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March 25, 2015

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Pictures of the Week: New Teacher Librarian Training at P.S. 192

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SLJ was on hand for a day of professional development for a group of new teacher librarians, some decked out in green, at P.S. 192 in New York City on March 17, St. Patrick’s Day.

Maker Librarians Bring It to SXSWEdu 2015

School librarians Colleen Graves and Leah Mann present on makerspaces to a packed room at SXSWEdu 2015.

Design thinking and making were top of mind at SXSWEdu, as participants considered the learning potential around these hot topics. In official programming, in the hallways, and over barbecue, librarians were on hand to help advance that conversation.

STEM Is Busting Out All Over | Consider the Source

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STEM events—from school programs to citywide activities—are happening all over. With a few tips from the city of Buffalo (NY), you might want to start planning your own festival.

How to Build a School Library from Scratch

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Getting a new school library off the ground takes ingenuity—and elbow grease. Read how these determined librarians did it. Plus: grant opportunities and key questions for volunteers.

This article was published in School Library Journal's March 2015 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.

Designing a Library, via Listserv

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A school librarian assembles a “must-have” library design wish list with crowdsourced recommendations.

Meet the Reviewer | Maryann Owen

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Who are the brilliant and passionate librarians who review for SLJ? We take a peek behind the books to meet March’s reviewer of the month, Maryann Owen.

Serving Conservative Teens

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An educator recommends titles for teen patrons of diverse faiths, along with tips and a working booklist. Check out these suggestions, and add your own.

This article was published in School Library Journal's March 2015 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.

Findaway Debuts Playaway Launchpad

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Findaway has recently launched the first-ever secure, preloaded learning tablet designed for children in a circulation environment, according to Playaway spokesperson Brittany Gonzalez, and the Chicago Public Library and Nashville Public Library are amongst its early adopters.

Librarians and the Changing Job Market | Consider the Source

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A recent news article offered a fascinating graphic on American jobs that pay $40–80,000 a year, highlighting whether these jobs have grown or declined between the years 1980–2012. Where does librarianship fit into the picture?

Net Neutrality: Why You Should Care About the FCC Vote

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The Federal Communications Commission vote concerning the regulation of Internet broadband services and net neutrality is on February 26, and here’s why schools and libraries should care.

Talking Shop About Special Needs and Inclusive Services | 2015 ALA Midwinter

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At ALA Midwinter, Massachusetts librarian Ashley Waring held court at the Networking Uncommons to discuss special needs and inclusive services—from what to offer outside of sensory storytime to how to measure your program’s success.

SLJ Accepting Entries for 2015 Build Something Bold Award

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SLJ, in partnership with LEGO Education, has launched the Build Something Bold Award, this year honoring creativity in programming and lesson plans that incorporate hands-on learning in the library or classroom.

Guerrilla Storytime Is Growing Up | ALA Midwinter 2015

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Along with singing, rhyming, and clapping, the popular Guerrilla Storytime sessions at ALA addressed scenarios librarians might face: emotional children, an ambulance appearing outside the window, or a power outage.

Meet the Reviewer | Paula Willey

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SLJ interviews reviewer of the month Paula Willey.

Día Multicultural Book Grants; MyON Adds National Geographic Kids | News Bites

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In industry news, Egmont USA has closed, Capstone has added more than 700 new titles to its interactive ebooks collection, and the National Book Foundation is looking for applicants for its $10,000 Innovations in Reading Prize.

YA Smackdown at 2015 ALA Midwinter

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At the American Library Association’s Midwinter Meeting, teen services librarians dipped into the “challenge bucket” and talked fandoms, profanity, and crying teens during the YA Smackdown sessions.

Awards Roundup: The Cook Prize, Edgar Nominees, Sydney Taylor Award, and More

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In the thick of awards season, many children’s and young adult books are being recognized with honors not related to the Youth Media Awards.

Promoting College Readiness via Pinterest |College Ready

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School and public librarians are leveraging social media—Pinterest, Twitter, and LibGuides—to get college information in front of high school seniors.

This article was published in School Library Journal's February 2015 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.

USBBY Presents Its Annual Outstanding International Books List

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The committee selected 42 books that originated in another country and are now available in the U.S.

This article was published in School Library Journal's February 2015 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.

Kathleen T. Horning Named 2015 ALSC Distinguished Service Award Recipient

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Kathleen T. Horning, the director of the Cooperative Children’s Book Center at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, is the 2015 recipient of the Association for Library Service to Children’s Distinguished Service Award.