June 25, 2016

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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.

2016 New York Library Advocacy Day Ramps Up

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On March 2, the state’s librarians (and their friends) can meet with legislative staff and make their collective voices heard in Albany.

Almost Home: How Public Libraries Serve Homeless Teenagers

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Library offerings for these young people include drop-in card games and supplemental educational services.

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

LRNG Offers Summer Connected Learning Grants

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Here’s a chance to grab a grant to fund an innovative summer program related to connected learning. But you have to act fast: the deadline is February 19.

Many Low-Income Families “Under-Connected” to Internet, Survey Finds

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According to research out of the Joan Ganz Cooney Center at Sesame Workshop, a third of low-income families have only mobile Internet access. Of the rest, many have outdated home computers and slow, spotty connections.

To Support Teen Parents, Libraries Build Trust and Unique Programs

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Public libraries reach out to teenage parents and their children by offering specialized services ranging from tips on reading with babies to free car seats.

Bright Ideas Abound at YALSA’s Summer Learning Workshop

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The secrets to running a popular summer learning experience for teens at public libraries were shared at a special session at this year’s Midwinter Meeting in Boston.

Black History Month Ideas From NCTE

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Get resources and fresh ideas for holding a read-in anytime during the month of February to mark Black History Month.

Get Ready for Take Your Child to the Library Day 2016!

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This initiative, started in Connecticut five years ago, is growing by leaps and bounds. Here’s how—and why—to join in the fun.

Children Are Being Connected to Nature Right in the Library

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Here’s how inspired librarians are parlaying kids’ natural sense of wonder into an affinity with and knowledge of nature.

Newbery Confidential

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One librarian’s year of reading, sharing, and secret keeping while serving on the 2016 Newbery Award Committee.

Pictures of the Week|1,000 Star Wars Fans at Fairfield (CT) Public Library

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Fans of all ages came from far, far away to participate in Yoda Yoga, Jedi lightsaber training, a Star Wars Shakespeare activity, and more.

Syrian Refugees Welcomed to Canada with an SLJ Best Book

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Distribution of Sidewalk Flowers by JonArno Lawson is part of IBBY Canada’s welcome program for refugee families.

Teen Services Positions at Risk at Broward County Library

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Broward County (FL) Library is set to change the designation of a number of youth librarian positions, a potential cost-cutting measure intended to increase service hours to all patrons. Some are concerned about the impact on teen programming.

Libraries in California, Maine, and Illinois Lend Ukuleles

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With music linked to academic progress, loaning the “hipster,” easy-to-learn instrument is becoming a trend. The programs are drawing teens in particular to libraries.

Libraries Reach Out to Young Black Men

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These librarians are committed to giving African American youth, particularly those in low-income communities, reasons to visit their school or public libraries—and to increasing the variety of materials that draw them into reading.

This article was published in School Library Journal's November 2015 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.

Teens at Heart: Making an Impact | Editorial

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SLJ’s Teen Issue highlights the field’s steadfast commitment to making a transformative difference in the lives of young adults. The editors share some thoughts on the innovative spirit and responsive programs that are taking teen services to a new level.

This article was published in School Library Journal's November 2015 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.