April 25, 2017

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School Librarian Creates “Trolls” Music Video for Sick Child

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A New York elementary school librarian, and her middle school teacher husband, spearheaded a project to brighten the life of a kindergartner with cancer.

The Fake-News Fad: Let it Fade | Opinion

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When teachers and administrators prod us to address this “new and urgent” concern, let us remind them that we’ve been doing that, and so much more, all along.

Reading (and Engineering with) “The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind”

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Here’s how a school community of 1,200 students, ranging in age from four to 18, came together to pull off an all-school read of “The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind” that will be talked about for years.

From Teacher Librarian to Thought Leader | Take the Lead

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Strategic positive exposure for school libraries in her district helped this Lilead Fellow gain recognition for teacher librarians.

Librarians Mobilize for Equity Under the Trump Administration

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Facing policies that threaten their service models, core values, and federal funding, librarians voice concerns—and mobilize.

Librarians Providing Safe Havens as Deportation Fears Loom

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The recent expanding of deportation regulations have not just stirred up fear and worry in communities, they have also spurred many schools and districts to take action.

Three Rules for a Fabulous Summer Reading Program

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Pick awesome books, offer choice, and value student voice. Read more tips from a 2016 SLJ School Librarian of the Year finalist.

This article was published in School Library Journal's March 2017 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.

The Book Problem — And One Community’s Solution

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When left to a group of eight-year-olds, a solution to a classroom issue aided an entire community.

These Musicians Rock American History

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Move aside, “Hamilton.” Several children’s musicians bring history to life through music—and provide teachable material.

This article was published in School Library Journal's March 2017 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.

Immigrant Students Worry as Librarian Lends Support | Opinion

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Libraries are for learning—no matter where you come from, insists a librarian at an alternative high school in Virginia.

Art History Without Nudity?; Gay “Captain Underpants” | Scales on Censorship

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A teacher requests that students study art selectively; complaints about gay “Captain Underpants” content; objection to a teacher’s book choices.

This article was published in School Library Journal's February 2017 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.

Advocating for the Worth of Librarians Pays Off in CA | Take the Lead

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A district coordinator’s dream of hiring credentialed librarians finally came true. Here’s how she did it.

This article was published in School Library Journal's February 2017 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.

An Inside Look at Librarians, Schools, and the Political Climate

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Librarians around the country share how their workday has changed post-election.

Ric Hasenyager Departs NYC School Libraries for Rosen Publishing

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The head of library services at the New York City Department of Education will become associate director of curriculum solutions at Rosen Publishing.

Teach Students Resilience, Empathy, and More with Social Emotional Learning Strategies

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Bolstered by ESSA, social emotional learning is taking off in schools. Here’s how.

This article was published in School Library Journal's February 2017 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.

STEAM Project Recipes: Insta-Robots and Sewing Art

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Step-by-step illustrated instructions for sewing and robot-building activities from SLJ’s 2016 School Librarian of the Year.

Eight Librarians Flip Their Skills To Serve a New Calling

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These powerhouse librarians leveraged their experience to shift careers midstream, after decades on the job, or post-“retirement.” They’re still giving to the profession.

This article was published in School Library Journal's January 2017 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.

The Problem with Student Privacy, and How To Protect It

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Strategies for safeguarding student data in schools and libraries, and student privacy in general, in the information age.

This article was published in School Library Journal's January 2017 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.

Snapchatting “The Odyssey”: An Epic Success

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A librarian-teacher team figure out how to get a group of reluctant learners excited about a required project on Homer’s epic poem: Snapchat.

Schools in Gatlinburg, TN, Begin Long Recovery from Wildfires

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“Mountain tough” students and their families are determined to rebuild after natural disaster strikes.