November 17, 2017

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From Ziggurats to Skyscrapers | What We Build and How We Live

This eye-opening selection of books about buildings and architecture provide a wealth of opportunities for exploring various cross-curricular topics including art, science, environmental studies, history, and cultural studies.

How to Build a School Library from Scratch

Getting a new school library off the ground takes ingenuity—and elbow grease. Read how these determined librarians did it. Plus: grant opportunities and key questions for volunteers.

This article was published in School Library Journal's March 2015 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.

Designing a Library, via Listserv

A school librarian assembles a “must-have” library design wish list with crowdsourced recommendations.

Bold in Every Setting| Editorial

The four stand-out programs recognized by SLJ and LEGO Education’s Build Something Bold design award reinforce the case for strong school libraries.

This article was published in School Library Journal's November 2014 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.

Locke Jetspace: L.A. School “Library of the Future”

A Los Angeles high school’s 3,000 square foot library renovation project, “Locke JetSpace,” aims to redefine the way students can learn.

Arapahoe High School Unveils New Library and Park

Arapahoe High School in Littleton, Colorado, rebuilds its library and gets a new outdoor commons, after a tragic high school shooting last December.

Dig It! Library Gardens Sprout Up Coast-to-Coast

Kids are learning about nutrition and the environment as libraries create gardens to expand their mission.

This article was published in School Library Journal's August 2014 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.

A Photo Gallery of Six Library Gardens

What’s growing in library gardens across the country.

East Hampton Library Addition Opens After Long Struggle and Lawsuit

After years of struggle fraught with zoning issues, East Hampton Library was finally able to cut the ceremonial ribbon on June 21 to celebrate its 6,800 square foot addition following a lawsuit and $5.8 million in donations—including a large sum from East Hampton local, actor Alec Baldwin.

Children’s Book Week Celebrated with Literary Landmark for Lyle the Crocodile’s E. 88th Street

An event on May 14 honored the late Bernard Waber, author of the “Lyle the Crocodile” books, and designated the Yorkville Community School on East 88th Street a Literary Landmark. The street was made famous by Waber in 1962 with Houghton Mifflin’s publication of The House on East 88th Street.

School Library Redesigns are Advocacy Opportunities | Project Advocacy

The recent surge of interest in reconfiguring school library spaces offers tremendous opportunity to spotlight the potential of school libraries.

This article was published in School Library Journal's May 2014 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.

Amazing Reading Nooks: Create Cozy, Inventive Reading Havens in Your Library

Something about the act of reading calls out for a safe, snug, and comfortable spot. SLJ explores an array of exceptional reading nooks, in libraries from the United States to Australia.

This article was published in School Library Journal's April 2014 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.

Berkeley Eighth Graders Raise Over $78K on Kickstarter, Build a School Library

The eighth-grade students at a charter school in Berkeley, CA, designed and crowd-funded their own school library, complete with student-conceived geometric shelving, furniture, and more.

Stationary Bikes Join Books in Virginia School Library

Thanks to four new recumbent bicycles installed at the school library at Falls Church (VA) High School, students can fit in some physical activity while simultaneously catching up on reading and schoolwork.

A Meeting of the Minds: The First Multiple Intelligences Library

A school library in St. Louis, Missouri, boasts something unique: It’s the only known library whose design is based on Multiple Intelligences theory—a groundbreaking concept of intellect conceived by psychologist Howard Gardner and widely embraced by educators.

This article was published in School Library Journal's December 2013 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.

Germany’s Unperfekthaus: Is this the Library of the Future?

Let’s be honest. Physical resources are in decline, and the transition to digital holdings will only accelerate. So what can we do with all that library space opened up by the decline of print? Consider the Unperfekthaus, a German model that encompasses maker spaces and much more.

This article was published in School Library Journal's December 2013 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.

Stockholm’s Tio Tretton Library Gives Tweens a Space of Their Own

At a tween-only library in Stockholm, the only patrons allowed are children between 10 and 13—a group that often feels too old for children’s sections but not yet ready for full-on YA experiences.

Expanding Program Participation | Fresh Paint

Loudon County Public Library recently concluded their 8th annual Teen Film Competition which drew in 29 film submissions. Gum Spring Library branch hosted the film festival, but the program was open to all teen residents of the United States. Teen services librarian April Layne Shroeder shares how her library expanded its program participation

A Librarian’s Reason 2 Smile: A Visit to the Jambo Jipya Academy in Kenya

Back in the fall of 2010, SLJTeen reported on one librarian’s dream to build a library at the Jambo Jipya Academy in Mwtapa, Kenya with the assistance of the organization Reason2Smile. The fundraising is almost complete and Jambo Jipya is hoping to expand and purchase the land adjacent to the school to become the future home of the school library. Donna Rosenblum brings us up to date on her quest to build that library.

Library Expansion in Posh NY Hood Goes On

A year after SLJ reported on the contentious dispute over a proposal to add a children’s room to the East Hampton Library in New York, the kids of the posh summer community are no closer to seeing it become a reality.

Library Director Dennis Fabiszak has said that the East Hampton Village Board of Zoning Appeals has expressed concern that an expanded children’s collection would lead to more library usage by those who live in the less affluent areas of Springs […]