October 3, 2015

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Charleston Library Hands Out “Some Girls Are” After School Bans Book

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The Charleston Public Library in South Carolina gave 1,000 copies of Courtney Summers’s Some Girls Are to teens after a high school removed the book from its summer reading list.

An American in Paris | A View from Abroad


A librarian at The American Library in Paris prepares for back to school.

First-Ever “Public Libraries & STEM” Event Forges New Alliances


Professionals from the library, education, and STEM fields gathered last week in Denver to participate in “Public Libraries & STEM,” the first conference of its kind to convene leaders from these arenas to examine current and future practices at the intersection of librarianship and science, technology, engineering, and math.

Eisner Grant-Winning Library Will Use Graphic Novels to Explore Community


Valerie Acklin, teen services librarian at the Bellmore (NY) Memorial Library, will launch a program exploring local community experience through graphic novels—and will have patrons of all ages create their own comics.

Where Families Play: Dynamic Early Learning Spaces


These innovative public library destinations for young children and their caregivers are places for reading, romping, and learning.

This article was published in School Library Journal's July 2015 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.

Texas Children’s ‘Read to Me!’ March Celebrates 24th Year


Texas public librarian Sally Meyers has marched with more than 24,000 children during National Library Week to promote reading. “Read to Me!” is their message and demonstration cry as they march around the Tom Green County Courthouse.

Closing the 30 Million-Word Gap


Pediatric surgeon Dana Suskind has become an emerging leader in the science of language development and a partner with the Chicago Public Library in a venture to create new interactive learning spaces.

This article was published in School Library Journal's July 2015 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.

MyLibraryNYC Brings Public Library Services to City Schools, 500,000+ Students

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A unique partnership between New York’s Department of Education and the city’s three public library systems, MyLibraryNYC has made its way into 488 pre-K–12 schools across the city this past school year, serving more than half a million students and over 60,000 educators.

Longtime ALSC Member Floyd Dickman Dies at 76

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Floyd Dickman, who served on several committees during his membership in the Association for Library Service to Children and was a vital member of the library community, died on June 14.

Skokie Library Tackles Race


The Skokie (IL) Public Library’s involvement in a four-month community program, Voices of Race, included events for children and adults, a participatory exhibit, talking points for meaningful dialogue, and more.

This article was published in School Library Journal's June 2015 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.

Pictures of the Week: SLJ at Urban Libraries Unite’s 24-Hour Read-In at NYC City Hall


Kiera Parrott, School Library Journal’s reviews editor, and Shelley Diaz, senior editor, volunteered on Wednesday, June 10, as part of the Urban Libraries Unite 24-hour Read-In.

A Visit to Ramsey County Library’s Roseville Branch


A well-timed visit to the Roseville branch of the Ramsey County Library in Minnesota coincided with the launch of the library’s summer reading program, BookaWocky. Here are some views of the scene.

Tips for Top-Notch Stop-Motion Workshops | The Maker Issue


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.

This article was published in School Library Journal's May 2015 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.

Scooter Hayes, of “Dewey Decimal Rap” Fame, Launches CD with Student Rappers


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.

Teen Charm Offensive: Fostering Positive Attitudes About YA Programming


How to develop the essential “soft skills” to communicate with colleagues who may be less than enthusiastic about teens and young adult programming.

App that Locates Free Summer Meals Aims to Include Libraries


The Range app already locates spots for free summer meal sites across the United States. An Indiegogo campaign aims to raise $10,000 to upgrade the app so that it offers locations and hours for public libraries around the country where kids can go to be safe and engaged.

Picture/Video of the Week: Sixth Grader Osman Yaya Interviews President Obama


“I’m still a big Dr. Seuss fan—The Sneeches, Horton, and all that stuff,” the President told middle schoolers during his visit to the Anacostia Neighborhood Library in Washington, DC. Watch the full video.

Sixth Grader to Interview President Obama About Reading on April 30

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Maryland student Osman Yaya will talk to the president about his favorite books at the Anacostia Neighborhood Library in Washington, DC on April 30 at 10:40 a.m. ET. The President will also discuss new initiatives to bring books to underprivileged children.

Teen Dewey Decibels Sing Out


A voice coaching program for teenagers at the Uniondale (NY) Public Library culminates in on-stage performances, high self-esteem, and community involvement.

Taking It to the Stage With Readers Theater


Readers Theater gets kids up on their feet and learning—and it’s lots of fun.

This article was published in School Library Journal's April 2015 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.