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August 3, 2015

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“Comics Connector” Finds Comics Professionals for School Visits

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Launched by the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund, the Comics Connector features a growing list of comics professionals state by state, as well as in Canada, along with their contact information.

ABDO Launches Database Series for Pre-K–2

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Abdo Zoom, a database covering 160 animal species for Pre-K–2 learners, will debut in August.

Eisner Grant-Winning Library Will Use Graphic Novels to Explore Community

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Valerie Acklin, teen services librarian at the Bellmore (NY) Memorial Library, will launch a program exploring local community experience through graphic novels—and will have patrons of all ages create their own comics.

New PTA President: Educating the Whole Child Includes School Libraries

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National PTA president Laura Bay wants to create opportunities for learning throughout communities, whether in the school library, at home, or in the neighborhood.

Bringing Fred Rogers Forward

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The Fred Rogers Center for Early Learning and Children’s Media carries on the life work of this beloved educational icon.

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Random House Children’s Books Hires Jennifer Brown as Vice President, Publisher, Alfred A. Knopf Books for Young Readers

Here’s today’s announcement from Random House Children’s Books, the World’s largest English-language children’s trade book publisher: Jennifer M. Brown, a 25-year veteran of the children’s book industry, will join Random House Children’s Books as Vice President, Publisher, Alfred A. Knopf Books for Young Readers, effective August 24, it was announced today by Barbara Marcus, President […]

Grants Available for Book Clubs Serving At-Risk Teens; 2015 Thriller Awards Announced | SLJTeen News

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Up to 50 grants will be awarded to libraries working with at-risk teens to create a reading and discussion program called Great Stories Club. The winners of the 2015 Thriller Awards were revealed. These news tidbits and more in this week’s SLJTeen news roundup.

Pictures of the Week: 3M’s Post-It ‘Partner for Pride’ Wall

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Attendees of the 2015 ALA Annual Conference added their favorite diverse book suggestions to 3M’s heart-shaped display made of rainbow-hued Post-it notes.

Follett to Offer Classroom Library Sets to Educators

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School librarians and teachers can now access classroom library sets through a new partnership between Follett and the Classroom Library Company.

In Speeches, Melissa Sweet and Judy Cheatham Rally the Power of Nonfiction

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Award-winning author/illustrator Melissa Sweet discussed her researching process, and literacy powerhouse Judy Cheatham described large-scale literacy interventions in schools during the standing-room-only ALSC Charlemae Rollins President’s Program at the 2015 ALA Annual Conference.

Victory for School Libraries in Amendment to ESEA, Passed in Senate

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The U.S. Senate voted 98 to zero in favor of the bipartisan Reed-Cochran Amendment to S. 1177, the Every Child Achieves Act of 2015. This amendment makes effective school library programs part of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act.

Two Long-Term Media Specialists Win ISTE Making It Happen Awards

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Doug Johnson and Laurie Conzemius, both of whom have worked in Minnesota schools, took home awards recognizing educators who transform teaching through innovative technology integration.

“Caldetatts”: Santat and 2015 Caldecott Committee Members Get Inked

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Following the Youth Media Awards in January and the conclusion of the ALA Annual Conference in San Francisco, several librarians and fellow book-loving industry folk cemented their love of the winning and honored titles by getting Caldecott-themed body art.

Grants for Making; 2015 Int’l Latino Book Awards Announced | SLJTeen News

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Kids can apply for Summer of Creativity Grants by August 10. The International Latino Book Awards honored 246 artists and book creators during the American Library Association’s Annual Conference on June 27. Penguin and Listening Library present LGBTQ audiobook resources; and more industry news.

Acclaimed Author Judith St. George Dies at 81

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Judith St. George, known for her historical works and mysteries, died June 10 at 81. Her more than 40 works include the Caldecott-winning So You Want to Be President?

Lee & Low Wins INDIEFAB Award; “Selma for Students” | News Bites

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Lee & Low Wins INDIEFAB’s Publisher of the Year Award; Paramount will give a “Selma” DVD to all U.S. high schools; ParentSquare CEO receives Spirit of Entrepreneurship Award; and more industry news.

James Patterson and Scholastic Name First Winners of School Library Grants

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Patterson and the Scholastic Reading Club revealed the names of the first 127 schools to win Pledge to Libraries Grants, bestowed by the author and publisher. Patterson has also increased the pledge amount from $1.5 million to $1.75 million.

First Class Graduates from Queens Library’s Pre-Kindergarten | Pictures of the Week

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Proud families applauded, took pictures, and cried during the graduation ceremony for their children, who completed Queens Library’s pre-K program, the first library-run pre-Kindergarten in the nation.

ALA Releases National Policy Agenda for Libraries

ALA’s Policy Agenda for Libraries was released today as the 2015 ALA Annual Conference gets underway in San Francisco.

Longtime ALSC Member Floyd Dickman Dies at 76

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Floyd Dickman, who served on several committees during his membership in the Association for Library Service to Children and was a vital member of the library community, died on June 14.