September 26, 2016

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SLJ Controversial Books Survey Responses: Weighing Subject Matter

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SLJ’s 2016 Controversial Books Survey, addressing self-censorship, asked school librarians: “When making purchasing decisions, do find yourself weighing the effect of controversial subject matter more often now than you did one or two years ago?” Here’s what respondents who answered “yes” had to say.

SLJ Controversial Books Survey: Comments About Book Challenges

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In SLJ’s 2016 Controversial Books Survey, we asked school librarians to tell us about a book challenge they had personally experienced or to communicate other information about this topic.
Here’s what they said.

D.I.Y. Censorship: An Infographic

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Download this visual representation of key findings in SLJ’s 2016 Controversial Books Survey of school librarians, exploring self-censorship.

SLJ Controversial Book Survey: Comments About Age-Appropriateness

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SLJ’s 2016 Controversial Books survey asked school librarians how they determined if a book is age-appropriate. Here’s what they said.

Unnatural Selection: More Librarians Are Self-Censoring

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Restricting books with controversial content is on the rise in school libraries, according to SLJ’s 2016 Controversial Books Survey, which explores self-censorship.

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All Schools Need Book Challenge Policies

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Jamie LaRue, director of ALA’s Office for Intellectual Freedom, responds to SLJ‘s survey and points to resources that help librarians create policies and field challenges.

Comparing Librarians’ and Teachers’ Self-Censoring Patterns

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Our survey confirms impressions the NCAC and NCTE have gained from intervening in book censorship controversies around the county.

Pictures of the Week | Minnesota Children’s Book Festival

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The 17th Annual Minnesota Children’s Book Festival featured a sterling line-up of authors and illustrators.

EBSCO and Mackin Forge New Partnership

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EBSCO ebooks will now be available on the Mackin ecommerce site.

Build It, and They Will Come | The National Museum of African American History and Culture

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On Saturday, September 24, 2016, the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture (NMAAHC) will open its doors.

Kids Can Vote for Our Next President with PebbleGo Vote!

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Voting opens on October 10. The winner of PebbleGo Votes will be announced on November 9. Schools do not need to be PebbleGo subscribers to participate.

Getting to Know Yue

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Children’s book illustrator Stephanie Yue sold her belongings, gave up her apartment, and hit the open road—on a scooter. Here’s her story.

Not All Pleased with Changes Coming to YALSA Book Selection Committees

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The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) is putting some changes on the books. Though specifics are not yet ironed out, not all were well-received.

New Report Marks Growing NEA Attention to School Libraries

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The study paints a detailed picture of the state of funding and staffing for school libraries across the country in the years following the Great Recession.

Choice Chapter Book Read-Alouds for a New School Year

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School Library Journal’s readers and reviewers weigh in on the best new read-alouds.

Ten Contenders Make the 2016 National Book Awards Longlist for Young People’s Literature

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The titles represent diverse voices and writing styles, addressing issues such as first love, violence in the home, sexual identity, immigration, interracial dating, social activism, and the effects of war on children.

An Inside Look at “The Great Gilly Hopkins,” the Movie

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The film version of Katherine Paterson’s award-winning novel is being released October 7. Her son, the screenwriter, gives us a look at the process of adapting it.

Tips in Time for International Literacy Day

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In recognition of International Literacy Day on September 8, Scholastic is sharing tips culled from four countries that can help children everywhere become lifelong readers.

Anna Dewdney, Creator of “Llama Llama” Series, Dies

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The 50-year-old author and illustrator requested, instead of a funeral service, that people read to a child.

Lilead Project Receives IMLS Support for New Round of Fellows

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The Lilead Project, established in 2012 to support and build community among U. S. school library supervisors, has received an IMLS grant to continue its Lilead Fellows program and to create the Lilead Leaders initiative for advocacy and activism.