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December 19, 2014

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School and Public Libraries Collaborate to Help Teen Community: Reports from the Field

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In big and small ways, collaboration is a way of life for many school and public libraries. From teen book festivals to maker space initiatives, they are working together to bring new services and programs to their young adults.

How a Librarian Got Celebrities to Booktalk for Her School

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Viktoria Henderson used social media and word of mouth to get local celebrities, from the Tennessee governor and his wife to author Nikki Giovanni, to make video booktalks for her students.

Nashville Mayor Gives the Lowdown on School-Library Partnership

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The mayor of Nashville, Karl Dean, shares his city’s successful—and replicable—collections and renovations partnership with Nashville Public Library’s Limitless Libraries and Metro Nashville Public Schools.

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.

Feeding Minds and Bodies: Libraries, Nonprofits, and Authors Offer Food Education

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Libraries, authors, and world-famous chefs, including Chez Panisse’s Alice Waters, are stepping in to ensure that children and teens are food literate, from providing food itself to incorporating lessons on nutrition, food sourcing, and gardening into curriculum and literature.

Ditch Holiday Programming | Opinion

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Allow me to explain why your library should not provide holiday programs this winter, or ever. Instead, get creative—and offer programs in which everyone in your community can participate.

CA Librarians Gear Up For Summer with iREAD’s Read to the Rhythm Programming

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At the California Library Association’s Annual (CLA) Conference, iREAD’s Summer Reading Program was the focus, including next summer’s theme: Read to the Rhythm. Librarians shared creatives tips and ideas for Read to the Rhythm in every age group.

13-Year-Old Girl Wins Minecraft Hunger Games Tournament on International Games Day

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ALA’s International Games Day, on November 15, brought together hundreds of libraries around the world to participate in gaming, including a battle-to-the-death tournament of Minecraft won by a middle-schooler from Providence, RI.

Teens to Celebrate “Hour of Code” Programs Starting December 8

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The Hour of Code is a global movement reaching tens of millions of students in over 180 countries. One-hour tutorials are available in over 30 languages. No experience needed. And there are plenty of incentives to join in.

Reading as the Main Course: A Book Tasting Event

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With the school librarian playing head chef, students at Sayre Junior/Senior High School in Sayre, PA kicked off a book tasting to celebrate new books and a love of reading. The delicious result? A big boost in circ stats, library card sign-ups, and collaboration between the school and public library.

Two Teens Start “Coding for Kids” Program at Silicon Valley Libraries

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Two California teens decided to share their love for math and coding and began a nonprofit, Math and Coding, through which they offer free coding classes at public at libraries throughout the San Francisco Bay area.

How Puppets Power Literacy at Nashville Public Library

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Supporting literacy comes in many forms, and Nashville (TN) Public Library’s puppet troupe, Wishing Chair Productions, are part of a broader early literacy strategy that can be emulated by parents, educators, and other library programs.

Popular Blog ‘Teen Librarian Toolbox’ Joins SLJ

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School Library Journal has a new blog: “Teen Librarian Toolbox” (TLT). A professional development hub for teen librarians created by Karen Jensen, TLT has been a popular resource, featuring book reviews, coverage of exemplary teen programming, technology, and social and developmental issues related to teenagers.

Rev Up for National Novel Writing Month 2014

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National Novel Writing Month, during November, can be life-changing for young people. Find out how librarians are supporting students aiming to churn out 50,000 words within 30 days.

Library of Congress Seeks Halloween Photos for American Folklife Center Collection

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Tag your photographs #FolklifeHalloween2014 to contribute to the Library of Congress’s live photostream of American Halloween images.

Halloween Roundup: Spooky Reads and Mysterious Apps

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Check out SLJ’s current recommendations for Halloween reads, apps, and spine-tingling fun for all ages.

Teen Historians at the New-York Historical Society Curate Time Capsule to Be Opened in 2114

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Teens historians participating in an internship program at the New-York Historical Society curated a 2014 time capsule that is slated to be opened in 100 years.

The Trouble With Teen Programming

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Forget centralized programming, adapted kid activities, and advisory boards. Teen activities should be patron-driven, dynamic, and constantly in flux.

Win Funds for Author Visits; Jasper Fforde Giveaway; Gale Boosts STEM Resources | SLJTeen News

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Fund an author visit with help from the Maureen Hayes Award, win a set of Jasper Fforde titles, and discover a new source of STEM materials for students.

Go to the Head of the Class: College Readiness Programming at the Library

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Young adult librarian Elise Sheppard of Lone Star College-Cyfair Branch Library spearheaded an initiative to offer college readiness programs and give high schoolers a leg up before they get on campus.