September 26, 2016

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Helping the Reluctant Reader

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Students in the age of digital screens often face significant reading challenges. A library’s large print collection can be instrumental in helping them change their habits for the better.

Unstoppable Ambassador: Laura Gardner, 2016 School Librarian of the Year Finalist

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Laura Gardner brings out the best in students at Dartmouth (MA) Middle School with outstanding volunteer, tech, and reading programs.

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

CommonLit: OER Curation and Creation

As librarians, wehn we gear up for a new school year, it’s exciting to have a few new strategies for engaging learners with literature and for building our own literature discovery/selection toolkit. You’ll absolutely want to introduce CommonLit to your classroom teachers and you’ll absolutely use it yourself to make curricular discoveries and to help […]

Tales2Go as an audio collection (and a literacy solution)

I LOVE audiobooks!  They make it possible for me to always be reading. But for kiddos, access to audiobooks represents far more than a simple, hands-free convenience. Audiobooks allow children to build vocabulary, to attack sophisticated text and ideas beyond their current reading levels, Audiobooks can introduce children to new vocabulary, improve reading comprehension and fluency, […]

Early Learning’s Pay Gap | Editorial

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We depend on and say we value the people who care for our kids in their earliest years—in day-care centers and in home-based child care. Yet we expect them to work for a pittance. It’s time to invest in our kids’ first teachers.

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

When Librarians Teach Teachers

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Public librarians are training early learning professionals in a range of literacy-boosting skills, from in-depth professional development to puppetry.

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

When an Ebook is the Best Book

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Five reasons why ebooks can be a better choice than print in your school library.

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.

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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.