January 20, 2017

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Junior Library Guild to Sponsor Multicultural Children’s Book Day

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JLG is the honorary sponsor of the MCBD 2017 campaign, which is dedicated to raising awareness about diverse books.

ILA Report: Digital Literacy Is Hot; Access to Books and Content Is Not

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The International Literacy Association’s What’s Hot in Literacy report shows that what’s trendy to talk about is not always the same as what’s most important to discuss.

A Historic Meeting | Picture of the Week

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Caren Stelson, the author of “Sachiko: A Nagasaki Bomb Survivor’s Story,” went to Japan to meet her hero.

Citing “Bathroom Bill,” Riordan Passes on Texas Honor

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The “Percy Jackson” creator and San Antonio native takes a stand against discrimination.

The Problem with Student Privacy, and How To Protect It

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Strategies for safeguarding student data in schools and libraries, and student privacy in general, in the information age.

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Google Launches Toontastic 3D, an App for Telling Animated Stories

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Unlike other tools that focus on the technical aspects of filmmaking, Toontastic 3D emphasizes storytelling, according to Google, which released the free app for Android and iOS devices today.

Explore Primary Sources in Free Program Series

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The Presidential Primary Source Project presents free, live-streamed programs for middle and high school students. Covering “Culture, Society, and Presidential Decision-Making,” the presentations run through March 2017.

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Caroline Cooney Begins 2017 as a Picture Book Author | Interview

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The renowned YA author branches out—to the delight of her grandchildren.

Snapchatting “The Odyssey”: An Epic Success

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A librarian-teacher team figure out how to get a group of reluctant learners excited about a required project on Homer’s epic poem: Snapchat.

PEN America To Hold NYC Rally in Defense of Free Expression

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“Writers Resist: Louder Together for Free Expression” will be held on the steps of the New York Public Library on January 15, Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday.

Faked Out | Editorial

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The news literacy gap is today’s information crisis.

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Libraries Join National Initiative To Transform Public Housing into Book-Rich Environments

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The Book-Rich Environment Initiative will serve children living in HUD-assisted housing—and encourage families to use local libraries. The U.S. DOE and the National Book Foundation are among the new project’s partners.

Murals Making a Difference for Low-Income Students

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The mission of the Estria Foundation, based in Honolulu, HI, is to foster social change through the creation of art.

SLJ School Librarian of the Year Finalists Leverage ESSA in MA

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Anita Cellucci and Laura Gardner share what they’ve learned from working on the Massachusetts School Library Association’s ESSA committee.

New Year, New Ideas: Knockout Programming for 2017

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From astronomy and salsa storytime to family literacy and more, these programming ideas for the year ahead hit it out of the park.

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The Smell Test: Educators can counter fake news with information literacy. Here’s how.

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In the era of fake news, librarians are our best hope for educating kids about bogus reporting, biased points of view, and more.

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A Library Director Pays Tribute to Paige Ellisor | My Library Story

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It’s been more than 35 years, but the impact of an older gentleman with a knack for connecting kids with the right book is still alive.

In Memoriam 2016

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Take a look back at the children’s literature heroes we lost in 2016.

A Dream Library for Students with Special Needs | Take the Lead

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A principal of a school for students with multiple disabilities spearheaded superb library services.

Urban Arts Partnership Brings Music Production to Maker Spaces

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Inspiring and teaching students through hip-hop—or any music genre they’re into—can be easier than you think.