November 26, 2015

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5 Reasons Why the 2015 NCTE Conference Was the Best Yet


Two big book award announcements, plus appearances by Kadir Nelson, Chelsea Clinton, Kate DiCamillo, and Kwame Alexander: The annual conference of the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE) in Minneapolis had all the makings of an event to remember.

A Curriculum Staple: Reading Aloud to Teens


Young people often listen at a higher comprehension level than they read, according to Jim Trelease, author of “The Read-Aloud Handbook.” Here are librarians’ suggestions for enhancing teen listening and literacy skills.

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Lillie Bellin Pope, Co-Founder of Ezra Jack Keats Foundation, dies at 97


Lillie Bellin Pope, who served as vice-president of the Ezra Jack Keats Foundation and helped countless students, parents, and teachers through her tireless work, died October 26 after a long illness.

Found Objects Give Digital Learning a Fresh Face


Brussels entrepreneur incorporates everyday objects, such as buttons, bottle caps, and string, into digital-based learning with a new app.

The Brown Bookshelf Seeks Nominations for Black History Month Honors


Nominations are now being accepted by The Brown Bookshelf for their ninth annual 28 Days Later campaign, a Black History Month showcase honoring emerging and established children’s book creators’ literary contributions.

Draper Takes Charlotte Huck Award; Brown Wins Orbis Pictus


The 2016 NCTE Charlotte Huck and NCTE Orbis Pictus Award winners were announced over the weekend at the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE) convention in Minneapolis, MN.

Pictures of the Week | Kwame Alexander at NCTE 2015


Author Kwame Alexander at NCTE 2015 in Minneapolis, MN.

With ESEA Action Imminent, Advocates Maintain Pressure on Inclusion of School Libraries

ALA President Sari Feldman meeting with students at Thomson Elementary School in Washington, DC

The ESEA bill will be finalized and voted on within the next few weeks. There’s no time to waste in taking action. Don’t let this crucial opportunity slip by!

Librarians, Educators Not Put Off By Black Lives Matter Controversy


The controversy surrounding the book Black Lives Matter hasn’t reached many school or public librarians. But those who are familiar with the new release say they won’t let the rhetoric determine their opinions.

New Leader at Penguin Young Readers

Jen Loja

Penguin Random House has announced new leadership for its Penguin Young Readers division.

Neal Shusterman Takes NBA Prize for “Challenger Deep”


“I hope that ‘Challenger Deep’ will open up a dialogue about mental illness and [help it] lose its stigma,” Neal Shusterman said while accepting the National Book Award. The novel was inspired by his son Brendan’s experience with schizoaffective disorder.

Tackling Mental Health Through YA Lit


How to foster a culture of empathy and help youth who are facing mental health challenges, with advice on educating staff and helping teens access information. Includes recommended YA titles that address topics from addiction to self-harm.

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An Emoji is the 2015 Oxford Dictionaries Word of the Year

For the first time ever, the Oxford Dictionaries Word of the Year is a pictograph, officially called the ‘Face with Tears of Joy’ emoji.

Libraries Reach Out to Young Black Men


These librarians are committed to giving African American youth, particularly those in low-income communities, reasons to visit their school or public libraries—and to increasing the variety of materials that draw them into reading.

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SLJ’s “Best of” 2015 Reveal | The Schedule


School Library Journal will unveil its Best Books and Top 10 lists of the year, launching with Twitter chats tomorrow and culminating with a live broadcast via YouTube/Google+.

YA Authors Talk Social Media, Research Process…and Spill Secrets


Rebecca Stead, Paul Acampora, and Valynne E. Maetani held court at “It’s Complicated: Secrets, Schemes, and Friends,” a panel held Sunday, November 9 at the New York Society Library and funded by author Richard Peck. The writers considered the role of social media, talked about their research process, and discussed the future of YA.

In the Tech Mosh Pit: True Adventures of Nikki Robertson


Nikki Robertson enjoys a sandbox just as much as her students. But instead of shovels and sifters, her toys tend toward digital tools that fill the maker space at James Clemens High School in Madison, AL, where Robertson is the librarian and tech facilitator. Her goal? Get messy, get out of her comfort zone, and bring others along with her.

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Hartford Library Offers New Path to High School Diploma


Online college classes are all the rage. Yet many adults are trying to finish their high school education — years after their classmates graduated.
The Hartford (CT) Public Library (HPL) has decided to take a step towards changing the city’s grim high-school graduation statistics.

Equal Parts Teen Services and YA Lit at 2015 YALSA Symposium

YALSA Symposium

Librarian Robin Brenner highlights programs and events at the 2015 YALSA Young Adult Services Symposium, which took place November 6–8 in Portland, OR. This year’s conference widened its purview to include services and programming alongside literature, which was reflected in the theme, “Bringing It All Together: Connecting Libraries, Teens & Communities.”

NYC DOE Conference: Reaching Diverse Learners


“Libraries for ALL Learners” was this year’s theme at the New York City Department of Education’s Library Services Annual Fall Conference, which convened at CitiField in Flushing. The session encompassed diversity in culture, ability, learning styles, gender and sexual identity.