June 25, 2017

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Earth Day, Every Day | On the Screen

Leaping lemurs and the pure blue orchid are among the photogenic stars of three visually arresting documentaries.

Kids Make Art for Social Justice in L.A. Museum-Library Partnership

The Los Angeles Public Library hosted “Art Without Walls,” an art event with the L.A. Hammer Museum where kids honored women in their lives while sending messages about equal rights.

Book Review: The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas + Giveaway

Publisher’s description Inspired by the Black Lives Matter movement, Angie Thomas’s searing debut about an ordinary girl in extraordinary circumstances addresses issues of racism and police violence with intelligence, heart, and unflinching honesty. Soon to be a major motion picture from Fox 2000/Temple Hill Productions. Sixteen-year-old Starr Carter moves between two worlds: the poor neighborhood […]

Book Review: The Education of Margot Sanchez by Lilliam Rivera

Publisher’s description Pretty in Pink comes to the South Bronx in this bold and romantic coming-of-age novel about dysfunctional families, good and bad choices, and finding the courage to question everything you ever thought you wanted—from debut author Lilliam Rivera. Things/People Margot Hates: Mami, for destroying her social life Papi, for allowing Junior to become […]

A Call to Action in Canada | Picture of the Week

A children’s librarian in Ontario used the poster by artist Calef Brown, included in the February issue of SLJ, as the centerpiece of a book display.

Books for Trying Times: A Resource List complied by members of KidLit Resists!

Today’s list of resources is brought to you by the members of KidLit Resists! We’re a Facebook group for members of the KidLit community (authors, illustrators, editors, youth librarians, booksellers, and others who create and support picture books, MG books, and YA books) who wish to organize against the current administration’s agenda and support those communities targeted […]

An Inside Look at Librarians, Schools, and the Political Climate

Librarians around the country share how their workday has changed post-election.

An Open Letter to School Librarians: Silence Is not Golden | Opinion

Every day students of different races, nationalities, and sexual orientations walk through our library doors. The library must be a safe space for them, since the outside world has become increasingly unsafe.

Librarians at the Women’s March | ALA Midwinter 2017

Across the country, librarians participated in the January 21, 2017 Women’s March, which coincided with the ALA Midwinter Meeting.

Teens Creating Change, Past and Present

A bevy of titles about activists and activism for young people.

ESSA learning more, doing more

I’d venture to say that most of us could stand to learn a little more about ESSA and its potential for school libraries and the communities we serve. On the SchoolLibraryAdvocacy.org website, Deb Kachel offers some clarity. Deb’s presentation ESSA: Every Student Succeeds Act: Implications for School Library Programs, shares critical background on the ESSA […]

Patrick Ness Raised $1 Million for Refugees. But Don’t Call Him a Saint.

The YA author rallied 6,783 donors, including fellow authors, to contribute to his relief campaign for the global refugee crisis. Ness says that he just got “pissed off about 30 seconds before anyone else did.”

How To Foster Teen Activism

Kansas City (MO) public librarian Wick Thomas brought teenagers to meet the Governor face-to-face in his office to ask for more library funding. That’s just one way that Thomas encourages responsible activism and leadership among young adults.

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Texas Children’s ‘Read to Me!’ March Celebrates 24th Year

Texas public librarian Sally Meyers has marched with more than 24,000 children during National Library Week to promote reading. “Read to Me!” is their message and demonstration cry as they march around the Tom Green County Courthouse.

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

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