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April 24, 2015

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Diverse Voices: A Discussion on Crafting Fiction, Nonfiction, and Audiobooks that Reflect and Celebrate Diversity

Tuesday, May 12th, 2015, 3:00 PM – 4:00 PM ET / 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM PT
Join authors Sharon Draper, Jason Reynolds, Christy Hale, and Sandra Moore, along with librarian Thom Barthelmess, and SLJ editor Kiera Parrott for a conversation about diversity in kid and YA lit.
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Winners Announced for IMLS National Medal for Museum and Library Service; Capstone Fellowship in Children’s Lit | News Bites

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In the latest News Bites, the Institute of Museum and Library Services has announced the recipients of the 2015 National Medal for Museum and Library Service.

2015 Banned Books Week to Focus on YA Lit

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This year’s Banned Books Week (BBW, September 27 to October 3) will celebrate books written for the teen audience, the BBW National Committee announced on April 22.

What Does “Excellence” in Nonfiction Mean to YALSA? | Consider the Source

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A look at YALSA’s Nonfiction Award for Excellence leaves the author with some questions about the award’s criteria.

Playing with the Alphabet, “Metamorphabet” | Touch and Go

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Only two months out of the gate and ‘Metamorphabet,’ a new app created and developed by Patrick Smith and Vectorpark, has received accolades, including recognition by the 2015 BolognaRagazzi Digital Award Committee. Take a peek at the trailer and you’ll see why.

We Need More International Picture Books, Kid Lit Experts Say

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“Where the Wild Books Are,” an event organized by author/illustrator Etienne Delessert, celebrated international picture books and asked why some of these titles encounter resistance in the United States.

Library Police: Who Determines What Is “Appropriate”? | Scales on Censorship

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Pat Scales responds to a kindergarten educator who questions the age-appropriateness of This One Summer as a Caldecott Honor Book and an English teacher who grapples with what to do about her student teacher from a Christian university who has asked to opt out of working with To Kill a Mockingbird.

This article was published in School Library Journal's April 2015 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.

Powerful film explores the dire consequences of plastic| DVD Pick

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Plastic Paradise: The Great Pacific Garbage Patch. 57 min. Dist. by Bullfrog Films. 2014. $350. Rent $85. ISBN 1941545246.
Gr 7 Up–After seeing this documentary, viewers will not think of plastic in the same way again and will likely be inspired to make some personal changes, such as carrying reusable bags. Journalist Angela Sun’s journey to find the so-called drifting plastic island takes her to the remote Midway Atoll in the middle of the Pacific Ocean. There plastic debris from the […]

Turning the School Library into a Community Hub: Here’s How

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Massachusetts school librarian Liz Phipps-Soeiro opens her space for weekly “Coffee & Conversations.” Participants have included Cambridge Mayor David P. Maher.

Sleepy creatures, historical fiction, & a new Sammy Keyes | Audio Reviews

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L. Frank Baum’s Ozma of Oz and Ilyasah Shabazz’s historical novel about her father Malcolm X, are among this month’s audiobook reviews.

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