June 25, 2017

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Digital Citizenship Education in Nine Steps | Take the Lead

A Texas school district’s strategic design plan includes a digital citizenship program to accompany a 1:1 rollout.

VA School Librarians Spearhead Historic Community Collaboration

65 trees, each one in memory of a fallen Civil War soldier, are planted at a high school on a historic parcel of land through a collaboration of librarians, teachers, and local and national organizations.

School Librarian Collaborates with Classroom Teacher to Boost Ebook Circulation

In Georgia, a new digital book club boosted ebook circulation—and got fifth graders talking about classic literature.

Surprise! It’s Kwame Alexander

The Newbery Award winner delighted a stunned group of seventh grade fans with an impromptu concert. Yes, a concert.

Media Center to Learning Commons: One District’s Transformation

A California library media coordinator led a renovation that boosted circulation and drew in many more teens—and made shush a four-letter word.

Supermoons Cause Tidal Waves—True or False? Our news literacy program challenges fourth graders to find out.

A school librarian media specialist and computer science coordinator design a hands-on, three-week news evaluation lesson.

Federally Funded Afterschool Programs Safe—for Now

While funding for certain afterschool programs was preserved in the spending bill signed April 28, the President’s budget is still aiming for elimination of these funds long-term.

“You’re In the Wrong Bathroom!” | Professional Shelf

The authors of a new book confront pervasive misinformation on transgender and gender-nonconforming people.

Thriving During Leadership Change | Take the Lead

Change in your school administration may derail your library program—but only if you let it.

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

School Librarian Creates “Trolls” Music Video for Sick Child

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

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”

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

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

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

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

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

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

These Musicians Rock American History

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

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

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.