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Why Reading Sucks: Talking honestly with kids might make them more passionate readers

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“I try to help my students be passionate readers,” writes teacher Pernille Ripp. “I try to be a role model for this in the classroom—but to do this I have recently realized that I must also discuss why, for many students, reading sucks.”

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

Not as We Remember It: Public Education Is Being Gutted | Soapbox

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It’s called “school reform” with a focus on “student achievement,” but I shudder to think where we have come as a nation that many public schools don’t have a library, and won’t ever get one unless someone can beg a grant from a foundation or corporation.

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

Open Late: Libraries Must Be Available When Kids Do Schoolwork | Soap Box

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Emily Gover and Caity Selleck, information literacy librarians and content developers for EasyBib and its new platform, ResearchReady, posit that libraries should stay open later hours in order to serve students’ research needs.

Soapbox: Not Fast Enough

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SLJ’s latest tech survey shows that school librarians need to master a new game.

Hey, ‘Glee.’ Get Real: It’s time for the TV series to make room for a genuine librarian

The Golden Globe and Peabody Award–winning Fox series Glee, now in its third season, has revamped the tired reputations of both glee clubs and TV musicals. Can it do the same for school librarians? Certainly not if producers and writers maintain their current approach, scripting a shushing, out-of-touch librarian who has barely gotten a minute of screen time and hasn’t appeared since season two, despite the fact that scenes often take place in the school library.

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It’s Time for ‘Glee’ to Make Room for a Genuine Librarian | Soapbox

The Golden Globe and Peabody Award–winning Fox series Glee, now in its third season, has revamped the tired reputations of both glee clubs and TV musicals. Can it do the same for school librarians? Certainly not if producers and writers maintain their current approach, scripting a shushing, out-of-touch librarian who has barely gotten a minute of screen time and hasn’t appeared since season two, despite the fact that scenes often take place in the school library.