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April 22, 2014

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San Diego Schools May Restore Some Library Services in Upcoming School Year

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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

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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.

Lincoln@Gettysburg Examines the Role of Telegraph During Lincoln’s Presidency | DVD Pick

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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 2014 Spending Survey: Savvy Librarians Are Doing More with Less

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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.

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

Pet Picture Books | SLJ Spotlight

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Five fun new titles about everyone’s favorite furry companions.

No More Pink: Independent Readers with Independent Female Protagonists │ JLG’s Booktalks to Go

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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.

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

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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.