December 3, 2016

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Engineering, Inspired by Kid Lit

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How can Hugo Cabret wind the clock faster? Novel Engineering, a Tufts STEM initiative, draws technical challenges from children’s literature.

Teaching Information Literacy Now

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Laura Gardner, 2016 SLJ School Librarian of the Year finalist, updates her lesson plans for the era of fake news.

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Building a 21st Century Library

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As technology changes the way we consume information, the role of the library is evolving.

Kid Sleuths Roam the Halls of New York Public Library

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A scavenger hunt celebrated the launch of a new kids’ mystery series by Linda Fairstein, the real-life inspiration for “Law and Order SVU.”

K.C. Boyd: A Leader for Readers

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A librarian brings lessons from a Chicago high school to a new library leadership post at the East St. Louis (IL) School District.

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NetGalley Kid Reviewers Reignite Languishing Book Club

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Making kids publishing industry insiders gave this middle-school public library club in California a 25-kid waiting list.

YALSA’s 2016 Young Adult Services Symposium: A Recap

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Authors, educators, librarians, and more gathered for learning and inspiration at this year’s Young Adult Library Services Association Symposium.

The “A” in STEAM: Bring Out the Inner Artist in Kids

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Great ways to engage children in open-ended art projects at the library.

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11 Lessons from a Maker Space­­, One Year In

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A year after Karen Jensen and staff opened a teen maker space at the Public Library of Mount Vernon and Knox County (OH), she assesses what worked, what didn’t, and how to move forward.

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Struck by Tragedy, a NY High School Heals Through “Compassionate Making”

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A small army of “maker activists,” led by a library media specialist, is improving the lives of the needy one project at a time.

A Path Forward: How Libraries Support Refugee Children

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Programs and outreach for kids and families adjusting to life in the United States.

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The Superhero Librarian Within | Take the Lead

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Perhaps you feel unworthy or unready to be a leader. But you can do it. You must: people are counting on you.

Therapy by the Book

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Help students find solace, insight, and inspiration while reading. Plus, trauma-response resources for educators.

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Digital Badging and Microcredit | Tech Tidbits

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Support and reward learning with these tips and resources for creating a digital badging and microcredit program at your school or library.

It’s Genius Hour!

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Understanding genius hour and making it rock at your school.

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Three Ways To Use Picture Books with Older Kids | Programming Cookbook

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Picture books are not just for toddlers! Here are three programs that highlight ways to use familiar picture books with upper elementary and middle school kids.

Watch with a Friend: Tween-Friendly Movies To Scare Your Socks Off

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Thirteen PG-rated films perfect for a Halloween movie night.

Choosing Leaders: What Are You Voting For? | Editorial

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Libraries have always been about fostering understanding of the democratic process, but there is an intensified requirement during this election to confront mis­information.

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MI Teens Raise Suicide Awareness in Library Project

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Using paint and duct tape, teens upcycled old library phones to create displays that boost suicide prevention awareness and spread the message: You Matter.

At the Intersection of Libraries and Museums

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For librarians promoting information literacy and the evaluation of resources, museums—however unconventional—are fertile grounds for incorporating primary sources in lessons and activities.