July 1, 2016

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Montana School Librarians Fight to Keep Database Subscription

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A cadre of school librarians has pushed back against the cancellation of EBSCO database subscriptions that have been used statewide for more than 20 years.

Trend Alert: More School Libraries Staying Open all Summer

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Summer reading—done at school? A growing number of districts are experimenting with keeping school libraries open, with entire collections available, through the vacation season.

Librarians as Instructional Leaders | Take the Lead

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In this first article in our series on library leadership, Lilead Fellow Priscille Dando suggests how librarians can connect with principals on instructional challenges.

Protests Grow Against Proposed Mexican American Textbook in Texas

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The public school text “Mexican American Heritage” is being called “the epitome of revisionist history.”

Old Library, New Library, New Library | Sandy Hook School

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A poem by a librarian at Sandy Hook (CT) Elementary School describes the comfort that books and the library have offered students since the mass shooting at the school in 2012.

An Open Letter to School Boards Everywhere

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School libraries are popping up that are fully, even lavishly, equipped, save for one thing: a certified school librarian. Here, one New Jersey librarian explains why that can never work. Ever.

“Snappsy” Creator Tim Miller Is in the House!

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The author and illustrator is building a strong connection with a contingent of his young readers by taking up residency at their school.

Partnerships Promote Culture of Reading in Texas

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From Pizza Hut to a local supermarket to a famous ball player, a library-advocacy team in Houston found the perfect partners to create change for students.

Three School Library-Based Summer Learning Programs

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Check out these different models for school librarian-led summer learning initiatives, with or without grants and public library partners.

More Thrifty School Library Design Tips

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A lot of imagination, a little elbow grease, and the right tools can yield dramatic results like these.

Author Nora Baskin Rallies To Save School Librarian’s Job

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Nora Raleigh Baskin wrote to a local board of education to try to save a friend’s position—and spread awareness about what is lost when a school librarian is laid off.

High School Librarian Raises $10K for Flint Schools

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“Focus on Flint Day” was a testament to the compassion this Indianapolis community has for the youngest victims of the ongoing water crisis in Michigan.

James Patterson Puts Cash Behind his Convictions with the Help of Scholastic Reading Club

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The YA author will personally donate $1.75 million in grants to save school libraries.

Bob Shea: Author, Illustrator—and Rather Awesome Human

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Here’s how the author of “Dinosaur vs. Bedtime” brought the kid lit community together to make life better for one little girl. Maybe Tweets really can change the world.

Public, School Libraries Crucial to Flint’s Recovery

Since the revelation that water in Flint, MI, is contaminated with toxic levels of lead, public and private institutions, individuals, and civic organizations have been stepping up to help across the country. In addition to the infrastructure changes that now need to be made to the city’s water system, much of the immediate relief effort centers around information: on health hazards, residents’ legal rights, and what the city needs to do going forward. The Flint Public Library (FPL) has positioned itself as a source of reliable information, and the remaining libraries in Flint’s public high schools have been instrumental in helping local teenagers better understand what their city is going through.

A Prime Co-Teaching Opportunity

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One librarian’s role is transformed, and with it, her approach to and appreciation for collaboration.

Ebooks Can be a Great Choice for Middle Schoolers

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A middle-school librarian conducted his own research on ebooks. What he found out now guides his collection development—and may be the answer to the “middle school drop-off” in pleasure reading.

Harlem Advocacy Group Demands School Librarians

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A petition by the Harlem Council of Elders calls on state and city officials to rectify the dearth of librarians by the start of the next school year.

CDW-G Launches Collaboration Nation

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CDW-G’s second annual Collaboration Nation video contest kicks off February 1, offering cash and product prizes to K–12 schools.

“We Get Long Island School Librarians Hooked on Making!”

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This dynamic duo spearheaded a Day of Making, winning over local colleagues who were on the fence about trying to bring makerspaces to their schools.