Sage advice for college students could net participants a free copy of Zest Books’s 77 Things You Absolutely Have to Do Before You Finish College. I’m not sure “learn how to cook spaghetti” is one of them.
Colorado teacher librarian Susan Lackey shares how she organized and carried out her Book Speed Dating program for Library Lover’s month in February.
Utah’s school libraries are one step closer to getting a $500,000 infusion for new books, materials and electronic resources for the 2014-2015 school year. Even so, advocates are still pushing for funds—and increased awareness of school libraries.
James Patterson’s print editorial “My Say: Man on a Mission” and its online version, “Let’s Save Reading—and School Libraries” continues to create a stir. His challenge to “embark on a crusade to get kids reading more books” has generated dozens of ideas. Here are a few of our favorites.
Students at Arizona State University (ASU) have proposed a revamp of the traditional bookmobile, one that aims to provide school library services to schools that may not have access to those resources. The program, Bibliotrucka, recycles out-of-commission food trucks into modular moving libraries that can be customized on a day-to-day basis for students of different learning levels and cultural backgrounds.
Teen Tech Week (March 9-15), DIY@your library is almost upon us. YALSA shared ten tips for making the experience great for your teens, your library, and you.
In this month’s Tech Tidbits column, Phil Goerner highlights perennial apps while also reminding us that learning isn’t about the tools, it’s about how we teach people to use the tools most effectively.
Chair of the American Library Association’s Intellectual Freedom Committee Pat Scales offers advice and resources to educators looking to promote the freedom to read in their classrooms and libraries.
Thanks to four new recumbent bicycles installed at the school library at Falls Church (VA) High School, students can fit in some physical activity while simultaneously catching up on reading and schoolwork.
Parent and school library volunteer Melissa DeFilippi started a district-wide movement in Swampscott, MA, that’s leading to restored librarians in the middle and high school and a new cataloging system for three elementary schools.
Fantasy, suspense, and YA coming-of-age stories grace YAAC’s reviews in this issue. Longtime fans of Charles Benoit will be happy to see he’s still turning out thrillers that leave readers “devouring the pages to uncover the truth.”
If you’re a licensed K-12 teacher employed in a public or private school looking for a way to improve your classroom instruction (yes, libraries are classrooms!), consider applying for a development grant from the McCarthey Dressman Education Foundation.
Whether you’re hearing about SLJ’s Battle of the Kids’ Books (BoB) for the first time, or you’ve been a longtime fan of the virtual elimination contest that pits the best kids’ books of the year against one another, the online tournament can be a fun way to engage students, while increasing their literacy skills. Here are some tips for creating your own mock BoB.
Katherine Applegate’s The One and Only Ivan launched student projects including an interpretive dance, social activism, and other activities at a California elementary school.
This May, SLJ will dedicate an entire issue of the magazine to the topic of diversity in various forms.
While offering educators tried-and-true resources that respond to the CCSS mandate for “content-rich nonfiction that builds knowledge,” the ambitious Student Achievement Partners (SAP) also opens a door to collaboration.
Like any award show, there will always be a range of reactions to winners announced, and to those who didn’t make the cut. The American Library Association’s 2014 Youth Media Awards, revealed on January 27 during the organization’s Midwinter meeting in Philadelphia, are no exception. Librarians shared with SLJ–on video–their thoughts about the award committees’ choices.
While educators grapple with the Common Core State Standards, school librarians are finding aspects to celebrate. To start? Their jobs, and their important role in supporting teachers and students through this transition.