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April 23, 2014

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January 2014 YALSA Report Serves As a Guide for Library Community’s Youth Services Best Practices

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Published in January 2014, the YALSA report “The Future of Library Services for and with Teens: A Call to Action” addresses the need for a national conversation around how young adults are served by libraries today—and how to better position library centers to foster and drive learning in the future. The report is also being seen as set of best practices, which YALSA will use to re-evaluate its own best practices guidelines, says Beth Yoke, YALSA’s director.

Apps for Outdoor Learning | Cool Tools

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With spring in the air, students typically clamor to get outside—and teachers would often like to follow. April is an ideal time of year to explore outdoor learning opportunities, and these apps and sites can lead the way.

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Scholastic Education Announces Intensified Efforts to Bring ‘Growth Mindset’ Math Program Into Classrooms Nationwide

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On April 10, Scholastic Education announced, in collaboration with Mindset Works, an education-implementation company that translates university-level lessons into K-12 programs, that the two companies are expanding on bringing ‘growth mindset’ research into everyday classroom practice across the nation starting with its MATH 180 program.

School Librarians: Ask Students to Vote to Get ‘The Fault in Our Stars’ Cast to Visit Your State

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Here’s a fun activity around the June 6 film release of The Fault in Our Stars. Librarians can encourage students to find their home state on an interactive map, and put in their vote to get the book-turned-film’s cast to visit their state. Vote before April 25.

San Diego Schools May Restore Some Library Services in Upcoming School Year

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School library access in San Diego’s school district has been greatly reduced since a budget slash in 2008, and the outlying community having been vocal about restoring student access to its school libraries. The San Diego Unified School District has been listening, and may widen its severely curtailed school library access in 2014-15.

How a VA Middle School Librarian and Her Book Club Raised Funds to Provide 15,000 Meals for Students in South Sudan

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Virginia Middle School Librarian Lauren McBride shares her story with SLJ of how her book club read Linda Sue Park’s A Long Walk to Water (Houghton Mifflin, 2010)—a book about the civil war in South Sudan and its thousands of children orphans and refugees—and how the story prompted her students into action, exercising their computer literacy skills in a fundraising campaign for students of South Sudan.

SLJ Columnist Pat Scales Addresses Censorship Concerns in Libraries

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Librarian and SLJ columnist Pat Scales responds to a range of censorship issues from librarians around the country.

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Down with the Dinos | Touch and Go

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With brief texts offering a touch of dino drama and some basic facts, Oceanhouse Media’s “Smithsonian Prehistoric Pals” series, based on books by Dawn Bentley, have found an enthusiastic audience with young children. The developer has recently added some new titles to this list; two are reviewed today.

“Americans Who Read More Electronically Read More,” reports Harris Poll

While the print format is still king among bookworms, those readers who favor the ebook format are more likely to read over 20 books a year (30%) than either those who read more/only in hard copy (18%), according to the poll of 2,234 adults conducted in March 2014.

Playground Lessons: What Kids Learn at Recess | Focus On

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A selection of books to help kids navigate the social and emotional ups and downs of school yard and neighborhood play. With humor and visual storytelling, these books reinforce the importance of patience, following rules, and cooperation when dealing with one’s peers.

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