology to make picture books accessible to visually impaired children.

Columbus Library Expanding Book Delivery Program to Public Schools

Columbus Metropolitan Library (CML) has begun delivering bins of selected books to 16 elementary schools in the Columbus City Schools district. The new service is part of a larger CML effort to improve early literacy and third grade reading.

NJ State Library to Launch High School Diploma Program at Select Public Libraries

The Online High School Completion Program will allow New Jersey residents to earn an accredited high school diploma and credentialed career certificate at six local libraries.

YALSA Maker Contest; NAACP Launches Literacy Campaign; Storia Is Streamed | News Bites

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August is bursting with industry news: YALSA is looking for submissions for its 2014 Maker Contest; the NAACP and American Urban Radio Networks have joined forces in a reading literacy campaign “NAACP Reads”; Minnesota’s Saint Paul Public Library expands its laptop training and giveaway program.

Miley Cyrus, Teen Titans, and Dust Bunnies | Graphic Novel News

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“Miley Cyrus’s Life Turned Into a Comic Book”—how often do you get handed a headline like this? Bluewater Productions will be releasing Fame: Miley Cyrus this week in print and digital formats.

Mayor Bill de Blasio Keynotes Early Education Summit in NYC’s Scholastic Headquarters

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On August 5, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio keynoted the Preschool Nation Summit 2014 co-hosted by Scholastic and Los Angeles Universal Preschool, a nonprofit aimed at providing access to quality early childhood education programs for children in Los Angeles County. If you missed the event, you can catch a video of the happenings here.

Zest Books Enters “New Adult” Market with Pulp Imprint

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Pulp, the new imprint from Zest Books geared to the New Adult audience, is promising “Juicy. Messy. Truthy. Books.”

White House Declares June 18 “National Day of Making” and Launches Maker Initiatives for Libraries

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On June 18, the White House hosted its very first Maker Faire, where the Institute of Museum and Library Services and LEGO Systems announced STEM and STEAM initiatives for libraries across the country.

Library and Education Groups File Net Neutrality Comments with FCC

Concern over net neutrality rules prompted a joint filing by a coalition that includes ALA and EDUCAUSE, with suggestions to ensure the preservation of “an open Internet for libraries, higher education and the communities we serve.”

Amazon Launches Kindle Unlimited Ebook Subscription Service

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Upon the announcement of Amazon’s ebook subscription program Kindle Unlimited, Gary Price, INFOdocket editor, writes “Are libraries ready to compete with these services?”

Summer School for Educators; PEN Awards Shortlist; Follett’s 4,500 New EBooks | News Bites

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SLJ brings you a round up of industry news, including free events, tech upgrades, grants, competitions, and prizes.

Authors John Green and James Patterson Stuck in Midst of Ongoing Battle of Amazon vs. Hachette

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Hachette authors James Patterson and JK Rowling, and John Green of Penguin/Random House, are just some of the authors embroiled in the ongoing public battle between Amazon and Hachette Book Group over the renegotiation of their contract on profit share. Amazon has been cited with using bullying tactics, Hachette books sales have suffered, and authors, like John Green, are speaking out.

Listen Up! Music Vault Adds 13,000 Live Concert Videos to YouTube

The collection features 2,000 hours of exclusive video of artists ranging from Bruce Springsteen and The Who to Metallica and The Roots.

SLJ Launches ‘Up for Debate’

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School Library Journal has introduced “Up for Debate,” a new online series featuring commentary by expert contributors on a particular topic or item in the news.