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July 2, 2015

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First Class Graduates from Queens Library’s Pre-Kindergarten | Pictures of the Week

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Proud families applauded, took pictures, and cried during the graduation ceremony for their children, who completed Queens Library’s pre-K program, the first library-run pre-Kindergarten in the nation.

Early “Sesame Street” Boosted Kids’ Learning—If They Had Good TV Reception

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A new study on the historic impact of the series also shows that watching “Sesame Street” may still be one of the most cost-effective ways to help kids, particularly those who start out economically disadvantaged, succeed later in school.

James Patterson Launches Children’s Book Imprint

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Jimmy Patterson books, part of Little, Brown, the bestselling author’s longterm publisher, will publish eight to 12 books annually.

Washington Study Further Ties Quality Library Programs to Student Success

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A study released by the Washington Library Media Association joins a growing body of evidence showing that certified quality school library programs have a measurable impact on student performance and graduation rates.

First Book to Publish 60,000 Copies of Diverse Children’s Titles

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As part of its Stories for All Project aimed at increasing diversity and inclusivity in children’s literature, First Book has launched a project to offer 60,000 copies of six titles, each reflecting diversity in characters and lifestyle, at a discounted price.

Amazon’s Free Summer Math Program Starts May 19

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TenMarks Free Summer Math Program, conducted online, begins May 19. Find out how to participate.

Coding Skills Empower Us All |The Maker Issue

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We’re not coding in schools so that every kid can get a tech job; we’re doing so to give all kids the chance to understand and interact with the technologies in their lives.

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

Q & A with Author Deborah Jiang-Stein: Bringing Libraries to Prison Nurseries

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Author and founder of the unPrison Project, Deborah Jiang-Stein, has teamed up with the Children’s Book Council to bring libraries to prison nurseries in honor of Mother’s Day, May 10, the last day of Children’s Book Week.

Illinois Middle School Wins 2015 Follett Challenge

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The O’Neill Middle School in Downers Grove, IL, has been awarded the Follett Challenge Grand Prize for its inventive multimedia program, Conquest of the Realm. The school will receive $60,000 in Follett products and services. Two semifinalists were also named.

Using Comics to Teach English Language Learners

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During librarian Dawn K. Wing’s time as a high school ESL teacher years ago, she developed curricula that enabled English language learners to practice their English language skills across all modalities by reading and creating visual narratives.

Despite Citywide Cuts, West Philadelphia Alliance for Children Opens 18th School Library

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“In terms of school libraries, are we [Philadelphia] becoming a third world country?” asks Deb Kachel of the Pennsylvania School Librarians Association. The West Philadelphia Alliance for Children says no. The nonprofit has been partnering with schools to reopen school libraries.

First Book and Unbound Concepts Partner to Match Low-Income Readers with Books

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First Book, a nonprofit that provides books to low-income schools and programs for a steep discount, has partnered with Unbound Concepts, a reading-focused tech company, to announce an app Artifact, matching books with low-income readers.

Libraries and English Language Learners

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How well are school and public libraries serving non-native English speakers?

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

James Patterson Raises School Libraries Grant to $1.5M

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On March 23, best-selling author James Patterson announced that he is donating an additional $250,000 to the $1.25 million school libraries grant he and Scholastic Reading Club publicized earlier in March.

Pictures of the Week: WPIX Weatherman Mr. G Reads Aloud at Manhattan’s P.S. 140

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To kick off Read to Me, a new national literacy initiative, WPIX weatherman Mr. G and other members of the Screen Actors Guild read to children on World Read Aloud Day.

“Google It” Better With Google Search Education

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School librarian Tiffany Whitehead suggests student lesson plans and exercises using Google Search Education.

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

James Patterson Partners with Scholastic to Give Away $1.25M to School Libraries

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Best-selling author James Patterson announces that in partnership with Scholastic Reading Club, he’s pledged to give away $1.25 million in grants to school libraries in 2015. Nominations open March 9.

Findaway Debuts Playaway Launchpad

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Findaway has recently launched the first-ever secure, preloaded learning tablet designed for children in a circulation environment, according to Playaway spokesperson Brittany Gonzalez, and the Chicago Public Library and Nashville Public Library are amongst its early adopters.

“Rosie Revere, Engineer” Headed to Space

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The picture book Rosie Revere, Engineer by Andrea Beaty, will travel to the International Space Station as part of the Story Time from Space program from the Global Space Education Foundation.

Flipped, Blended, or Stirred: Using Video to Enhance Learning in the Classroom | Tech Tidbits

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Video in the classroom is a promising, effective tool for student and teacher learning and education. Colorado teacher librarian Phil Goerner shares some tips on how to use digital video resources in the classroom.