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February 11, 2016

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Library “Avengers Day” Draws Cosplaying Superheroes of All Ages

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Partnering with the Boston charity organization Boston Super Heroes, a Massachusetts librarian hosted an superhero-themed event, with Spider-Man climbing the bookshelves and Star-Lord ready for a dance-off.

Are Bedtime Stories Going the Way of the Dinosaurs? | First Steps

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The children will always be there for the stories. It is the parents that we need to turn into lifelong storytellers.

SLJ’s Final Fall Maker Workshop Webcast Wows Participants

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SLJ’s final fall Maker Workshop webcast gave participants an inside look at successful maker programs. Participants heard from Mick Jacobsen and Amy Holcomb of Skokie (IL) Public Library, followed by Oli Sanidas of Arapahoe Library District (CO). Denton (TX) high school librarian and maker guru Colleen Graves wrapped things up.

Team Blanket Making—Intergenerational programming for teens… and adults

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Heather Booth discovers a new way to bring an intergenerational maker program—and benefit the community—to the Thomas Ford Memorial Library in Western Springs, IL.

What Do Tweens Want?

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Librarians create special spaces and services for preteens.

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

Charleston Library Hands Out “Some Girls Are” After School Bans Book

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The Charleston Public Library in South Carolina gave 1,000 copies of Courtney Summers’s Some Girls Are to teens after a high school removed the book from its summer reading list.

An American in Paris | A View from Abroad

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A librarian at The American Library in Paris prepares for back to school.

First-Ever “Public Libraries & STEM” Event Forges New Alliances

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Professionals from the library, education, and STEM fields gathered last week in Denver to participate in “Public Libraries & STEM,” the first conference of its kind to convene leaders from these arenas to examine current and future practices at the intersection of librarianship and science, technology, engineering, and math.

Eisner Grant-Winning Library Will Use Graphic Novels to Explore Community

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Valerie Acklin, teen services librarian at the Bellmore (NY) Memorial Library, will launch a program exploring local community experience through graphic novels—and will have patrons of all ages create their own comics.

Where Families Play: Dynamic Early Learning Spaces

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These innovative public library destinations for young children and their caregivers are places for reading, romping, and learning.

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

Texas Children’s ‘Read to Me!’ March Celebrates 24th Year

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Texas public librarian Sally Meyers has marched with more than 24,000 children during National Library Week to promote reading. “Read to Me!” is their message and demonstration cry as they march around the Tom Green County Courthouse.

Closing the 30 Million-Word Gap

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Pediatric surgeon Dana Suskind has become an emerging leader in the science of language development and a partner with the Chicago Public Library in a venture to create new interactive learning spaces.

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

MyLibraryNYC Brings Public Library Services to City Schools, 500,000+ Students

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A unique partnership between New York’s Department of Education and the city’s three public library systems, MyLibraryNYC has made its way into 488 pre-K–12 schools across the city this past school year, serving more than half a million students and over 60,000 educators.

Longtime ALSC Member Floyd Dickman Dies at 76

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Floyd Dickman, who served on several committees during his membership in the Association for Library Service to Children and was a vital member of the library community, died on June 14.

Skokie Library Tackles Race

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The Skokie (IL) Public Library’s involvement in a four-month community program, Voices of Race, included events for children and adults, a participatory exhibit, talking points for meaningful dialogue, and more.

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

Pictures of the Week: SLJ at Urban Libraries Unite’s 24-Hour Read-In at NYC City Hall

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Kiera Parrott, School Library Journal’s reviews editor, and Shelley Diaz, senior editor, volunteered on Wednesday, June 10, as part of the Urban Libraries Unite 24-hour Read-In.

A Visit to Ramsey County Library’s Roseville Branch

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A well-timed visit to the Roseville branch of the Ramsey County Library in Minnesota coincided with the launch of the library’s summer reading program, BookaWocky. Here are some views of the scene.

Tips for Top-Notch Stop-Motion Workshops | The Maker Issue

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Strong apps and fun working materials are key to great stop-motion projects with kids. But good planning and inspired book tie-ins can carry the day.

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

Scooter Hayes, of “Dewey Decimal Rap” Fame, Launches CD with Student Rappers

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Hayes has packaged 17 tracks created by students in his library Rap Club on an album, Hot! Fresh! Delicious!, including songs about zombies, superheroes, and anything else kids want to rap about.

Teen Charm Offensive: Fostering Positive Attitudes About YA Programming

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How to develop the essential “soft skills” to communicate with colleagues who may be less than enthusiastic about teens and young adult programming.