June 24, 2016

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Trend Alert: More School Libraries Staying Open all Summer

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Summer reading—done at school? A growing number of districts are experimenting with keeping school libraries open, with entire collections available, through the vacation season.

Teachers Write! is Back| Professional Shelf

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Itching to write, or improve your skills? Kate Messner’s annual free online summer writing program for teachers and librarians is open for registration.

Free Virtual Conference to Help Librarians Teach Data Literacy

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The 4T Virtual Conference on “Data Literacy: Creating Data Literate Students” will take place July 14–15 and focus on teaching high school students statistical literacy, data visualization, and how to use data in arguments.

How Remix Culture Informs Student Writing & Creativity

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Artistic remix influences kids’ creativity on almost every level. Here’s how, and why you need to understand it.

This article was published in School Library Journal's May 2016 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.

The SLJ Writing Issue: Your Turn

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How Fan Fiction Mentors Can Change Lives

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Researchers who interviewed fan fiction writers revealed how mentorship in the fanfic community can improve young people’s writing—and their outlook.

Three School Library-Based Summer Learning Programs

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Check out these different models for school librarian-led summer learning initiatives, with or without grants and public library partners.

Strategize: Great Ideas for Library Writing Programs

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Limericks, rap, and sports journals are just a few ways to get students playing with words.

This article was published in School Library Journal's May 2016 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.

Painting Pictures with Words | Books for National Poetry Month

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These recently published poetry offerings will captivate students with their enchanting blend of eloquent words and eye-grabbing images.

Tech and the Race to Read: the Case for Early Literacy

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A Houston library services specialist finds that the addition of technology motivates learning, helping both students and teachers overcome the challenges of low reading achievement.

How To Plan a Teen Poetry Slam at the Library

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Librarian Abbe Klebanoff shares tips and suggestions for organizing a teen poetry slam event during National Poetry Month and beyond.

The Buddy System: Everyone Gains When Kids Read Together

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Reading buddy and paired reading initiatives are on the rise. Here’s what these programs look like today—and tips for creating your own.

This article was published in School Library Journal's April 2016 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.

Getting ELL Students College-Ready Challenges School Librarians

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Educators want to help all students learn English quickly so they don’t fall behind. But at the high school level, when grades will be part of college applications, this process takes on new urgency.

SC Study Shows Link Between School Librarians and Higher Test Scores

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Trying to convince administrators of your value? This study, unique because it documents the contribution of school librarians through the use of test results for specific ELA and writing standards, provides ammunition.

Reading Room for Visually Impaired Kids Incorporates the Power of Touch

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After researching how low-vision kids experience books today, the San Antonio Public Library opened a new reading room with plenty of braille and large-print children’s books, audio and magnifying technology, and tactile art.

Braille’s New Age

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Braille tablets and other new tech may help visually impaired children truly engage in e-learning.

This article was published in School Library Journal's March 2016 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.

Inaugural Epic Reading Challenge to Coincide with Read Across America

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Educators looking for a last-minute Read Across America assignment may want to consider this “ice cream for ebooks” challenge.

Wonderful news! The launch of the Open eBooks app for your children in need

Some wonderful news!  First Lady Michelle Obama’s video below announces a significant new initiative designed to address the challenge of providing children living in low income households with equitable access to digital reading materials. Open eBooks, is a free app, offering thousands of popular and award-winning titles, available without checkout or cost.  It targets all […]

Ohio Storytime Turns Into Life-Changing Program for Low-income Families

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When she realized an entire community of 75 kids younger than five weren’t having their basic needs met, one determined children’s librarian worked a minor miracle in the form of a program called Play, Grow, and Learn.

The Digital Wild West of Apps Is an Opportunity for Librarians

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Being able to accurately size up language and literacy apps for young children isn’t easy in today’s online environment. Yet it is a crucial service, one that librarians are uniquely suited to provide.