October 12, 2015

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Kickstarter Launch for “The Read Quarterly,” Children’s Literature Magazine

Read Quarterly_cover

The magazine will contain an original four-part Eoin Colfer story, “Holy Mary,” publishing over the course of its first year. Author Neil Gaiman appears in a video for the Kickstarter campaign.

What Do Tweens Want?


Librarians create special spaces and services for preteens.

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Mr. Schu on His New Role as Ambassador for School Libraries

John Schumacher

SLJ catches up with John Schumacher, aka Mr. Schu, to learn what he’s up to in his new role at Scholastic and what’s on his to-read list.

“Libraries Are Essential to a City” | SLJ Talks to Former Nashville Mayor Karl Dean

Outgoing Nashville Mayor Karl Dean.

Karl Dean remembers his childhood public library as a place where “you could go to dream.” Recreating that experience resulted in Limitless Libraries, which brought public library resources into Nashville schools to enable every student to pursue their dreams.

Pictures of the Week: Zachariah OHora

Zachariah OHora, illustrator of Ame Dyckman's "Wolfie the Bunny," signs posters of the duo's 2nd collaboration, "Horrible Bear" (Spring 2016) at a Little, Brown preview

Zachariah OHora (@ZachariahOHora), illustrator of Ame Dyckman’s (@AmeDyckman) Wolfie the Bunny, signs posters of the duo’s 2nd collaboration, Horrible Bear (Spring, 2016), at a Little, Brown preview

Work Smarter Through “Extreme Listening” | SLJ Summit 2015


CEO of Caravan Studios Marnie Webb unpacked design thinking in her SLJ Summit keynote, providing a model for developing projects, from idea to prototype, through deep, empathetic listening.

“Hatch” Library Maker Space in a Mall Draws DIYers, Students, and Entrepreneurs


No library card is required to use the tools at the Hatch maker space, located near Dunkin’ Donuts in a mall in Watertown, MA, and launched by the Watertown Free Public Library with diverse community funding.

Apply for Summer Grants; “Ghostlight” Giveaway; NZ Banned Book Coming to the U.S. | SLJTeen News


SLJ readers can enter to win a copy of the spooky Ghostlight. Nominations are open for the 10th annual Cybils Awards. Polis Books has acquired U.S. and Canadian rights to the recently banned Into the River by Ted Dawe. Celebrate Teen Read Week with Blink authors. These news bites and more in the latest SLJTeen news roundup.

A Librarian’s Guide to OER in the Maker Space


Open educational resources (OER) are a boon to maker activities, according to library media specialist Laura Fleming, who provides related tips and links to fun, cost-effective projects.

Teach More, Librarian Less, Say SLJ Leadership Summit Panelists


How can teacher librarians reimagine their positions to meet strategic student learning needs? That question was the main focus of the SLJ Leadership Summit panel “Become Essential.”

Beyond Walls: Libraries and Incarcerated Youth


The prison reform movement is putting a spotlight on educational opportunities for youth in custody, including library services and greater access to technology.

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The Book Club at Camp Glenwood, A Minimum-Security Facility for Boys


Book club participants at Camp Glenwood want to read about “something real—about people who have made it after being in trouble,” says Kris Cannon, who leads the club. That includes works by Jarvis Jay Masters, Matt de la Peña, Jimmy Santiago Baca, Walter Dean Myers, and others.

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Fast Learning at the 2015 SLJ Summit


A teen technology “Mover & Shaker” and Sabrina Urquhart of the Bezos Foundation were among the Fast Learning presenters at SLJ’s 2015 Leadership Summit. Attendee Andy Plemmons covered the rapid fire session.

Carle Honors Gala Celebrates Oxenbury, Porter, Bertin, and Cotsen Library


The 10th annual Eric Carle Honors Benefit Gala on September 24, celebrating children’s book champions and including an art auction, was dedicated to the memory of Carle Museum cofounder Barbara Carle.

Study to Explore Link Between Book Challenges and Diverse Books


Is there a correlation between the Common Core recommended reading lists and challenges to diverse books? Emily Knox, assistant professor at the University of Illinois, is planning a related study.

Brooklyn Book Festival Fosters Creativity Among Young Readers and Writers

111What a Character

This year’s Brooklyn Book Festival featured an entire day devoted to children’s author and illustrator events, as well as excellent panels featuring top YA authors.

Princeton Children’s Book Festival Celebrates 10th Anniversary, Sees Record Book Sales

Howard Parish, Rocco Staino, and Amelia Bedelia.

Rocco Staino reports on this year’s Princeton Children’s Book Fesitval and chats with authors, illustrators, and librarians.

Meet the Recipients of the 2015 SLJ Build Something Bold Award

Diana Rendina, media specialist at the Stewart Middle School library in Tampa, FL.
    Stewart Middle School photos by Mark Arbeit

Read about the winner, first runner-up, and editor’s choice for SLJ’s 2015 Build Something Bold Award, honoring creativity in school library programming that incorporates hands-on learning led by the librarian or media specialist.

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Amazon Ebook Deal With NYC Schools Not Dead Yet

Terms of the pending three-year, $30 million deal between the retail giant and the New York City Department of Education for e-materials are being revised after the National Federation of the Blind said that the technology would not adequately serve blind students.

TED-Ed Seeks Innovative Educators


Sixteen U.S. teachers are among the first class of TED-Ed Innovative Educators, who will will receive training and will participate in leadership and innovation projects in the yearlong program. The next application period begins in December.