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December 11, 2014

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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

Award recipients (l to r): Ciro Scardina,

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.

Five Things to Love at YALSA’S YA Lit Symposium

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Friendly authors, provocative programming, and the thrill of presenting were among the high points at YALSA’s fourth Young Adult Literature Symposium in Austin, TX.

School Library Renaissance in MA School District

front left:  Lainie Wood: son 10y/o (4th grade) and daughter 8 y/o (2nd grade)
middle left: Christina Murphy: son 6 y/o (1st) and son 8 y/o (3rd ) 
Back left: Heather Roman: daughter 8y/o (3rd) and son 11 y/o (5th)
Front right: Melissa Upton: daughter 8 y/o (3rd) and daughter 5 y/o (K) 
Back right: New principal as of 10/31/14, Stacy Phelan

Due to the perseverance of concerned parents and school administration, the Swampscott School District in Massachusetts is hiring school librarians.

Ferguson Library Provides Calm Refuge for a Torn Community

Ferguson Library Provides Calm Refuge for a Torn Community

On November 24 a grand jury in Ferguson, MO, delivered its verdict on the August 9 shooting death of Michael Brown, an unarmed black teenager, by a Ferguson police officer. The St. Louis County grand jury chose not to bring criminal charges against the officer, Darren Wilson; the decision, which was announced just after 8 p.m. CST, set off a night of protests and civil unrest, the most violent including arson, shattered windows, injuries, and, as of press time, a possible murder.

#GiveaBook: Penguin Random House to Launch Book Donation Campaign with Save the Children

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Penguin Random House (PRH) is slated to launch the #GiveaBook campaign on November 29. For every use of the hashtag #GiveaBook on Facebook and Twitter before December 25, PRH will donate a book to Save the Children.

Capstone Launches PebbleGo Next

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Capstone Publishing launched the PebbleGo Next database module on November 24. Find out how to sign up for your free trial.

Change Makers at the SLJ Leadership Summit

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Key conversations and presentations at the SLJ Leadership Summit, this past October, centered on school media specialists’ changing roles, how to use tech to meet 21st-century learning goals, and the importance of reaching all readers and learners.

Librarian Helps Snag $7 Million Federal STEM Grant for Indiana High School

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At Pike High School in Indianapolis, IN, school librarian Chad Heck is playing a significant role in a $7 million grant, which is set to transform the grade 9–12 campus—and the way the school library is perceived by the district.

Ditch Holiday Programming | Opinion

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Allow me to explain why your library should not provide holiday programs this winter, or ever. Instead, get creative—and offer programs in which everyone in your community can participate.

Jacqueline Woodson and Ursula K. Le Guin Shine at the National Book Awards Ceremony

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Highlights of the National Book Awards ceremony on November 19 included speeches by Young People’s Literature Winner, Jacqueline Woodson, and Distinguished Contribution to American Letters medalist, Ursula K. Le Guin.

A Surprise Fiction Win and a Dazzling Le Guin at the National Book Awards 2014

A Surprise Fiction Win and a Dazzling Le Guin at the National Book Awards 2014

On Wednesday, November 19, the National Book Foundation hosted the 2014 National Book Awards—the 65th annual awards—at the cavernous Capriani’s Wall Street in lower Manhattan. The evening featured a surprise win in fiction for Phil Klay’s Redeployment (Penguin Pr.), a first book of stories by a former U.S. Marine who was stationed in Iraq for […]

CA Librarians Gear Up For Summer with iREAD’s Read to the Rhythm Programming

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At the California Library Association’s Annual (CLA) Conference, iREAD’s Summer Reading Program was the focus, including next summer’s theme: Read to the Rhythm. Librarians shared creatives tips and ideas for Read to the Rhythm in every age group.

A young sleuth solves mysteries in “Spy Catchers of Maple Hill”| Audio Pick

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Blakemore, Megan Frazer. The Spy Catchers of Maple Hill. 7 CDs. 8 hrs. Recorded Bks. 2014. $45. ISBN 9781490627595. Playaway, digital download.
Gr 4-6–The year is 1953, and fifth grader Hazel Kaplansky is a girl in search of a mystery. When rumors begin flying that the Russians are operating a spy ring right in her small New England town, Hazel knows she is the girl for the case. She’s the smartest, most relentless person she knows, and she’s ready to put [...]