July 26, 2017

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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.

Fish or Foil: What Came First? | Q & A with Marcus Pfister

2017 marks the 25th anniversary of Marcus Pfister’s Rainbow Fish, which, since its publication has sold millions of copies worldwide.

Taking a Stand Against Islamophobia | ALA Annual 2017

Deepa Iyer discussed the hostility directed at Muslims and advised librarians on ways they could make a difference.

Storytime: A Classic Library Service Boosts Literacy and More, Studies Show

Storytimes in libraries and other community learning opportunities are viewed as critical components of young children’s preparation to enter school.

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The American Writers Museum | Pictures of the Week

A number of librarians made time during the ALA 2017 conference in Chicago last week to stop in at 180 Michigan Avenue, the home of the new American Writers Museum.

Philip Pullman’s “The Book of Dust” Opener Cover Revealed

In anticipation of the much-awaited follow-up to Philip Pullman’s “His Dark Materials” series, the cover of the companion series’ first volume, The Book of Dust: La Belle Sauvage, was just unveiled.

ALA, Google Seek Libraries to Apply for Coding Pilot this Summer

Is your library ready to code? The American Library Association and Google want you. Here’s what you need to know about applying for the $500K pilot launching this summer.

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How a Teen Librarian Addressed “13 Reasons Why” in Her Community

A public librarian gathered teens, school leaders, and parents for community forum on the controversial adaptation of Jay Asher’s Thirteen Reasons Why.