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.
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.
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.
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.
Making and tinkering have long-been staples of the Hispanic community. Tim Wadham shares Spanish-language, bilingual, and Latino-focused books and crafts that are just right for maker spaces looking to diversify their offerings.
On an average day, at least 10 students help Laura Gardner run the Dartmouth (MA) Middle School library. Altogether, over 40 seventh and eighth-grade students work there each year. She couldn’t do it without them.
Two nonprofit organizations, Latinitas and DIY Girls, are working with Latina teens and tweens to promote tech- and media-focused skills.
Students at a Brooklyn vocational school and occupational training center constructed furniture for themselves and their library. They’re part of a movement empowering people of all abilities to create and build.
How to develop the essential “soft skills” to communicate with colleagues who may be less than enthusiastic about teens and young adult programming.
Gardening, farming, and keeping bees are par for the course at schools in the Maplewood Richmond Heights District.
Quilting, knitting, and creating by hand foster collective learning. Plus: Top 10 crafting tips; Five outstanding crafting programs
Holly Whitt, 2014 Build Something Bold Award-winning librarian, explains how the proceeds are improving her school library and encourages others to apply.
The O’Neill Middle School in Downers Grove, IL, has been awarded the Follett Challenge Grand Prize for its inventive multimedia program, Conquest of the Realm. The school will receive $60,000 in Follett products and services. Two semifinalists were also named.
A voice coaching program for teenagers at the Uniondale (NY) Public Library culminates in on-stage performances, high self-esteem, and community involvement.
Massachusetts school librarian Liz Phipps-Soeiro opens her space for weekly “Coffee & Conversations.” Participants have included Cambridge Mayor David P. Maher.
Many librarians say it’s time to overhaul the whole idea of mandatory reading in June, July, and August. Read what they’re doing about it—and check out 10 tips to flip the summer reading experience.
This article was published in School Library Journal's April 2015 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.
“In terms of school libraries, are we [Philadelphia] becoming a third world country?” asks Deb Kachel of the Pennsylvania School Librarians Association. The West Philadelphia Alliance for Children says no. The nonprofit has been partnering with schools to reopen school libraries.