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.
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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.
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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.
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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?
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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.
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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.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
Is there a lack of Latino lit for kids or just a lack of awareness. Find out what our readers are saying.
The continuing conversation about whether Dewey’s days are numbered.
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Letters to the editor | Self-published memoirs reflect the experiences of these young people in our society | December 2012
Hope for Troubled Teens
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
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 [...]
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, …
A Word to the Wise: ALA made no attempt to stifle debate about the National Broadband Plan | Letters
I believe that Lauren Barack, the author of “Proposed ‘Digital Literacy Corps’ Will Not Usurp School Librarians’ Role, Explains FCC,” a story that appeared on SLJ’s Digital Shift (June 12, 2012), used a poor choice of words when she said that “representatives of the American Library Association (ALA) reached out to some bloggers to help clarify the role the ALA has had with the FCC over the proposal to help quell concerns.”
What really happened was a [...]
I am the Project Coordinator for Limitless Libraries, the partnership program between the Nashville Public Library (NPL) and Metro Nashville Public Schools. Limitless Libraries provides collection development assistance to school libraries to meet curriculum needs, and also provides daily delivery of NPL materials to the schools.
I just read Rebecca Miller’s editorial, “We Need Tag-Team Librarianship” (May 2012, p. 11), regarding collaboration between public and school libraries. It made me very excited to see a cover story [...]
Tag-Team Librarianship: Partnerships between public and school libraries work well sometimes, but not always | Letters
I am the Project Coordinator for Limitless Libraries, the partnership program between the Nashville Public Library (NPL) and Metro Nashville Public Schools.