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April 15, 2014

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Apply by June 1 for YALSA/Dollar General Teen Read Week Grants

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YALSA and the Dollar General Literacy Foundation are awarding 10 grants of $1000 to libraries with innovative programming ideas for Teen Read Week 2014. Apply by June 1.

Reality That is Stranger Than Fiction | YA Underground

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After a successful first year, In the Margins Committee founder Amy Cheney highlights some of the recent must-have titles for libraries in urban areas that might not be on the radar of the library community at large.

Reach Out and Connect: Using Flat Connections for Collaboration | Tech Tidbits

Flat Connections

Teacher librarian Krista Brakhage shares her thoughts on why Flat Connections can offer a fresh perspective in participatory global collaboration and provide a rich authentic educational experience for students.

Summer Reading: STEM Fun with Ooblek of Dr. Seuss, MaKey MaKey, and Scratch

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Integrating STEM with your summer reading program doesn’t have to be hard or expensive. Got a banana? Some cream of tartar? Let the fun, and learning, begin.

Now Hiring: Recent Wins on School Library Positions Spark Optimism | Editorial

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New positions being created in school districts across the country point to places where advocacy has hit home, roles smartly redesigned, and librarians put back in the budget.

This article was published in School Library Journal's April 2014 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.

New York School Librarian Leads Robotics Club to Compete in Robots Competition

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School librarian Ryan Paulsen had little background in engineering and science when he took on the position of head of the New Rochelle High School robotics club. Weeks later, he led his 30 student members to a regional robotics competition in NYC and took home an award.

Announcing SLJ’s 2014 School Librarian of the Year Award: Could It Be You?

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School Library Journal and Scholastic Library Publishing join forces to announce the SLJ School Librarian of the Year Award.

‘Every Child Ready to Read’ Materials Available for Spanish-Speaking Communities

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The ‘Every Child Ready to Read® @ your Library® Toolkit for Spanish-Speaking Communities’ is available as a digital download from the ALA Store.

Amazing Reading Nooks: Create Cozy, Inventive Reading Havens in Your Library

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Something about the act of reading calls out for a safe, snug, and comfortable spot. SLJ explores an array of exceptional reading nooks, in libraries from the United States to Australia.

This article was published in School Library Journal's April 2014 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.

Open Call for 2014 James Moffett Award Applications

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Do you have a collaborative classroom project in mind for the coming school year? Put pen to paper and submit your application for the 2014 James Moffett Award; it could result in $1,000 in funding to support your program.

At Virginia Libraries, Kids Will Read with Dogs This Summer to Bone Up on Literacy

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With the help of therapy dogs, a reading therapist, and reading mentors, the Chesterfield (VA) County Library will host a summer reading program for children, including disabled kids.

Yang’s Two-Volume ‘Boxers & Saints’ Scores Final Victory | SLJ 2014 BoB

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While crowd favorite Rainbow Rowell’s Eleanor & Park swept the Undead Poll, it was Gene Luen Yang’s innovative graphic novel, Boxers & Saints, on Chinese history, that survived to be the winner of SLJ’s 2014 Battle of the Kids’ Books.

BiblioNasium Releases Reviews Feature that Allows Kids to Express Opinions

BiblioNasium has recently added a reviews feature to its website.

BiblioNasium, a free social networking site where young readers connect with friends, teachers, librarians, and parents, recently announced the launch of advanced book review features on its web network.

Superheroes and Villians Star in New Middle Grade Fiction

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Five new middle grade books feature caped crusaders and their rivals.

Puppet-Savvy Nashville Librarian Earns the Toyota Family Teaching Award

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A Nashville librarian who created family literacy workshops and carefully tracked her programs’ outcomes is the winner the 2014 Toyota Family Teacher of the Year award.

School Libraries Can Now Access Over 17,000 Ebook Penguin Titles through OverDrive

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What was now only available to public libraries is now open to school libraries. Beloved authors—including Judy Blume, Roald Dahl, John Green, and many others—are now at school libraries’ fingertips.

NJ State Library Now Accepting Applications to Multicultural Program Award

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The $1,000 award honors outstanding public library programs that increase understanding and promote multiculturalism through creative and sustainable cultural programming.

San Antonio Public Library Tapped for Gates Foundation Tech Initiative

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The San Antonio Public Library has been selected to participate in the Edge Initiative—funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and led by the Urban Libraries Council—a new program that will strengthen the SAPL’s public access technology services and help them better serve their communities.

Kick-butt Pura Belpré Winners for Día de los niños/Children’s Day | Libro por libro

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In this month’s Libro por libro column, Tim Wadham suggests how librarians can incorporate the 2014 Pura Belpré winners in their Día de los niños/Children’s Day programs on April 30.

This article was published in School Library Journal's March 2014 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.

2014 Library Salary Survey Now Open

2014 Library Salary Survey

Library Journal editors are excited to be undertaking a broad national survey to gather current data on library-related salaries. If you are a librarian or paralibrarian in any type of library working in the U.S., LJ requests your assistance in gathering compensation trends.