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May 3, 2015

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Where the Magic Happens: library maker programs | The Maker Issue

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From scanning human teeth to designing clothes, making sparks ingenuity in students.

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

Build Something Bold Award Submissions Deadline Extended to May 11

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Holly Whitt, 2014 Build Something Bold Award-winning librarian, explains how the proceeds are improving her school library and encourages others to apply.

Illinois Middle School Wins 2015 Follett Challenge

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The O’Neill Middle School in Downers Grove, IL, has been awarded the Follett Challenge Grand Prize for its inventive multimedia program, Conquest of the Realm. The school will receive $60,000 in Follett products and services. Two semifinalists were also named.

Teen Dewey Decibels Sing Out

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A voice coaching program for teenagers at the Uniondale (NY) Public Library culminates in on-stage performances, high self-esteem, and community involvement.

Turning the School Library into a Community Hub: Here’s How

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Massachusetts school librarian Liz Phipps-Soeiro opens her space for weekly “Coffee & Conversations.” Participants have included Cambridge Mayor David P. Maher.

Those Tired Summer Reading Lists. Here’s What to Do.

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Many librarians say it’s time to overhaul the whole idea of mandatory reading in June, July, and August. Read what they’re doing about it—and check out 10 tips to flip the summer reading experience.

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

Despite Citywide Cuts, West Philadelphia Alliance for Children Opens 18th School Library

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“In terms of school libraries, are we [Philadelphia] becoming a third world country?” asks Deb Kachel of the Pennsylvania School Librarians Association. The West Philadelphia Alliance for Children says no. The nonprofit has been partnering with schools to reopen school libraries.

Taking It to the Stage With Readers Theater

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Readers Theater gets kids up on their feet and learning—and it’s lots of fun.

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

Applications Close April 30 for SLJ Build Something Bold Award

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The award honors creativity in school library programming and lesson plans that incorporate hands-on learning.

Libraries and English Language Learners

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How well are school and public libraries serving non-native English speakers?

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

Maker Librarians Bring It to SXSWEdu 2015

School librarians Colleen Graves and Leah Mann present on makerspaces to a packed room at SXSWEdu 2015.

Design thinking and making were top of mind at SXSWEdu, as participants considered the learning potential around these hot topics. In official programming, in the hallways, and over barbecue, librarians were on hand to help advance that conversation.

The Maker Space Difference: Amazing Inquiry, Shared Learning | Tech Tidbits

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Teacher librarian Phil Goerner shares updates on the creation and establishment of his high school’s first maker space.

Illinois Public Library Partners with Middle School on Eighth Grade Maker Program

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Due to the partnership between Thomas Middle School in Arlington, IL, and Arlington Heights Memorial Library, a group of 29 eighth graders participated in a maker class creating everyday objects, including jewelry and take-apart scissors.

“Rosie Revere, Engineer” Headed to Space

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The picture book Rosie Revere, Engineer by Andrea Beaty, will travel to the International Space Station as part of the Story Time from Space program from the Global Space Education Foundation.

Talking Shop About Special Needs and Inclusive Services | 2015 ALA Midwinter

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At ALA Midwinter, Massachusetts librarian Ashley Waring held court at the Networking Uncommons to discuss special needs and inclusive services—from what to offer outside of sensory storytime to how to measure your program’s success.

Program Spotlight: “Reading Friends” Initiative Pairs Retirees with Young Students

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At the St. Croix Falls (WI) Elementary School library, retired senior citizens regularly sit down individually with over 130 students to read together, laugh, and learn. Here’s how the program developed.

The Evolution of a Teen Librarian and Teen Services at Williamson County (TN) Public Library

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Erin Holt hit the ground running when she joined the teen services group at Williamson County (TN) Public Library six months ago. With her ideas and energy, the support of her director and teen staff, and the willingness to let teens drive the programming and focus of “their” library, Holt has been able to create a teen space that has proven to be wildly successful.

Black Storytime, Flourishing at Multnomah (OR) County Library

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Should libraries offer programs geared to one culture? After I spoke with Kirby McCurtis, who started a thriving Black Storytime program at Multnomah County Library in Portland, OR, it was clear that the answer is “yes.”

Chattanooga (TN) Public Library Launches Online High School Diploma Program for Adults

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Chattanooga (TN) Public Library, in partnership with Gale/Cengage Learning, is giving its patrons the opportunity to earn an accredited high school diploma and credentialed career certificate via the Career Online High School program.

Yoga in the Library

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Libraries are embracing the practice to ease stress and promote literacy among children.

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