May 1, 2016

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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.

A 92-Year-Old Activist to the Rescue in Michigan

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Doris Rucks rallied volunteers to reopen and run four school libraries in impoverished Muskegon Heights, MI.

“When I Was The Greatest” Book Cover Provokes Concern From Brooklyn Parents

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Despite complaints from a contingent of parents about a photo of a gun on the cover, the New York City Department of Education has no plans to remove Jason Reynolds’s YA novel from lists of suggested reading material for seventh and eighth graders.

A New Start: With School Libraries in ESSA, on to the Next Phase of Advocacy | Editorial

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The long-awaited rewrite of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act includes a major win, with school libraries now incorporated throughout federal law. Now we must map the road ahead to achieve effective real-world integration of libraries and librarians in our schools.

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Why (and How) to Set Up a College Library Visit for Middle Schoolers

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It can be surprisingly easy—and incredibly worthwhile—to arrange for middle schoolers to conduct a day of research at a college library. This academic librarian shares her insider know-how.

California Teens Create Literacy Center—and a Brighter Future—for Preschoolers

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High school students at Gateway Community School in San Mateo, CA, a school for those suspended or expelled from schools in their home districts, team up to help preschoolers in a local Head Start program.

Six Things That Made my Patrick Ness Author Visit a Knockout Success

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How a Virginia high school librarian researched, budgeted, got community buy-in and read-in, and otherwise prepared for a visit to her high school by “A Monster Calls” author Patrick Ness.

Portrait Lost for Generations Could Be in a School

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A large, famous painting of George Washington with a mysterious history may have wound up hanging in a school.

Mississippi School Librarians, Despite Low Funding, Enjoying Higher Profiles

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School librarians in Mississippi are experiencing a renaissance thanks to a rubric that puts school libraries back into focus with details on how districts can—and should—improve their school libraries.

In Chicago, Bronzeville School Librarian Layoff Inspires Outrage—and Support

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The campus librarian at Daniel Hale Williams School has been laid off, which means the number of librarians on staff at Chicago high schools with a 90 percent or higher African American student now rests at two. It was 19 in 2012.