Doris Rucks rallied volunteers to reopen and run four school libraries in impoverished Muskegon Heights, MI.
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.
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.
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.
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.
A large, famous painting of George Washington with a mysterious history may have wound up hanging in a school.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The 2015 SLJ Leadership Summit in Seattle promised to “address dynamic, holistic approaches to supporting the success of kids in school and beyond.” In his remarks on the Tacoma (WA) Whole Child Initiative, Greg Benner delivered the goods.
Karl Dean remembers his childhood public library as a place where “you could go to dream.” Recreating that experience resulted in Limitless Libraries, which brought public library resources into Nashville schools to enable every student to pursue their dreams.