May 30, 2016

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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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Teaching with “Hamilton”

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Inspired by the record-breaking Broadway musical, this librarian gets kids rapping, listening, and learning American history.

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Strategize: Great Ideas for Library Writing Programs

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Limericks, rap, and sports journals are just a few ways to get students playing with words.

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Diversity, BookTubers, and YA Lit Frenzy at the North Texas Teen Book Festival

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On Saturday, April 23, readers of all ages flocked to Irving to attend the North Texas Teen Book Festival, which boasted 63 panels and authors such as Sarah Dessen, Victoria Aveyard, Marie Lu, and James Dashner.

Amazing Marble Run Mazes | Programming Cookbook

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Librarian and programming expert Holly Storck-Post offers a foolproof program recipe for fun—and educational—marble runs.

How To Plan a Teen Poetry Slam at the Library

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Librarian Abbe Klebanoff shares tips and suggestions for organizing a teen poetry slam event during National Poetry Month and beyond.

Steampunk, SLIME, and Game Design: Lead the Change Fast-Learning Sessions

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Three rapid-fire presentations on steampunk making, organizing a regional maker expo, and digital game design wrapped up our Lead the Change Maker Workshop.

The Buddy System: Everyone Gains When Kids Read Together

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Reading buddy and paired reading initiatives are on the rise. Here’s what these programs look like today—and tips for creating your own.

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Libraries Invite Dogs to Storytime

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Three libraries are leveraging kids’ natural love of pooches to make reading come to life. The result? Little patrons clamoring to sign up for programs such as Book Barkers.

Ideas from the Labs at DC Public Library

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They “break it better” at Dream Lab, Fab Lab, Studio Lab, and Memory Lab. Here’s what that means, and how it’s an approach that can transform other programs, too.

Pictures of the Week | Dahlstrom Middle School Celebrates SLJ’s Battle of the Books

Dahlstrom Middle School Library, Buda, TX, is keeping track of School Library Journal‘s Battle of the Books.