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September 22, 2014

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School Librarian Talks to Students About ‘Whitewashing’ Children’s Book Covers

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Bank Street School librarian Allie Bruce found herself facing a complicated question from a sixth grader about the lack of minorities on YA book covers, starting with Julia Alvarez’s Return to Sender. The question led Bruce on a year-long lesson on diversity in children’s literature with a sixth grade class and—some surprising results.

In Sandy’s Aftermath, School Librarians Support Patrons, Communities, and One Another

Librarian Allie Bruce reads Where the Wild Things Are to children at the Bank Street School for Children

Despite the havoc wreaked by Hurricane Sandy, librarians are doing all that they can to serve their communities, from reaching out to offer donations to those affected by the crisis, to librarians compiling resources to give emotional support to their students.