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July 24, 2014

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ISTE Winners To Be Honored in Atlanta; Ezra Keats Foundation Awards $820K; Qlovi Adds HarperCollins Titles | News Bites

A round up of industry news, including free events, tech upgrades, grants, competitions, and prizes.

Video Sunday: Pregnant iguanas galore

Video Sunday: Pregnant iguanas galore

This may sound a little crazy, but even though I’m on maternity leave for three months or so, this video made me nostalgic for my system. It’s the rather remarkable Why Libraries Matter short documentary from The Atlantic. Beautifully shot and LOOK! There’s Rita Meade again! Somebody give that gal her own show. While we’re [...]

Fusenews: Why You Should Go to Kidlitcon (and other interesting facts)

Fusenews: Why You Should Go to Kidlitcon (and other interesting facts)

Oh, you lucky bugs.  Do you know what today is?  Today is the first day of Kidlitcon and for those of you still interested in joining (and who wouldn’t be?) you have a last minute chance to be a part of the fun.  Always assuming you’re in the Austin area, of course, but I bet [...]

Are Learning Apps Good for Babies?

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Rachel G. Payne, coordinator of early childhood services at Brooklyn Public Library, offers advice for parents.

Read, Play, Grow!: Enhancing early literacy at Brooklyn Public Library

All photographs ©Philip Greenberg/Courtesy of Brooklyn Public Library.

Research has long supported the importance of play in early literacy, yet many parents remain mystified about how to engage with young children in fun activities, particularly at the pre-verbal stage. Enter the library.

NYC Kids Rally for Libraries; City Council Members Urge Full Funding

Crowd on the Steps of City Hall

More than a dozen New York City Council members, the presidents of New York’s three library systems, and several hundred librarians, library staff, supporters, advocates, and children from nearby schools rallied on the steps of city hall to protest $106 million in proposed funding cuts. Council members Jimmy Van Bramer and Vincent J. Gentile also pledged to introduce legislation that would create a baseline of stable funding for the city’s public library services.

In Sandy’s Wake, Library Systems Help City Keep Students Connected

Photo courtesy of the Queens Public Library.

In the wake of Hurricane Sandy, the New York, Queens, and Brooklyn Public Library have partnered with the city to provide online courses to students displaced from their homes.

Debut Author William Alexander Nabs 2012 National Book Award for Young People

William Alexander accepts the National Book Award for Goblin Secrets.

First time author William Alexander took home the National Book Award (NBA) for Young People last night for his book Goblin Secrets (S&S, 2012), about a boy who joins a theatrical group of goblins.