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October 19, 2014

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The Trouble With Teen Programming

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Forget centralized programming, adapted kid activities, and advisory boards. Teen activities should be patron-driven, dynamic, and constantly in flux.

The Indispensable Library and Librarian | Tech Tidbits

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Don’t ever doubt it—librarians are in a service industry. By focusing on our unique patron needs and demographics, libraries will continue to be relevant in their schools and communities.

Think Like a Futurist | Project Advocacy

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When we envision a future for our libraries, we shape the present, writes Project Advocacy columnist Carolyn Foote.

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

Secret agents, robot chickens, and zombies | SLJ Spotlight

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These zany middle grade titles are perfect shelf bait for reluctant readers.

Travis Jonker’s Five to Follow on Twitter

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From the funniest children’s librarian on Twitter to the ‘Picasso’ of the medium, select recommendations of people to connect with in the kidlit/library sphere.

I Tried, I ‘Liked,’ I Shared: How Travis Jonker handles social media

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If there’s one thing you can say about all school librarians: we’re cat people. The other is: we like trying things. And when it comes to social media, I’ve tried it all.

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

Sticker Shock: Librarians Open Their Wallets

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Almost 97 percent of school librarians spend their own money on supplies, according to a recent SLJ poll on out-of-pocket spending.

State Orders New York City to Comply with Mandate for Secondary School Librarians

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A ruling by New York State Education Commissioner John King in response to an appeal filed by the United Federation of Teachers means the NYC DOE has to address the staffing gap in the 2014−2015 school year—and in the best case scenario—could result in hundreds of new positions.

Chicago Hope: High School Librarian K.C. Boyd

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K.C. Boyd has created a culture of readers at a struggling South Side high school.

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

Selecting Children’s Books: A Reader’s Advisory by ‘The Horn Book’ Editors | Fostering Lifelong Learners 2014

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Humorous quips and nursery rhymes punctuated the lively reader’s advisory discussion at the recent “Fostering Lifelong Learners” event in Ohio.

Throwback Thursday | Are librarians the authors of their own stereotype?

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Digging around in want ads for librarians from the 1950s and 1960s begs the question: did the profession play a role perpetuating the stereotype, particularly in children’s librarianship, of a female profession?

Engaged in Maker Activities at Your Library? We’d Like to Know.

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Multimedia. Minecraft. Knitting. Bike repair. School Library Journal and Library Journal have launched a survey of non-book specific activities. Whether you’re a school or public library, we’d like to hear about this programming.

Arne Duncan Sets the Stage for American Graduate Day with $82 Million in Grants

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U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan kicks off the days leading up to American Graduate Day on September 27 with an interview at New York City’s Talent Unlimited High School—and announcing $82 million in college-readiness grants to support at-risk students.

Robert Needlman Keynotes Early Learning Conference | Fostering Lifelong Learners 2014

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Robert Needlman, co-founder of Reach Out and Read, says there is no panacea for childhood literacy. At the early literacy conference, presented by SLJ and sister publication The Horn Book, at Cuyahoga County (OH) Public Library on September 19, he surfaces what can help.

Jay Asher’s Anti-Bullying Tour; Ursula Le Guin Honored; Read to a Child Hosts Digital Fundraising Campaign | News Bites

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Get the latest SLJ industry news roundup here: learn about Jay Asher’s national anti-bullying tour; Ursula Le Guin will be honored by the National Book Foundation; and PBS has a tech initiative going on through November 30 that offers free tech how-tos and tablet giveaways.

REFORMA Brings Books, Backpacks, and Support to Unaccompanied Minors

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REFORMA’s Children in Crisis project distributes Spanish-language books to unaccompanied immigrant children from Latin America, many in detention centers, while spreading the word about library services.

Chattanooga Library Board Responds to Audit’s Allegations

Chattanooga Library Board Responds to Audit’s Allegations

Last week the board of the Chattanooga Public Library (TN) responded to a city audit released in late August, which criticized Library Director and LJ librarian of the year Corinne Hill and top staffers for receiving excess travel reimbursements (since repaid), and stated that two employees have been reported to the state for suspected fraud for taking paid speaking and consultant jobs on library time.

Free Tablet Giveaway on Read an Ebook Day, September 18

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September 18 is the first annual Read an Ebook Day, supported by ebook distributor OverDrive. Find out how to become eligible for OverDrive’s free-tablet giveaway.

Librarians Changing Instruction in the Classroom with a 1:1 Environment

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Silver Creek High School in Longmont, Colorado, is about to embark on a 1:1 device environment. Teacher librarian Phil Goerner shares insights and goals for the year ahead and how he and his staff will be an integral part of the transition.

Fresh Ideas for iPad Maker Programming | Touch and Go

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Looking for fall programming inspiration? Consider these ideas from the authors of ‘The Maker Cookbook: Recipes for Children’s and ‘Tween Library Programs.’