February 17, 2017

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An Inside Look at Librarians, Schools, and the Political Climate

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Librarians around the country share how their workday has changed post-election.

Getting Book Rich | Editorial

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The national Book-Rich Environment Initiative promises to be a critical step in addressing print scarcity for low-income kids. Libraries will be key partners.

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Ric Hasenyager Departs NYC School Libraries for Rosen Publishing

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The head of library services at the New York City Department of Education will become associate director of curriculum solutions at Rosen Publishing.

Goal: Bury the White House in Books

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Responding to President Trump’s statement that he does not read books, a grassroots group is encouraging people to send ones to the White House for Valentine’s Day.

In Call for Early STEM Learning, Libraries Cited as Potential ‘Charging Stations’

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Gaining STEM skills is as important for young children as learning to read, asserts a new report by the Joan Ganz Cooney Center and supported by the National Science Foundation. Libraries could play a critical role in this call for more preschool STEM learning opportunities.

Behind the Poster: Artist Calef Brown Talks with SLJ

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SLJ chatted with the Lee Bennett Hopkins honor award winner about what led him to the creation of the striking poster included in our February 2017 issue.

Why Med School Students Tutor at My Library

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A local medical school’s service requirement, combined with my young patrons’ need for mentors they could count on, made for a perfect match.

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DeVos Confirmed as Education Secretary; Librarians React

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The embattled school choice proponent squeaked out a victory in the Senate confirmation vote, to the consternation of many in the education community.

Trigger Warnings and Emotional Distress

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How should librarians present material that may upset some students?

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An Open Letter to School Librarians: Silence Is not Golden | Opinion

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Every day students of different races, nationalities, and sexual orientations walk through our library doors. The library must be a safe space for them, since the outside world has become increasingly unsafe.

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After Travel Ban, Schools and Libraries Reassure Students and Families

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Schools pledge support to families, public libraries throw open their doors, and students commit acts of kindness while monitoring bullying.

Lilead Fellows, EveryLibrary Share Out ESSA Strategies | ALA Midwinter 2017

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Final state plans are due by April 4. Here’s the advice that came out of the Lilead Fellows community meeting at Midwinter.

Shannon McClintock Miller Named Spokesperson for Future Ready Librarians and Project Connect

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A Library Journal Mover & Shaker looks to further empower librarians.

A Robot “Teaches” Social Emotional Learning to Kids With Autism

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Milo the robot help kids on the autism spectrum learn skills including self-management and social awareness.

Follett and Dremel Join Forces to Bring 3-D Printers to Schools

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Follett School Solutions has partnered with Dremel to offer its printers to K–12 school districts, in order to both support librarians and promote technology integration in the classroom.

STEAM Project Recipes: Insta-Robots and Sewing Art

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Step-by-step illustrated instructions for sewing and robot-building activities from SLJ’s 2016 School Librarian of the Year.

How “El Deafo” Empowers Kids Who Are Deaf and Hard of Hearing

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Cece Bell’s 2015 Newbery Honor book, a graphic memoir, is changing lives, educators say.

How Can Youth Services Staff Meet Early Learning Needs in 2017? | First Steps

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Look at the library through an outsider’s eyes to see why some families still don’t use the library. Then make a plan to get those families involved, and pitch it to your supervisor.

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Eight Librarians Flip Their Skills To Serve a New Calling

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These powerhouse librarians leveraged their experience to shift careers midstream, after decades on the job, or post-“retirement.” They’re still giving to the profession.

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