Google+

December 19, 2014

Subscribe to SLJ

E-Rate Win for Schools and Libraries: Modernization Order Brings Another $1.5B

Wifi-Erate-win

The FCC voted another $1.5 billion to E-Rate, a federal subsidy program that brings high speed broadband to schools and libraries, and advocates, including the American Library Assocation and the Association for Rural & Small Libraries, are voicing their cheer.

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

litworks_2014_logo

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.

Nashville Mayor Gives the Lowdown on School-Library Partnership

Mayor of Nashville, Karl Dean. Photos courtesy of NP

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.

Early Literacy App Beanstack Partners with Sacramento Public Library

JordanFelixcomboHeadshot

Sacramento Public Library teams up with Beanstack, an early literacy app that help parents navigate the vast waters of finding books their kids like.

No Library Card? No Problem, if You’re a Student in Tacoma, WA

Starting January 2015, the approximately 15,000 middle and high school students enrolled in Tacoma schools will be able to use their student identification cards to check out library materials.

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

EH_141125_Nutrition

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.

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

TK

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

Catherine

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.

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

EH_141111_TeensStartMath

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.

Maker Jawn Initiative at Free Library of Philadelphia to Expand to Adults with IMLS Grant

Maker Jawn Initiative at Free Library of Philadelphia to Expand to Adults with IMLS Grant

In a move that will help the Free Library of Philadelphia (FLP) expand Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math (STEAM)-based Maker space programming to multi-generational audiences, the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) on October 23 awarded a $500,000 National Leadership Grant to FLP in support of the library’s Maker Jawn initiative.

How Puppets Power Literacy at Nashville Public Library

Puppet characters from "Little Rabbit." / All photos courtesy of NPL

Supporting literacy comes in many forms, and Nashville (TN) Public Library’s puppet troupe, Wishing Chair Productions, are part of a broader early literacy strategy that can be emulated by parents, educators, and other library programs.

Bibliotherapy for Teens: Helpful Tips and Recommended Fiction

SLJ1411w-FT-MetalHealth-TN

A public librarian’s interaction with teens affirms her faith in bibliotherapy, as does her research. Read her story, along with a recommended list of realistic YA fiction. We invite you to suggest more titles.

This article was published in School Library Journal's November 2014 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.

Library of Congress Seeks Halloween Photos for American Folklife Center Collection

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Tag your photographs #FolklifeHalloween2014 to contribute to the Library of Congress’s live photostream of American Halloween images.

Teen Historians at the New-York Historical Society Curate Time Capsule to Be Opened in 2114

nyhs_logo

Teens historians participating in an internship program at the New-York Historical Society curated a 2014 time capsule that is slated to be opened in 100 years.

Throwback Thursday: The Freedom Libraries of Mississippi

FreedomLibraries_TBT

In this 50th anniversary year of Freedom Summer, a look back at SLJ’s 1965 coverage of efforts to provide library services for black children in one of the most segregationist states in the South.

Aspen Institute Releases Report on ‘Re-Envisioning Public Libraries’

The new report “Rising to the Challenge: Re-Envisioning Public Libraries” explores how public libraries can respond to community needs in the digital age, with 15 “action steps.”

Pictures of the Week: Queens Library’s First Pre-K; Joshua David Bellin Launches ‘Colony 9’

Queens_PrK-girl

Queens Library opened its first-ever pre-kindergarten class at the Woodhaven branch on September 22. Author Joshua David Bellin celebrated the publication of his YA debut at the Mystery Lovers Bookshop in Oakmont, PA.

Graphic Novels a ‘Gateway to Adult Literacy,’ Claims Study

VIDEO_COMICS2

Graphic novels and video games have become integral to library collections, and both media can have a large impact on circulation, according to a University of South Florida study. Moreover, readership stats “bolster the concept of graphic novels as a gateway to adult literacy.”

Taking the Teen Summer Challenge to New Heights, Pierce County Style

Video Game Badge

At Pierce County Library System (WA), staff recognized that their summer reading program needed to be reimagined. The Teen Summer Challenge was created to provide a more meaningful experience for their tweens and teens.

A Photo Gallery of Six Library Gardens

Garden3

What’s growing in library gardens across the country.