September 23, 2017

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Jarrett J. Krosoczka Art Graces Library in Northampton, MA

A new mural by the “Lunch Lady” author at the Forbes Library in Northampton, MA, transformed a stairwell leading to the kids’ area.

Free School Supplies; Mentoring Opportunity; Grant Applications | News Bites

The South Asia Book Awards, Teen Read Week prep, America’s 100 favorite books, and more.

33 Winning Back-to-School Ideas

From VR and mystery parties to STEAM projects and life-skills programs, these initiatives ignite curiosity.

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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.

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Beyond Bilingual: Making Storytime Inviting to All English Language Learners

Here’s how two Brooklyn librarians are making storytime more inclusive.

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Kid Magnets: Little Ones Love AWE and Hatch Early Learning Programs

These literacy-themed computer terminals feature digital games, storytelling programs, and more.

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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.

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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.

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.

10 Toys That Teach

Top picks from librarians who incorporate toys into their programs.

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Facing the Opioid Crisis: Q&A with Denver Public Library’s Rachel Fewell

How one urban library system is responding to the epidemic in its community—and in the library itself.

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.

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.

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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.

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.

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A Is for Aspirational: Library Design for Developing Ambitions | Editorial

The striking design of the Parsons Branch of the Columbus (OH) Metropolitan Library suggests that this is a place where people of any age can thrive.

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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.

Choices: A Historically Black College, or a Predominantly White One?

A Missouri teen weighed her options among the nine colleges that accepted her.

Mem Fox Pens Letter of Gratitude to Fans in the U.S.

“Thanks galore!” is the message author Mem Fox has for the many American librarians who sent her words of support after she was detained at LAX in February.