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April 23, 2014

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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.

How to Create a Knockout Summer Literacy Program

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Close the achievement gap with powerful summer reading programs like these.

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

Idaho School Libraries Open this Summer to Tackle ‘Summer Slide’

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Idaho’s betting its younger students will choose school this summer—investing $30,000 to keep six school libraries open during June, July, and August. The Summer Slide Pilot Project aims to entice children to come to school during the summer heat, crack a book, and read.

Obama’s Focus on Early Education Is a Golden Opportunity for Libraries

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When President Obama called for universal pre–K programs in his State of the Union address last week, he created a chance for librarians to be part of this picture. Now that there’s a federal initiative for pre–K, we need to prove our vital role in educating young children.

US Students Still Struggle with Reading Proficiency, Report Shows

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A majority of fourth graders in the United States are still not reading proficiently, according to a new report from the Annie E. Casey Foundation. The data show that 80 percent of lower-income fourth graders and 66 percent of all kids are not reading at grade level.

Goal: 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten | First Steps

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Children need to enter school ready to learn to read, which means they must be introduced early to a host of varied vocabulary. Sharing 1,000 books with them before kindergarten—via programs for parents and caregivers that model best reading practices—is the ideal way to do this.

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

A Literacy Lesson from China: What an Exuberant Culture of Reading Can Teach Us

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The objective of a dynamic literacy initiative in some Chinese schools is not to raise reading scores but to develop positive reading attitudes that inspire children to read more at school and at home—and therefore to read, write, speak, and spell better throughout their lives.

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

The Science of Interest: Cognitive Research To Engage Students and Foster Real Learning

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“Librarians are ideally positioned to become cultivators of students’ interests,” according to Annie Murphy Paul. A journalist and author, Murphy Paul sheds light on the latest cognitive research on this critical component to reading and learning in SLJ’s November 2013 cover story.

This article was published in School Library Journal's November 2013 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.

Dollar General Awards Youth Literacy Grant to ALSC, YALSA

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The Dollar General Literacy Foundation has awarded a Youth Literacy grant in the amount of $246,806 to the Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC) and the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA). ALSC and YALSA will use the funds to support El día de los niños/El día de los libros (Children’s Day/Book Day), Teen Read Week, and summer reading for teens.

School Libraries Boost Student Literacy, Australian Survey Finds

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The 2013 Australian School Library Survey, conducted by Softlink on behalf of Australia’s school library associations, has again revealed a positive relationship between a school’s literacy results and its library’s resourcing levels, the company announced today.

A Partnership for Success: The Jacksonville Public Library and University of North Florida Summer Tutoring Program

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In an August issue of SLJTeen, we covered a program run by University at Buffalo’s Center for Literacy and Reading Instruction that matched graduate students with 180 elementary school students to advance their reading and writing schools over the summer. We asked readers to tell us about other programs like it, and the Southeast Regional Library (FL) stepped up with their collaboration with University of North Florida’s education undergrads.

Sesame Workshop Launches Early Literacy Initiative

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Sesame Workshop has partnered with the Insurance Industry Charitable Foundation to launch a new early literacy initiative, Every Day is a Reading and Writing Day. The program aims to be a free bilingual, digital resource made up of tips, games, and activities designed to improve a child’s reading and writing capabilities from an early age.

McDonald’s Partners with RIF to Add Books to Happy Meals in November

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Thanks to a partnership with nonprofit literacy organization Reading is Fundamental (RIF), McDonald’s will be offering print books in its Happy Meals from November 1–14, 2013. The company will also provide free ebooks from DK publishing via its McPlay Happy Meal app.

Link to Libraries Program Matches Schools with Local Business Sponsors

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Through the innovative Business Book Link Project, dozens of small local businesses in western Massachusetts have adopted elementary and middle schools in order to supply underserved kids with hundreds of books. The program is the brainchild of Link to Libraries, a Springfield, MA-based literacy group that also operates in Connecticut, Vermont, and New York.

‘Magic Tree House’ Author Mary Pope Osborne to Launch Reading Buddies Week

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Mary Pope Osborne, children’s literacy advocate and bestselling author of the “Magic Tree House” series, will kick of the first annual Magic Tree House Reading Buddies Week in New York City on Friday, October 11, at the 92nd Street Y, Random House announced today. The week (October 12–19) will be a celebration of reading that pairs younger readers with older, more experienced ones.

James Patterson: Let’s Save Reading—and School Libraries

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Blockbuster author James Patterson treasures school libraries—and challenges you to help preserve them.