July 23, 2016

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

The Latest and Greatest (Free!) Summer Learning Resources

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Take a look at these program ideas, resources, and recommended reading—and add your own.

“Snappsy” Creator Tim Miller Is in the House!

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The author and illustrator is building a strong connection with a contingent of his young readers by taking up residency at their school.

Therapy Dogs Work Wonders for Struggling Readers

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A group of eighth graders in need of academic intervention in Virginia are now more confident readers. Never underestimate the power of a pooch.

Parsing a Tale | A Storyteller Shares Tips On Learning “The Old Woman and Her Pig”

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Everyone has their own method of learning a story; Judy Freeman shares hers.

School Libraries Host Events to Welcome ELL Students and Families

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Read-and-greet evening programs and home visits with culturally relevant books are some of the efforts librarians are making to bring families of English Language Learners into the school community.

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Keeping a Kids’ Writing Workshop Going

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“Free Verse” author Sarah Dooley has been leading a writing group at a West Virginia public library for six years.

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Partnerships Promote Culture of Reading in Texas

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From Pizza Hut to a local supermarket to a famous ball player, a library-advocacy team in Houston found the perfect partners to create change for students.

Three School Library-Based Summer Learning Programs

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Check out these different models for school librarian-led summer learning initiatives, with or without grants and public library partners.

Scribble: How to Grow Budding Writers

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Public libraries are providing rich early-learning writing experiences with paper and pencil—along with chunky crayons, water, paintbrushes, and even a dollop of shaving cream.

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Summer Reading Ramped Up with Scratch-off Contests, a 24-hour Readathon

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Here are smart ideas for starting your summer reading program off with a bang—and keeping interest strong.

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