March 29, 2017

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Music Education, via an LP Appreciation Society

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My high school student record club tunes in to analog pleasures and the thrill of discovery.

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“Rock Star” Librarians Article Hits Sour Note | Opinion

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A “Wall Street Journal” article profiling kid lit “rock stars” who are all white men angered readers. it also prompted soul-searching about diversity in the profession—and a push for solutions.

Summer Programming Inspirations, from Scavenger Hunts to Lunch at the Library

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With reading boot camp, a makermobile, and more, these libraries are ready for summer break.

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Three Rules for a Fabulous Summer Reading Program

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Pick awesome books, offer choice, and value student voice. Read more tips from a 2016 SLJ School Librarian of the Year finalist.

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The Book Problem — And One Community’s Solution

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

SLJ’s Women’s History Month Pinterest Board

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From Marley Dias to Gloria Steinem, Frida Kahlo, Elizabeth Warren, and Patsy Takemoto Mink, here are women to celebrate.

Cokie Roberts Captivates Kids at the Library of Congress | Pictures of the Week

Cokie Roberts gives a presentation on her book, "Ladies of Liberty," to students at the Young Readers Center in honor of Women's History Month, March 6, 2017. Photo by Shawn Miller.

Celebrating Women’s History Month, political commentator Cokie Roberts enthralled third graders while speaking about her children’s books, women, early American history, research, and writing.

Teaching News Literacy? Check Your Own Bias, Says Librarian

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To stay at the top of your game, keep practicing, stay skeptical, and take a hard look in the mirror, experts advise.

Art History Without Nudity?; Gay “Captain Underpants” | Scales on Censorship

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A teacher requests that students study art selectively; complaints about gay “Captain Underpants” content; objection to a teacher’s book choices.

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What Today’s Teens Have To Say About George Orwell’s ‘1984’

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With “alternative facts” in the headlines, high schoolers connect with George Orwell’s classic novel and protagonist Winston Smith’s world of “Newspeak” and “doublethink.”

The Importance of Play | Professional Shelf

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When block and housekeeping corners give way to flash cards and workbooks, children don’t necessarily benefit academically.

Why Med School Students Tutor at My Library

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A local medical school’s service requirement, combined with my young patrons’ need for mentors they could count on, made for a perfect match.

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Trigger Warnings and Emotional Distress

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How should librarians present material that may upset some students?

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SLJ’s News Literacy Pinterest Page

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An up-to-date news literacy resource curated by school media and ed tech specialist Jen Thomas.

After Travel Ban, Schools and Libraries Reassure Students and Families

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Schools pledge support to families, public libraries throw open their doors, and students commit acts of kindness while monitoring bullying.

Teach Students Resilience, Empathy, and More with Social Emotional Learning Strategies

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Bolstered by ESSA, social emotional learning is taking off in schools. Here’s how.

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A Robot “Teaches” Social Emotional Learning to Kids With Autism

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Milo the robot help kids on the autism spectrum learn skills including self-management and social awareness.

Follett and Dremel Join Forces to Bring 3-D Printers to Schools

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Follett School Solutions has partnered with Dremel to offer its printers to K–12 school districts, in order to both support librarians and promote technology integration in the classroom.

STEAM Project Recipes: Insta-Robots and Sewing Art

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Step-by-step illustrated instructions for sewing and robot-building activities from SLJ’s 2016 School Librarian of the Year.

How “El Deafo” Empowers Kids Who Are Deaf and Hard of Hearing

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Cece Bell’s 2015 Newbery Honor book, a graphic memoir, is changing lives, educators say.