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February 7, 2016

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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.

This article was published in School Library Journal's January 2016 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.

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.

Lead Brave: Buoyed by the Alliance of the Lilead Fellows | Editorial

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This powerful cohort of school district library heads is poised to bring innovation, bold leadership, and a new communal strength to the field.

This article was published in School Library Journal's December 2015 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.

Swapping Library Fines for Lentils Inspires IA Teens

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Allowing students to pay off library fines with canned goods instead of cash proves to have a positive impact on them and the community.

Teens at Heart: Making an Impact | Editorial

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SLJ’s Teen Issue highlights the field’s steadfast commitment to making a transformative difference in the lives of young adults. The editors share some thoughts on the innovative spirit and responsive programs that are taking teen services to a new level.

This article was published in School Library Journal's November 2015 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.

Hartford Library Offers New Path to High School Diploma

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Online college classes are all the rage. Yet many adults are trying to finish their high school education — years after their classmates graduated.
The Hartford (CT) Public Library (HPL) has decided to take a step towards changing the city’s grim high-school graduation statistics.

Scholastic Rolling Out Special Diverse Books Flyer for Holidays

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Scholastic Reading Club flyers showcase diverse books in time for the holidays.

Tackk, Twitter, and Teenagers

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This Indiana Instructional Technology Specialist and a local high school history teacher teamed up to create a successful new approach to an old classroom project.

FL School District Lets Parents See What Kids Are Reading

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After book challenges by a local parents group this summer, a southern Florida school district gives parents online access to see what their children are checking out of the media center.

A Thematic Approach to Planning Your Maker Space

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Tips from Laura Fleming, author of “Best Practices for Establishing a Makerspace at Your School.”

Graphic Novelists Reflect on School Visits

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Comics artist Jillian Tamaki, writer Mariko Tamaki, and author and illustrator George O’Connor share their thoughts on “taking about stories and stuff” and “how to host a successful author visit.”

This article was published in School Library Journal's October 2015 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.