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January 27, 2015

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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.

Chattanooga (TN) Public Library Launches Online High School Diploma Program for Adults

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Chattanooga (TN) Public Library, in partnership with Gale/Cengage Learning, is giving its patrons the opportunity to earn an accredited high school diploma and credentialed career certificate via the Career Online High School program.

PNC Bank’s $350 Million Early Learning Push | First Steps

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Banks aren’t traditionally known for innovating with early childhood education programs, but Pittsburgh’s PNC Bank is a happy exception. Its bilingual Grow Up Great initiative builds strong partnerships with libraries and other cultural institutions around early learning.

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Fayetteville Free Library’s Geek Girl Camp: Creating a Community of Future STEM Leaders

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The Fayetteville Free Library (FFL) ran its pilot Geek Girl Camp program this past summer, launching rockets, creating a giant human Makey Makey circuit, and unleashing a slew of future female STEM leaders.

Youth Mentoring Program at Santa Ana Library Takes National Program Award

TeenSpace Circle for Mentoring representatives Josue Rodriguez Espinoza (center) and Cheryl Eberly (right) accept the 2014 National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Award from First Lady Michelle Obama. Photo credit: Steven E. Purcell

Santa Ana Public Library’s (SAPL) Circle of Mentoring replicable program, an umbrella approach of mentoring relationships serving as the foundation across all of SAPL’s teen programming, was honored at a White House ceremony in November 2014.

CO Library Pilots a Robotics Program that Helps Kids with Autism

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In 2014, the Longmont (CO) Public Library teamed up with a robotics start-up, Robauto, to pilot a program where kids with autism build a library robot.

Collaboration Leads to Top-notch STEM Programming at the Library

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Electrocuting pickles at the library?! This was one of the many demonstrations on light brought to the Mamie Doud Eisenhower Public Library through collaboration with the library’s own Science Task Force and the University of Colorado-Boulder.

St. Louis County Library’s New “Born to Read” Will Give Free Books to Newborns and Parents

A new program launching this month will distribute books to new parents in kits, which include a calendar of literacy activities and instructions for acquiring a library card.

SLJ’s Most Popular Posts of 2014

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From early literacy and culturally diverse titles selected by our review editors to a model public library program, the top articles of the year at School Library Journal.

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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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.