November 17, 2017

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Show Me a Sign, Baby! Preverbal Kids and Sign Language

Baby sign language improves preverbal communication—and it’s a fun way to bond with children.

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

Get Quacking: A Rubber Ducky Club Encourages 1,000 Early Learning Moments

The program at Bethlehem Public Library in Delmar, NY, is designed to feel less daunting than 1,000 books before kindergarten early literacy programs.

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

A Model of Library Service to Children of Incarcerated Parents: SLJ Talks to Nick Higgins, Brooklyn Public Library

Nick Higgins brought Telestory, a free video visitation service for families of prisoners at Rikers Island in New York City, to Brooklyn Public Library. Here’s how he did it.

These Teens Started a Sign Language Storytime and YouTube Channel

Members of the ASL Club at Maine West High School in Des Plaines, IL, lead storytimes for local preschoolers and others via YouTube.

How To Plan, Market, and Execute a Successful Book Festival for Youth

North Texas Teen Book Festival cofounder Dr. Rose Brock and SLJTeen Live! speaker offers how-to advice on developing a youth-centered event.

13 Tips for Teaching News and Information Literacy

Experts share their most successful teaching methods for elementary and middle schoolers.

Libraries Provide Teens with Important Life Skills | ALA Annual 2017

During a panel at the ALA annual conference, librarians suggested ways to help teens learn lessons on everything from cooking to money management.

The Power of Nonneutral Librarianship | ALA Annual 2017

While some believe that libraries should remain entirely objective, several speakers at an ALA annual conference panel stressed the importance of using exhibits and programs to express political opinions and take a stand.

Books on Bikes Initiative Keeps Students Reading in Summer

School librarians in Charlottesville, VA, get pedaling in order to bring books to kids.

Storytime: A Classic Library Service Boosts Literacy and More, Studies Show

Storytimes in libraries and other community learning opportunities are viewed as critical components of young children’s preparation to enter school.

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

Librarians in Training: A Smart MLS Program for Kids

A Kansas children’s library associate is giving kids a peek at the inner workings of what professionals like herself do all day.

Teaching With Science Comics

The latest generation of science-oriented graphic novels entertain as much as they educate.

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

Tired of Fidget Spinners? Embrace Them As Teaching Tools, Not Just Toys

Librarian Christina Keasler advises educators to embrace the recent fidget spinner craze—and incorporate them into lesson plans and summer activities.

Your 3-D Printer Hates You. Now Let’s Get Started!

Avoid these snafus—and design a 3-D printing program that you and your community will love.

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

Seven Tips for Teaching News Literacy to Eight- to 12-Year-Olds

Considerations and strategies for teaching younger learners how to evaluate and create media.

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

Drag Queen Story Hours Flourishing on Both Coasts

Inclusive stories, music, snacks, treasure hunts, and a liberal dose of “fabulousness” mark these storytimes trending in libraries.

Design Thinking, and a Library Update, With Third Graders

An elementary school librarian and her students reconceive their library to make it more conducive to Project Based Learning.

Dedicated to Building a More Equitable World | Editorial

SLJ examines how librarians are working to promote equity in their communities. When you think about who you serve and how, are you looking through a lens focused on equality or equity? What can you do about what you see?

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

Supermoons Cause Tidal Waves—True or False? Our news literacy program challenges fourth graders to find out.

A school librarian media specialist and computer science coordinator design a hands-on, three-week news evaluation lesson.

How Universal Design Will Make Your Library More Inclusive

Universal Design involves designing spaces, products, programming, and more to make them as usable as possible for people of all ages, abilities, and backgrounds.

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