April 15, 2014

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New Digital Product: Capstone Unveils Database Module PebbleGo Next and Prelaunch Special


Capstone, a children’s books and digital products publisher, announced today—April 10—at the Texas Library Association that a new product, PebbleGo Next,™ its newest database module for grades 3-6, will debut this upcoming fall.

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.

Make Life Easier with Google Add-Ons | Tech Tidbits

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Looking to make your work life easier and more streamlined? Who isn’t! Google has recently released a number of add-ons destined to become part of the more efficient you.

Marvelous Math Books for PreK and Up


School Library Journal “First Steps” columnist Lisa G. Kropp suggests a wealth of whimsical math-focused titles, featuring everything from robots to toucans to poems by Edgar Allan Poe.

“Sketchnotes” Invigorate Student Note-Taking and Bolster Visual Thinking


Brad Ovenell-Carter, an education innovator at a K-12 school in Vancouver, B.C., is teaching students the value of sketchnotes—illustrated records that distill a lecture, speech, or lesson into a visual synopsis. Others educators are catching on.

Challenge-Ready: Using Thoughtful Leadership to Promote the Freedom to Read | Scales on Censorship


Chair of the American Library Association’s Intellectual Freedom Committee Pat Scales offers advice and resources to educators looking to promote the freedom to read in their classrooms and libraries.

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Tellitmyway: the oral tradition meets Reddit

Tellitmyway: the oral tradition meets Reddit

Looking for an authentic strategy for inspiring student writing? Joyce Valenza recommends Tellitmyway, a new nonprofit site, which she describes as a “living, breathing example of the oral tradition in the digital age.”

Science Made Simple: A Review of the Today’s Science Database | Reference Online | February 2014


With every link and article, with every illustration and helpful tip, it is clear that Infobase had one thing in mind in revamping Today’s Science: student success. This database is attractive in design and easy to use. It is packed with well-researched, relevant information and provides practical tips covering not only how to maximize the database’s usefulness, but also how to maximize research methods in all areas of study.

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SPONSORED: We Love YA Griffin Teen: 2014 Poster Now Available | Promo

2014 Griffin Teen poster

Cue the confetti cannons and cheerleaders: it’s time for our annual list of teen fiction from St. Martin’s Griffin! Check out the books and download the 2014 poster now. NOTE: This content was sponsored and contributed by Macmillan.

Exploring ‘Open Culture’ | Tech Tidbits


Open Culture bills itself as having “the best free cultural & educational media on the web.” Teacher-librarian Krista Brakhage resolved to make friends with Open Culture and discovers that with a little bit of searching, the site provides a treasure trove of valuable resources for instruction and the classroom.

Smithsonian Libraries Launches Three Courses on iTunes, More Courses Coming Soon


The Smithsonian Libraries has launched three courses of selected content on iTunes U about early aviation and space history. More courses will be rolled out during the first half of 2014, including one on “Women in Aviation.”

Nelson Mandela Video Available for Streaming, Creating Custom Clips


The C-SPAN Video Library includes nearly 60 appearances by Nelson Mandela on the C-SPAN networks dating back to 1990. You can stream most of them online along with being able to keyword search mechanically-generated transcripts of each program and create custom clips for sharing.

‘Text Messages’: Recommendations from ReadWriteThink

Text Messages

Text Messages is a monthly podcast service that makes it easy to stay up to date with the latest titles and trends in young adult literature.

Teaching Inquiry with Library of Congress Primary Sources | Tech Tidbits

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Why should we study primary source documents? These are artifacts created by the people who lived through the events and time periods under study. Providing students the opportunity to study primary sources can give rise to student inquiry and encourage them to speculate about each source, its creator, and the context in which it was produced. The Library of Congress has millions of primary source documents and tools for teachers and students to dig into, 24/7.

Uncovering Radical Reads for Tough-to-Reach Teens | YA Underground

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YALSA-Lockdown listserv founder Amy Cheney highlights self-published and mainstream book and movie titles. Many of her finds resonate with her incarcerated kids; sometimes it takes a little digging below the surface to uncover these.

SLJ Diversity: A Roundup of Kid Lit, YA, and Features | Resources

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SLJ has compiled an expansive page of diversity resources—including materials on people of color, non-American cultures, LGBTQ issues, and disability—to help librarians better serve children and teens. From author interviews to collection development tools and from blogs to news coverage, these articles and reviews aim to give insight into issues that are becoming more relevant for kids each day.

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.

BiblioBoard Review | Online Reference | October 2013


Librarian Jennifer Prince reviews BiblioBoard, a database offering ebooks, primary sources, and that can store locally created materials.

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SLJ’s Bullying Prevention Roundup | Resources


October is National Bullying Prevention Awareness Month, when organizations nationwide unite to raise awareness on how, with education and support, bullying can be obliterated from schools and communities. SLJ has compiled a list of tools for educators and parents, which includes advice on collection development, plus news and feature articles highlighting authors’ efforts against bullying.

Internet Archive Offers Access to Blacked Out Government Websites


Although the U.S. federal shutdown means many important government websites—such as those for the Library of Congress and NASA—have gone completely dark this week, the nonprofit Internet Archive is making those sites available to the public through archived captures, the organization has announced on its blog.