December 15, 2017

The Advocate's Toolbox

Rethinking, and Ditching, Fines for Kids

Fine forgiveness initiatives, temporary and permanent, in New York and elsewhere.

Authors’ Holiday Memories | 2017 Edition

Sozzled Santa, the perfect tree, and a refugee child’s Christmas wish. Stories from Ruta Sepetys, Lesa Cline-Ransome, and Carmen Agra Deedy.

Tips for the Littlest Writers | First Steps

Pre-writing and writing skills are important in the pre-K years. Help tots strengthen their handwriting with these activities.

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What’s Your Why? Defining Your Mission | Take the Lead

When did you last think deeply about why you are a teacher librarian? I challenge you to articulate that. You will be empowered.

I’ve Got Cardboard and a Sphero. Now What?

Bowling, Skee-Ball, ramp parks, and more, Alisha Wilson, SLJ‘s 2017 Maker Hero, provides activity suggestions for Sphero and Ollie in the library.

School, Teen Librarians Recognized at 2017 I Love My Librarian Awards

Five librarians—three who work in schools and two who provide services to teens in public libraries—were among those honored last month.

Top Tools for Computer Science Learning, AR/VR, and Game Design

Four tech experts recommend a selection of websites and applications.

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10 Crafty and Bookish Holiday Displays

Get out the scissors and tape! Time for some seasonal fun.

Help for Hurricane Hit Libraries; Leap into Science | News Bites

Free digital resources, 100,000 “American Girl” books for NYC kids, more money for Keats Award winners, and more.

How To Become a Copyright Expert

Creative Commons certificates and workshops for librarians, educators, and government workers will impart mastery on a variety of copyright issues.

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The Next Level: Student-Designed Games

When kids design games, it can strengthen academic concepts—and build new skills.

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‘Wonder’ Movie Review

Author R.J. Palacio’s voice is heard loud and clear in the exceptionally sharp movie version of her popular 2012 novel.

Cheap Thrills: Maker Projects that Won’t Break Your Budget

Activities that involve cardboard, straws, and T-shirts can deliver a big burst of STEAM, while costing very little.

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Robin Benway Wins 2017 National Book Award

Benway took home the National Book Award for Young People’s Literature for her YA novel “Far From the Tree.”

Picking Up the Pieces on Opioids | Editorial

Libraries across the country are creating a range of programs to support those impacted by substance abuse.

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Writing About Addiction for Kids | Opinion

Some say that middle grade readers are too young for books that involve addiction. That argument is increasingly hard to support.

Everyone’s Problem: Libraries Confront the Opioid Crisis

Librarians are fighting the opioid crisis with information and social emotional learning strategies.

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New Anti-Opioid Initiative Focuses on Prevention in Schools

A free online course for teens emphasizes education, prevention, and response.

Baltimore Library Project Renovates 14th School Library

Fourteen libraries in the Baltimore City Public Schools have been renovated and now boast expanded collections and updated technology, thanks to a partnership with the Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Foundation.

8 Ways To Make Your Library More Visible Now

Jan Wilson, SLJ’s 2017 Hero of Collaboration, provides tips to boost your school library’s profile.