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January 30, 2015

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Black Storytime, Flourishing at Multnomah (OR) County Library

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Should libraries offer programs geared to one culture? After I spoke with Kirby McCurtis, who started a thriving Black Storytime program at Multnomah County Library in Portland, OR, it was clear that the answer is “yes.”

Chattanooga (TN) Public Library Launches Online High School Diploma Program for Adults

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Chattanooga (TN) Public Library, in partnership with Gale/Cengage Learning, is giving its patrons the opportunity to earn an accredited high school diploma and credentialed career certificate via the Career Online High School program.

Yoga in the Library

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Libraries are embracing the practice to ease stress and promote literacy among children.

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The Skinny on Library Yoga; Plus, Books, Music, & Tips

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How popular is library yoga? Plus, books, music, and websites recommended by librarians who lead sessions for kids.

Fayetteville Free Library’s Geek Girl Camp: Creating a Community of Future STEM Leaders

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The Fayetteville Free Library (FFL) ran its pilot Geek Girl Camp program this past summer, launching rockets, creating a giant human Makey Makey circuit, and unleashing a slew of future female STEM leaders.

Youth Mentoring Program at Santa Ana Library Takes National Program Award

TeenSpace Circle for Mentoring representatives Josue Rodriguez Espinoza (center) and Cheryl Eberly (right) accept the 2014 National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Award from First Lady Michelle Obama. Photo credit: Steven E. Purcell

Santa Ana Public Library’s (SAPL) Circle of Mentoring replicable program, an umbrella approach of mentoring relationships serving as the foundation across all of SAPL’s teen programming, was honored at a White House ceremony in November 2014.

CO Library Pilots a Robotics Program that Helps Kids with Autism

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In 2014, the Longmont (CO) Public Library teamed up with a robotics start-up, Robauto, to pilot a program where kids with autism build a library robot.

Collaboration Leads to Top-notch STEM Programming at the Library

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Electrocuting pickles at the library?! This was one of the many demonstrations on light brought to the Mamie Doud Eisenhower Public Library through collaboration with the library’s own Science Task Force and the University of Colorado-Boulder.

How I Organized My School’s Hour of Code

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My students joined 20 million others in Code.org’s global event from December 8–14. Our highlights included “unplugged” coding, tutorials with themes from Angry Birds to Frozen, and $10,000 in tools and accessories, awarded by Code.org.

School and Public Libraries Collaborate to Help Teen Community: Reports from the Field

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In big and small ways, collaboration is a way of life for many school and public libraries. From teen book festivals to maker space initiatives, they are working together to bring new services and programs to their young adults.

How a Librarian Got Celebrities to Booktalk for Her School

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Viktoria Henderson used social media and word of mouth to get local celebrities, from the Tennessee governor and his wife to author Nikki Giovanni, to make video booktalks for her students.

Nashville Mayor Gives the Lowdown on School-Library Partnership

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The mayor of Nashville, Karl Dean, shares his city’s successful—and replicable—collections and renovations partnership with Nashville Public Library’s Limitless Libraries and Metro Nashville Public Schools.

Five Things to Love at YALSA’S YA Lit Symposium

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Friendly authors, provocative programming, and the thrill of presenting were among the high points at YALSA’s fourth Young Adult Literature Symposium in Austin, TX.

Feeding Minds and Bodies: Libraries, Nonprofits, and Authors Offer Food Education

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Libraries, authors, and world-famous chefs, including Chez Panisse’s Alice Waters, are stepping in to ensure that children and teens are food literate, from providing food itself to incorporating lessons on nutrition, food sourcing, and gardening into curriculum and literature.

Ditch Holiday Programming | Opinion

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Allow me to explain why your library should not provide holiday programs this winter, or ever. Instead, get creative—and offer programs in which everyone in your community can participate.

CA Librarians Gear Up For Summer with iREAD’s Read to the Rhythm Programming

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At the California Library Association’s Annual (CLA) Conference, iREAD’s Summer Reading Program was the focus, including next summer’s theme: Read to the Rhythm. Librarians shared creatives tips and ideas for Read to the Rhythm in every age group.

13-Year-Old Girl Wins Minecraft Hunger Games Tournament on International Games Day

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ALA’s International Games Day, on November 15, brought together hundreds of libraries around the world to participate in gaming, including a battle-to-the-death tournament of Minecraft won by a middle-schooler from Providence, RI.

Teens to Celebrate “Hour of Code” Programs Starting December 8

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The Hour of Code is a global movement reaching tens of millions of students in over 180 countries. One-hour tutorials are available in over 30 languages. No experience needed. And there are plenty of incentives to join in.

Reading as the Main Course: A Book Tasting Event

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With the school librarian playing head chef, students at Sayre Junior/Senior High School in Sayre, PA kicked off a book tasting to celebrate new books and a love of reading. The delicious result? A big boost in circ stats, library card sign-ups, and collaboration between the school and public library.

Two Teens Start “Coding for Kids” Program at Silicon Valley Libraries

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Two California teens decided to share their love for math and coding and began a nonprofit, Math and Coding, through which they offer free coding classes at public at libraries throughout the San Francisco Bay area.