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February 11, 2016

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On the Road | Meet the Reviewer Catherine Callegari

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SLJ’s Luann Toth interviews longtime reviewer, Catherine Callegari, who is changing her career trajectory.

Flatiron Press Goes YA; “Reproductive Rights” Giveaway; a New Harry Potter Book | SLJTeen News

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Macmillan debuts a new YA imprint. Win free copies of Reproductive Rights—a teen nonfiction title. Apply for Library of Congress literacy grants. An eighth Harry Potter book was just announced. These tidbits and more in SLJTeen’s news roundup.

Philly Girl Scout Creates Community Lending Library  

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With help from a local pastor, one teen’s scout project becomes Project Read, which is “raising reading levels one book at a time” in her needy community.

Larry Romans, Hero of LGBTQ Literature for Young People, Dies at 68

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Larry Romans, beloved as a staunch advocate for quality books for young people relating to the gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender experience, passed away on January 28, 2016 after a battle with cancer.

Many Colleges Are Ignoring the SATs. Does Prep Still Matter?

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As students prepare to take the new SAT test on March 7, debates about the rationale for student testing continue—while librarians still want to help students prepare.

We Will Continue to Raise Our Voices: Survival, Slavery, Censorship | Up for Debate

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This ‘shocking and unprecedented case of self-censorship’ was, in fact, an editorial decision. The publishing industry makes thousands of them every day. They happen in response to many factors, including outside pressure, personal bias, and money. This decision happened after many voices were raised opposing the book, led by Black Lives Matter activist Leslie Mac.

Vernier to Host Free Workshops for Science and STEM Educators

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Learn how to use new hardware, software, and mobile technologies in physics, chemistry, biology, environmental, Earth science, and middle school science curriculums— for free!

LRNG Offers Summer Connected Learning Grants

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Here’s a chance to grab a grant to fund an innovative summer program related to connected learning. But you have to act fast: the deadline is February 19.

Houston School District to Vote on Putting a Librarian in Every School

The HISD vote on the fate of the district’s librarians is expected this week.

Fairy Tale Programming Is Alive and Well

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Renewed interest in fairy and folktales has librarians across the country coming up with clever themed programming, some around making and STEM.

LeVar Burton Launches Skybrary School

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LeVar Burton has launched Skybrary School, a web-based library and supplemental reading service. The executive producer of Reading Rainbow, Burton talked to SLJ about diverse books and more.

Patrick Ness Raised $1 Million for Refugees. But Don’t Call Him a Saint.

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The YA author rallied 6,783 donors, including fellow authors, to contribute to his relief campaign for the global refugee crisis. Ness says that he just got “pissed off about 30 seconds before anyone else did.”

Microsoft Purchase of MinecraftEdu Leaves Educators Leery of Change

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With Microsoft’s acquisition of MinecraftEdu, the software giant released details about its own educational version: Minecraft Education Edition. And the questions started flying.

Small Tech, Big Impact: Designing My Maker Space

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How one public librarian researched, budgeted, and created the best maker space for her customers over the course of six months.

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USC Shoah Foundation Announces 2016 IWitness Video Challenge

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The IWitness Video Challenge gives middle and high school students a chance to give back to their communities while honing their digital skills. Inaugurated in 2013 by Steven Spielberg, the competition was designed around the same premise as “Schindler’s List,” that one person can make a difference.

CDW-G Launches Collaboration Nation

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CDW-G’s second annual Collaboration Nation video contest kicks off February 1, offering cash and product prizes to K–12 schools.

Sprout Pro by HP Does Triple Duty in Classrooms

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New product offering from HP may have potential for streamlining tech education in schools.

Support Pours In for 11-Year-Old Girl Gathering 1,000 Books with Black Girl Protagonists

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Tired of reading assigned books about “white boys and dogs,” 11-year-old Marley Dias decided to collect 1,000 books with protagonists who are black girls and send them to Jamaica. The hashtag #1000BlackGirlBooks has spread the word and spurred donations.

Pictures of the Week | CCBC’s Second Annual Trivia Bowl

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Tom Lichtenheld and Kathleen T. Horning admire the trophy of Paul Bunyan’s Babe the Blue Ox, awarded to the winning team at the Cooperative Children’s Book Council’s Second Annual Trivia Bowl.

Book Publishing—from Executives to Reviewers—Is White and Female, Survey Finds

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Nearly 80 percent of publishing and review journal staff is white, according to the 2015 “Diversity Baseline Survey.” The under-representation of African Americans in the book industry mirrors a trend among children’s book authors, says survey creator Jason Low.