June 29, 2016

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Scenes From the 2016 ALA Conference in Orlando

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Take a peek at industry glitterati, enthusiastic librarians, snazzy shoes, and more fun at the 2016 American Library Association Annual Conference in Orlando, FL.

Trend Alert: More School Libraries Staying Open all Summer

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Summer reading—done at school? A growing number of districts are experimenting with keeping school libraries open, with entire collections available, through the vacation season.

Mackin Seals Trio of Partnerships

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New relationships with ClassLink, TenMarks, and Library Journal Mover and Shaker Shannon McClintock Miller aim to benefit librarians, teachers, and students.

Library Transformation Hallmark of 2016 Knight News Challenge Winners

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The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation has announced funding of $1.6 million for 14 digital and data projects aimed at re-imagining libraries for the 21st century.

Trailblazing Author Lois Duncan Dies at 82

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Lois Duncan, one of the best-loved authors of teen suspense novels, continued in her craft even after personal tragedy.

Librarians as Instructional Leaders | Take the Lead

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In this first article in our series on library leadership, Lilead Fellow Priscille Dando suggests how librarians can connect with principals on instructional challenges.

Queens Library Steps Forward with Google ‘Computer Science First’ Kid Club

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Former New York City Mayor David Dinkins was on hand to cheer the city’s first public library-based sites, 26 branches in Queens, a county of 2.3 million that’s one of the most ethnically diverse in the country.

Not-To-Be-Missed Free Author Events and Celebrations at ALA Orlando

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In between committee meetings, sessions, and perhaps a surreptitious jaunt over to the Wizarding World of Harry Potter, be sure to check out some of these hot children’s and YA author events happening during the ALA conference in Orlando, FL, next week.

Brooklyn Public Library Honors Teens with Inaugural Ned Vizzini Writing Prize

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Brooklyn Public Library honored budding teen writers with top prizes for their inaugural Ned Vizzini Writing Contest on June 7.

Scholastic to Launch New Multi-platform Series Led by Scott Westerfeld

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Bestselling author of the “Uglies” series to lead a new series that spans across multiple books and an interactive gaming environment.

Students Renovated This Library

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At Stone Bridge High School in Ashburn, VA, students proposed ideas for a library makeover—and carried out every aspect of the job, from furniture reupholstery to decoupage.

It Starts with “Hello” | Editorial

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As the dynamic children’s room at the Bozeman Public Library in Montana proves time and again, kindness is key to good library service. Good humor and a full understanding of block play help, too.

This article was published in School Library Journal's June 2016 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.

Picture of the Week: Pam Muñoz Ryan Wins Children’s History Book Prize

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Local students were part of the jury that made ‘Echo’ the winner of New-York Historical’s 2016 Children’s History Book Prize.

Meg Rosoff Receives Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award in Stockholm

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In accepting the award, Rosoff spoke about the importance of play and imagination in the lives of children and bemoaned what she described as “an assault on childhood” in the UK.

How Conferences Could Be Better

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Attendees describe how they’d like ALA and other big conferences to evolve—and why smaller and virtual gatherings can be fine alternatives.

New Visions Award Winner Announced; “The Inside of Out” Giveaway | SLJTeen News

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Participate in the #DashnerDash Binge Read. The winner of Lee & Low’s New Visions Award was recently revealed. You’ll find these tidbits and more in SLJTeen’s news roundup.

2016 Boston Globe–Horn Book Award Winners Revealed

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The prestigious honors were announced, for the first time, via live video earlier today. Steve Sheinkin and Frances Hardinge are among the winners.

Jon Agee Wins Irma Black Award; Mara Rockliff Takes Cook Prize

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Bank Street College in New York City was the setting of a stirring presentation of the coveted awards for best read-aloud and STEM picture books.

Top Themes and Hot Tickets at ALA and ISTE 2016

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Sessions on maker spaces, leveraging ESSA, and STEM learning are among the highlights of the ALA and ISTE conferences this month.

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Top 10 Tips for ALA 2016

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Pack smart, get engaged, take charge of your PD. These and other tips will help you get the most out of this year’s ALA Annual Conference.

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