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December 19, 2014

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E-Rate Win for Schools and Libraries: Modernization Order Brings Another $1.5B

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The FCC voted another $1.5 billion to E-Rate, a federal subsidy program that brings high speed broadband to schools and libraries, and advocates, including the American Library Assocation and the Association for Rural & Small Libraries, are voicing their cheer.

SLJ Reviews and Resources for YALSA 2015 Morris and Nonfiction Finalists

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Awards season is well underway in the children’s and YA lit world, and the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) made its contribution last week when it revealed the shortlists for its nonfiction and debut YA awards. SLJ has compiled the full reviews and resources for each of the finalists.

Graphic Novel Reading Lists Now Available from ALSC

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Looking for graphic novel reading recommendations for grades K–8? Look no further than the just-released lists from the Association of Library Services to Children.

Miss Honey Award; Wolf Chronicles Giveaway; Teen Tech Grants | SLJTeen News

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Recognize a colleague with a nomination for the Roald Dahl Miss Honey Social Justice award, and get prepared for Teen Tech Week by applying for a YALSA grant. Enter a chance to win a set of Dorothy Hearst’s series, told from the point of a “teen” wolf.

January Deadline for 2015 Coretta Scott King Book Grants

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Enrich your library collection with 60-100 titles by African American authors and illustrators by applying for one of three Coretta Scott King Book Donation Grants administered by the American Library Association.

Five Things to Love at YALSA’S YA Lit Symposium

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Friendly authors, provocative programming, and the thrill of presenting were among the high points at YALSA’s fourth Young Adult Literature Symposium in Austin, TX.

JFK Essay Contest; Toyota Video Challenge; Gale Cengage Grant; Hunger Games Mental Mapping | SLJTeen News

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How do you chase the money? Write an essay for the JFK Profile in Courage award, produce a video to promote teen driver safety, or nominate your library for its exemplary fundraising efforts. And just for fans of The Hunger Games, a mental mapping contest!

Carnegie-Whitney Grants Available; YALSA 2014 Maker Contest Winners | SLJTeen News

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Apply for a Carnegie-Whitney Grant to underwrite fabulous library resources. Find inspiration among the five winning entries to YALSA’s 2014 Makers Contest—from digital media training to “Sew Electric.”

We Need Diverse Books and School Library Journal Announce Collaboration

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The collaboration between We Need Diverse Books and School Library Journal will involve a variety of initiatives concerning diversity in children’s literature, including an event during the 2016 ALA Midwinter Meeting.

10 Frequently Challenged Graphic Novels | Banned Books Week

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To kick off Banned Books Week 2014—celebrating graphic novels—SLJ presents a list of 10 frequently challenged titles in this format.

REFORMA Brings Books, Backpacks, and Support to Unaccompanied Minors

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REFORMA’s Children in Crisis project distributes Spanish-language books to unaccompanied immigrant children from Latin America, many in detention centers, while spreading the word about library services.

Graphic Novel Resources; Collection Development Grant; Green Cooking for Teens | SLJTeen News

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Apply for a $5,000 YA collection development grant to purchase the graphic novel resources our Good Comics for Kids bloggers have gathered. Check out the latest roundup of teen services news bites.

YALSA Hosts Teen Read Week Twitter Chat Today

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With Teen Read Week coming around the bend (October 12–18), gear up and tune into Twitter today—September 15—from 2–3 pm EST for YALSA’s Twitter chat “Marketing Your Teen Read Week.”

What You Should Know About Banned Websites Awareness Day, September 24

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The fourth annual Banned Websites Awareness Day makes excessive filtering an intellectual freedom issue in K–12 learning.

Taking the Teen Summer Challenge to New Heights, Pierce County Style

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At Pierce County Library System (WA), staff recognized that their summer reading program needed to be reimagined. The Teen Summer Challenge was created to provide a more meaningful experience for their tweens and teens.

Teens Teach Tech Grants, Giveaways, and Teens’ Top Ten Voting Opens | SLJTeen News

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Looking for a way to get your older patrons up to speed on the latest tech gadgets but short on staff time? There’s a grant for that. Chronicle has a galley for every reader in its giveaway basket, and please note: it’s time for teens to vote for their favorites from the YALSA Teens’ Top Ten 2014 nominee list.

AASL Approves New Mission Statement of Empowerment

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At the 2014 ALA Annual Conference in Las Vegas, the AASL Board of Directors unanimously voted to approve a new mission statement for the association that more accurately reflects its goals and practices.

SLJ Interviews Vince Vawter, Newbery Honor-Winning Author of ‘Paperboy’

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Vince Vawter talks about his semi-autobiographical, Newbery Honor-winning book, his boyhood with a debilitating stutter, and the “overwhelming” response to Paperboy.

FCC Approves E-Rate Plan to Inject $2 Billion into WiFi for Schools and Libraries

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On July 11, the FCC narrowly passed the “Order and Further Notice of Proposed Rulemaking” for the Program to Modernize E-Rate which translates into $2 billion over the next two years towards WiFi funding in schools and libraries.

Laughter, Tears, and Gratitude at ALA Youth Media Awards Ceremonies | ALA 2014

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At the Printz Award Ceremony and the Newbery-Caldecott Banquet, the authors’ acceptance speeches ranged from moving to side-splitting, and the enthralled audience was dressed to the nines.