April 28, 2016

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


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


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

Group of teens celebrating the power of the spoken word at the FLP.

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


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


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


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


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.

Pictures of the Week | Waltham High’s 24-Hour Readathon


Last fall, Waltham High School (MA) librarian Kendall Boninti and her ace team reinvented summer reading by assigning the podcast Serial. So what are they doing to engage teens this year?

Classrooms Connect Virtually To Code with Finch Robots


Distance didn’t keep these three school librarians from scoring a grant for Finch robots so that their students could all code together.

Chicago Public Library Debuts First ChiTeen Lit Fest in April


Get ready for Chicago’s first-ever literature festival for teens and by teens. The result of a partnership between the Chicago Public Library and Columbia College Chicago, the event will take place April 15 and 16.

The Evolution of a Tween Librarian


Christina Keasler started a new job with no official title or description. After conducting focused outreach and listening to community feedback, she found her calling serving middle schoolers in the public library.

Denver Teen Programs Revived, Thanks to Asset Mapping

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With a little know-how, you can score more funding for your program through an asset-mapping project. No, it’s not the same thing as needs assessment.

Want to Start a STEM Program? Assess Your Community Needs First


Resisting the urge to jump right in to creating a STEM program is smart. Here are three great examples to illustrate what you should do instead.

Making, With a Rube Goldberg Twist


Building contraptions inspired by the inventor and cartoonist teaches students about physics, problem-solving, and cause and effect.

Ohio Storytime Turns Into Life-Changing Program for Low-income Families

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When she realized an entire community of 75 kids younger than five weren’t having their basic needs met, one determined children’s librarian worked a minor miracle in the form of a program called Play, Grow, and Learn.

Lessons from New Jersey’s Annual Makers Day


Here’s how a tiny, can-do team from Piscataway, NJ started an annual tradition celebrating maker culture statewide—and how you can too.

Battle of the Books: Slam Dunk Programming for All Ages

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From SLJ’s own Battle of the Kids’ Books to a variety of school and public library variations, Rebecca Zarazan Dunn presents a roundup of library programs to celebrate March Madness.

And the Winner Is…a Mini Mock Caldecott | Programming Cookbook


Many mock Caldecott programs take months of planning and can last an entire school year, but for librarians tight on time and budget, a mini Mock may be just the thing to ignite rich discussion of text and art with middle graders.

Fairy Tale Programming Is Alive and Well


Renewed interest in fairy and folktales has librarians across the country coming up with clever themed programming, some around making and STEM.