December 3, 2016

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Engineering, Inspired by Kid Lit

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How can Hugo Cabret wind the clock faster? Novel Engineering, a Tufts STEM initiative, draws technical challenges from children’s literature.

Teaching Information Literacy Now

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Laura Gardner, 2016 SLJ School Librarian of the Year finalist, updates her lesson plans for the era of fake news.

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Building a 21st Century Library

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As technology changes the way we consume information, the role of the library is evolving.

Freeze! Library Mannequin Challenges | Videos of the Week

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Students and librarians embrace the #mannequinchallenge.

K.C. Boyd: A Leader for Readers

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A librarian brings lessons from a Chicago high school to a new library leadership post at the East St. Louis (IL) School District.

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After Election, Librarians, Book Creators Vow To Support Children

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Librarians are addressing student concerns with “safe spaces,” support groups, book displays, special programming—and lots of hugs.

Five Questions for Kids’ Media Literacy Expert Frank W. Baker

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How can kids deconstruct Super Bowl ads? Or distinguish authentic news items online from manufactured content? Insight on this and more from Media Literacy Clearinghouse founder Frank W. Baker.

The Bridge to Brilliance | Professional Shelf

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Despite, or because of, discouraging statistics, an educator commits herself to improving student performance in a struggling urban neighborhood.

Credo, AR State University Partner to Boost College Readiness

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The Literati High School Partnership aims to support research at the middle and high school level and ease students’ transition to college-level learning.

Amazon “Rapids” App Offers Kids Short Stories

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Amazon’s new app for kids ages 7–12 brings them original short stores that unfold in snippets of chat style text on e-readers and cell phones.

$1 Million Gift Funds Homework Centers in L.A. Public Libraries

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The gift from the Broad Foundation will support “student zones” with free computer use, Wi-Fi, printing, and assistance from on-site homework helpers.

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Struck by Tragedy, a NY High School Heals Through “Compassionate Making”

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A small army of “maker activists,” led by a library media specialist, is improving the lives of the needy one project at a time.

Therapy by the Book

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Help students find solace, insight, and inspiration while reading. Plus, trauma-response resources for educators.

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It’s Genius Hour!

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Understanding genius hour and making it rock at your school.

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Caregiving Youth: Resources and a YA Booklist

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In 1.3 million U.S. households, caregiving children support family members due to illness, disability, substance abuse, or other factors. These books and resources can help them.

Wanted: YA Author In Search of Reluctant Readers | Opinion

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Brian Conaghan, the author of When Mr. Dog Bites and The Bombs That Brought Us Together writes about his desire to create books for the kids in the back row—teens very much like the young adult he once was.

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Helping the Reluctant Reader

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Students in the age of digital screens often face significant reading challenges. A library’s large print collection can be instrumental in helping them change their habits for the better.

Hey, I Built a LEGO Wall! Here’s How.

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An elementary school librarian quickly assembled an inexpensive LEGO wall with donated LEGO bricks, crowdsourced advice, and good humor.

String Theory: Projects Merging Math, Art, and Making

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Recipes for large and small-scale geometric string art projects from Todd Burleson, SLJ’s 2016 School Librarian of the Year.

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Great Tech Tools for Back to School

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Hot picks for game and book creation, reading, and more.

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