January 16, 2017

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Google Launches Toontastic 3D, an App for Telling Animated Stories

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Unlike other tools that focus on the technical aspects of filmmaking, Toontastic 3D emphasizes storytelling, according to Google, which released the free app for Android and iOS devices today.

Explore Primary Sources in Free Program Series

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The Presidential Primary Source Project presents free, live-streamed programs for middle and high school students. Covering “Culture, Society, and Presidential Decision-Making,” the presentations run through March 2017.

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Caroline Cooney Begins 2017 as a Picture Book Author | Interview

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The renowned YA author branches out—to the delight of her grandchildren.

Pictures of the Week | Celebrating Chris Jackson, Editor & Publisher

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Latinx in Publishing and POC & Natives in Publishing celebrated the legendary editor Chis Jackson on January 5 in New York City.

PEN America To Hold NYC Rally in Defense of Free Expression

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“Writers Resist: Louder Together for Free Expression” will be held on the steps of the New York Public Library on January 15, Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday.

Faked Out | Editorial

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The news literacy gap is today’s information crisis.

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Libraries Join National Initiative To Transform Public Housing into Book-Rich Environments

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The Book-Rich Environment Initiative will serve children living in HUD-assisted housing—and encourage families to use local libraries. The U.S. DOE and the National Book Foundation are among the new project’s partners.

SLJ School Librarian of the Year Finalists Leverage ESSA in MA

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Anita Cellucci and Laura Gardner share what they’ve learned from working on the Massachusetts School Library Association’s ESSA committee.

New Year, New Ideas: Knockout Programming for 2017

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From astronomy and salsa storytime to family literacy and more, these programming ideas for the year ahead hit it out of the park.

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The Smell Test: Educators can counter fake news with information literacy. Here’s how.

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In the era of fake news, librarians are our best hope for educating kids about bogus reporting, biased points of view, and more.

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A Library Director Pays Tribute to Paige Ellisor | My Library Story

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It’s been more than 35 years, but the impact of an older gentleman with a knack for connecting kids with the right book is still alive.

In Memoriam 2016

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Take a look back at the children’s literature heroes we lost in 2016.

The Year in Covers 2016

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From summer learning to teen maker spaces and, of course, Best Books, it’s been quite a year. Here’s a look back at 2016 in SLJ covers.

What He Did for Love….of Books | Picture of the Week

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An Illinois school library fundraiser brought thrills and chills.

Authors’ Favorite Holiday Memories 2016  

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Tis’ the season for Tom Angleberger, Cece Bell, and Katharine Paterson to reveal their childhood memories.

Schools in Gatlinburg, TN, Begin Long Recovery from Wildfires

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“Mountain tough” students and their families are determined to rebuild after natural disaster strikes.

Hate Incidents in Libraries Spark a Renewed Commitment to Serve All

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Librarians across the country stand up to swastikas, hate speech, and more post-election.

New York City’s LGBTQ Writers in Schools Program a Growing Success

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The groundbreaking initiative is bringing authors into schools to talk openly with students about their work.

High School Library Coloring Center De-Stresses Students

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Coloring is the new meditation, as one group of high school students (and staff) in California discovered.

The Follett–BiblioNasium Partnership at Work

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Here are what the day-to-day advantages of the June, 2016 move are turning out to be.