School library access in San Diego’s school district has been greatly reduced since a budget slash in 2008, and the outlying community having been vocal about restoring student access to its school libraries. The San Diego Unified School District has been listening, and may widen its severely curtailed school library access in 2014-15.
How a VA Middle School Librarian and Her Book Club Raised Funds to Provide 15,000 Meals for Students in South Sudan
Virginia Middle School Librarian Lauren McBride shares her story with SLJ of how her book club read Linda Sue Park’s A Long Walk to Water (Houghton Mifflin, 2010)—a book about the civil war in South Sudan and its thousands of children orphans and refugees—and how the story prompted her students into action, exercising their computer literacy skills in a fundraising campaign for students of South Sudan.
History classes studying the Civil War can utilize this outstanding film for a fresh look at a well-worn topic and to contemplate how Lincoln would have used Twitter or other social media.
SLJ‘s spending survey, sent to school and public libraries, found that libraries’ use of digital tools, ebooks, and other resources continues to grow—while budgets do not.
From a naughty girl-turned-spy to a best friend who sometimes makes mistakes, these strong female characters make their own choices, even when it’s scary to do so.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
School Library Journal and Scholastic Library Publishing join forces to announce the SLJ School Librarian of the Year Award.
The ‘Every Child Ready to Read® @ your Library® Toolkit for Spanish-Speaking Communities’ is available as a digital download from the ALA Store.
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.
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.
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.
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.