May 27, 2016

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Keeping a Kids’ Writing Workshop Going

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“Free Verse” author Sarah Dooley has been leading a writing group at a West Virginia public library for six years.

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Three School Library-Based Summer Learning Programs

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Check out these different models for school librarian-led summer learning initiatives, with or without grants and public library partners.

Take Charge To Maximize Your Library’s Online Presence

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Valuable advice for starting and maintaining a website that will serve your students well and show off your library as a key resource to the school community.

How To Use Snapchat for Readers’ Advisory

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Here’s how one public librarian uses the popular social media app to create booktalks that wow teen and new adult readers.

Strategize: Great Ideas for Library Writing Programs

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Limericks, rap, and sports journals are just a few ways to get students playing with words.

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National Readathon Day 2016: Ice Cream, Grab Bags, and, of Course, Books

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The idea behind National Readathon Day, co-hosted by ALA and Penguin Random House, is to celebrate the delights of falling into a story. Any proceeds will support ALA’s Every Child Ready to Read initiative.

Get Teens Interested in Digital Preservation

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With Digital Preservation Week nearly upon us, here’s how to entice a group that can be slow to embrace the idea—–teens—to pick up the gauntlet.

Dover Publications Celebrates 75th Birthday with Librarian Love

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A sweepstakes contest, from today through May 31, gives librarians the chance to win a collection of 75 best-selling Dover titles.

How To Plan a Teen Poetry Slam at the Library

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Librarian Abbe Klebanoff shares tips and suggestions for organizing a teen poetry slam event during National Poetry Month and beyond.

Teens Teach Computer Science at a CA Library

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In Cupertino, young adults teach computer science to peers and run an all-night hackathon at the library.

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Libraries Invite Dogs to Storytime

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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

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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.

Takeaways From a Perfect Library-Theatre Partnership

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ImaginOn, the wildly popular collaboration of Charlotte Mecklenburg Public Library and Children’s Theatre in Charlotte, NC, celebrates its 10th anniversary.

The Evolution of a Tween Librarian

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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.

Reading Room for Visually Impaired Kids Incorporates the Power of Touch

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After researching how low-vision kids experience books today, the San Antonio Public Library opened a new reading room with plenty of braille and large-print children’s books, audio and magnifying technology, and tactile art.

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

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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.

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.

The Digital Wild West of Apps Is an Opportunity for Librarians

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Being able to accurately size up language and literacy apps for young children isn’t easy in today’s online environment. Yet it is a crucial service, one that librarians are uniquely suited to provide.

Lessons from New Jersey’s Annual Makers Day

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