On Saturday, April 23, readers of all ages flocked to Irving to attend the North Texas Teen Book Festival, which boasted 63 panels and authors such as Sarah Dessen, Victoria Aveyard, Marie Lu, and James Dashner.
Librarian and programming expert Holly Storck-Post offers a foolproof program recipe for fun—and educational—marble runs.
Librarian Abbe Klebanoff shares tips and suggestions for organizing a teen poetry slam event during National Poetry Month and beyond.
Three rapid-fire presentations on steampunk making, organizing a regional maker expo, and digital game design wrapped up our Lead the Change Maker Workshop.
Reading buddy and paired reading initiatives are on the rise. Here’s what these programs look like today—and tips for creating your own.
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Three libraries are leveraging kids’ natural love of pooches to make reading come to life. The result? Little patrons clamoring to sign up for programs such as Book Barkers.
They “break it better” at Dream Lab, Fab Lab, Studio Lab, and Memory Lab. Here’s what that means, and how it’s an approach that can transform other programs, too.
Dahlstrom Middle School Library, Buda, TX, is keeping track of School Library Journal‘s Battle of the Books.
Last fall, Waltham High School (MA) librarian Kendall Boninti and her ace team reinvented summer reading by assigning the podcast Serial. So what are they doing to engage teens this year?
Distance didn’t keep these three school librarians from scoring a grant for Finch robots so that their students could all code together.
Get ready for Chicago’s first-ever literature festival for teens and by teens. The result of a partnership between the Chicago Public Library and Columbia College Chicago, the event will take place April 15 and 16.
Christina Keasler started a new job with no official title or description. After conducting focused outreach and listening to community feedback, she found her calling serving middle schoolers in the public library.
With a little know-how, you can score more funding for your program through an asset-mapping project. No, it’s not the same thing as needs assessment.
Resisting the urge to jump right in to creating a STEM program is smart. Here are three great examples to illustrate what you should do instead.
Building contraptions inspired by the inventor and cartoonist teaches students about physics, problem-solving, and cause and effect.
When she realized an entire community of 75 kids younger than five weren’t having their basic needs met, one determined children’s librarian worked a minor miracle in the form of a program called Play, Grow, and Learn.
Here’s how a tiny, can-do team from Piscataway, NJ started an annual tradition celebrating maker culture statewide—and how you can too.
From SLJ’s own Battle of the Kids’ Books to a variety of school and public library variations, Rebecca Zarazan Dunn presents a roundup of library programs to celebrate March Madness.
Many mock Caldecott programs take months of planning and can last an entire school year, but for librarians tight on time and budget, a mini Mock may be just the thing to ignite rich discussion of text and art with middle graders.