September 29, 2016

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SLJ Controversial Book Survey: Data and Findings

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Download SLJ’s 2016 Controversial Books Survey report, exploring self-censorship among school librarians.

At the Intersection of Libraries and Museums

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For librarians promoting information literacy and the evaluation of resources, museums—however unconventional—are fertile grounds for incorporating primary sources in lessons and activities.

Banned Books Are Often Diverse Books. Check the Stats.

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Twenty-nine books on ALA’s top 10 challenged books lists from 2001–2015 have diverse content.

Why toys should be in every children’s department—and how to make it happen | First Steps

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Here are easy ideas for integrating the learning power of play into your public library.

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A Gallery of Artists’ Biographies | Focus On

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A collection of highly visual biographies that look at the lives and times of fine artists and how their masterful works were created and came to achieve public recognition.

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Real Cowboys by Kate Hoefler | SLJ Review

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HOEFLER, Kate. Real Cowboys. illus. by Jonathan Bean. 32p. HMH. Oct. 2016. Tr $16.99. ISBN 9780544148925.

PreS-Gr 3 –Hoefler takes readers into the daily lives of cowboys. Almost every page turn reveals a different personality trait or behavior, from being “quiet in the morning, careful not to wake the people…in the hollow” to being “strong, and tough, and homesick at the same time.” Her portrayal shows skilled and sensitive caretakers who sing to calm the cattle or help them […]

Hook Them with Historical Fiction | Adult Books 4 Teens

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Historical fiction may not be every teen’s idea of a gripping read, but these titles are bound to immerse readers—and may even please educators, too.

 A NC Library Brings Wi-Fi Hotspots to Students in Need

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Partnering with Sprint, the Charlotte Mecklenburg Library is allowing students who don’t have Wi-Fi at home to check out portable hotspots.

Old Dog Baby Baby by Julie Fogliano | SLJ Review

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FOGLIANO, Julie. Old Dog Baby Baby. illus. by Chris Raschka. 32p. Roaring Brook/Neal Porter Bks. Oct. 2016. Tr $17.99. ISBN 9781596438538.

PreS-K –Those privileged to have known a mild-mannered dog, a martyr to baby love, a dog that will withstand any annoyance from an infant and still adore him, will appreciate this sweet story told in verse. Fogliano’s spare, pitch-perfect rhymes capture the joyful meeting between a blond-haired diapered baby and a shaggy dog on the kitchen floor. Simple […]

International Awards for Spanish-Language Books | Libro por libro

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Tim Wadham shares resources for finding award-winning international titles to add to Spanish-language collections.

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