November 21, 2017

The Advocate's Toolbox

On student scrutiny: two strategies

We’re focusing a lot of attention these days of helping students determine credibility. For many of us, this is not a hot new topic. I dug around a bit and dusted off a couple of tools that, I think, stand the test of time.  You are welcome to make copies and retool them for you […]

2017 Scholastic Reading Report Reveals Extent of Book Ownership Divide

The biannual report is a reminder for librarians that parents and kids want good stories, humor, and strong characters. The challenge is improving access.

One Book, One School Program Huge Success in Connecticut

An elementary school in Westport, CT, kicked off their One Book, One School initiative on Read Across America Day, with a suspenseful school-wide assembly.

Mandela Bracelets Create School Libraries and Jobs in South Africa

In South Africa, 90 percent of schools don’t have a library. The CEO of Mandela Bangle, Nelson Mandela’s project, is setting out to change that, one bracelet (and shipping container) at a time.

Getting Book Rich | Editorial

The national Book-Rich Environment Initiative promises to be a critical step in addressing print scarcity for low-income kids. Libraries will be key partners.

This article was published in School Library Journal's February 2017 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.

Why Med School Students Tutor at My Library

A local medical school’s service requirement, combined with my young patrons’ need for mentors they could count on, made for a perfect match.

This article was published in School Library Journal's February 2017 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.

ILA Report: Digital Literacy Is Hot; Access to Books and Content Is Not

The International Literacy Association’s What’s Hot in Literacy report shows that what’s trendy to talk about is not always the same as what’s most important to discuss.

Faked Out | Editorial

The news literacy gap is today’s information crisis.

This article was published in School Library Journal's January 2017 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.

Libraries Join National Initiative To Transform Public Housing into Book-Rich Environments

The Book-Rich Environment Initiative will serve children living in HUD-assisted housing—and encourage families to use local libraries. The U.S. DOE and the National Book Foundation are among the new project’s partners.

Wonders 2017: McGraw-Hill’s K–6 ELA Program | SLJ Review

Packed with new features, the updated English Language Arts program includes a student interface where teachers can assign independent work.

Teaching Information Literacy Now

Laura Gardner, 2016 SLJ School Librarian of the Year finalist, updates her lesson plans for the era of fake news.

These Superintendents Are Sold on Libraries | Editorial

Four influential superintendents see libraries as catalysts for school success—and librarians as change agents in a disrupted learning landscape.

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

Five Questions for Kids’ Media Literacy Expert Frank W. Baker

How can kids deconstruct Super Bowl ads? Or distinguish authentic news items online from manufactured content? Insight on this and more from Media Literacy Clearinghouse founder Frank W. Baker.

Credo, AR State University Partner to Boost College Readiness

The Literati High School Partnership aims to support research at the middle and high school level and ease students’ transition to college-level learning.

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Helping the Reluctant Reader

Students in the age of digital screens often face significant reading challenges. A library’s large print collection can be instrumental in helping them change their habits for the better.

Unstoppable Ambassador: Laura Gardner, 2016 School Librarian of the Year Finalist

Laura Gardner brings out the best in students at Dartmouth (MA) Middle School with outstanding volunteer, tech, and reading programs.

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

CommonLit: OER Curation and Creation

As librarians, wehn we gear up for a new school year, it’s exciting to have a few new strategies for engaging learners with literature and for building our own literature discovery/selection toolkit. You’ll absolutely want to introduce CommonLit to your classroom teachers and you’ll absolutely use it yourself to make curricular discoveries and to help […]

Tales2Go as an audio collection (and a literacy solution)

I LOVE audiobooks!  They make it possible for me to always be reading. But for kiddos, access to audiobooks represents far more than a simple, hands-free convenience. Audiobooks allow children to build vocabulary, to attack sophisticated text and ideas beyond their current reading levels, Audiobooks can introduce children to new vocabulary, improve reading comprehension and fluency, […]

Early Learning’s Pay Gap | Editorial

We depend on and say we value the people who care for our kids in their earliest years—in day-care centers and in home-based child care. Yet we expect them to work for a pittance. It’s time to invest in our kids’ first teachers.

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

When Librarians Teach Teachers

Public librarians are training early learning professionals in a range of literacy-boosting skills, from in-depth professional development to puppetry.

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