August 25, 2016

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Yes, He Can! Todd Burleson, SLJ’s 2016 School Librarian of the Year

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“Please keep robots out of the sawdust” is the kind of phrase heard around the library at Hubbard Woods School in Winnetka, IL, where Todd Burleson can be found leading engineering challenges, inspiring student reporters, and constantly inventing.

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

Creating a Safe Space: Anita Cellucci, 2016 School Librarian of the Year Finalist

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Thanks to Anita Cellucci, the Westborough (MA) High School library is a hub where teens come to read and relax, learn about mental wellness, hold poetry slams, and dream big.

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

Unstoppable Ambassador: Laura Gardner, 2016 School Librarian of the Year Finalist

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Laura Gardner brings out the best in students at Dartmouth (MA) Middle School with outstanding volunteer, tech, and reading programs.

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

Create Buzz Around Reading with a Pop-Up Library

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Here’s how a PA high school librarian enticed reluctant library users with a mobile, curated selection of high-interest titles.

Middle School YA Zine Project Makes Kids the Bosses

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A zine program in a middle or high school library gets more teen voices heard, and is an interesting way to utilize (or start) a maker space.

Seven Surprising Benefits of Maker Spaces

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Noted experts Carrie and Alton Barron explain one of the single most important ways a librarian can point patrons to optimal intellectual and emotional experiences.

26 Forward-Thinking Programs for Back to School

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From a picture-book presidential election to a course in cleaning up digital footprints, designer garment upcycling, and TOEFL test prep, these initiatives pack a powerful impact.

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

The Boy Who Lived Returns: Libraries Celebrate a New “Harry Potter” Book

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Libraries everywhere are getting ready for the publication of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child on July 31. Check out what they’re doing!

Innovative Outreach To Help the Youngest Learners

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Librarians around the country are showing ingenuity and resolve in early learning outreach. Lisa G. Kropp reports.

Trend Alert: Kite-Making Workshops

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We’ve caught wind of a new trend—kite-making workshops taking place in libraries across the country. Here’s what’s up—and away!

Pokémon GO: What Do Librarians Need To Know?

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Where’s Pikachu? How libraries are connecting with patrons over this wildly popular new virtual treasure hunt that uses geolocation—and why the game raises privacy concerns.

When Librarians Teach Teachers

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Public librarians are training early learning professionals in a range of literacy-boosting skills, from in-depth professional development to puppetry.

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

ALA 2016: “This Is What a Maker Space Looks Like”

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Heather Moorefield-Lang—who spent the past three years traveling around the world documenting examples of maker spaces— led this session, which was full of surprises.

Greetings! and Farewell | Consider the Source

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School Library Journal‘s longtime columnist discusses his current and future projects as he bids farewell to our readers.

Teens Promote Summer Reading Through Video Contest

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Looking for ways to entice teens to participate in summer reading? Reel them in with videos created by their peers for the Collaborative Summer Library Program (CSLP) Teen Video Challenge.

Six Tips to Combat Tween Summer Slide

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Middle school librarian Christina Keasler offers simple tips to keep tweens engaged over the long summer months.

Brooklyn Public Library Honors Teens with Inaugural Ned Vizzini Writing Prize

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Brooklyn Public Library honored budding teen writers with top prizes for their inaugural Ned Vizzini Writing Contest on June 7.

Story Is King | How To Be a Great Storyteller

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There are many reasons to tell stories to children. To begin with, when children listen to and focus on a story told to them, they are developing listening, comprehension, and analytical skills.

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

It Starts with “Hello” | Editorial

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As the dynamic children’s room at the Bozeman Public Library in Montana proves time and again, kindness is key to good library service. Good humor and a full understanding of block play help, too.

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

Busy Hands, Engaged Minds, and Unfettered Imaginations: A Craft Book Round-Up

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Chock-full of hands-on activities for indoor and outdoor spaces, these splendid books encourage kids to learn new skills, be creative, and have some serious fun.