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July 24, 2014

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East Harlem Bookstore Launches Book Drive to Aid Unaccompanied Child Immigrants

Donations to La Casa Azul's book drive for unaccompanied child immigrants. Photos courtesy of La Casa Azul Bookstore.

A bookseller, a professor, and members of the El Barrio community in Manhattan’s East Harlem neighborhood have launched a project to serve the needs of detained children from Mexico and Central America.

How Librarians Can Help Fight the Culture of Slut-Shaming

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YA authors are tackling “the s-word” head-on. As professionals serving young people, librarians can talk to teens about why slut-shaming can’t be tolerated—and provide supportive programming.

Bridging the Gap: Making Libraries More Accessible for a Diverse Autistic Population

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One in 68 children in the United States has an autism spectrum disorder, according to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention. SLJ explores the different accommodations and programs within the library world that encompass the wide range on the autism spectrum—depending on severity of the condition to the age of the youth with autism.

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

Libraries Needed to Host Summer Meal Programs. Here’s How to Help.

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Summer is a tough time for many kids—when they don’t get enough to eat. Summer meal programs are critical and public libraries are uniquely suited to host them. While outside of traditional library services, providing food to hungry citizens is “another way we can serve the community,” says Susan Maldonado, teen services librarian at Oakland Public Library.

Interview: ‘Tales of Jailhouse Librarian’ Author Marybeth Zeman

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Librarian and author Marybeth Zeman recounts her experiences working with incarcerated teens awaiting trials for offenses from misdemeanors to murder. Interview by Alicia Eames.

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.

#DadsRead Campaign Celebrates Fathers Reading to Kids

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On the heels of #WeNeedDiverseBooks and before Father’s Day, the social media campaign #DadsRead, an effort through The Good Men Project, is pushing against the negative stereotype that fathers are uninvolved in their children’s reading lives to prove that dads read.

YA Authors who Give Back, From John Green to Ellen Hopkins

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Whether supporting at-risk youth or global causes, these YA authors have a lot to contribute in addition to their writing.

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

For Your ‘Global Awareness Toolbox’: Ways to Engage Your Students in Global Thinking

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The kidnapping of nearly 300 Nigerian schoolgirls on April 15 opened the opportunity for conversation about compassion, global awareness, and responses such as activism. Virginia school librarian Lauren McBride teams up with Sudan Sunrise director of advancement to offer tools and strategies to engage your students in a service learning project that not only expands their horizons but employs 21st-century digital tools.

8,000 Schools to Join ‘Day of Silence’ on April 11, Protesting LGBTQ Student Harassment

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Hundreds of thousands of students will take a vow of silence on Friday, April 11, to raise awareness of the silencing impact of bullying, name calling, and harassment of LGBTQ youth in schools.

Free New Game Apps Support Children with Autism

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One of the new apps from the Center for Autism and Related Disorders aims to empower children on the autism spectrum to reach out to first responders and other community members when they need help.

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.

College Board Overhauls SAT Exams, Provides Support for Low-income Students

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The College Board announced sweeping changes to the SAT test that will align the exam more closely with what students learn in the classroom and more accurately reflect their future performance in college.

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.

New York Libraries Face Five Percent Cut

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New York libraries are facing close to a five percent budget cut with just $81.6 million allocated in Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo’s executive budget—down from the $85.62 million granted to libraries last year.

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.

CLEL Announces Shortlist for 2014 Bell Picture Book Awards

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Colorado Libraries for Early Literacy (CLEL) has selected 25 books for the shortlists of its 2014 Bell Picture Book Awards, which celebrate the early literacy practices of read, write, sing, talk, and play. Five books will be selected from each of the categories and announced on February 5, 2014.

I Love My Librarian Award Recipients Honored at NYC Reception

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The Carnegie Corporation of New York, The New York Times, and the American Library Association honored the 10 recipients of this year’s I Love My Librarian Award at a reception December 17 in New York City.

Fresh Paint: Moving Forward, Looking Back

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In her final Fresh Paint column, teen services librarian April Layne Shroeder reflects on the accomplishments of Loudoun County’s Gum Spring Library branch’s inaugural teen-only space.

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.