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April 17, 2015

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Step Up on ESEA: Act now to get school libraries built into this federal legislation | Editorial

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A decade of potential school library support hangs in the balance. Tell your U.S. senators and representatives how critical school libraries are in delivering quality education, helping schools and kids keep up with new technologies, and fueling engagement with learning as a lifelong necessity and pleasure.

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Common Craft Releases Free Video to Boost Public Perception of Librarians

Common Craft has released a free video explaining the vital role of librarians and libraries in the Internet Age.

What Professional Lobbying Looks Like

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Librarians armed with stats and professionalism urged lawmakers to raise public library funding and support for school librarians on the New York Library Association’s Library Advocacy Day.

Ferguson Library Director Wins Lemony Snicket Prize

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Scott Bonner, director of the Ferguson (MO) Municipal Public Library, has been awarded ALA’s second annual Lemony Snicket Prize for Noble Librarians Faced with Adversity. Daniel Handler and Jacqueline Woodson will co-present Bonner with the prize in June during the ALA Annual Conference & Exhibition in San Francisco.

UPDATE: Teen Library Advocates Get Booted Out of Missouri Governor’s Office

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Last week, a group of teens and supervising adults that belong to Save MO Libraries visited the Missouri governor’s office to ask him to restore the $6 million in budget cuts to library spending—only to be escorted out by a state trooper moments later for being “disruptive.”

Update: ESEA: ALA and Advocacy Community Urging School Library Supporters to Act Now

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With the reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act coming up, the American Library Association has been leading the campaign to get dedicated funding for school libraries into the bill.

Rage to Page: Young Scholars Self-Publish a Tribute to John Hope Franklin

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When the John Hope Franklin Young Scholars studied the 1898 Massacre in Wilmington, NC, they became enraged that such an important event was not covered in their eighth grade history textbooks. The Young Scholars then decided to write and self-publish a novel as a tribute to the late Duke historian, Dr. John Hope Franklin.

Serving Full T.I.L.T. : Talking Up Teens

For our final piece in our Serving Full T.I.L.T. (Teens in Libraries Today) series, Eden Grey is talking about advocacy. Next week we’ll here from you. Why is in-house advocacy important? We all see advocacy at a national level, in social media blasts by ALA and YALSA, awareness campaigns by School Library Journal, fundraisers by […]

Updated: Utah Legislature to Vote on $1,050,00K Increase for School Libraries

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Following school library lobbyist Sharyl Smith’s year-plus effort in Utah, with the help of Parents Advocating Libraries in Schools, the Utah legislature has allocated an additional $500,000 to school libraries, pending a final vote on the state’s overall budget this week.

ALA’s Office for Intellectual Freedom Wants to Know About Your State’s Challenged Books

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The American Library Association’s Office for Intellectual Freedom wants to know about your state’s 2014 book challenges. The deadline for reporting is Friday, February 27—so find out how to do so here.

Kansas May Criminalize Educators for Distributing “Harmful Material”

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A proposed bill in Kansas removes the protection of educators against prosecution for sharing so-called “harmful material” in schools. Senate Bill 56 has sparked strong partisanship, and the American Library Association is closely monitoring its progress.

Technology Pilots in Colorado Juvenile Facility Libraries Support Learning and Digital Literacy Skills

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The Division of Youth Corrections, in partnership with the Colorado State Library, has had a great run in its recent launches of multiple technology pilot projects in select juvenile correctional facilities statewide. These innovative initiatives are designed to support positive youth development and resilience for at-risk youth.

Two Books Challenged Again in Highland Park Schools in Texas

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Renewed book challenges to The Working Poor: Invisible in America and The Art of Racing in the Rain stir up sides as the Highland Park (TX) Independent School District’s board gears up to vote on revisions to the district’s book policy.

Appoquinimink School District Board Battles Over Permission Slips for YA Reading

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The Appoquinimink (DE) School District has been at the center of a controversy over whether to implement parental permission slips for required and recreational reading.

#becauseofapubliclibrary

The amazing folks at Ferguson Library (I’m a big fan!) recently started the hashtag #becauseofapubliclibrary. It turned out I had a lot of thoughts about what happens because of a public library. Please do hop on Twitter and look at lots of the great responses about what has happened because of a public library. Below […]

#becauseofapubliclibrary

The amazing folks at Ferguson Library (I’m a big fan!) recently started the hashtag #becauseofapubliclibrary. It turned out I had a lot of thoughts about what happens because of a public library. Please do hop on Twitter and look at lots of the great responses about what has happened because of a public library. Below […]

CO Library Pilots a Robotics Program that Helps Kids with Autism

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In 2014, the Longmont (CO) Public Library teamed up with a robotics start-up, Robauto, to pilot a program where kids with autism build a library robot.

Snapshot: Portrait of a Library Today

Snapshot: Portrait of a Library Today

I worked at the Marion Public Library in Marion, Ohio for 10 years. It was in many ways one of the best work experiences of my life. I loved the library, I loved the people, and I knew that we were doing great things for the community. It was also clear over those years how […]

Karen’s Guide to Working with Your Local Radio Station, adventures in creative marketing

Karen’s Guide to Working with Your Local Radio Station, adventures in creative marketing

For 7 or 8 years, I got to be on the local radio station every Friday morning. It was a glorious thing for me. So today I’m going to share with you how that relationship came to be and some of my tips for working with your local radio station. I highly recommend that if […]

ALA Announces Winners of the 2014 American Dream Libraries Grant

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Thanks to the Dollar General Literacy Foundation, 22 libraries across the United States will now have $15,000 each to fund their print and digital English as a Second Language (ESL) collections.