May 2, 2016

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How To Use Snapchat for Readers’ Advisory

Here’s how one public librarian uses the popular social media app to create booktalks that wow teen and new adult readers.

Strategize: Great Ideas for Library Writing Programs

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Limericks, rap, and sports journals are just a few ways to get students playing with words.

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Webcomics World

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Online comics allow creators of all stripes to share their work. Plus,resources for finding webcomics and learning to make them.

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13 Great Webcomics For Kids and Teens

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Recommended webcomics from Brigid Alverson, editor of the “Good Comics for Kids:” blog. What’s your favorite webcomic? Tell us in the comments.

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Latest Discovery Education Digital Resources Tied to Earth Day

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The new content, including exclusive undersea footage from Ocean First Education, is designed to dovetail with lessons on the environment and conservation.

Smithsonian Learning Lab, Open for Business and Seeking Feedback

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A new, highly visual platform for exploring the riches of the Smithsonian will launch in June 2016. But users are encouraged to explore the Smithsonian Learning Lab now, and librarians, given their curatorial skills, are especially welcome.

Steampunk, SLIME, and Game Design: Lead the Change Fast-Learning Sessions

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Three rapid-fire presentations on steampunk making, organizing a regional maker expo, and digital game design wrapped up our Lead the Change Maker Workshop.

The Buddy System: Everyone Gains When Kids Read Together

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Reading buddy and paired reading initiatives are on the rise. Here’s what these programs look like today—and tips for creating your own.

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Big Cash Prizes for Maker Spaces Up for Grabs

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Enter your dream maker space in the Department of Education’s CTE Makeover Challenge. You may just snag the money to make it happen. But hurry; the deadline is April 1.

Design Thinking Maximizes Maker Spaces

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Marnie Webb’s keynote to SLJ’s Maker Workshop, a four-week online course, introduced an often-overlooked approach to launching and improving maker spaces.

Gale Databases Integrate Google Apps for Education 

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Most kids don’t exactly leap at the chance to use a reference database. But now Gale is leveraging students’ penchant for Google to quell their common objection that databases are hard to use.

SLJ’s Average Book Prices for 2016

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The numbers you put to work every year are here—the list of average book prices for 2015 and 2016 to date, produced in partnership with Baker & Taylor. We know this data helps you make sound decisions.

The data, based on figures supplied by Baker & Taylor, shows average list prices for all books (including children’s books, young adult books, paperbacks and hardcover editions) that have been sold (not published) during the time frames listed. Separate calculations have […]

Search for 2016 Top Young Scientist Is Underway

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Students in grades 5–8 can enter a video competition to showcase their own innovation—and win $25,000.

Civic-Minded Students Can Win Trip to DC with PBS

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As the presidential primaries continue, kids can learn about the election process through a poster competition.

Perma-Bound Launches Series Monitoring Service

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Because of the surging popularity of series literature, Perma-Bound has introduced a web interface to help librarians keep track of titles.

Newsela and Rock the Vote’s “Students Vote 16″ Prompts Engagement

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The new classroom program aims to get kids involved in the election process by holding mock elections, reading relevant news, and gaining a better understanding of civic procedure.

PBS Kids to Go 24/7

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PBS announced that it will launch new round-the-clock children’s services later this year. Local PBS stations across the nation will be able to broadcast favorite PBS Kids shows, such as “Curious George” and “Wild Kratts,” 24 hours a day on an additional television channel and offer a live stream.

EveryLibrary Petition to Encourage Adherence to ESSA Provisions at Local Level

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A petition to urge implementation of ESSA provisions is gathering steam, while serving an important additional function.

Edmodo Calls for Professional Development Speakers

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The deadline to get in the running for a spot as a presenter at EdmodoCon 2016—and win a free trip to California—is March 16.

Vernier to Host Free Workshops for Science and STEM Educators

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Learn how to use new hardware, software, and mobile technologies in physics, chemistry, biology, environmental, Earth science, and middle school science curriculums— for free!