August 27, 2016

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SLJTeen Live! 2016: Suspense and Horror

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The hour-long Thrills and Chills panel delivered fresh insights from prominent YA horror and suspense authors, including Mindy McGinnis (The Female of the Species).

SLJTeen Live! 2016: Nonfiction for Teens

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The “Stranger than Fiction: NF 4 Teens” panelists described the process of crafting their work and offered suggestions on how to motivate teens to seek out nonfiction.

SLJ and Scholastic Announce 2016 School Librarian of the Year Award Winners

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Winner Todd Burleson, and finalists Anita Cellucci and Laura Gardner, all display outstanding achievement and innovative use of technology.

Yes, He Can! Todd Burleson, SLJ’s 2016 School Librarian of the Year

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“Please keep robots out of the sawdust” is the kind of phrase heard around the library at Hubbard Woods School in Winnetka, IL, where Todd Burleson can be found leading engineering challenges, inspiring student reporters, and constantly inventing.

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Creating a Safe Space: Anita Cellucci, 2016 School Librarian of the Year Finalist

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Thanks to Anita Cellucci, the Westborough (MA) High School library is a hub where teens come to read and relax, learn about mental wellness, hold poetry slams, and dream big.

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Unstoppable Ambassador: Laura Gardner, 2016 School Librarian of the Year Finalist

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Laura Gardner brings out the best in students at Dartmouth (MA) Middle School with outstanding volunteer, tech, and reading programs.

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Preserving a Brownstone—and the Legacy of Langston Hughes

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A children’s and YA author has founded a nonprofit to save a historic home as a haven for future artists and writers.

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Creating a space for local writers and artists in a historic home

Morton Schindel, Founder of Weston Woods Studios, Dies at 98

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The work of this prolific producer of audiovisual materials adapted from award-winning children’s books had been translated into more than 20 languages.

As School Begins, Louisiana Endures Record Floods

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First Katrina. Then Rita. Now, record rainfall has put Louisiana under water again. SLJ spoke with school librarians in the region, where the start of the school year has been suspended in many areas.

When Book Sharing Backfires|Scales on Censorship

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A parent objects when a first grader shares “Captain Underpants”; contending with parents who say their children are gifted.

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A Hit Play About Libraries, Censorship, and Civil Rights Resonates with Audiences

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“Alabama Story,” based on controversy surrounding Garth Williams’s book “The Rabbits’ Wedding,” has struck a chord with theatergoers.

SLJTeen Live! 2016 Keynotes: Maggie Stiefvater’s Hijinks and Meg Medina’s Librarian “Duende”

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SLJ’s fifth annual virtual conference on all things teen and YA had a record 4,000-plus registered attendees, and featured author panels, PD sessions, and a charismatic pair of keynote speakers.

Can You Match Kid Lit Creators with Their Desks?

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Award-winning authors Steve Sheinkin, Deborah Heiligman, and Neal Shusterman are among the 36 author/illustrators who are giving kid lit lovers an inside look at their personal work spaces in a contest.

SLJTeen Live! 2016: Panels on College Readiness; Snapchat; Instagram 101

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Though teenagers’ needs may be more complex than ever, there are also plenty of tools available to make reaching those patrons easier, according to several panelists who spoke at SLJTeen Live.

Reaching for the Sky: Tinybop, Inc. | Touch and Go

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“Sparking curiosity, diving into big ideas, and making connections to the world,” are design objectives of the innovative developer Tinybop, Inc., and all are in evidence in Skyscrapers, the seventh volume in their “Explorer’s Library” series.

Mason Crest Embeds Key Historical Videos in Nonfiction Series

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The clips, accessed via QR codes, cover a range of experiences, from a moment in history, to a monumental speech or news coverage of a historical event.

“When We Was Fierce” Pulled as Demand Grows for More #OwnVoices Stories

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Amid increasing controversy around author e.E. Charlton-Trujillo’s use of a made-up dialect along with what some deem as stereotypical characters in her most recent book, Candlewick Press has postponed publication.

Create Buzz Around Reading with a Pop-Up Library

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Here’s how a PA high school librarian enticed reluctant library users with a mobile, curated selection of high-interest titles.

Schools Look To Talk Race, Violence, and Tolerance with Students

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As the start of school approaches, educators around the country are grappling with the best way to support students who have questions about the shootings in the news.

Pictures of the Week | Bank Street Literary Salon

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A look at the Pratt Institute / Bank Street College of Education exhibit, “The Picture Book Re-imagined,” in New York City.