April 27, 2017

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Thriving During Leadership Change | Take the Lead

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Change in your school administration may derail your library program—but only if you let it.

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Age-Appropriate Reading? | Scales on Censorship

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Religious-themed books in school libraries; informing patrons of privacy policies.

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How Are Children’s Publishers Talking About President Trump? | Opinion

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Sorting through the euphemisms, misconstructions, and omissions popping up in Trump biographies for kids and teens.

Fostering Sustainability | Series Nonfiction Editorial

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An emphasis on tech, specifically series on alternative energy, leads the charge this spring.

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The Fake-News Fad: Let it Fade | Opinion

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When teachers and administrators prod us to address this “new and urgent” concern, let us remind them that we’ve been doing that, and so much more, all along.

It’s Awards Season at Bank Street College

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Winners of the 2017 Flora Stieglitz Straus, Claudia Lewis, and Josette Frank Awards were honored on Thursday, April 6.

Fast-Tracking a More Radical Approach to Literacies | Editorial

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How we engage in programming and teaching literacy is getting more interesting as librarians creatively tackle the massive literacy challenge, even crisis, we face.

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From Teacher Librarian to Thought Leader | Take the Lead

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Strategic positive exposure for school libraries in her district helped this Lilead Fellow gain recognition for teacher librarians.

Wearable Tech May Build Babies’ Budding Vocabularies | First Steps

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A surprise discovery of a “word pedometer” at ALA Midwinter inspires an early literacy experiment.

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

Publishing Factual Books in an “Alternative Facts” World | Opinion

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Our children are growing up in a world where basic facts are questioned and alternative facts are given a seat at the table. Is this what we want?

Laini Taylor on Genre Blurring and “Strange the Dreamer”

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While writing her latest YA fantasy, Laini Taylor followed her hearts.

“Rock Star” Librarians Article Hits Sour Note | Opinion

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A “Wall Street Journal” article profiling kid lit “rock stars” who are all white men angered readers. it also prompted soul-searching about diversity in the profession—and a push for solutions.

Spiral: Four Apps in One!

I recently discovered an incredibly versatile participation tool.  Spiral is a free suite of  four powerful apps that promote classroom engagement and collaboration.  It makes so much of what we already do so much easier and it is a must-have tool for 1:1 settings.  Students may login to lessons using Google, Facebook, Clever or Edmodo. […]

Go Science! Inspiring Young Minds | Editorial

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Connecting our children to the ongoing work of science can leave them in awe of those who forge the way by revealing how our world works.

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

Immigrant Students Worry as Librarian Lends Support | Opinion

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Libraries are for learning—no matter where you come from, insists a librarian at an alternative high school in Virginia.

Art History Without Nudity?; Gay “Captain Underpants” | Scales on Censorship

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A teacher requests that students study art selectively; complaints about gay “Captain Underpants” content; objection to a teacher’s book choices.

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

Advocating for the Worth of Librarians Pays Off in CA | Take the Lead

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A district coordinator’s dream of hiring credentialed librarians finally came true. Here’s how she did it.

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

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.

An Open Letter to School Librarians: Silence Is not Golden | Opinion

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Every day students of different races, nationalities, and sexual orientations walk through our library doors. The library must be a safe space for them, since the outside world has become increasingly unsafe.

How Can Youth Services Staff Meet Early Learning Needs in 2017? | First Steps

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Look at the library through an outsider’s eyes to see why some families still don’t use the library. Then make a plan to get those families involved, and pitch it to your supervisor.

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