May 30, 2016

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Video of the Week: ‘Hamilton’ Meets High School Neuroscience

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Science gets a rap beat in “Mental Abnormalities,” a student’s adaptation of the musical’s opening number.

How Remix Culture Informs Student Writing & Creativity

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Artistic remix influences kids’ creativity on almost every level. Here’s how, and why you need to understand it.

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The Latest and Greatest (Free!) Summer Learning Resources

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Take a look at these program ideas, resources, and recommended reading—and add your own.

Pictures of the Week | Ezra Jack Keats 2016 Bookmaking Winners

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The young winners of the annual student bookmaking contest describe their creations.

Challenging Gender Norms with “Boys Read Pink” Celebration

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The boys in Karen Yingling’s library balked at reading so-called “girl” books until she enlisted some eighth grade helpers who challenged gender assumptions during “Boys Read Pink” month.

How Fan Fiction Mentors Can Change Lives

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Researchers who interviewed fan fiction writers revealed how mentorship in the fanfic community can improve young people’s writing—and their outlook.

Keeping a Kids’ Writing Workshop Going

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“Free Verse” author Sarah Dooley has been leading a writing group at a West Virginia public library for six years.

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Three School Library-Based Summer Learning Programs

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Check out these different models for school librarian-led summer learning initiatives, with or without grants and public library partners.

Bill Thomson’s “The Typewriter” | A Lesson Plan

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In his most recent book, The Typewriter, Bill Thomson delivers another visual adventure celebrating the power of the imagination. Here are some suggestions for using it in the classroom.

Join the Writing Revolution With These Tools

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We’re in the midst of a writing revolution, fueled by arguably the greatest open communication tool ever invented—the Internet. Check out these web writing resources for students. What are your favorites?

Teaching with “Hamilton”

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Inspired by the record-breaking Broadway musical, this librarian gets kids rapping, listening, and learning American history.

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Mobile Maker Spaces

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Librarians in a Knoxville, TN school district got a grant to build four maker space carts that rotate among schools. Find out what they bought and why.

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.

Of Coding and Compassion

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Tips from an expert on how to instruct kids effectively and with an open mind.

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Never Too Young To Code

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Tot-oriented robots and resources give coding lessons a friendly face.

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11 Questions for Best-Selling Teen Psychologist Lisa Damour

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The author of “Untangled: Guiding Teenage Girls Through the Seven Transitions into Adulthood” offers insight into tween tribes, teen risk-taking, the growth mind-set, and more in this audio feature.

Pictures of the Week | Waltham High’s 24-Hour Readathon

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Last fall, Waltham High School (MA) librarian Kendall Boninti and her ace team reinvented summer reading by assigning the podcast Serial. So what are they doing to engage teens this year?

Classrooms Connect Virtually To Code with Finch Robots

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Distance didn’t keep these three school librarians from scoring a grant for Finch robots so that their students could all code together.

Search for 2016 Top Young Scientist Is Underway

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Students in grades 5–8 can enter a video competition to showcase their own innovation—and win $25,000.

Civic-Minded Students Can Win Trip to DC with PBS

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As the presidential primaries continue, kids can learn about the election process through a poster competition.