April 15, 2014

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


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


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’


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


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


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


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


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”


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.

Connecticut Students Sign ALA’s Declaration for Rights to Libraries | AASL 2013


Fifty Connecticut schoolchildren joined ALA president Barbara Stripling, library officials, and other Connecticut residents for a signing of the Declaration for the Right to Libraries at the Hartford Public Library.

Federal Strong Start for America’s Children Act Supports New Early Learning Program


The bipartisan Strong Start for America’s Children Act proposes broad investment in educational and development programs for very young children.

Mozilla Promotes ‘Web Competency’ with New Standards

Mozilla Promotes ‘Web Competency’ with New Standards

 The Mozilla Foundation has launched a new  Web Literacy Standard intended to serve as a roadmap for competent Web use and comprising “the skills and competencies people need to read, write, and participate effectively on the Web,” according to Mozilla’s site. Launched during the nonprofit organization’s October 25–27 Mozilla Festival, the Standard features recommendations for [...]

IMLS Grants $4.3 Million for School Readiness, Summer Reading Programs


The Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) has announced that it is awarding $4,329,567 in grants to 20 museums and libraries in 17 communities in order to support the emerging role of these institutions in providing early learning opportunities, especially for low-income families.

Make It @ Your Library Launches Maker Space Project Website


Make It @ Your Library, in collaboration with and the American Library Association, has finally launched its searchable website,, for librarians seeking maker space ideas and projects. Make It @ Your Library—an initiative developed through the ILEAD USA program over the past year—aims to help librarians realize maker projects in their own communities at low cost.

Reinventing Libraries Keynote Panel Looks into Industry’s Future | The Digital Shift 2013

Reinventing Libraries Keynote Panel Looks into Industry’s Future | The Digital Shift 2013

Last week’s “The Digital Shift” virtual event, “Reinventing Libraries,” produced by Library Journal and School Library Journal, looked at the broad spectrum of ways in which libraries are remaking themselves and rethinking their missions—and how to accomplish them—in the digital age. Throughout the day, panelists gave presentations, took questions from honing new skills, developing new ones, and thinking ahead about what assets will make a successful library—and a successful librarian—in the future.

Getting the Word Out: Publicity That Works | Fresh Paint

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I’ve been told that I can turn any conversation into one about libraries, a book, or a “cool thing” my own library is supporting. I don’t just tout the library’s programs during a lull in conversation, though. I simply see a connection between person and program, need and service.

Low Tech, High Gains: Starting a Maker Program Is Easier Than You Think


Has the maker movement taken hold in your library yet? Starting a maker space is easier—and less costly—than you may think. Technologies such as robotics, digital video production, computer coding, and 3-D printing may garner the most attention, but traditional activities instill the same spirit of invention, collaboration, and critical thinking of the maker phenomenon.

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Chicago Public Library to Expand YOUmedia Program in 2014


Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel announced Monday that he would expand the Chicago Public Library’s (CPL) YOUmedia digital skills program by $500,000 in order to serve 25 percent more teens in 2014. The program teaches web design, digital media production, and programming. The announcement comes just a week after the online expansion of CPL’s homework help program.