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September 3, 2015

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Libraries and English Language Learners

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How well are school and public libraries serving non-native English speakers?

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

What Professional Lobbying Looks Like

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Librarians armed with stats and professionalism urged lawmakers to raise public library funding and support for school librarians on the New York Library Association’s Library Advocacy Day.

Seattle Public Library Named a ‘Safe Place’ for Teens

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As part of its National Safe Place Week (March 15−21) celebration, Seattle Public Library (SPL), with its 27 locations, was officially named a Safe Place on March 16. This designation recognizes SPL as a place where youth ages 12–17 can ask for help when in crisis.

UPDATE: Teen Library Advocates Get Booted Out of Missouri Governor’s Office

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Last week, a group of teens and supervising adults that belong to Save MO Libraries visited the Missouri governor’s office to ask him to restore the $6 million in budget cuts to library spending—only to be escorted out by a state trooper moments later for being “disruptive.”

Net Neutrality: Why You Should Care About the FCC Vote

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The Federal Communications Commission vote concerning the regulation of Internet broadband services and net neutrality is on February 26, and here’s why schools and libraries should care.

Talking Shop About Special Needs and Inclusive Services | 2015 ALA Midwinter

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At ALA Midwinter, Massachusetts librarian Ashley Waring held court at the Networking Uncommons to discuss special needs and inclusive services—from what to offer outside of sensory storytime to how to measure your program’s success.

Program Spotlight: “Reading Friends” Initiative Pairs Retirees with Young Students

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At the St. Croix Falls (WI) Elementary School library, retired senior citizens regularly sit down individually with over 130 students to read together, laugh, and learn. Here’s how the program developed.

Updated: The E-Rate Window Is Wide Open—So What Next?

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Libraries and schools applying for E-Rate’s Wi-Fi program have an extra $1.5 billion of funds to tap until the March 26 deadline. Here are some tips and tools to maximize your application.

The Evolution of a Teen Librarian and Teen Services at Williamson County (TN) Public Library

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Erin Holt hit the ground running when she joined the teen services group at Williamson County (TN) Public Library six months ago. With her ideas and energy, the support of her director and teen staff, and the willingness to let teens drive the programming and focus of “their” library, Holt has been able to create a teen space that has proven to be wildly successful.

Fringe Factor: Small Presses and Self-Publishing

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Small presses and self-publishing are turning the book industry on its head, presenting opportunities and challenges for librarians seeking the gems.

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

Black Storytime, Flourishing at Multnomah (OR) County Library

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Should libraries offer programs geared to one culture? After I spoke with Kirby McCurtis, who started a thriving Black Storytime program at Multnomah County Library in Portland, OR, it was clear that the answer is “yes.”

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.

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

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

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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.