March 24, 2017

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Toy “Sleepovers” Boost Kids’ Reading Skills, Says New Study

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Children’s librarians are leveraging an old favorite, stuffed animals, to impart a love of reading. A new study shows their efforts make a measurable difference.

Summer Programming Inspirations, from Scavenger Hunts to Lunch at the Library

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With reading boot camp, a makermobile, and more, these libraries are ready for summer break.

This article was published in School Library Journal's March 2017 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.

A Call to Action in Canada | Picture of the Week

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A children’s librarian in Ontario used the poster by artist Calef Brown, included in the February issue of SLJ, as the centerpiece of a book display.

An Inside Look at Librarians, Schools, and the Political Climate

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Librarians around the country share how their workday has changed post-election.

Getting Book Rich | Editorial

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The national Book-Rich Environment Initiative promises to be a critical step in addressing print scarcity for low-income kids. Libraries will be key partners.

This article was published in School Library Journal's February 2017 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.

Why Med School Students Tutor at My Library

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A local medical school’s service requirement, combined with my young patrons’ need for mentors they could count on, made for a perfect match.

This article was published in School Library Journal's February 2017 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.

Pictures of the Week | #TakeYourChildToTheLibraryDay

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On February 4, libraries across the country celebrated Take Your Child to the Library Day.

Libraries Join National Initiative To Transform Public Housing into Book-Rich Environments

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The Book-Rich Environment Initiative will serve children living in HUD-assisted housing—and encourage families to use local libraries. The U.S. DOE and the National Book Foundation are among the new project’s partners.

New Year, New Ideas: Knockout Programming for 2017

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From astronomy and salsa storytime to family literacy and more, these programming ideas for the year ahead hit it out of the park.

This article was published in School Library Journal's January 2017 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.

A New Library Card for Rep. John Lewis | Picture of the Week

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Staff at the Fairfax County (VA) Library sent a new library card to “March” trilogy author John Lewis, who was denied one in 1956 because of his race.

Kid Sleuths Roam the Halls of New York Public Library

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A scavenger hunt celebrated the launch of a new kids’ mystery series by Linda Fairstein, the real-life inspiration for “Law and Order SVU.”

NetGalley Kid Reviewers Reignite Languishing Book Club

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Making kids publishing industry insiders gave this middle-school public library club in California a 25-kid waiting list.

$1 Million Gift Funds Homework Centers in L.A. Public Libraries

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The gift from the Broad Foundation will support “student zones” with free computer use, Wi-Fi, printing, and assistance from on-site homework helpers.

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

The “A” in STEAM: Bring Out the Inner Artist in Kids

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Great ways to engage children in open-ended art projects at the library.

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

A Path Forward: How Libraries Support Refugee Children

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Programs and outreach for kids and families adjusting to life in the United States.

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

New York Libraries To Offer Wi-Fi Hotspots to Needy Students

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New York City Schools partners with the city’s three library systems, Google, and Sprint to bring free, year-long Wi-Fi service to households without it.

MI Teens Raise Suicide Awareness in Library Project

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Using paint and duct tape, teens upcycled old library phones to create displays that boost suicide prevention awareness and spread the message: You Matter.

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.

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

 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.