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October 30, 2014

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Fizz, Boom, Read: Summer Reading Programs Blend Learning with Fun and Prizes

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School’s out for summer, but the library is still open, and there are programs around the country looking to entice and educate kids—and their parents—while fostering a love of reading and preventing the summer slide.

Nashville Public Library Reinvents Its Summer Reading Model, Sees Early Success

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Children’s librarian Lindsey Patrick recounts how Nashville Public Library redesigned its summer reading program into a flexible model that addressed the drop in participants and transformed the usual stress of summer into an exciting challenge for patrons and staff.

Know Your Neighborhood: A Community Needs Assessment Primer

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What does your neighborhood really need from you? Tips to help libraries get to know the communities that they serve, with a resource list of potential partners, literacy and early childhood organizations, and sources of demographic data.

Let’s Talk Tech: Tour de Tech at Arapahoe Library District

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The Arapahoe Library District’s (ALD) recent technology fair, Tour de Tech, left the public talking tech—and about libraries as community hubs for difficult-to-access technologies. Seventy percent of attendees who filled out an evaluation had never attended a library event before.

Winneconne Public Library Welcomes ‘The Wizard of Oz’ Cast

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Collaboration comes in all shapes and sizes. Winneconne Public Library pulled off a ‘Wizard of Oz’ cast party that brought the tiny Winneconne community (pop. 2,300) together in a big way.

WWFD: What Would Frankenstein Do? | The Frankentoys Project

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Colorado youth librarian Andrea Wyant shares an innovative program for kids and teens. Chop, saw, hammer, tape, glue and sew old toys into wild and beautiful creations called Frankentoys.

SLJ Goes Behind the Scenes| Scholastic Fall 2014 Preview Peek

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SLJ goes behind the scenes at Scholastic headquarters in New York City to watch the filming of Scholastic’s Fall 2014 Online Preview, available May 14, where editors and authors meet to discuss upcoming titles.

Gretchen Caserotti’s Keynote | SLJ’s Second Annual Public Library Think Tank

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On April 25, SLJ’s Public Library Leadership Think Tank took place at Nashville (TN) Public Library. Meridian (ID) Library District director, Gretchen Caserotti, kicked off the day with a heartfelt keynote speech about her professional journey from children’s librarian to library director, and you can listen to it here.

Hartford Public Library Wins $25K High Impact Literacy Award

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Hartford (CT) Public Library was recently awarded the “Hi-5″ High Impact Literacy Award from the NewAlliance Foundation that comes with a $25K windfall for the library’s embodiment of vision, responsiveness, innovation, spirit, and results in the field of literacy.

Missouri Science & Technology Student’s Class Assignment Leads to Lavish Children’s Library Mural

Missouri S&T senior biological sciences major Lara Edwards created a mural around the children's library at the Rolla Public Library. Sam O'Keefe/Missouri S&T

Missouri University of Science and Technology student Lara Edwards’s school assignment resulted in a vibrant and detailed mural for the Leola Millar Children’s Library in Rolla, Missouri.

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.