March 29, 2017

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How To Start a Baking Club at the Library

Members of the La Vista (NE) Public Library A.J., Raoul, and Audi line up to try homemade chili mac.

Want to start a baking club at your library but not sure where to start? Teen librarian Lindsey Tomsu has you covered.

Music Education, via an LP Appreciation Society

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My high school student record club tunes in to analog pleasures and the thrill of discovery.

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“Rock Star” Librarians Article Hits Sour Note | Opinion

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A “Wall Street Journal” article profiling kid lit “rock stars” who are all white men angered readers. it also prompted soul-searching about diversity in the profession—and a push for solutions.

Toy “Sleepovers” Boost Kids’ Reading Skills, Says New Study

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Children’s librarians are leveraging an old favorite, stuffed animals, to impart a love of reading. A new study shows their efforts make a measurable difference.

Summer Programming Inspirations, from Scavenger Hunts to Lunch at the Library

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With reading boot camp, a makermobile, and more, these libraries are ready for summer break.

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Three Rules for a Fabulous Summer Reading Program

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Pick awesome books, offer choice, and value student voice. Read more tips from a 2016 SLJ School Librarian of the Year finalist.

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The Book Problem — And One Community’s Solution

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When left to a group of eight-year-olds, a solution to a classroom issue aided an entire community.

These Musicians Rock American History

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Move aside, “Hamilton.” Several children’s musicians bring history to life through music—and provide teachable material.

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One Book, One School Program Huge Success in Connecticut

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An elementary school in Westport, CT, kicked off their One Book, One School initiative on Read Across America Day, with a suspenseful school-wide assembly.

What Today’s Teens Have To Say About George Orwell’s ‘1984’

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With “alternative facts” in the headlines, high schoolers connect with George Orwell’s classic novel and protagonist Winston Smith’s world of “Newspeak” and “doublethink.”

STEM U: Working Collaborations Between Schools and University Students

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These inspiring partnerships reflect a growing trend: alliances between universities and K-12 students that emphasize problem-solving and mentoring skills.

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Why Med School Students Tutor at My Library

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A local medical school’s service requirement, combined with my young patrons’ need for mentors they could count on, made for a perfect match.

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Programming 101 | Cupcake Wars with Teens

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See how a team of librarians got teens from L.D. Fargo (WI) Public Library to participate in a (delectable) YA program.

Teach Students Resilience, Empathy, and More with Social Emotional Learning Strategies

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Bolstered by ESSA, social emotional learning is taking off in schools. Here’s how.

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How My School Library Embraces Social Emotional Learning

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Anita Cellucci, 2016 SLJ School Librarian of the Year Finalist, designed programs to encourage mindfulness and support mental health.

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STEAM Project Recipes: Insta-Robots and Sewing Art

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Step-by-step illustrated instructions for sewing and robot-building activities from SLJ’s 2016 School Librarian of the Year.

Murals Making a Difference for Low-Income Students

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The mission of the Estria Foundation, based in Honolulu, HI, is to foster social change through the creation of art.

New Year, New Ideas: Knockout Programming for 2017

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From astronomy and salsa storytime to family literacy and more, these programming ideas for the year ahead hit it out of the park.

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Engineering, Inspired by Kid Lit

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How can Hugo Cabret wind the clock faster? Novel Engineering, a Tufts STEM initiative, draws technical challenges from children’s literature.

Teaching Information Literacy Now

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Laura Gardner, 2016 SLJ School Librarian of the Year finalist, updates her lesson plans for the era of fake news.