February 21, 2017

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Getting Book Rich | Editorial

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The national Book-Rich Environment Initiative promises to be a critical step in addressing print scarcity for low-income kids. Libraries will be key partners.

This article was published in School Library Journal's February 2017 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.

Why Med School Students Tutor at My Library

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A local medical school’s service requirement, combined with my young patrons’ need for mentors they could count on, made for a perfect match.

This article was published in School Library Journal's February 2017 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.

ILA Report: Digital Literacy Is Hot; Access to Books and Content Is Not

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The International Literacy Association’s What’s Hot in Literacy report shows that what’s trendy to talk about is not always the same as what’s most important to discuss.

Faked Out | Editorial

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The news literacy gap is today’s information crisis.

This article was published in School Library Journal's January 2017 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.

Libraries Join National Initiative To Transform Public Housing into Book-Rich Environments

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The Book-Rich Environment Initiative will serve children living in HUD-assisted housing—and encourage families to use local libraries. The U.S. DOE and the National Book Foundation are among the new project’s partners.

Wonders 2017: McGraw-Hill’s K–6 ELA Program | SLJ Review

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Packed with new features, the updated English Language Arts program includes a student interface where teachers can assign independent work.

Teaching Information Literacy Now

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Laura Gardner, 2016 SLJ School Librarian of the Year finalist, updates her lesson plans for the era of fake news.

These Superintendents Are Sold on Libraries | Editorial

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Four influential superintendents see libraries as catalysts for school success—and librarians as change agents in a disrupted learning landscape.

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

Five Questions for Kids’ Media Literacy Expert Frank W. Baker

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How can kids deconstruct Super Bowl ads? Or distinguish authentic news items online from manufactured content? Insight on this and more from Media Literacy Clearinghouse founder Frank W. Baker.

Credo, AR State University Partner to Boost College Readiness

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The Literati High School Partnership aims to support research at the middle and high school level and ease students’ transition to college-level learning.

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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.