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August 29, 2015

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First-Ever “Public Libraries & STEM” Event Forges New Alliances

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Professionals from the library, education, and STEM fields gathered last week in Denver to participate in “Public Libraries & STEM,” the first conference of its kind to convene leaders from these arenas to examine current and future practices at the intersection of librarianship and science, technology, engineering, and math.

Game on! Gaming at the Library | SummerTeen 2015

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Looking to incorporate games in your library’s programming and collections? A panel of librarians shared ideas and best practices on the topic during the first ever teen services track of SLJ’s SummerTeen all-day virtual event on August 13.

Postcards from Nerdcamp: PD gets fun in a grassroots unconference on literacy

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Nerdcamp is “the grassrootsiest of grassroots and ground zero for the “free-range” reading movement, writes Travis Jonker. “And it has the potential to revolutionize professional development in your school district.”

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

Play-Based Learning for Teens, Via Board Games

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The maker movement has shown the efficacy and potential for play-based learning at higher grade levels. Chris Harris posits that an incredibly successful way to implement play-based learning in K–12 content areas is through games.

“Comics Connector” Finds Comics Professionals for School Visits

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Launched by the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund, the Comics Connector features a growing list of comics professionals state by state, as well as in Canada, along with their contact information.

5 Reasons Why Maker Days/Labs/Spaces Can Trump Traditional Library Programming

As I approached my position as the YA coordinator at a new library, one of the things I knew I wanted to do was to evaluate my maker programming and try and recreate the parts of it that were successfull while making any necessary changes to improve on the model. And since it was a […]

Chicago High School Hosts Citywide Maker Faire, Coproduced by the School’s Library Director   

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Can you imagine having a Maker Faire at your school? That’s the case at Schurz High School in Chicago, where students are helping host the annual Chicago Northside Mini Maker Faire, which draws 2,000 attendees.

Role-Playing Teens Learn About Victorian History and Class

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A high school librarian engages freshman in role play while researching the Victorian Era—complete with hoop skirts, washboards, silver polish, and cooking assignments.

An Ezra Jack Keats Grant Fosters Architectural Study Among Fourth Graders

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A librarian in rural Illinois uses an Ezra Jack Keats Mini Grant to connect local fourth-graders with the architecture and history of their town, while also studying the author’s works. Watch a video about the project.

The Epicenter of Geek Culture: Planning a “Con” at the Library

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Children’s librarian and Summer Teen speaker Marissa Lieberman shares how she successfully organized East Orange (NJ) Public Library’s first Tosho-con—a conference dedicated to anime and geek culture for tweens, teens, and their families.

STEM-Themed Library Backpacks Encourage Outdoor Exploration

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Binoculars, star charts, fishing nets, and other items in backpacks for checkout encourage Massachusetts kids to get out and follow their curiosity.

Manga 101

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A manga primer that will turn you into an otaku (fan), with suggested titles.

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

Skokie Library Tackles Race

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The Skokie (IL) Public Library’s involvement in a four-month community program, Voices of Race, included events for children and adults, a participatory exhibit, talking points for meaningful dialogue, and more.

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

Evolution of a Maker Space, From “Monstie Stuffie” Projects to a Giant Catapult

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Colleen Graves, SLJ Maker Workshop speaker and 2014 School Librarian of the Year Finalist, describes how her little middle school library maker space grew to encompass an inter-school catapult challenge, an international network, and the support and enthusiasm of teachers.

ALA and ISTE: How Best to Plan, Learn, Network, Party, and Follow Up

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Whether you’re a first-timer or a seasoned pro, here are six tips for you to get the most professional development bang for your buck.

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

SLJ’s Summer Reading Resources 2015

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Putting the final touches on your summer reading program? Just getting started? Help is here.

Tips for Top-Notch Stop-Motion Workshops | The Maker Issue

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Strong apps and fun working materials are key to great stop-motion projects with kids. But good planning and inspired book tie-ins can carry the day.

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

Scooter Hayes, of “Dewey Decimal Rap” Fame, Launches CD with Student Rappers

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Hayes has packaged 17 tracks created by students in his library Rap Club on an album, Hot! Fresh! Delicious!, including songs about zombies, superheroes, and anything else kids want to rap about.

Supporting Students with STEM Programming at the Library | Tech Tidbits

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High school teacher librarian Phil Goerner shares tips for implementing STEM programming at the library, including partnering with local maker spaces, businesses, and nonprofit organizations.

Make It So: Building on the Impulse to Create | Editorial

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The maker movement has taken our culture by storm, and libraries have been stepping up with programs large and small. While some might not view storytime craft projects—such as paper daffodils—as maker, others recognize their vital place on the creation continuum. We at SLJ see the SLJ_CV_May2015nimble response from the library world and recognize how much remains unknown or untested.

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