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75,000 Free Books Across Colorado: One Book 4 Colorado Launch Event April 7

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For this year’s One Book 4 Colorado giveaway, over 75,000 copies of the same book will be given away to 4-year-olds across Colorado. Which book will it be?

‘Every Child Ready to Read’ Materials Available for Spanish-Speaking Communities

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The ‘Every Child Ready to Read® @ your Library® Toolkit for Spanish-Speaking Communities’ is available as a digital download from the ALA Store.

Amazing Reading Nooks: Create Cozy, Inventive Reading Havens in Your Library

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Something about the act of reading calls out for a safe, snug, and comfortable spot. SLJ explores an array of exceptional reading nooks, in libraries from the United States to Australia.

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

Not Your Mama’s Library Program: Lanyards give way to coding and power tools in summer tech camps nationwide

Not Your Mama’s Library Program: Lanyards give way to coding and power tools in summer tech camps nationwide

Computer coding programs and robotics are just some of the tools intrepid young patrons will be using this summer as school and public librarians nationwide gear up for technology camps.

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

NJ State Library Now Accepting Applications to Multicultural Program Award

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The $1,000 award honors outstanding public library programs that increase understanding and promote multiculturalism through creative and sustainable cultural programming.

Huyen-Yen Hoang, Library Board President At 16 Years Old

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Huyen-Yen Hoang was attending a library board meeting in late 2013 when fellow members were sorting out responsibilities for 2013. She raised her hand and said “I volunteer as tribute?” Next thing she knew was the 16 year old president of the La Vista (NE) Public Library board.

Launching a Dialogue About Sexual Violence in YA Lit—and in Real Life

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Librarian and “Teen Librarian Toolbox” website creator Karen Jensen is empowering librarians to talk about sexual violence (SV) in books, and more significantly, to help teens who’ve experienced SV themselves.

An Estimated Million—from Italy to North Carolina—Participate in World Read Aloud Day

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An estimated million-plus individuals in over 46 countries participated in World Read Aloud Day on March 5 with events like Skype-read aloud sessions between classrooms in different countries.

Chicago Public Library to Expand YOUmedia Labs with Additional $2.5 Million

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The Chicago Public Library will open and staff six more YOUmedia teen spaces this summer, along with temporary “pop-ups” in 12 branches, thanks to an additional $2 million from the MacArthur Foundation and $500,000 approved by the Chicago City Council.

26 Science Kits Available for Checkout at Texas Libraries

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Students, parents, and teachers can now borrow science experiments along with other materials from the Denton (TX) Public Library and run their own chemical and mechanical observations in class—and at home.

Idaho School Libraries Open this Summer to Tackle ‘Summer Slide’

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Idaho’s betting its younger students will choose school this summer—investing $30,000 to keep six school libraries open during June, July, and August. The Summer Slide Pilot Project aims to entice children to come to school during the summer heat, crack a book, and read.

Mid-Continent Public Library Proves Summer Reading Programs Boost Student Achievement

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The results of a pilot study of Missouri’s Mid-Continent Public Library (MCPL) suggest that summer reading programs actually raise student reading levels by their return to school in the fall—particularly among at-risk kids.

‘Talk Story,’ Sharing American Indian and Asian American Culture at the Library

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Grants are available to fund library programming around American Indian and Asian American literature and culture. But hurry, the deadline for applications is February 15.

Obama’s Focus on Early Education Is a Golden Opportunity for Libraries

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When President Obama called for universal pre–K programs in his State of the Union address last week, he created a chance for librarians to be part of this picture. Now that there’s a federal initiative for pre–K, we need to prove our vital role in educating young children.

Gale, Libraries Team To Offer High School Diplomas

Gale Cengage Learning is partnering with the country’s first accredited online school district, Smart Horizons Career Online Education (SHCOE), to offer a way for adults to earn a full high school diploma through libraries across the nation: Career Online High School (COHS).

Providence (RI) Community Library Launches New Early Learning Program

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In the coming weeks, staffers at Rhode Island’s Providence Community Library (PCL) are seeking to sign up hundreds of families for its new Ready for K! school readiness program, which aims to narrow the achievement gap for poor children.

‘The Lost Hero’ Project: TAB Group Brings Riordan’s Book to Life

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It was “lights, camera, action!” at the Smoky Hill Library, part of the Arapahoe Library District (ALD) in Colorado, where the Teen Advisory Board has created their fourth annual book trailer. This year’s endeavor brought Rick Riordan’s The Lost Hero to the small screen.

Pictures of the Week: Neil Gaiman Reads ‘A Christmas Carol’ at NYPL

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Celebrated author Neil Gaiman, complete in Victorian garb, gave a special reading of Charles Dickens’s A Christmas Carol on December 15 at New York Public Library’s Stephen A. Schwarzman Building. Following edits and prompts Dickens himself used for readings of the classic tale, Gaiman entertained a packed crowd just in time for the holiday season.

Germany’s Unperfekthaus: Is this the Library of the Future?

Germany’s Unperfekthaus: Is this the Library of the Future?

Let’s be honest. Physical resources are in decline, and the transition to digital holdings will only accelerate. So what can we do with all that library space opened up by the decline of print? Consider the Unperfekthaus, a German model that encompasses maker spaces and much more.

This article was published in School Library Journal's December 2013 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.

Bigger on the Inside: Brookline (MA) Public Library’s TARDIS “Awesome Box”

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Patrons at the Public Library of Brookline (MA) have an engaging new way to learn about the most recommended items in circulation, thanks to teen librarian Robin Brenner: An “Awesome Box” in the shape of a half-size TARDIS, Doctor Who’s sentient spaceship.