May 2, 2016

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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.

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

Never Too Young To Code

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

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

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.

Newsela and Rock the Vote’s “Students Vote 16″ Prompts Engagement

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The new classroom program aims to get kids involved in the election process by holding mock elections, reading relevant news, and gaining a better understanding of civic procedure.

Braille’s New Age

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Braille tablets and other new tech may help visually impaired children truly engage in e-learning.

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

Goodbye, Boring Database Instruction. Hello, Search App Smackdown!

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How a high school librarian turned turn “uncool” database lessons into a fun, challenging, and competitive game.

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

Making, With a Rube Goldberg Twist

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Building contraptions inspired by the inventor and cartoonist teaches students about physics, problem-solving, and cause and effect.

The Joys of a Good Book (Battle, That Is)| Editorial

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SLJ’s Battle of the Kids’s Books (BOB)—our feverish, book-based version of college basketball’s March Madness playoffs—pits 16 middle grade and YA books against one another over four rounds of matches, culminating in one winner crowned on March 30.

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

Ebooks Can be a Great Choice for Middle Schoolers

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A middle-school librarian conducted his own research on ebooks. What he found out now guides his collection development—and may be the answer to the “middle school drop-off” in pleasure reading.

Harlem Advocacy Group Demands School Librarians

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A petition by the Harlem Council of Elders calls on state and city officials to rectify the dearth of librarians by the start of the next school year.

Almost Home: How Public Libraries Serve Homeless Teenagers

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Library offerings for these young people include drop-in card games and supplemental educational services.

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

Many Colleges Are Ignoring the SAT. Does Prep Still Matter?

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As students prepare to take the new SAT test on March 5, debates about the rationale for student testing continue—while librarians still want to help students prepare.

USC Shoah Foundation Announces 2016 IWitness Video Challenge

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The IWitness Video Challenge gives middle and high school students a chance to give back to their communities while honing their digital skills. Inaugurated in 2013 by Steven Spielberg, the competition was designed around the same premise as “Schindler’s List,” that one person can make a difference.

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.