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January 26, 2015

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OH Department of Education Will Vote to Purge School Librarian Requirement

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The Ohio Department of Education is trying to purge the “5 of 8” rule, which mandates that school districts hire five staff members in “education service personnel,” including librarians, for every 1,000 students.

Yoga in the Library

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Libraries are embracing the practice to ease stress and promote literacy among children.

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

Breaking the Hypnotism of the Now | Consider the Source

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The Italian media consultant Marcello Vena argues that we are in an “attention economy.” Our problem is not to locate media, but to find the time to read, watch, listen to, or play it. How does this relate to the role and function of the school librarian? Read on.

StarWalk Kids Media to Announce New Collaborative Writing Software

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Next week, at the FETC educational technology conference in Orlando, FL, StarWalk Kids Media will introduce a collaborative writing software that creates a single collaborative environment for reading, writing, and research for students in grades 3–8.

Fayetteville Free Library’s Geek Girl Camp: Creating a Community of Future STEM Leaders

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The Fayetteville Free Library (FFL) ran its pilot Geek Girl Camp program this past summer, launching rockets, creating a giant human Makey Makey circuit, and unleashing a slew of future female STEM leaders.

Readers Sound Off on “Teaching Black Lives Matter” and “Ditch Holiday Programming”| Feedback

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Readers respond to an article about free lunch programs in libraries, “Teaching Black Lives Matter,” “Ditch Holiday Programming,” and more.

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

Scholastic’s New Report Examines Kids’ Attitudes on Reading

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The “Kids & Family Reading Report, 5th Edition” survey from Scholastic launched on January 8 with findings, including what kids are reading for fun, the makings of a frequent reader, and what kids want to read.

Capstone’s PebbleGo Earth and Space Becomes PebbleGo Science

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Capstone’s PebbleGo Earth and Space database not only gets a new name, but the updated database will cover additional content selected for its correlation to STEM and Next Generation Science standards.

What’s Trending? Hot Themes in kidlit and what we want to see

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Betsy Bird examines kids’ and YA publishing, from recent trends to seismic shifts, then looks to 2015 and where we’re headed. And there are a few items on her wish list.

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

Junior Library Guild Announces New Book Categories for 2015

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Junior Library Guild announces seven new book categories available to its customers starting in January 6.

Fired Up by the SLJ Summit | The Next Big Thing

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Passing remarks at the event provided inspiration, outlining key points for future consideration and action.

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

DIY Library Bulletin Boards: Tips, Resources, and Ideas

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Do-it-yourself maven Melissa Techman says that bulletin boards can be important communication opportunities in your library. The K–5 librarian offers tips to keep it cheap and chic, and guidance on how to align bulletin boards with inspiring and informative instructional activities.

PBS Digital Innovators Program Application Open for Ed Tech Leaders

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Tech-savvy K–12 educators can apply for the third annual 2015 PBS LearningMedia Digital Innovators Program recognizing the top 100 applicants who are incorporating digital media in classrooms.

“Safety Show” explores a broad range of topics | DVD Pick

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The Safety Show. (Ruby’s Studio). 47 min. Dist. by the Mother Company. Themotherco.com. 2013. $14.99. ISBN 9780988282780.
PreS-Gr 1–Keeping children safe is a key concern for parents and teachers, and this production addresses this important topic in a way that empowers children instead of scaring them. The upbeat music, original cartoons, practical crafts, and music videos make learning about safety fun and memorable. Segments cover a range of different topics, and young viewers will learn how to stay safe in a […]

How a Librarian Got Celebrities to Booktalk for Her School

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Viktoria Henderson used social media and word of mouth to get local celebrities, from the Tennessee governor and his wife to author Nikki Giovanni, to make video booktalks for her students.

‘Street Dreams’ Come True at a Bronx School Library

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Tracey Wong brought a garden, nutritional literacy, dozens of computers, and more to her elementary school library at P. S. 54 in the Bronx.

Picture of the Week | Student “Die-In” at Truman State (MO) University Library

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Students lay down en masse at Truman State’s Pickler Memorial Library on Friday after police officers were acquitted in the deaths of Michael Brown in Ferguson, MO, and Eric Garner in Staten Island, NY.

How Denise Sumida Won the SLJ Buzz Award for Her Library

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Inventive and quietly determined, Pearl Harbor Elementary School librarian Denise Sumida uses high tech to foster a culture of deep readers.

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

Librarians Celebrated at the 2014 I Love My Librarian Awards

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Ten remarkable librarians from around the country were honored as award recipients at theI Love My Librarian Awards on December 2 in New York City.

January Deadline for 2015 Coretta Scott King Book Grants

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Enrich your library collection with 60-100 titles by African American authors and illustrators by applying for one of three Coretta Scott King Book Donation Grants administered by the American Library Association.