November 24, 2017

The Advocate's Toolbox

Literate on Literacy | Public Library Think Tank

Literacy—and how libraries are reimagining services to address it for patrons of all ages—took center stage at the Northeast Dade–Aventura Branch, Miami Dade (FL) Public Library System, March 9–10, at LJ and School Library Journal’s 2017 Public Library Think Tank.

SLJ Leadership Summit 2016: The Power of Purpose

Emboldened attendees left Washington, D.C. with a fresh perspective, new energy, and actionable ideas. 

Free Virtual Conference to Help Librarians Teach Data Literacy

The 4T Virtual Conference on “Data Literacy: Creating Data Literate Students” will take place July 14–15 and focus on teaching high school students statistical literacy, data visualization, and how to use data in arguments.

National Readathon Day 2016: Ice Cream, Grab Bags, and, of Course, Books

The idea behind National Readathon Day, co-hosted by ALA and Penguin Random House, is to celebrate the delights of falling into a story. Any proceeds will support ALA’s Every Child Ready to Read initiative.

SLJ Summit 2015: Whole-Child Ready

Stellar exemplars of creative programs and inspired leadership, underscoring a broad call for librarians to take action in an evolving learning landscape. That’s a big-picture view of the 2015 School Library Journal (SLJ) Leadership Summit in Seattle, WA.

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

Once Upon a Time in Minneapolis: A Librarian Attends NerdCon

The first NerdCon, the brainchild of Hank Green, was the hot ticket convention for storytellers and story consumers October 8–9 in Minneapolis. The event, filled with YA authors, vloggers, podcasters, and more, focused on storytelling. Librarian Robin Brenner highlights some of the panels and speakers.

Work Smarter Through “Extreme Listening” | SLJ Summit 2015

CEO of Caravan Studios Marnie Webb unpacked design thinking in her SLJ Summit keynote, providing a model for developing projects, from idea to prototype, through deep, empathetic listening.

Teach More, Librarian Less, Say SLJ Leadership Summit Panelists

How can teacher librarians reimagine their positions to meet strategic student learning needs? That question was the main focus of the SLJ Leadership Summit panel “Become Essential.”

Fast Learning at the 2015 SLJ Summit

A teen technology “Mover & Shaker” and Sabrina Urquhart of the Bezos Foundation were among the Fast Learning presenters at SLJ’s 2015 Leadership Summit. Attendee Andy Plemmons covered the rapid fire session.

Stop Calling Them “Young Adult” Books, Teens Say

Eight high school students sounded off about the “YA” label, print books versus ebooks, and why they read what they read during a panel discussion at the 2015 Nielsen Children’s Book Summit in Manhattan.

Nathan Hale, Maris Wicks, Don Brown, and Others On Nonfiction Graphic Works | Day of Dialog 2015

Dynamic authors and illustrators on the panel Nonfiction Goes Graphic (in Format) spoke about everything from whether cute cartoons can faithfully illustrate the human body to portraying violent subject matter for young children.

Proposals Wanted for “Libraries Connecting Communities”

Proposals are being accepted for the LJ/SLJ virtual program “The Digital Shift” on October 14, 2015. If you have a compelling story to share about how libraries of all types are facilitating connection and supporting strong communities—we’d like to hear from you.

Pictures of the Week: NorthSouth Book Launch Party for “My Grandma Is a Ninja”

NorthSouth Books held a launch party on March 11 for My Grandma Is a Ninja, written by Todd Tarpley and illustrated by Danny Chatzikonstantinou.

Pictures of the Week: New Teacher Librarian Training at P.S. 192

SLJ was on hand for a day of professional development for a group of new teacher librarians, some decked out in green, at P.S. 192 in New York City on March 17, St. Patrick’s Day.

Maker Librarians Bring It to SXSWEdu 2015

Design thinking and making were top of mind at SXSWEdu, as participants considered the learning potential around these hot topics. In official programming, in the hallways, and over barbecue, librarians were on hand to help advance that conversation.

The YMAs and the Future of Diverse Books | Editorial

The diversity in the 2015 Youth Media Awards selections was a critical step in the right direction, though barriers remain. Perhaps we will look back and recognize this as a turning point.

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

Pictures of the Week: WPIX Weatherman Mr. G Reads Aloud at Manhattan’s P.S. 140

To kick off Read to Me, a new national literacy initiative, WPIX weatherman Mr. G and other members of the Screen Actors Guild read to children on World Read Aloud Day.

Cartoonists Talk About “Charlie Hebdo”

In wake of the Charlie Hebdo shootings, players in the cartoon/graphic artist world gathered at the French Institute Alliance Française in New York City to discuss issues, including censorship, satire, and the power of the visual medium.

Tuck Turns 40

On Tuck Everlasting’s 40th anniversary, Gregory Maguire hosts an evening dedicated to the Natalie Babbitt YA classic in New York City’s Symphony Space, and SLJ talks to the 82-year-old Babbitt.

Librarians Shown Love at YALSA’s Morris/Nonfiction Awards | ALA Midwinter 2015

A Chicago blizzard prevented many of the authors of the recognized titles from attending the Morris/Nonfiction awards, but Morris winner Isabel Quintero managed to take the stage, and Nonfiction winner Maya Van Wagenen gave librarians a shout out via video.