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September 17, 2014

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Literacy for Incarcerated Teens

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Jails, detention centers, and prisons provide a unique opportunity to address young people’s literacy gaps, says one school librarian. Literacy for Incarcerated Teens creates, supports, and develops library services in NYC’s juvenile detention centers.

Teaching With Graphic Novels

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While graphic novels are increasingly used as teaching tools, their strong imagery can be a double-edged sword.

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

East Harlem Bookstore Launches Book Drive to Aid Unaccompanied Child Immigrants

Donations to La Casa Azul's book drive for unaccompanied child immigrants. Photos courtesy of La Casa Azul Bookstore.

A bookseller, a professor, and members of the El Barrio community in Manhattan’s East Harlem neighborhood have launched a project to serve the needs of detained children from Mexico and Central America.

Collaborating on the Summer Slide: University Students Tutor at Jacksonville Public Library

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A unique partnership between Jacksonville (FL) Public Library and the University of North Florida continues to bring tutoring services to children who might otherwise experience the “summer slide.”

Chaos in Your Children’s Section? Embrace It. | First Steps

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Mayhem, schmayhem. If your library’s children’s room is chaotic, it’s proof that the little ones are learning.

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

Stephen Krashen to LA School Board: Invest in Libraries

Five months before the Los Angeles Unified School District board passed a new 6.6 billion budget, literacy expert Stephen Krashen delivered an impassioned speech to the board, urging a bold investment in libraries. See Krashen’s speech here.

American Academy of Pediatrics Says Reading from Birth Can Close Learning Gap

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The American Academy of Pediatrics has announced a new policy that tells parents read to their children from birth in order to help close the achievement gap.

Early Learning, Partnerships Top Trends at 2014 ALA Annual | ALA 2014

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Prevailing topics for youth librarians included the influence of the Guerrilla Storytime movement, the increased collaboration and cooperation between schools and public libraries, and a nostalgia for some favorite authors.

Tap & Touch: Recommended apps for early learning

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When it comes to children under the age of two and screen time, early learning specialists and the American Academy of Pediatrics don’t recommend it. For ages two to five? Most experts agree that limited, “intentional and developmentally appropriate” use is acceptable. Here are our recommendations of a few apps that meet that criteria.

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

Why Your Library Needs Music

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Library music programs are fun and support early learning. They’re also essential: A growing body of research is affirming the central role of music in building literacy.

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

Reading Rainbow Reaches for $5 Million Mark on Kickstarter

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Levar Burton, known for hosting the popular PBS children’s show “Reading Rainbow” has earned over $3.5 million dollars on Kickstarter to expand his “Reading Rainbow” app for a cost. His goal is to reach $5 million, and his fundraising success hasn’t come without criticism.

Pictures of the Week: Scieszka and Barnett Keynote Bank Street Book Awards Ceremony

Former National Ambassador of Children's Literature Jon Sciezka and award-winning writer Mac Barnett, coauthors of Battle Bunny were the keynoters of XXX.

Former National Ambassador of Children’s Literature Jon Sciezka (l.) and award-winning writer Mac Barnett (r.), coauthors of the recent Battle Bunny, were the keynoters at the Bank Street College of Education’s annual book awards ceremony.

National Book Foundation Innovations in Reading 2014 Winners

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Each year, the National Book Foundation awards $2500 prizes to individuals and institutions that are making a difference in people’s lives through the creation and maintenance of programs that encourage the love of reading. This year’s winners of the Innovations in Reading prize include programs for women in prison and literacy support for tribal nations.

How Author G. Neri and Librarian Kimberly DeFusco Changed a Life

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The Chess Rumble author and a Tampa school librarian helped turn a young at-risk non-reader into a Shakespeare-loving poet. (As told by the author, the librarian, and the poet.)

Hartford Public Library Wins $25K High Impact Literacy Award

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Hartford (CT) Public Library was recently awarded the “Hi-5″ High Impact Literacy Award from the NewAlliance Foundation that comes with a $25K windfall for the library’s embodiment of vision, responsiveness, innovation, spirit, and results in the field of literacy.

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.

Beyond the Computer: A Writer Reflects On Information Literacy

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Author Deborah Hopkinson reflects on the skills today’s students will need in the years to come as they respond to complex global issues.

‘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.

The YA Lit Winners and Honorees Announced for the 2014 Street Literature Book Awards

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The news is out! The 2014 Street Literature Book Award winner in the YA lit category is the series “Hip Hop Biographies,” published by Saddleback Educational Publishing.

Q & A: James Patterson Talks About Upcoming Webcast and How Literacy Saves Lives

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Two-time Children’s Choice Book Award nominee James Patterson is a passionate advocate for reading and libraries, but he tells SLJ he was a late-blooming reader who didn’t come into his love for reading until he was 20-years-old. This year, Patterson pairs up with NBA player Dwayne Wade for their second webcast stressing the importance of reading to air April 24.