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April 15, 2014

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Apply by June 1 for YALSA/Dollar General Teen Read Week Grants

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YALSA and the Dollar General Literacy Foundation are awarding 10 grants of $1000 to libraries with innovative programming ideas for Teen Read Week 2014. Apply by June 1.

Summer Reading: STEM Fun with Ooblek of Dr. Seuss, MaKey MaKey, and Scratch

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Integrating STEM with your summer reading program doesn’t have to be hard or expensive. Got a banana? Some cream of tartar? Let the fun, and learning, begin.

STEM Learning: ‘MoMath’ Every Month at NYC’s Museum of Mathematics

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Today, April 11, a card trick expert—featured last year in the New York Times will perform for kids at NYC’s Museum of Mathematics’s ‘Family Fridays.’ Held monthly, Time Warner Cable ‘Family Fridays’ at the Museum of Mathematics invites children and families to join mathematical innovators from around the country to experience the fun and engaging aspects of math.

Scholastic Kicks off Free Teacher Registration for Summer Reading Challenge Starting April 7

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Starting April 7, Scholastic opens registration for K-8 educators who can register their students for the 2014 Scholastic Summer Reading Challenge, an online reading program geared to tackle summer slump. Also, find out more about Scholastic’s Google+ Hangout to provide successful summer reading strategies on April 16.

‘Every Child Ready to Read’ Materials Available for Spanish-Speaking Communities

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The ‘Every Child Ready to Read® @ your Library® Toolkit for Spanish-Speaking Communities’ is available as a digital download from the ALA Store.

Free Smithsonian Online Education Conference On April 9

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The Smithsonian Center for Learning and Digital Access is hosting a free online education conference on April 9 focusing on the “Citizen Science: A Watershed Study” program, in which Washington, D.C., high school students explored the Anacostia Watershed.

Not Your Mama’s Library Program: Lanyards give way to coding and power tools in summer tech camps nationwide

Not Your Mama’s Library Program: Lanyards give way to coding and power tools in summer tech camps nationwide

Computer coding programs and robotics are just some of the tools intrepid young patrons will be using this summer as school and public librarians nationwide gear up for technology camps.

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Kick-butt Pura Belpré Winners for Día de los niños/Children’s Day | Libro por libro

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In this month’s Libro por libro column, Tim Wadham suggests how librarians can incorporate the 2014 Pura Belpré winners in their Día de los niños/Children’s Day programs on April 30.

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

The First Lady and Discovery Education Collaborate on Virtual Field Trip During Visit to China

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First Lady Michelle Obama visits China, hoping to soothe U.S. China relations, and keeping in the mind efforts to enhance the role of the digital classroom experience between nations.

How to Create a Knockout Summer Literacy Program

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Close the achievement gap with powerful summer reading programs like these.

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Librarians Organize Sewanhaka School District (NY) Comic-Con

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Darth Vader, Wonder Woman, author/illustrator Misako Rocks!, and a group of intrepid librarians recently stormed Floral Park Memorial High School in Long Island, NY for the school district’s first-ever comic convention.

Marvelous Math Books for PreK and Up

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School Library Journal “First Steps” columnist Lisa G. Kropp suggests a wealth of whimsical math-focused titles, featuring everything from robots to toucans to poems by Edgar Allan Poe.

Launching a Dialogue About Sexual Violence in YA Lit—and in Real Life

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Librarian and “Teen Librarian Toolbox” website creator Karen Jensen is empowering librarians to talk about sexual violence (SV) in books, and more significantly, to help teens who’ve experienced SV themselves.

An Estimated Million—from Italy to North Carolina—Participate in World Read Aloud Day

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An estimated million-plus individuals in over 46 countries participated in World Read Aloud Day on March 5 with events like Skype-read aloud sessions between classrooms in different countries.

Bedtime Math Battles Summer Slide in Both Math and Reading | First Steps

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Research shows math skills at kindergarten entry are a better predictor of school success than reading or attention span. With that in mind, Bedtime Math has partnered with libraries to battle summer slide.

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

School Librarians Stir Enthusiasm Around ‘Divergent’ Film Release

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Teens are mad for Veronica Roth’s YA book ‘Divergent’ that will be released as a film on March 21, and school librarians are creating programming around the books-to-film craze.

Chicago Public Library to Expand YOUmedia Labs with Additional $2.5 Million

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The Chicago Public Library will open and staff six more YOUmedia teen spaces this summer, along with temporary “pop-ups” in 12 branches, thanks to an additional $2 million from the MacArthur Foundation and $500,000 approved by the Chicago City Council.

Get On Board the Book Speed Dating Train | Programming for Teens

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Colorado teacher librarian Susie Lackey shares how she organized and carried out her Book Speed Dating program for Library Lover’s month in February.

“Sketchnotes” Invigorate Student Note-Taking and Bolster Visual Thinking

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Brad Ovenell-Carter, an education innovator at a K-12 school in Vancouver, B.C., is teaching students the value of sketchnotes—illustrated records that distill a lecture, speech, or lesson into a visual synopsis. Others educators are catching on.

26 Science Kits Available for Checkout at Texas Libraries

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Students, parents, and teachers can now borrow science experiments along with other materials from the Denton (TX) Public Library and run their own chemical and mechanical observations in class—and at home.