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October 1, 2014

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School Library Journal welcomes Letters to the Editor of 300 words or less. They may be edited for clarity and length. When submitting letters, please include a daytime telephone number. Please email letters to Rebecca T. Miller at rmiller@mediasourceinc.com editorial director for Library Journal and School Library Journal.

Opposing Viewpoints on YA Author’s Portrayal of Judaism | SLJ Feedback

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Laurice Elehwany Molinari responds to a SLJ’s March review of her book The Ether: Vero Rising, in which reviewer Rhona Campbell writes of a Jewish character whom, she says, seems to embody evangelical beliefs.

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

Two Librarians Weigh In On ‘The F-It List’ | SLJ Feedback

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In SLJ’s June Feedback section, two librarians, who don’t see eye-to-eye, weigh in on Julie Halpern’s The F-It List.

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

Stephen Krashen on ‘Bribes’ for Read-Alouds and Librarians on Speed Dating for Books | SLJ Feedback

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Readers sound off and respond to SLJ’s editorial coverage.

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

Patterson’s Passion: Revitalizing School Libraries Will Take Big Ideas—and Bold Action | Feedback

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James Patterson’s print editorial “My Say: Man on a Mission” and its online version, “Let’s Save Reading—and School Libraries” continues to create a stir. His challenge to “embark on a crusade to get kids reading more books” has generated dozens of ideas. Here are a few of our favorites.

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

Leading The Technology Charge | Feedback

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Feedback this month ranges from the defense of librarians who embrace technology to support for Isabel Allende’s novel The House of the Spirits, which is still being challenged by parents in a North Carolina school district.

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

Building Better Collections; Diversity in YA | SLJ Feedback

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Readers reply to Nina Lindsay’s question: What qualities make a book a good one for kids? A school librarian challenges major publishers to stop ghettoizing “diverse” and “multicultural” children’s books.

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

Who’s to Blame for the Demise of Libraries? | Feedback

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Take a look at the latest round of comments, letters to the editor, and corrections from SLJ’s November issue. Librarians give suggestions for NYPL’s 100 Great Children’s Books list. Could the embrace of technology by librarians be the cause of library budget cuts?

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

Selecting Apps for Babies; Is ‘Part-Time Indian’ Appropriate for Sixth Grade? | Feedback

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Should babies be exposed to apps? Rachel Payne responds to a comment on her “Are Learning Apps Good for Babies?” piece. Is removing a book from a required reading list a form of censorship? One reader questions the inclusion of Sherman Alexie’sThe Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian on a sixth-grade reading list.

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

Making + Tech + Arts = STEAM | Feedback

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STEAM education engages young people in science and technology through collaboration and invention, much the same as a maker space does. In fact, many aspects of the best maker spaces already exist in school libraries. Two readers weigh in.

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

Rally the Cause: Thriving libraries Equal Student Success | Feedback

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Read about what your peers think about the correlation between a thriving library and student success, the importance of administrators’ support for certified librarians, and more.

School Librarians Need Support | Feedback

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Here is some feedback in response to Rebecca T. Miller’s editorial, “It’s Time to Step Up” (June 2013, p. 11) about the need for the American Library Association (ALA) to become actively engaged in advocating for school librarians and provide administrators with solid data on their value to our children’s success.

Spread the Word: Administrators and Principals Must Advocate for School Libraries | Feedback

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Check out School Library Journal’s reader responses to Keith Curry Lance and Debra E. Kachel’s “Librarian Required” article, tweets from SLJ’s first Public Library Think Tank, and highlights from the #lovemylibraryjob social media campaign.

Kids Suffer When Librarians Are Cut from Schools | Feedback

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Check out School Library Journal’s reader responses to Rebecca Miller’s editorial, “The Cost of Cuts,” the review of Dig Those Dinosaurs, and more.

Letters to SLJ | March 2013

Is there a lack of Latino lit for kids or just a lack of awareness. Find out what our readers are saying.

Letters to SLJ: February 2013

The continuing conversation about whether Dewey’s days are numbered.

Letters to SLJ | Technology Education | January 2013

School Library Journal welcomes Letters to the Editor. They may be edited for clarity and length. When submitting letters, please
include a daytime telephone number. Please email letters to Phyllis Levy Mandell at pmandell@mediasourceinc.com.

Letters to the editor | Self-published memoirs reflect the experiences of these young people in our society | December 2012

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I just wanted to say how insightful I found Amy Cheney’s article, “Time After Time” (Oct. 2012, pp. 36–39). I learned a lot from the article, including tips on what’s hot in Street Lit right now and the names of the well-known authors of the genre. I also appreciated her call to action for finding and purchasing self-published memoirs. I am really excited and inspired by her article and will try to get [...]

Letters to the Editor: SLJ’s new Spanish column is just what librarians and teachers need | November 1, 2012

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Thanks SLJ for providing Tim Wadham’s new bimonthly Spanish column, “Libro por libro.” I’d love to see how we can encourage each other in our bilingual programming and also give publishers ideas for themes and stories we want to see. I’d love to find Bolivian, Colombian, and Peruvian folktales for children. I haven’t found anything published in either language for children.

We also need books that provide rhythm and rhyme in Spanish for our youngest learners, like [...]

Kill Dewey? It’s not necessary to demolish a system that works

I am writing in regard to Christopher Harris’s recent article, “Summer Project: Kill Dewey” (Aug. 2012). I’m all for making a school library more user-friendly, but why recreate the wheel? A few colorful shelf labels and directional signs would have saved him and Kristie Miller a lot of time and trouble.

Dewey is a system of subjects, so when students are taught how a library is organized, they will quickly see that all the books about a [...]

Slim Pickings: It’s Getting More Difficult To Find a Job as a Children’s Librarian | Letters September 2012

The following is a response to Elizabeth Bird’s feature article “Role Call: Want to work with kids in a public library? Here’s the inside scoop,” .

While there may be children’s librarian jobs out there, and indeed librarian jobs in general, they are few and far between. Plus many of them may be part-time, or downgraded to “assistant” in order to save on salaries. Public service has gone the way of private corporations, wherein job openings require someone to already be doing the exact same job somewhere else, …