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May 24, 2015

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Hands-on Projects and Titles that Celebrate Maker and Latino Cultures | Libro por libro

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Making and tinkering have long-been staples of the Hispanic community. Tim Wadham shares Spanish-language, bilingual, and Latino-focused books and crafts that are just right for maker spaces looking to diversify their offerings.

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Pictures of the Week: Author Gabrielle Balkan Wows Librarians at Quarto Fall Preview

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On Wednesday May 13, Quarto Publishing USA presented its fall titles, calling attention to its new nonfiction imprint, Wide Eyed Editions. On hand was author Gabrielle Balkan, who discussed her The 50 States.

How to Run a Library Volunteer Program that Students Love

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On an average day, at least ten students help Laura Gardner run the Dartmouth (MA) Middle School library. Altogether, over 40 seventh and eighth-grade students work there each year. She couldn’t do it without them.

Mathical: A New Book Award Honors the Magic of Mathematics

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Last month a new prize was announced: Mathical Books for Kids from Tots to Teens. The prize is sponsored by the Mathematical Sciences Research Institute (MSRI)—a non-profit that focuses on research and works to deepen appreciation of mathematics across all age levels—and the Children’s Book Council (CBC).

Charged! From Atoms to Electricity | Touch and Go

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Today’s app reviews cover introductions to foundational science topics studied at one point during every student’s career.

Latinitas and DIY Girls: Paving the Way for Latina Makers

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Two nonprofit organizations, Latinitas and DIY Girls, are working with Latina teens and tweens to promote tech- and media-focused skills.

How Brooklyn Special Ed Students Built a Library | The Maker Issue

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Students at a Brooklyn vocational school and occupational training center constructed furniture for themselves and their library. They’re part of a movement empowering people of all abilities to create and build.

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Our Voices Matter: SLJ Chats with Valynne Maetani About “Ink and Ashes” | Up Close

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The first winner of Lee & Low/Tu’s New Visions Award, debut author Valynne Maetani shares what inspired her to write a YA mystery/thriller with a strong Japanese American female protagonist.

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“Listen, Slowly” explores a teen’s journey from the valley to Vietnam| Audio Pick

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LAI, Thanhhà. Listen, Slowly. digital download. 8 hrs. Harper Audio. 2015. $18.99. ISBN 9780062346469.
Gr 6-8–Mai (though at school in Laguna Beach she’s known as “Mia”) is a seventh grade valley girl who is expected to accompany her grandmother on an all-summer visit to Vietnam. Bà fled Vietnam with her children during the Fall of Saigon, and doesn’t know what happened to her husband, Mai’s grandfather. Occasionally using her rudimentary Vietnamese, Mai tells the story (grudgingly adding SAT vocabulary sent daily […]

Teen Charm Offensive: Fostering Positive Attitudes About YA Programming

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How to develop the essential “soft skills” to communicate with colleagues who may be less than enthusiastic about teens and young adult programming.