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February 10, 2016

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Fairy Tale Programming Is Alive and Well

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Renewed interest in fairy and folktales has librarians across the country coming up with clever themed programming, some around making and STEM.

(Anti)Valentine’s Day Inspiration: Molly Wetta Curates an SLJ Pinterest Board

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In search of a last-minute display idea for Valentine’s Day? Or perhaps your teens would run in the opposite direction at the sight of hearts and doilies. Librarian and blogger Molly Wetta curates SLJ’s (Anti)Valentine’s Day-themed Pinterest board.

TPiB: Book Planters

I am not a crafty person. At all.  I’m unable to draw a straight line or measure correctly and have little to no patience for not catching on to something quickly. So when we ended up with all this extra dirt at the library (don’t ask), and my supervisor said hey, want to make some […]

To Support Teen Parents, Libraries Build Trust and Unique Programs

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Public libraries reach out to teenage parents and their children by offering specialized services ranging from tips on reading with babies to free car seats.

“We Get Long Island School Librarians Hooked on Making!”

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This dynamic duo spearheaded a Day of Making, winning over local colleagues who were on the fence about trying to bring makerspaces to their schools.

Pictures of the Week | CCBC’s Second Annual Trivia Bowl

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Tom Lichtenheld and Kathleen T. Horning admire the trophy of Paul Bunyan’s Babe the Blue Ox, awarded to the winning team at the Cooperative Children’s Book Council’s Second Annual Trivia Bowl.

Multicultural Music for Children

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Music spans every culture, and exposing students to diverse musical offerings is a great way to expand their outlook on the world. These performers and record labels will help build or enhance your bilingual and multicultural resources.

This article was published in School Library Journal's January 2016 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.

Black History Month Ideas From NCTE

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Get resources and fresh ideas for holding a read-in anytime during the month of February to mark Black History Month.

Get Ready for Take Your Child to the Library Day 2016!

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This initiative, started in Connecticut five years ago, is growing by leaps and bounds. Here’s how—and why—to join in the fun.

Why (and How) to Set Up a College Library Visit for Middle Schoolers

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It can be surprisingly easy—and incredibly worthwhile—to arrange for middle schoolers to conduct a day of research at a college library. This academic librarian shares her insider know-how.

Picture of the Week | We Need Diverse Books Booktalking Kit on Display

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The WNDB and SLJ’s Booktalking Kit on display in the Maret School Middle and Upper School Library in Washington, DC.

Six Things That Made my Patrick Ness Author Visit a Knockout Success

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How a Virginia high school librarian researched, budgeted, got community buy-in and read-in, and otherwise prepared for a visit to her high school by “A Monster Calls” author Patrick Ness.

Children Are Being Connected to Nature Right in the Library

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Here’s how inspired librarians are parlaying kids’ natural sense of wonder into an affinity with and knowledge of nature.

Win-Win: When School Libraries Partner with Local Organizations, Everyone Benefits

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Community organizations, businesses, and local residents are often eager to help their neighborhood school libraries—they’re just waiting for someone to ask. These partnership resources and toolkits can get you started.

This article was published in School Library Journal's December 2015 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.

Pictures of the Week|1,000 Star Wars Fans at Fairfield (CT) Public Library

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Fans of all ages came from far, far away to participate in Yoda Yoga, Jedi lightsaber training, a Star Wars Shakespeare activity, and more.

Swapping Library Fines for Lentils Inspires IA Teens

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Allowing students to pay off library fines with canned goods instead of cash proves to have a positive impact on them and the community.

Librarians Leading the Way | Hour of Code 2015

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School librarians around the country are helping their students participate in Hour of Code—the worldwide movement held during Computer Science Education Week to introduce learners of all ages to computer programming.

SLJ Summit 2015: Whole-Child Ready

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Stellar exemplars of creative programs and inspired leadership, underscoring a broad call for librarians to take action in an evolving learning landscape. That’s a big-picture view of the 2015 School Library Journal (SLJ) Leadership Summit in Seattle, WA.

This article was published in School Library Journal's December 2015 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.

Libraries in California, Maine, and Illinois Lend Ukuleles

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With music linked to academic progress, loaning the “hipster,” easy-to-learn instrument is becoming a trend. The programs are drawing teens in particular to libraries.

Anime 101: A Primer for Librarians

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Children’s librarian Marissa Lieberman presents an introduction to Japanese animation (a.k.a. anime), with recommendations for running anime clubs, doing collection development, and picking out strong starter series.