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May 24, 2015

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Teen Charm Offensive: Fostering Positive Attitudes About YA Programming

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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

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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

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“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

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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

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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.

The Joy of Reading | Q&A with National Summer Reading Champion Kate DiCamillo

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SLJ talks to the captivating Kate DiCamillo, who is not only an award-winning author and the National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature but has also been recently named National Summer Reading Champion by the Collaborative Summer Library Program.

Our Public Library Minecraft Community

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A library system’s countywide Minecraft program is a core service, an afterschool sanctuary, and a peer support group.

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

Libraries and English Language Learners

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How well are school and public libraries serving non-native English speakers?

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

What Professional Lobbying Looks Like

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Librarians armed with stats and professionalism urged lawmakers to raise public library funding and support for school librarians on the New York Library Association’s Library Advocacy Day.

Seattle Public Library Named a ‘Safe Place’ for Teens

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As part of its National Safe Place Week (March 15−21) celebration, Seattle Public Library (SPL), with its 27 locations, was officially named a Safe Place on March 16. This designation recognizes SPL as a place where youth ages 12–17 can ask for help when in crisis.

UPDATE: Teen Library Advocates Get Booted Out of Missouri Governor’s Office

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Last week, a group of teens and supervising adults that belong to Save MO Libraries visited the Missouri governor’s office to ask him to restore the $6 million in budget cuts to library spending—only to be escorted out by a state trooper moments later for being “disruptive.”

Net Neutrality: Why You Should Care About the FCC Vote

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The Federal Communications Commission vote concerning the regulation of Internet broadband services and net neutrality is on February 26, and here’s why schools and libraries should care.

Talking Shop About Special Needs and Inclusive Services | 2015 ALA Midwinter

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At ALA Midwinter, Massachusetts librarian Ashley Waring held court at the Networking Uncommons to discuss special needs and inclusive services—from what to offer outside of sensory storytime to how to measure your program’s success.

Program Spotlight: “Reading Friends” Initiative Pairs Retirees with Young Students

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At the St. Croix Falls (WI) Elementary School library, retired senior citizens regularly sit down individually with over 130 students to read together, laugh, and learn. Here’s how the program developed.

Updated: The E-Rate Window Is Wide Open—So What Next?

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Libraries and schools applying for E-Rate’s Wi-Fi program have an extra $1.5 billion of funds to tap until the March 26 deadline. Here are some tips and tools to maximize your application.

The Evolution of a Teen Librarian and Teen Services at Williamson County (TN) Public Library

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Erin Holt hit the ground running when she joined the teen services group at Williamson County (TN) Public Library six months ago. With her ideas and energy, the support of her director and teen staff, and the willingness to let teens drive the programming and focus of “their” library, Holt has been able to create a teen space that has proven to be wildly successful.

Fringe Factor: Small Presses and Self-Publishing

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Small presses and self-publishing are turning the book industry on its head, presenting opportunities and challenges for librarians seeking the gems.

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

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.”

OH School Librarian Gets E-Kiosk to Access Public Library’s Digital Collection

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Middle school librarian Mary Burkey wondered how she was going to get digital books into kids’ hands. Her ongoing partnership with the local public library eventually led to a digital kiosk that allows kids at school to browse and access the library’s full digital collection.