December 7, 2016

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Books as Allies: SLJ’s Best Books Help Kids Find Their Way | Editorial

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SLJ’s 2016 Best Books list celebrates 50 years of acknowledging top titles—and the power of books to transport readers and change lives.

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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.

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‘Open-Access’ Approach Creates a Parent-Friendly Library | First Steps

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Our collections, and ideally our programming and staffing as well, need to reflect the cultures of parents in our community.

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Our Post-Election Commitment | Editor’s Note

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We’re in an unprecedented place for education and library coverage. It’s time to speak to the staff as well as to our readers.

A Sobering Centennial: The Somme Offensive | Touch and Go

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The Battle of the Somme, the devastating, five-month offensive of World War 1, is commemorated in an app marking its centennial.

When Publishing and Reviewing Diverse Books, Is Expertise Overrated? | Opinion

Are publishers and reviewers ill-equipped to evaluate diverse books? Publisher Jason Low takes a look at recent book controversies and the results of the Diversity Baseline Survey.

Self-Censorship, More | Feedback

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Many readers responded to our coverage of Banned Books Week. No self-censorship here!

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The Superhero Librarian Within | Take the Lead

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Perhaps you feel unworthy or unready to be a leader. But you can do it. You must: people are counting on you.

Choosing Leaders: What Are You Voting For? | Editorial

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Libraries have always been about fostering understanding of the democratic process, but there is an intensified requirement during this election to confront mis­information.

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Mock Election Worries | Scales on Censorship

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A principal moves to cancel a mock election due to the vitriolic tone of the 2016 contest; how teachers should handle student Facebook friend requests.

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Allen Say, Lee and Low, Regina Hayes, and Steven Heller at the Carle Honors Gala

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Where else can an Artist, an Angel, a Mentor, and a Bridge meet? Celebrating the work of some of the picture book industry’s greatest achievers.

Why toys should be in every children’s department—and how to make it happen | First Steps

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Here are easy ideas for integrating the learning power of play into your public library.

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Three Strategies for When the Going Gets Tough | Take the Lead

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When Lilead Fellow and former district library services supervisor Leslie Yoder faced staff cuts and low morale, she kept fighting. Here’s how.

Just the Facts: Reader-Ready Nonfiction for Secondary Students

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These thoroughly researched and visually appealing new nonfiction titles are sure to reel in older readers right from the get-go.

Mind the Opportunity Gap | Editorial

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Libraries function as neighborhood powerhouses and a national network, with the potential to fuel local initiatives and deliver widespread impact. They are key to creating an equitable society, but only if they are at the table.

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

Conquering Middle School Miasma

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There’s no need for kids to muddle through middle school—books can guide the way.

Life (and Learning) After High School: Exploring the Options

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For every young adult with clear career goals, there are many more still seeking a niche that fits. These titles will help them navigate the path ahead.

Connect With Your Principal | Take the Lead

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When you have the ear of an administrator, use your time well. Here’s how.

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When Book Sharing Backfires|Scales on Censorship

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A parent objects when a first grader shares “Captain Underpants”; contending with parents who say their children are gifted.

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Libraries Are Not Neutral | Opinion

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The Joint Chiefs of Storytime Underground have a clear position: Librarianship is not a neutral profession, and libraries are not neutral spaces.