September 29, 2016

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Why toys should be in every children’s department—and how to make it happen | First Steps

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Here are easy ideas for integrating the learning power of play into your public library.

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 A NC Library Brings Wi-Fi Hotspots to Students in Need

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Partnering with Sprint, the Charlotte Mecklenburg Library is allowing students who don’t have Wi-Fi at home to check out portable hotspots.

Libraries Provide Stability for Military Children and Families

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Amid the frequent transitions that military children face, libraries are often a welcoming destination. Librarians have been increasing their efforts to connect these families with a variety of services.

Seven Surprising Benefits of Maker Spaces

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Noted experts Carrie and Alton Barron explain one of the single most important ways a librarian can point patrons to optimal intellectual and emotional experiences.

26 Forward-Thinking Programs for Back to School

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From a picture-book presidential election to a course in cleaning up digital footprints, designer garment upcycling, and TOEFL test prep, these initiatives pack a powerful impact.

This article was published in School Library Journal's August 2016 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.

Innovative Outreach To Help the Youngest Learners

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Librarians around the country are showing ingenuity and resolve in early learning outreach. Lisa G. Kropp reports.

Trend Alert: Kite-Making Workshops

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We’ve caught wind of a new trend—kite-making workshops taking place in libraries across the country. Here’s what’s up—and away!

Pokémon GO: What Do Librarians Need To Know?

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Where’s Pikachu? How libraries are connecting with patrons over this wildly popular new virtual treasure hunt that uses geolocation—and why the game raises privacy concerns.

Library Transformation Hallmark of 2016 Knight News Challenge Winners

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The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation has announced funding of $1.6 million for 14 digital and data projects aimed at re-imagining libraries for the 21st century.

Queens Library Steps Forward with Google ‘Computer Science First’ Kid Club

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Former New York City Mayor David Dinkins was on hand to cheer the city’s first public library-based sites, 26 branches in Queens, a county of 2.3 million that’s one of the most ethnically diverse in the country.

It Starts with “Hello” | Editorial

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As the dynamic children’s room at the Bozeman Public Library in Montana proves time and again, kindness is key to good library service. Good humor and a full understanding of block play help, too.

This article was published in School Library Journal's June 2016 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.

Trend Alert: Teacher E-Newsletters from Public Libraries

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Public librarians across the country share their savvy advice on improving communication with some of their most important customers—teachers.

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.

This article was published in School Library Journal's May 2016 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.

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.

This article was published in School Library Journal's May 2016 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.

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.