Colorado teacher librarian Susan Lackey shares how she organized and carried out her Book Speed Dating program for Library Lover’s month in February.
Brad Ovenell-Carter, an education innovator at a K-12 school in Vancouver, B.C., is teaching students the value of sketchnotes—illustrated records that distill a lecture, speech, or lesson into a visual synopsis. Others educators are catching on.
Students, parents, and teachers can now borrow science experiments along with other materials from the Denton (TX) Public Library and run their own chemical and mechanical observations in class—and at home.
Teen Tech Week (March 9-15), DIY@your library is almost upon us. YALSA shared ten tips for making the experience great for your teens, your library, and you.
Idaho’s betting its younger students will choose school this summer—investing $30,000 to keep six school libraries open during June, July, and August. The Summer Slide Pilot Project aims to entice children to come to school during the summer heat, crack a book, and read.
Grants are available to fund library programming around American Indian and Asian American literature and culture. But hurry, the deadline for applications is February 15.
When President Obama called for universal pre–K programs in his State of the Union address last week, he created a chance for librarians to be part of this picture. Now that there’s a federal initiative for pre–K, we need to prove our vital role in educating young children.
La Vista Public Library’s Teen Advisory Board (TAB) created a life-size version of The Game of LIFE for ‘Seek the Unknown’ Teen Read Week 2013, because as one teen quipped, “What, may I ask, is more unknown than life itself?”
The National Book Foundation is seeking nominations for its 2014 Innovations in Reading Prize. If your library or community has created programming, events, or technology that encourages the lifelong love of reading, apply now. Deadline is February 19.
Children need to enter school ready to learn to read, which means they must be introduced early to a host of varied vocabulary. Sharing 1,000 books with them before kindergarten—via programs for parents and caregivers that model best reading practices—is the ideal way to do this.
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Applications are now open for two grants from the Will and Ann Eisner Family Foundation and ALA for public libraries: The Will Eisner Graphic Novel Growth Grant and the Will Eisner Graphic Novel Innovation Grant.
Created to encourage inter-generational conversation, the Legacy Project’s Listen to a Life Essay contest is looking for entrants ages 8-18 to interview a grandparent or grandfriend, 50 years or older.
In the coming weeks, staffers at Rhode Island’s Providence Community Library (PCL) are seeking to sign up hundreds of families for its new Ready for K! school readiness program, which aims to narrow the achievement gap for poor children.
The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) has organized a series of three webinars which can help ensure an enjoyable and successful Teen Tech Week (March 9-15, 2014) for you and your teens.
What roars in like a lion every spring? Teen Tech Week (TTW), of course! There’s no time like the present to start your preparations. TTW, which is sponsored and supported by the Young Adult Library Service Association (YALSA), is March 9-14. This year’s theme is DIY@yourlibrary.
Celebrated author Neil Gaiman, complete in Victorian garb, gave a special reading of Charles Dickens’s A Christmas Carol on December 15 at New York Public Library’s Stephen A. Schwarzman Building. Following edits and prompts Dickens himself used for readings of the classic tale, Gaiman entertained a packed crowd just in time for the holiday season.
Each year SLJTeen rotates the responsibility for reviews by teens to one of the YA Galley Groups selected by the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA). In 2014, the Young Adult Advisory Councils (YAAC) from Johnson County Library, Shawnee Mission, Kansas, will be taking over teen reviews.
Young adult author A.S. King has partnered with school and public libraries in four communities for multi-generational reads of her novels, producing some illuminating experiences and conversations between teens and adults. More towns and cities should try such projects, King and her librarian partners say.