September 23, 2016

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Boum! | Touch and Go

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SLJ‘s reviewer describes this app as “…a seamless narrative experience…rich with interpretive possibility.”

EBSCO and Mackin Forge New Partnership

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EBSCO ebooks will now be available on the Mackin ecommerce site.

Build It, and They Will Come | The National Museum of African American History and Culture

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On Saturday, September 24, 2016, the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture (NMAAHC) will open its doors.

Kids Can Vote for Our Next President with PebbleGo Vote!

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Voting opens on October 10. The winner of PebbleGo Votes will be announced on November 9. Schools do not need to be PebbleGo subscribers to participate.

Getting to Know Yue

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Children’s book illustrator Stephanie Yue sold her belongings, gave up her apartment, and hit the open road—on a scooter. Here’s her story.

Three Strategies for When the Going Gets Tough | Take the Lead

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When Lilead Fellow and former district library services supervisor Leslie Yoder faced staff cuts and low morale, she kept fighting. Here’s how.

Paul Klee, for Kids | Touch and Go

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A beautifully designed app that introduces children to the dreamlike works of the 20th-century master.

Not All Pleased with Changes Coming to YALSA Book Selection Committees

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The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) is putting some changes on the books. Though specifics are not yet ironed out, not all were well-received.

New Report Marks Growing NEA Attention to School Libraries

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The study paints a detailed picture of the state of funding and staffing for school libraries across the country in the years following the Great Recession.

Mind the Opportunity Gap | Editorial

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Libraries function as neighborhood powerhouses and a national network, with the potential to fuel local initiatives and deliver widespread impact. They are key to creating an equitable society, but only if they are at the table.

This article was published in School Library Journal's September 2016 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.

The Latest in STEM: Teens Team Up With the FDA

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Learning to code, visiting the White House, and pitching medical apps “Shark Tank” style? Students in the aimHI Summer Incubator Program, a partnership between the FDA and Montgomery County (MD) County Library, did it all.

Hey, I Built a LEGO Wall! Here’s How.

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An elementary school librarian quickly assembled an inexpensive LEGO wall with donated LEGO bricks, crowdsourced advice, and good humor.

Ten Contenders Make the 2016 National Book Awards Longlist for Young People’s Literature

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The titles represent diverse voices and writing styles, addressing issues such as first love, violence in the home, sexual identity, immigration, interracial dating, social activism, and the effects of war on children.

An Inside Look at “The Great Gilly Hopkins,” the Movie

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The film version of Katherine Paterson’s award-winning novel is being released October 7. Her son, the screenwriter, gives us a look at the process of adapting it.

A Censorship Simulator and Lesson | “Westport Independent”

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For educators looking for a multimedia approach to teaching about censorship as Banned Books Week nears, Westport Independent may be just the platform.

Three Teens and Their Fantastic Feats

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High school, sports—and setting world records. Meet three of the newcomers to “Guinness World Records 2017.”

Tips in Time for International Literacy Day

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In recognition of International Literacy Day on September 8, Scholastic is sharing tips culled from four countries that can help children everywhere become lifelong readers.

Anna Dewdney, Creator of “Llama Llama” Series, Dies

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The 50-year-old author and illustrator requested, instead of a funeral service, that people read to a child.

Lilead Project Receives IMLS Support for New Round of Fellows

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The Lilead Project, established in 2012 to support and build community among U. S. school library supervisors, has received an IMLS grant to continue its Lilead Fellows program and to create the Lilead Leaders initiative for advocacy and activism.

Chicago Public Schools Continue To Cut Deeply Into Educator, Librarian Positions

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The latest layoffs follow a trend that has plagued CPS, and the state of Illinois, where school librarian positions continue to drop.